Learning to Scout can be what separates the good players from the bad in Starcraft 2. Most players know how to scout with Terran, Protoss, and Zerg, yet at the same time they have absolutely no idea what they are seeing other than the obvious. Today we’re going to talk about certain assumptions you can make when playing as any race and scouting the Protoss.
“I scouted a Gateway warping in and I see an Assimilator.”
This can mean many things it depends on what comes next that will give you the information you need. If he follows with another Gateway you can assume Stalkers, Sentries, and Zealots coming you’re way rather quickly. If he follows with a Cybernetics Core you can use this scouting information against him quickly and beat them with a rush strategy. If he spent the 150 minerals on the Cybernetics Core that’s money on tech that he didn’t spend on units and they most likely are Chronoboosting their Nexus for Probe production leaving them mostly undefended. This is a good time to strike!
“I scouted a Forge warping in.”
This most likely means he’s building defenses on his ramp or by his mineral line. You can use this information to assume that he just spent at least 300 minerals on the Forge and a single cannon (or more). Making this the perfect time to expand. You generally see Protoss players making more than a single cannon to defend their ramp so just estimate how much they have spent in this manner and use the time to your advantage by expanding or teching.
“I scouted and all I saw was a Nexus.”
This is a sure sign that you are about to be proxy rushed or worse… cannon rushed. If you see this you need to make sure that you have your ramp blocked to the best of your ability.
Also you may want to scout your own base because sometimes their scout gets through without you knowing and you most likely have a Pylon or Photon Cannon aimed right at your mineral line. If they aren’t Cannon rushing they’re definitely Zealot rushing so again just be sure to block your ramp off and in the event you’re playing as Zerg just drop a Spine Crawler or two down right by your ramp for quick defenses.
“I scouted 3 Gateways.”
The 3 Gate Expand is a popular build for the Protoss. Just seeing the 3 Gateways does not mean they are definitely going to expand because they very well could just be massing enough units to overpower you very early in the game. When you see this you want to at least match this or stop this quickly it would take a matter of 3 or 4 minutes before he has quite a sizable force big enough to win the match at least.
“I scouted 4 Gateways, a Cybernetics Core, and a Robotics Facility.”
This is what you want to see because this means he most likely has nothing but buildings. One base plays cannot support 4 gateways and a Robo Facility and they are going to produce units ultra slow. If you see this go in for the attack with whatever you got.
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