Overseer (Legacy of the Void)
- This article is for the Legacy of the Void multiplayer version. For the previous expansions' multiplayer version, see Overseer (Wings of Liberty and Heart of the Swarm).
The Overseer is a Zerg unit that is morphed from an Overlord. The Overseer has some abilities which the Overlord does not have: the ability to Detect invisible units, spawn Changelings and Contaminate. The Overseer is extremely useful for scouting and detecting enemy units/positions. The Overseer moves faster than the Overlord and also receives the benefit of the Pneumatized Carapace upgrade.
In return, it loses the Overlord's ability to transport units and Generate Creep.
It is a generally a good idea to include Overseers in a mid-end game army to detect any stealth units.
Overseers are commonly morphed in all match-ups. They provide invaluable scouting information with their high movement speed, long sight range, and ability to drop Changelings. As the Zerg's only mobile detection, they are necessary to defend against cloaked/burrowed units from all three races. Often, if an opponent is suspected of having the ability to produce cloaked units, an Overseer is morphed preemptively upon morphing a Lair.
A common tactic to get a scout into your opponent's base is to move an Overseer to the cliff, and drop a Changeling there. The speed of the Overseer allows it to easily escape, and the Changeling will give you at least some information before it is killed. However, Changelings should be dropped strategically, so the other player will not notice the unit for the split-second that it is your color.
- Overseer's sounds (video and sound) - YouTube video.
No patch changes in LotV so far.
- "Developer Update: Heart of the Swarm Multiplayer". Battle.net. April 11th 2012.