The basic roots of the playstyle comes from the mass Skytoss builds of the HotS beta, and to a lesser extent from standard play in Brood War, where focusing on High Templar and Zealots after a Stargate opening is the norm. It was first refined by Woonjing Stars Protoss players and particularly sOs , who showed just how devastating it can be in the WCS Season 1 Global Finals as he made Soulkey, the best Zerg in the world, look confused and even sloppy in their Ro4 match. Since then the metagame and builds have shifted and evolved, but the core ideas remain powerful today. Along with other notable players such as NaNiwa , sOs continues to focus heavily on this unit composition and enjoy great success with it. Blink Stalker 3base builds need to hit a powerful midgame timing or not scale well enough in the endgame against zerg tech and production, and Colossus builds can be powerful but immobile, slow and exploitable by tech switches. Additionally, the heavy tech investment of this style results in a lower Sentry count, and therefore in less energy for Hallucination scouting.
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One of the most effective ways to improve your rank and win rate in Starcraft 2 is by mastering effective build orders. This refers to the order in which you train new units and build your structures. Rather than try to reinvent the wheel and create your own build orders, it is much easier to watch pro replays and "borrow" the pro-level build orders. If a build is great even against pro level competition, you can be sure it will work wonders against the average opponent! Many of the best Starcraft 2 Protoss build orders are specific to the given race match up. As a result, the specific build orders below are separated into Protoss vs Protoss, Protoss vs Terran, and Protoss vs Zerg categories.
HotS Protoss Strategy
This guide is no longer up-to-date with Legacy of the Void. Instead, I recommend you visit the Protoss Build Orders section on Spawning Tool for strategies contributed by the community! Protoss plays hard to get. So you have to work, consistently, to harass all the way along the game, and sometimes mix in a crazy all-in. From here, builds start to diverge, primarily depending on how quickly you want to get your gas.
This category contains build orders for Protoss. Toggle navigation. Ongoing StarCraft II: