Blizzard ‘StarCraft 2 Beta’ Patch 9 Details

Blizzard started their patching for ‘StarCraft 2 Beta’ today and it will include the ‘Galaxy Map Editor’.

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StarCraft II Beta – Patch 9 (version


  • The StarCraft II Editor is now available!
  • Players will now be able to begin creating trigger maps in preparation for map publishing which will be made available in an upcoming beta patch.
  • Achievements & Decals are now live!
  • Players will now be able to earn achievements, browse the list of available achievements, and view achievements earned by friends.
  • Players will be able to highlight favorite achievements in their Showcase.
  • Earning certain achievements will unlock portrait and decal rewards.
  • The updated Homepage now includes a Recent Broadcasts panel and a News & Community panel.
  • A new Match History page is now available which will allow players to browse and filter their last 1,000 games played.
  • A new Community page is now available which features an in-game version of RSS news feeds.
  • A new Friends-of-Friends feature has been added, which allows players to easily find and connect with more real life friends on through existing friends.
  • Additional friends’ presence details are now available from the Friends’ list.
  • Improvements have been made on the Voice Chat system in game.
  • Please use the new voice chat and provide feedback via the StarCraft II beta forums.
  • The score screen now features a new graph tab.
  • The art for many parts of the user interface has been updated.
  • Hotkey templates have been added.
  • In the gameplay options menu select from standard name based hotkeys for right and left-handed players, grid based hotkeys for right, and left-handed players, and classic StarCraft keys.
  • Several hotkeys have been changed to avoid conflicts with the “Select All Warpgates” UI button:
  • The Set Worker Rally Point has been changed from W to R.
  • Build Sensor Tower has been changed from W to N.
  • Terran Infantry Weapons have been changed from W to E.
  • Terran Vehicle Weapons have been changed from W to E.
  • Weapon Refit has been changed from W to R.
  • Burrow has been changed from W to R.
  • Spawn Larva has been changed from R to V.
  • Neural Parasite has been changed from R to E.

Balance Changes



  • Concussive Shells research cost decreased from 100/100 80 seconds to 50/50 60 seconds.



  • Build time increased from 40 to 55.


Infested Terran

  • Damage increased from 5 to 8.
  • Speed decreased from 1.5 to 0.9375.
  • Queen

  • Speed off creep decreased from 1.5 to 0.938. (Speed on creep unchanged.)

    Spine Crawler

  • Attack period decreased from 1.6 to 1.85.
  • Infestor

  • Neural Parasite range increased from 7 to 9.
  • Fungal Growth projectile removed; Units in the target area are now instantly hit.


We’ve made a change to the (2)ScrapStation map to make the natural expansion easier to defend.
New maps have been added to the ladder rotation while others have been removed as follows:

  • Added (2)IncinerationZone


  • Removed (4)LostTemple
  • Removed (4)Metalopolis
  • Added (4)AridWastes
  • Added (4)Coalition
  • Added (4)Decena
  • Added (4)ScorchedHaven
  • 1v1(Novice)
  • Removed (4)NoviceKulasRavine
  • 2v2(Novice)
  • Removed (4)NoviceKulasRavine
  • Removed (4)NoviceShakurasPlateau
  • Added (4)NoviceDecena
  • Added (4)NoviceScorchedHaven
  • Added (4)NoviceTwilightFortress
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4 Responses to “Blizzard ‘StarCraft 2 Beta’ Patch 9 Details”
  1. douglas says:

    my patch updater keeps on failing about 75% through patch 9 and no matter what i do it will not work…. what do i do?

  2. Derongan says:

    Stupid patch constant loop

  3. dman says: