Starcraft 2: Countering the Reaper Rush

written by Toni Nalivakio

The reaper rush can be quite a tragic end to many potential StarCraft 2 games and wins. But you can counter this and actually use your opponents rush to do this against them. We are going to give you step-by-step instruction on how you can do this to your success!

Believe it or not, this is actually one of the more easier rushes to counter, the key here, however is scouting.

Scouting
Scouting is something that is highly important when doing this, you want. You want to see an early refinery, barracks, a supply depot, and scv's going for the refinery; Also watch for the quick tech lab on the barracks.

By seeing all these signs, you can rest assure that you are about to be reaper rushed. You also want to try to watch out for any type of scv that may be building a bunker near your mineral line. Because once that bunker is down and several reapers are installed in that bunker, it could be goodnight for your StarCraft efforts.

Terran Reaper Counter
Okay so this is how you counter a reaper with terran. You first want to make sure that you are scouting your opponent and seeing the above signs. You want to go with this build order.

10/11 supply: Supply Depot
12 Barracks
13 Refinery

And you want to make sure that you are mining hard. As soon as you get the necessary stuff, you want to add a tech lab to your barracks and train your Marauder, teach your marauders concussive shells so that you can slow down your reapers and you can kite them better as well! Easy win.

Protoss Reaper Counter
If you are a protoss player, you can probably expect this, you simply want to avoid going for the early photon cannons, this does nothing for you. Here's a nice little build order that can help you.
• 9 Pylon
• 12/19 supply: Gateway
• 14 Assimilator
• 15 Cybernetics Core

Use chrono boost on your gateway and produce a stalker extremely fast, this is the reaper's nemesis, even when they are in the bunker, but you will want to make atleast 2 stalkers so that you can destroy his bunker if he builds one and the scv's that are repairing the bunker.

Zerg Reaper counter
This is a very easy strategy, just get a queen, and 4 zerglings. You want to build the zerglings in the game, because they are faster than the reapers, and simply attack them and use your queens to finish them off.

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