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Heart of the Swarm Update #11

By Tobias 'noxilicious' .
Jan 10, 2013 15:23

ImageIn about two months the Starcraft II expansion Heart of the Swarm will be released and the Balance Update #11 brings a lot of new options with it - once again. This time the Terran race faces massive changes.

Some of the changes will definitely change the whole game and a lot of tactics will be not viable anymore, while one can expect many more tactics and new timings. Not only do abilities get removed, but other common upgrades are no longer available or needed.

One of the most significant changes is the removal of the Siege Tech upgrade. Terrans won't need it any longer and Reapers won't require a techlab anymore. Vortex will be removed from the game, other abilities are moved to new units but the Protoss race doesn't face any other changes beside those. Fungal growth got slightly nerfed in aspects of damage but there are no other nerfs in this patch for the Zerg race.

See below for the full list of changes:

Train Reaper no longer requires a Tech Lab Addon.
Attack speed changed from 1.9 to 2.The Infernal Pre-Igniter upgrade no longer increases Hellbat weapon damage.Napalm Spray weapon damage increased from 10 +9 vs. light to 18 +12 vs. light.Splash damage radius decreased from 110 to 45.
Caduceus ReactorNo longer improves the healing rate of Medivacs.Upgrade cost decreased from 150/150 and 110 seconds to 100/100 and 80 seconds.Emergency Thrusters ability renamed Ignite Afterburners
Seeker missile Energy cost decreased from 125 to 75.Primary target damage reverted from 300 to 100.Seeker Missile once again deals splash damage.The delay time prior to firing has been increased from 3 to 5 seconds.
The Battlefield Awareness passive ability has been removed from the game.Movement speed increased from 3.38 to 3.75.The Nitro Packs upgrade has been removed from the game.P-45 Gauss Pistol weapon damage decreased from 4 +5 vs. Light to 4.
Siege Tank
Siege Tanks no longer require an upgrade in order to enter Siege Mode.


The Vortex ability has been removed from the game.
Mothership Core
The Envision ability has been moved to Oracle.
The Time Warp ability has been moved to the Mothership Core and the Mothership.


Fungal Growth damage decreased from 30 +10 vs. Armored to 30.
Mutalisk Regeneration passive ability renamed Tissue Regeneration and its tooltip has been updated to improve clarity.




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