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The best players in the world often love to sit back and rely on the advantages of defensive play, growing their economy and upgrades whilst goading their opponents into unfavourable attacks. They know that if they execute their defence properly they will always win over aggression, and they demand that very perfection from themselves every game.
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TY's Double Raven 3CC in TvT
This is a super macro-focused build used a huge amount recently by the two best terrans in the world: TY and INnoVation. It’s especially powerful in our current map pool with maps like Proxima Station and Honorgrounds featuring protected natural expansions. The build usually shuns scouting or aggression in favour of generic play that can block the majority of things the opponent can throw at you, whilst powering economy, production and tech at a staggering rate. Of course you are defending with an elite group of high-tech units and so your micro and positioning needs to be on point. There are a few different adjustments and variations based on map and preference which I’ll discuss below. I wouldn’t recommend this opening to low or even mid-tier players unless they really love their defensive macro play.
Double Raven 3CC in TvT
|21||Reactor on barracks|
|@100% factory -> cyclone|
|@100 gas -> starport|
|@100% cyclone -> tech lab on factory|
|@100% tech lab ->|
|If you sense an attack, 1 tank + 1 viking; otherwise swap tech lab to starport|
|Tech lab on factory|
|3rd CC when money allows|
|Tank production starts|
|3rd and 4th gas|
|@2 ravens -> swap starport and barracks|
|Start stim + viking production|
|~6:10 Either 2x ebay or 4x barracks, depending on resources|
|@60% 1/1 -> start armoury|
Against more aggressive openings:
You should only build cyclones if your opponent opts for a very aggressive opening. In the VODs section, aLive tries to break the natural with reapers and cyclones, and TY pushes it back with cyclones of his own. Even the most dedicated attacks can be stopped with a few cyclones and good zoning.
If your opponent attacks with mostly infantry, then you can imitate TY and go for hellions instead. Use the hellion to scout, but make sure not to lose it. When TY skips the cyclone, he also adds the tank before the factory/starport swap for the added security. The starport will sit idle for a little but, but it's a small price to pay for a good defense.
For Proxima and maps with in-base natural:
The in-base natural is easy to defend, making it unnecessary to spend resources on hellions or cyclones. Your marines and reapers should be enough to defend the ramp unless your opponent decides to all-in early. Only deviate from your plan if you scout a big attack coming, because a 'normal' poke should be easy to defend with the units you already have.
The two games that best illustrate this build are the last two games from TY's series at IEM Katowice against aLive. Down 1-2 and with his tournament on the line, TY reverted to safe, solid play in order to claw his way into the finals. On Honorgrounds, TY showed a no tank variation. In the clincher on Abyssal Reef, TY's switched things up with a cyclone for safety, which paid dividends when he managed to ward off a big raven/tank/marine push.
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Writer: PiG/TL Strategy
Writer: PiG/TL Strategy