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StarCraft II's balance patch nerfs Zerg and Protoss units

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StarCraft II's new balance patch is live. The patch nerfed the Zerg and Protoss units while buffing the Terran Ghost units. Mineral and Vespene Gas costs on Smart Servos, Rapid Fire Launchers, Ghost, and Drilling Claws have all been lowered.

StarCraft II recently went free to play, and now there have been some balance changes made to the game. But you already knew that.

A balance update that nerfed the Zerg and Protoss units while buffing the Terran Ghost units was implemented on 28 November. So let's go through the buffs and nerfs together.

We begin our story with the Zerg Infestors that will now have to get un-burrowed before they can cast their Fungal Growth. The same spell has had its radius reduced from 2.5 to 2.25.

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Infested Terran's cast range has also been reduced. In turn, Overlord and Corruptors will now respond more quickly to your morph commands.

Protoss’ Oracle unit has had its Pulse Beam damage reduced as well as changed from normal to spell damage. The build time on the Oracle was increased from 26.4 to 30.7 seconds. Shield Battery now costs 100 Minerals.

Finally, the Terran units. Ghost's Steady Targeting will go back to full strength if it's interrupted. That might save some of the remaining hairs on your head. Mineral and Vespene Gas costs on Smart Servos, Rapid Fire Launchers, Ghost, and Drilling Claws have all been lowered.

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If you were just looking for the patch notes, here they are:

  • Zerg

Infestors
-Can no longer cast Fungal Growth while burrowed.
-Fungal Growth radius reduced from 2.5 to 2.25.
-Infested Terran cast range reduced from 9 to 7.
Overlord and Corruptors will respond more quickly to morph commands.

  • Protoss

Oracle
-Pulsar Beam
-Damage reduced from 15 (+10 Light) to 15 (+7 Light).
-Pulsar Beam damage type changed from normal to spell damage.
-Increase build time from 26.4 to 30.7 seconds.
Shield Battery cost increased from 75 Minerals to 100 Minerals.

  • Terran

Ghost’s Steady Targeting will return 100% energy when interrupted.
Smart Servos cost reduced from 150 Minerals / 150 Vespene Gas to 100/100.
Rapid Fire Launchers cost reduced from 150/150 to 75/75.
Ghost cost changed from 200/100 to 150/125.
Drilling Claws cost reduced from 150/150 to 75/75.

Have fun!