In this article, I will be talking about the Siege Tank and its strategies in Starcraft 2. Siege Tank has been a classic Terran unit in Starcraft; the staple of any Terran army. Siege tank in Starcraft 2 has changed quite a bit. I will be going over a briefly the difference and usage between the two games. Then, I will go into the advantages and disadvantages of using Siege Tank and the strategies commonly used.
[Siege Tank from the original Starcraft]
There are a couple Siege Tank changes in Starcraft 2 that are worth motioning. Siege tank in Starcraft 2 has a smaller range in siege mode. They are more expensive; cost 125 gas instead of 100 gas. Keep in mind that gas in Starcraft 2 is more important because higher tech units are exponentially more powerful. Siege tank's damage is now reduced vs armored but increased vs light 50 and 35 respectively in Patch 1.1.
[Advantages of Siege Tanks]
- High damage; deals about 25 damage per second in tank mode.
- The Siege Tank in Siege Mode has high damage and large radius splash.
- On top of the high damage, the range of Siege Tank is longer than most ranged units.
[Disadvntages of Siege Tanks]
- Siege Tank cost 150 minerals and 125 gas for a 160 Hit Point unit. That is a very expensive cost to HP ratio.
- Siege Tanks are slow; they need setup before the fight to maximize their damage.
- Cannot attack air and easily flanked; requires additional troop support at all times.
[Siege Tank Strategy]
Strategy using the Ledge with Siege Tanks
Using the ledge, you can utilize the Siege Tank in many strategies and tactics. Siege Tanks has a range of 13 in siege mode. Most units will be bombarded by your tanks before even seeing the tanks' position. Using the superior range to your advantage, you can push towards the enemy's base with tanks on maps with ledges like Metalopolis and Steppes of War. In addition, put a bunker or two with marines in your forward defense around a strategic position. With this strategy, you can contain your enemy while you gain control of the map and expansions.
Siege Tank range and sight difference
Did you know the range of Siege Tanks is actually greater than the sight? They are 13 and 11 respectively. This means that Siege Tanks can shoot further than they can see. To maximize your strategic position with tanks, you can send a scout marine, float a barracks or have air units to gain the additional sight.
Strategy on Defense
You can use Siege Tanks to fortify a strategic position. Most units have a range of 5 to 6. Siege tanks will almost double the range of ranged units. This means if you put your tanks 6 range behind a ledge, The Siege Tank can fire the crucio shock cannon without retaliation even with sight. Remember, always have support units around the Siege tank because they are fragile and die easily. I like to put up a bunker, a few marines and marauders around it.
That sums it up for Starcraft 2 Siege Tanks. They are tricky to use but can be very effective. Check out some of our siege tank strategy videos below.