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Balance Update 13

[e][h]Balance Update 13
Patch Information
NA Release Date:
February 8th 2013
Highlights
  • Balance Changes
  • Developer Thoughts
Chronology
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StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm - Balance Update #13[edit]

Hi everyone,

We will soon be bringing the beta down this evening to make the balance changes listed below. Thanks again for all the great feedback you've provided while testing Heart of the Swarm. We hope to see you testing these changes and sharing your input soon!

Balance Changes[edit]

TERRAN
Widow Mine
  • The primary target damage for Sentinel Missiles has been increased from 125 to 125 +35 vs. Shields.
PROTOSS
Oracle
  • The duration for Envision has been increased from 30 to 60 seconds.
ZERG
Hatchery
Infestor
  • The projectile speed for Fungal Growth has been reduced from 15 to 12.
Spore Crawler
  • The weapon damage for Acid Spew has been increased from 15 to 15 + 15 vs. Biological.

Developer Thoughts[edit]

Before this update went live, David Kim posted on the Battle.net forums, with a post titled "Potential Beta Changes", listing these changes to get community feedback before implementing them.

"Hello everyone,

We're thinking on a few changes and wanted to get your thoughts as well. Please remember none of these are final.

Overlord speed upgrade moved down to tier 1

HotS has given a lot more tech options to all three races, and we feel scouting is more important than ever. Terran/Protoss already got their scouting buffs, and we felt Zerg could use one too. Keep in mind this isn't as crazy as it sounds because you still need to spend the extra 100/100 resources as well as 60 seconds to get this upgrade in tier 1.

Spore buff vs. bio (maybe 15 +15bio)

Fungal missile speed down a bit more

We think in ZvZ Mutalisks are a bit too dominant right now.We're realizing the Fungal Growth nerf was too much vs. Mutas and potentially not enough vs. other units.

Therefore, we think a +bio buff to Spores will only mostly affect Mutalisks to make room for ground based strategies in ZvZ. And we're hoping this gives us more room to nerf Fungal Growth a bit more. We feel units like Mutalisks, Hydralisks, or Ultralisks received significant buffs in Heart of the Swarm that it's probably ok to tone down the Infestor a bit more.

Oracle Envision duration increased from 30 seconds to 60 seconds

This one is to make this spell a bit more viable."