[MBO] December 2019

This is the December 2019 entry of Metagame Build Orders

Happy new year! The competitive season has not started, so we only have online tournament games to study. I selected three all-rounder builds for ladder.

Vs. Protoss

14 – Supply Depot
16 – Barracks
16 – Refinery
@100% Barracks – Reaper and Orbital Command
@400 mineral – Command Centre (@100% – Orbital Command)
@100 mineral – Supply Depot
@100% Reaper – Marine
@100 gas – Factory
@75 mineral – Refinery
@100% Marine – Reactor
@100% Factory – Widow Mine and Starport
@100% Reactor – 2x Marine
@100% Widow Mine – Widow Mine
@100% Starport – Medivac then Supply Depot
Build Supply Depot accordingly hereafter
@400 mineral – Command Centre
@100% Medivac and Widow Mine – 2x Tech Lab
@100% 2x Tech Lab – Raven and Siege Tank
@150 mineral – 2x Refinery
@300 mineral – 2x Barracks
@250 mineral – 2x Engineering Bay

This build goes for a standard Reaper expand and a Widow Mine drop, but the third Command Centre is placed before the additional two Barracks. I discussed in an earlier post that Protoss likes to go for two base Colossus with a delayed third Nexus. Logically, it makes sense that Terran’s standard two base push is less effective against a delayed third Nexus. The two base Colossus allows Protoss to take a third safely with the Colossus. A good response to a defensive build is to use an economic build. Although I suggested in the earlier post that Protoss could punish an early third Command Centre, I think a slightly quicker third is doable. This build produces Siege Tanks to cover this potential weakness (see first vod below). In the second vod below, Maru had the same idea, but he made a Viking instead of a Widow Mine drop because the opponent went for a Stargate tech. Consistent with my earlier argument, Maru did not make Siege Tanks, as the Stargate tech suggests the opponent is not doing a two base Colossus build.

Vs. Terran

14 – Supply Depot
15 – Refinery
16 – Barracks
17 – Refinery
@100% Barracks – Reaper, Orbital Command and Factory
20 – Supply Depot (pull 2-3 Scvs out of Refinery)
@100% Reaper – Reaper
@100% Factory – Hellion
@400 mineral – Command Centre (@100% – Orbital Command; put the Scvs back in to saturate both geysers)
26 – Supply Depot
@100% Reaper – Reaper
@100% Hellion – Hellion
@150 mineral – Starport
@100% Hellion – Tech Lab
@100% Reaper – Reactor and Refinery
@100% Tech Lab – Cyclone
@100% Starport – Fusion Core, Tech Lab, and Supply Depot
Build Supply Depot accordingly hereafter
@100% Cyclone – Cyclone
@100% Fusion Core – Battlecruiser
@400 mineral – Command Centre

Whatever mainstream builds you used in the last patch for TvT are still the metagame builds, so there is not much more to talk about (read more here). Interestingly, I have seen streamers and pros use Battlecruisers in TvT recently. The nerf to Raven’s Interference Matrix is indeed an indirect buff to Battlecruiser builds, but I don’t think that is the reason for its popularity. You can go mech or bio with this build.

The build starts with a familiar three Reapers and two Hellions opening. It is easier to expect the common variations when you play against this opening, so the Battlecruiser has an element of surprise.

Vs. Zerg

14 – Supply Depot
16 – Barracks
16 – Refinery
@100% Barracks – Reaper and Orbital Command
@400 mineral – Command Centre (@100% – Orbital Command)
@100 mineral – Supply Depot
@100% Reaper – Marine
@100 gas – Factory
@75 mineral – Refinery
@100% Marine – Reactor
@100% Factory – Starport; Swap Factory on Reactor for 2x Hellion; Supply Depot
Build Supply Depot accordingly hereafter
@100% 2x Hellion – 2x Hellion (constant production)
@100% Starport – Fusion Core and Tech Lab
@400 mineral – Command Centre
@100% Fusion Core – Battlecruiser
@150 mineral – 2x Refinery
@100% Battlecruiser – Battlecruiser

I already discussed the prevalence of Battlecruiser in the last post. Below vods are some of the examples.

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This article is translated and posted on Baidu and scboy by 绝迹.


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6 thoughts on “[MBO] December 2019

  1. I am a D3 Terran who hates marine/tank/Viking mid-lategame of TvT.

    I am trying a 1/1/1 timing that goes into hellion/Viking/BC for the mid-lategame. With the theory that I would have air superiority and my BCs could kill any tanks, with hellions there to stop Marines pushing into my air.

    I’d love to hear your thoughts and whether you’ve seen similar builds used by pros.

    1. Siege Tank is strong in TvT, so you are handicapping yourself with your composition. It is doable though, especially when you’re more knowledgeable about the interaction than your opponent.

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