StarCraft II

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(2010)
Engage your weapons, gather your allies and become the galaxy's greatest war in StarCraft II, a free-to-play, real-time strategy game developed and released by Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II serves as a sequel to the first StarCraft game released in 1998 as well as its expansion Brood War. Blizzard intended this ... Read More
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StarCraft II Tips & Tricks

How do I see different 'hops' between me and the Starcraft II server?

 
In Starcraft II, the information about your traceroutes and hops is not viewable to the gamers. The maximum information you may get is about the server that you are currently connected to – for example SEA, Europe, or NA. But if you enable WTFast, you would be able to view the complete traceroute graph which will also show you all the hops that your connection went through before reaching the server.

What is latency and how does it affect my response time in Starcraft II?

 
Latency is the most common term in the gamers community but its actual meaning is unclear to most of the gamers. We use the terms latency and ping interchangeably, but actually, latency is something more than ping. Latency is the average time taken by the data packets to travel to the designated server from your computer. Whereas, ping is the reaction time that your connection takes to react to a command. Therefore, similar to ping, if you are facing high latency, then your game level in Starcraft II will lag which can be in the form of network delays, rubberbanding, or might even cause network disconnection.

How do I fix Rubberbanding in Starcraft II?

 
Most of the people think rubberbanding is related to ISP or network connection. This could be true but there are a few other reasons too that cause rubberbanding in Starcraft II. Using corrupt or outdated drivers could be one of the reasons for facing rubberbanding in Starcraft II. Therefore, it is recommended to search and install the latest driver to have a smooth gaming experience. Using a wireless connection while playing Starcraft II is a common mistake that causes rubberbanding. A wireless connection is not stable enough to provide a smooth gaming experience, and therefore causes issues like rubberbanding. This is why it is not preferred to play Starcraft II or any other similar game on a wireless connection. So, if you want to get rid of rubberbanding while playing Starcraft II, here are a few tips that you may follow; • Use a wired connection • Update all the drivers, particularly, graphics and network drivers • Use the Blizzard launcher to verify all your game files • Use the ping enhancement tools like WTFast for issues like rubberbanding.

Help! My Starcraft II lag is the worst. How do I fix it?

 
Due to the rapid increase in the sign ups on Starcraft II, the lag issue faced by gamers is also growing speedily. If the lag in Starcraft II is getting out of control for you, then don’t worry. WTFast has got you covered! WTFast is an application that helps you in dealing with high ping and latency issues. But it is important to understand that insufficient hardware can also be the reason for such issues like lag. However, if you have figured out that the lag is only due to network insufficiency, then WTFast is the best option to avail.

What is Rubberbanding, and how does it affect my Starcraft II experience?

 
Rubberbanding is one of the most irritating issues that a gamer faces. It’s when your player gets stuck at any point and shows glitches during the gameplay. In Starcraft II, where just a wall stands as the shield between you and your opponent, rubberbanding can get you killed if you got stuck or can let you kill your opponent if they faced rubberbanding. This can completely destroy your Starcraft II experience as it can lead to game loss when you are at the verge of winning the level.

What is a ping enhancer and why should I use it while playing Starcraft II?

 
A Ping Enhancer is a tool that minimizes the time that your connection takes to send a command to the Starcraft server. Simply put, it reduces the in-game ping. If you are facing network disconnection, stuttering, or lag issues, then a Ping Enhancer could be a good option to get you out of this trouble. Now, you might think which Ping Enhancer to get as there are hundreds of enhancers are available on the internet. Well, the best of all is WTFast when it comes to online games like Starcraft II. WTFast has the best Ping Enhancer and it offers hundreds of amazing features to improve your connection and gaming experience. It redirects your data via an optimized and faster connection so that the connection does not face any tops or hops. This results in low ping and reduces lag issues.

What is a Traceroute, and how does it apply to Starcraft II?

 
Whenever you request a command, your internet connection travels a journey starting from your computer and ending at the assigned server. This journey is called a Traceroute. Hence, if a Traceroute is longer or more complicated, your connection would stop at multiple stations. As a result, it will require more time to reach the designated server, resulting in a slower response time. When playing Starcraft II, if you requested to play on European servers while sitting in the US, your connection will pass through many hops and gateways before reaching the final server. This would make up your Traceroute. So, a higher ping could be a result of an extended/longer Traceroute.

What is ping time, and how does it apply to Starcraft II?

 
Ping time refers to the reaction time that your connection takes in getting a response for the command that you enter. With a faster ping time, your connection will react to a command quickly. While with a slower ping time, you might face lagging issues when playing a game. The lowest ping time is the fastest one and tells that your connection is very responsive. While playing Starcraft II, you might face issues like delays, rubberbanding, or even disconnections if you have a slow (high) ping. This would indicate that your connection is not responsive and as a result, you might lose the game level. Hence, the best ping time is the lowest one.

What is jitter, and what is its effect on Starcraft II?

 
If you notice a sudden shake or a type of lag in your character in Starcraft II, you are probably facing the issue commonly known as Jitter. Jitter is when you face random and sudden occurrence of lag while playing the game. In Starcraft II, you need to be alert and active all the time and jitter can significantly hamper your victory in such case. Talking technically, jitter is due to the frequent latency changes. If you are browsing the internet, jitter might go unnoticed. But in such a game like Starcraft II, you make moves every second and high jitter might cause issues like stuttering, network delays, and lags.

What are ping spikes, and how do they affect my gameplay in Starcraft II?

 
Ping Spikes are the fluctuations in the ping time. For example – if you connect to a Starcraft II server with a 30ms ping time, and suddenly the ping jumps to 90ms due to any reason, this jump in the ping time is known as a Ping Spike. Ping Spikes cause lags and can be fatal while playing Starcraft II because winning or losing is just a matter of a few seconds.

How do I fix Starcraft II ping spikes?

 
Most of the time, the abnormalities in network connection are the reason for why Ping Spikes occur. A few changes in the internet connection can fix this issue and streamline your gaming experience. First, you need to switch to a wired connection if you wish to fix the Starcraft Ping Spikes. If you are unable to do so, then we advise you to limit the number of users sharing your wireless connection. This will not be as helpful as switching to a wired connection, but will improve the connection to some extent. Moreover, you need to close all the background apps because they affect your internet speed, resulting in the occurrence of Ping Spikes in Starcraft II. This also includes the opened tabs in your browser and any application that might be downloading files. If all of this appears to be a hassle for you, then you just need to get your hands on WTFast. WTFast offers the best ping enhancing tools to resolve all your ping and latency-related issues. So, if you are tired of facing the Ping Spikes during the gameplay, then WTFast is certainly the best tool for you.

What does "ms" mean in Starcraft II?

 
In online games, you must have noticed some values on any corner of the screen that keep changing during the gameplay. One of the values has ‘ms’ written next to it; that is actually your ping value measured in milliseconds (ms). In Starcraft II, it appears on the top-left corner of the screen. A higher ms value means a slower and a less responsive connection. An ms value of 100 tells that the response time of your connection is 100ms. In real world, 100 milliseconds mean nothing to you, but in such a strategic game like Starcraft II, 100ms could become the reason for you loosing the game.

How does WTFast help improve my Starcraft II ping time?

 
WTFast is an application that enhances your gaming experience by transmitting your data through a safer and faster route. This not only offers additional data security but also improves your Starcraft II ping time. The regular traceroutes involve numerous hops and gateways that can increase your ping time and can lead your game to lag. But the algorithms of WTFast are designed to optimize your traceroutes and choose the shortest ones so that you avoid maximum gateways when your connection travels. This is how WTFast delivers you the best gaming experience and improves your Starcraft II ping time.

Why is my ping so high in Starcraft II?

 
As you know that ping is the reaction time that your connection takes, high ping is one of the most unwanted issues while playing Starcraft II. It can cause your game to lag and you might get killed and lose the game. You might think that you cannot control a high ping because it comes from your ISP. Well, it’s not true. There are few ways out that can aid you deal with a high ping. First, you need to switch to a wired connection because wireless connections are unstable and can increase your ping due to which, your game lags. Secondly, close all the background applications that might be consuming your internet. This includes the opened tabs in your browser and any application that might be downloading files. In addition, here are some more tips that would help you to reduce a high ping: • Install the latest drivers • Verify the game files • Select the right server for the game • Reduce the hops and optimize the traceroute. This can be a complicated task, therefore, just get WTFast and it’ll do the rest of the work for you.

Why is my in-game ping meter in Starcraft II different from what I see in WTFast?

 
The ping meter in Starcraft II doesn’t always show the accurate ping time because it shows the average speed for a whole single session. On the other hand, the ping meter of WTFast has precise connection diagnosing tools that show you the exact ping value and latency. This helps in better understanding the network status and when to take steps to improve the ping time.