StarCraft II

Heart of the Swarm Balance Update -- February 28, 2014

Heart of the Swarm Balance Update -- February 28, 2014

After gathering and reviewing your feedback on the latest balance test map over the last two weeks, we’re ready to move forward with a new balance update. This time, we’ve got one new change in store for each race and will be applying the following update to Heart of the Swarm multiplayer today.


  • Mothership Core
    • Vision radius reduced from 14 to 9.


  • Widow Mine
    • Sentinel Missiles now deal bonus splash damage to units with Shields, based on their distance from the target. Splash damage is now dealt as follows:
      • 40 + 40 vs. Shields within 1.25 radius.
      • 20 + 20 vs. Shields from 1.25 to 1.5.
      • 10 + 10 vs. Shields from 1.5 to 1.75.


  • Hydralisk
    • Delay between attacks decreased from .83 to .75 seconds.

Those of you who are interested in the StarCraft II Balance Team’s reasoning behind these changes can check out David Kim’s recent forum post to learn more.  Additionally, please keep in mind that the balance update has been delayed for the European region until WCS Europe Group F competition concludes on Saturday, March 1. All other regions will still receive the above balance changes today.

As always, thank you for sharing your feedback on each of the changes we proposed with the most recent test map. Your thoughts and playtesting helped us shape this balance update and we hope you’ll continue to participate in future balance testing.

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