This build comes from TIME vs HeroMarine on Fracture in the WCS Montreal.

There are two main expand openings in TvT: 1. 15 gas Reaper expand (a general guide) 2. 15 and 17 gas double Refinery Reaper expand (a general guide)

Both openings converge to either 1-1-1 or Reactor Factory. Players can then be flexible with the selected set up, and choices made often take opponent's choices into account. Thus, there is no "new build" to discuss for TvT. The stagnate state of TvT opening also leads players to change minor things from the well known set up to catch opponent off guard. This build by TIME is a good example of this approach.

This build is take from the October entry of the Metagame Build Order series from TerranCraft.


Replay - HeroMarine v TIME: Game 1 - Fracture LE

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  12  0:00  SCV  
  13  0:13  SCV  
  14  0:17  Supply Depot  
  14  0:25  SCV  
  14  0:28  Refinery  
  15  0:38  SCV  
  16  0:44  Barracks  
  16  0:51  SCV  
  16  0:54  Refinery  
  17  1:03  SCV  
  18  1:15  SCV  
  19  1:31  Orbital Command, Reaper  
  20  1:34  Factory  
  20  1:42  Supply Depot  Pull 2-3 SCVs off of gas
  20  1:56  SCV  
  21  2:04  Barracks Reactor  
  21  2:09  SCV  
  22  2:17  Cyclone  Swap Reactor onto the Factory when done
  25  2:28  Command Center  Saturate all gases again
  26  2:30  SCV  
  26  2:42  Supply Depot  
  27  2:55  Hellion x2  
  31  3:00  Barracks Tech Lab  
  32  3:16  Cyclone x2  Attack immediately with the Hellions and reinforce with these Cyclones
  39  3:20  Supply Depot  
  39  3:49  Cyclone x2  
  39  3:50  Orbital Command  
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This is a pretty standard double Refinery expand opening. It goes for the Reactor Factory tech path, which usually means producing multiple Cyclone in the early game. This is a good set up that allows the player to get to three Command Centers early for either bio or mech transition (read about it in depth here).

The interesting twist to this build is the two Hellions for the early timing. This hits earlier than a usual push with three or five Cyclones. You can tell that HeroMarine was not ready for this in the vod. If you like to use the double Refinery expand opening with Reactor Factory, this is something worth exploring.

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  • Created by: Maxilicious  
  • Published on: Oct 30, 2018
  • Patch: 4.0.0
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On Jan. 12, 2019, 8:50 a.m., Mitchemous  said:

This build needs to be removed.
It is a good build, however now that the cyclone requires a tech lab to produce this build is no longer relevant...

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