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4th with static defenses (and get some in the main if you haven’t yet). When Hive finishes, start Adrenal Glands, Ultralisk Cavern (upgrade Chitinous Plating), 3-3 Upgrades. Produce Ultralisks/Speedlings/Banelings (optional Infestors or Mutalisks). The Final Barrel (17:30-18:30) - 2 Overseers, 5 Ul-

you off with some sort of super-early Hellion Banshee aggression, you will be forced to deviate from these benchmarks to defend (Extra Queens, Spores, Spinecrawler). Once you have defended, you can still proceed along the listed steps. In an unusual game like this, you may reach your 8 Minute benchmark (fully-saturated 2 bases with +1/+1 researching) at 9 Minutes or later; but the overall sequence stays the same.

tralisks, 60 Banelings, 60 Cracklings with +3/+3 Upgrades (Exact count/time may vary)

If the game continues, try to deny the Terran fourth while holding onto yours. You can also take a 5th. It is possible to mix in Vipers or Broodlords in the very-late stages. Be creative and create your own fourth barrel.

2:00 Minute Benchmark

Pool must be started by 2:00. Try to doublemine the 4 closest patches to your hatchery. 3:00 Minute Benchmark

Hatchery must be started by 3:00. Try to maintain double-mining on closer patches when you fill the gas and expand.

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BENCHMARKS

4:00 Minute Benchmark

Note: Benchmarks are an effective way to plan your build order steps and mark your progress. In this section, I’ve created a benchmark for every minute of the game (except the first minute). Naturally, games won’t always follow this strict format, but understanding these benchmarks will still help you keep focused in situations where things go wrong. For example, if your opponent throws

Pull your workers out of gas around 3:30 (@ 100Gas for Speed), and ensure every patch in the main is double mining before rallying your Hatchery to the expansion minerals (16/24 Drones). You make Zerglings from 18-21 supply, be sure to immediately hot-key your Zergling eggs in control group 1 (While selecting 3

Good Luck Have Fun

Pull your workers out of gas around 3:30 (@ 100Gas for Speed), and ensure every patch in the main is double mining before rallying your Hatchery to the expansion minerals (16/24 Drones).


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