Starcraft 2 PvZ 1-Gate 2-Gas Fast Expand Build
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Gas Fast Expand
If you are looking for an alternative two base build to the
Forge Fast Expand opener, this is a good one to choose. This
build is a little less economical, but offers the opportunity to make an effective, early attack should the
Zerg player take a fast third expansion.
The 1 Gate 2 Gas Fast Expand Build involves getting out 1 Gateway, 2 Assimilators, and the Cybernetics Core
before grabbing the expansion. The Protoss then uses the Mothership Core and an early Gateway unit or two to defend
against Zergling attacks while they build up their Probe count and production facilities.
Compared to the Forge Fast Expansion, the Nexus is delayed slightly and the front door is more vulnerable to
Zerglings, but gas intake and Warp Gate Research will finish much earlier. This gives the Protoss player the option
of attacking a Zerg much earlier in the game as compared to the Forge Fast Expand build.
This build really shines when the Zerg player takes a fast third expansion. Many Zergs have begun doing this by
default against Protoss players as they assume the Protoss will go for a Forge Fast Expand build. When the Zerg
takes a quick third, by default they will vulnerable to the early aggression possible with this Protoss opener.
1-Gate 2 Gas Fast Expand Build order
Below, we will start with the standard opener as well as provide one option for making an attack. This attack
will use 3 Warpgates and a Stargate as production facilities. Theoretically you could use the same opener
and go a different route, such as 6-8 Warp Gates or even transition into the Immortal and Sentry All In.
15/18: Assimilator x2
18/18: Cybernetics Core
23/26: Warp Gate Research
21/26: Nexus (cancel Zealot if no Zergling rush. Keep Zealot if Zerglings appear.)
23/26: Mothership Core
28/34: Gateway x2 (this completes wall-in at natural expansion with Pylon and Sentry).
**This is where the default opener ends. Below, we will demonstrate one transition, the 3-Gate Stargate rush**
38/52: Proxy Pylon (hidden just outside Zerg's base. Send your Mothership Core nearby to help protect this).
50/60: Zealot x3 (at Proxy Pylon)
Executing the Build
Once your 2 Phoenix finish, you can send them in to the proxy Pylon to join your Zealots and Mothership Core.
The Sentries should stay at your natural expansion to provide Force Fields and damage to prevent Zergling
Once the Phoenix arrive in position, warp in another round of 3 Zealots and go in for the attack at the Zerg
third base. You should have 6 Zealots, 2 Phoenix, and a Mothership Core. Zealots are expendable and should be used
to attack enemy Zerglings and Queens as a priority. Do your best to keep the Mothership Core and Phoenix alive, as
this opener relies on the Phoenix count to really gain an advantage over the opponent.
Roaches are the big thorn in your side, but you can use Time Warp to help prevent them from kiting your Zealots
initially. Once Phoenix count increases, you can use the Phoenix to lift off Roaches to reduce the Zerg's DPS, even
though the Phoenix count has to climb to 6+ before you can actually kill off Roaches this way. Just lifting them
off and taking them out of the fight is helpful. Once you have 4 Phoenix, you can also lift off Queens and take
them down within 1 Graviton Beam.
A good Zerg will try to add on Spore Crawlers to defend against the Phoenix. Keep your Mothership Core and
Phoenix out of range of these Spore Crawlers and use your Zealots to focus them down.
The whole idea here is to just trade Zealots for Zerglings, Roaches, and Queens while your Phoenix count climbs.
Once you reach 6+ Phoenix, this is where you start getting major momentum. From here, you can fly into the natural
and main expansions, pick up Queens, and burst them down. With no Inject Larva, Zerg production will be minimized,
and your Zealot count will start to overwhelm the Zerg's Roach count.
With a lot of Phoenix on the field, you can also burst down Overlords. Even if the Zerg has their Overlords
clustered over a Spore Crawler and a Queen, you can still take them out without the Zerg penetrating the Phoenix
shields. It only takes a couple seconds for a pack of Phoenix to take out a Queen or an Overlord. Any DPS from a
Spore Crawler or Queen during this window will not pierce the Phoenix' shields in this short time.
If the Zerg is still holding on, you will notice that your minerals should be building up. Add on 3 more
Warpgates and use the extra production to warp in a bigger wave or two of Gateway units and you will overwhelm the
As a side note, if you are struggling with Phoenix micro, you can always opt for Void Rays instead of Phoenix.
The only downside to that approach is that Void Ray and Zealot combinations are weak against Mutalisks. You
will have to keep an eye out for Mutalisk tech so you can switch into Phoenix should the Zerg get out a
Going for quick Warp Gate Tech before expanding is an excellent way to take advantage of greedy Zerg opponents
who have become too familiar with Forge Fast Expand openers. The Nexus is not delayed much over the Forge Fast
Expand build and the fast Warp Gate Research allows you to initiate an early attack against the Zerg.