If you want to master the Terran race in Starcraft 2, then you need to know the best Starcraft 2 Terran strategies out there that will get the job done. And what better place to get it than straight from the Pros? This Starcraft 2 Terran Strategy guide is built to help you win.
I created this website to share what I learn with you. I am constantly watching Pro Starcraft 2 replays and learning new strategies to help me climb the ranks in my bracket. This whole site is dedicated to being the best source of Terran strategies on the web.
But before you sink your teeth into all the Starcraft 2 Terran strategy guides on this site, there one thing you have to master first, MACRO.
Macro is your ability to control your army as a whole: Keeping up a huge economy and training lots of troops to wear down your opponent on the battlefied. Though it sounds simple, macro is a very hard skill to master and takes a lot of practice doing the right things.
If you’ve ever played against an opponent and at the score screen they beat you in resources and units, you got out-macroed. All the Terran strategies in the world won’t help you if you don’t have the resources and units to put them into action.
That’s why I came up with 3 simple steps for myself to follow every game to make sure that I have enough resources and units to compete with my opponents.
I put it all together in an easy-to-read format that I’ve dubbed “The Macro Mastery Guide” and I want you to have it. To grab it now, click the link below:
After you’ve gone through the Macro Mastery Guide, you’re ready to start learning more specific Terran strategies that will help you defeat your opponents no matter what matchup you’re in. Whether you’re in a Terran vs Protoss, a Terran vs Zerg, or even a Terran vs Terran mirror match you’ll need a different strategy for each.
To find what you’re looking for, use the “Terran Strategy Guides” menu on the sidebar to your right and you’ll be able to browse through all the different strategies that I’ve written about. If you know of a strategy that you would like to have covered, head to the “Contact Me” page and let me know! I’ll be able to research it and do a blog post on it soon.
As a Terran player there are 2 big playstyles (and variations in between) available to you that you should work to get good with. They each have their strengths and weaknesses, and neither is the “right” way to play. Some players are better with one or the other, and you may be more comfortable with one so do as you please. They are both powerful and can help you win games.
The 2 Main Terran Strategies are Infantry (aka Bio) and Mech. Here’s a little bit about each:
Starcraft 2 Terran Strategy Option #1: Terran MMM or Infantry Build
Unlike Starcraft 1 where all the infantry you had was Marines and Firebats (and Ghosts, haha) in Starcraft 2 Terran players have a lot more powerful options in an infantry build. In fact, in Starcraft 2 you can go a whole game without even building 1 mech unit if you’d like.
A Terran Infantry build will consist of a combination of mainly three units: Marines, Marauders, and Medivacs. This is commonly referred to as the Terran MMM build. You’re going to want a lot of Barracks to make infantry units in a hurry, and a few Starports to have enough Medivacs to heal your soldiers.
If you’re against Protoss or Zerg, it’s a good idea to throw some Ghosts into the mix so you can EMP enemy casters like Infestors and High Templar (and get those pesky shields out of the way). If you’re doing an infantry build you should build 2 Engineering Bays so you can get them upgraded to 3/3 fast.
Terran Strategy Option #2: Mech Build
The Terran Mech build is very powerful to use but it’s major weakness is that it’s so immobile. Siege Tanks have to be stationary to be dangerous, and Thors are extremely slow. A Mech build is best used in an aggressive way so your enemy can’t just run away.
If you want to play Terran mech then you need a lot of Factories. Your army will consist mainly of Hellions, Tanks, and Thors. It’s a pretty expensive build so you’ll have to expand fast and early to keep up with unit production. Siege your tanks up outside your opponent’s base, then slowly leap-frog your way in. When you do it right you’ll always have a few Tanks in Siege mode to take out any incoming units.
The worst position you can get caught in is when all your tanks are unsieged. It takes them 3 seconds to get into Siege mode, which is an eternity when you’re under attack. So keep your Hellions and Thors out front to soak up damage and let your Tanks get in position. Thors are relatively weak against big air units, so you will need to assist your army with Vikings if your opponent gets to the higher tier air units.
Getting a couple Armory’s will help you get your vehicle weapons and armor upgraded fast. Your big mech units benefit greatly from upgrades so don’t forget about them!
The basic Starcraft 2 Terran strategy has been laid out for you, so now it’s up to you to decide on which you like best and start practicing. As you encounter certain situations, be sure to come back and look up the strategy that will help you overcome it. Or if I haven’t covered it yet, let me know and I’ll do my best to get one up for you!
Remember though, the first thing you need to work on is the basics. Macro is more important than micro so don’t get caught up too much controlling your units. Grab my Macro Mastery Guide now, practice those strategies and you’ll start winning more games, I guarantee it!