Watch Two StarCraft II Titans Fight a Three-Front War

  • Dave Oliver, Blizzard Entertainment

StarCraft II is a game of overwhelming information. Even a relatively simple attack requires quick reactions and expert precision, but navigating three engagements at once is exponentially more difficult. In the finals between Lee “Rogue” Byung Ryul and Kim “Classic” Doh Woo at the Intel Extreme Masters (IEM) in Katowice, that's exactly what we saw.

Here's the setup. Rogue has map control, so he goes for a three-pronged attack to take a game-ending advantage. It’s a huge amount of aggression for Classic to deal with, and if any of the three attacks succeed, he'll be at a severe disadvantage in either his economy or his production capabilities. Let's take a look at each part of this assault.

The Bait

The Overlord drop lands first, immediately setting to work on destroying Classic’s Warp Gates. Classic hasn’t seen any other aggression yet, so he has to Recall his forces to deal with the attack. But due to his brilliant game sense, he only Recalls exactly how many units he feels are necessary while leaving a larger force to defend his other important bases.

 

The Main Event

As soon as the Recall completes and his assault on the main begins to be repelled, Rogue engages his other two attacks. His Hydralisks descend on the fifth base with the help of some Vipers and Corruptors, but Classic has left the perfect amount of air units nearby to repel this attack as well.

 

The One-Two Punch

While Classic loses a few Tempests and his Mothership in the defense, he buys enough time for his main force to Recall back from cleaning up the main-base aggression and drives away the remaining Corruptors. Meanwhile, the Brood Lord attack has been delayed by a fair number of Photon Cannons, which allowed Classic’s freshly Recalled force to protect that base as well.

 

And once Classic’s forces regroup to come after the slow-moving Brood Lords, Rogue is forced to retreat in full.

So what’s the final result from this huge map-wide attack? Both players are still even and rebuilding their losses from their stockpile of resources. What makes this so impressive is that such an overwhelming assault across three different locations was deflected in an equally immovable defense, all in under a minute.

Here's the entire play in action:

To dig even more into this and other remarkable plays from IEM Katowice, you can download all game replays here.