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StarCraft II being used to train artificial intelligence

Blizzard, in association with research company DeepMind, have developed software based on the real-time strategy game StarCraft II that teaches computers how to think for themselves.Judgement Day is upon us... Maybe.The two companies have c...

 
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StarCraft II premieres seasonal War Chest program next week

Blizzard's new War Chest program in StarCraft II is starting next week. The seasonal program will give players access to digital content over the course of three monthly phases. The digital goodies include skins, decals, sprays, and a digit...

 
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StarCraft II is revamping its competitive mode, showing MMR

StarCraft II is about to get a complete revamp of its ladder mode. In addition to making MMR visible to players, there's also a progress bar. Grandmaster League will now have a "daily" promotion and demotion system, which will have the seco...

 
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Not even StarCraft II is safe from Rocket League

I wasn't kidding when I said that funny goal gif convinced me to download Rocket League. Psyonix's driving/soccer game is brilliantly designed, and now I'm obsessed with it like the rest of you. My infatuation even extends to things that re...

 
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StarCraft II adds confetti explosions for its fifth birthday

StarCraft II is five years old today. Hooray? Many of us are probably more concerned with how the standalone expansion Legacy of the Void is shaping up. I was about to move onto my next browser tab, but something caught my eye. As part of B...

 
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These pointy Warcraft III models sure bring me back

Blizzard is giving custom-game creators access to thousands of Warcraft III assets for use in the StarCraft II Arcade, including character and structure models, music, sound effects, and user interfaces for each race. What will they make wi...

 
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eSports player owed thousands after team CEO disappears

Simon Boudreault is the 23-year-old CEO of the Quantic Gaming eSports team, and he owes a lot of people some money The Daily Dot reports. For starters, pro StarCraft II player Ko Hyun has been owed $23,000 in salary and prize money for mont...

 
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Modder creates World of Warcraft RTS with StarCraft II

Steven Luo didn't have access to World of Warcraft when it came out nearly nine years ago, so he decided to make his own game using Warcraft III's editor tools. This year he ported the mod idea fully into StarCraft II, as WoW RTS...

 
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Blizzard introduces 'Spawning' feature to StarCraft II

Blizzard has now made it a lot easier to play StarCraft II with your friends, regardless of what version you have. All you need to do is party in-game with a friend who owns a "better" version of the game. So basically, say you own the Sta...

 
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StarCraft II Kerrigan cosplay is out of this world

Pro cosplayer Tasha is at it again with another mind-blowing cosplay depicting the Queen of Blades from StarCraft II. I can't imagine how much work it took to make the whole costume, let alone the process even involved in trying to put it o...

 
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StarCraft II gets a new patch to support in-game Clans

Blizzard is pushing a new patch through for StarCraft II with a decent amount of updates -- most notably, a UI overhaul and the launch of in-game Clans and Groups.  But there's a heap of other upgrades, like new replay tools, an improv...

 
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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 Monopoly and Risk ha...

 
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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 vie for a spot...

 
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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 (7PM ET): StarC...

 
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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," reports PCGamesN. ...

 
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Interview: Sean 'Day[9]' Plott & the StarCraft II scene

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 ...

 
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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 just for me to ...

 
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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: Friday, Augu...

 
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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 time ever, the a...

 
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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 definitely "Mr. Co...

 
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StarCraft II is on sale for a limited time

In celebration of the StarCraft World Championship Series North American Finals, Blizzard is taking 33% off the price of StarCraft II. Until June 13, anyone who buys a direct-download copy of the title from Blizzard's store will get it at a...

 
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Red Bull Battlegrounds kicks off in Austin this weekend

What better way to spend your Memorial Day weekend than with some StarCraft II? Red Bull, who is no stranger to eSports, is hosting a 16-player tournament with some incredibly strong players competing for $41,000 in prizes. Violet and Steph...

 
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Violet battles Zerg, sickness to take first at MLG

MLG Spring Arena 2 was this past weekend and saw the first Zerg vs. Zerg (ZvZ) finals in a long time. In fact, the top three players all played Zerg. One of the matches in the championship match even went past 30 minutes, a rarity in the Zv...

 
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MLG Spring Arena 2 airing NOW!

Did you happen to catch Spring Arena the first? DongRaeGu took home first place and a check for $5,000 for his excellent Zerg play. Spring Arena 2 kicks off today and, just as before, you'll need to own either a Spring Season Pass for $30 o...

 
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Slew of new StarCraft II features headed to Battle.net

Blizzard has just come out with a blog post detailing some new features to hit StarCraft II "at or around" the launch of the upcoming expansion, Heart of the Swarm. Here's the rundown: Multiplayer resume from replay Global Play Multil...

 
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Heart of the Swarm playable at MLG Spring Championship

During MLG's Spring Championship on June 8-10, attendees will get a special preview of the upcoming StarCraft II expansion, Heart of the Swarm. For those who will actually be in Anaheim for the event, there will be a ton of demo statio...

 
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Initial MLG Spring Arena wraps up, DongRaeGu takes first

Spring Arena, MLG's StarCraft II tournament, began this past weekend with eight players vying for a chance to move on and compete in the second Spring Arena, taking place May 18-20th. Unfortunately, North American native and Protoss pl...

 
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Blizzard hosting a Starcraft II World Championship Series

StarCraft II is growing in popularity over here in the West and I think most of us know just how big it is over in Korea. For those who live in other countries, however, the eSports scene is not quite up to par. Well, with Battle....

 
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StarCraft II goes 50% off for Black Friday

Ever want to get into StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, but never had an excuse to start? Well for Black Friday, Blizzard is selling it for 50% off, bringing it down to a grand total of $29.99 -- pretty cheap in my opinion for an awesome game...

 
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Finding strength in StarCraft II, vVvSpectral speaks

Jacob Wacker was your average teenager, just spending time with friends at camp one summer. As he dove into the lake, Jacob hit the lake's sandy bottom. Unable to move, he began to slowly blackout. When he awoke, Jacob was pulled ashore and...

 
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BlizzCon 2011: Examining the new Heart of the Swarm units

As many of you probably saw, one of the revelations that came out of BlizzCon this morning were some of the new units that will be available in the multiplayer portion of Heart of the Swarm, the upcoming StarCraft II expansion that's focusi...

 
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StarCraft Universe developer preview begins tomorrow

I hope you guys are not only aware of, but super excited for StarCraft Universe. If you're not, I'll get you caught up to speed: SCU is an MMO-like Custom Game (known as Use Map Settings for some of us) that's being developed for Star...

 
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My StarCraft Universe wish list

[Editor's note: I would like you all to meet Patrick Hancock. Patrick is one of the members of our fancy new MMO team! In addition to giving everyone free cookies and puppies, this newly formed team will be bringing a variety of exciting M...

 
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Blizzard's DOTA mod for StarCraft II is still on the way

Remember how Blizzard told us it was working on a Defense of the Ancients mod for StarCraft II, and then proceeded to not bring it up again? Me too! The latest update on this front comes from senior game designer Jonny Ebbert at gamescom. H...

 
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Review: StarCraft II

If it's any indication of how I feel about this game, I wrote this review two days later than I theoretically could have just because I wanted to keep playing it. I also took three breaks while actually writing it to go play some more. Sure...

 

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