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    Starcraft II - Wings Of Liberty
    Hard Mode Achievement Guide
    Written by: Daniel Bradburry
    Email: daniel@mckinneyit.com
    About this document
    This guide was written to assist the casual gamer obtain all of the hard mode
    achievements in the game.  These are (almost) all above and beyond the call of
    duty, compared to the normal mode achievements that can all be done just by
    blowing through the campaign casually.
    For my campaign, I destroyed their Nydus network, and endured a hell of a
    beating from the sky in All In.
    About me
    I've been playing games now for 33 years, the first of which I 'beat' was
    Pitfall II for the Atari 2600.  My god that was a long time ago.  By now, I 
    have completed hundreds, if not thousands of titles on dozens of systems.  
    I own an onsite IT support company here in McKinney, TX where I live with my
    Table of Contents
    What Is Hard Mode?  .................[01]
    Preparing  ..........................[02]
    The Missions  .......................[03]
    	Liberation Day  .............[M01]
    	The Outlaws  ................[M02]
    	Zero Hour  ..................[M03]
    	The Evacuation  .............[M04]
    	Outbreak  ...................[M05]
    	Safe Haven  .................[M06]
    	Haven's Fall  ...............[M07]
    	The Devil's Playground  .....[M08]
    	Welcome To The Jungle  ......[M09]
    	Breakout  ...................[M10]
    	Ghost Of A Chance  ..........[M11]
    	The Great Train Robbery  ....[M12]
    	Cutthroat  ..................[M13]
    	Engine Of Destruction  ......[M14]
    	Media Blitz  ................[M15]
    	Piercing The Veil  ..........[M16]
    	Smash And Grab  .............[M17]
    	The Dig  ....................[M18]
    	Supernova  ..................[M19]
    	The Mobius Factor  ..........[M20]
    	Maw Of The Void  ............[M21]
    	Whispers Of Doom  ...........[M22]
    	A Sinister Turn  ............[M23]
    	Echoes Of The Future  .......[M24]
    	In Utter Darkness  ..........[M25]
    	Gates Of Hell  ..............[M26]
    	Belly Of The Beast  .........[M27]
    	Shatter The Sky  ............[M28]
    	All In  .....................[M29]
    Credits  ............................[04]
    [01] What Is Hard Mode?
    Hard mode is not brutal, but I knew immediately that something was different
    in the first mission when the AI slaughtered all of my units but Raynor and
    one marine.  Not only are the units tougher overall, but throughout the
    campaign you will see a ton of new units and structures threatening you that
    weren't there on normal.
    [02] Preparing
    Start a new campaign on casual, and obtain all of your technologies and
    upgrades that you will want in the hard mode missions.  Plan accordingly -
    I am not going to advise you on what to take, as the choice is yours.  Also,
    decide whether for the final mission you will sink the caverns or take out
    their aerial support, as this will determine your experience for All In (as
    I mentioned earlier, I took out the canals).
    Doing it this way allows you to replay each mission on Hard with your current
    status at the time on casual, and completing the mission still counts toward
    your goal.  This keeps you focused on surviving the mission and gaining the
    achievement, and saves you from losing resources chasing down unnecessary
    targets across the map.
    You must complete all 29 missions to unlock the achievement.
    [03] The Missions:
    These descriptions will be very detailed and thorough accounts of how I
    obtained each achievement, and how I survived the rest of the mission as a
    	[M01] Liberation Day - Kill every unit:
    Keep Jim in front, force your entire squad to target a single unit at a time.
    I did lose every marine in the orbital drop by not paying attention, which
    woke me up.
    	[M02] The Outlaws - 10 minute time limit
    Perform some basic maintenance on the base such as SCVs, second barracks,
    and then get moving.  Getting your men into the field earns some resources
    for additional marines.  Save the base under attack, and then hotkey all
    barracks together.  Advance on the final base to the north fairly quickly.
    I took it out with 1:30 to go.
    	[M03] Zero Hour - Take out 4 hatcheries
    Frustrating if you don't know what to do.  Salvage the two bunkers at the
    outer end, and create a single chokepoint with four bunkers and lots and
    lots of dead zerg on the large ramp at your doorstep.  Turrets need to be
    deployed all around, including to your west and to your east, as mutalisks
    attack from these directions.  The zerg will heavily control the ground,
    making leaving the base a dangerous proposition.  Feel free to write
    letters to the families of all 3 groups of stragglers out there - they are
    all going to die.  Do NOT try to save them.
    At around ten minutes, take every marine and medic outside of a bunker
    (which should be a lot), and run them up the northwest road.  You will
    encounter a ton of ground resistance, and several spine crawlers.  You will
    arrive at a crossroad where you can continue northwest into an enemy base,
    southwest into an enemy base (and save some marines), and northeast.
    Southwest will get every unit killed quickly - this territory is heavily
    overrun by the zerg.  Run northwest instead, and here you will find
    moderate resistance and two hatcheries.  Take everything out, and retreat
    down the hill, off the road and just out of sight.
    FYI - you cannot resupply these men.  By now, the zerg have retaken the
    road, and these troops are cut off.  At about 2-3 minutes, run back up
    the hill and the zerg will have rebuilt these two.  Level them again,
    and then go in hiding once more.  Focus on base defense to survive.
    	[M04] The Evacuation - Cannot salvage / no structures lost
    You will have five convoys to cover, and they drive past three attack points.
    The first point is a bunker on the left, the second is halfway down on the
    right, and the third is another bunker near the end on the left.
    The first convoy meets little resistance - follow it with what you have,
    and don't worry about manning the bunkers.  
    The second needs to have a fully manned bunker with an SCV, a moderate 
    defense for the second attack point, and another fully manned bunker and SCV 
    for the third.  To make things easier, unload the first bunker and bring 
    these marines and the SCV to the third attack point, running them past the
    second fight on the road.  Make sure that you have a separate force to handle 
    the second fight, however.
    For the third convoy, make sure you have a full bunker, SCV and turret at
    the first and third location before leaving.  I leave a squad on the road
    with multiple medics at attack point two.
    For the last two convoys, I aim for 2 full bunkers, 2 SCVs, and a turret at
    one and three.  2 SCVs are mandatory as the incoming damage becomes too
    severe, so be prepared for this.
    	[M05] Outbreak - Destroy 15 structures at night
    On the first day, take everything you have and destroy as much as you can.
    This lessens their numbers, and makes things easier.  Aim to start working on
    the achievement on the night after the second day.  Deploy bunkers at the
    southwest of your base for when they break through on the third night.  Put
    several reapers *on hold* up on the building above the southwest killzone.
    On the second day, bring a swarm of reapers and begin devastating everything
    you can find.  Hide them in a cleared section of the city, and when night
    falls, begin systematically advancing into infected sections.  A couple of
    medics will go a long way towards maximizing their damage.  Advance the
    reapers slowly, placing them on hold as you move them, so that they will
    target enemies first and not die trying to blow something up.  The
    achievement comes pretty quick.
    	[M06] Safe Haven - Save 2 colonies
    For this, I used a combination of siege tanks and vikings.  Be quick and
    methodical, advancing on each nexus, wiping it out with tanks and covering
    their advance with vikings from the air.  Have a couple of SCVs in this
    roving death squad, and never stop growing your numbers.
    Occasionally, a fleet of protoss air units will advance towards a colony.
    Break off your vikings to intercept and destroy them, recover the minerals
    left behind, and then regroup with your ground team.  Moving fast enough,
    you should have the mothership's shields down by the time it is advancing on
    the second to last colony.
    Strike it with vikings from the rear, which keeps you just out of range.
    Alternatively, you can move in to kill it while it is charging the main
    weapon.  In this case, go all in with every AA weapon you have.
    FYI - you will have random attacks on your main base, including stalkers,
    immortals and air units.
    	[M07] Haven's Fall - Keep 5 settlements alive
    Again, vikings and siege tanks.  For the first virophage, bring in your
    initial set of vikings, wipe out the air and then drop down near the edge of
    the settlement.  Wipe it out, and then work towards clearing out the
    remaining infected areas.
    You will eventually want two operational groups - one group of vikings, and
    a second group of vikings and tanks.  The former is for advancing towards and
    clearing out settlements that come under attack, and the latter is your
    attack group for existing infected.
    Keep them seperate, otherwise you will have to break off your air support to
    stop an invasion, leaving your ground forces exposed.  No time limit, so go
    at your own pace.
    	[M08] The Devil's Playground - Find all the hidden reapers
    Locate all of the hidden reapers - they are all on top of elevated structures.
    They are: NE of the CC and 5 SCVs you find that are N of your base, E of the
    brutalisk in the south, center of the map and inside the zerg main base in the
    	[M09] Welcome To The Jungle - Don't let protoss close a single vent
    I really found goliaths useless.  For me, this was an infantry swarm of
    marines, marauders and medics.  When the protoss try to close a vent, you
    will face 3 or so air units and a stalker.  When you try to collect a
    container, a varied collection of units spawn and begin heading towards the
    vent - make sure to collect the gas one at a time, or your men could be
    overwhelmed with the protoss response.
    You have to deal with a lot of attempts by the protoss to close vents, which
    tend to happen in the middle area where they are fortified.  Stay away from
    their bases, collect initially from vents that are farther away as opposed to
    ones that are closer.
    After I had four in the bag, I had three SCVs grab gas all at the same time,
    and my men were able to hold off their attackers long enough for the SCVs to
    For base defense, have 2-3 turrets on the west side, and 2 + ground defense
    on the north.  I had air attacks coming from both angles.
    	[M10] Breakout - 25 minute time limit
    Very fun.  Make sure you know of and make use of the two side passages that
    take you behind enemy lines as you progress - you won't make it in 25 minutes
    otherwise.  Free both sets of prisoners, as you will need the added firepower.
    Once you have the nukes, use them where it makes sense.  Your teammates do a
    good job of killing units, so prioritize your destruction on the construction
    buildings to stop the flow.
    	[M11] Ghost Of A Chance - Kill all units and structures
    Be thorough in searching each part of the level.  There are two missle towers
    on the far right of the second map that can be hit with siege tanks.  There
    also is a random turret at the top of the third map that needs to be hit by
    air units.  Everything else can be seen by running around.
    	[M12] The Great Train Robbery - Don't miss a single train
    Terribly easy.  Get all the Diamondbacks you can find, including a couple of
    the hidden ones.  Stay in your base and build nothing but additional
    diamondbacks, and a couple of SCVs to follow for comfort.  When a train 
    leaves the station, intercept and blow it up.  Target the escort first if it
    has one - your overwhelming firepower destroys everything without difficulty.
    Collect the resources it drops, and retreat/repair.
    I eventually was pinned down by the roving marauder deathsquad, and I
    obliterated both it and the final train's escort within seconds of each other.
    	[M13] Cutthroat - Don't build another SCV until 6000 minerals obtained
    The problem with this achievement is the constant base harassment.  You need
    a bunker covering the approach from both the northern and the southern
    bridges.  Use the vulture mines to litter both bridges and then begin taking
    out the enemy command centers.  Once all of these are down, he cannot collect
    anymore resources and you will eventually win the war of attrition.  I cannot
    emphasize enough - improper base defense is really the only thing that can
    force you to restart.  There are more than enough minerals on the ground to
    get you over 6000 if you are patient.
    The main command center has a phenomenal defense, one that requires a slow and
    methodical uphill (literally) approach.
    	[M14] Engine Of Destruction - Odin can't go below 30% (750hp)
    Keep 2 SCVs with Odin at all times.  This can be difficult during battle
    later when your own forces get damaged, and your SCVs turn their attention to
    your other units.  Odin will decimate the first base on his own with no help
    from you, and may need a bit of a hand getting started with the second one.
    Odin will definitely need reinforcements from the third base on.
    I keep a bunker, 2 tanks in siege mode and 2 turrets at the north entrance
    to my base, backed up by an SCV.  This deployment completely takes care of
    itself, and you can focus on Odin almost completely.
    As long as you keep SCVs near him, this is not difficult.
    	[M15] Media Blitz - 20 minute time limit
    The first stage of this mission needs to be spent destroying construction
    buildings and TURRETS in the vehicle and infantry bases.  It is imperative
    that the two turrets next to each broadcast tower go down before the surprise
    ends.  Keep Odin alive otherwise, and everything else is gravy.
    The second stage needs to be a three pronged effort - create base defense, 
    create an invasion force of thors (includes Odin and 3-4 SCVs) for the flyer
    base, and create four spec ops (ghosts/spectres) and two nuke silos.  Arm the
    nukes.  Send all four spec ops to the center of the map where the Odin
    Run a team of two spec ops to the vehicle base, and stop one of them a good
    distance back.  Have the other trigger the transmission.  At about 40%, the
    solider will be killed by a ridiculous swarm of ground and flying units, as
    well as a raven which spots him.  Once the soldier is dead, call up the
    second, and from a distance nuke the site.  Once all clear, use the second
    soldier to finish the transmission.  The raven may not be dead, but all
    other units should be.  Perform the same process at the infantry site.
    Quickly advance towards the flying base and level it.  Start the final
    transmission, and hold it until it completes.  The SCVs repairing Odin should
    make this easy enough.
    	[M16] Piercing The Veil - Find all weapons and tech
    For the first section, they are: grenades in the path after first lab, plasma
    behind a destroyable door after second lab (you can go north or south, go 
    north), plasma next to the ARES console, grenades in the room with all the 
    hostile vehicles, and grenade and plasma both in the brutalisk room.
    For the second section, they are: plasma at the end of the first room,
    chrono in sw corner of the next room just before the chase starts, grenade in
    room where chase starts, chrono behind destroyable wall after ARES (throw
    grenade at it to dissolve the wall), heading south out of this room you will
    make a 'U' and cut back north (go ALL the way north into a small room for
    another chrono), grenade in the path before hybrid disappears, chrono in
    your path by two enemies just before exit.
    13 in all.
    	[M17] Smash And Grab - 15 minute time limit
    Bunkers on both sides of the ramp leading into your base, and a turret.  
    Bunkers need to be filled with marines.  Mass up only marauders (7-8) and 
    medics (1-2), and get moving.  This will take several minutes time, so expect 
    it.  You will be attacked 3-4 times by the zerg, and I tend to leave the base
    after the second wave.
    Focus only on the more important of pylons/cannons, and units.  Ignore all
    else, and walk through the enemy base.  Resistance is very light with all of
    your power.  Maintain a constant supply of reinforcements, and when you engage
    the stone guardians, you should have 10-12 marauders on the ground.
    I finished again with about 1:30 to spare.
    	[M18] The Dig - Destroy 50 enemy buildings
    The challenge is that you cannot get any structure in LOS (line of sight)
    without your unit being immediately decimated.  If you are like me and don't 
    have aerial units by the time you got here, don't worry.  
    As soon as you can, build a command center in the middle of your base and lift
    off.  Fly it as far west as it will go, and then start edging north towards
    the base.  As soon as you can see an enemy unit/structure, blast it with the
    cannon.  Keep moving it SLOWLY north, revealing more structures to blast.
    The protoss will rebuild each structure 2 or 3 times, and then give up.  Going
    about it this way actually lessens the amount of enemies sent against you, 
    making the mission a whole lot easier (and faster).
    FYI - I tried this with a barracks, but I think it's range of sight is too
    short.  I finally christened the barracks the USS Napoleon Blownapart, and did
    it with a command center instead.
    	[M19] Supernova - 75 kills with cloaked banshees
    Not too hard at all.  Take out every target of opportunity, including the 
    units in the first base just north of your main at the beginning.  I obtained
    the achievement while assaulting the protoss position in the middle of the
    	[M20] The Mobius Factor - Finish before Kerrigan destroys 8 buildings
    Again, this is hard if you don't have a good strategy.  Credit to this one
    goes to Robert Herman's guide, which I used and adapted.
    Immediately fly all marines to the first data core, and use them and the
    stranded units to blow it up.  Airlift them all into the two medivacs you
    were supplied with, and then fly northwest along the street.  There is an
    ultralisk on the ground that you want to avoid.  Deploy them all at the base
    of the ramp leading up to the second data core.
    There will be more stragglers at the top, including a couple of marauders.
    Fold them into your group, and edge northeast to destroy the second core.
    This should all happen very quickly.
    Once destroyed, begin making your way southwest, walking along the street
    next to the water.  Resistance is very minimal, with some zerglings and
    hydralisks.  Your medivacs will most likely be destroyed near this point, but
    it doesn't matter.  Continue along to the third data core, and once your team
    is in proximity, run to the southwest corner where the three spore crawlers
    reside.  Group your team together in range of the data core, and put them on
    hold.  They will destroy it in short order, standing their ground while
    killing any units that approach first.
    	[M21] Maw Of The Void - Don't lose a unit within the rip-fields
    Terribly easy.  Battlecruisers only, 5 yamato blasts to level a generator.
    Retreat and repair.  Repeat.
    	[M22] Whispers Of Doom - Zeratul can't take life damage
    Your stalkers don't matter too much.  Their health and shields are fully
    regenerated when you find the second and third prophecies, and if they die
    you are provided with new ones to a maximum at certain points.  Ignore
    the hatcheries, and when it comes time to escape make it a point to keep
    blinking through the remainder of the level.  Make sure to blink past the
    destructible rocks, and run for the ship.  I made it out with 5 stalkers on
    	[M23] A Sinister Turn - 25 minute time limit
    Have sufficient base defense for the hybrid and the protoss attacks
    throughout the mission.  Set a pylon for the dark templar structure to
    the east, and guard it with 4-5 cannons.  Mass about 9-10 dark templars and
    several other units for distraction.  
    Attack the protoss base just in front of the mission objectives, and while 
    the protoss units are distracted run your dark templars through the fight and
    begin attacking the prison structures, starting with the furthest to the 
    bottom.  No matter where the hybrid is on the map, once a a prison is 
    destroyed he will regenerate next to your DTs.  Once he walks away, destroy 
    the furthest east, and then hit the last prison from the south side as your 
    DTs can be spotted by a cannon inside the base from any other angle.
    	[M24] Echoes Of The Future - 20 minute time limit
    As soon as base control is handed over to you, run Zeratul east along the path
    and head north towards the southwestern tendril.  Use void prison on the spore
    crawler, and touch the tendril.  Use VP again when you regain control, and
    then run back to base.  This shaves a lot of time off of the clock.
    Decent base defense east and north.  Ignore the temptation to make immortals -
    collosi are much better.  You will face a lot of air and ground units in the
    mission, so stalkers are really important.
    I massed a huge force primarily composed of collosi that took the map, running
    east, to north, and back to west.  The last tendril was taken with my forces
    creating a distraction while Zeratul snuck in.
    Alternatively, you could follow the advice I found in Robert Herman's guide.
    Follow this link, and make sure you click on show spoiler.
    	[M25] In Utter Darkness - N/A
    No achievement on hard.
    	[M26] Gates Of Hell - Save all drop pods
    For the first 6, it's not really difficult to rescue each pod as it comes in.
    Keep making whatever troops you want, as the constant reinforcements dropped
    in make for a heck of an invasion force.
    Anticipate when the first set of two pods will drop in, and have your troops
    standing at the southern drop zone.  Add the reinforcements to your squad,
    and push north to rescue the set of banshees.  You will have plenty of time
    before they are attacked.
    For the last two, have your team standing where at the west point where the
    battlecruisers drop in.  This team will be destroyed without your help,
    while the thors will be safe for a while.  Roll out with your added firepower
    and save the last pod for the achievement.
    For base defense, I reinforce both east and west with multiple tanks, turrets
    and 2 bunkers.  Once all pods drop, go all in with tanks clearing the path
    and air covering the advance to reach the general.
    	[M27] Belly Of The Beast - 50 kills with one penetrator round
    After the first charge goes off, your team will proceed east, the make a U
    turn and head back west to the edge of the map.  Here there will be an
    incredible swarm of infected, which you cannot line up to get 50 in one
    shot.  Kill them all.
    Place Jim in the SW corner of this room, and send Egon east towards another
    massive swarm.  A red crystal just north of the wall will create a natural
    funnel - have Egon antagonize the swarm, and then bravely stand his ground 
    between the crystal and the wall, only to be savagely beaten to death by the
    group.  This gives Jim time to line up his shot, which in my case took out 53.
    	[M28] Shatter The Sky - 25 minute time limit
    Base defense west and south of bunker and turret.  Advance with 3-4 battle
    cruisers and take out the expansion to the south.  Begin building a command
    center, but most importantly get both gas going.  I began to press westward
    towards the first coolant tower at about 10 minutes in.  3-4 cruisers was
    enough to destroy it and get out without much damage taken.
    Set up defense at your expansion of two turrets, and maybe a bunker.
    Almost immediately after taking out the first tower, head to the northwestern
    tower and prepare to destroy it.  If you line up several battlecruisers on a
    90 degree angle coming in west to the tower, you can hit it with virtually
    no resistance, and escape along the same vector to safety.  This one was
    gone about 16 minutes in.
    By now you should have seen how good your base defense is.  The Leviathan
    will now spawn, and generate a ton of mutalisks to defend itself.  Ignore it
    Gather your forces in the center of the map, and destroy a small base there
    between the two remaing platforms.  Head directly south towards the bottom
    edge of the map, and attack the southeast tower heading northeast at a 45 
    degree angle.  This platform is heavily guarded against air, but I find this
    is the softest and shortest approach vector.  Take it out, and escape the same 
    way you came in.  Return to the center of the map.
    Proceed towards the final tower at a 45 degree southwestern direction and
    smash it with whatever yamato you have left.  Once you engage the tower,
    ignore all other units.  You will definitely be close to the time limit when 
    you begin the final assault.
    	[M29] All In - Only use the artifact ONCE.  What?
    As I mentioned in the beginning, I destroyed the nydus network and faced a
    constant stream of air units from almost every direction.  If you find
    yourself in the same situation, here's what to expect and how I did it.
    There is no downtime.  In casual and normal (mostly because of the artifact)
    there are periods of 10-15 seconds where nothing's going on.  Not here - you
    will have incoming damage popping up all over your base from start to finish.
    If you had a second person operating a second console manning your forces, 
    I'm still not confident that you could have a firm grasp on what's going to 
    hit you - it's that crazy.  And that fun.
    I attempted to have 5-6 tanks in both chokepoints around the hill, along with
    two bunkers of marines and 2-3 turrets.  I also had the PSI disrupter, which
    I spread around to help.  Not so much.  When Hell's Angels came available, I
    had a squad hovering over both chokepoints.  Lastly, 2-3 SCVs on hand at each
    chokepoint.  This combination served to be self-reliant at the southern
    chokepoint, but for some reason I had to manually control the Hell's Angels
    at the north end.
    I had a wall of turrets along the northwestern edge to deal with the constant
    flood of mutalisks against the line.  I also spammed battlecruisers to this
    area for defense across the entire front line.
    Incoming enemies included ground units advancing towards each chokepoint,
    mutalisks (and eventually broodlords) coming in from the north and south
    towards the chokepoint, and Kerrigan.  Kerrigan is guaranteed to punch a hole
    in your defense, and may outright destroy a chokepoint entirely herself.  The
    best defense against her is a flood of yamato, followed up with battlecruiser
    fire.  She will no doubt destroy 1-2 of your cruisers, which can be readily
    At about 20%, begin building a thin spread wall of turrets at the southeastern
    edge near your command center.  The turrets need to be near both sets of your
    supply depots, both north and west of the CC.  Get a small squad of marines 
    and a medic or two in your base near the CC as well.
    At about 40%, you will have overlords flying in to drop infested into your
    base, which the turret line you just built should help mitigate, and the
    marines will do the rest.
    Very shortly, mutalisks and broodlords will begin coming in from the 
    southeast towards your command center.  You will need to have a squad of
    air units to intercept, or production will begin to suffer hard.  This of
    course is going on while all hell is breaking loose on your front line.
    An incredible flood of units will pour on to the map at around 50-60%, and
    Matt Horner will scream at you to use the artifact.  DO NOT, and hope you
    survive the onslaught.
    If you are still alive at 70%, it gets worse.  The Leviathan, the aerial
    beast from Shattering The Sky, will advance from the northwest and park
    itself across the lava field from your base, and will separately deploy
    mutalisks and broodlords that constantly wear you down.  On its own, the
    Leviathan will overwhelm you.  As soon as the Leviathan enters the map
    and settles into position, gather all battlecruisers, wraiths and vikings
    you have and bring them to the top of the hill.
    Now's your only shot - fire the artifact.
    The blast, obviously, will kill every zerg out there.  It will also drop
    the Leviathan's health by nearly 50%, and give your team it's only real
    shot of taking it out.  Yamato the crap out of it, and open fire with
    everything you have.  Once it's dead, return your units to their positions
    and continue to hold the line.
    There are still two or so more Kerrigan attacks which you have to deal
    with.  If you get to 90%, you have a good shot of pulling it off.  The
    ensuing swarm that floods you after 90% is so staggering, plus the news that
    Kerrigan was coming again, that I abandoned all checkpoints and moved all
    units up the hill and guarded the artifact directly.  I also bought every
    mercenary I could and raced them up the hill.
    The final zerg invasion was so terrible that literally every single unit was 
    lost (mostly to the swarm), but my battlecruisers forced Kerrigan to 
    retreat.  Do what you can to buy time - as soon as 100% ticks over, the 
    cutscene ensues.
    I hope your experience goes better than mine did, but in the end a win is a
    win.  At least I never have to do that again.
    [04] Credits
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