The Cannon Rush consists on surrounding the early enemy's base using, of course,
It can be a wise strategy to use on some games,but if something goes
wrong it can mean the defeat.
The key for this strategy to be
successful is the infiltration, and mainly stealth, that is to say, doing the rush without the enemy's notice, if he finds out what you are doing, he'll surely try to stop you.
First of all,I must warn you that this
strategy requires quite of resources.
Start mining and after the Pylon, build a Forge and scout the map to
find the enemy.
Then,when you have already located him, build the
first Pylon on the access way of his base,or in the corners.
the Pylon is ready,build several Cannons near each one of the
others,build other Pylon and more Cannons,do not build the
Cannons very separate because they can be easily be destroyed.
your Cannons should be able to attack the enemy's buildings and
units,remember to attack the more important buildings,such as
production buildings or directly attack the worker units.
You should also have some Zealots,you can
use them to attack the enemy along with Cannons.Watch your enemy,do
not allow him to escape.
If you make this strategy in the middle
of the game (thing which I wouldn't recommend), it's probable that the enemy
has some transports units for
escaping. Hence,use Corsairs to avoid him to escape by air.
everything goes well, destroyed economically, the enemy will
succumb.It's very useful if you know how to use it and if the
enemy doesn't watch his base too much ( in other words; noobs).
How to avoid it?,just watch your
base,if you see a Probe near of your base,follow him until
you're sure he won't build anything.
If you noticed that your
enemy has already started to rush you,it's more difficult situation,and if
you're playing with Zerg (the most vulnerable to this strat) try
to kill the Probe at all cost,expand the creep quickly (with Creep
Colonies of course),because the enemy can't build anything on the creep.If
you still can't destroy the Cannons,(even with
Masses attacks) then...
RUN,research Ventral Sacs and escape with Overlords if you can!.
has the advantage of litoffing their buildings,with this,you can
move the buildings out of the Cannons' range,and later in
the game,you have
Against Protoss,the best strat to combat this rush it's
with the same Cannons!,and Zealots too.On Ally games,this strat
loses effectiveness,because the ally can help his ally,or
counteratacck against you.
Last revision: 05/20/05