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"Reaper man's come a' knockin'!""

- Tychus Findlay on Crooked Sam(src)

Crooked Sam is a terran mercenary reaper.

Biography[edit | edit source]

A proud veteran of New Folsom Prison, Sam found himself incarcerated two more times before earning the distinction of becoming a reaper. After mastering the suit, he quickly defected and became one of the most notorious fringe world mercs. He was a close friend of Tychus Findlay.

In an alternate timeline where Tychus survives the Second Great War, Crooked Sam was recruited into Tychus's new Heaven's Devils to fight in the End War against Amon's Forces.[1]

Game Unit[edit | edit source]

Crooked Sam appears as the reaper outlaw Tychus can hire from Joeyray's Bar. He excels against high health targets, and can place demolition charges on enemies that do massive damage after a short time. Unlike other reapers Sam can attack both ground and air units.

Sam fills the niche of heavy single target damage. In most regular compositions, this role can be taken by Tychus with his Kel-Morian Ripper Rounds, which can usually lock down lesser hybrid. But Sam comes into his own against larger hybrid and large HP objectives such as those on Oblivion Express or Void Launch, and for miniboss bonus objectives. The downside however is he is fragile without his Procyon Shade Suit, so without proper micromanagement he may be focused down. With his Enhanced Hostilities Kit, Sam can toss out multiple charges in quick succession, which is very strong against multi-segmented trains or maps with a number of heroic units.

Sam also fills his niche in another way: his Demolition Charge may be best used for its stun effect after the Restraint Matrix has been unlocked, useful against ultra-high-value targets (for example, enemy Heroic units, either in Mutations or the Leviathans on Void Launch). The burst damage itself is outstripped by Tychus, but a welcome addition to larger value targets in addition to the stun. That said, this burst of damage is still overwhelming and can effortlessly one-shot almost any target while stunning even Heroic units.

Abilities[edit | edit source]

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Demolition Charge

Marks a target unit, dealing 500 damage after 5 seconds. Can store up to 3 charges.

Technical Recruiter: Reduces the Demolition Charge cooldown by 35%.

Usage
Hotkey Varies (W, E, R or T)
Range 9
Cooldown 30 seconds
20 (with Technical Recruiter) seconds
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Jet Pack

Crooked Sam can jump up and down cliffs.

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Better Off Alone

When Crooked Sam is beyond the vision range of all other Outlaws, he deals 30% more damage for each Outlaw recruited and takes 50% less damage.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Lone Wolf prestige.
Acquisition
Two Outlaws (60% Damage)
Effect The Negotiators
Weapon Upgrade: +4.8 per level
Basic: 48
Level 1: 52.8
Level 2: 57.6
Level 3: 62.4
Level 4: 67.2
Level 5: 72
Demolition Charge
Basic: 800
LarsCorp G7 Charges: 1600
Three Outlaws (90% Damage)
Effect The Negotiators
Weapon Upgrade: +5.7 per level
Basic: 57
Level 1: 62.7
Level 2: 68.4
Level 3: 74.1
Level 4: 79.8
Level 5: 85.5
Demolition Charge
Basic: 950
LarsCorp G7 Charges: 1900
Four Outlaws (120% Damage)
Effect The Negotiators
Weapon Upgrade: +6.6 per level
Basic: 66
Level 1: 72.6
Level 2: 79.2
Level 3: 85.8
Level 4: 92.4
Level 5: 99
Demolition Charge
Basic: 1100
LarsCorp G7 Charges: 2200
Five Outlaws (150% Damage)
Effect The Negotiators
Weapon Upgrade: +7.5 per level
Basic: 75
Level 1: 82.5
Level 2: 90
Level 3: 97.5
Level 4: 105
Level 5: 112.5
Demolition Charge
Basic: 1250
LarsCorp G7 Charges: 2500
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Upgrades[edit | edit source]

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LarsCorp G7 Charges

Increases the damage of Demolition Charge by 100% (summary 1000).

Lone Wolf: Increases the LarsCorp G7 Charges cost by 25%.

Acquisition
Purchased from Gunslinger's hideout
Hotkey A
Basic
Cost 700 Minerals
875 (with Lone Wolf) Minerals
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312 (with Lone Wolf) Vespene gas
Required Recruit Crooked Sam.
Cost 600 Minerals
750 (with Lone Wolf) Minerals
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187 (with Lone Wolf) Vespene gas
Required Recruit Crooked Sam.
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Moebius Restraint Matrix

Stuns and disables the detection of units hit by Demolition Charge.

Lone Wolf: Increases the Moebius Restraint Matrix cost by 25%.

Acquisition
Purchased from Gunslinger's hideout
Hotkey S
Basic
Cost 700 Minerals
875 (with Lone Wolf) Minerals
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312 (with Lone Wolf) Vespene gas
Required Recruit Crooked Sam.
Cost 600 Minerals
750 (with Lone Wolf) Minerals
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187 (with Lone Wolf) Vespene gas
Required Recruit Crooked Sam.
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Procyon Shade Suit

Prevents Crooked Sam from taking any damage and increases his movement speed by 80% for 5 seconds after being attacked. Cannot occur more than once every 15 seconds.

Technical Recruiter: Reduces the Procyon Shade Suit cooldown by 35%.

Lone Wolf: Increases the Procyon Shade Suit cost by 25%.

Usage
Hotkey z
Duration 5 seconds
Cooldown 15 seconds
10 (with Technical Recruiter) seconds
Acquisition
Purchased from Gunslinger's hideout
Hotkey D
Basic
Cost 700 Minerals
875 (with Lone Wolf) Minerals
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312 (with Lone Wolf) Vespene gas
Required Recruit Crooked Sam.
Cost 600 Minerals
750 (with Lone Wolf) Minerals
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187 (with Lone Wolf) Vespene gas
Required Recruit Crooked Sam.
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Enhanced Hostilities Kit

Reduces the charge-up time of Demolition Charge by 3 seconds each time Crooked Sam attacks.

Lone Wolf: Enhanced Hostilities Kit is unavailable.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Tychus Level 12.
Acquisition
Purchased from Gunslinger's hideout
Hotkey F
Cost 1200 Minerals 400 Vespene gas
Required Buy all previous Gear for Crooked Sam.
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ITC-E Triggers

Increases the attack speed of Tychus, Crooked Sam, and Sirius by 25%.

Usage
Notes

Mastery: +0.5% attack speed per Tri-Outlaw Research Improvement mastery point. Up to a maximum 40% attack speed

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Tychus Level 5.
Acquisition
Purchased from Engineering bay
Hotkey S
Cost 150 Minerals 150 Vespene gas 90seconds
Effect Attack Speed: 0.88
Mastery: +0.5% per Tri-Outlaw Research Improvement mastery point. Up to a maximum 0.79
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Outlaw Weapons

Increases the attack damage of Tychus and his Outlaws.

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Level 1-3 – Initially available.
Level 4-5 – Reach Tychus Level 13.
Acquisition
Purchased from Engineering bay
Hotkey E
Level 1
Cost 100 Minerals 100 Vespene gas 120seconds
Effect Damage: 33
Level 2
Cost 175 Minerals 175 Vespene gas 140seconds
Effect Damage: 36
Level 3
Cost 250 Minerals 250 Vespene gas 160seconds
Effect Damage: 39
Level 4
Cost 325 Minerals 325 Vespene gas 180seconds
Effect Damage: 42
Level 5
Cost 400 Minerals 400 Vespene gas 200seconds
Effect Damage: 45
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Outlaw Life and Armor

Increases the armor of Tychus and his Outlaws and increases their life by 10%.

(Affects SCVs)

Usage
Passive
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Level 1-3 – Initially available.
Level 4-5 – Reach Tychus Level 13.
Acquisition
Purchased from Engineering bay
Hotkey A
Level 1
Cost 100 Minerals 100 Vespene gas 120seconds
Effect Hit points: 413
Armor: 1
Level 2
Cost 175 Minerals 175 Vespene gas 140seconds
Effect Hit points: 451
Armor: 2
Level 3
Cost 250 Minerals 250 Vespene gas 160seconds
Effect Hit points: 489
Armor: 3
Level 4
Cost 325 Minerals 325 Vespene gas 180seconds
Effect Hit points: 527
Armor: 4
Level 5
Cost 400 Minerals 400 Vespene gas 200seconds
Effect Hit points: 565
Armor: 5
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Development[edit | edit source]

Crooked Sam was added as an Outlaw for Tychus to compensate for an issue in early testing, where it was discovered Tychus struggled against single high health units due to the lack of scaling in his army. Crooked Sam and his high damage demolition charge ability was added in order to fill that weakness.[2]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

The skin and portrait for Crooked Sam resembles the Umojan reaper.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Blizzard Entertainment. Co-op Missions. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Tychus Findlay (in English). 2018.
  2. 2018-26-08, StarCraft 2: THE FUTURE OF CO-OP! (Developer Interview). YouTube, accessed on 2018-26-08
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