14 Pool 14 Gas Build Order
Zerg Build Orders --> 14 Pool 14 Gas (you are here)
Build Difficulty: Low - This is a great starter Zerg build
Versatility: High - standard opening for even Pro-level players
Maps: Small 2 Player Maps
Best Against: Zerg, Terran
Weak Against: None
The 14 Pool 14 Gas is a standard Zerg opening in Zerg vs Zerg and versus all races on smaller maps where fast
expansions are not as viable. This is one of the standard Zerg build orders, at both the beginner and professional
Here is how it would typically play out:
14: Spawning Pool
14: Vespene Extractor (could vary slightly)
From here, you have the option between going for units or building up your economy. The great thing about this
build is that you are getting the Spawning Pool early enough to stop any rush, but are not sacrificing too much
If you scout that the enemy is not playing aggressively, you can go for a Hatchery next and continue to drone
up, giving you the economical advantage. The relatively early Vespene Geyser lets you grab a Lair earlier so you
can take while you ramp up your economy.
If the enemy is rushing, or if you want to apply early pressure, you should have the gas to get the speed
upgrade for Zerglings and throw down a Roach Warren or Baneling Nest.
I believe the best way to progress with this build depends on the race you are playing against:
This is my go-to build-order in Zerg vs Zerg match-ups, especially if we are on a 2-player map. If I see that
the enemy is fast expanding (which happens frequently), I will throw down a Roach Warren and proceed to pump out
You can then go in with your Roaches for an attack. Usually this does not kill the player, but that is not the
point. When your Roaches get outside the enemy player's base, throw down your Hatchery so this can be constructed
while you work your attack.
Next, move in and harass the enemy as much as you can. While you might be able to take the enemy out, if they
scouted even halfway decently they probably have a Spine Crawler, a few Queens, and start morphing in tons of
Sometimes you will win outright in this situation, but usually you can end up taking out a few Queens plus some
Drones before your attack is stopped. The whole point of this process is that it forces the enemy player to spend a
ton of money and larva building defense and keeps the fight in their base.
Meanwhile, while your Roaches are attacking, at your main base you can be pumping out Drones to your
newly-formed Hatchery non-stop. Given that all of the enemy's troops are in his own base trying to fend off your
attack, you are free to safely drone up.
If you get defeated an expect a counter, you have plenty of time to make more Roaches and Crawlers.
Alternatively, you can continue to pump out Roaches if you think you have a shot of finishing the game then and
However, I have found that most of the times I end up losing the fight but coming out with a 10 Drone lead on my
opponent and then am able to go on and win the game.
Against Terran players, many times players will opt to actually go 14 Gas, 14 Pool, and then a 15-16 Hatch. The
whole purpose of this is that you can research +speed to Zerglings as soon as the Spawning Pool finishes.
This pack of Speedlings can then head off any Reaper aggression. Alternatively, should the player go for quick
Marines and Marauders, you can use this extra gas to morph in some Banelings.
Unless the Protoss player is going for a proxy Zealot rush, I will always opt for a 15 Hatchery 14 Pool build order. This allows me to secure my
natural, whereas a 14 Spawning Pool can be quite vulnerable to an all-out 4-Gate push.
The 14 Pool 14 gas build order is a great build order for both beginners and for advanced players. Try it on two
player maps, especially if you have had problems securing your natural expansion early in the game.