Below are the full patch notes for the first Legacy of the Void beta patch.
Read more: Legacy of the Void Beta Patch 1.0
The long-awaited start to the Legacy of the Void closed beta is here! With several new units and balance changes in tow, the beta is sure to bring a lot of information and excitement in the months ahead.
In the official announcement, Blizzard has included a small FAQ, which explains various ways to get into the beta as well as rules pertaining to it.
Which game content will be available in the beta?
To start off, we will be focusing on the multiplayer experience only. We’ve added an exciting array of new units and abilities to the Terrans, Protoss, and Zerg, and we’d like to have as many eyes on them as possible. This testing will also include the upcoming Archon Mode. We will share information about future plans for the beta as we get closer to new content being released.
Patch notes are also available for viewing, which can be viewed in full here.
More information on the beta will be reported as it appears.
Battle.net - Legacy of the Void Beta Now Live!
Another Call to Action has been issued, this time to test an important change to the Tempest. The new test map is called “Deadwing LE (2.1.8 Balance v1.2)”, and includes the following update:
Balance Test Map: “Deadwing LE (2.1.8 Balance v1.2)”
This is an update. For a complete list of changes please also reference our post regarding Balance v1.0 and Balance v1.1
- Deal +14 massive damage to air units.
A note that the balance testing extension mod has also been updated with this change, in case players want to try out a map other than Deadwing.
David Kim's reasoning for this Tempest alteration is that they were too weak against Colossi, but also needed to be inefficient against Brood Lords. He explains this in a small forum post:
We felt that by removing damage to massive, Tempests simply became too weak versus Colossi. We wanted to make a damage change to Tempests that would severely change how they interact versus Brood Lords, while less-severely affecting their relationship against Colossi. Changing their massive bonus to +14 felt like a good number because it doubles the number of shots Tempests take to kill Brood Lords, while changing the relationship vs. Colossi by about 67%.
To see the full post from David Kim, click here. For the announcement post for the Call to Action, click here.
Battle.net - Call to Action: March 26 Balance Testing
Battle.net - Balance Test Map Update - March 19
The latest patch is out, bringing over the Warcraft assets that had been introduced to the PTR.
StarCraft II 2.1.9 Patch Notes
- Warcraft III Assets
- We’ve introduced over three thousand new assets from the Warcraft III Reign of Chaos and The Frozen Throne.
- To gain access to these assets, launch the StarCraft II Editor and add the following dependency:
- Warcraft III (Data Mod)
- File > Dependencies
- Click ‘Add Other’
- Select the ‘Battle.net’ tab
- Click ‘Log In’ and enter your Battle.net account information
- Double click on Warcraft III (Data Mod)
- Arcade and Custom Game Lobby Changes
- Hosts will be able to remove players who have a pending invite.
- If a player fails to accept an invite, additional invites from that player will be delayed.
- The duration of a pending invite has been dramatically reduced.
- WCS Observer Interface
- We’ve made several improvements to the WCS Observer Interface
- Minerals, Gas, army count, and worker count can now be displayed simultaneously.
- Unit wireframes are now displayed for single or group selection.
- Information is displayed more consistently, making it easier for tournament organizers to display auxiliary information.
- Hot keys have been improved and simplified.
- Fixed an issue that could allow a player to join a private lobby when they were not friends with the host.
- Certain hotkeys in the Wings of Liberty campaign can now be remapped.
- Presence information displayed in the Friends List should now display the correct information.
- Fixed an issue where certain Nvidia drivers were causing certain textures to appear pink.
- Typical use of the middle mouse button should no longer cause the cursor to snap to the center of the screen.
Battle.net - StarCraft II 2.1.9 Patch Notes
The official beta preview for Legacy of the Void has been released. It explains the changes that will be tested during this beta, as well as the various additions to the game. Below is a snippet of some of the general changes coming with the Legacy of the Void beta:
- Resource changes
- For the beta, we’re altering the number of resources at each base. Half the mineral patches have 1500 minerals, and the other half have 750. The main goal here was to make a change that would keep the feel of resourcing rates similar to Heart of the Swarm, while simultaneously encouraging players to take additional expansions more aggressively. So far, this change feels like a very solid way to achieve this and we’d love to try it out further during the beta. It clearly gives additional incentives for players to expand more, and from our internal testing, we feel like this change hits the mark on what we’re trying to do with the resource changes.
- Starting worker count
- You’ll also notice that the starting worker count has been increased to 12. This change is meant to reduce the downtime at the start of games, since the first few minutes of any game often grant little in the way of choices. So far, 12 feels like a good starting point for us, but we wonder if we can increase this even further without affecting early game choices too much.
- Unit Scan Range change
- We’ve improved the target acquisition of ranged ground units. Now, we’re just looking to see if any strange, unexpected behavior is caused by this change. We don’t currently know of anything unwanted that’s caused by this change, but we’d like to make sure that this is in fact the case during the beta. We’d really like to thank our community for locating this behavior, and we also agree with you all in that this could potentially be a really solid change to the game.
To see more details, check out the full post.
Battle.net - Legacy of the Void Beta Preview
The winners have been announced for the 2014 Blizzard Stream Awards, with over $100,000 being given to various streamers throughout the community. The list of winners is quite long, so check out the official post for more details.
Battle.net - And the Winners Are …
The dates for this year's BlizzCon has been announced! It will take place at the Anaheim Convention Center on Friday, November 6 and Saturday, November 7, 2015. Tickets will go on sale on Wednesday, April 15 at 7pm Pacific and Saturday, April 18 at 10am Pacific for the price of $199 each and purchasable from Eventbrite. See the full press release for more details.
Battle.net - Join the Party at BlizzCon® 2015 November 6 and 7
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Here comes another Call to Action, testing some Locust, Viper, and Tempest changes:
Balance Test Map Changes
Balance Test Map: “Deadwing LE (2.1.8 Balance v1.1)”
This is an update. For a complete list of changes please also reference our post regarding Balance v1.0.
- Locust duration decreased from 30 seconds to 25 seconds
- Blinding Cloud range increased from 10 to 11
- Bonus damage versus massive air units removed
Battle.net - Call to Action: March 5 Balance Testing
It's been quite some time since the reveal of Legacy of the Void, the upcoming addition to the StarCraft franchise. At BlizzCon 2014, attendees were told that they would be given priority when Legacy of the Void beta access is handed out. Now it seems that preparation for beta is well underway.
The Daily Dot wrote an article a few days ago stating that their sources say, “Blizzard will be aiming for an end of March or early April release." While their article isn't very long, it gives a very tight estimate of when we may see the game.
Another person added: “Blizzard will be aiming for an end of March or early April release. It’s great timing for them. WCS Season 1 will be all but over and this will give players plenty of time to stream the beta and generate some excitement. As things stand the beta is pretty much ready to launch with the balance team just tweaking a few units.”
The source added that the beta will most likely be rolled out in a manner akin to Heart of The Swarm. “It will be initially closed with access to the pros, the press and people’s machines that fit a certain type of spec,” the person explained. “Then increasing waves of requested keys and giveaways before becoming an open beta.”
Other sites have found interesting information that supports a late March beta release. JudgeHype has discovered new images in the Battle.net application, ones that appear to be background images for Legacy of the Void's launcher.
Furthermore, Blizzard announced that the StarCraft II PTR will be taken down on March 5th before being reactivated the following week. This could be in preparation for starting up the Legacy of the Void beta servers.
We'll be taking down the PTR on the morning of Thursday, March 5 and potentially bringing it back online the following week. However, due to our current development timeline, there is a chance that we will not bring the PTR back online and will simply release the build to our live servers a few weeks later.
For those Arcade developers who have been hard at work with the new Warcraft III assets, make sure to save your projects before Thursday.
Any more news about the beta will be covered on our site, so keep an eye out.
The Daily Dot - Legacy of the Void beta 'to arrive end of March, early April'
JudgeHype - Premières traces de Legacy of the Void dans l'application Battle.net
Battle.net - PTR Coming Down March 5
A lengthy explanation of the StarCraft II ladder, where it currently stands, and where it's expected to go has been posted.
Adjust league distribution
As mentioned, we’ve identified that the current league distribution percentages aren’t in line with our target percentages. The upcoming distribution changes should allow many more players to be in the correct league, and for each league to have the correct percentage of players based on the figures we announced for Heart of the Swarm. Once this adjustment is made, some players will see a change in their current league placement.
For the full post, click here.
Battle.net - StarCraft II Ladder Update: March 2, 2015