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Beginner Guide to Starcraft 2 Multiplayer

So you want to get better at Starcraft 2, and learn about the game at the same time? Well, if that’s the case, you’re at the right place.
We are proud to present a series of our own guides for Starcraft 2’s competitive multiplayer mode, and this is the first of many, so if you’re a beginner, sit tight.

The basics you should know

First, let’s talk about the basic game mechanics of Starcraft 2. I know the game seems intimidating when you play your first match against another player, but we’re here to make it easier for you. In this guide, we’ll teach you everything a beginner should know.

Starcraft 2 works just as any other RTS game you’ve played, but if you want to get good, it’s much more than a basic RTS for you. The game requires constant focus and fast fingers and reactions. Managing resources, building structures to counter your opponent and micro-managing units with keybound shortcuts is no easy task.

Resource Management

In Starcraft 2, your job is to manage two resources correctly, which are:

  • Minerals, and
  • Vespene Gas

Each structure and unit has its Mineral and/or Vespene Gas price. Minerals can be collected right from the start of the match, by using several workers that spawned along with your main structure. However, Vespene Gas is gathered through special structures that are built on top of Vespene Geysers. Each starting base has 2 Vespene Geysers. The structures you build on top of them are refinery-like buildings which house several workers that collect Vespene Gas during the game.

Terran Base in Starcraft 2
Terran Base in Starcraft 2

Now, being a beginner, you might not be able to correctly manage Minerals and Vespene Gas at the same time, you might over-spend or under-spend. Keep in mind that further you expand your base, more resources you will need for the upkeep. So best thing you can do is to continue training workers throughout the game, and sending them off to other Mineral Fields and Vespene Geysers constantly.

Base Expansion

In Starcraft 2’s meta, depending on the faction you’re playing, it is mandatory to expand your base by building the main structure on top of your secondary (expansion) Mineral Field as soon as possible. The timing of the expansion depends on the faction you’re playing. This is mandatory due to Mineral Fields and Vespene Geysers’ depletion over time. That means that you will run out of resources quickly as the game progresses as you spend more and more resources to build structures and train units. However, if the game is longer than usual, you will probably need to move on to other Mineral Fields that are scattered all over the map. And in my experience, the longer the game is, the more fun huge-scale battles are.

For now, these are the absolute basics you should know, but stay tuned for our more in-depth guides on specific faction builds, countering your opponent, and more.

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