You ask for respect, yet you call people who beat the mission on Brutal cheaters.
Is it easy? No.
It is one of the 5 most difficult missions in the entirety of SC2. (with In Utter Darkness, Salvation, Essence of Eternity and Endgame)
If you run out of mineral nodes I suppose your macro is fine.
If you run out of minerals in your bank, then I suppose your macro is at fault and you need to up the efficiency of your worker production.
Big question is always if you play the Nydus version or Air version.
For Nydus version the recommended strategy is having a kill team of fully upgraded Banshees that fly around and kill the worms upon spawning. The splash upgrade helps killing the Zerg that spawn out of it.
Meanwhile the perimeter is protected by fully upgraded Siege Tanks (primary target bonus damage and friendly fire reactions) and Bio. It is important to mind Kerrigan’s abilities. Psionic Storm shreds Marines and that Telekinetic thing shreds Mech units.
Popular ways to take her out - upgrades Spectres/Ghosts with Cellular reactor have a really good burst. Group of them can either use several Psionic Lashes or chain Snipes with the Shift key. Ghosts are actually very good in general, because they shred Light armored Zerg creatures especially with the bonus range.
Or you can focus fire them with Yamatos.
Good thing to do is also walling your base with Command centres upgraded to Planetary Fortresses.
Most people consider the Nydus version easier. One of the reasons is that you don’t have to fight Leviathan.
For the Air Version.
Upgraded Vikings with range and splash beat anything in the Air, just gotta spread them to avoid splash damage.
For the ground forces the same as in Nydus version.
You can use replenishable Vulture Spider mines to help yourself
Use Artifact Nova wisely. Don’t be too quick on the trigger, but don’t use too late or the Zerg will do too much damage.
Sometimes you can use it to separate Kerrigan and attacking force. Usually helps a lot.
Save the game a lot.
Must have upgrades
- all building upgrades, yes all of them. Although Missile Turrets only for Air version
- both Marine upgrades, both Marauder upgrades, Medic heal upgrade
- both Siege Tank upgrades
- Air version, both Goliath upgrades
- Air version, both Viking upgrades
- Nydus version, both Banshee upgrades, very hands in Air version as well.
- both Ghost or Spectre upgrade if you want to use them.
- War Pigs
- Hammer Securities
- Siege Breakers
- Hel’s Angels (Air)
- Spartan Company (Air)
- Dusk Wings (Nydus)
- Bunker HP
- Cellular reactor
- Ultra Capacitors, but Vanadium plating is not bad.
- Vespene micro filtering
- Automated Refineries
- Tech Reactors
- Firebat upgrades
- Vulture upgrades
- Planetary Fortress
- Science Vessel
- Hive Mind Emulator (Air version against Brood Lords)
- Psi Disruptor (Nydus version)
Brood Lords are great against Kerrigan because she actually attacks Broodlings).