February 26, 2011

The 3 Gate Robo Colossus Build with Replay

I just got rocked by Steliokontos, a Master League Protoss player, on Backwater Gulch. This map was added as part of the Patch 1.3 map pack. It is actually quite nice. The rush distance is not too large and the natural expansions are flanked by destructible rocks. This forces early pushes to come from one ramp while opening up expansions to later attacks via the destructible rock ramps.

This match I tried to execute a terribly timed 4 Gate without really thinking that this map spawns players in a location with only one small entrance. As a result of the small entrance and my poor execution, the 4 Gate failed to do any damage and allowed Steliokontos to tech due to early Force Fields. Upon reviewing the replay, I noticed that the build order that Steliokontos implemented was actually really well timed. It gives you a sentry early to make up for the lack of units and shoots out a colossus within a reasonable time (9 minutes). I jotted down the build order to try to implement it in my own matches.

Build order after the jump.

Here is his build order:

9 Pylon
Boost Probes on 10
13 Gateway
14 Assimilator
16 Pylon (Cut probe production)
16 Assimilator
16 Cybernetics Core (Continue probe production)
18 Zealot
Gateway Tech as soon as Core is complete and boost it until completion
21 Sentry and boost it
24 Gateway
25 Gateway
25 Pylon
27 Sentry
29 Robotics Facility
30 Warp 2 Stalkers
34 Pylon
36 Observer and boost it (Cut probe production)
36 Robotics Bay
38 Zealot
40 Zealot
42 Pylon
42 Colossus and boost

From here you can continue to boost out Colossus and think about expanding and continuing probe production. Your choice really depends on the map, the opposing player's build, and your style of play I think.

Here is the replay where I got beat - replay download link.

Good luck.


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    You can also make a second robo to produce even more.

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