SC2: New Protoss Units in HotS – Strengths and Weaknesses

In this guide we are going to teach you about all 3 of the new Protoss units in the latest expansion for Starcraft 2's Heart of the Swarm. We cover the Tempest, Oracle, and Mothership Core going over the best Counters and what they are weak against.

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Tempest

sc2-TempestBasically a siege tank which has better range. It is tier 3.5 and requires a fleet beacon. If you want to dominate the late game, this is the unit to get. Tempests have the longest range in the game, but the sight range is small, similar to a siege tank. You need additional sight to shoot that far. 

Strengths 

Very strong with good sight and scouting. Take advantage of ledges and high ground against enemy attackers. The range difference between with sight and without sight is 15 and 12 respectively.

Weaknesses

When swarm of enemies come at you, such as clumps of marines, clumps of hydralisk or blink stalkers. Need support units to be effective, especially ground.

Strong Against

Seige tank, swarm host, colossus, brood lord, battlecruiser

Best Against

Broodlord, colossus, seige tank

Weak Against

Ground anti-air troops can take out tempests very easily, must be protected with other air or ground units. Take advantage of the range

Worst Against (counters)

Vikings, corruptor, void ray

Oracle

Protoss_OracleThis unit has many new spells as a spellcaster. The unit type is light - mechanical - psionic. Therefore, it is cannot be sniped by the sniper's ability. Oracle can quickly kill enemy workers with its pulsar beam. In addition, it has really fast movement speed which is generally a strong harassment unit.

Strengths 

The unit is relatively inexpensive that is produced in a Stargate. It has really strong attacks against light unit types like marines in small numbers. Harassing workers without anti air is a key advantage that protoss don't have before Heart of the Swarm.

Weaknesses

Any anti air land units will absolutely destroy this unit. Especially fast hydralisk and stimmed marines.

Strong Against

All workers and spread out light units.

Best Against

SCV, drone, probe, mule

Weak Against

marine, hydralisk, stalker, anti air defense, anti air units.

Worst Against (counters)

Viking, corruptor, phoenix, mutalisk, anti-air defense

Mothership Core

SC2-MothershipCoreMothercore is the new pre-mothership unit. The unit is first constructed at the Nexus and then upgraded to the mothership when you have advanced tech in Protoss. Mothership core extends some of the cool abilities of a mothership in addition to a few others. 

Strengths 

Its Photon Overcharge ability is a counter to Warp-In on PvP, along with countering zerg rush techniques.

Weaknesses

High tier or high dps units destroy mothership core.

Strong Against

widow mine, zergling, zealot

Best Against

hydralisk, marines

Weak Against (counters)

Viking, mutalisk, phoenix, hydralisk

Worst Against

Viking, mutalisk

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