SC2: Die geplanten Spielbalanceänderungen für Alarak

SC2:  Die geplanten Spielbalanceänderungen für Alarak
SC2: Die geplanten Spielbalanceänderungen für Alarak
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Am vergangenen Freitag veröffentlichte der für die fortlaufende Entwicklung von Starcraft 2: Legacy of the Void mitverantwortliche Game Designer Kevin “Monk” Ding einen neuen Bluepost in den offiziellen Battle.Net Foren, der die Spielerschaft dieses Strategiespiels darüber in Kenntnis setzen sollte, dass der nächste Patch für diesen Titel unter anderem mehrere Spielbalanceänderungen für die im Koop-Modus auswählbare Version von Alarak mit sich bringen wird. Damit sich die Community schon jetzt einen ersten Eindruck von den geplanten Anpassungen an diesem Kommandanten machen kann, beinhaltet der Beitrag dieses Entwicklers praktischerweise eine umfangreiche Liste mit allen für diesen Charakter kommenden Veränderungen. Folgend findet ihr sowohl den eigentlichen Bluepost zu diesem Thema als auch eine Übersetzung aller geplanten Anpassungen für Alarak.

 

Die Entwickler planen folgende Änderungen:

  • Bemächtigung:
    • Der Effekt dieser Fähigkeit wird in der Zukunft für Alaraks mechanische Einheiten verdoppelt. Mechanische Einheiten erhöhen den verursachen Schaden von Alarak in Zukunft um 10% (vorher 5%).
    • Diese Fähigkeit wird in der Zukunft die Abklingzeit von Tödlicher Ansturm und Zerstörungswelle zurücksetzen.
  • Henker:
    • Der verursachte Schaden dieser Einheiten wird von 10 (14 vs gepanzert) auf 13 (18 vs gepanzert) erhöht.
    • Das Upgrade für Bodenwaffen gewährt dieser Einheit bald +1 (+2 vs gepanzert).
    • Der Transit dieser Einheit wird durch die neue Fähigkeit “Phase Blink” ersetzt. Diese Fähigkeit behält die normale Funktionsweise von Transit und sorgt zusätzlich dazu auch noch dafür, dass diese Einheit mit ihrem nächsten Angriff doppelten Schaden verursacht.
  • Todgeweihter:
    • Der Radius dieser Einheit wird von 0.6 auf 1.2 erhöht.
  • Zornbringer:
    • Das Upgrade für Bodenwaffen gewährt dieser Einheit bald +10 (+18 vs Gebäude).
  • Kriegsprisma:
    • Verwandelte Versionen dieser Einheit sind nun akzeptable Ziele für Gebäudeüberladung. Das Wechseln der Form erlaubt es der Einheit das Schild beizubehalten und den Schadensbonus so lange zu deaktivieren, bis die Form erneut gewechselt wurde.
    • Der Effektradius der Einheit wird von 4.75 auf 6.5 erhöht.
    • Das Bewegungstempo dieser Einheit erhöht sich von 2.5 auf 3.38
    • Die zum Verwandeln benötigte Zeit wird von 1 auf 0.75 reduziert.
    • Das Wechseln der Form benötigt bald nicht mehr länger den kompletten Stillstand dieser Einheit.
  • Verbesserungen:
    • Das Upgrade für Bodenwaffen wurde in Protosswaffen umbenannt.
    • Das Upgrade für Bodenrüstungen wurde in Protossrüstungen umbenannt.
    • Kriegsprismen, Mutterschiffe und Zerstörer werden nicht mehr länger mit 3 Verbesserungen für Lufteinheiten und Bodeneinheiten starten. Diese Einheiten profitieren in Zukunft nur noch von den Upgrade aus der Schmiede von Alarak.
  • Meisterschaften:
    • Das Angriffstempo der Schildüberladung wird um 95% erhöht.
    • Die absorbierte Menge des Schildes der Schildüberladung wird von 200 auf 400 erhöht.
    • Das Schild von Schildüberladung und der Bonus der Meisterschaft für Angriffstempo werden von 7% pro Punkt auf 2% pro Punkt reduziert. Der maximale Bonus wird von 210% auf 60% reduziert.
  • Artanis:
    • Das Bewegungstempo der Dragoner erhöht sich von 2.25 auf 2.95
    • Das Waffentempo der Dragoner ändert sich von 2 auf 1.764.
    • Der verursachte Schaden der Dragoner wird von 14 (28 vs gepanzert) auf 15 (30 vs gepanzert) erhöht.
    • Dragoner erhalten bald +2 (+3 vs gepanzert) (war +1).
    • Die Grundgesundheit der Dragoner erhöht sich von 80 auf 100.
    • Das Upgrade “Trillic Compression Mesh” wird in “Trillic Compression Systems” umbenannt. Dieses Upgrade erhöht in Zukunft die Gesundheit der Dragoner nur noch um 20 (war 40). Zusätzlich wird dieser Effekt dem Dragoner in Zukunft eine im Kampf laufende Schildregeneration gewährten und die Regenerationsrate des Schildes von 2 pro Sekunde auf 4 pro Sekunde erhöhen.

 

 

 Co-op Mission Update – Alarak Revamp

Greetings! Our final Commander for this round of reworks is Alarak, Highlord of the Tal’darim. We commonly see Alarak being played with two drastically different playstyles: Ascendant-based strategies, and Mechanical unit-based strategies. Ascendant-based strategies are currently seen as very strong but require a high level of execution. Meanwhile, Mechanical-based strategies are relatively straightforward but fall behind Ascendants in terms of effectiveness. Our primary focus with this revamp is to improve Alarak’s mechanical army and reduce the gap between the two playstyles.

Empower Me

  • Alarak’s Empower Me will now scale twice as much for Alarak’s Mechanical units. Each supply of Alarak’s Mechanical units will improve his attack and ability damage by 10%, up from 5%

 

Alarak’s fantasy is that he is the leader of the Tal’darim, a war-like society that places much value on its tradition of ascendency. Alarak sits at the top of this societal ladder and other units in his army exist only to serve him. Gameplay-wise, we feel Supplicants and Ascendants support this idea well as they both have abilities that directly and specifically buff Alarak. However, we feel we can push this fantasy even further with his other units, which all happen to be Mechanical. We considered many options for how we could achieve this and ended up improving the way in which Empower Me scales with Mechanical units. Of all the options we considered, we felt that this was the most elegant as Empower Me is an existing ability that already scales up with the supply cost of units affected.

  • Alarak’s Empower Me will now reset the cooldowns of Deadly Charge and Destruction Wave.

 

We want players to feel immediately powerful after Empower Me and thus are making this change so Empower Me, Deadly Charge, and Destruction Wave will always be able to be used in quick succession.

 

Slayer

  • Slayer damage changed from 10 (14 vs armored) to 13 (18 vs armored).
  • Ground weapon upgrades now provide Slayers with +1 (+2 vs armored) damage, up from +1 damage.
  • The Slayer’s Blink ability replaced with the Phase Blink ability, which will retain all functionality of Blink. In addition, after casting
  • Phase Blink, the Slayer will deal double the damage with its next attack.

 

As with Vorazun’s Stalker, we’ll be increasing both the base damage and how it scales with upgrades. In addition, we’d like to push the offense-oriented Tal’darim fantasy even more and thus will be improving Blink so that Slayers will deal more damage after being cast.

 

Vanguard

  • Vanguard area of effect radius increased from 0.6 to 1.2.

 

The Vanguard has a very complicated weapon, so we looked into many different options for how we could adjust and improve it. We eventually came up with a larger area of effect radius, which should make it harder for the Vanguard to completely miss a moving target and reinforces the unit’s area-of-effect role.

 

Wrathwalker

  • Ground weapon upgrades now provide Wrathwalkers with +10 (+18 vs Structure) damage, up from +10 damage.

Wrathwalkers are in a pretty good place right now, so we’d just like to slightly improve how well they scale with upgrades.

 

War Prism

  • War Prisms in Phasing Mode are now valid targets for Structure Overcharge. Switching modes will allow the Prism to retain the barrier portion of the ability, but disable the damage portion until the Prism is switched back to Phasing mode.
  • War Prism power radius increased from 4.75 to 6.5.
  • War Prism movement speed increased from 2.5 to 3.38.
  • War Prism transformation time decreased from 1 to 0.75.
  • War Prisms can now transform without coming to a full stop.

 

We want War Prisms to feel like mobile Pylons, so we wanted to remove some of their differences. Perhaps most importantly, Pylons can be targets for Structure Overcharge while War Prisms cannot, so we’ll be amending this! We’ll also be increasing the power radius of the War Prism so that it matches that of the Pylon. Finally, we’ll be making some improvements to the responsiveness of the War Prism.

 

Upgrades

  • Ground Weapon upgrades renamed to Protoss Weapon upgrades.
  • Ground Armor upgrades renamed to Protoss Armor upgrades.
  • War Prisms, Motherships, and Destroyers will no longer start with 3 Air and 3 Ground upgrades, but instead will benefit from Alarak’s upgrades from his Forge.

 

These changes are aimed at making Alarak’s upgrades work more consistently with those of other Commanders.

 

Masteries

  • Shield Overcharge attack speed increased by 95%.
  • Shield Overcharge Barrier absorption increased from 200 to 400.
  • Shield Overcharge Shield and Attack Speed Mastery bonus decreased from 7% per point to 2% per point. Maximum bonuses decreased from 210% to 60%.

 

Because of how powerful it is, the Shield Overcharge Mastery felt like a must-pick. We’ll be transferring much of its power to the base ability in order to make the choice of Mastery more competitive.

 

  • Empower Me Duration Mastery increased from +0.5 seconds per point to +1 second per point. Maximum bonuses increased from 15 seconds to 30 seconds.
  • Death Fleet Cooldown Mastery increased from -2 seconds per point to -4 seconds per point. Maximum bonuses increased from -60 to -120 seconds.

 

Thanks to player feedback, we noticed that these Masteries feel a bit weak. We’ll be doubling the effectiveness of both!

 

Artanis

In the past two weeks, we’ve talked a lot about Stalker variants, but there’s one more we haven’t talked about yet—the Dragoon. We’ve noticed a lot of discussion surrounding the Dragoon recently, so we think it’s time to revisit this topic. As we previously addressed, we think it’s important that Dragoons retain much of their identity from StarCraft I, but at the same time, we agree that the Dragoon could use an additional power bump. Thus, we’ll be looking for ways to buff the Dragoon while at the same time respecting the unit’s origins.

  • Dragoon movement speed increased from 2.25 to 2.95.
  • Dragoon weapon speed changed from 2 to 1.764.

 

First, we’ll be improving both the Dragoon’s movement speed and weapon speed to more closely match its StarCraft I stats. During testing, we found that this increased movement speed, in combination with its 8 maximum range, was especially helpful for kiting enemy units. The weapon speed change will also allow players to kite at a similar cadence to what they might remember from StarCraft I.

  • Dragoon damage increased from 14 (28 vs armored) to 15 (30 vs armored).
  • Dragoons now receive +2 (+3 vs armored), up from +1 (+3 vs armored).

 

This slight damage bump is intended to help Dragoons scale better with upgrades. Combined with the attack speed buff, it should represent a significant increase in damage.

  • Dragoon base HP increased from 80 to 100.

 

Dragoons will now come out of the box with more HP, matching its Brood War stats!

  • The Dragoon’s Trillic Compression Mesh upgrade renamed to Trillic Compression Systems. It now increases the Dragoon’s HP by 20, down from 40. In addition, it will allow Dragoons to regenerate shields in combat and doubles their shield regeneration rate (from 2 per second to 4 per second).

 

Finally, we wanted to make the Trillic Compression Mesh upgrade to be more interesting, so we’ll be adding some passive shield regeneration to the upgrade. Combined with some micro, this will allow Dragoon-centric strategies to have some more sustainability.

While playtesting this new Dragoon, my personal favorite moment was when I was able to force enemy Siege Tanks to continuously siege and unsiege, taking advantage of their slow siege animation to pick them off one-by-one—very reminiscent of Brood War!

We recognize these are major changes to the Dragoon and we do have some concerns about their role overlapping too much with both Immortals and Tempests, so we’ll be closely monitoring this situation.

 

Going Forward

Before we go, I want to loop back a bit to both Alarak and to these commander revamps as a whole. We’re always reading feedback and suggestions— and we’re always looking out for ways to improve the gameplay experience for our players. While we won’t necessarily be able to address all the feedback we get regarding the Commander revamps, there are certainly opportunities in the future to revisit commanders or individual units we’ve already addressed. That said, I’m excited to hear what you have to say about these proposed changes and look forward to talking to you again soon.

Kevin Dong
Lead Co-op Designer

 

 

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