Thursday, October 7, 2010

StarCraft II 1v1 Balance?

Here's an intersting read: Developer's Corner: 1v1 Game Balance.

So, in North America, basically:
  • Protoss are played 38.5% of the time.
  • Terran are played 38.0% of the time.
  • Zerg are played 23.5% of the time.
Not that many playing as Zerg. Although when they do, the win ratios aren't that bad at all (zergling rush or just pro? you decide); all quite close around 50%. Everyone's aware that it indeed is a difficult race to play; you more often hear people shouting that Terran is overpowered. In my opinion, Zerg is the most fun to play with; units making weird sounds, all buildings are squishy and bloody, some fun stuff you can do with Creep Tumors, burrowing etc. etc.

They are considering the following to balance the three races in the next patch:

  • Increased Roach Range: this will be very effective for many Zerg players, allowing more flexibility with Roaches in mid to end-game.
  • Fungal Growth will now prevent Blink. Not sure about this one, especially with the aforementioned increased range of Roaches. Fungal Growth is already a strong technique on its own.
  • Barracks will require a Supply Depot. Now, we won't be seeing early cheese with Reaper harassments. It's supposed to balance out in team battles, but seeing this will hurt Terran A LOT. This effectively removes most use of Reapers.
  • Increased health of Zerg buildings. Have to wait for this one. They could increase the regeneration speed as an alternative.
Hopefully, we will be able to see even more diverse playstyles in the future. The leagues are currently filled with lots of Terran, and not that many Zerg, especially in lower leagues (Bronze, Silver). More info coming soon!

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  1. Zerg could be a bit OP after those changes, they aren't exactly underpowered as it is anyway.

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  4. Protoss = good
    Terran = OP
    Zerg = Takes king skills

  5. I'd like to see the reapers go away.

  6. dude sc2 is the best game ever!

  7. Great post, bro! Waiting for more updates from you

  8. you've got an interesting point here, good job with the post

  9. Where did you get those stats? very interesting.

  10. nobody plays zerg for some weird

  11. ill ahve to try playing as zerg instead thanks

  12. I think protoss are the coolest so I play them, and zerg are definitley my second.

    I absolutely despise terran because every terran I face MMM Balls against protoss and it is the most annoying thing to try and counter.

  13. zergs are piece of scum , long live to terran

  14. it's weird how little played zerg is. it's like the most well-known SC race

  15. great post man. love me some starcraft.

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  17. This is really cool haven't played starcraft maybe I'll give it a try, keep it up looking forward to more.