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What is StarCraft 2?

StarCraft 2 (SC2) is a real-time strategy (RTS) game introduced in the late 90s praised for being a benchmark of RTS for its depth, intensity, and balanced races. StarCraft 2 has achieved a cult-like status in the esports world, due to the complexity and depth of the strategic possibilities. StarCraft 2, especially in its online multiplayer form, remains very popular, even years after its original release.

How does it work?

In the multiplayer mode, players are pitted against one another to determine a winner. In the single-player mode, a player can advance through the campaign (with a few exceptions, such as the Zerg campaign), which is a linear story line, or choose to play the Arcade mode, where the player must complete a series of increasingly difficult challenges. The gameplay in StarCraft consists of two distinct elements: unit control and resource management. Units are the units of the race that the player controls (units include infantry, buildings, and structures).

How to play StarCraft 2

Know the factions. StarCraft II has three playable factions, or races. You need one Protoss combat unit per every two or three Zerg and Terran units to win that game.

Make use of workers to harvest minerals. Minerals are the currency that pays for items like units, buildings, and upgrades.

Train workers at the town hall. Training your workers varies depending on the faction you select.

Construct buildings to extend your base. Your worker units have more functions than harvesting resources. They can construct new buildings that enable access to stronger units, upgrades, and other benefits. Constructing buildings differs with each faction.

Create overtop geysers to get Vespene gas. Near your mineral patches and town hall is a geyser emitting green fumes. Known as a Vespene geyser, and you can construct a building on top of it to harvest Vespene gas, and use it to pay for particular buildings, units, and upgrades. Every faction utilizes a specific building to harvest gas. 

You will then need to createa building that can train combat units and add to your supply so you can build more units.

Allocate workers to harvest gas. After you've successfully built your Refinery, Assimilator, or Extractor, you should assemble four or five workers, choose them by left-clicking, and then right-click the Refinery, Assimilator or Extractor. They will start harvesting gas until the geyser is depleted.

Assemble a building that can train combat units.Every faction begins the game with a building that allows you to train combat units. To facilitate training for other kinds of combat units, build different types of buildings.

Boost your supply to construct more units.Supply can be thought of as food: armies require food to function. Monitor your supply, displayed in the upper-right corner of the screen next to your supply of Vespene gas and minerals.

Is StarCraft 2 hard to play?

StarCraft II is an extremely competitive game, so are its counterparts in the universe of RTS, and for obvious reasons. In most cases, this is a one-versus-one game; there's noone to assist the player if they fail, meaning you would only have yourself to blame for winning or losing. The game is highly complex, with units, upgrades, soldiers, and workers all requiring simultaneous management.

It's never been easier to find online tutorials on how to play the game in a wide variety of ways, thanks to all these amazing new sites that have sprung up over the last few years.

There are a lot of resources available for each race and playstyle, meaning that despite the intimidating exterior, it's actually easier to learn StarCraft now than it ever has been.

Is StarCraft 2 worth playing?

The real-time strategy game Starcraft, a wildly popular game with a massive playerbase, had such a profound impact on esports that it essentially invented the genre, creating a thriving competitive scene that ran for years and defined a lot of the elements that would come to dominate big-budget professional gaming competitions.

It is one of the best strategy games around. It was also known for being very complex and deep strategy game.

The most fundamental reason why players should check out StarCraft II is that it's a worthy successor to the legacy of the original Starcraft and its expansions, and an excellent strategy game in its own right too. The game is set in a futuristic world where players can customize their look and abilities to play on any terrain. It features fast-paced action, a wide variety of available builds and strategies, and expressive playstyles to suit every player.

Using one of these strategies, it is possible to achieve a victory in any game of StarCraft II, whether in single player or multiplayer matches.

In this complex, strategy game there's a lot for players to sink their teeth into, so it's a worthy choice for those who want to get their toes wet in the strategy gaming genre.

What are the system requirements for StarCraft 2?

Minimum starcraft 2 system requirements for windows:

  • OS:  Windows 7, 8 or 10
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+
  • Video graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GT or ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT or Intel HD Graphics 3000 or advanced
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Storage: 30 GB available space
  • Resolution: 1024X768 minimum display resolution

These are just the minimum spec requirements. But, for an ideal gameplay experience, the recommended specifications are:

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 or AMD FX Series Processor or better
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 or AMD Radeon HD 7790 or
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • Available space: 30 GB HD space
  • Resolution: 1024X768 minimum display resolution

How to improve your skills in StarCraft2

You may get to a point where you ask yourself:How do I get great at StarCraft III can't answer that question, but I can at least give you a few tips on how to improve:

  • Learn all the units
  • Watch lots of gameplay
  • Memorize a few basic build orders
  • Spend all your money
  • Use hotkeys
  • Scout, scout, scout
  • Expand while you attack
  • Watch your replays

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