Starcraft 2 Banshee Rush
The Starcraft 2 Banshee rush can be one of the most effective
rushes in game if used properly. In this article, I will discuss the proper ways to perform this rush and the best
situations for using it.
Fast Banshee Rush Build Order
In this type of Starcraft 2 Banshee
rush, you are putting all of your proverbial eggs in the same basket - you are specifically counting on your
Banshee rush finishing off your enemy. If your rush is unsuccessful, you will almost always lose this
Fortunately, the success rate is high,
especially versus Zerg players. I would not recommend this against any other race, only use this strategy against Zerg
Refinery: 10/11 supply
Barracks: 10/11 supply
Factory: 10/11 supply
Marine: 11/11 supply
Orbital Command: 11/11 supply
Starport: 11/11 supply
Supply Depot: 11/11 supply
..at this point, you can produce more
SCVs to get more gas and start building more Supply Depots and Marines. You want 3-4 Marines to keep Overlords
from scouting in your base or a few Zerglings from tearing down your wall.
You can also build a Tech Lab on your
Factory and then lift off the Factory. You can then land your Starport next to the Tech Lab to speed up your
Banshee producing process by about 15 seconds. While building up your economy and base is great, make sure you have enough resources and
supplies to build a Banshee the second your Starport has a Tech Lab attached.
As you can see, we are literally
foregoing everything (SCVs, units, supplies) in order to get the Banshee out as fast as possible. The reason we
do this is because a Banshee can defeat a Queen in 1v1 combat, and it will be impossible for the Zerg player to
produce any more anti-air than that, unless they opt for Spore Crawlers (this will not happen if they see
Once your Banshee kills off the Queen,
start picking off Drones and be on the lookout for any anti-air being produced (Spore Crawlers and Queens, etc).
Keep pumping out Banshees and picking off Spore Crawlers as they are being build and you will be fine. By the
time the second or third Banshee arrives, you should be in a good place.
A second Queen may arrive and finish
off your first Banshee, but if you continued to produce Banshees and set the rally point to the enemy's base,
your second Banshee will arrive just in time to finish off what the first one started. The Starcraft 2 Banshee
rush works every time against Zerg players as long as they don't see it and as long as they don't rush you.
To stop them from seeing it, make sure
you build your wall up nicely. Place your Factory and Barracks at your ramp and plug the final gap with a Supply
Depot or Tech Lab. You probably cannot do this quickly enough on small maps. As a result, I prefer to use this
on big maps with a lot of starting points like Metropolis.
Stopping the rush is easy. First of
all, at big maps, Zerg players never rush, especially against Terran players. Your wall will be complete by the
time they arrive with Zerglings, and you will have Banshees by the time they get Banelings. You will need a
Marine or two to chase out any Overlords from scouting inside your base or kill any Zerglings at your
Banshee Rush Build Order vs Terran and Protoss
Against these two races, 1 Banshee
will not be enough for a Starcraft 2 Banshee rush, given the Protoss player is likely to have Stalkers and
Sentries and the Terran player has Marines. The Banshee is very effective versus all of these units though, so
you will just need a few more units than the enemy.
I recommend following a similar build
order to the method above, but with a larger economy and 2 Starports. Here is an example build
Refinery: 10/11 supply
Barracks: 11/11 supply
Factory: 11/11 supply
Supply Depot: 11/11 supply
Orbital Command: 15/19 supply
Starport: 15/19 supply
Starport: 19/19 supply
Supply Depot: 19/19 supply
In this strategy, you are using two
Starports to build your Banshees. Usually about 3 Banshees is enough versus Terran (will kill about 10 Marines).
You need to be quick versus Terran as many Terran players will opt for fast Vikings in a 1v1 Terran versus
Versus Protoss players, you will be
looking to research Cloaking Technology and pump out about 5 Banshees. In the Platinum and Diamond
leagues, Protoss players usually go for a fast Observer versus Terran players.
However, Protoss players often get a
lot of Zealots and Sentries as they are expecting an MMM Combo rather than a Starcraft 2 Banshee rush. A Banshee
rush will often take them by surprise and inflict a lot of damage.
You can also sneak in on their mineral
line, kill all of their Probes, then sneak off. You can than transition into a more traditional Marine,
Marauder, and Tank build versus Protoss players and have a huge economical
advantage by using your Banshees.
There are a lot of different ways to
perform the Starcraft 2 Banshee rush. The key is using the right rush against the right race, and opting to
perform this on large maps as it gives you more time to get set up.