Zerg 6-Pool Rush
A strategy commonly known as 6-pool rush implies that using only the first 6 drones given in the beginning of the match, the player will focus on gathering 200 minerals, immediately proceeding to morph one of the drones into the Spawning Pool. The 3 larvae, that should become available by that time are used to spawn 6 zerglings which will immediately head toward the opponent’s base.
The 6-pool strategy, as any other strategy one can come up with, does not guarantee a win or a loss. However, used wisely it can determine the game’s outcome in some cases.
I personally do not recommend focusing on being good at cheese strategies such as the 6-pool zergling rush. But we still need to be aware of it in order to know how to defend ourselves from one.
It’s important to draw the line between what’s considered a Zergling rush and what’s considered a cheese strategy. Cheese strategy usually follows a certain pattern which is exactly the same all the time. This is why skilled players who spend months learning the game are often annoyed by it. Cheese tactics don’t take advantage of all the great strategies that are waiting to be executed by a player who knows more about the game and is usually a major disappointment.
A legitimate Zergling rush strategy implies improvisation. Guys. . . by that I don’t mean a 8-pool rush! A more legitimate form of a rush strategy would be to focus on building more drones and start collecting vespene gas early. Keep building zerglings and do not lead your army toward the opponent’s base until you get the Fastlings upgrade.
By following these ideas, which you can come up with by using your own creativity and improvisation, you can create a legitimate strategy. Create your own rush build, test it in an actual game and pay attention what exactly about your strategy contributes to shifting the odds in your favor.
The six-pool strategy is considered to be a micro type of strategy commonly referred to as cheese by many players. In Starcraft 2 multiplayer games, a cheese strategy is basically a quick strategy that requires little skill, usually executed at the very beginning of the game, and often disappoints skilled players who are interested in a more evolved experience.
If you are looking to gradually build your playing skills, try to avoid spending your time focusing on improving your strategies that use cheese tactics, and dedicate more time to learning legitimate ones. At the same time, don’t forget that your creativity and improvisation are rarely expected by your opponent.
Invent tactics that are unusual, yet effective. And surprise your opponent with doing things that are least expected. Imagine the possibilities that become available to you when you stop attempting to execute an obvious strategy everyone else is thinking about of using. Perhaps you can even discover a completely new and original strategy by allowing yourself to experiment.
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