Greetings! Now that BlizzCon is behind us and the post-show patch looms, we’d like to take one final opportunity to examine some tweaks we could make to our initial proposals. As we’ve received generally positive feedback on the direction of the changes we’ve proposed, we intend to make these tweaks as small as possible while we wait for games to play out that will showcase these changes—for instance, at HomeStoryCup XX next week. Below is the list of final changes we’d like to make:
Previously, Lurkers under Blinding Cloud could not target enemies outside of melee range, but their spines would still fire to maximum range if they attacked a unit at melee range. After this change, Lurkers will effectively only shoot out a single spine if an enemy is within melee range. As a result, we believe Ultralisks will become a more competitive option i...Read more
The Global Finals are here!
After a memorable year of competition, 16 competitors battled for a spot in the Round of 8 at BlizzCon. The top 8 players from the Circuit and the top 8 from the GSL met at the WCS Global Finals Opening Week in Seoul, Korea. Here’s a look at the players who made it to BlizzCon, and how they’re seeded into the bracket.
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As always, English-language coverage will be available on our ...Read more
When Geoff “iNcontroL” Robinson passed away earlier this year, the StarCraft community lost someone incredibly special. Geoff was a competitor with unparalleled work ethic. He was ambitious and motivated, always looking for opportunities to learn and improve himself. But he was also the kind of one-in-a-million human being who genuinely cared about every single person he met—no matter who they were, or how unlikely it was that he would see them again.
Few people have had more of an impact on StarCraft than Geoff. As a player, he found success as early as 2007, when he won the national WCG Championship, catapulting him into a long and storied competitive career. He hosted podcasts like State of the Game and, more recently, The Pylon Show, which he co-founded. He shoutcasted major tournaments, demonstrating deep game knowledge, passion, and a preternatural ability to find the hilarity in any situation. In StarCraft, no matter where you looked, you found Geoff, and the commun...Read more
The StarCraft II War Chest returns with new skins and a whole new way to earn free goodies as we ramp up to the World Championship Series Finals at BlizzCon 2019. The War Chest is an exciting way to engage with StarCraft II and earn early access to in-game items for all three races at a remarkably low cost. As a bonus, a portion of your War Chest purchase goes toward supporting StarCraft II esports. Read on to learn more about what’s inside, and how you can get in on the action!
The Terrans, Protoss, and Zerg each have their own War Chest available for purchase, and you can get access to all three with the Warchest Complete Bundle. You can earn more than 80 new items in total, including unit skins, decals, sprays, emojis, and portraits. You’ll also receive a co-op XP boost for the duration of the War Chest period with your purchase.
The progression path for the War Chest begins with a single unit skin, an exclusive portr...Read more
Each year, we take a step back to evaluate what improvements we could make to the game for a post-BlizzCon design patch. As we come closer and closer to stability with each passing year, for 2019, we’ll be focusing more on tweaks and refinements to existing units. Some themes in this year’s patch include:
Before we start, please bear in mind that this update contains many experimental changes that we’d like to try and test, and we’ll do our best at highlighting which ones we’re especially wary of.
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New in-game extras have been revealed, including the Hearthstone Golden Legendary card, Diablo III wings, and the addition of Deathwing the Destroyer for Heroes of the Storm. Read on for more!
The most epic family reunion on the planet is just a month away! BlizzCon® 2019 kicks off in earnest on November 1–2, when the Blizzard community around the world comes together in person, in-game, and online for two days of games, cosplay, contests, esports, and so much more.
Everyone’s invited to join the fun from home, with more panel content from the main BlizzCon stages available to watch live online for free than ever before, along with the opening ceremony and esports tournaments. But if you want to take your BlizzCon home experience to the next level, you can pick up the ...Read more
For the 9th instalment of the WCS Global Finals, we have a special event planned for the first round of competition. From October 24-27, sixteen of the best StarCraft II players in the world will compete for glory in the birthplace of professional StarCraft: Seoul, South Korea.
For the first time, anyone will be able to attend the Round of 16 of the WCS Global Finals at AfreecaTV’s ...Read more
It all comes down to this! After a year of near-total domination by the Zerg powerhouses Serral and Reynor, WCS Fall represents the final opportunity for StarCraft II players to claim a vaunted WCS trophy in 2019. But there’s even more on the line this time: with BlizzCon rapidly approaching, WCS Fall represents is the last chance for players to show their mettle and qualify for the WCS Global Finals with a big finish!
Beginning September 6, WCS Fall features a return to the Olympic Stadium in Montreal, with 80 players duking it out for the title of WCS Champion. Last year’s event was remembered for two story lines: Italian Zerg Reynor’s rise to the top, making the finals in his first-ever year of WCS competition at the age of 16; and the Finnish powerhouse Serral’s absolute domination of the StarCraft II pro scene, as he defeated Reynor in a tense finals match that gave him a complete sweep of the 2018 Circuit.
While many are eyeing ...Read more