A lot just happened on Warcraft III’s PTR. A new patch adds balance updates, more player support, and changes to the map editor.
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Warcraft III patch 1.29 adds widescreen support, and extends the game lobbies, which now allow for 24 players in a single game. But on top of that, there are loads of balance changes to heroes throughout the game. You can get a full rundown of all of those changes here - it’s a pretty exhaustive list, with changes to no fewer than 17 heroes across the game.
If that weren’t enough, there’s also changes to the game’s map editor. Maximum map size has been increased to 480x480, and the number of objects you can put in those nice big maps has been raised to 30,000. There are also a lot of new natives, but to be quite honest, I’m not really sure what I’m looking at on that front.
Finally, Blizzard have announced the first ever Warcraft III Invitational Tournament, set to take place next week. Running from February 27-28 on Twitch, the tournament will be hosted by Neo and Remo, and will include special events. It looks like this is the special event that Russian Warcraft III pro Happy was talking about last week. That casts doubt over the possibility of a remaster for the game, but who knows what else Blizzard might have up their sleeves?