Raven (Legacy of the Void)
- This article is for the Legacy of the Void multiplayer version. For the Heart of the Swarm version, see Raven (Heart of the Swarm). For the Wings of Liberty version, see Raven (Wings of Liberty).
The Raven is a flying support craft with detection. It provides both defensive and offensive capabilities through the use of its abilities. The Raven is the spiritual successor to StarCraft: Brood War's Science Vessel.
Ravens are a useful addition to a mid or late-game Terran army. With detection, a Terran player is able to see both cloaked and burrowed units within the Raven's sight range. Groups of Auto-Turrets can occasionally be used to block units and deal moderate damage. Point Defense Drones provide protection against enemy projectiles; greatly reducing damage taken by the player's units as long as the projectiles come in range of the drone, and finally the Seeker Missile is a spell that deals large splash damage and can devastate large armies if used correctly.
Auto Turrets are buildings and block unit movement, so it is possible create blockades on the go (without SCVs or bringing buildings) or use three to block the ramp of main bases.
Vs. Protossdetectors in TvP, providing protection from Dark Templar, and allowing the Terran to destroy scouting Observers to limit the information gathering abilities of the opposing Protoss player. The Raven's Point Defense Drone will block a Tempest's attack and can be used to defend Battlecruisers. The Raven's inability to be used as strong counter to any specific Protoss unit, and its susceptibility to a High Templar's Feedback, limits its uses in TvP.
Vs. TerranBanshee harass when paired with a defensive Viking. Ravens are commonly used with mech based armies facing bio based armies due to Point Defense Drones blocking Marauder attacks. Seeker missiles are also useful at forcing opposing Siege Tanks to unsiege in a stalemate situation.
Vs. ZergDetector. This allows the Terran player to defend properly against burrowed Banelings, Roaches, and Infestors, limiting the damage the Zerg units can cause.
Ravens can also be a strong counter to Swarm Hosts, since Seeker Missiles have long range and Swarm Hosts burrow in clumps, allowing a few well placed Seeker Missiles to destroy the Swarm Host force, force them to unburrow and retreat, or bruise them badly enough so the Terran force can brute force their way through. A good numbers of Point Defense Drones combined with a sufficient tank force can also nearly indefinitely stop locust attacks. Against Swarm Hosts, Ravens are usually paired with Vikings to deal with an air transition more easily.
Raven's quotes (video and sound) - YouTube video.
|Balance Update 2015-04-09 |
|Patch 3.8.0 |
|Patch 3.14.0 |
- Heart of the Swarm Balance Update -- April 9, 2015
- Blizzard Entertainment (22 November 2016). "Legacy of the Void - Patch 3.8.0 -- November 22, 2016". Battle.net.
- Blizzard Entertainment (23 May 2017). "Legacy of the Void - Patch 3.14.0 -- May 23, 2017". Battle.net.