March 6, 2011

Custom Maps That Help You Improve: YABOT Build Order Tester

I recently ran into the Yet Another Build Order Tester (YABOT) custom map series while browsing through the custom maps online. As the name suggests, this particular custom map series is geared towards players that want to train by testing build orders. However, aside from testing build orders, YABOT also proves to be an effective way for players to simply train their build order knowledge without the prerequisite of inputting your own build orders. I have found the series useful for this particular reason.


When you first fire up the map you come across a menu that gives you four options: Basic, Standard, Advanced, and Demo. The first two options are essentially simple build order testers. The first option lets you test out your order without an opponent and the second gives you an opponent as well as a "steps list" for a particular build order you wish to follow. The fourth option allows you to select a build order for an AI to execute while you watch.

The real draw of the YABOT series is the third, "Advanced", option. The general idea of this option is that YABOT will display a "steps list" on the left side of the screen that essentially acts like a real time check list for the build order you selected. This allows the user to focus on executing the build order and glance over at the list when you need to know the next step. You can also choose a build order for your AI opponent and the length or end trigger for the match. For example, you can set the match to end anywhere from 1 to 30 minutes or have it finish upon executing the final step of your build order.

Advanced option overview and download links after the jump.

Advanced option (Classic YABOT)

When you select this option you are taken to a menu that allows you to customize several parameters of the game. First, YABOT gives you the option to choose from about 8 build orders for each race. The overall breadth of the build order selection is nice and newbies will find it helpful expose themselves to some of these build orders. Each race has some classic build orders, such as the Zerg 6 Pool for example, and others that are more obscure. Aside from selecting pre-made build orders, you can also select your own build orders that you have created.

Creating and testing your own build orders is a key draw of YABOT but the implementation is slightly awkward. In order to create and save your build order you must select the "Freestyle" build order option, execute your build order, then run the "-s [slot #]" command in chat ([slot#] indicates which bank slot you would like to save your build order in). Although useful, in order to save any build order you must be able to execute it perfectly or else the incorrectly executed build order will be saved. It would be nice if you could simply input a build order through a text file or UI command menu.

Once you have chosen a build order for you and the AI to execute (you can select a different one for the AI),  you must select how the match end will be triggered. You can choose to end it after X minutes, upon the AI defeat, upon build order completion, upon reaching 200 food, or you can opt for an endless game.

Rather than having the AI opponent execute a particular build order against you, you can also choose to be attacked in waves by selected units. You have the option of being attacked by up to 3 waves. The waves can be customized by time of attack, unit composition, unit count, and unit upgrades. The wave attack option can be very useful for practicing timing attacks. For example, rather than have the AI opponent execute a 3 Roach Rush build order against you,  you can simply have 3 roaches spawn under the AI control at a particular time.

Creative ways to use YABOT so you can get better

Aside from testing build orders, YABOT can be used as a tool to sharpen other aspects of your play. Here is a short list of uses I came up with.

1. Practice scouting by having the AI execute a random build order and guessing the build when you scout with your harvester

2. Memorize build orders

3. Practice defending against timing attacks by using the Wave generator

4. Practice attacking a particular build order to identify weaknesses in that build


In-game commands via chat

-rReset the round using the same builds
-bChoose new builds to practice
-s [slot#]Instantly save the current freestyle build to a custom slot
-eEnd the round early and show the score board
-oToggle visibility of the objectives list
-pToggle pausing of the game
-tHide/show the timer
-aHide/show the APM counter
-scSave a checkpoint
-lcLoad a saved checkpoint
-?Show an in-game list of these commands

Map support community website

How to access YABOT maps

Download the map pack below and run any map in the build order tester. You can also create a custom game within Starcraft 2 and search for "YABOT." Several versions of the maps should come up.

Map pack download link

Additional build orders in YABOT format can be found here:

How do you like to practice with YABOT maps?


  1. I don't get access to advanced when I load a map.

  2. I don't have time to check for you right now but you probably have an old version. Try downloading the June 2012 from the link above. It is also possible you have an unofficial port. Someone may have tried to port the YABOT map to an unofficially supported map.

  3. Thank you so far. I'll try.

  4. Hello again,

    I just downloaded the version 1.4.4 and put the map Metalopolis into the editor. The editor is a german version (don't know if this helps) then I pushed the button "Test document" The answere ist that, I have to translate: unable to start because there main difference between type of map and mods.

    Is it because of the new blizzard patch to version 1.5 maybe?


  5. And even I am too whatever to find a possibility for downloading the editor. Any help would be appriciated.

    thx in advance

    1. Rather than trying to load the map through the editor just load it through SC2. In custom games, look for YABOT and find the most recent one.

  6. thx again, this works in case of opening the map and even playing with it. But on the start up screen I havent't the choise between "classic, advance" and so on.

    What I've found out till now ist that there are problems with the new SC2 v. 1.5.

    The other really important thing for me is: Anyone knows a download location for the yabot editor. No one is working anymore. Any help would be appriciated.
    Thanks in advance.

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