Starcraft 2: The Secret To High APM & Pro Level Play

Today I want to share a little secret with you that the pros use every day to win games like crazy. If you didn’t already know, APM stands for Actions Per Minute. It’s basically how many things you do in a starcraft 2 match each minute of the game. Pro level players have ridiculously high APM’s up around 150-250. This means that they are executing over 150 actions every minute of their games. Crazy huh?

So how are they able to achieve numbers like that?

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The answer is hotkeys. They have memorized the hotkeys of every unit and every action that those units can make. This way they only ever have to use their mouse to point where those actions are taking place, NEVER to train a unit or cast a spell.

Does that sound like a lot of work to you? Sure, it can take time, but you can easily do it no matter how much time you spend playing each day.

Here’s how…

You’ll notice that when you click on a building then put your mouse over a unit you can create after the name you’ll see a letter in brackets like this: [A]  Every unit and ability in the game has a hotkey associated with it, and they are all easy to reach with your keyboard hand. From now on, EVERY TIME you create a new unit or go to cast a spell, take your mouse down to the unit/ability, look at what hotkey it is, then scroll your mouse back up to the middle of the screen. After doing that, use your keyboard hand to hit the hotkey and execute the command. I know this may slow you down at first, especially if you’ve gone a long time without using hotkeys. But if you stick with it, you’ll get faster and faster, and it won’t be long until you’re MUCH faster than you ever were using your mouse alone.

Give it a shot, I’m confident it will improve your gameplay by a ton!

Note: If you ever wanted to see what your current APM is, you can open up your most recent replay and choose the APM option in the stats drop down box in the upper left corner of the screen.

Hope this tip helps you win more!

Imagine the day when you overcome all your friends and no one you know can beat you. You could be the first to reach Diamond out of all of them.

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