zerg

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From the game StarCraft (1998), in which the easily mass-produced Zerg units encourage such a strategy.

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zerg (third-person singular simple present zergs, present participle zerging, simple past and past participle zerged)

  1. (slang, video games, strategy games) To attack an opponent with a large swarm of units before they have been able to build sufficient defences.
    • 2003, "George", Finding groups to mission/hunt/other experience with (on newsgroup alt.games.starwarsgalaxies)
      The scale and lack of focused content doesn't facilitate this grouping as well as some other games. The good side of that is you don't get the "wonderful" experience of zerging around DF with everyone else waiting for something to spawn.
    • 2008, "neithskye", AV after the last changes... (on newsgroup alt.games.warcraft)
      No one ever did D (or just 3-4 people tried), we just zerged, and we would lose every single AV.

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