Shokz has just released his new Shokz Video Guide (SVG). The SVG is a video based guide made by two Grandmaster players Shokz and his 2v2 partner Dusk, in this guide they take you through the top Starcraft 2 strategies and build orders teaching you every move they do step-by-step. This guide is great for visual learners you can follow along with the video as Dusk and Shokz will describe to you their every action and the reason behind move allowing you an inside look of how the Starcraft 2 is played from a Grandmasters mindset.
The Shokz Video Guide (SVG) is a growing library of HD 720p streamed guides. They add a new video guide every other day so there is always something new to watch and learn. Besides just watching the videos you can download the replay files to each particular video, allowing you to follow along at your own pace and rematch the match in your own prospective as Dusk and Shokz goes over all their details while playing the game.
The ability to download each video’s replay is a great feature and is something I find myself using a lot. It is the only guide I have seen where you can download a replay for each particular strategy and follow along in game as you watch the video guides.
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Here is a free video from the Shokz Video Guide
Overall the Shokz Video Guide is a great resource to learn from a true Grandmaster player. With detailed videos going over every step of the build and different strategies this guide will without a doubt help improve your game and get you one step closer to making Masters league.
Yea, I was going through the same thing not too long ago. I was searching around for a quality Starcraft 2 guide. There are tons of guides out there but very few are made by real pro players. I didn’t want to spend money on one at first and I assume you don’t want to either. So I recommend signing up for this Shokz Video Guide that is loaded with free tips and advice from Grandmaster players.
The name of the guide is Shokz Video Guide. It is a very active Starcraft 2 community. Not only do they provide a ton of in-depth articles and replays that are geared towards turning gold players into masters. But they also have a very in-depth guide called The Grandmaster Manual. In my opinion it is the most comprehensive Starcraft 2 guide out there.
Unlike most other SC2 guides they focus on giving the reader a deep understanding of the game. They start off teaching the basics of Starcraft 2 which include the controls (also known as hot keys) and proper macro.
Most guides jump right into build orders and race specific strategies without really covering the basics. When I learned from guides like this I had a major gap in my playing because I didn’t take the time to learn and master the hot keys and macro. I hated having to memorize build orders. I like playing with a deeper understanding of how the game should be played.
Like I said even if you don’t feel like buying The Grandmaster Manual the forum is packed with skillful players willing to help newbies improve their game. You can click here to check it out.
It can be daunting to try and master every skill in Starcraft 2 at once. That is why it is best to focus on one concept at a time. Lots of newbies start out trying to master the wrong concept. They ask for build orders to follow rather than trying to develop a deeper understanding of the game. Master these 3 Starcraft 2 skills and you will be well on your way to the upper leagues.
1) Manning the controls. Learn and master your hot keys. Think of learning hot keys like learning how to type with the home row. Sure it takes some time and effort to learn at first but after you master it your speed will be well ahead of someone who only uses the mouse to perform actions.
Start off slowly by learning the basic hot keys such as hitting “A” to attack and “S” to stop. When setting your hot keys make sure to to go with a setup that works for you. Obviously it will be different with every race. I personally play as Terran. I usually set my Command Center(s) to “4″ then all of my Barracks to “5″ and so on.
Once you got the basics down you should learn the specific hot keys of your race. Learn 3 or 4 new hot keys every game you play. Play some practice matches and try using your mouse as little as possible. This is the fastest way to progress. I have found it easier to remember the hot keys by hovering the cursor over the buttons in-game rather than trying to memorize them from a webpage.
2) Scouting. Scout early and then frequently after that. Make it a routine to send a worker out at around 10 supply count. This way you know exactly where your opponent is on a 4 player map and you will see if there is a cheesy play coming.
But you shouldn’t stop there. Instead keep scouting after that. Don’t just try and send a unit up their ramp the second time around. You won’t get a good read. Get creative. If you are Protoss send an Observer. Terran has Reapers and Zerg has Overlords.
3) Building a stable economy. You need combat units, lots of them! Therefore you need resources, lots of them! Get down your macro before getting down your micro. Macro is where lots of lower league players lack skill.
Make sure to always have at least one worker in the making for every base you have. Use the economic advantage your race has. Terran has MULES, Zerg can spawn multiple Drones at a time, and Protoss has Chrono Boost for faster worker production.
Expand at the right time. Usually a good time to expand is around the 9 minute mark. But then again you should adapt to your opponent. If he is producing lots of units off of one base and is playing aggressive then you may need to hold off. Either that or defend your natural very well so you can expand before him and surpass him in resources.
Master these 3 skills and you will become a warrior on the battlefield. If you like what you read then be sure to sign up for free report report, The Diamond Player’s Strategy Guide for more Starcraft 2 tips and strategies.
To get very good at something you have to learn and master the basics. Whether it is getting better at Starcraft 2 or playing a musical instrument you have to not get ahead of yourself. It can be boring learning the basics but you have to go through it or else you will have a huge gap in your play. That is what we will go over in this Starcraft 2 guide. I also recommend signing up to this Starcraft 2 forum for plenty of free tips and strategies.
Starcraft 2 Basics Guide
There are so many concepts to learn about in Starcraft 2 such as countering cheeses, macro, micro, hot keys, unit counters, how to execute strategies, and taking advantage of the map. But before you even think about getting into the details you must slow down and master the control interface as well as the art of macro.
Macro and hot keys are the basics of the game. If you really want to get a comprehensive guide on them then my Starcraft 2 guide can help you out. If you don’t use hot keys then let me just say this once. Hot keys are mandatory!
You need to use them because it makes performing clean actions so much easier. Start by learning how to set control groups. It is very simple. You just select a building or a unit. Then hold control and press the number you want to it hot keyed to. Once you have set it rather than finding that unit or building on the map and using your mouse to click it you can just hit that number and boom, it is selected.
This makes your life so much easier. All pros use hot keys. This is how pros can produce units quickly while still handling their army in battle. Multi tasking is essential when becoming a better player so make sure to use them.
All players set their control groups differently. As a Terran player I like to set my Command Center to “4″, my Barracks to “5″, and so on. That way later in the game I can still produce units while dropping Marines and Marauders into one of my opponent’s mineral lines.
Hot keys make it much easier to outplay your opponent and that is ultimately how you win more games. There are hot keys you can set and then there are hot keys pertaining to each race. Every action has a hot key. For example to use the Force Field ability with a Sentry you need to have one or more selected and then hit “F” to select that action. Then use your mouse to click where you want them set down to.
Hot keys take a while to learn. Don’t overwhelm yourself by trying to learn them all for your race. Instead start by setting control groups and avoiding using your mouse to select buildings and units once you have hot keyed them. Then try to learn 2 more hot keys for each game you play.
I found it best to not play ranked matches when learning my hot keys since I didn’t feel like I was under pressure. Mastering the controls is how you will build a solid foundation and play at a higher level in no time. You can learn more with this comprehensive Starcraft 2 guide created by Grandmaster players.
You cannot expect to break into the upper leagues of Starcraft 2 if you cannot counter cheesy plays. Cheesy strategies are uncommon especially in the upper leagues. Chances are every Starcraft 2 player has faced a cheesy play. The first few times always suck because at first it seems impossible to counter.
In this guide I am going to teach you how to counter a few cheesy plays. You do not have to learn how to counter every cheesy strategy in the game. In fact once you get the hang of it you will be able to figure out how to counter any cheesy play on your own.
Cheesy strategies are usually all-in rushes that may involve sending workers in to distract whatever combat units you have to defend. Players can get creative and be successful at executing a cheese. This is even true in the upper leagues. Pro players get curve balls thrown at them all of the time.
Cheesy plays are the schemer’s way of winning more games. Sure they may get to the gold or even the platinum league but if they do not have the mechanics or strategy to back it up they will immediately hit a plateau. So lets get into it.
One of the main reasons a player loses to a cheese is because they did not scout their opponent early enough to see what is going on and then immediately work on a strategy to counter it. Remember you may have a good idea of what strategy you want to go for. But that plan will instantly change if your opponent is doing something sneaky.
The other main reason why players lose to a cheese is because they had no idea how to counter it. It is not that difficult but it does require some practice and a good attitude. Cheesing may be the number one cause for rage in SC2. You do not want to get frustrated. Good players learn to deal with situations like these with a positive attitude.
So the first thing you must do is scout. Scouting is always a very important aspect of Starcraft 2. Always be scouting. Start with the early worker scout at around 10 supply count. The point of sending a worker out is to not only find your opponent on a 4 player map but to see if they are going to throw a curve ball at you.
Then of course you need to know how to counter whatever cheesy play your opponent is executing. For example let’s say you are facing a Protoss player who is going for the 4 Gate Rush.
Protoss Strategy – 4 Gate Rush
This is very common among Protoss players. Getting 4 warpgates is the standard build for Protoss but they can also turn it into a rush. It is very easy to use and goes good against any race. Don’t confuse a 4 Gate rush with a standard 4 Gate because he is taking a big economic risk. All you need to do is basically survive the wave of units at your base as I will explain.
So how can you tell if he is making the move? Make sure to keep your scouting worker around his base long enough before getting killed by the early stalker. One good indicator is if his chrono energy at his Nexus is over 60 once his Cybernetics Core is complete. Another hint is if there is no 3rd pylon in his base as he could be proxying the other gateways. If you can some how get vision of his Cybernetics Core then you will be able to tell for sure if he is rushing since all of his chrono boost will go to researching Warpgate Tech.
How to Counter
Terran: This is quite an easy counter for a Terran player. The key is obviously seeing the rush coming early enough because you will need to build a couple Bunkers at the top of your ramp.
Then once you see his units bring all of your SCVs over to repair the Bunkers. Of course you need to pump out Marines and Marauders with a couple of Barracks. Then once you survive be sure to take some time to build up an army to finish him off as he will be too far behind in resources to hold up.
Zerg: One word, Roaches! The second you suspect a 4 Gate Rush put down a Roach Warren and build up a Roach/Ling army. Just mine off of one gas. Also get a couple of spine crawlers to help defend your expansion. Remember, Roaches do well against Zealots while Zerglings are good against Stalkers.
Zerg Strategy – 6 Pool Rush
This has been one of the most common strategies a Zerg player will use. It works like this. A zerg player will stop making workers once he has 6 or 7 so that he can save up for an early spawning pool. Naturally this will set him back big time with his economy. So again you just need to survive to basically win the game.
Always be sure to scout a Zerg player early on. If you see he only has 6 or 7 workers while you have around 12 then you don’t even have to see the Spawning Pool. But if you must be extra sure feel free to find it probably behind his mineral line.
How to Counter
When facing a Zerg player as Terran or Protoss you should always wall off to avoid getting lings in your base. To wall off as a Terran player you just build two supply depots and a Barracks in between like so.
Be sure to use a second SCV to build the second supply depot before getting a refinery. Right when the barracks is finished get out a marine to defend behind the wall. You may need to use a few SCVs to repair the supply depots.
As a Protoss player you should wall off by building two pylons and a gateway only you should make sure to leave a grid of space somewhere in between. Then get a zealot out to hold position in the gap. That way they have no chance of getting through. If the pressure is on then you should get out a sentry or stalker to shoot from behind.
Terran Strategy – Blue Flame Hellion Drop
This is more of a tactic than a cheese. Those pesky Terran players want to be as sneaky as they can be. And why not, they sure have the units for it. Hellion harassment has been very common as they are the best units to get to take out lots of workers at a time. With the blue flame upgrade they can one shot workers making an unexpected harassment lose you the game.
If your Terran opponent is staying on one base and is trying hard to prevent you from scouting inside then you should already be prepared for a sneaky tactic like this. It could be a different strategy such as cloaked banshees but hellion drops are more common. A hellion drop usually happens at around 8 or 9 minutes into the game.
How to Counter
This is a tactic that is strong against any race. If there is no early push and he is being a turtle then you should already prepare for something like this. I like to have a unit watching the front of my base for an army.
Make sure to guard your mineral line as that is where he will be heading. They always try dropping them at the far corner of your base then ride them right into your mineral line. Not having units there and ready to attack can easily lose you the game. Ideally you do not want to lose more than 5 workers. On top of having units around your mineral line you can also build a sim city to make it difficult for the Hellions to move around.
Be sure to practice these counter attacks. You won’t face cheeses that often. But if you keep playing chances are you will go up against some cheesy plays even in the advanced leagues. Be prepared and you will come out on top.
If you found this guide helpful then feel free to sign up for my free Starcraft 2 strategy guide.
Finally a Starcraft 2 guide made by actual pro players is created.
It is called The GrandMaster Manual and it was made by well known Grandmaster players nirvAnA, mOOnGLade, and OxygeN. These are pro players from SEA (Southeast Asia) that you can find matches of on Youtube. Or if you would like you can read more about them here.
What makes this Starcraft 2 guide different from all of the other Starcraft 2 guides besides the fact that it was made by actual pro players is that it cuts through all of the BS and tells you what you need to know to reach your true potential as a Starcraft 2 player.
These guys have been competing in Starcraft 2 tournaments and have been teaching other players for a long time. Now they created a Starcraft 2 guide that unleashes all of their secrets and knowledge the average player must know to ascend to the upper leagues.
This Starcraft 2 guide mainly focuses on the 1v1 aspect of the game. It does not go over the campaign mode or achievements like Shokz Starcraft 2 guide does. It is strictly for Starcraft 2 gamers who want to save hours of frustration and learn exactly how to beat other good players on the ladders.
It is a very detailed guide that gets into such aspects of Starcraft 2 as build orders, counter attacks, and timing attacks. The content laid out in the Starcraft 2 guide itself is well worth the money. It goes way past the same old BS strategies like the 6 Pool Rush or the MMM Ball.
The Starcraft 2 guide starts out getting into the basics of the game such as keeping up with macro and always knowing what your opponent is doing. Mastering the mechanics of constantly producing workers and combat units is very important before getting into the more advanced stuff like micro and harassment.
After the basics the Starcraft 2 guide then goes into the details of each race which is when you will learn about how to play as your race. I know it sounds like newbie material but I was very surprised to learn about the play style of the Terran. I always thought of Terran as the most defensive race. So I was surprised to learn that the best way to play them is to be very aggressive.
The Starcraft 2 guide really gets into the details of how to face specific unit combinations such as Zerg Mutalisks, Zerglings, and Banelings.
But what really puts this Starcraft 2 guide over the top is the support. I am not talking about tech support. I am talking about interaction with the pro players and coaches who made this Starcraft 2 guide.
The Grandmaster Manual is accessed on one of the most helpful Starcraft 2 forums out there which is sc2sea.com. The coaches are very active on the forum as well as other aspiring Starcraft 2 players who regularly ask for help.
So if you want to better your game with the help of some of the best Starcraft 2 players in the world click here to check out this Starcraft 2 guide.
Hello there, my name is Pete (gamertag Dizzy) and welcome to my review of Shokz Starcraft 2 Guide. If you would like to read my review of Shokz Guide read on.
Or if you would rather skip my review and get right to the official Shokz Starcraft 2 Guide click here.
I have been playing Starcraft 2 since its release date last summer. Knowing that Starcraft 2 was going to be a competitive online game I wanted to have an edge over the competition. So before the release date I read up on some basics tips and strategies.
Enter Shokz Strategy Guide
Then I found Shokz Starcraft 2 Guide made by Shokz who is a top 200 player and plays as random. I thought it was awesome that a player with these kinds of stats was willing to share his secrets.
But I also thought it was kind of ridiculous that he was charging almost $40 for a gaming strategy guide. But it did have a 60 day money back guarantee so I figured why not.
I did not know a thing about Starcraft 2 except from what I remembered from Starcraft 1. But as I read through the strategies inside Shokz Starcraft 2 Guide I was blown away by how detailed it was.
Not only does his strategy guide include a full blown video guide through the campaign mode it goes past the actual strategies used in Starcraft 2. It covers the basic strategies like the Zerg 6 Pool rush and the Terran 3 Rax build.
Then it gets into the mechanics of the game. It goes in-depth on how to dramatically increase your speed known as Actions Per Minute (apm). This is crucial to become a very good Starcraft player and keep up with the real good players.
Not only should you be playing faster in Starcraft 2 you should be playing very smart which is exactly what I learned with Shokz Starcraft 2 Guide. Beating players is as simple as scouting them to see what strategy they are going for and then knowing what strategy to counter it with.
Even after months of playing went by and players really started to grasp the game I was still owning it up and ranking upper diamond on each ladder. I love Shokz Starcraft 2 Guide because it goes past the actual strategies and build orders and rather teaches you how to really own at Starcraft 2 with proper macro and micro.
To beat your opponents you need to keep an eye on them and adapt to their play style. For example if they are expanding early you need to beat them by sending your army in before they surpass you with their economy.
Having this kind of knowledge is key to winning. Shokz Starcraft 2 Guide is full of it. That and plenty of practice will make you a much better Starcraft 2 player.
The only thing I do not like about Shokz Guide is that he only has video demonstrations for the campaign mode and not for multiplayer games.
He updates his guide frequently so maybe he will start making video strategies in the near future.
So that wraps up my experience with Shokz Guide. To get Shokz Starcraft 2 Guide click here.
The cool thing about Shokz Starcraft 2 Strategy Guide is that it is a web based guide meaning you can access it any time for some quick tips. Shokz Guide covers all of the basics such as the unit counters.
Shokz Starcraft 2 Guide
If you wish to learn all of the Starcraft 2 strategies such as the Zerg 6 pool rush or the Terran MMM Ball then Shokz Starcraft 2 guide may be for you. His guide includes video strategies for beating the single player mode on brutal which is the hardest difficulty.
Not only that he shows you step-by-step how to get every achievement in the campaign mode. Newbies usually play through the single player mode. Although it is great practice to play the campaign while using Shokz Starcraft 2 guide the real skill comes from playing other good players.
The ladders on battle.net are divided up into leagues which range from the bronze league to the grand masters league. A Starcraft 2 guide such as Shokz Guide can certainly help you out to get up to the upper leagues like platinum, diamond, and even the masters league.
Once you have mastered the basics with a Starcraft 2 guide it is all about practice. As the saying goes perfect practice makes perfect. Mastering Starcraft 2 strategies is no exception.
Shokz Guide also goes over the more advanced stuff you really need to get down to become a good player such as using hot keys. This will allow you to play much faster. Basically you can easily move around on the screen by using them because instead of using your mouse you will be using keyboard shortcuts known as hot keys.
All of the pros definitely use hot keys and their mouse. Each race has different hot keys and play styles by the way as you will learn inside Shokz starcraft 2 guide. The terran are the more tactiful race. The protoss are known as having very powerful units such as void rays and colossi.
Starcraft 2 Guide
Zerg are known as the map control race. They are very powerful when you spread their creep across the map and expand faster then your opponent. With terran you need to learn such Starcraft 2 strategies as dropping marines and marauders. Also using siege tanks is a powerful offense to get down as a Starcraft 2 strategy.
Inside Shokz Starcraft 2 guide you will also learn another important concept which is the unit counters. It is very important to know what units do well against what. Starcraft 2 mechanics are set up in a rock-paper-scizzors fashion.
For example protoss colossi do well against terran marines while terran marines do well against air units like void rays. All air units do very well against colossi. Get down some Starcraft 2 strategies by reading up with Shokz Starcraft 2 guide.
You do not just have to learn from a strategy guide like Shokz Guide. Be sure to also learn from other sources. There are lots of forums and Youtube channels of other players showing various strategies and how to apply them to your game.
Shokz Starcraft 2 Guide Review
Shokz Starcraft 2 Guide is an online based strategy guide. Gone are the days of purchasing a hard copy of a strategy guide. Now there are strategy guides online that are made by very good players.
If you want to learn about Starcraft 2 and are a complete newbie to the game then I recommend Shokz Guide. It is loaded with strategies used by each race. When starting out you should play with each race until you decided which one you want to play as primarily.
It is recommended that you just master one and get used to the hot keys for that race so you can become very fast when using them in game. Shokz Starcraft 2 guide goes beyond explaining basic strategies such as the Protoss 2 Gate Robo Tech and includes…
- Unit Counters for Every Combat Unit in the Game
- A Full Starcraft 2 Campaign Walkthrough Played On Brutal (the Hardest Difficulty) with Video
- Starcraft 2 Guides for Each Unit
- Achievement Guides Showing How to Get Everything in Single Player Mode
- APM Guides Which Basically Teach You How to Dramatically Increase Your Speed
- And More
Like I said Shokz Starcraft 2 Mastery Guide is recommended if you are new to the game. It is a Starcraft 2 guide that goes through the basics and beyond. The basics include building a rich economy as well as controlling your army on the battlefield so they are more effective.
You can learn through watching videos on Youtube like with this Starcraft 2 Guide but these strategies may be too advanced. There are also Starcraft 2 lessons available on sites like GosuCoaching.com by Starcraft 2 pro players.
If you feel you know the basics like what units do well against others and the basic openers for each race then you would be better off just watching Youtube videos of other pro players and keep practicing on your own until you get to the top rankings.
To become a great Starcraft 2 gamer you should keep learning and practice. There is an old saying that practice makes perfect. But to be more specific perfect practice makes perfect. Sure you can learn about all of the Starcraft 2 tips and strategies out there but all of that should only take up 20% of the time you devote to improving your skills at the game.
The other 80% should be spent playing other Starcraft 2 gamers in the ladders, mainly 1v1. I have personally bought Shokz Guide when I was starting out as I did not have a clue on how to play.
Then after going through it and practicing for a month I ranked within the top 10 Diamond in my division.
So again I don’t recommend you buy Shokz Guide if you already have mastered the basics and reached diamond in 1v1. There are advanced strategies inside as well. If you were dissapointed with Shokz Guide you can get a full refund within 60 days of course.
One thing that I did not like about Shokz Starcraft 2 Guide was the lack of video strategies. The only videos he has are for the campaign mode.
Before you start play through the Starcraft 2 walkthrough you need to understand the basics of the game. So be sure to read through this Starcraft 2 guide to get a better idea on how to dominate the game.
Starcraft 2 Walkthrough Guide
Before getting into the ladders on battle.net you probably want to do the Starcraft 2 walkthrough on campaign mode which is great for players who are just geting into the game. It will give you a good idea on how to build structures and play fast depending on what difficulty you play as.
Having a Starcraft 2 guide is ideal as well to learn strategies and unit counters. Start out by playing with each race so that you can decide which Starcraft 2 race you like best. You can learn about this topic inside Shokz Starcraft 2 Guide.
First you should be getting a feel for the game. You can get into the more advanced stuff later such as executing your Starcraft 2 strategy so it is most effective. When facing an opponent you want to try and throw him off as much as you can.
Starcraft 2 Guide
Read a Starcraft 2 guide to understand strategies such as the Protoss 4 Gate build, the Terran MMM Ball, and the Zerg Roch/Hydra build. With a guide like Shokz Starcraft 2 Guide you will learn about what units do well against others.
For example Protoss Colossi do great against units such as Marines, Hydralisks, and Zealots. But they do poorly against any air units since they can be attacked by any air units. You especially want to stay away from Vikings, Corruptors, and Phoenix.
Have a solid Starcraft 2 strategy guide and you will be well prepared. Once you learn how to play with your mouse well the time will come to use hot keys to really increase your actions per minute.
Using hot keys will really make you play faster and more efficiently as you will learn in any Starcraft 2 guide. In this Starcraft 2 walkthrough lets also go over a strategy in depth.
Lots of players believe that one strategy beats another just based on the units which is not true. What does matter is how you execute which refers to micro. Inside a Starcraft 2 strategy guide you will learn that micro refers to controlling your army on the battlefield.
For example the Terran MMM ball might not do well against Terran tanks because when in siege mode they blow away marines and marauders. But by reading a Starcraft 2 guide you will learn that you can throw them off by running your marines and marauders in before they get into siege mode.
It has to do with how you position your army to make them as effective as you can. This is what this Starcraft 2 walkthrough is all about. For more tips I highly recommend Shokz Guide to better your skills at the game.
It helps to read up with a great Starcraft 2 strategy guide like Shokz Guide. Learn about the basics of each race even the ones you are not playing as. Know your enemy and you will become a better player. Check out this Starcraft 2 guide.