Today I Learned #5
We all know that we are going lose some games. Hell, we know that we are going to lose a LOT of games. It’s part of the learning process. The key to successfully losing is to learn from your mistakes and don’t make them again. This little mantra will hold true both in Starcraft and in real life. A few days ago I lost to a Zerg cheese; he got me with a 6 Pool. Maybe you have seen this tactic, maybe you haven’t. If you have seen it, you know how frustrating it is. If you haven’t, learn to prepare of it now, don’t wait until you are trying to set up a nice little 13 Gas 13 Pool build and then you find yourself surrounded by your opponents Zerglings with no way to protect your Drones.
Now, even though I’m a new player, I don’t like the idea of showing someone how to cheese. I don’t feel that it is cheating, but I do feel that it is a play style for people who only care about winning and not learning the game (this opinion only applies to those of us at the lower levels). If you are a high level player, I get it, cheese your opponent to throw off his game, but be ready to get your butt kicked if you aren’t on top of your economy.
If you haven’t seen the 6 Pool, go on and take a look
I cant lie, I feel a bit filthy linking this video.
Can you smell it?
That is the reek of Vieux-Boulogne (go on, click the link, learn about something more than SC2). So, what do you do? Are you supposed to build a 6 Pool yourself, just in case your opponent pulls the same move? What happens if you go this route and your opponent decides NOT to cheese you? If this happens, you are stuck with a slightly crippled economy and the temptation to go all in. You may be strong enough at first to not succumb to the Dark Side, but eventually, your will is going to collapse, and you will use your cheese to get a win.
Lessons Learned (sort of...)
It’s time to get down to brass tacks; what do you do to prepare for the 6 Pool. What you need to remember is your opponents economy is going to be screwed. You have been building Drones while he was building his Pool. If you come up against another Zerg player, or even worse a Random player, prepare to build an early Pool. Try out a 9 Pool. If you think about it, this makes sense (I haven’t had the opportunity to try it out yet, but I will soon). You have extra Drones to lose, your opponent does not. All you need to do is have your Drones kite the initial zerg rush until your Pool is built and you are able to get some Zerglings out. At this point, you need to think about having a second Overlord built as well, I imagine that getting supply locked is bad.
This is what I’m going to try out on my next ZvZ or ZvR match up. It might work, (without practice and good timing) it might fail. You won’t know until you get out there and play!
I couldn't help but to interject because I do have some experience with fighting off 6-7 Pools with a 13 Gas / 13 Pool build. It's quite fortunate Mr. namlessbstrd actually talked about the 13/13 because that's the only ZvZ build I ever play.
Anyhow, what should you do in order to fight this rush off relatively easily?
you need to find about it in time, so if you wish to be super safe (tournament BO1), scout at 10 Supply
when you discover some early rush happening, stop mining Gas immediately if you began doing so, you won't need it
build just one additional Overlord
you should have max 12-13 Drones, depending on how early you learned of your foe's tactic
as soon as your Pool finishes, start making a Queen and invest all remaining money into Zerglings
your opponent will most probably arrive before your defenses are ready; take your Drones off Creep and wait for reinforcments (Zerglings and most notably, the Queen)
once the Queen pops up, engage. Her hitpoints should be more then enough to win the game for you.
And of course, a demonstration can be seen in this replay.