ZvP 7 Roach Rush

General Overview

This classic 7 Roach Rush all-in is a great build for newer players to learn one base macro with.  It hits a very quick timing that can crush through inexperienced or unsuspecting opponents.

Build Order

  • 9 – Overlord
  • 15 – Spawning Pool
  • 16 – Extractor
  • 15 – Overlord
  • 15 – @100% Spawning Pool, start 1 Queen, 2 Lings, Roach Warren, and 2 more Overlords
    • Cut Drone production
  • @100% Roach Warren, start 7 Roaches
  • Attack your opponent when your first Roaches finish (@5:00ish) with around 7 Roaches, 2 Zerglings, and 15 Drones at home.
    • Constantly reinforce with Roaches and Zerglings (prioritize Roaches)

Scouting

This build can be performed against any opener Protoss has.  The only scouting you need to do is send your initial 2 Overlords to your opponent’s base in order to spot both where your opponent is spawned and whether or not they have a full wall-off with Photon Cannons that you will have to break down.

Transitions

This 7 Roach Rush build is a strong 1 base attack that opens with a lot of units and few Drones, so your follow-up will be very slow.  That being said, you should start to float some minerals as you are reaching your opponent’s base, so start a natural Hatchery, build a lot more Drones, start Lair, and get Roach Speed and/or Hydralisks if needed for anti-air.

Pros and Cons

This build is a strong 1 base attack that can crush your opponent early before they have their midgame even established.

However, this build can be held with Photon Cannons if your opponent is Forge Fast Expanding or with a full wall-off and a Mothership Core if your opponent has opened with a 1 base play of their own.  It also is much less economical than a macro opener such as Jaedong’s Speedling Opener.

Favorable Maps

This build is best on smaller maps so that your attack can hit your opponent as soon as possible.

  • Akilon Wastes
  • Derelict Watcher
  • Bel’Shir Vestige
  • Yeonsu

Replays

7 Roach Rush Tutorial Replay vs a Very Easy AI