2v2 strategy if partner drops out early?



  • What is a good strategy if our partner leaves in the first 5 minutes?

    I play 2v2 regularly with my friend. His computer can be flaky and will occasionally freeze within the first five minutes of the game. I also sometimes have to unexpectedly drop out early in the game (married life).

    As high bronze we don't have the APM or knowledge of the other races to effectively manage both at once. How should we proceed?



  • Start by getting your ally's base up to full saturation, and then ignore it and play as if you are on two base yourself. So immediately get your two-base tech and production up.

    With the additional income, you will have a window of advantage because you can tech up more quickly than a normal game. To illustrate, for example you're zerg and your ally disconnects right at the beginning of the match. You will be able to build a spawning pool extremely fast with the additional income, making a 6-pool even faster than it already is normally.

    So, play an aggressive game, keeping supply counts low and keep your opponents distracted. Do a stim timing, blink timing, etc. Stay in (or close to) battle, where micro is most important. This is your advantage being one player on the same economy as your opponents having to juggle armies. Two players controlling units in a single battle is not as efficient as one because you have a vision of your unit positioning, when to retreat, etc.

    You can play on even footing until your supply maxes out. Your opponents can continue producing units while you're capped at 200. So, try not to get to that point and kill them first.



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