Countdown | StarCraft: Brood War (Protoss #8)

Main Protoss base, the planet Shakuras.


BRIEFING

Artanis: This entire chain of events has been masterminded by Kerrigan, and we played right into her hands!

Zeratul: Yes we did, Artanis. Yet our course is set nonetheless. Using the Temple’s energies against the renegade Zerg may accomplish Kerrigan’s aims, but it is still our only chance of survival.

Raszagal: And survive we will, my warriors. For too long have we labored in futile defense as our enemies push us further and further away from victory. The time has come to let loose the full fury of our powers! Never again shall Shakuras be despoiled by the foul touch of alien species! These Zerg shall be the first to fall before us!

Zeratul: Matriarch, I have served you for many millennia. I have always valued your wisdom and strength. Yet lately, in your mind, I have sensed something that clouds your true spirit. Though Kerrigan has gone, I wonder if her treachery still remains?

Raszagal: Be at ease, Zeratul. I am still the same Raszagal you have always known. These recent events have weighed heavily upon me and I am wearied. But fear not; my warrior spirit will shine before you, and light your path to victory.

Zeratul: Indeed.

Artanis: The time for action is upon us! The crystals must be taken to the Temple while the Zerg still muster their forces. I shall carry the Uraj myself, while Zeratul handles the Khalis.

Raszagal: Executor, you shall provide escort for Artanis and Zeratul as they make their way to the Temple. Gods willing, we will channel the energies of the Xel’Naga, and scour this world clean of the Zerg! Go now, my children, and know that the survival of our entire race depends upon your actions!


OBJECTIVES

  • Bring Artanis and Zeratul to the Temple.
  • Protect the Temple from the Zerg.
  • Artanis and Zeratul must survive.

RESOURCES

In this mission, you have 2 Protoss bases: left-center and bottom-center.

SOUTHERN BASE

You start with 4 Probes, 3 Dragoons, 4 Zealots, Artanis (Scout).

Buildings: Nexus, Forge, Cybernetics Core, Gateway, 2 Pylons, and 2 Photon Cannons.

NORTHERN BASE

You start with 4 Probes, 3 Dragoons, and Zeratul (Dark Templar).

Buildings: Nexus, Gateway, Citadel of Adun, 3 Pylons, and 3 Photon Cannons.

1000 Minerals – 1000 Vespene Gas – 28/66 Supplies.


STRATEGY

Raszagal: When you bring the crystals to the Temple, the Zerg will surely send all of their legions to destroy you. You must be prepared to protect the Temple itself from the Swarm!

Send the 4 Probes in Artanis’ base to harvest minerals. Make each Probe to harvest a different mineral node.

Build a Probe at Artanis’ base.

Select the Cybernetics Core. Upgrade Singularity Charge to increase Dragoon attack range.

Build a Dragoon.

Select all 4 Probes at Zeratul’s base. Command them to harvests minerals — a different mineral node each.

NOTE: From now on, whenever you build a new Probe, select the Nexus and rally it to a different mineral node each time.

Build a Probe at Zeratul’s base.

Select the Citadel of Adun. Develop Leg Enhancements to increase Zealot movement speed.

Build a Dragoon at Zeratul’s base.

Build a Probe at Zeratul’s base.

Select the Forge. Upgrade Ground Weapons Level 1.

Build a Probe at Artanis’ base.

Build a Probe at Zeratul’s base.

Build a Probe at Artanis’ base.

Build a Probe at Zeratul’s base.

Build an Assimilator at the Vespene Geyser in Artanis’ base.

Build a Dragoon at Artanis’ base.

Build a Dragoon at Zeratul’s base.

Build a Probe at Artanis’ base.

Build a Probe at Zeratul’s base.

Build a Probe at Artanis’ base.

Build 2 Probes at Zeratul’s base.

Build a Dragoon at Artanis’ base.

Build a Probe at Artanis’ base.

Position all Dragoons near the bridge.

Build a Probe at Zeratul’s base.

Build a Dragoon at Zeratul’s base.

Build a Probe at Artanis’ base.

Build a Probe at Zeratul’s base.

At 1:30, 8 Zerglings will attack Artanis’ base.

Build a Probe at Zeratul’s base.

Build a Pylon at Zeratul’s base.

Build a Probe at Artanis’ base.

Build a Probe at Zeratul’s base.

Send 4 Dragoons and 2 Zealots from Artanis base to attack northwest. Be careful with the Sunken Colony. Lure the Mutalisk with a zealot and bring it into the Dragoons’ attack range.

Build a Dragoon at Zeratul’s base.

Lure a Ultralisk, 2 Hydralisk and a nearby Lurker out of the creep to avoid damage from the 2 Sunken Colony, then kill them. Then retreat away from the Creep to wait for more reinforcements from the Gateway. Standby.

Bring the 6 Dragoons from Zeratul’s base south to attack the same Zerg base. Destroy this Spore Colony.

Build a Probe at Zeratul’s base.

Build a Probe at Artanis’ base.

Build a second Gateway at Zeratul’s base.

Lure these 5 Zerglings away from the Sunken Colony. Manuever individual Dragoons to move away if they lose their Plasma Shields. You might aggro a Ultralisk from the east. Then retreat away from the creep to wait reinforcements from the Gateway.

Build a Probe at Artanis’ base.

Build a Dragoon at Zeratul’s base.

Build a Dragoon at Artanis’s base.

Build a Probe at Artanis’ base.

Select the Forge. Upgrade Ground Armor Level 1.

Build a Probe at Artanis’ base.

Build a Probe at Zeratul’s base.

Build a Templar Archives at Zeratul’s base.

Build a Pylon at Zeratul’s base.

Build 2 Zealots at Zeratul’s base.

Build 2 Pylons at Artanis’ base.

Build a Probe at Artanis’ base.

Build a Probe at Zeratul’s base.

Build a third Gateway at Zeratul’s base.

Build a fourth Gateway at Zeratul’s base.

Send all Zeratul’s new units to join your army.

Build a Probe at Artanis’ base.

Build a Probe at Zeratul’s base.

Build a second Forge at Artanis’ base.

Build a third Forge at Artanis’ base.

Build 2 Dragoons at Zeratul’s base.

Build a Dragoon at Artanis’ base.

Build a Probe at Artanis’ base.

Build a Probe at Zeratul’s base.

By now the 2 new Gateways are complete. Build 1 Dragoon in each of them at Zeratul’s base.

Build 2 Templar at Zeratul’s base.

Build 2 Zealots at Zeratul’s base.

Select a Forge. Upgrade Ground Weapons Level 2.

Build a Zealot at Artanis’ base.

Build a Probe at Artanis’ base.

Build a Probe at Zeratul’s base.

Select all 4 Gateways in Zeratul’s base to Rally new units to this location.

Build 5 Pylons at Zeratul’s base.

Command your Zeratul army to destroy the 3 Sunken Colony and Spore Colony at this location.

Build 3 Zealots at Zeratul’s base.

Build a Robotics Facility at Zeratul’s base.

Now move Zeratul’s army toward the Zerg base here, but don’t enter it. Just go in and out to lure out the Lurker to unburrow and chase you outside the creep.

Merge the 2 Templars into an Archon.

Now send Zeratul and Artanis’ armies simultaneously into the Zerg base from the north and south.

This is how the full Zerg base looks at these coordinates. Expect at least 8 Zerglings and 3-4 Hydralisks to unburrow and attack.

Build 4 Zealots at Zeratul’s base.

Continue to send new units toward the Zerg base to assist your armies.

Build 2 Probes at Artanis’ base.

Build 2 Probes at Zeratul’s base.

Select a Forge. Upgrade Plasma Shields Level 1

Build a Probe at Artanis’ base.

Build a Probe at Zeratul’s base.

Build 2 Zealots at Zeratul’s base.

Build an Observatory at Zeratul’s base.

Build a fifth Gateway at Zeratul’s base.

Build a Pylon at the just destroyed Zerg base — now to be described as expansion base #1.

Build a Probe at Artanis’ base.

Build a Probe at Zeratul’s base.

Build 4 Zealots at Zeratul’s base.

Build a sixth Gateway at Zeratul’s base.

Build a seventh Gateway at Zeratul’s base.

Select all the new Gateways in construction and set Rally to this location.

Select a Forge. Upgrade Ground Armor Level 2.

Build 2 Zealots at Zeratul’s base.

Build a Pylon near the Vespene Geyser at expansion base #1.

Build 5 Zealots.

Build an Observer.

Move your Army across the bridge to the east of the Rally point — you will encounter a few Zerglings and Lurkers walking around.

Build 5 Zealots.

Build 4 Pylons near the Vespene Geyser at expansion base #1.

Now command your army to attack the Zerg within the Xel’Naga Temple grounds. Bring an Observer. Bring Artanis and Zeratul with you, and move the both heroes into the beacon when the area is cleared.

There are about 3 Zerglings burrowed near the Vespene Geyser (north).

Build 3 Zealots at Zeratul’s base.

Build an Observer.

Rally all your Gateways to the new location — in the Xel’Naga Temple gates.

Once Zeratul and Artanis stand on the Xel’Naga Temple beacon, a dialogue starts.

Artanis: The Uraj is secured!

Zeratul: The Khalis is secured!

Artanis: Executor, Zeratul and I will begin to channel the Temple’s energies. You must prevent the Zerg from destroying the Temple while we work! Adun be with you, Executor!


NEW MISSION OBJECTIVE

  • Save the Temple from being destroyed.

(Temple activates)

That message onscreen tells me things are going to get crazy. So maybe, optionally, it might be better to build several Pylons and Photon Cannons around the area before bringing Zeratul and Artanis to the beacon.

There are 5 Zerg bases around the isle the Xel’Naga Temple is located at — so expect a lot of Overlords dropping units outside the walls of the Temple, as well as Mutalisks, Devourers, Guardians, and Queens.

A 15:00 minutes countdown begins.

NOTE: This strategy build order took 12:20 minutes to build an army and clear a path toward the Xel’Naga Temple.

Build a Probe at Artanis’ base.

Build a Probe at Zeratul’s base.

Select all Gateways and set Rally point inside the Xel’Naga Temple grounds.

Select the Robotics Facility and set Rally point inside the Xel’Naga Temple grounds.

Build 2 Pylons near the Xel’Naga Temple.

Select a Forge. Upgrade Ground Armor Level 3.

Build a Photon cannon at the Vespene Geyser area in expansion #1.

Build 3 Zealots.

Build 4 Pylons — each by the chokepoints between the wall entrances of the Xel’Naga Temple grounds.

Around 13:05 in the countdown, a wave of 4-5 Mutalisks will attack Artanis’ base.

Build Photon Cannons around the Xel’Naga Temple itself, and a Nexus at this spot.

Move some of your forces to defend Zeratul’s base and Artanis’ base.

Build many Photon Cannons around both bases.

Around 10:40, 2 Mutalisks and 3 Guardians will attack Artanis’ base.

Select 12 Probes from Zeratul’s base. Command them to harvest Minerals at the Xel’Naga Temple Minerals. Select all 12, and command to harvest a mineral node. Deselect a Probe, and choose another node, deselect a Probe, and choose another node. So on until all Probes have a different mineral node.

Build 2 Probes at the Xel’Naga Temple’s Nexus.

Command your Forces to clean the path between Zeratul’s base and the Xel’Naga temple in case there are any Zerg able to destroy your 12 Probes heading to the temple.

Around 9:20, another 3 Mutalisks attack Artanis’ base.

Build 2 Probes at the Xel’Naga Temple’s Nexus (west).

Build 2 Probes at the Xel’Naga Temple’s Nexus (east).

Build an Assimilator at the Xel’Naga Temple’s southern Vespene Geyser.

Build 4 Zealots at Zeratul’s base.

At 8:45 in the countdown, 3 Guardians attack Zeratul’s base.

Build 2 Pylons at the Xel’Naga Temple.

Send 3 Probes to harvest Vespene Gas at the Xel’Naga Temple (if it’s complete — just don’t forget to check on it. This gas is essential as your bases elsewhere are getting hammered by Mutalisks and Guardians).

Build 3 Dragoons.

Build 2 Probes in each Nexus at the Xel’Naga Temple.

Build an Assimilator on the western Vespene Geyser at the Xel’Naga Temple grounds.

Build a third Nexus at the Xel’Naga Temple grounds.

Build 2 Probes at each Nexus in the Xel’Naga Temple grounds.

At 7:50, Zeratul’s base is attacked by 2 Hydralisks, a Guardian, and a few Zerglings.

At 7:30, 10 Mutalisks and 4 Guardians attack the Xel’Naga Temple.

Build more Photon Cannons to replace the ones destroyed, and more for the upcoming waves of Mutalisks.

Build 8 Dragoons as soon as Vespene Gas allows, and rally them to the Xel’Naga Temple.

At 5:40, 4 Guardians attack the Xel’Naga Temple.

Select a Forge. Upgrade Plasma Shields Level 2.

At 5:10, 6 Mutalisks and 3 Guardians attack the Xel’Naga Temple from the west. 2 Ultralisks, 4 Hydralisks and a bunch fo Zerglings attack the Xel’Naga Temple from the southern Vespene Geyser.

It is important to replace any lost Assimilators and harvest Vespene Gas as soon as possible. Only Dragoons can stop these Mutalisk/Guardian assaults.

Replace all lost Pylons and Photon Cannons to keep up fending off the Zerg from the Xel’Naga Temple.

Build 5 Dragoons.

Continue to build more Photon Cannons.

Build 5 Dragoons.

Keep up that pace.

The last 2 minutes is a nightmare. You can try to lure Mutalisks away from the Xel’Naga Temple if you run dry on Dragoons and Photon Cannons.

At 0:00 in the countdown…

Zeratul: Executor, the channeling is complete! Withdraw our forces into the Temple… And brace yourself!


FACTIONS

  • Fleet of the Matriarch
  • Jormungand Brood (Renegade Zerg)
  • Garm Brood (Renegade Zerg)
  • Unknown (Renegade Zerg)
STARCRAFT: REMASTERED WALKTHROUGH MENU
Episode 1: Rebel Yell (TERRAN CAMPAIGN)
1. Boot Camp2. Wasteland3. Backwater Station4. Desperate Alliance
5. The Jacobs Installation6. Revolution7. Norad II8. The Trump Card
9. The Big Push10. New Gettysburg11. The Hammer Falls12. Cinematic: The Inauguration
Episode 2: Overmind (ZERG CAMPAIGN)
1. Among The Ruins2. Egression3. New Terran Dominion4. Agent of the Swarm
5. The Amerigo6. The Dark Templar7. The Culling8. Eye for an Eye
9. The Invasion of Aiur10. Full Circle11. Cinematic: The Invasion of Aiur
Episode 3: The Fall (PROTOSS CAMPAIGN)
1. First Strike2. Into the Flames3. Higher Ground4. The Hunt for Tassadar
5. Choosing Sides6. Into the Darkness7. Homeland8. The Trial of Tassadar
9. Shadow Hunters10. Eye of the Storm11. Cinematic: The Death of the Overmind
Episode 4: The Stand (PROTOSS CAMPAIGN)
1. Escape from Aiur2. Dunes of Shakuras3. Legacy of the Xel'Naga4. The Quest for Uraj
5. The Battle of Braxis6. Return to Char7. The Insurgent8. Countdown
9. Cinematic: Fury of the Xel'Naga
Episode 5: The Iron Fist (TERRAN CAMPAIGN)
1. First Strike2. Dylarian Shipyard3. Ruins of Tarsonis4. Assault on Korhal
5b. Emperor's Fall (Birds of War)6. Emperor's Flight7. Patriot's Blood8. To Chain the Beast
9. Cinematic: UED Victory Report
Episode 6: The Queen of Blades (ZERG CAMPAIGN)
1. Vile Disruption2. Reign of Fire3. The Kel-Morian Combine4. The Liberation of Korhal
5. True Colors6. Fury of the Swarm7. Drawing of the Web8. To Slay the Beast
9. The ReckoningX Secret Mission: Dark Origin10. Omega11. Cinematic: The Ascension

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