Tip of the Day 11/5/2013 – Mini-map Awareness

Here’s some quick tips about mini-map awareness that all veterans should be aware of and all newer players should practice until they nail them down.

Every time you build a unit from any production structure in a game ever, glance down at your mini-map and actively consider the following four things:

  • Do I see an enemy army/drop/blip on the map that I should/can deal with?
  • Do I have control of every Xel’Naga Watchtowers that I am safe to take at this time?
  • Do I have vision of the corners of the map that I can safely send a unit to or build a building at in order to spot for drops?
  • Where is my main army and is it where I want it to be?

If the answer to any of the questions is no, then you must do something about it as soon as possible.  Glancing at your mini-map often does not count as having good mini-map awareness.  Glancing at your mini-map and using the information to take map control, however, does.  Map control and mini-map awareness work hand in hand in giving you the vision and safety you need to win otherwise evenly matched games.

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