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Starcraft 2 Terms and Abbreviations



Seeing as there will be a large number of players new to starcraft and even RTS games in general I've compiled a dictionary of frequently used SC and SC2 terms.

SC2 dictionary standard:

Micro- Unit control in an individual battle or harass. A player's ability to get the most out of the units he/she owns through superior control.

Macro-The combination of a player's ability to gather resources and produce units. The player's ability to produce a large army.

Cheese- An all in strategy that is highly unorthodox and usually involves taking an opponent by surprise.

Tech or Teching- Concentrating on advancing up to better buildings and units. To tech or the act of teching involves racing to or attempting to get the most advanced units in the game.

Rush- Attempt to amass a large army very quickly. In a rush you sacrifice your economy and tech in order to overrun your opponents early on while he/she is unprepared.

Harass- As the name implies. Rather than trying to overrun your opponent completely you attempt to weaken him with smaller attacks. workers are the standard target although occasionally you'll see a player take out lone units or buildings.

Pro- Professional, people who actually make their living in SC2 tournaments. Seriously don't think you're "pro" just because you get the basics of the game.

Build, Build Order, or BO- A set order of constructing units and buildings. Often expressed in terms of supply count. A 9 pool for example is a spawning pool built at 9 supply/workers.

Proxy- Buildings that are built near your opponent instead of in your own base. It usually means you're attempting to build your units closer to your enemy so you can attack without having to cross the map. See Starcraft 2 Cheese.

Main- Your first base, your starting location

Natural- The mineral/gas location directly outside of your Main.

Third, fourth, etc- additional base locations.

AA- Anti-Air. Standard RTS term.

Zerg related:

Ling- zergling, SC1 term. Avoid if possible to avoid confusion with baneling

Speedling- speed upgraded zerglings. Speed upgrade is critical.

Crackling- zergling with speed upgrade AND the attack upgrade at pool. SC1 term.

Muta- mutalisk

Muta ling- A strong combination of mutalisks and zerglings

Muta ling baneling- muta ling with small numbers of banelings.

Ultra- Ultralisk.

Hydra- Hydralisk

Pool- spawning pool

Hatch- hatchery

Terran related:

MMM or 3M-Marine, Marauder, Medivac.

Bio- See MMM

Mech- builds consisting primarily of Factory units. Occasionally with viking and/or marauder support.

Stim- stimpack

Rax- barracks

CC- Command Center

Protoss related:

Lot- zealot, used rarely.

Blink Stalkers- Stalkers with blink.

Chargelots- Zealots with charge

VR- Void Ray

DT and HT- Dark Templar and High Templar, respectively.

FF- Force Field

Hallu- Hallucination. SC1 term, relic term and rarely used.

MS- Mothership

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General Starcraft 2 Guides
The Basics Every Starcraft 2 Noob Should Know
Knowing When to Expand your Base
Starcraft 2 Cheese Strategies
Which Race to be in Starcraft 2
Build Order Basics for Starcraft 2
Starcraft 2 Terms and Abbreviations
Tips to get you started in Starcraft 2
Beginners General Guide to Micro and Macro

Protoss Guides
General Protoss Tips You Should Know
Archon Uses
How to win with Carriers
Colossus Starcraft 2 Guide
How to Rush with Dark Templars
High Templar Guide
How to use Immortals
Protoss Mothership Guide
Protoss Observer Tips
Protoss Phoenix Tips
Use of the Sentry Unit
Protoss Stalker Info - Starcraft 2
Void Ray Rush and How to do it Properly!
Protoss Warp Prism Info
Protoss Zealot Info
Protoss Game Type Guides

Protoss FFA Strategy Guide
Protoss Team Game Tips
Protoss vs Protoss Strategy Guide
Protoss vs Terran Strategy Guide
Protoss vs Zerg Strategy Guide

Terran Guides
General Terran Strategy tips
How to beat a turtler (camper) in Starcraft 2 as Terran
Banshee Starcraft 2 Guide
Battlecruiser Info and Uses
Ghost and Nukes!
Hellion Rush Strategy Tips
Marine Rush Guide
Marine/Marauder/Medivac (MMM army)
Terran Raven Guide
Reaper Rush Strategy Tips
Siege Tank Guide
Thor Info and Uses
Viking Rush Strategy Guide
Terran Game Type Guides

Terran vs Protoss Strategy Guide
Terran vs Terran Strategy Guide
Terran vs Zerg Strategy Guide
Terran FFA and Team Game Strategy

Zerg Guides
General Zerg Tips
How the Zerg can beat the Terrans
Advanced Zergling Rush Using Banelings
Corruptor and Brood Lord Guide
Hydralisk Rush Strategy
Infestor and Overseer Guide
Mutalisk and Zergling Build Strategy
Roach Rush Strategy Guide
What are the use of Ultralisks?
How to do a Zergling Rush
Zerg Game Type Guides

Zerg vs Zerg Strategy Guide
Zerg vs Terran Strategy Guide
Zerg vs Protoss Strategy Guide
Zerg Team Game Tips
Zerg FFA Strategy Guide

Campaign Guides
FuriousPaul's Starcraft 2 WoL Brutal Difficulty Guide
Order of Single Player Campaign Missions
Lost Viking MiniGame Achievements Guide


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