Call to Action: April 21 Balance Testing

We’ve published a new Balance Test Map titled “(2)DuskTowers (3.2.2 Balance v1.0)” which contains the following changes that we’d like your feedback on:

  • Photon Cannon
    • Increase AA damage from 20 to 20 (+10 bio)
  • Swarm Host
    • Cost reduced from 200/100 to 150/75
    • Supply Increased from 3 to 4
  • Thor
    • AA damage from splash to single-target
    • Damage altered to 35 (+15 armored) every 2.14 seconds
  • Banshee
    • Hyperflight Rotors requirement changed from Fusion Core to Armory
  • Liberator
    • Damage changed to 4 (+3 Light)

We encourage you to head on into the Balance Test Map to test these changes out! To find the Balance Test Map, enter the Multiplayer section and navigate to Custom. The Balance Test Map will be at the top of the list under ‘Top Played.’

We’ve also updated the Extension Mod for balance testing, so that you can play around with these changes on a variety of maps. Those of you who are interested in trying out the Extension Mod can do the following to get started:

  1. Navigate to Browse Maps on the Custom Games menu
  2. Select a map and click the Create with Mod button in the lower right corner
  3. Choose to sort by Blizzard Mods from the dropdown list at the top of the screen
  4. Select the “Balance Test Mod” Extension from the list and then hit Create Game

If you're interested in the StarCraft II Balance Team's reasoning behind these potential changes, you can check out Senior Designer David Kim's Community Feedback Update and his follow up post on the Swarm Host.

We’d like to remind you that feedback based on playtesting is the most helpful information you can share with us at this time. We kindly ask that you spend some time playing games on the test map before offering your thoughts on the changes listed above. We look forward to hearing your feedback and please remember that none of these changes are final.

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