Warcraft III: Reforged Now Lets Players Observe Matches with New Feature

Update 1.36 Blizzard

Are you still playing Warcraft III: Reforged to this day? If so, Blizzard introduced a new feature called Observer Mode, and some changes to Ranked as well.

Observer Mode

Update 1.36 introduced a nifty feature called Observer Mode. As its name implies, this lets you observe matches in Warcraft III: Reforged. In this mode, all of the usual UI elements in-game are turned off by default. But what's great in Observer Mode is that you can add certain things that tell you about details you'd want to know. For example, you can enable the statistics panel for useful info, including race, gold lumber, food, and even actions per minute of all players in the game! You can also turn on the production queue if you want to know the units each player is currently building at once.

Changes to Ranked

This patch also brought notable changes to Ranked mode. Now, the matchmaking rating (MMR) will reset after the end of each season, giving you a clean slate when a new season begins.

Furthermore, the map pool has been standardized to include 10 maps, featuring a collection of well-known classic and new community maps.

Patch Notes


  • Immolation damage reduced from 7/12/18 to 6/11/17.
  • Sentinel Research cost reduced from 100/100 to 50/50 gold/lumber.
  • Arcane Tower Feedback increased from 12 to 16 on heroes (24 on regular units remains unchanged).
  • Sundering Blades bonus reduced from 15% to 10%.
  • Troll headhunter hit points reduced from 375 to 350.
  • Pulverized cost reduced from 225 to 175 lumber.
  • Cannibalization cost reduced from 75 to 50 gold.
  • Cannibalization research time reduced from 30 to 15 seconds.
  • Claws of attack +5 damage reduced to +4.
  • Claws of attack +9 damage reduced to +8.
  • Potion of Greater Mana reduced from 250 to 200.
  • Mana Stone mana granted on consumption reduced from 250 to 200.
  • Circlet of Nobility item level increased from 2 to 3.
  • Ring of Protection +3 item level decreased from 2 to 1.
  • Ring of Protection +4 item level decreased from 3 to 2.
  • Ring of Protection +5 item level decreased from 6 to 3.
  • Ring of Superiority added to the drop table as a level 1 item (+1 to all stats).
  • Ring of the Archmagic added to the drop table as a level 4 item (+3 to all stats).
  • Wand of Mana Steal reduced from 65 to 60.
  • Lighting Shield removed from the item table.

Observer Mode

  • Added click-to-follow in the observer mode UI by clicking the command card.
  • Removed the control panel and moved the command card to the far right. Hotkeys for toggling menus are available in the help menu.
  • Production bar progress color is now white.
  • Hotkey to swap to the Production panel is "Alt +P," and to swap to the Unit panel, is "Alt + U."
  • All panels can be toggled on and off individually, using hotkeys or the Control Panel.

So, will you try the new Observer Mode in Warcraft III: Reforged?

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