My question is, does going FFE really make THAT much of a difference in the early game that losing map control and not having the opening zelot/stalker combo to poke with is worth it?
As a insurance reason, i prefer going RAX EXPO over FFE because i reason if i mess up my wallin or if i mess up, then a 6pool will absolutely punish me, whereas if i go rax first, and see the 6pool, even if i mess up terribad, the most that i will lose is a few seconds mining time and 2~3, maybe 4 probes b/c no matter how fast he rushes, calculating run time from his base to mine, i will have that zealot up at the very latest, a few seconds after the first 6 lings run into my base, pulling probes and rally zealot completely negates any type of early 6-10pool pressure with ease. i have lost enough FFE's to know that to me, gate first is preferred, because i know that i will survive a 6pool if i have 1 zealot and probes, whereas if i mess up the wall-in catastrophic things can, and have, happened.
Now a master league player told me that FFE is better to hold those early ling rushes, not 6-11pool, but like a 5 minute 24 speedling runby, or even a 4 minute 12 ling runby. However, to my experience, since i always scout the zerg base repeatedly, (if my inital scout probe dies, ill always send another one to scout with the one that builds my cyber core, if the initial probe is still alive then i scout his base around core as the 4 minute mark is a great indication of what exact tech choices he is going) and if i see a speedling rush, i always have ample time to prepare for it. And since im always spamming sentries early game anyway, with my initial zealot/stalker, ill at least have 4 sentries, so i can FF and micro, and chrono boost out 3 more stalkers to hold. Depending on how bad of an all-in it is, i have to pull probes or i dont.
Also, if with my initial scout i see that he is going to go some sort of all-in or early speedling pressure, (gas before 2nd, spawningpool dancing, double gas before 3) then i'll delay my natrual and basically go for a delayed 4gate expand followed by immortals. I can always expand after my first immortal/sentry push after all.
So i guess i'm asking if FFE really gives you THAT MUCH of an early econ boost, to the point where you take such a bigger risk in the early game, and have it equalize at the end?
Again, i have seen great FFE holds, one zealot plugging that hole and maxxing behind that, and granted most immortal/stentry pushes start with a FFE, not to mention PARTING goes FFE most games, but my goal in the opening is to have the safest transition possible, which means always scouting for proxies, esp vs. toss, not building the core until i scout the opponent to make sure he isn't going double gateway outside my base(if you scout and he doesn't have a pylon by his choke or main, chances are he's going 2gate proxy), but i've always maintained that gate expand, or even gate - core - expand is the safer alternative to FFE, and without THAT much of an economic difference. Also, going gate expo allows you to be a LOT more reactive, being able to transition into just about any build or even being able to out-play cheese oriented players.
So, any high level protoss players want to discuess the pros/cons of FFE vs zerg?
Thanks in advance.
Also, no trolls or idjits QQ'ing about balance. This is JUST A DISCUSSION ON OPENINGS!