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Heart of the Swarm Update #7

By Tobias 'noxilicious' .
Oct 28, 2012 17:37

ImageTwo days ago the seventh balanced update for the upcoming Starcraft II expansion Heart of the Swarm has been released. Following other patches, the latest patch focuses on the balance heavily, once again. This time Zerg and Protoss players saw the most changes.

Is the HotS beta approaching the release level? Obviously it will still take some time to get "balance" into the game but the progress that has been made looks promising so far.

The Protoss players got some changes as the Oracle was given some new abilities. Same goes for the Tempest, who has been buffed slightly, and the Mothership core.

The Terrans won't have to buy an upgrade at the armory to enable the transformation to the Hellbat.

Spinecrawlers and Ultraliks got fixed as well. The spinecrawlers won't leave any spot for units to pass by and the ultralisk speed of burrow charge has been buffed a lot.

Full list of changes


The Void Siphon and Entomb abilities have been removed.This unit has a new ability called Pulsar Beam.The Oracle channels a beam at an enemy structure that deals 25 damage every second. 2 mana is drained per second from the Oracle while this ability is channeled.This ability has a range of 5.This unit has a new ability called Time Warp.The Oracle creates a temporal field that slows all ground units’ movement speed within a 3.5 radius by 50%.This ability costs 75 energy to castThis ability can be cast from 9 range.Oracle build time has decreased from 60 to 35 seconds.
Damage has been increased from 25 to 30.The +massive damage bonus no longer requires an upgrade at the Fleet Beacon.+Massive damage has been decreased from 35 to 30.
Mothership Core
This unit has a new ability called Envision.This ability grants the Mothership Core detection for 30 seconds. This ability costs 50 energy to cast.This ability grants detection within the Mothership Core’s sight range (14).The Purify ability no longer grants detection to the Nexus.The Purify ability has been renamed to “Photon Overcharge”.


The speed of Burrow Charge has been increased from 2.25 to 3.75.
The duration of Blinding Cloud has been increased from 10 to 14 seconds.
Spine Crawler
This unit now completely blocks pathing when placed next to other structures, including other Spine Crawlers.Zerglings and other small units can no longer squeeze in between Spine Crawlers.The scale of this unit has been increased from 0.85 to 0.95.


Transformation to Hellbat no longer requires an upgrade and is enabled once an Armory is built.




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