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Starcraft 2 Beta Patch Notes #2

While the Starcraft 2 Beta has been on fire with the Beta community playing thousands of games and posting videos of thousands of replays, Blizzard has been at work tweaking the balance among SC2 with the latest patch notes.

Terran

  • Banshee
    • Cloak: This ability no longer requires Fusion Core to research.

  • Barracks
    • The build time for this building has decreased from 65 to 60.

  • Factory
    • The build time for this building has decreased from 65 to 60.

  • Reactor
    • The build time for this building has decreased from 40 to 25.

  • Reaper
    • The build time for this unit has increased from 30 to 40.
    • Nitro Boost: The build time for this upgrade has increased from 90 to 100.

  • Starport
    • The build time for this building has decreased from 55 to 50.

  • Tech Lab
    • The build time for this building has decreased from 30 to 25.

Protoss

  • Mothership
    • The build time for this unit has increased from 120 to 160.
    • The food cost of this unit has increased from 6 to 8.
    • The number of shots fired by this unit has decreased from 8 to 6.
    • The shield of this unit has decreased from 400 to 350.
    • The health of this unit has decreased from 400 to 350.
    • The acceleration of this unit has decreased from 1.3125 to 0.3125.
    • The deceleration of this unit has increased from 0 to 1.

  • Nexus
    • Chrono Boost: The duration of this ability has decreased from 30 to 20.

Zerg

  • Corruptor
    • The damage done by this unit has increased from 12 (+8 massive) to 12 (+10 massive).


While one change I find unnecessary is the decrease time of the ability Chrono Boost. While I understand Blizzard has been working on balancing out Protoss so players can’t use the unstoppable Zelot rush I feel this may hurt players in later during game play in Tier 3.

Starcraft 2 Beta Patch Notes #1

The first patch has come to Starcraft 2 Beta. The patch consists of a few balancing tweaks along with a few minor bug fixes. I’ve been playing the Beta day and night and will be having some details on the new battle.net system in the upcoming days.

  • Terran

    • Viking
      • The armor value for this unit in Fighter Mode has decreased from 1 to 0.
      • The damage done by this unit in Fighter Mode has changed from 6 (+8 armored) to 10 (+4 armored).
    • Reaper
      • The damage done from D-8 Charges has decreased from 40 to 30.
      • The delay between attacks for D-8 Charges has decreased from 2.5 to 1.8.
    • Orbital Command
      • The build time for this upgrade has decreased from 50 to 35.
  • Protoss

    • Observer
      • Gravitic Boosters: The cost of this research has decreased from 150 Minerals and 150 Vespene Gas to 100 Minerals and 100 Vespene Gas.
    • High Templar
      • Phase Shift: This ability has been removed from the game.
      • Feedback: New Ability. Drains all energy from the target unit and causes damage equal to the amount of energy drained.
    • Colossus
      • The building pathing radius for this unit has decreased from .75 to .5625.
    • Mothership
      • Vortex: The energy cost of this ability has increased from 75 to 100.
      • Vortex: The target radius of this ability has decreased from 3.0 to 2.5.
      • Temporal Rift: This ability has been removed from the game.
      • Wormhole Transit: This ability has been removed from the game.
      • Mass Recall: New Ability. Teleports all of the player’s units in the target area to the Mothership.
    • Gateway
      • The build time of this building has increased from 50 to 65.
  • Zerg

    • Infestor
      • Fungal Growth: The damage done by this ability has decreased from 48 to 36.
      • Fungal Growth: This ability now prevents affected units from burrowing.
      • Neural Parasite: Functionality changed. The Infestor now channels this spell, which lasts 10 seconds or until the Infestor is destroyed. You can now target all units with this ability.
      • Terran Infestation: The ability’s energy cost has reduced from 50 to 25 and Infested Terrans now spawn 1 at a time.

Bug Fixes

  • Addressed an issue causing people to receive an “Internal Battle.net Error” message with their game client.
  • Muting your microphone will no longer cause your microphone to be turned off in the operating system once the program has exited.
    • Please note that the voice chat functionality has only partially been implemented. There are many known issues with voice chat that we expect to address in a future patch.
  • The “Medium” graphical settings were reconfigured to work better on appropriate machines. The video settings “auto-detect” functionality has been reset as a result.
  • Added a frame rate limiter to the game menus to prevent some graphics cards from running at higher frame rates than necessary.
  • Added GRB rating tags to the login menu for the Korean version of the Beta client.

Starcraft 2 Beta Video 1v1

Here is one of my first games playing the Starcraft 2 Beta. As you can see I haven’t lost my touch since the original Starcraft, although I know there is going to be much to learn in SC2. There are some great new macro options and many new features which will help be more efficient while playing which I will post on once I get some time to test them out more in depth.

Starcraft 2 Beta is here!

It has been a long time coming and the Starcraft 2 Beta has finally arrived. I like many have been waiting for this moment for a long time.

The Starcraft 2 Beta is currently only for the PC so I’m going to be switching my Mac over to Windows 7 and start downloading the Beta right away. As I’m downloading the Beta like mad I can’t help but think that in a few hours I’ll actually be playing Starcraft 2! After 10 years of waiting the moment is here. I’ve always talked with friends saying that if they would just update the graphics of the original starcraft and left everything the same the game would be great!

While downloading the Beta Blizzard revealed the minimal requirements. While like most Blizzard games they don’t require a lot out of your system. Most computers in the last 5 years will have no problem playing the game.

PC Minimum Requirements:

• Windows XP SP3/Vista SP1/Windows 7
• 2.2 Ghz Pentium IV or equivalent AMD Athlon processor
• 1 GB system RAM/1.5 GB for Vista and Windows 7
• 128 MB NVidia GeForce 6600 GT/ATI Radeon 9800 PRO video card
• 1024×768 minimum display resolution
• 4 GB free hard space (Beta)
• Broadband connection

I’ve also heard that some players did not receive an email from Blzzard and that the Starcraft 2 Beta had showed up on their Battle.net account. So if you signed up for the Beta opt in then I would check your account out.

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Starcraft 2 Beta FAQ

Beta Access

How do I sign up for the StarCraft II beta test?

In order to sign up for the StarCraft II beta test or future Blizzard Entertainment beta tests, you first need to create a Battle.net account. You can then opt in to the beta for StarCraft II, as well as betas for future Blizzard Entertainment games, through the beta opt-in process. To get started, simply click Beta Profile Settings in Battle.net Account Management. Please note that opting in to a beta test through this method does not guarantee that you will be selected.

If I opted in to the StarCraft II beta, how will I know if I’ve been selected to participate?

If you are selected, you will receive an email from Blizzard instructing you to log in to your Battle.net account at www.battle.net. You will be able to download the client directly from within Battle.net Account Management. We plan on inviting players in waves, so if you do not receive an invitation in the beginning of the testing period, there’s a chance you might receive one in a later wave.

I attended BlizzCon 2008 and received a beta code. Do I have to go through this process?

There is a separate process in place for players who received StarCraft II beta codes from BlizzCon 2008 or have unused beta codes from earlier Blizzard events. To redeem your beta code, visit the beta sign-up page (don’t worry that the page says World of Warcraft), and enter the code from your card, along with a valid email address that you check often.

Once you’ve completed these steps, we will contact you via email at some point during the StarCraft II testing process with further instructions. Please note that in order to participate after your receive the invitation, you will need a Battle.net account (if you don’t have one already).

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