Thanks to the magic of photography, we have our first look at some of the new units in StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm.
On the Zerg side, we have the Viper and Swarm Host. The viper is a “flying unit with support abilities. It can grant detection to units, create a cloud to hinder ranged attacks and abilities, and quickly pull units to safety (friendly) or their doom (enemy).” It sounds like this “cloud” will act as a smoke screen/poison bomb.
The second Zergunit is the Swarm Host. It can “gradually spawn endless waves of attackers while burrowed to overwhelm your enemy.” Sounds to me like this unit will become a favored unit among cheesers. The third unit isn’t pictured, though we will be sure to update this post when it is officially revealed.
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For the Terrans, we have the Warhound, Battle Hellion, and Shredder. The warhound is a “versatile factory unit that is great against mechanical units and can dish out anti air aoe attacks.” It sounds like this will be an anti air version of the Thor. Next we have the Battle Hellion which is a “new transformation mode” for the hellion, which has no relation to this song. This form will be a more durable, albeit slower, version of the hellion that’s useful for fighting “mixed forces.” The final unit for the Terrans is the Shredder which is able to “deploy a whirlwind of death which will be disabled when used near friendly units.” I don’t know about you, but “whirlwind of death” seems nice to me.
The Protoss have some intriguing new units. First on the list is the replicator, which “fuse itself to copy a target non-massive unit.” It’s essentially the Protoss equivalent of the Changeling, but it is also able to copy the unit’s abilities like cloak. Next up, we have the Oracle which seems like the dictionary definition of “cheap as as all hell” to me. It’s a flying unit that can “disrupt the enemy economy by temporarily disrupting building construction and resource harvesting.” Finally, we have the Tempest, a flying unit that “dominates the skies with massive aoe attacks against light units, and a strong beam attack for ground units.”
All of these units seem very interesting, and I’m hoping we will get to see a live demonstration of them at some point during BlizzCon. Stay tuned to the site as we will be sure to keep you up to date with any further BlizzCon news.