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'WarCraft 3: RoC' & 'TFT' - Update Patches Available NOW

by Rainier on Dec. 19, 2003 @ 2:51 p.m. PST

Blizzard has released an updated patch for Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos. This upgrade brings your retail game to v1.13b and addresses a copy protection issue, a bunch of games/World Editor fixes/tweaks/improvements, as well as adding Acts II and III to The Frozen Throne's bonus Orc campaign (thanks 3DGamers). Read more for download links ...

Get WC3: The Frozen Throne v1.13b patch off Worthplaying (17mb)

Get WC3: Reign Of Chaos v1.13b patch off Worthplaying (17mb)

Patch 1.13b Fixes

  • * Fixed an issue related to copy protection.

Announcement

* We are aware of some new issues that came up with the release of the 1.13 patch. We will be releasing a 1.14 patch in the near future that addresses some
of these issues, including:

  • Custom save games from version 1.12 (including those from Orc Act I) incorrectly recognize Hero Agility, causing slow attack speeds after the 1.13 patch is applied. This will be fixed in the 1.14 patch.
  • Town Portal always places your units to the lower right side of your town hall instead of the location you clicked, as it previously did. This will be fixed in the 1.14 patch.
  • If you research the Skeletal Mage upgrade, then you will no longer be able to use the Raise Dead skill on the corpses inside a Meat Wagon. This will be fixed in the 1.14 patch.
  • When a unit with Unholy Frenzy is Polymorphed or Hexed, the unit permanently loses 75% of its attack speed. This will be fixed in the 1.14 patch.
  • If an Orc player uses the spell Spirit Link, and one of the linked units is a Troll Berserker with the Berserk ability active, then all units linked with that Troll will take the increased damage penalty associated with the Berserk ability. This will be fixed in the 1.14 patch.
  • If a unit casting a channeling spell dies from Mana Flare, the channeled spell lingers in the area permanently. This will be fixed in the 1.14 patch.
  • The Call to Arms command does not work if you click the button an EVEN number of times. This will be fixed in the 1.14 patch.
  • Any other confirmed issues that we can fix in time for the release of the 1.14 patch.

Regarding balance, we are currently assessing the state of balance of 1.13 based on user feedback, online testing, and the review of replays. Although we will make some number of balance changes in 1.14, these have yet to be determined.

We appreciate the community's patience and support in our endeavor to further tune the play balance, enhance the feature set, and increase the stability of Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos and Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne.

Patch 1.13 FEATURES

Acts II & III, the conclusion acts to the bonus Orc campaign contained in The Frozen Throne, are included in this patch. To play these levels, you can simply click the "Chapter Two - Old Hatreds" link from the Bonus Campaign screen. If you have completed Act I, your Heroes will carry over to Act II. Otherwise, your Heroes will be default-level Heroes with basic starting items.
Warcraft III now supports binding an email address to your Battle.net account, so that you can recover your password at a later stage, similar to the functionality that was added to D2.
Race selection on the scheduled game dialog (tournament finals) is now saved for future scheduled games.

MAPS

Expansion - Frozen Throne
(2)Tirisfal Glades - Red creep camp a bit easier; lowered the level of item drop from 7 to 5.
(2)Glacial Thaw - Switched the start locations to face the center of the map. Lowered the level of a few creep camps; lowered the level of a few item drops.
(4)Paradise Island - Creeps are less likely to aggro passing units.
(4)Twisted Meadows - Added ground-based anti-air creep to the island. Added some trees behind the 3 o'clock start location to prevent building NE town hall behind the gold mine. Changed a level-4 drop from charged item to permanent item.
(4)Bridge Too Near - Switched start locs with the expansion gold mines.
(4)Devil's Cauldron - Lowered the total level of 4 creep camps.
(4)Turtle Rock - The two large turtles that are placed between player bases each drop a better item. Removed Rune of Lesser Healing from the expansion creep.
(4)Floodplains 1v1 - Removed the easy creep camp outside of player's base and moved it to the other easy creep camps further from the player's base.
(4)Lost Temple - Adjusted creep camps and item drops.
(4)Avalanche - Weakened the 3 o'clock and 9 o'clock expansion creeps. Added a green-sized camp in place of the orange camp.
(6)Bloodstone Mesa - Moved expansion creep back. Removed Marketplace and added Tavern.
(6)Rice Fields - Changed all the randomly generated creep camps; they are a bit easier for the user now.
(6)Wellspring - Added more trees to the starting location and moved the lumber a bit closer to the town hall. Removed the east and west gate from the center and created a bit more room around the Taverns.
(6)Stranglethorn Vale - Expansion creeps are a bit easier now.
(6)Timbermaw Hold - Moved the bottom Dragon Roost creep closer together to eliminate two creep icons. Moved bottom middle start location deeper into forest to prevent the easy (green) creep camp from being nuked from start location placement. Same change to the bottom left position. Added a tree to the hole in the forest at the top left position to prevent units from getting stuck when portaling home.
(8)Friends - Changed drop item classification from 'any' level-6 items to 'charged' level-6 items.
(8)Feralas - Removed some creep camps to help the flow of the game.
(8)Rock Quarry - Added some trees to several start locs that needed more lumber. Added ground-based anti-air to the center of the map.
(8)Mur'gul Oasis - Added another 1500 gold to the starting locations.
(8)Deathknell - Removed the center creep camp and neutral building.
(8)Plains of Snow - Moved Teal's easy creep camp farther away to prevent them from being nuked at the start of the game.
(8)Garden of War - Moved Yellow's easy creep camp to prevent them from being nuked at the start of the game.
(8)Battleground - Moved 12 o'clock easy creep camp further away from start location to prevent them from being nuked at the start of the game.


Classic - Reign of Chaos
(2)Plunder Isle - Added some ground-based anti-air units to the Dragon camps; also added some trees to the top start location.
(4)Lost Temple - Adjusted item drop in center area. Expansion gold mines should be a bit tougher. Each player's expansion gold mine now has one melee creep. The Goblin Merchant camp is now tougher and has anti-air.

BALANCE CHANGES
Human
Storm Bolt stun is now 5 seconds vs. units and 3 seconds vs. Heroes at all levels. Previously, it had this level of stun at level 1, but went up 2 seconds vs. units and one second vs. Heroes each level. Additionally, level-2 and level-3 damage are now 225 and 350, respectively.
Militia can now only be created from a player's starting Town Hall, but they can still be created from any of the player's Keeps or Castles.
Blizzard is now damage capped. This damage cap is invoked when Blizzard hits more than 5 targets per wave.
Scout Tower hp reduced to 300 from 500, and armor reduced to 0 from 5.
Human towers now gain 2 armor per masonry upgrade, up from 1.
Banish has been reworked. Previously durations were 12(5) / 24(7) / 36(9) by level, and mana costs were 75/50/25 by level. Instead, its mana cost is now constant at 75 mana; its cooldown decreases with level (5 / 3 / 1); and its durations only slightly improve with level (12(4) / 15(5) / 18(6)).
Siphon Mana maximum range reduced to 800 from 850.
Flying Machine hit points increased to 200 from 175.
Holy Light mana cost reduced to 65 from 75.


Undead
Web upgrade cost increased to 150/150 from 75/75.
Spirit Touch now restores 3 mana per casting, down from 4.
Possession has been reworked. It is now a channelled spell with a 4 1/2 second casting duration. During this time, the target is disabled and frozen into place, but is also invulnerable; and the Banshee takes triple damage from all attacks. Stunning or killing the Banshee that is casting Possession will cause the spell to abort. Additionally, the range of Possession has been increased to 350 from 200.
Anti-magic Shell has been redesigned. The spell now absorbs the first 350 points of spell or magic damage dealt to the target, but does not grant magic immunity. Note that spells absorbed by AMS can still deal secondary effects, such as stun, paralysis, or mana drain. Also the mana cost of AMS has been re-balanced to 150.


Orc
Troll Batrider Unstable Concoction damage reduced to 550 from 900, and splash damage increased to 140 from 100.
Troll Batrider damage increased to 13-15 from 11-12.
Level-1 Spirit Wolves now move at speed 320, down from speed 350.
Level-3 Spirit Wolves now have 500 hit points, up from 400 hit points.
Damage sustained over Spirit Link is now never fatal. Fatal damage sustained via Spirit Link instead reduces a unit to 1 hit point, and dispels Spirit Link.
Stasis Trap area of effect reduced to 400 from 500.
Shockwave now has a damage cap of roughly 12 units affected. Note that this limit will not typically be reached except in team games.


Night Elf
Shadow Strike level-1 DoT damage reduced to 10 per period, down from 15.
Detonate mana drain reduced to 50 from 100.
Druid of the Claw caster upgrade times reduced to 25 seconds and 35 seconds respectively, down from 45 seconds and 1 minute.
Dryad damage increased to 17-19 from 16-18.
Glaive Thrower damage changed from 39-50 to 36-53.
Eating trees now heals 500 hit points over 30 seconds, up from 200 hit points over 10 seconds.


Neutral Buildings, Units and Heroes
Beastmaster Strength reduced to 22 from 25, and base armor reduced to 2 from 3.
Anti-magic Potion duration increased to 15 from 10.
Healing Wards and Ankh of Reincarnation are now level-4 items (down from 5).
Red Drake Egg, Stone Token and Spiked Collar are now level-5 items, up from level 4.
Level-2 hawk hit points reduced to 450 from 625, and level-3 hawk hit points reduced to 650 from 875.
Breath of Fire and Drunken Haze mana costs reduced to 70 from 75.
Naga Sea Witch speed reduced to 300 from 320.
Frost Arrows mana cost is now 10 per shot, up from 7 per shot.
Pit Lord footprint, or collision size, has been reduced to 32 from 48. This means that he takes up less space on the battlefield.
Rain of Fire is now damage capped. This damage cap is invoked when Rain of Fire hits more than 5 targets per wave.
Level-1 Black Arrow no longer has a cooldown, but level-1 Minion damage reduced to 9-10 from 14-15.
Cleave attack splash radius increased to 200 from 150.
Dragonspawn Meddlers have been rebalanced to correctly reflect their food, level and gold cost. They now have 370 hit points, down from 500 hit points, and deal 12-13 damage, down from 21-25 damage.
Mercenary Barbed Arachnathids are now available at the start of the second day, instead of very early in the game.
Creep Bloodlust mana cost increased to 75 from 50.
Creeps with Faerie Fire always use the creep version of Faerie Fire now. Additionally, creep Faerie Fire cooldown increased to 8 from 5.
Creep Curse cooldown increased to 8 from 5.
Thunder Lizard cost increased to 6 food from 5, and 150 lumber from 80 lumber.


Items
We have made modifications to how gold is mined. Although these changes are somewhat difficult to describe, the effect is that in almost all cases, 5 peons are required for an Orc or Human to mine a gold mine at maximum efficiency (assuming the town hall equivalent is as close as possible).
Replenishment Potion can now be sold to a shop for 75 gold, down from 200 gold.
Sentry Wards now have 2 charges, down from 3.
Anti-magic Potion duration increased to 15 from 10.
Orb of Fire cost reduced to 300 from 375.
Orb of Venom cost reduced to 325 from 375.
Healing Wards and Ankh of Reincarnation are now level-4 items (down from 5).
Red Drake Egg, Stone Token and Spiked Collar are now level-5 items, up from level 4.
Staff of Preservation cost reduced to 150 from 200.
Staff of Preservation no longer affects allied units--it now can only affect its owner's units.
Staff of Sanctuary now heals 15 hp/sec, up from 10 hp/sec.


Other
We have made modifications to how gold is mined. Although these changes are somewhat difficult to describe, the effect is that in almost all cases, 5 peons are required for an Orc or Human to mine a gold mine at maximum efficiency (assuming the town hall equivalent is as close as possible).

WORLD EDITOR FEATURES/IMPROVEMENTS
General
Item Tables dialog is accessible from Unit Properties dialog (ROC only).
Pre-placed summoned units count towards creep camp minimap icons.
"Extra->Cinematic Arthas" model file reference is invalid.
Game lock-up when decreasing level of "Attribute Bonus" ability.
Crash when resizing column in Gameplay Constants/Game Interface dialogs too far to the right.
Excessive performance loss when units and start locations overlap.
Doodad "fixed height" status is not preserved across undo operations.
Setting "Berserker Upgrade" or "Barrage" to researched in Upgrade Properties disables the corresponding units.
Pre-placed random units may have their team color set to red in game, regardless of owner.
Unit Properties dialog does not display mana value for buildings with mana.
Moving a start location which is on top of another start location can cause duplicate start locations.
Random Group references used for dropped items are not displayed properly in the Object Manager.
View menu does not always refresh properly after changing layers.
Advanced->Adjust Cliff Levels does not adjust water height along with terrain.
Added names for all "unknown" abilities.
Using lumber upkeep (via Gameplay Constants) can cause the game to crash on the scorescreen.


Trigger Editor
Unit event "Uses an item" does not fire for items with unlimited charges.
Action "Player Group - Set Alliance" ignores the player groups and sets the alliance for all players.
Attempting to enable a trigger does not properly validate that the trigger script compiles.
Action "Game - Show/Hide Custom Campaign Button" fails if game has been loaded from a saved game.
Action "Skip Remaining Actions" can cause compile errors if used as a parameter to another function.
"Event Response - Casting Unit" and "Target Point Of Issued Order" become reset after a "Wait" action.
Invalid sub-functions are not disabled when pasting triggers.
Function menu appears in the dialog for setting variable initial values.
"Automatically create unknown variables when pasting" option does not work for "Set Variable" actions.
"Edit->Category Is Comment" toggle is not undoable.
"Game Cache - Cache Value Exists" fails on Integer value types.
Deleting functions may corrupt the strings within other "cut" functions (manifest after pasting).
"Event Response - Learned Skill Level" result is off by one for all levels greater than one.
Variables dialog sorting by Initial Value does not sort properly.
Unit-Targeted Order for Drunken Haze uses invalid order string "st.rongdrink" (should be "drunkenhaze").
Map Flag value "Observer chat" is obsolete and causes compile errors.


Sound Editor
There is no way to remove imported sounds (TFT can use Import Manager).

Added various new functions:
Ability Name (string call)
Buff Comparison (condition)
Conversion - Convert String Case (string call)
Destructible - Destructible Name (string call)
Environment - Turn Water Deformation On/Off (action)
Environment - Point Is Blighted (boolean call)
Event Response - Target Point Of Ability Being Cast (point call)
Event Response - Target Unit Of Ability Being Cast (unit call)
Event Response - Target Destructible Of Ability Being Cast (destructible call)
Event Response - Target Item Of Ability Being Cast (item call)
Game - Show/Hide Creep Camps On Minimap (action)
Game - Creep Camp Display Is On (boolean call)
Game - Enable/Disable Minimap Buttons (action)
Item - Set Charges Remaining (action)
Item - Item Charges Remaining (integer call)
Item - Set Custom Value (action)
Item - Custom Value Of Item (integer call)
Item - Item Name (string call)
Player - Leaves Game (event)
Player - Player Score (integer call)
String Length (integer call)
Unit - Set Rally-Point To Point (action)
Unit - Set Rally-Point To Unit (action)
Unit - Set Rally-Point To Destructible (action)
Unit - Rally-Point As Point (point call)
Unit - Rally-Point As Unit (unit call)
Unit - Rally-Point As Destructible (destructible call)
Unit - Remove Specific Buff (action)
Unit - Unit Has Specific Buff (boolean call)
Unit - Level Of Unit (integer call)
Unit - Level Of Ability For Unit (integer call)
Unit - Count Items Carried (integer call)
Unit - Current Order Of Unit (order call)
Added "Height Offset" Camera Field value
Added Map Flag values
Observers on defeat
Use random Heroes
Use random races
Visibility - Hide Terrain
Visibility - Map Explored
Visibility - Always Visible


Sound Editor
Added Edit->Find command (works on sound/music list and variable list).


Object Editor
Custom Buffs/Effects data (new tab).
Option to sort objects by name only (View->Sort Objects By Name).
Holding down Shift while modifying a numerical value will disable all min/max limits for that field (use with caution; this can potentially crash the game!).
Tech Item dialog allows selection of special multi-unit "Equivalents" (any Altar, etc.).
Ability dialog allows selection of "None" for "Abilities - Default Active Ability" unit field.
New unit fields for tier-based tech tree requirements.
Enabled additional abilities for modification: Devour Cargo, Entangled Gold Mine Ability, Load (Entangled Gold Mine), Poison Sting, Way Gate Ability.
Increased maximum number of workers per gold mine to 32 (was 4).
Morphing abilities now support different unit types per ability level in the game.
Doodad "tinting color" fields now dynamically displayed based on number of variations (and they support Auto Fill Levels command).
Added various new fields:
Art - Selection Size - Editor (items)
Art - Animation Names (abilities)
Art - Lightning Effects (abilities)
Data - Uprooted Defense Type ("root" abilities)
Stats - Hero - Hide Hero Interface Icon (Hero units)
Stats - Hero - Hide Hero Minimap Display (Hero units)


Import Manager
New command for importing all files within a directory (File->Import Files).
New command for exporting all files at once (File->Export All Files).

WORLD EDITOR FIXES
General
Item Tables dialog is accessible from Unit Properties dialog.
Pre-placed summoned units count towards creep camp minimap icons.
"Extra->Cinematic Arthas" model file reference is invalid.
Game lock-up when decreasing level of "Attribute Bonus" ability.
Excessive performance loss when units and start locations overlap.
Doodad "fixed height" status is not preserved across undo operations.
Pre-placed random units may have their team color set to red in game, regardless of owner.
Unit Properties dialog does not display mana value for buildings with mana.
Moving a start location which is on top of another start location can cause duplicate start locations.
Random Group references used for dropped items are not displayed properly in the Object Manager.
View menu does not always refresh properly after changing layers.
Advanced->Adjust Cliff Levels does not adjust water height along withterrain.


Trigger Editor
Unit event "Uses an item" does not fire for items with unlimited charges.
Attempting to enable a trigger does not properly validate that the trigger script compiles.
Action "Skip Remaining Actions" can cause compile errors if used as a parameter to another function.
"Event Response - Target Point Of Issued Order" becomes reset after a "Wait" action.
Function menu appears in the dialog for setting variable initial values.
"Automatically create unknown variables when pasting" option does not work for "Set Variable" actions.
Deleting functions may corrupt the strings within other "cut" functions (manifest after pasting).
"Event Response - Learned Skill Level" result is off by one for all levels greater than one.
Variables dialog sorting by Initial Value does not sort properly.
Map Flag value "Observer chat" is obsolete and causes compile errors.


Sound Editor
There is no way to remove imported sounds.


Object Editor
Default values for ability levels beyond four are not loaded properly in game.
Custom "Required Animation Names" values do not display properly in the editor (works in game).
Character limit on extended tooltip fields too small (was 300, now 1024).
Custom values of "Techtree - Requirements - Levels" field are not loaded properly in game.
Maximum value for some ability duration fields is too small (was 300, now 3600).
Ability "data" fields do not show up for custom versions of some abilities.
Black Arrow data fields list "Damage Bonus" twice. One should be "Summoned Unit Duration."
Unit/item tooltips referencing custom abilities will display as zero in game.
Hotkey field not allowed to be empty.
Changing an object "category" does not automatically refresh the field list, if necessary.
Maximum value for ability "Stats - Required Level" and "Stats - Level Skip Requirement" is too small (10).
Upgrade "Techtree - Requirements" fields are not loaded properly beyond level 1 in game.
Upgrade effect "Ability Level Bonus" does not recognize custom abilities in game.
Upgrade effect "Ability Level Bonus" does not apply multiple levels to units created after researching.
"Stats - Build Time" values less than 8 cause Heroes to be unable to revive.
Extra "data" fields appear for certain Orb abilities.
"Stats - Levels" field does not appear for non-Hero abilities (where it can be valid in some cases).
"Stats - Casting Time" and "Stats - Mana Cost" fields do not appear for item abilities (can be valid).
Three upgrade effects are missing appropriate data and UI: 'rtma', 'rart', 'rauv'.
Setting Ability or Upgrade race to "Critter" or "Commoner" can crash the editor.
Excessive load times for abilities or upgrades with many levels (noticeably improved).
Improper truncation of ability name displayed with commas.
Using 10 Mirror Images will crash the game (max should be 9).
Values cannot be set to original default values if the campaign value is different.
Custom doodads/destructibles can be chosen as the base object for a new custom object (leads to crash).
Object tabs do not always refresh properly after importing "all" object data file.
Minimum value for Brilliance Aura "Data - Mana Regeneration Increase" is too small (was 1, now 0).
Maximum value is too small for various ability data fields that can optionally be used as percentages.
Buildings with no pathing map crash the game.
Custom abilities based on Locust Swarm do not recognize the "Sound - Effect Sound (Looping)" field.
Unit field "Abilities - Default Active Ability" does not work with custom abilities.
Abilities "Essence of Blight" and "Spirit Touch" should not have mana and hp related "Data" fields, respectively.
"Replenish" and related abilities have a "Stats - Casting Time" field that should read "Data - Maximum Units Affected".
"Parasite" and related abilities have a "Stats - Casting Time" field that should read "Data - Summoned Unit Duration".
Abilities "Defend" and "Magic Defense" do not apply modifiers properly if additional levels are learned while they are active.
Abilities may display the "editor suffix" corresponding to a different ability.
Auto Fill dialog allows any character for hotkey fields.
"Art - Scaling Value" is not applied to building placement cursor in game.
Pasting "True" values over "False" values does not work.


Campaign Editor
Custom campaign objects are not listed in dialogs in the rest of the Campaign Editor.
Custom campaign abilities display every possible "Data" field.
User-selected variable difficulty level does not take effect in the game.


AI Editor
Food limit displays as 90, even though 100 (or more) is possible.
Reloading an already open AI data file does not revert the current data.

NOTES:
Replays are incompatible between major game revisions (1.12 replays cannot be viewed with the 1.13 version of Warcraft III). Custom save games will not load from version 1.12.


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