Starcraft 2 - Ultimate Void Ray Counter - Countering Protoss Strategies
Being rushed by Void Rays can spell pwnage for beginner players. Void rushes have taken out countless noobs, and a fair amount of pros alike. Do you know why Protoss Void rushes work? The element of surprise, they catch you unprepared. Now that doesn't explain why it is so effective, and that is because Void Rays rock. A combination of surprise and a unit that rocks is what makes this strategy work, now countering it becomes easier if you break it down.
Lets start with the element of surprise in a Void Ray rush.
The first issue you have to deal with is spotting the rush coming. Obviously the sooner you spot it the easier it will be to counter. Keep in mind how expensive Void Rays are, these units require a good deal of commitment on the Protoss players' part. Should be easy to spot a big commitment like this, what are some signs we can look for?
Signs you need to counter Void Rays:
Protoss player has a diminished army all game.
Protoss player puts up Stargates.
Protoss player is just being defensive and won't let you scout his base.
Now the other part of this is that Void Rays rock. They can wipe out your main building in a matter of seconds which is game-changing. So keep in mind they look for big targets that don't move a lot (or at all). Your main building will be target #1.
Yet assuming you see the rush coming before they hit your base (and I've taught you how), building counter units should be easy.
Countering The Void Ray Rush With Zerg
With Zerg your tier1 options consist of Queens and Spore Crawlers. Queens require a Spawning Pool and Spore Crawlers require an Evolution Chamber. Make sure you protect your Overlords with Spores or Queens. Two Queens can take out a Void, Queens do good damage verses air. So feel free to double up on them if you fear an air rush, Spores should also be placed around your main building and mineral lines. A few Spores will usually cover it. Hydralisks will be your best mobile defense verses air.
Countering the Void Ray Rush With Terran
Marines do decent verses Voids and even better with Stim Pack and the HP boost upgrade. One or two Missile Turrets will provide you some defense, these are awesome anti-air (unlike they were in Starcraft 1). I think that it must go without saying that you will focus fire down the Voids with Marines. Of course if you can build Vikings, you will be able to destroy Void Rays.
Countering The Void Ray Rush With Protoss
I tell you how to do this in one word, Stalkers. Stalkers are awesome anti-air. With Blink, they only become way more dangerous. Blink will help you catch fleeting or even attacking Void Rays. Stalkers do a nice amount of damage and are tough enough to absorb some Void beam. With a little micro you won't even have to lose your Stalkers.
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