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StarCraft II Patch 1.2 Is Now Live

Chat channels, new leagues, and improved Protoss scouting are just some of the additions that are making Brad happy.

Blizzard has finally launched the latest StarCraft II patch onto the main game servers, updating the game to version 1.2 and bringing with it a host of bug fixes (for gameplay and the StarCraft map editor), feature additions, and a nice batch of balance adjustments. And, unlike the previous updates--which have mostly focused on Terran and Zerg adjustments--Patch 1.2 focuses on making meaningful improvements to the Protoss' means of scouting and detecting stealth units..

 Between Brad, Norm and myself, the StarCraft players at Whiskey are definitely Pro-'Toss.

But Protoss players aren't the only people who will benefit from the latest patch. For starters, StarCraft II’s latest update finally brings the game in line with its 1998 predecessor with the addition of player-created chat channels. Finally, you can join a large group of friends and tell them exactly how badly you’re going to kick their ass! Or you can join a public chat and get yelled at by random people. At least, I think that’s what happens. I prefer to lose games of StarCraft in 1v1 matches, thank you. But, if you are looking to chat it up with a big group of StarCraft players, you'll be able to integrate that chat into your games (just like the messaging from players on your friend's list).

== TEASER ==Beyond the chat channels, Blizzard has also introduced a brand new tier of difficulty to StarCraft II’s online leagues. The masters of the macro and the micro—those who have proven themselves to be the best players in the Diamond tier—can now advance to the Master League. As Blizzard explained on their StarCraft II community site, the Master League exclusively house the top 2% of StarCraft II players in each region. The competition for this league will be so fierce that, as Blizzard points out, being the top ranked player in your Diamond League division is no guarantee of earning a spot in the Masters. So, if you've got the chops and the drive to make for the Master League (and, eventually, the Grand Master League, made up of the 200 best players in the world), then good luck to you. You have my blessing, and, also, I'm afraid of you.

But let’s face it. You didn’t read this story—and certainly, I didn’t write it—to learn about chat rooms and new leagues and bug fixes to the map editor. You want to see the balance changes. You want to revel in (or complain about) those adjustments. In this regard, I can oblige. Here’s the full list of balance changes—and, in this case, Protoss buffs—that are currently live on the StarCraft II servers.

General Adjustments

  • Players can no longer block off ramps with two 2x2 buildings.
 

Protoss

Research

  • Hallucination research time decreased from 110 to 80.

Observer

  • Cost decreased from 50/100 to 25/75.

Phoenix

  • Build time decreased from 45 to 35.

Void Ray             

  • 20% more damage dealt to massive targets.
  • Flux Vanes speed upgrade removed.

Terran

SCV

  • Repairing SCVs now assume the same threat priority as the unit they’re repairing.
  • SCV construction movement has been made more consistent.

Our own Brad Shoemaker could not have been more thrilled with these latest Protoss improvements. Between the reduced mineral and gas prices for Observers and the decreased build time for Phoenix units, the Protoss now have three effective ways to scout out the opponents base and adjust combat tactics accordingly. And the lower Observer costs will help the Protoss be much more effective against cloaked units (stupid Ghosts). And the Void Ray damage increase is just the icing on this army-improving cake. 

So, Protoss players, now is the ideal time to gloat and put these new found buffs to good use. Enjoy these buffs while they last; if the previous patches (and 12 years of StarCraft I support) have taught us anything, it’s that Blizzard can easily introduce a new patch that completely negates this latest series of adjustments.
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Posted by MattBodega
Blizzard has finally launched the latest StarCraft II patch onto the main game servers, updating the game to version 1.2 and bringing with it a host of bug fixes (for gameplay and the StarCraft map editor), feature additions, and a nice batch of balance adjustments. And, unlike the previous updates--which have mostly focused on Terran and Zerg adjustments--Patch 1.2 focuses on making meaningful improvements to the Protoss' means of scouting and detecting stealth units..

 Between Brad, Norm and myself, the StarCraft players at Whiskey are definitely Pro-'Toss.

But Protoss players aren't the only people who will benefit from the latest patch. For starters, StarCraft II’s latest update finally brings the game in line with its 1998 predecessor with the addition of player-created chat channels. Finally, you can join a large group of friends and tell them exactly how badly you’re going to kick their ass! Or you can join a public chat and get yelled at by random people. At least, I think that’s what happens. I prefer to lose games of StarCraft in 1v1 matches, thank you. But, if you are looking to chat it up with a big group of StarCraft players, you'll be able to integrate that chat into your games (just like the messaging from players on your friend's list).

== TEASER ==Beyond the chat channels, Blizzard has also introduced a brand new tier of difficulty to StarCraft II’s online leagues. The masters of the macro and the micro—those who have proven themselves to be the best players in the Diamond tier—can now advance to the Master League. As Blizzard explained on their StarCraft II community site, the Master League exclusively house the top 2% of StarCraft II players in each region. The competition for this league will be so fierce that, as Blizzard points out, being the top ranked player in your Diamond League division is no guarantee of earning a spot in the Masters. So, if you've got the chops and the drive to make for the Master League (and, eventually, the Grand Master League, made up of the 200 best players in the world), then good luck to you. You have my blessing, and, also, I'm afraid of you.

But let’s face it. You didn’t read this story—and certainly, I didn’t write it—to learn about chat rooms and new leagues and bug fixes to the map editor. You want to see the balance changes. You want to revel in (or complain about) those adjustments. In this regard, I can oblige. Here’s the full list of balance changes—and, in this case, Protoss buffs—that are currently live on the StarCraft II servers.

General Adjustments

  • Players can no longer block off ramps with two 2x2 buildings.
 

Protoss

Research

  • Hallucination research time decreased from 110 to 80.

Observer

  • Cost decreased from 50/100 to 25/75.

Phoenix

  • Build time decreased from 45 to 35.

Void Ray             

  • 20% more damage dealt to massive targets.
  • Flux Vanes speed upgrade removed.

Terran

SCV

  • Repairing SCVs now assume the same threat priority as the unit they’re repairing.
  • SCV construction movement has been made more consistent.

Our own Brad Shoemaker could not have been more thrilled with these latest Protoss improvements. Between the reduced mineral and gas prices for Observers and the decreased build time for Phoenix units, the Protoss now have three effective ways to scout out the opponents base and adjust combat tactics accordingly. And the lower Observer costs will help the Protoss be much more effective against cloaked units (stupid Ghosts). And the Void Ray damage increase is just the icing on this army-improving cake. 

So, Protoss players, now is the ideal time to gloat and put these new found buffs to good use. Enjoy these buffs while they last; if the previous patches (and 12 years of StarCraft I support) have taught us anything, it’s that Blizzard can easily introduce a new patch that completely negates this latest series of adjustments.
Edited by W0lfbl1tzers

Sweet. I also want to strangle Kessler for that horrible pun

Posted by snetErz

Oh noes patches be messin up Brad's play!

Posted by armaan8014

I still haven't played this game, should try it out

Posted by Detrian

You are a tosser, kessler.

Posted by fwylo

People still play this game?

Posted by Pazy

Even though ive been playing Starcraft 2 for a month I barely understand this, I love it!

Posted by Sammo21

Is the ramp building as big a deal as my friend made it out to be.  He tried to convince me that this is the only defense terans have is to build the 2 bunkers on ramps...

Posted by MattBodega
@W0lfbl1tzers: I've done my job.
Posted by Paloc

Ugh. The caption on the picture physically hurt.
Posted by demonbear
@fwylo said:
" People still play this game? "
wtf are you talking about, people still play the first one!!
Posted by Tactical_Kill

You forgot to mention you can find other giantbomb users in the chat room "giantbomb"

Posted by BRG9000

Awesome. Anyone know whether buildings are "massive" targets?

Edited by gizmo88

Something about SC2 reeks of 1990, and not in a good way. 
 
Company of Heroes changed my opinion about RTS games. Lazy game design really stands out to me now.  (ie Select all + attack is about as deep as the combat gets in SC)

Posted by dsd21
@gizmo88 said:
" Something about SC2 reeks of 1990, and not in a good way.  Company of Heroes changed my opinion about RTS games. Lazy game design really stands out to me now.  (ie Select all + attack is about as deep as the combat gets in SC) "
And this is why the news about sc2 should not be posted on giantbomb.  
Besides, all the people who play the game know about the patch already, so what's the point?
Posted by Cyborgmatt

No cross-region play, no care tbh.

Posted by MrGetBonus
@gizmo88 said:
" Something about SC2 reeks of 1990, and not in a good way.  Company of Heroes changed my opinion about RTS games. Lazy game design really stands out to me now.  (ie Select all + attack is about as deep as the combat gets in SC) "
That's how I got to diamond too.
Posted by Gutlieb
@fwylo: I hope you're fucking kidding me.
Posted by Scroll
@gizmo88 said:
" Something about SC2 reeks of 1990, and not in a good way.  Company of Heroes changed my opinion about RTS games. Lazy game design really stands out to me now.  (ie Select all + attack is about as deep as the combat gets in SC) "
Bad troll, that is very naughty! No treats for you.
Posted by Winternet
@gizmo88 said:
" (ie Select all + attack is about as deep as the combat gets in SC) "
Then clearly you haven't played much SC. 
 
So, fuck zerg is what Blizzard is pretty much saying, right?
Posted by murse2008
@gizmo88: Really? I find the game-play in SC2 to be much deeper than that of CoH.
Posted by paulunga
@gizmo88 said:
" Something about SC2 reeks of 1990, and not in a good way.  Company of Heroes changed my opinion about RTS games. Lazy game design really stands out to me now.  (ie Select all + attack is about as deep as the combat gets in SC) "
If you want to stay in Bronze league, sure.
Posted by Turambar
@BRG9000 said:
" Awesome. Anyone know whether buildings are "massive" targets? "
No, they're armored. 
Posted by tim

It really goes without saying that sc2 gameplay was same old same old, but that is not what makes sc2 a good game to me.  
 
It is the online aspects of sc2 that blow any other rts game out of the water and really put sc2 in a league of its own. Which is why people will be playing it 10 years from now just like they were sc1.

Posted by knightlyknave

I'm still waiting for a price drop. $59.99 is too much to pay for a computer game when Steam offers things so much cheaper regularly. Especially considering it's 1/3 of a larger campaign series and I'd only play single player anyway.

Posted by BenderUnit22
@gizmo88 said:
" Something about SC2 reeks of 1990, and not in a good way.  Company of Heroes changed my opinion about RTS games. Lazy game design really stands out to me now.  (ie Select all + attack is about as deep as the combat gets in SC) "
You're thinking of Halo Wars
Posted by Sammo21
@knightlyknave: You're wrong, but you know that.  The single player is very long and the multiplayer is more robust and filled than most of the games you speak of.  You are either trolling, or you are going off of rumors from 2 years ago.
Posted by Afroman269

Now, I'm just thinking about switching to Protoss.

Posted by Dredlockz

Man, that screenshot looks like shit. Not using the new graphics settings I see.

Posted by President_Barackbar

I hate to be "that guy", but are Starcraft patches really "news"?

Edited by Carbon

You gotta change that screenshot, it appears to be the lowest graphics settings. The new patch the article is about actually improved the graphics, so it's relevant.
 
It's very interesting to see how quickly and drastically the strategies are changing in the competitive scene, and yet the patches are small in numbers and changes. It's nice to see a strategy game that doesn't just throw together some gimmicks and call it strategy. SC2 appears to have an enormous amount of small strategic options available to the player at any time, rather than "your super-weapon is ready, click this button to win!" RTS games.

Posted by Zaapp1

Give me back my 9-supply reapers...

Posted by _Phara0h_

Wow I might go back...

Posted by gamefreak9

Chat rooms are kick ass. Just now, i was discussing 4 gate push with a bunch of random zerg channel dudes, and we all playied like 5-6 games demonstrating different tactics. 

Posted by knightlyknave
@sammo21:  I don't troll. But after playing games like C&C and Warhammer the fact that I only get a campaign with one faction, regardless of how long it may be is not a complete game in my opinion. The fact that they are actually releasing the other campaigns in the future only reinforces the fact that they have been left out of a game that should have included them.
Posted by Sammo21
@knightlyknave: Funny that not one person who has actually played the SP campaign would agree with you, but then again we are only making a judgement on something we've actually played.
Posted by HaltIamReptar
@knightlyknave said:
" @sammo21:  I don't troll. But after playing games like C&C and Warhammer the fact that I only get a campaign with one faction, regardless of how long it may be is not a complete game in my opinion. The fact that they are actually releasing the other campaigns in the future only reinforces the fact that they have been left out of a game that should have included them. "
That might be true if it weren't for the fact that they completely finished the story of one, and then went on to work on another story for over a year.
Edited by audiosnag
@BenderUnit22 said:

" @gizmo88 said:

" Something about SC2 reeks of 1990, and not in a good way.  Company of Heroes changed my opinion about RTS games. Lazy game design really stands out to me now.  (ie Select all + attack is about as deep as the combat gets in SC) "
You're thinking of Halo Wars "
ALL UNITS! LOCAL UNITS! ALL UNITS!
 
@gizmo88
You shouldn't speak about that which you know not.
Edited by raiz265
@knightlyknave said:

" @sammo21:  I don't troll. But after playing games like C&C and Warhammer the fact that I only get a campaign with one faction, regardless of how long it may be is not a complete game in my opinion. The fact that they are actually releasing the other campaigns in the future only reinforces the fact that they have been left out of a game that should have included them. "

I don't get it... where's the difference between having a campaign of 20 hours split into 3 factions or 20 hours of one faction... 
 
Also there actually are a bunch of Protoss missions. 
  

And Dawn of War 2 also only has a 1 faction campaign... Actually the whole business model of the Dawn of War games is "AddOns".
Edited by Sammo21
@raiz265: Don't try and explain to the person who hasn't played through the campaign why its different...he doesn't care as long as he stirs shit up. 
 
He fails to mention that the last several years of C&C have been failures, that Company of Heroes had 1 campaign...dawn of war had 1 campaign, Dawn of War 2 had 1 campaign, and so on and so on.   
 
The campaign is JUST AS LONG, and longer, than the C&C crap he's referencing.  Also, the single player has more variation and fun than they do as well.  He;s just trolling, as the fact he hasn't even played the campaign proves this.
Posted by audiosnag
@knightlyknave said:
" @sammo21:  I don't troll. But after playing games like C&C and Warhammer the fact that I only get a campaign with one faction, regardless of how long it may be is not a complete game in my opinion. The fact that they are actually releasing the other campaigns in the future only reinforces the fact that they have been left out of a game that should have included them. "
Shush now. Stop all that silly business.
Posted by Oni

ALL UNITS

 All units.
Posted by Trilogy
@President_Barackbar said:
" I hate to be "that guy", but are Starcraft patches really "news"? "
It's news if you play the game but haven't been really active in it lately like me.
Posted by gamefreak9
@audiosnag said:
" @knightlyknave said:
" @sammo21:  I don't troll. But after playing games like C&C and Warhammer the fact that I only get a campaign with one faction, regardless of how long it may be is not a complete game in my opinion. The fact that they are actually releasing the other campaigns in the future only reinforces the fact that they have been left out of a game that should have included them. "
Shush now. Stop all that silly business. "
Seriously just because it does not have all three races as playable is a linear train of thought... there are more missions, cinematic, choices, in one campaign than there are in the first one. Besides i would much rather have a deeper experience with main characters rather than jump from campaign to campaign every 8 missions.  
 
Your argument could be used for sc1 too, i can just say, sc1 was stupid because they released half of the campaign of each race and i feel like i'm playing half a game, and that brood war should have been included in the original.  
 
Therefore you are an idiot. 
Posted by Meteora
@Trilogy said:
" @President_Barackbar said:
" I hate to be "that guy", but are Starcraft patches really "news"? "
It's news if you play the game but haven't been really active in it lately like me. "
Giantbomb doesn't follow the traditional format of what is news and what isn't, as long as the content is interesting to its users then they will actively cover those content. 
 
Before there was even less news when Brad N. wasn't around and the Giantbomb crew posted random crap on the news section from time to time.
Posted by Puaru
@gizmo88 said:
" Something about SC2 reeks of 1990, and not in a good way.  Company of Heroes changed my opinion about RTS games. Lazy game design really stands out to me now.  (ie Select all + attack is about as deep as the combat gets in SC) "
One of the most misinformed statements I've ever read. Learn to play more better.
Posted by Arkasai

Trolls gotta get outta bronze so they can make some informed flames rather than this laughable bullshit.  Starcraft 2 is unmatched in competitive RTS, hell its closest competition is its 12 year old predecessor.

Posted by gizmo88
@Puaru:  Prone to exaggeration much? Don't worry, you'll get more better.
Posted by pplus0440

PROTOSS OP OP OP
Posted by Vitor
@W0lfbl1tzers said:
" Sweet. I also want to strangle Kessler for that horrible pun "
Really? I want to kiss him for it. It was BEAUTIFUL.
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