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15 Jul


14 Jul


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!

We also have something new for y...

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10 Jul


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.


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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!

Broadcast Times

Broadcast Day PDT CEST KST
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.

Streams

As always, English-language coverage of WCS Spring will be available on our ...

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09 Jul


StarCraft: Cartooned – Available Now

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10 days ago - StarCraft on Youtube - Thread - Direct

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...

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  • Made improvements to in-game network protocol which will result in smoother multiplayer games.
  • Chat actions sent through the SC2API can now activate Trigger and Galaxy events.

  • Tweaked names and descriptions of various Co-op Missions attack waves.
  • Guardians spawned by Amon will now be more consistent with their stats in the original StarCraft.
  • Added the Massive attribute to Amon’s Guardians.
  • Cradle of Death reworked:
    • Main objective timer starts with 30 additional seconds on all difficulties.
    • Main objective timer gains 30 additional seconds after completing an objective on all difficulties.
    • Reduced the build time of trucks from 20 seconds to 10 seconds.
    • Trucks are no lon...
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05 Jul


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!

How to Apply

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

  • Full name
  • Discord handle
  • Email address
  • Broadcast language
  • Broadcast channel
  • Summary of your casting experience
  • Link to a clip of your casting

Other Requirements

  • Casters must broadcast the Open Qualifiers exclusively on Twitc...
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03 Jul


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:

  • Two players will qualify based on their performance in 2019 WCS Challenger Season 2
  • Two players will qualify based on their performance in Cheeseadelphia X
  • Four players will qualify from their rank in the Season 3 Ladder Race
  • Eight players will qualify from the online open qualifiers

In the European region:

  • Four players will ...
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01 Jul


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:

  • Registration phase: July 14-28
  • Voting phase: August 3-18
  • Qualifying matches: September 30-October 1
  • Round of 24: October 3-6 and October 10-13
  • Round of 16: November 12-17
  • Round of 8: November 30-December 1
  • Playoffs: December 8

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...

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26 Jun


18 Jun


  • War Chest 4 structure skin bundles are now available for purchase.
  • Four new announcers have been added, featuring some of the most legendary commentators in StarCraft’s history.
    • Announcer: Um
    • Announcer: Jeon
    • Announcer: Kim
    • Announcer: Um-Jeon-Kim
    • Purchase all three individual announcers or the Voices of Legend Bundle to unlock the Um-Jeon-Kim announcer trio.
  • Authentication process has been updated to be consistent with other Blizzard services. Login UI has been updated to support it.

  • Amon will now research a larger variety of upgrades for his units. For a full list of upgrades, please click ...
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Your Summer StarCraft Lineup

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about 1 month ago - Blizzard Entertainment on News - Thread - Direct

Assembly Summer Returns

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:

  • 1st – 1,000
  • 2nd – 600
  • 3rd-4th – 200
  • 5-8 – 100
  • 9-16 – 50

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.

Head over to ...

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04 Jun


CO-OP MISSIONS

Commanders

  • Stetmann
    • Gary now benefits from Stetzones, and his passive health regen icon has been removed from the command card.
    • Roaches Away! now spawns 2 Mecha Roaches, down from 4.
    • Roaches Away! now orders spawned units to attack-move to the target location if it is beyond the Mecha Infestor’s cast range.
    • Mecha Roaches and Mecha Ravagers timed life reduced from 60 seconds to 45 seconds.
    • Mecha Roach damage increased to 12 (24 vs Light), up from 8 (16 vs Light).
    • Mecha Roach max life increased to 110, up from 75.
    • Mecha Ravager max life increased to 120, up from 80.
  • Stukov
    • Stukov's Infest Structure now launches flying broodlings when used on flying structures.

BUG FIXES

Co-op Missions

  • General...
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30 May


29 May


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 ...

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23 May


Co-op Commander: Stetmann

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about 2 months ago - Blizzard Entertainment on News - Thread - Direct

Commander Intro

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, ...

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StarCraft II 4.9.0 Patch Notes

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about 2 months ago - Blizzard Entertainment on News - Thread - Direct
  • New Co-op Commander and Announcer: Stetmann
    • Lead your Egonergized Mecha Swarm army upgraded with best of both Terran and Protoss technologies.
    • Continuously manage your Stetellite deployment and optimize its configuration.
    • Learn more in our blog.
  • Vorazun: Nerazim Bundle is going to be available as a part of Twitch Prime offer starting May 23, PDT.
    • Vorazun Co-op Commander
    • Vorazun Announcer
    • Nerazim Protoss Console Skin
    • “Live...
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