Maximizing mineral income is an essential goal of any Alarak build. Supplicants are essential for sustaining Alarak and his Ascendants. Actively Sacrificing Supplicants is key to proper Ascendant usage, but this places a constant drain on your mineral reserves. Just 16 Ascendants are capable of fully spending your mineral income for the rest of the game. Therefore, any reduction in mineral income directly limits the number of Ascendant spells you can cast. Use Alarak’s hero unit to solo the early game while maximizing economy and climbing the tech tree.
Alarak should always aim to expand as quickly as possible with his first Structure Overcharge. With sufficient points in Structure Overcharge Shield and Attack Speed mastery he will generally be able to expand before 2:00, the second fastest on-site expansion in the game behind Karax. The following build is effective for maps with Rocks at the expansion, and assumes full mastery in Structure Overcharge Shield and Attack Speed.
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|15||0:30|| ||Do not assign Probes to harvest gas yet|
|18||1:00|| ||at Rocks, immediately Overcharge it|
|20||1:30|| ||Immediately assign 3 Probes to your Assimilator|
On maps with enemy units or structures guarding the expansion, you can use a Probe to warp in a forward Pylon for you to Overcharge in order to clear them out, but take heed to avoid the enemy defenses in order to keep the Probe alive. The Structure Overcharge range is further than that of the Pylon’s sight range, so you will have to use the Probe to spot for the Overcharged Pylon and have it duck behind the Pylon when enemy units show up to attack it.
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