February 22, 2011

Killer 2v2 Protoss Zerg Strategy

This 2v2 strategy is one of the most effective ways of reaching the Plat/Diamond tiers with the minimal amount of time. A buddy of mine and I went about 30 wins to 2 losses using this strategy about a month ago. It has now become extremely popular so its effectiveness has been reduced but it is still really powerful in Plat leagues and below.

Beware that implementing this strategy means that when you finally do start losing games you will not have the requisite skill level to take on your opponents since you cheesed your way into the higher leagues =(

The concept:

The killing blow comes from the Protoss player who will warp in zealots directly into the enemy base. This is achieved by having the Zerg player provide vision with the overlord and protection/harass with the 24 speedlings produced at around the 5 minute mark.

Build order and replays after the jump.

The Protoss build order:

10Pylon -> scout
Chrono Boost probes once
13Gas - 3 workers , stop harvesting after 50 gas
15 cyber - warpgate when done. Chronoboost 4 times
18 Gate
18 Gate
18 Gate
18 Gate
18 Pylon
18 Proxy pylon
18 Proxy pylon
18+ Warp in zealots and build pylons

The Zerg build order:

10 Extractor (start the extractor when you have 100 minerals) 2 workers on it. Stop when 100 gas
9 Pool
10 Overlord
11 Queen - only use for larva inject
13 Zergling
14 Zergling speed
14 Zergling
15 Overlord
15+ Zerglings and overlords

The execution:

Zerg Player
-As soon as game opens send the overlord to the ideal warp-in location. Don't put him too close to the enemy base or he may get sniped/scouted.
-Around the 4:40-5min mark you will have 22-24 speedlings. Send these out to harass or protect the Protoss probe depending on the chances you give on having probe attacked by early lings or marines.
-Afterwards, continue producing speedlings or expand. Expanding is a last resort option since you have really committed yourself to the rush.

Protoss Player
-Around the 5 minute mark send a probe by the Zerg overlord to warp-in location. You will have two warp-in locations, one for each enemy base. Warp-in zealots zealously FTW.

Effective Counters to the Speedling/Warp strategy

Considering that the Protoss player has absolutely no units in his base until he starts warping around the 6:30 minute mark, you absolutely must attack before that time. A good general strategy would be to 2 Gate as Protoss, 2 Rax as Terran, or 9 Pool as Zerg. Any early pressure to the Protoss will do. Remember that you must hit him before the 6 minute mark.


2v2 Link

3v3 Implementation 

French dude on youtube implementing in 2v2

Credit goes to Geiko for creating this build order.


  1. Back in December this build order was seriously OP. Nowadays, you see a lot of counters to it in the high Diamond/Masters league. I wouldn't really recommend doing it because it really leaves you at a much lower skill level when you do finally start to get countered.

  2. notice it says that this is for noobs...
    noobs can't get to diamond or masters

  3. Nah theis is for noobs to get them into diamond. My roommate and another friend of mine are both in bronze, yet finished second in the diamond ladder using purely this strat. They know they arent good and are cheesing these wins but they do it for the fun anyway.
    Another friend of mine also has a 2s team where he has a 3rax that gets only 8 scvs but is fastest way to get 8 marines possible while heis partner (i dont know that guy) does an 11 pool i think. Hits as speed finishes and they are only silver players but have a masters 2v2 team. Team games are very easy to place high against non organised teams

    1. the 3 rax I think you're talking about was murderous on ladder 7-8 months ago, every terran was spamming that in TvP to get to high masters, crushes the shit out of 1 gate expo and that's all anyone did PvT

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