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StarCraft 2: Legacy of the Void introduces a new warship for the Terrans

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Among the many new and updated units planned for StarCraft 2: Legacy of the Void is a little something for the Terrans: an aerial unit called the Liberator. In a new video released by Blizzard Entertainment today, we get a peek at the Liberator in action.

Blizzard describes the new unit, which is built at a Starport, as a "large, high-cost air unit that deals splash damage against its enemies in the sky." As the video above shows, it's great at taking down tightly clustered groups of Zerg Mutalisks and Protoss Void Rays.

The Liberator can also take on ground units — but not structures — by attacking any infantry or vehicle that dares enter a specific area.

"We want this unit to make the Starport more rounded along with the other changes we're bringing into Legacy of the Void, like the banshee movement speed upgrade and the Battlecruiser Tactical Jump ability," senior game designer David Kim wrote on "By introducing this unit to the Starport and separating out the Terran mech vehicle and ship upgrades, we think it'll allow for a more diverse set of strategies for the Terran. It will be difficult to upgrade all three of the Barracks, Factory, and Starport tech routes, so we're hoping to see a good variety of mixed tech units depending on the matchup and strategies players choose to go."

The Liberator was added to StarCraft 2: Legacy of the Void's closed beta today as part of an update. Full patch notes for that update (version 2.5.2) are available at Blizzard's website.