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Warcraft III Beta Changes
6:00 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Responding to the input of players around the world, Blizzard recently ramped up their beta testing of Warcraft III by patching the beta to version 1.20. Gaming site Loadedinc.com recently published their impressions of the patch, which brings with it a number of changes and new factors, most of which are aimed at improving the overall balance of gameplay.

One of the main changes is the ability to assign multiple units to the construction of a single building. This allows players to construct buildings more quickly and get a better foothold in the beginning of a game, which is helpful in fending off the rush tactics favored by testers of the earlier beta versions. This in turn allows for easier expansion and unit building, as players can now assign priority and speed to the construction of prerequisite structures.

Another new change that should be welcome to most players is the ability of sorts to rotate the map. Though players can't truly rotate the map at will, they can now hold down a key to rotate the map roughly 45 degrees clockwise or counter-clockwise. Releasing the key will return the map to its original position.

Other minor changes have also been made to enhance the overall presentation of the game:

New unit sounds have also been added along with a couple of new maps, one which includes the ability to recruit dragons who will fight along side your army and another with a completely new tileset. The new environmental effect of rain features on the new map called Legends really adding to the game's atmosphere. Blizzard have also added an idle unit button which allows you to flick through your build units that are slacking off, an addition that was sorely needed.
It sounds like Blizzard is putting their beta testing period to good use. Those interested in more details about the latest patch can follow up at Loadedinc.com.

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