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A Ball usually describes a large number of units moving as one group. The ball is characterized by its considerable destructive power. The term carries the connotation that the army can't directly be engaged and needs to be whittled down over time. It can also be referred to as a Blob.

There are two paradigmatic uses:

Terran Ball[edit]

In TvZ, this describes a large complement of infantry, accompanied by Science Vessels and usually Siege Tanks. The larger the ball, the harder it is for the Zerg to take it out. In TvP this would refer to a large number of Tanks and Vultures. Due to Tanks dealing splash damage, their effectiveness also increases when working in groups.

Protoss Ball[edit]

Used almost exclusively in PvZ, this describes a large group of Protoss units, often with significant splash damage capability provided by High Templar, Reavers, and Archons.