11/15/2012 06:24 AMPosted by DirtyDBurrow move, while useful, would not fix the Hydra. Roaches have it because they need to get in close to be useful due to their crappy range. Hyrdas out range many of their opponents, so burrowing to get in close would only hurt them in the engagement.
Actually for roaches the burrow move is just for harassment. In general 1-a speed roaches will get similar if not better results. Speed maybe better then burrow since with the speed you can form a better concave. If you just burrow-move you are risking detection plus there is a delay when you unburrow. In general burrow on the roaches are just for counter attacking and becoming pure annoying. It doesn't have much combat use since they move too slow underground plus they just lack basic mobility and requires unnecessary apm.
For the hydras I want them to burrow to serve a counter attacking role. They do massive damage but they are soo weak and slow. With this burrow move on the hydra I plan for them to move FASTER underground then above ground. This way people can get creative with their hydras. Sneak past the enemy. Unburrow and kill off the reinforcements and reburrow/run to avoid contact with the main army and take too much damage. With burrow hydras will now be able to unleash their huge damage potent and run away before taking too much damage.
Plus this will sync well with lore (hydras were famous for unburrowing and ambushing various marines) and give zerg an aggressive path not to mention the investments of hydras will hinder their hive deathball process to make the game more fun.
Hydras range is pretty bad. Due to its speed and range it will get overpowered by tanks and colossi easily. With burrow move you can at least exploit the lack of mobility the tank and colossi provides. You can even catch them out of position and take a few kills. Plus with fast cloaked dps units on the field terrans and protoss players will consider a raven or oracle transition. The only flaw I see in this hydra change is the fact that sky toss will become less effective vs zerg now and will probably resume its tech of robo and templar.