StarCraft® II

Heart of the Swarm Balance Update - May 23

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Over the past few weeks, we’ve updated our Balance Test Map with different changes aimed at addressing Terran and Zerg balance concerns. After gathering and reviewing feedback on these changes, we’re ready to move forward with a new balance update. You can expect to see the following adjustments applied to Heart of the Swarm multiplayer today.

Terran
  • Removed Transformation Servos upgrade
  • Changed Hellion/Hellbat transform requirement to Armory


Zerg
  • Brood Lord gains the Frenzied ability
  • Frenzied is changed to also be immune to movement altering abilities

Thank you very much for all of your feedback on the proposed balance changes. Please feel free to use this thread for discussion on this update.
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Good deal.
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Good patch, removes a near never researched upgrade and gives Terran a little more pushing power on these new somewhat Zerg favoured maps. This will also make Mech a little more offensive oriented and encourage harassment through all stages of the game.
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Now we just need to work on Broodlords in general. How about a speed buff?
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Broodlords are fine.
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Yeah, with this buff, broodlords will be a viable option in ZvZ at the very least. In the other matchups, they weren't ever a bad option to go with but they weren't necessarily great as well.
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woot, servos will be nice since hellbat is my favorite unit but servos was something no1 ever got b4

also broodlords r fine i think they r actually quite good 2 use late game against terran (u teck ultras force marauders then 1-2 production rounds later u make broodlords see it all the time on ladder) also they prob be used more now in zvz
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is it live?
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is it live?²
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05/23/2014 12:36 PMPosted by GroundZero
Now we just need to work on Broodlords in general. How about a speed buff?


Speed isn't their problem, it's tempests that made them truly horrible, they can't even fight back with BCs can
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How does this fix early game TvP? You guys are terrible.
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05/23/2014 12:36 PMPosted by Incubus
Good patch, removes a near never researched upgrade


I agree, all upgrades should be usefull.
Time to work on neural parasite now ! (and infestor in general maybe...)
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05/23/2014 12:23 PMPosted by Psione
Terran
Removed Transformation Servos upgrade
Changed Hellion/Hellbat transform requirement to Armory

YYYYYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!

Sorry. I'm just...so happy.
Edited by Doncroft on 5/23/2014 1:30 PM PDT
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do you want zerg to roach bane allin every game
because this is how you get that
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7rr the new meta.
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05/23/2014 12:23 PMPosted by Psione
Zerg
Brood Lord gains the Frenzied ability


What does this even mean? "frenzied". Does this mean they shoot faster when frenzy ability is activated? Does it mean they shoot faster after engaging for a few seconds? Does it mean they are really pissed off and in a frenzy?
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This is great news for TvZ, but no explanation on what the Frenzied ability is? I suppose you're going to link me to another thread.
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did it go through yet?
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05/23/2014 01:40 PMPosted by eNtRoPy
05/23/2014 12:23 PMPosted by Psione
Zerg
Brood Lord gains the Frenzied ability


What does this even mean? "frenzied". Does this mean they shoot faster when frenzy ability is activated? Does it mean they shoot faster after engaging for a few seconds? Does it mean they are really pissed off and in a frenzy?


The Ultralisk has the Frenzied ability. Look it up in the game guide.
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