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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Starcraft II Balance Discussion






Is Starcraft 2 terribly imbalanced?
Do some races require more skill than others?
What can be done to change it?


There is ongoing controversy about the state of balance in Starcraft 2. Some hold the opinion that Terran is overpowered, Zerg is underpowered, or even that the game is balanced but Zerg has a greater minimum skill required as is less successful because of it.

But what does the evidence suggest?

One thing that's for sure is in the top 250 players, the races are not represented equally.

Diamond (252 players)
Type Random Protoss Terran Zerg
Distribution 1.59% (4) 28.17% (71) 48.41% (122) 21.83% (55)
Average wins 56.01% (2,614) 57.04% (52,144) 58.01% (77,881) 56.79% (41,218)
Average points 1,885 1,853 1,848 1,854

Platinum (255 players)
Type Random Protoss Terran Zerg
Distribution 10.98% (28) 33.33% (85) 23.92% (61) 31.76% (81)
Average wins 53.37% (7,780) 55.11% (16,105) 55.23% (12,681) 53.83% (19,995)
Average points 1,207 1,194 1,194 1,181

Gold (253 players)
Type Random Protoss Terran Zerg
Distribution 8.70% (22) 37.94% (96) 28.85% (73) 24.51% (62)
Average wins 51.87% (8,540) 54.30% (22,600) 54.30% (17,858) 53.91% (15,013)
Average points 1,177 1,182 1,182 1,167

Some interesting observations can be made from this data.

In Diamond League, there are overwhelimingly more Terran than any other race. The question must then be why.

Many would agree Terran is much easier to play than Zerg. The special macro ability of Terran, the MULE, is much more forgiving to forget than for a Zerg to forget spawning larvae with the queen. If a Terran forgets to use MULES, as long as the energy doesn't max out, no productivity is lost. The same can be said about Protoss' Chrono Boost, in fact many strategies call for saving Chrono Boosts for special reasons. However, if a Zerg forgets to spawn larvae in a timely manner, it means the Zerg will not be able to produce enough units and may lose the game because of it.

Wtihout the ability to wall their base and no tier 1 anti air, Zerg is the most vulnerable to rushes or cheeses. If a Zerg does not adequately scout an early Void Ray or Banshee, it is very probable that they will not be able to defend against it.

These and other factors combine to leave little room for error for a competitive Zerg player.

So what can be done?


In my next post I will discuss possible changes to Zerg

33 comments:

  1. Looking forward to your suggestions, i think zerg is harder to play as too.

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  2. I tried playing Starcraft once.. I failed. Hard.

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  3. I haven't played Starcraft since the very first one, yet I've heard plenty of criticism of the balance. Something needs to changed to make them more equal.

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  4. I'm sure there may be a bit of an imbalance. It's hard to tune everything perfectly.

    Blizzard will fix it eventually.

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  5. No matter how long they keep balancing a game like this, theres always going to be complaints

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  6. its hard to make these games balanced but i think there will always be some imbalance

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  7. hopefully blizzard will fix this....eventually

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  8. My roommate was in the beta last year. looked good, but balance is always an issue

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  9. I personally say zerg is pretty op with the rush in SC2 but the fucking blink move of the protoss is so beast also.....

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  10. I agree, there are always going to be issues of balance, if there wasn't than every race would be exactly the same and the game wouldn't be any fun.

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  11. not my kind of game but you know your shit pretty well.

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  12. Balance seems to be an issue for alot of multiplayer games.

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  13. I play protoss. I think it's the best in terms of reactionary play (with the observer + versatile unit compositions). I agree that zerg gets screwed over pretty badly, not to mention that some of what they have is USELESS (I'm looking at you nydus worms).

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  14. Bitches dont know bout my aditional pylons.

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  15. i wish i coudl afford starcraft 2!!!

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  16. haha I love idrA, terran is ez mode, that is all.

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  17. I played SC2 for like 12 hours straight a few weeks ago. Felt good man.

    +followed. return the favor?

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  18. I'm not much of a gamer, but this interests me

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  19. i really need to start playan this gaem

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  20. I like this blog. I'll check back tomorrow for a new update :)

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  22. haha i love thisss thanks man! sharing the love! ;DDDD

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  23. there are defiant pros and cons for each race

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