Balance Update 13
- Balance Changes
- Developer Thoughts
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm - Balance Update #13
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!
- Widow Mine
- The primary target damage for Sentinel Missiles has been increased from 125 to 125 +35 vs. Shields.
- The duration for Envision has been increased from 30 to 60 seconds.
- 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.
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.
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."