Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Are ultralisks worth it?

This is more of a discussion that it is a set strategy.  Ultralisks, as many may remember from SC1, were known more for there insane defense that offense.  The chitinous plating upgrade gave +2 on top of the +3 most zerg players would amass from the evolution chamber making them a dream against low damage fast shooting troops like marines.  Well, in SC2 they got even better since they do splash damage now and can really dish out the pain.

However, is the investment worth it?  Consider the time of a game in which you are likely to get ultras.  I'm talking using them as part of a viable attack component as well, not just popping out a couple to barrel into a turtling terran.  Likely opponent zerg have teched to hive, protoss are probably running either 5/6 gate with high Templar, and terrans are either running a 3M strategy with boatloads of infantry, or doing some sort of mech build with leap frogging tanks and infantry support.

Now ultras, even in a group, will simply crumble to 3M without some sort of infestor support.  Even lings/roaches will get mowed down quickly and mutas are probably a better bet depending on the number of marine in the army.  Luckily protoss storming won't be too effective, and colossi are relatively slow, but mass stalkers prove a threat.

And the obvious is that any air support will severely weaken your forces.  So how bout it, is the ultralisk worth its weight in minerals?

Swarm on brothers!

27 comments:

  1. Got me thinking there bro..supportin'

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  2. Your blog just goes to prove that StarCraft is the 21st century version of chess. Just dropping by to show my respect and support for a fellow blogger ;)

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  3. your blog makes me want to play sc2!! also i have never made an ultralisk ><

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  4. ultralisks are totally worth it!

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  5. hey man, can you start doing vid tuts? <3 :]

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  6. I've seen a switch to ultras lose a game and win a game. It all depends on what your opponent has. Overall, I think they are a great unit but require a lot of managing to make sure they get into the right position and don't get stuck behind roaches or hydras.

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  7. Definitely depends on the game

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  8. Depends on the game pretty much.

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  9. love it. write more!

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  10. love the post... I want to see moar!

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  11. I never thought of it that way... interesting

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  12. I don't play SC. I'm just here for the love :D

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  13. Just showing the daily love, show it back!!

    Dee xx

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  14. The good old days of sc1 and ultralisks , brb gonna go play starcraft 2

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  15. i have a boner everytime i click this blog, those words..arghhh

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  16. I don't think they are, but to each his own

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