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Esports web series visits Red Bull's StarCraft 2 training grounds

The latest installment of "This is eSports" visits Red Bull's National Headquarters, where StarCraft 2 players are training for a chance at entering a major tournament. Eight pro players from Europe, North America and Korea are here training and practicing, says the event coordinator Rob Simpson. This is where they get the chance to try something new and work out troubles in their gameplay. The winner of the mini-tournament will receive $2,500 and be entered in Red Bull's marquee tournament Battlegrounds later this year, a StarCraft 2 event with $50,000 in prize money up for grabs. As famed StarCraft 2 commentator Sean "Day[9]" Plott points out, this isn't just about practicing your gameplay, it's practicing how you play under different conditions and how to shut off negative thoughts...

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StarCraft 2's Spawning system launches today, unlocks content for Starter Edition players

StarCraft 2, Blizzard's spacefaring real-time strategy game, will receive a new Spawning feature today that allows players who own the full game to play with those who don't, according to a post on Battle.net. With Spawning, those who download StarCraft 2's Starter Edition — a free, feature limited version of the RTS — will be able to join parties and play content that was previously available only to those who own the full version. They're "Spawned up" as long as they remain in the party. "For example, when a Starter Edition player joins a party with a Wings of Liberty-level player, both are instantly playing Wings of Liberty," the post reads. "When those two players then join a party with a Heart of the Swarm-level player, they all immediately gain access to Heart of the Swarm...

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StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm 'Vengeance' trailer stars a very angry Kerrigan

The latest trailer for Blizzard's upcoming expansion, StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm, focuses on one extremely upset Queen of Blades, the part human, part Zerg and former Terran Ghost Sarah Kerrigan. Heart of the Swarm's "Vengeance" trailer includes clips from the previously released pre-rendered opening cinematic and key moments from the game — like Kerrigan reminding us once again that she is the swarm — rendered in-engine. Fans of StarCraft's narrative may want to tread lightly, as the new cinematic may feature some story spoilers. For those simply seeking a taste of more StarCraft 2, watch as Kerrigan exacts her revenge on the people, from Arcturus Mengsk to thousands of Terran Marines, who have wronged her. StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm will be released worldwide on March 12...

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StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm eSports and Multiplayer preview showcases new replay options, more

A new StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm preview reveals the many changes and additions made for eSports and multiplayer. Community manager Kevin Johnson narrates the video, which you can watch above. StarCraft 2 players will now be able to watch replays with a group, thanks to a new "watch with others" button located at the bottom of the replay interface. Players will even be able to jump into match replays and player as a character from that match with a new "Take Command" feature. Other additions include the ability to recover a game lost due to technical errors, customizable user interface in observer mode, and new physics and stats. StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm will be released March 12.

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StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm video explores the many ways to play

A recent video for StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm, the upcoming expansion for Blizzard's spacefaring real-time strategy game, shows off the many ways to play, with a focus on newcomers. Check out the video above to see StarCraft 2's community manager Kevin Johnson walk viewers through training mode, which ramps up the game's speed for new players, player-versus-player matchmaking, featuring the new unranked mode, and ranked mode for those who want to climb the Battle.net ladder. For more on Heart of the Swarm, be sure to check out our recent interview with game director Dustin Browder. The expansion is set for a March 12 release, and Blizzard will host a series of launch events to celebrate its arrival on Windows PC and Mac.

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StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm video details new community features, usability improvements

StarCraft 2's first expansion, Heart of the Swarm, includes a host of usability improvements and features designed to bring players closer to the greater StarCraft community, as seen in a developer video released today by Blizzard. Blizzard community manager Kevin Johnson takes viewers through the changes to the game's home screen, which has been redesigned with an eye toward simplification, consistency and usability. It also brings relevant information and features to the fore, such as custom games, chat channels and featured groups. Heart of the Swarm allows StarCraft 2 players to join clans and groups. They'll initially seem relatively similar, but clans are invitation-only affairs designed to be small, while groups can be about anything. That's the other main difference: Groups...

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Watch this: StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm's stunning opening cinematic

Blizzard Entertainment is lauded for its skill at creating beautiful computer animation massive both in scale and detail. The opening cinematic for its upcoming expansion, StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm, stays true to its well earned pedigree, offering a gorgeously rendered, awe-inspiring look at a Zerg invasion. Zerglings and Ultralisks lay waste to a Terran city, crushing Marines and Siege Tanks in a terrifying battle that ends with Ghost turned Zerg Queen of Blades Sarah Kerrigan overseeing the consequences of her revenge. And then, a minor twist that helps bridge the ending of StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty and its soon-to-be-released successor. In an interview with StarCraft 2 game director Dustin Browder, he explained what Heart of the Swarm's opening cinematic is meant to...

StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm Releases
North America
  • Mac
    • Released 03/12/2013
    • Publisher Blizzard Entertainment
    • Developer Blizzard Entertainment
  • Windows
    • Released 03/12/2013
    • Publisher Blizzard Entertainment
    • Developer Blizzard Entertainment
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