Best suited for 2-player maps, as you will know your opponent’s starting location and can send the Mothership Core there straight away.
This is essentially a 10-gate variant of the normal 1-Gateway, 1 gas expansion in PvT. The quicker Mothership Core will come around the time after a Reaper has already been sent across the map, but before Marines are out in high numbers, because the Reactor is still under construction. The MSC can harass a lower number of Marines and get valuable scouting very early on (Factory timing, for example) before the marines can deny it.
sOs chooses to transition into a Blink build from this point, but you could do just about anything (Robo, Stargate, etc.). After his first Stalker, MSC, and expansion, sOs adds a Twilight Council before his second Stalker.
When the Factory is scouted with the MSC, sOs then drops a Forge — likely because he is only on 2 gasses and Forge/Cannons are a mineral-only investment. All gas in his case is being saved for Stalker warp-ins.
10 Assimilator (Resume probe production; 2 chronoboosts into Nexus.)
15 Cybernetics Core (2nd pylon is delayed as a result.)
18 Mothership Core (Chronoboost, send across map immediately once completed.)
After 16 probes on minerals + 3 on gas, create a 17th worker rallied to your natural to build the expansion, and halt probe production.
“I think sOs probably has the highest chance [to win IEM]. Watching him in individual leagues, he wins so easily. Especially in GSL.
sOs knows how to take the initiative and control the course of the game, and he makes timings where he knows he can win. Part of that is because of his ability to make builds. In any case, he’s on a roll right now and I think he’ll do well.
Any final comments or shoutouts before the tournament?
For a very long time now, I’ve found myself watching almost exclusively Korean-based events (namely, GSL Code S and Proleague), and very rarely will I watch a North American or European event unless it contains personal favorites of mine like Naniwa, or has a long list of strong Korean Protoss players.
For me, I want to see the best in the world play and learn the latest builds, strategies, and trends. While I am saddened by the recent news of North American Star League closing its doors, I have to wonder — has the era of North American SC2 come to an end, as it did in Brood War, and been overtaken by more dominant Korean talents?
After two weeks of slowly trudging through VODs, I have finally finished watching Intel Extreme Masters Cologne! This one took particularly long to finish because there were so many of my personal favorites playing, including Rain, Classic, Jaedong, and Polt. I don’t even know if I will get around to watching the qualifiers that preceded them. If this is any sign of the games to come in 2014, I am extremely excited for the future of Starcraft 2.
I am now speeding through Round 2 of Proleague. Thankfully, due to the best-of-1 format, there are far fewer games to watch, and many more quick all-ins that I can brush over if necessary. It’s “bite sized” Starcraft 2, if you will.
Next will be GSL Code S. Fewer Protoss players than expected in the round of 16, with many of my favorites smushed together into all-Protoss Group C, which will be both tragic and god awfully boring to watch.