Oz's Nexus Forge (vs. Terran)

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[e][h] Nexus Forge Expand
Strategy Information
Matchups:
PvT
Type:
Opening
Creator:

Overview[edit]

This is a more recent version of the classic Nexus First opening that is able to repel Bunker-rushes and small Marine pokes by placing a Photon Cannon at the Natural Expansion's entrance. It is only viable against gasless openings from the Terran opponent as gas openings, especially those involving Reapers, will be able to take advantage of the late Gateway and late Cybernetics Core.

The build gained popularity as it is able to use Photon Cannons to defend against common Marine/SCV/Bunker responses to an early Nexus (including Marine/SCV all-ins).

Basic Build Order[edit]

Nexus Forge Expand

Scouting[edit]

  • The 9 Pylon scout is critical to the success of this build. You have to be able to confirm that the opponent is going for a 1 Rax Fast Expand.
  • If not they are not opening with a 1 Rax Fast Expand, either switch to a traditional Nexus First opening (if your Nexus is already down) or switch to a standard 1 Gate Fast Expand.
  • Be sure to hold any Xel'Naga Towers that would allow you to spot pushes so that you have enough time to Chrono Boost out Gateway units to prepare for them.
  • If you cannot tell how hard an opponent is committing to their pressure, it can be a good idea to build additional Cannons even if you might not need them. If you do need them then you can let them finish; if not then you can cancel them.

Maps[edit]

  • This build has been shown to work on a wide range of maps, including maps like Daybreak that have a fairly wide Natural Expansion. However, it works best on maps with a ramp at the Natural Expansion.

Replays and VODs[edit]

Sweden  ThorZaIN Alicia using this strategy in a game from NASL Season 4.
South Korea  Alicia
Date: 2012-09-15
Patch: 1.5.2 VOD
Sweden  ThorZaIN Alicia using this strategy in a game from NASL Season 4.
South Korea  Alicia
Date: 2012-09-15
Patch: 1.5.2 VOD
South Korea  ForGG Oz using this strategy against ForGG in the GSL (subscription may be required).
South Korea  Oz
Date: 2012-04-11
Patch: 1.4.3 VOD
South Korea  Polt Oz using this strategy against Polt in the GSL (subscription may be required).
South Korea  Oz
Date: 2012-04-11
Patch: 1.4.3 VOD
South Korea  ForGG Oz using this strategy against ForGG in the GSL (subscription may be required).
South Korea  Oz
Date: 2012-04-11
Patch: 1.4.3 VOD

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