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HotS Quick Questions & Answers Thread

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Do you have any quick questions about HotS that could be answered in a paragraph? Ask here!

Keep in mind I am not a Blizzard Employee -- I cannot explain the reasoning developers used when designing or implementing anything into the beta. Please refrain from sarcastic\balance related questions -- you can make your own thread for that! Thanks! =]

Rather then having tons of separate threads asking the same questions that can be answered simply and easily, I thought I'd make a Q&A type thread for anyone not in the beta. Ask any question here, and me (or anyone else in the beta) will give a reply.

If you are tired of asking questions and not getting any replies: Don't worry, I'll try to answer ever single one.

I'll post in index of all questions and replies, too, so you can quickly and easily see an answer if it's been asked before.



So; have any questions about:

  • Battle.net features
  • Unit stats
  • Opinions on units
  • Common strategies
  • Picture or VOD of a unit or matchup


  • Or anything else Heart of the Swarm related, ask them here!

    Check out Blizzards official HotS FAQ before posting: http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/forum/topic/6490600251




    My goal is to answer every question, and to keep this alive the entire duration of the beta. That means if any big changes are patched in or new Battle.net features added, I'll be ready to give info about them as soon as they come out.

    Feel free to help reply to questions if you are in the beta. Feel free to link this post to others if it has a reply in here, or if you think it is relevant to them.
    Edited by TheSkunk on 9/13/2012 2:02 PM PDT
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    Keep in mind I am not a Blizzard Employee -- I cannot explain the reasoning developers used when designing or implementing anything into the beta. Please refrain from sarcastic\balance related questions -- you can make your own thread for that! Thanks! =]

    FAQ:

    Q: What happens when a rock falls on to a building while it is constructing?
    A: Collapsible Rocks deal 500 damage to anything that is immobile.

    Q: Are more beta keys going to be sent out?
    A: Yes, but nobody knows when. More and more the longer the beta goes on.

    Q: Can the viper pull units across or over cliffs, and can it target allies?
    A: Yes to both.

    Q: Can energize target Nexuses?
    A: Yes.

    Q: What do the new units say when you click on them a lot?
    A: http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/forum/topic/6489880526?page=1#12

    Q: Are more players going to be invited to the beta?
    A: Yes; but we don't know when.

    Q: What new maps or tilesets are in the game?
    A: http://gosugamers.net/starcraft2/news/21012-video-heart-of-the-swarm-map-previews

    Q: What armor type are Oracles?
    A: Light\Mechanical\Psionic

    Note:

  • Creep Spread on Overlords requires Lair
  • Battlecruiser speed boost removed.
  • Ghost Cloak change not added.
  • No new Nydus worms.
  • Corrupter not changed.
  • Overseers not changed in any way.
  • Edited by TheSkunk on 10/10/2012 9:32 AM PDT
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    Q: Is the requirement for Overlord Spawn Creep changed?
    A: No.

    Q: What do the new units say?
    A: http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/forum/topic/6489880526?page=1#12

    Q: Is the Mothership Core an air unit, and can energize target a Nexus?
    A: Yes to both.

    Q: What is the button that looks like "select idle workers" but appears to the right of the screen?
    A: Select all army units.

    Q: Do Overseers still have contaminate? Is Changeling changed? Why are enemy structures and units unclickable, is there an option to turn it off? Can you turn automine off? Was automine added because of Entomb?
    A: http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/forum/topic/6489880526?page=2#21

    Q: Does the game feel very much different? Do you think pros in WOL can still be a pro in HOTS with ease? Are strategies in WOL still viable in HOTS? Is the Ultralisk damage type changed, like it was at Blizzcon?
    A: http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/forum/topic/6489880526?page=2#24

    Q: Did the Zerg "advisor" in-game change? Any information regarding the new Nydus Worm? Is the Carrier “officially” dead for HoTS? Is there new music in the current build? Does Blinding Cloud only affect biological units? Does the Corruptor have a new ability?
    A: http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/forum/topic/6489880526?page=2#26

    Q: What is the damage of the warhound and locust? The command card is different, can we change it back?
    A: http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/forum/topic/6489880526?page=2#34

    Q: Can you describe the new tilesets? Are more beta keys going out?
    A: http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/forum/topic/6489880526?page=2#36 + http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/forum/topic/6489880526?page=2#40

    Q: How does the Hydra speed upgrade work?
    A: http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/forum/topic/6489880526?page=3#42

    Q: Ghost Cloak changed? Raven changed? Widow Mine OP?
    A: http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/forum/topic/6489880526?page=3#47

    Q: Can the widow mine attack over cliffs? Is the tempest more effective when with phoenix? Can you use the abduct to pull units over cliffs or to pull your own units? What are the 3 units that the warhound is best at? How do Tempests affect PvT?
    A: http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/forum/topic/6489880526?page=3#50

    Q: Is everyone on the same sever, and will this carry over to live version?
    A: Yes, and live version will have D3-style Global Play.

    Q: Does the Oracle have Cloak, or is it back on the Mothership?
    A: Back on the Mothership.

    Q: Does the Battlecruiser have the speed ability? Is Ultralisk charge innate or researched? Are Ultralisks still frenzied? What armor and tags does the Swarm Host and Viper have? How do the new units affect mirror matchups?
    A: http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/forum/topic/6489880526?page=3#59

    Q: Widow Mines hit air?
    A: Yes.

    Q: What is the damage\AoE of Widow Mines?
    A: http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/forum/topic/6489880526?page=4#65

    Q: Reaper health regen require upgrade?
    A: No.

    Q: There is a range indicator for Scan, is it optional? How about the Collapsable Rock placement model? Has tempest range been decreased?
    A: http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/forum/topic/6489880526?page=4#70

    Q: What happens when two Vipers abduct each other?
    A: http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/forum/topic/6489880526?page=4#73

    Q: How have you been using Tempests?
    A: http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/forum/topic/6489880526?page=4#75

    Q: Will our participation in the WoL beta affect our chances at a HotS beta key? Will we get keys for pre-ordering?
    A: http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/forum/topic/6489880526?page=4#76

    Q: Can Ultralisk use Charge when burrowed?
    A: No.

    Q: Blinding Cloud affect buildings?
    A: Yes.

    Q: What would you rather fight IRL, Warhound or Swarm Host? Might the Oracle and Tempest be scrapped?
    A: http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/forum/topic/6489880526?page=5#86

    Q: You can't warp up cliffs anymore. Bug or not?
    A: Not a bug.

    Q: Why does Blizzard hate toss? Can you give me a key?
    A: http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/forum/topic/6489880526?page=5#94

    Q: Current Oracle abilities? Why is Haywire autocast?
    A: http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/forum/topic/6489880526?page=6#101

    Q: Any chance of a Clan matchmaking system?
    A: We don't know.

    Q: Do you think Blinding Cloud + Fungal is OP? Will automated tournaments be added? Think Carrier + Tempest would be strong?
    A: http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/forum/topic/6489880526?page=6#107

    Q: What do you think of the new patch?
    A: http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/forum/topic/6489880526?page=6#111

    Q: What happens to units Collapsible Rocks land on? Was the Carrier buffed? What do you think of this idea? How can you tell when you get a beta key?
    A: http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/forum/topic/6489880526?page=6#118

    Q: Ragdolls added? New creep effects display with low shaders?
    A: http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/forum/topic/6489880526?page=7#121

    Q: What happens when you abduct a unit into the abyss?
    A: You can't. (cannot find placement location)

    Q: What is the phase shield like? Are the Oracle\Tempest worth making now? Current blinding cloud stats?
    A: http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/forum/topic/6489880526?page=7#126

    Q: Does Blinding Cloud affect casters? Is Changeling changed?
    A: http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/forum/topic/6489880526?page=7#129

    Q: Is the new Battle Hellion Bio and Mechanical? Does Blinding Cloud (reduces unit range to 1) prevent Tanks from firing because of minimum attack range?
    A: http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/forum/topic/6489880526?page=8#144

    Q: Oracle classified as Armored or Light? Anyone tried the Fencar TvZ style? Zerg players have any reason to go Hive vs Phase Shields?
    A: http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/forum/topic/6489880526?page=8#158

    Q: Vortex going to be changed or a new anit-broodlord unit for protoss? Battlehellions use Mech upgrades or Bio upgrades?
    A: http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/forum/topic/6489880526?page=9#171

    Q: Do you like HotS PvP?
    A: http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/forum/topic/6489880526?page=9#174

    Q: Widow Mines burrowed\cloaked?
    A: Yes.

    Q: Any info on clan support?
    A: Nope, except that they plan to add it.


    Q: Why did they remove Warhounds?
    A: http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/forum/topic/6489880526?page=10#182

    Q: Will the Carrier be changed?
    A: http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/forum/topic/6489880526?page=10#184


    Q: Were is the Hellbat icon in the factory?
    A: http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/forum/topic/6489880526?page=10#195


    Q: Did Widow Mines replace the Warhound? Can they hit Hallucinated units? Is it a glitch that they are not reduced by hardened shields?
    A: http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/forum/topic/6489880526?page=11#201


    Q: Does revelation reveal tumors? How do Tempests benefit from attack upgrades? Will the Queen model change? Why isn't this thread stickied?
    A: http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/forum/topic/6489880526?page=11#214


    Q: When do more Beta Keys get sent out, and will the MS Core be changed?
    A: http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/forum/topic/6489880526?page=11#218


    Q: Troll Question: Why are the buffing Protoss tons but removing units from other races?
    A: http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/forum/topic/6489880526?page=12#224


    Q: Can a Mothership Core kill a Queen?
    A: No.


    Q: How many keys have been sent out?
    A: http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/forum/topic/6794212897#7


    Q: Can Void Siphon stack? Can you do other things\regenerate energy while you cast it? Does it work on structures being constructed?
    A: http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/forum/topic/6489880526?page=13#242


    Q: How does the new Widow Mine work?
    A: http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/forum/topic/6489880526?page=13#244


    Q: Will ragdoll animations be optional?
    A: http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/forum/topic/6489880526?page=13#255

    Q: Will the Widow Mines name be changed now that it functions differently, and are there any plans to add the Warhound back into the game?
    A: http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/forum/topic/6489880526?page=13#259

    Q: Can you abduct burrowed units? Units currently affected by graviton beam? Morphing units? Uprooted crawlers? Can you save units from a Yamato Cannon\Strike Cannon using Abduct? Can you stop the channeling unit by Abducting? Can you abduct units currently immobile because of Fungal Growth? Will a worker currently gathering minerals continue to gather after being abducted? Does abduct trigger the "Our units are being attacked" message?
    A: http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/forum/topic/6489880526?page=14#266

    Q: Does reaper high ground vision work from inside a bunker???
    A: http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/forum/topic/6489880526?page=14#266

    Q: Do cloaked units trigger the Widow Mine automatically?
    A: Yes.

    Q: Thoughts on patch 6? What will the story be? Upgrades effect Widow Mine's attack\armor? What are the stats of the MSC transforming into the MS?
    A: http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/forum/topic/6489880526?page=15#292

    Q: What happens when you Graviton a Swarm Host just before locusts hatch?
    A: http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/forum/topic/6489880526?page=15#295

    Q: Can the Widow Mine target buildings or unburrowed spine crawlers?
    A: http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/forum/topic/6489880526?page=15#296

    Q: Tempest supply cost?
    A: 4

    Q: Can Widow Mines detect while unburrowed?
    A: http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/forum/topic/6489880526?page=16#301

    Q: Any info on new portraits?
    A: Not yet.

    Q: Purify Animation still unused?
    A: Yep.
    Edited by TheSkunk on 10/16/2012 12:20 PM PDT
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    Can Overlords spawn creep when evolution chambers are built pre lair tech like in the HotS custom games?
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    Can Overlords spawn creep when evolution chambers are built pre lair tech like in the HotS custom games?

    No. Spread creep requires lair.

    Has anyone compiled all of the new units' quotes into a YouTube video yet? I tried searching for them but was unable to find any.

    Nope. I don't have a good software for recording unit sounds right now, but I can try to for the future. Will text versions suffice for the time being?

    EDIT: http://www.twitch.tv/the_skunk_/b/331180461 at the 3:30 mark I start Terran sounds.
    Edited by TheSkunk on 9/5/2012 2:34 PM PDT
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    Gahhh, typo. ><

    I meant *text* versions, until I (or someone else) gets something that can record with good audio quality, or someone extracts sound files from the MPQ, which might be better.

    EDIT:

    I am attempting to get stream w/ sound working to record unit sounds at: http://www.twitch.tv/the_skunk_

    If you'd like, you can help me by telling me if sound is working well enough or not. Never streamed before.
    Edited by TheSkunk on 9/5/2012 2:22 PM PDT
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    are mothership cores cosidered air now and can only be attacked by units that can shoot air?

    also, are they able to energize nexus's for unlimited chrono boosts currently?
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    are mothership cores cosidered air now and can only be attacked by units that can shoot air?

    also, are they able to energize nexus's for unlimited chrono boosts currently?

    Yes and Yes.
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    09/05/2012 02:34 PMPosted by HeReTiC
    Text versions would be better than nothing, but you really need the audio to capture each units' personality.

    Terran Unit Sounds: 3:30 http://www.twitch.tv/the_skunk_/b/331180461
    Protoss Unit Sounds: http://www.twitch.tv/the_skunk_/b/331183694
    Zerg Unit Sounds: http://www.twitch.tv/the_skunk_/b/331185842

    Yes, sound quality is not the best, but you have to pay for premium to get better.
    Edited by TheSkunk on 9/5/2012 3:25 PM PDT
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    Why is this game so old school, I honestly cant see why it has not adopted the supreme commander style play where you can zoom out to the whole map and back in @ mouse pointer. It really wont change the challenge of micro or macro but makes it much friendlier for people to move the map very quickly with out having to use key binds witch imo are not fun to use. This is something I always wanted in the original starcraft and i was delighted when I was able to play sup com this way and I was honestly shocked that SC2 did not incorporate this style of game play.
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    wow... that unlimited chrono seems quite a bit unfair... how is that allowed?

    you can permanently pump out chrono'd units...
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    wow... that unlimited chrono seems quite a bit unfair... how is that allowed?

    you can permanently pump out chrono'd units...

    Actually, I took that from another player. Testing it myself, you CAN energize your Nexus, but it is not infinite.
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    There's a worker icon on the bottom right corner of the UI next to where the warp gate button is. What is it? Every race has it at some point.
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    09/05/2012 04:17 PMPosted by Andy
    There's a worker icon on the bottom right corner of the UI next to where the warp gate button is. What is it? Every race has it at some point.

    Its a "Select all fighting units" button.

    Clicking this will select all combat units, including the Mothership Core. It will also select queens, but this is listed as a bug in the bug thread.
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    I have only seen a little bit of some HotS vids so sorry if these questions have been answered somewhere else:

    1. Do Overseers still have contaminate? If so, I thought they were changing that for HotS.

    2. Do Overseers launch Changelings at siege range?

    3. Why are enemy structures and units unclickable? I hear there is an option to adjust that in the menu. Is that true?

    4. Workers now automine. Is there an option to turn that off? I hear the worker A.I. does that now due to the way the Protoss Oracle blocks mining. Is that true?
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    Is there a settings feature that enables clicking on enemy units? Or has this feature been removed in HoTS?

    Edit: ZeroHero just beat my question to the punch.
    Edited by Equivocator on 9/5/2012 5:45 PM PDT
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