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Hard Counters and Soft Counters

From Liquipedia StarCraft Brood War Wiki

A hard counter is something that beats its counterpart even with inferior investment.

A soft counter usually beats its counterpart, but may lose with inferior investment.

We prefer not to use these terms on this wiki. They are ambiguous and there are many edge cases. For example, in ZvZ, 9 pool is usually considered a hard counter to 12 hatchery. However, if you can keep the 12 Hatchery alive, and still make the right decisions to carry the larvae advantage into a win, then obviously 9 pool was not a hard counter to 12 hatchery.