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

- Tychus Findlay on Crooked Sam(src)

Crooked Sam is a terran mercenary reaper.

BiographyEdit

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 UnitEdit

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 oneshot almost any target while stunning even Heroic units.

AbilitiesEdit

TychusDemolitionCharge Coop Game1
Demolition Charge

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

Usage
Hotkey Varies (W, E, R or T)
Range 9
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JetPack SC2 Icon1
Jet Pack

Crooked Sam can jump up and down cliffs.

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UpgradesEdit

G7Charges Coop Game1
LarsCorp G7 Charges

Increases the damage of Demolition Charge by 100%.

Acquisition
Purchased from Gunslinger's hideout
Hotkey A
Basic
Cost 700 Minerals Terran SC1 250 TerranVespene SC2 Game1
Required Recruit Crooked Sam
With Five Finger Discount
Cost 600 Minerals Terran SC1 150 TerranVespene SC2 Game1
Required Recruit Crooked Sam
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RestraintMatrix Coop Game1
Moebius Restraint Matrix

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

Acquisition
Purchased from Gunslinger's hideout
Hotkey S
Basic
Cost 700 Minerals Terran SC1 250 TerranVespene SC2 Game1
Required Recruit Crooked Sam
With Five Finger Discount
Cost 600 Minerals Terran SC1 150 TerranVespene SC2 Game1
Required Recruit Crooked Sam
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ProcyonShadeSuit Coop Game1
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.

Acquisition
Purchased from Gunslinger's hideout
Hotkey D
Basic
Cost 700 Minerals Terran SC1 250 TerranVespene SC2 Game1
Required Recruit Crooked Sam
With Five Finger Discount
Cost 600 Minerals Terran SC1 150 TerranVespene SC2 Game1
Required Recruit Crooked Sam
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Reaper Enhanced Hostilities Kit Upgrade
Enhanced Hostilities Kit

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

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Tychus Level 12.
Acquisition
Purchased from Gunslinger's hideout
Hotkey F
Cost 1200 Minerals Terran SC1 400 TerranVespene SC2 Game1
Required Research all previous gear for Crooked Sam
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ITC-ETriggers Coop Game1
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 Terran SC1 150 TerranVespene SC2 Game1 90Time SC2 Game1
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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TychusOutlawWeapons Coop Game1
Outlaw Weapons

Increases the attack damage of Tychus and his Outlaws.

Usage
Passive
Acquisition
Purchased from Engineering bay
Hotkey E
Level 1
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 TerranVespene SC2 Game1 120Time SC2 Game1
Effect Damage: 33
Level 2
Cost 175 Minerals Terran SC1 175 TerranVespene SC2 Game1 140Time SC2 Game1
Effect Damage: 36
Level 3
Cost 250 Minerals Terran SC1 250 TerranVespene SC2 Game1 160Time SC2 Game1
Effect Damage: 39
Level 4
Cost 325 Minerals Terran SC1 325 TerranVespene SC2 Game1 180Time SC2 Game1
Required Reach Tychus Level 13
Effect Damage: 42
Level 5
Cost 400 Minerals Terran SC1 400 TerranVespene SC2 Game1 200Time SC2 Game1
Required Reach Tychus Level 13
Effect Damage: 45
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TychusOutlawArmor Coop Game1
Outlaw Life and Armor

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

(Affected on SCVs)

Usage
Passive
Acquisition
Purchased from Engineering bay
Hotkey A
Level 1
Cost 100 Minerals Terran SC1 100 TerranVespene SC2 Game1 120Time SC2 Game1
Effect Hit points: 413
Armor: 1
Level 2
Cost 175 Minerals Terran SC1 175 TerranVespene SC2 Game1 140Time SC2 Game1
Effect Hit points: 451
Armor: 2
Level 3
Cost 250 Minerals Terran SC1 250 TerranVespene SC2 Game1 160Time SC2 Game1
Effect Hit points: 489
Armor: 3
Level 4
Cost 325 Minerals Terran SC1 325 TerranVespene SC2 Game1 180Time SC2 Game1
Required Reach Tychus Level 13
Effect Hit points: 527
Armor: 4
Level 5
Cost 400 Minerals Terran SC1 400 TerranVespene SC2 Game1 200Time SC2 Game1
Required Reach Tychus Level 13
Effect Hit points: 565
Armor: 5
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DevelopmentEdit

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]

TriviaEdit

The skin and portrait is similar as Umojan reaper.

ReferencesEdit

  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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