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Balance Update 14

[e][h]Balance Update 14
Patch Information
NA Release Date:
February 13th 2013
Highlights
  • Balance Changes
  • Developer Thoughts
Chronology
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StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm - Balance Update #14[edit]

Hi everyone,

This afternoon, we will be making the balance change listed below. This will not require that we bring down the beta service. Thanks again for all the great feedback you've provided while testing Heart of the Swarm. We hope to see you testing this change and sharing your input soon!

Balance Changes[edit]

TERRAN
Hellbat
  • The cargo space required to transport a Hellbat has been increased from 2 to 4.

Developer Thoughts[edit]

Before this update went live, David Kim posted on the Battle.net forums addressing community concerns over the Hellbat.

"We're hearing your feedback on Hellbat drops being overpowered. We've also been watching all the tournament games and as many highest level pro streams as possible.

They're really powerful, but we're still seeing a lot of players who really haven't had the time to learn to deal with them yet.

For example, in last week's MLG qualifier matches, a top end korean Zerg player lost 3 of 4 matches just to Hellbat drops. However, in this specific series, we were definitely seeing flaws in play. The Zerg player had roaches in 1 single ball and moved to defend vs. each dropship coming into multiple locations. Against this type of Zerg defense, just the normal Marine drops would have done just as much damage.

If a nerf is needed, we'd probably increase the cargo space on Hellbats to 4 so that we can only affect this specific scenario. We'll do our best to determine what's correct for this strategy, but please remember we're looking into every major community concern and carefully analyzing them."