Beginner Protoss Builds for PvZ – StarCraft: Remastered
Locating a build to learn the basics in StarCraft: Remastered can be daunting. Despite StarCraft: Remastered coming out in 2017, Brood War has been around for a while. The balance for Brood War has been settled for nearly 20 years, and in that time, people have come up with plenty of different strategies across all of the possible matchups, including Protoss vs. Zerg (aka PvZ). Picking out the right one when you don’t have much knowledge about the game can be difficult. It might be tempting to pick a “cheese” build to go for easy wins, but if you want to learn the basics of PvZ and the Protoss race in general, it’s probably better to pick something that’s more standard and safe.
Liquidpedia, a long standing source for reliable StarCraft: Brood War builds and information, is an excellent resource to get you started and we recommend you take a look here at some of the PvZ builds they suggest. Out of the many they have, we recommend the following opening build: Two Gateway opener. If you’ve read any of our other build order guides, we recommend non-cheesy but still aggressive openers whenever possible.
The Two Gateway opener allows you to have an early Zealot count high enough to defend any Zerg aggression. It will allow you to be able to poke, scout, and potentially get serious damage done if the Zerg player was overly greedy, and if they are well defended, you can retreat on a potential economic lead that forced the Zerg player to invest their precious drones/larva on units and defensive structures instead of their economy. After your push, depending on what you scout, or how much damage you do, you can then decide to sit back, expand and focus on your economy, transition into higher tech, or perhaps keep the pressure on and go for an early kill if the situation allows.
Below you can see the opener in its entirety (credit to Liquidpedia). As much as you may want something that can you follow all the way until the end of the game, recall back to our beginner tips & tricks. Having a set plan that takes you all the way to the end game is difficult and not very realistic, unless you’re playing a No Rush 20 Minute game or something like that. You should have an opener like the one below to get you going, but after that, scout your opponent and react to what they have decided to do and figure out a plan for beating them. The Liquidpedia page for the Protoss vs. Zerg matchup in Brood War has more advanced tips for how you should transition plus other openers in case you want to try something different than what we recommend.
Note: The numbers is your supply in which you should begin building this unit/structure. Remember, you should be constantly building workers to increase your supply until you have your bases saturated.
- 8 – Pylon
- 10 – Gateway
- 12 – Gateway
- 13 – Zealot
- 16 – Pylon
- 17 – Zealot
- 19 – Zealot
- Keep them coming from both your Gateways and move out when you have a decent enough group to poke out with.
Good luck, have fun out there in StarCraft: Remastered and remember to construct additional Pylons.