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StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm will launch on 3/12/13 photo
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm will launch on 3/12/13
by Chris Carter

Kerrigan is back, baby! Come this March 12th, you'll be able to rip apart your enemies and spread the swarm: StarCraft II: Heart of Swarm finally has a release date. This kinda-sorta expansion comes with an all new Zerg single player campaign, new mechanics like race leveling, and new units.

In typical Blizzard fashion, there are three options here. The Standard Edition ($39.99), Collector's Edition ($79.99), and the Digital Deluxe Edition ($59.99). If you're really excited, you can pre-purchase the game now on Battle.net.

I wasn't completely in love with StarCraft II's multiplayer, and I doubt this will do much to change that fact, but the Terran campaign was off the chain. I expect nothing less here in terms of a solid single player experience.

Heart of the Swarm arrives [Battle.net]

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11:00 AM on 11.06.2012

Impressions: StarCraft Collector's Edition Risk

[Destructoid is considering adding board games (videogame-themed or not) to what we cover. Think it's a good idea? Want us to stick to videogames only? Let us know in the comments.] Themed variants of popular games like Monop...

Aerox

7:00 PM on 10.25.2012

Blizzard reveals new race leveling in Heart of the Swarm

With an upcoming patch for the Heart of the Swarm beta, Blizzard is going to introduce a new race leveling mechanic in StarCraft II. Mastering a race will give reward players with new decals and portraits to show off just how...

Alasdair Duncan

4:30 PM on 10.19.2012

MLG vs. Proleague playoffs begin tonight

For the past month, StarCraft II players have been competing in the MvP, or MLG versus Proleague, a coordinated effort between MLG, KeSPA, and the IEG. Today marks the first day of playoffs, where the top 16 players will...

Patrick Hancock

9:00 PM on 09.25.2012

MLG announces fall schedule with SCII and LoL aplenty

The fall season of MLG is about to get underway! Tomorrow will start a non-stop schedule all the way through November, featuring both StarCraft II and League of Legends. Here's a quick breakdown: Tuesdays and Thursdays ...

Patrick Hancock

8:00 PM on 09.22.2012

Blizzard looking at free-to-play StarCraft II multiplayer

Asked whether or not Blizzard has plans for a free-to-play StarCraft II at the Valencia eSports Congress, lead designer Dustin Browder stated that the company is "looking at free to play as an option for the multiplayer," rep...

Jordan Devore

4:30 PM on 09.05.2012

StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm closed beta begins

Consider this a friendly reminder to go double check your Battle.net account to be sure you're opted in for the StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm multiplayer beta. While currently limited to pro gamers, shoutcasters, press, an...

Jordan Devore





7:30 PM on 08.30.2012

Red Bull LAN's Trial of the Xel'Naga begins soon!

The Trial of the Xel'Naga begins at 6PM PT! This is a 2v2 StarCraft II tournament that pairs pro players with regular schmoes from the audience against each other with weird and wacky special events that can take place ...

Patrick Hancock



Interview: Sean 'Day[9]' Plott & the StarCraft II scene photo
Interview: Sean 'Day[9]' Plott & the StarCraft II scene
by Patrick Hancock

Sean "Day[9]" Plott has become a very popular person within the StarCraft II community. He runs his own stream over at day9.tv and has become one of the most prolific SCII commentators (read: casters) on the scene. He's known for his zany antics on his stream, something that is likely to carry over into today's Red Bull LAN event, which allows the audience to interfere with the players in ca-razy ways.

I got a chance to interview Sean about himself, eSports, and the Red Bull LAN event, which proved to be quite the surreal experience, as I'm such a huge fan of his.

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6:00 PM on 08.28.2012

Here are your MLG Summer Championship winners

Not every winner at the most recent MLG tournament were cheaters. StarCraft II, Mortal Kombat, and SoulCalibur V all went on without a hitch during one of the most intense weekends in recent memory. Heck, it was intense ...

Patrick Hancock

3:45 PM on 08.24.2012

MLG Summer Championship is live soon

Tune in here! MLG Summer Championship will be live very soon with competitions for StarCraft II, Mortal Kombat, SoulCalibur V, and Leage of Legends. Here's a quick rundown of the competition times (EDT) for the weekend:...

Patrick Hancock

11:00 PM on 08.21.2012

Red Bull LAN lets players mess with StarCraft II matches

The Red Bull LAN Seattle StarCraft II tournament is going to begin on August 30 and run until September 1 at PAX Prime, and holy cow do they have something genuinely hysterical up their sleeve. For the first t...

Patrick Hancock

7:30 PM on 07.23.2012

TaeJa wins the MLG StarCraft II Summer Arena

This weekend, TaeJa (Terran) defeated Alicia (Protoss) in the MLG Summer Arena finals to take first place and $10,000! I do feel really bad for Alicia though, since he's come in second three times in a row now. While he's def...

Patrick Hancock

4:45 PM on 07.20.2012

MLG's StarCraft II Summer Arena is LIVE

In case you forgot, 32 StarCraft II players from all around the world are competing this weekend at MLG's Summer Arena. There's over $25,000 dollars of prize money at stake, as well as an opportunity to compete at the ML...

Patrick Hancock

8:00 PM on 07.16.2012

MLG's Summer StarCraft II Arena begins Friday

First things first: you'll be able to catch the main StarCraft II stream for free! This is actually the first time that MLG has done this, courtesy of Full Sail University. Hooray! In addition to the main stream, there will b...

Patrick Hancock



StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm will shake things up photo
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm will shake things up
by Daniel Starkey

The Major League Gaming Anaheim Spring Championships are running today through Sunday. At the event, Blizzard was offering the press an opportunity to come in and play a few hours worth of multiplayer matches of the Heart of the Swarm expansion against some of the competitors.

Needless to say, I was utterly destroyed in every single match, though most of them were merciful enough to let me live long enough to mess around with the new content. Hit the jump to see what I thought.

Before I do anything else, I'd like to address what is probably the first thing that comes to mind when you hear about HotS. Yes this will be a full game and yes it will be worth full retail price to fans of the series.

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