ZvT 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 Terran 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 Bunker or Marauders that you will have to break down or fight.

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, and get Metabolic Boost as soon as possible.  Going for a Lair and getting a Banelings Nest in order to start a Zergling/Baneling/Mutalisk composition is a strong way to deal with Terran in the midgame.

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 off if your opponent scouts it and prepares with a repaired Bunker or Marauders if they have opened with a 1 base play of their own.  It also is much less economical than any Hatchery First openers.

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