Posts Tagged ‘StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void’

StarCraft II getting an esportsy War Chest

StarCraft II War Chest

As Westlife once sang in their famous song about esports and their associated cash drives:

Tell me what makes an girl want to give you her credit card
Smile when you’re around and cry when you’re apart
If you know what makes a girl want to love you the way I do
Esports, you gotta let me know so I can get over you.

While I wait for top scientists to develop an answer to our shared problem, Starcraft II is smooshing its esports carrot against fans’ mouths/wallets in the form of a War Chest. Read the rest of this entry »

StarCraft 2 launches multiplayer revamp, final Nova ep

The third and final episode of StarCraft 2: Nova Covert Ops has arrived alongside a new update for Legacy of the Void [official site]. After years of waiting for the StarCraft spin-off that never was, the psychic super spy finally got her own story in this paid expansion. As for the update, it has brought a big rebalancing of SC2’s multiplayer, adding and removing unit abilities, tweaking numbers, and generally shaking things up with the goal of making more builds and strategies viable. Read the rest of this entry »

StarCraft II Update Brings Separate MMR Per Race

Good news for StarCraft II players who play several factions: you’ll soon have a separate matchmaking rating for each one, meaning you can play/learn/try something different without tanking your ranking. Bad news for insecure SC2 players who try the “yeah but this is my first time ever playing Zerg ever in the world ever okay” excuse when losing: that won’t fly any more.

Update 3.7, which hits the North American servers today, also boshes in psychic superspy Nova as a new paid commander in the Co-op Missions mode. Read the rest of this entry »

KeSPA Announces Closure Of StarCraft Proleague

StarCraft 2

The Korea e-Sports Association, KeSPA, has announced it will be discontinuing the world’s longest-running esports league, the StarCraft ProLeague as of 18 October. Its closure comes after 14 seasons of competitive play across the Brood War and SC2 iterations of the franchise.

You can read the statement in full after the jump but I wanted to say that the golden years of competitive StarCraft were a bit before my time in PC Gaming and esports proper so what I know, I know from research and watching older VODs. With that in mind I’d really love to hear your experiences watching both ProLeague and with StarCraft in general – who you followed and why, standout moments, tiny heartbreaks – that sort of thing. Just leave a comment :) Read the rest of this entry »

Blizzard: You Can Now Buy Battletag Name Changes

There’s this idea that every in-game name chosen in youthful exuberance is an embarrassment you’ll eventually want to be rid of. I actually still like and use the one I picked back then, although I occasionally switch it up nowadays because “Notorious P.I.P.” is too good a pun to pass up. BUT if you picked a horror of a name as your Battletag, Blizzard are now offering paid-for name changes.

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Mech Me: StarCraft II Big Balance Overhaul Incoming

I’m always interested in big balance changes to long-running competitive games, the rewriting of rules and reshaping of how matches go. I’m still waiting for football to follow Dota’s lead and re-landscape and re-plant the pitch every few months – I’d love to see how the cars deal with that. Over in the world of StarCraft II [official site], Blizzard have announced details of a big rebalancing coming up in November. Why go into it this early? Because they want a good few months of feedback and tweaking. Terran mechmen, read on! Oh, and hey, SC2 is on sale now too.

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Blizzard’s Battle.net Authenticator Goes One-Button

Blizzard’s Battle.net Mobile Authenticator app is now less of a faff, simply showing “Approve” and “Deny” buttons for authorising logins. Previously, it’d generate a code folks would need to type out while logging in to play Overwatch, StarCraft II, and whatnot. It’s a tiny change but removing any faff from security procedures is always good. If you already use the authenticator, hooray for less faff! If you don’t use it because you don’t like faffing about, mate, come on, how much simpler can it get?

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StarCraft II: Abathur Goes Co-Op Commander In 3.3.0

As someone who writes a lot about esports it feels weird how strange and incomprehensible I still find StarCraft and StarCraft II [official site]. I can sort of follow them but the intricacies are lost on me so I am mainly covering this Legacy of the Void [official site] 3.3 patch about co-op missions and the like because the gif on the site makes it look like Abathur is taking to the stage to deliver a talk about sales figures or something.

Observe:

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StarCraft II Co-op Mutators Shaking Up Missions

Blizzard are jazzing up co-op missions in StarCraft II [official site], adding optional ‘mutators’ to change missions in strange and difficult ways along with a rotating lineup of ‘weekly mutations’. Each week, expect new preset challenges on a certain missions, such as the combination of infested hordes spawning in waves, infested monsters bursting out of corpses, and a deep dark fog of war for the Oblivion Express co-op mission. Blizzard are also boshing in a ‘mastery’ system for co-op, which will let max-level commanders earn more boosts to their commander’s powers.

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First Of Three StarCraft II Mission Packs Out This Month

StarCraft II: Nova Covert Ops [official site] is the three-part single-player standalone StarCraft II mission pack that was announced at BlizzCon last year. Back then, a vague “Spring 2016” release date was attached to the first installment, however Blizzard have now confirmed March 29 as launch day for those living Stateside, and March 30 for Europe.

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SC2: Legacy Of The Void Adds New Co-Op Commander

Blizzard plan to sell extra characters for the co-op missions in StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void, different commanders with their own abilities and unit lineup, but they’ve started with a freebie to whet your appetite. (Note: don’t confuse your idioms and whet your whistle, or you’ll have an awful time at your next rave.) A patch this week added the engineer Karax, who’s big on mechanical units and orbital bombardment.

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Wot I Think – StarCraft II: Legacy Of The Void Singleplayer

StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void [official site] is the second expansion for StarCraft II, this time focused on mystical, mouthless, paladin-like alien race the Protoss. I’m not much of a one for StarCraft II multiplayer, but I wanted to see the singleplayer tale through to its conclusion and, heck, I do miss traditional real-time-strategy, so I took a belated look at the campaign mode.

When your entire cast consists of people who don’t have mouths or pupils, you need to do your damnedest to ensure their words carry the emotion their faces cannot. Legacy of the Void does not do that. In fact, it does the exact opposite of that.
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StarCraft II: Legacy Of The Void Is Live

It seems daft to launch two of the year’s biggest games on the same day, yet here we are. Alec is telling us all about Fallout 4 (check out Wot He Thinks and his fashion show, and who knows what’s next?) but what about StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void [official site]? Well, Blizzard’s subtrilogy-capping real-time strategy game is indeed out today too, but our thoughts won’t be coming until later this week. You wouldn’t believe the traffic in hyperspace on a Tuesday morning, I tell you.

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StarCraft II: Nova Covert Ops To Come In 2016

StarCraft II: Legacy Of The Void [official site] is the third and final installment of the StarCraft II trilogy and it’s out this coming week – November 10, to be exact. Naturally, you might’ve assumed this would mark the end of StarCraft for the time being, that after this one we’d have to wait a while for the next, if there was to be another one at all. Right? Wrong: Blizzard have announced a three-part mission pack named Nova Covert Ops that’ll launch in Spring 2016 to keep all you StarCraftians going. We’ve got the Legacy Of The Void launch trailer AND the Nova Covert Ops trailer below to suit your needs.

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Late-Night Treat – SC2: Legacy of the Void Unlock Times

“Look, I don’t know if you know,” you say, tapping your watch, “but I have a homeworld to reclaim and a galaxy to save. Yes, I know that Legacy of the Void comes out next Tuesday, November 10th, but when?” Cool your jets, Chad. If your question is “May I play an hour or two before bed?” then the answer is yes, you may, as long as you’ve got tomorrow’s clothes laid out and have already brushed your teeth.

Blizzard have detailed the unlock times and, for us around the RPS Treehouse, StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void [official site] is actually unlocking at 11pm on Monday.

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StarCraft 2’s UI Is Being Revamped In Patch 3.0

What’s the worst thing in between you and interplanetary domination in StarCraft 2? It’s not the endless hordes of revolting Zerg. It’s not the condescending space-worthiness of the Protoss, or the wannabee space cowboy antics of the Terrans. It’s the menus.

Luckily, that’s all gonna change when patch 3.0 lands.

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Win An SC2: Legacy Of The Void Multiplayer Beta Key

We’ve got 1000 beta keys for StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void to giveaway. This is the third and final installment in the StarCraft 2 trilogy [official site], bringing the story to a close and focused on the Protoss race. Naturally, it also comes with new units, maps and modes for the series’ multiplayer, and that’s what this beta gets you access to. Hop below for instructions on how to enter.

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SC2: Legacy Of The Void Trailer Pledges Its Life For Aiur

With StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void [official site] due to launch on November 10th, Blizzard are putting the finishing touches to their trilogy-capping RTS expansion and the Protoss themselves, well, they’re on the eve of war they’re wondering if it’s all worth it. A new animatic trailer has five minutes of debate about destiny and and honour high prices, leading into the expansion’s grand invasion.

(Spoiler: they think it’s totally worth going to war, which is perhaps a relief otherwise Blizzard would have to scrap the game and this video would be the end to SC2.)

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StarCraft II: Legacy Of The Void Out Nov 10th, Intro Now

Lawks a lummy, Blizzard cinematics sure do go in for a bit of spectacle! The Protoss and Zerg are throwing down in some awfully fancy CG for the opening cinematic to StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void [official site], which Blizzard shared over the weekend alongside announcing plans to launch the RTS expansion pack on November 10th. Here, come check out this cool Archon:

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Blizzard Are Considering An RTS Return For Warcraft

A pair of recent interviews with Blizzard employees, conducted by IGN at Gamescom, have hinted at the future of the Warcraft franchise beyond the MMO’s vice-like embrace. It’s not only movies; there might be a new strategy game on the cards.

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