Starcraft 2: How bad can latency be?


macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Apr 7, 2005
Monterrey, México
Well I was just about to download Starcraft 2 but I'm not sure what to do with the whole region thing. I live in northern Mexico which is technically North America AFAIK, but by default I'm set to Latin America (for obvious language reasons). I have several issues with this though:

- I prefer the English version, it usually has the more solid voice acting. Besides, the spanish version is usually done by spaniards, and their accent just sounds funny to us mexicans :p.

- There are more players in North America than in Latin America, I think.

- I would've gone and downloaded the english version but the site warned me that I could have latency issues. I'm not sure this is true, specially in my case. For example, in LA I could be playing against someone in Argentina who is thousands of miles away while in NA I could be playing with someone who is somewhere near like Texas. Even someone in Canada would be closer than a lot of people in South America, although I guess blizzard might try to match me with people from Mexico?

Anyway, I'd much prefer the english version, do you guys think I would have latency issues?



macrumors 6502
Jun 29, 2008
NA for sure. If you like the English version better I'd say just get the English version and go with NA for your region. Mexico isn't that far away.


macrumors 6502a
Jun 30, 2009
If you're not across several thousand miles of water or mountain ranges and third world countries, the latency won't be unplayable. Except a few ms though. Especially if you and your opponent have weaker connection.

You can purchase the NA version through the North American blizzard website. Download now, and activate in a few days :D


macrumors regular
You won't have many latency issues for sure. I'm from Mexico too, and I've been playing online games like mmo's and fps without latency problems while using the horrible internet we have ahha. So you should be fine.

Though if something gets to happen, I bet you can change servers easily ?


macrumors newbie
Sep 13, 2010
If you have a network link with low bandwidth then it's an easy matter of putting several in parallel to make a combined link with higher bandwidth, but if you have a network link with bad latency then no amount of money can turn any number of them into a link with good latency.


macrumors newbie
Sep 10, 2010
I'm in south america playing in american servers.
Although i have issues...i've yet to have any latency issues.


macrumors newbie
Oct 4, 2008
I played from Peru without issues for a week. I have a peruvian friend who is diamond 1v1 as well. Can't get to diamond if you lag a lot. Now I play from China and I thought i'd be horribly laggy, but it isn't. I am in platinum as well, so I don't think lag in northern mexico is going to affect your performance/enjoyment/whatever you are worrying about with the US SC2 servers.