The best players from the WCS Circuit assembled in Ukraine for WCS Summer, played out over three days at the StarLadder studio in Kyiv. After three days of competition, we were set up for a zerg-versus-zerg Grand Final match between the 2018 Global WCS Champion Joona "Serral" Sotala and 17-year-old Italian Riccardo "Reynor" Romiti.
It was an intense best of seven that you have to see to believe. In the end, it was Reynor that snatched the throne from the king (for now!)
If you're looking to up your own game and learn from WCS Summer, we have resources available to you. Every replay from the tournament is now available for download--check out your favorite players' builds, how they execute them, and get their results!
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Experimental versions of DeepMind’s StarCraft II agent, AlphaStar, will soon play a small number of games on the competitive ladder in Europe as part of ongoing research into AI.
If you would like the chance to help DeepMind with its research by matching against AlphaStar, you can opt in by clicking the “opt-in” button on the in-game popup window. You can alter your opt-in selection at any time by using the “DeepMind opt-in” button on the 1v1 Versus menu.
For scientific test purposes, DeepMind will be benchmarking AlphaStar’s performance by playing anonymously during a series of blind trial matches. This means the StarCraft community will not know which matches AlphaStar is playing, to help ensure that all games are played under the same conditions. AlphaStar plays with built-in restrictions that the DeepMind team has defined in consultation with pro players. A win or a loss against AlphaStar will affect your MMR as normal.
Players, fans and commentators from around the word will meet again in Eastern Europe for WCS Summer, live from Kyiv, with competition kicking off this Friday. Here’s what you need to know!
|Friday, July 12: Open Bracket||7 a.m.||4 p.m.||11 p.m.|
|Saturday, July 13: Group Stage||4 a.m.||1 p.m.||8 p.m.|
|Sunday, July 14: Playoffs||4 a.m.||1 p.m.||8 p.m.|
As always, English-language coverage of WCS Spring will be available on our ...Read more
Rediscover the classic real-time strategy gameplay of StarCraft with all-new, adorable cartoon graphics by Carbot Animations! Whether you’re a veteran of the Koprulu sector or visiting for the first time, StarCraft: Cartooned is a great way to experience StarCraft!
StarCraft: Cartooned re-imagines every unit, structure, map, menu, and mission with the beloved art style of Carbot Animations. Add a whole new look to the epic single player campaign, take the cartooned m...Read more
The 2019 WCS Challenger Season 3 Open Qualifiers are almost here, and we are now taking applications for Community Casters looking to cover the event.
As a reminder, please be sure to fill out your application in full and include a summary of your StarCraft casting experience in your email!
Send your application to [email protected] by July 18th. Ensure that the subject line reads “Community Caster WCS “, and that the following information is included
After an action-packed WCS Challenger Season 2, we’re ready to jump into the next chapter of North American and European StarCraft II esports! WCS Challenger Season 3 is just around the corner - here’s what you need to know:
In the North America region:
In the European region:
Nation Wars is the competition that gives players the opportunity to fight for something greater than themselves. It’s a truly unique format that we are excited to renew this year! Mark your calendars:
Players ranked Grand Master during the years 2018 and 2019 on European, North American and Asian StarCraft II servers can register for the opportunity to represent their nation. Any nation with at least three players successfully registered is automatically guaranteed to participate.
Then you, the community, vote for your players. The three players that end the voting phase with the most votes are eligible to play for their nation. If more that t...Read more
StarCraft II will return to Assembly Summer this August 1–3 in Helsinki, Finland. The tournament will feature 32 players, a $25,000 prize pool, and will be a sanctioned WCS Circuit competition. The Top 16 players will be granted a total of 3,200 WCS Circuit points as follows:
For the first time, we will be operating a WCS Circuit tournament without a region lock in place. Players who are not eligible to compete in the WCS Circuit will not earn points for their placements, but they still will be allowed to compete based on eligibility as determined by Assembly Summer.
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For the first time ever in StarCraft II we’re teaming up with Twitch Prime to bring you some special loot to enhance your experience, including announcer and co-op commander Commander packs as well as all-new console skins, portraits, race banners, sprays, emoticons, and more!CLAIM NOW
We’re kicking things off with a tribute to the masterful zerg strategist Abathur. Starting today, Twitch Prime members can claim the ...Read more
As a starting point for the next Commander, the design team was determined to leverage the awesome fan-favorite Mecha Zerg skins. After a bit of deliberation on which character could possibly command the Mecha Swarm, we settled on the Hyperion’s former chief science advisor, Egon Stetmann, a character the Co-op team already has a very special relationship with. More specifically, we homed in on his maniacal and slightly paranoid Mist Opportunities persona. Creatively, we knew that Stetmann was relatively unexplored, which meant that we had a lot of freedom in terms of gameplay, lore, and character development.
This new Co-op Commander version of Stetmann explores his life after Mist Opportunities, when he spent years as a castaway marooned on a foreign planet, struggling to survive. Quite a while has passed since we last saw him, and not only has Stetmann survived—he’s thrived, having built both an army to defend his beloved Bel’Shir, ...Read more