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Over at Wired, Bo Moore and Sean Plott argue that Sun Tzu (孙武, Sūn Wǔ), the ancient Chinese scholar most famous for penning The Art of War, would have made an awesome Starcraft player, a game normally associated with Koreans.
“He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight.”
The lesson: Legendary StarCraft player Flash once found himself with an army of Hellions and Banshees, attack-oriented units. But his enemy used an unorthodox strategy. Had Flash attacked, he would have accomplished nothing and only left himself vulnerable. So he used his units to defend: “It was an unusual move,” Plott says, but the correct one.
“Rapidity is the essence of war.”
The lesson: The earlier you attack, the better your odds that the opponent’s army will be smaller. “But more important,” Plott says, if you attack sooner, “he has fewer options available. As the strategist, you have a simpler problem to solve.”