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HOTS introduces the new "destructible rocks" that can actually be destroyed, as the name suggests. One part of rocks crushes down and blocks a predefined area.

What happens to units and buildings standing on that spot while the rocks get destroyed?

  • Heart of the Swarm doesn't even come out for several months; is there a public beta or something? – Frank Nov 22 '12 at 4:55
  • Well there are pre order beta keys available in most countries. – ayckoster Nov 22 '12 at 12:06
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    After dicussing this in chat, we've determined that the threshold for unreleased games is that it has to be publicly available. To that end, I've voted to close this. – Frank Nov 22 '12 at 16:01
  • They are pushed out of the way, or if they can't be moved, they die. youtube.com/watch?v=BA6cl0_UzqY – Decency Nov 23 '12 at 6:11
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    @Ender see meta.gaming.stackexchange.com/questions/5539/… – ayckoster Nov 25 '12 at 13:16
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They are pushed out of the way, or if they can't do so, due to fungal, hold position units, etc., they die. See:

  • I have followed the link and it seems that the rocks cause 500 damage, which kills every unit and damages most buildings without destroying them. I am not certain if armor negates some of the damage, so perhaps an Ultralisk could barely survive that with all upgrades. – ayckoster Dec 2 '12 at 16:29
  • @ayckoster Possible. Armor doesn't reduce any other triggered/spell damage in the game, however, so it would be unlikely. I also don't believe you could place buildings in areas where this would matter. – Decency Dec 2 '12 at 22:36
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    There is a popular HOTS map that has destructible rocks at the 3rd so that the rocks fall exactly at the optimal expansion placement (where you would place your nexus or hatch). I cannot remember the name, I can look it up later. – ayckoster Dec 3 '12 at 0:23

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