Protoss Upgrade Conspiracy
by, 01-07-2012 at 10:29 AM (30221 Views)
Omg protoss upgrades so fast with chrono boost wtf I can't keep up this sucks blizz fix the game pls omg wut. He had 3/3 and I was still 0/0 chrono boost so imba. And now cheaper upgrades. Terran can't win without upgrades. And what about zerg. guess I'll just play protoss until blizz fixes it.
Upgrades take 160/190/220 seconds. Chrono boost lasts 20 seconds but removes 30 seconds of production time (50% increased efficiency for 20 seconds) Thus each upgrade can be chrono boosted a maximum of 5/6/7 times (roughly) where each chronoboost reduces the total time by 10 seconds. Add it all up and we can theoretically go from 0/0 to 3/3 3 minutes faster (50+60+70) than the other races.
Wait a second. Three minutes is only slightly longer than the amount of time it takes to get 1/1. Thus if protoss and not protoss begin upgrading at roughly the same time not protoss should be behind by at most about 75% of 3/3.
Energy regenerates 1 point every 2 seconds. So let's say we say 50 mana on each nexus to use when the forges finish.
50-25 + 10 (mana regenerated over course of chrono) = 35
35 -25 + 10 = 20
Thus we get approximately 3 successive chronoboosts before we have to start waiting 50 seconds to make any chrono boosts at all. Three chronoboosts + 50 seconds is just about enough time to finish 1/1. So 1/1 finishes 40 seconds faster. What about 2/2 and 3/3?
190 & 220 each can be chronoboosted roughly 4 times using the nexus's energy as it recovers. Thus at best we're going to have 3/3 120 seconds faster than not protoss. Two minutes is a long time but it's not long in upgrade time. Level 1 takes 160 seconds alone. In addition this is assuming 2 base protoss is using all of their chronoboosts after building the forges on those upgrades and nothing else.
The problem with protoss upgrades is that not-protoss starts running the race late. Not because imba chrono boost gives them huge insurmountable lead.
So why is there a popular sentiment that chrono on forges is too strong and leads to ridiculous upgrade situations?