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what is the most optimal start?

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3 months ago
my school is running a tournament for this game and even though i have been playing for a while against bots i would like to know the best way to start
currently my first goal is to get a Hercules before people can build defenses not because its good but the reaction my friends give when it steals their commander is golden
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3 months ago
In 1v1, there are different start depending, what fac you have, who is your enemy, what is the map etc... But it revolves around caping mex, equalizing at least energy to mex to not stall, make little raider to defend/raid, expand lightly and quickly to get good income fast, and achieving a good map control to deny mex to your enemy.
http://zero-k.info/Battles?Title=&Map=&PlayersFrom=&PlayersTo=&Age=0&MinLength=&MaxLength=&Mission=0&Bots=2&Rank=6&Victory=0
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3 months ago
When I first started out someone once told me zero k is an expansion game. Simply a mex+solar+lotus is enough to keep control of a mex for long enough
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3 months ago
you have a school running a ZK tourny?!?! wow lucky
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3 months ago
If you got a printer, I'm working on some flyers. Consider putting one up on a bulletinboard or something. Gotta get this guerilla campaign going.
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3 months ago
if they get pissed off at getting their commanders kidnapped they may think it's a bullshit strategy they can't counter and wont want to play the game again, if so I would spill the beans that all they have to do is keep their unit moving and the herc can't pick it up.

Anyway for the start: Queue placing a factory before the match starts. Get 1-2 constructors and start building metal extractors and a few solar collectors, meanwhile send a few raiders and harass the enemy, the best defense is a good offence, just try to keep those raiders alive and have them be a constant worry to the enemy.
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3 months ago
In this thread FRrankHelwor has the best rank so far. Listen to him.
His rank is top 30 casual games and top 20 competitive games.

https://zero-k.info/Charts/Ratings?RatingCategory=1&UserId=189847
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3 months ago
We're in the same time zone so if you want I could maybe give you some coaching!
not going to pretend I'm any good (ahem trinity elo inflation) but given you're dieing to herc rush maybe I can help
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3 months ago
thank you everyone here sorry for not responding i have been on holiday but this advice is very valuable
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