Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The Archon Toilet

I've seen this amazing trick pulled off more frequently recently and still many people do not know what it is; the archon toilet will destroy a pop capped army in 2-3 seconds if done correctly and it only requires some archons, a mothershop, and maybe some psi storms for added effect. Even if you aren't protoss you should know about this to make sure you don't let it happen.

If you want to go for a toilet build a mothership first and warp some of your high templar into 4-5 archons; then move out with your entire army keeping the mothership and archons in the back so they do not get sniped early. Try to catch your opponent's army when they are clustered up and drop a vortex in the middle of them. Hopefully the majority of their army gets sucked into the vortex and the stragglers get picked off.
An opponent's gut reaction is to run into the vortex so that the part of their army not caught in it doesn't get mowed down on their own, but if you are going for a toilet this is exactly what you want. Charge all of your archons into the vortex and position your high templar in a spot where they can drop storms on top of the vortex. As soon as the vortex fades drop some storms on it, they aren't necessary as the archons do a pretty good job of murdering everything but they help.
Presto, all that is left of your opponent's 200/200 army is a bunch of blood. I've watched replays of diamond and even master league players losing a game to this technique; it is amazing how fast the food count drops in a split second. So if you are playing against a mothership and you see archons, run away from the vortex for the love of God don't seek safety within it!

If you are wondering why this works it is in face quite simple. Archons have an area of effect attack that will hit all units within a small distance of their target. The vortex sucks all units together into a tight ball on the same exact spot. So for a second after the vortex breaks all the units inside are right on top of eachother allowing the archons to hit everything at once. The storms are there to finish off weakend units. Here is a short youtube video I found of the toilet but you do not need nearly as many archons as that guy had, around 4 will suffice in most cases. 

Here is another of some battlecruisers getting obliterated.

17 comments:

  1. Might have to try that strategy sometime

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  2. i heard blizzard is nerfing this. enjoy it while you can!

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  3. sounds devastating, i wont be surprised if it gets nerfed quick.

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  4. I run away whenever I see archons!

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  5. haha amazing, i gonna try this

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  6. What happens if you throw in tastetossis the casting archon in there?
    How to Hack Life.

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  7. That's a neat strategy. I'm gonna try it.

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  8. This is pretty amazing, but if you're not harassed enough to get a mothership out, something is wrong.

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  9. Ahh man love your content! Keep up the good work!

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  10. So upset this might get taken away in the next patch.

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  11. nice! never played two but SC:BW was my blood haha great post!!!

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  12. I could see this getting nerfed.

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