StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm Zerg Vs Terran Build Orders Strategy Guide

By   /   Apr 12, 2013

The Terran versus Zerg match-up is a tough one, especially with the early game power of the reapers over zerglings and drones. In the early game you will basically have two paths to go.

If the Terran player goes for a gas build, he will rush reapers, to counter this you need to go for a gas build and rush the speedling upgrade since the speedlings are faster than the reapers.

StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm Zerg Vs Terran Build Orders and Strategy

Creating roaches straight away will be a huge burden on your economy so you need to counter the reapers harass by scouting and a bit of micro:

  • 9 Overlord
  • 15 Hatch
  • 16 Pool
  • 16 Gas
  • Pull drones off gas at 100 gas and rush ling speed
  • 6:30 third hatch
  • 6:30 put drones back on gas
  • 6:45 second gas
  • 7:00 third gas
  • 7:15 Roach warren, Double evolution
  • Fourth gas
  • +1 melee and carapace
  • Banelings
  • Lair

The terran will most likely go gas build because the reapers are very powerful early game. You won’t be able to fight back properly until you get a queen out. The speedlings will help you scout, avoid damage and chase the reapers. Therefore, you need to pull drones off gas to collect more minerals. Droning should be your primary concern in this match up. Get three queens instead of four in the gas build. Reserve one for creep spread.

If the Terran does not go gas, you can follow the more standard build,

  • 9 Overlord
  • 15 Hatch
  • 16 Pool
  • 4 Queens
  • 36 third hatch
  • 6:00 double gas
  • 7:00 third gas
  • 7:15 Roach warren, double evo
  • +1 melee and carapace
  • Banelings
  • Lair

The +1 melee and carapace upgrade can be replaced by ranged upgrade if you scout that he is going mech. If you can’t scout or if he is going bio, it is best to go melee and carapace.

The baneling nest can be replaced with some other situational build. It is to help you against unexpected terran attacks. You can get infestation or spire depending on the situation and preference.

Surviving Early Game
Rush speedlings in case of a reaper rush, however, it would take some time for you to get your speedlings out. In that time, the reapers can wreck havoc if you don’t micro them effectively. Use your drones to fend off the reapers till then. Once your lings spawn, put your drones back to work and fend the reapers off with the zerglings.

Once the queen spawns, this is when you can really engage the reapers properly. Use your zerglings in conjunction with the queen to micro the damage and heal back up. Keep spawning zerglings because the reapers will target your queen once the zerglings are down and you cannot afford to lose a queen.

You can even turn the fight on to the terran and if you manage to get the reapers down, you can start your own harass. Beware, if the terran rushes only one reaper, he might be rushing hellions next, you might want to consider roaches if this is the case.

If you are doing well so far, you will be in a safe position and have some map control. You can then go for the third hatch and transition into mid-game. However, there might be some immediate threats.

Once the early rush is fended off, the terran might transition into widow mines. To counter this you can send zerglings to harass the natural. However, instead of sending multiple, send one zergling at a time so that you lose one zergling for every mine.

In case of widow mine drops, it would be best to build spore crawlers to fend off the attack. The spores will also help you against the drops which will Micro your workers to safety and detonate it using a zergling until you have a spore out. Don’t waste too much of your droning time.

Featured Videos

Hot Right Now


The AMD Ryzen CPU Hits The Right Marks, Just Needs Right Price

The AMD Ryzen CPU was demoed recently and what a demo it was. AMD showed that the upcoming AMD...

by   /   Dec 15, 2016
Death Stranding leak

New Death Stranding Leak Revealed The Name Of Norman Reedus’ Character

Hideo Kojima rocked the internet with the reveal of Death Stranding trailer at The Game Awards...

by   /   Dec 15, 2016
Video Game Remasters

Untold Stories of Video Game Remasters – the Good, Bad, and Ugly

In today’s video, we discuss something subjective – are video game remasters good or bad? And...

by   /   Sep 9, 2016
Video Game Villains

Top 10 Invincible Video Game Villains Who Just Won’t Die, No Matter What

We all are accustomed with video game villains and the story usually concludes with the fall of...

by   /   Aug 18, 2016
Panasonic 3DO

Top-10 Retro Consoles You Never Knew Existed

Video gaming has come a long way! While we are well-acquainted with the likes of Xbox Scorpio and...

by   /   Aug 17, 2016
Load More