The Shokz Guide, Starcraft 2 Guide

StarCraft 2 Economy Guide

Unit control, spell casting, and knowing your opponent’s plans and strategy are obviously extremely important to winning a game of StarCraft II. However, quite often, victory is determined by the amount of resources you harvest and mine, the high-level units you produce, or the upgrades you research

Get your Economy Going

At the beginning of a game, it’s important to get your economy rolling. This means training workers to collect minerals, gather gas, and build buildings. It is a good idea to continually train workers from the moment your game starts, and stop training them once you have enough to accomplish your goals. You will find that simply maintaining constant worker production will have an incredible effect on your income. Learn more about workers.

To gather resources at maximum efficiency, you should have at least 2 workers for every mineral patch in your base, and 3 workers for each vespene geyser. Most maps have 8 mineral patches and 2 vespene geysers per starting area, so creating at least 22 workers per base is generally a sound plan.

Managing your economy is a crucial part of StarCraft II - all the strategy in the world won’t help you win if you don’t have the resources to back it up!

Keep your Economy Going

To sustain your economy, you’ll want to build expansions to your main base. Expansions contain additional mineral patches and vespene geysers – they provide an opportunity to continue gathering resources after the minerals and gas in your main base run out. It’s a good idea to begin expanding before this happens, of course - you don’t want to find yourself in a situation where you have to look for another expansion and are not currently mining, as your resources will cease to grow. Learn more about expansions

Keep Your Resources Spent

Try to avoid saving up too many minerals or too much vespene gas. Games of StarCraft II aren’t won by accumulating wealth, but by crushing your enemy. If you find you have an overwhelming amount of minerals or vespene gas, it’s in your best interest to spend it on more units, unit-producing buildings, or upgrades.

If you have spare resources in a team game, ask your teammates if they need any resources, and distribute them! Though you’ll want to save for critical expenditures at the right time, it’s important to remember that money in your bank is not affecting the battlefield. It can be agonizing to lose a game when you have more resources than your opponent, but aren’t using them fast enough to win.

Long Distance Mining

Occasionally, you’ll run into a situation where the minerals at your main base are exhausted and you don’t have enough minerals to build another headquarters at another resource spot. What you can do is send your workers to the nearest mineral cluster and have them return the resources to your base (aka ‘long distance mining’). Once you have enough minerals, you can build another headquarters.


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