Warcraft 3 was released over 15 years ago, but yesterday it got an enormous patch, with a lengthy list of small changes.
Warcraft 3 is the third Warcraft game, a fantasy-flavoured real-time strategy game that predates the incredibly popular MMO set in the same world. You'd think that Blizzard was long done tweaking the game, but yesterday, the publisher made a huge number of changes to it.
Some of the changes were pretty big, such as adding widescreen support. Many others were very specific minor tweaks. The Crypt Lord, for example, had their base movement speed increased from 270 to 290, and the Demon Hunter's Mana Hunter ability had its mana cost increased from 50 to 60 for all levels. Priestess of the Moon had her attack speed cooldown reduced from 2.46 to 2.33 seconds, and the Goblin Alchemist's Healing Spray ability no longer heals enemies.
Even if this game were new, these changes would seem incredibly minute. For a 15-year-old game, it boggles the mind that someone, somewhere, is still obsessing over this fine-tuning. Here are a few more changes:
- Reduced spellcast from seven seconds to five seconds
- Cooldown reduced from six seconds to four seconds for all levels
- Level One: Increased life steal from 15 per cent to 20 per cent
- Level Two: Increased life steal from 30 per cent to 35 per cent
- Level Three: Increased life steal from 45 per cent to 50 per cent
- Level 2: Reduced cooldown from 10 seconds to seven seconds
- Level 3: Increased cooldown from one second to four seconds
It's incredibly cool to see Blizzard support a game that came out in 2002, especially given that you can now play the game on a widescreen monitor.