SC2 Region Integration

From http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/blog/3085760?page=11

Looks like Blizz is adding the areas together.

In conjunction with the start of Season 3, we’ll be linking the European and Russian StarCraft II communities together; North America and Latin America will also be linked together, as will Korea and Taiwan.

It should be pretty exciting for Taiwan people, as you have some famous pro gamers there like Sen and Linda Liao to finally get to pit themselves against the Koreans on those servers. As for the european and russian mix I wonder if there will be language difficulties? But I guess everyone understands the GG, unless it turns into Gee Gee Gee.

Other stuff from that particular FAQ:

Q. When will this happen?

A. The region linking process will happen at the same time as StarCraft II Season 3, which is currently scheduled for the week of July 25.

Q. Do I have to do anything?

A. No — linking will happen automatically.

Q. Does this mean that the ladders of linked regions will be combined?

A. Yes, players from linked regions will be combined into a single ladder. This means you’ll have access to a larger pool of players at all skill levels to play against, which will improve the experience for players no matter what league they play in.

Boxer Intel ad with SNSD

Looks like this has been out a while but here it is:



This advertisment comes in 1080p with english subtitles, even though its for intel’s korean campaign to push its iseries processors. The actual part where Boxer comes in is really only at the 3:30 mark. You get to see some starcraft action with the classic SlayerS Boxer siege tanks.

There are english subtitles to guide us, but of course you would notice that she isn’t using a mouse at all. You can see intel is really taking out the big guns in their advertising campaign! And I guess Boxer is rolling in the endorsement money in the e-sports scene. Maybe one day the e-sports scene will be as big as golf or tennis. Yoona from SNSD is a singer like the Taiwanese Pro Gamer Linda Liao, but unlike Linda Liao is not a starcraft 2 gamer and is instead also a dancer in the korean girl group SNSD.

SC2 Season 3

Everyone currrently playing Starcraft 2 competitively should be rather excited as the new season is here. With it comes arefreshed map pool.

From the official blizzard website:

http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/blog/2943356#blog

Along with a new season of ladder play, we continue to update and refresh the map pools, with the goal of providing a fresh and invigorating set of challenges for StarCraft II players of all stripes. With the start of Season 3, you’ll find a number of new maps to explore and master:

The 1v1 ladder map pool

Our goal for the 1v1 ladder map pool is to have the most competitive, balanced maps across three main categories. We want to have a good mix of maps that give a lot of variety which, in combination with our veto system, should empower each player to customize their map list to best fit their individual playstyle.

The 2v2 ladder map pool

In 2v2, we’re trying to go with mostly maps where you and your ally have a shared choke point to defend. At higher levels of 2v2, there are clearly team compositions that are stronger than others on open maps. We’re hoping to address this balance issue through map layout, since this is only a 2v2-specific issue.

The 3v3 and 4v4 ladder map pools

Looking at the statistics, we’re seeing that the higher level players rarely play these formats. Therefore, we’ve decided to go with a bit more of a casual-player-friendly selection of formats. We want to provide a good mix of fortress style maps, as well as rush maps, to cater to the broad player base here. Our goal for these two formats is for players to be able to enjoy variety in the gameplay, rather than trying to provide an eSports level of game balance.


If you notice from the site all of the maps are called test. Do play them and give Blizz your feedback!

Heart of the Swarm Trailers

The last time we had news about Heart of the Swarm was when there was a mysterious video proof of what seemed to be a leaked ending of heart of the swarm chocked full with spoilers. Needless to say, don’t watch it if you don’t want to be spoiled. What we have now though is real official trailers from Blizzard for their next expansion!

It might take you a while to stream from the official blizzard servers and the websites though, so you might want to use youtube links at the bottom if the blizzard stream is too slow for you. The links to youtube are provided below

The two trailers that blizzard has released deals with different aspects; one is a cinematic style teaser trailer showing you high definition footages, the other is a gameplay trailer showing you what has changed and what hasn’t from the first game.

For the movie like trailer, what you see at the start is ghost and more ghosts chasing after another ghost. Nova which you would have seen from Starcraft 2 and heard from the abandoned game project, is likely under orders from arcturus mengsk to chase down the new now human form once ghost Sarah Kerrigan.

Naturally Jim Raynor is not too far from the action and once again you see his trademark yelling after kerrigan scenes. In my humble opinion however kerrigan looked much better before she was zergified. Her converted form has zerg tendril-like hair.

As for the other trailer that deals with the gameplay, it really is pretty much the same old with some new cosmetic changes. Instead of being onboard Jim’s Battlecruiser in Starcraft 2, the expansion has you joining Kerrigan on her journey to regain her powers and retake control of the zerg horde. So instead of the researcher to guide you down the tech tree or the mechanic at the forge, you have two unique zerg creatures taking over those roles. From the trailer it looks like you can also give Sarah Kerrigan herself upgrades, and it appears she takes a more active role in the individual campaign missions than Jim Raynor did in the first game. While there will be new units, new tech and new abilities the expansion looks pretty much the same in terms of game mechanics as the old!

The Trailers here:

Teaser

Gameplay

Starcraft 2 Papercraft

You should check out this korean paper master’s website at http://poppaper.net/

It shows some pretty intricate and incredible cut outs of units from the starcraft 2 universe. Although it is korean the models speak for themselves! He has also made a Banshee with detailed 3d models on his website. Unfortunately I don’t read Korean so perhaps he may also outline how to download and make these models.

Here are some of them:

A paper tank that is in siege mode looking rather good! The last time we had a lego siege tank with moveable parts. I don’t think this one moves but its ready to shell some zergs.

And a battlecruiser, another popular unit choice for fans making cool stuff!

And extending beyond mechanical units, there’s even a more circular marauder.

Lego Siege Tank

Here is something that is pretty cool. Someone made a moving siege tank with a lego kit that can move on its own as well as transform into siege positions and unsiege. It does have a dragoon color scheme though. After the lego battle cruiser I guess the next up would be the siege tank as symbols of terran units!

You can watch the full 30 seconds video here which shows it in action.

He also has a list of parts he used to make the pretty incredible siege tank. I guess one could build one of your own and bring it around and siege up! Send some lego marines in and it will be a re-enactment of the starcraft universe!

https://docs.google.com/document/pub?id=1EjhPh_bzdb0NtNh1W4o_rfrB0WReb1Yi7Hhp5m8eUIs

Too bad it would be pretty hard to create lego versions of the other two factions within Starcraft 2.

When Cheese Fails Season 2

If you liked the videos in the previous post you would be glad to know that the second season of when cheese fails has been out for quite a while. It is approaching the halfway mark which should be about 5 episodes out of the season’s 10 episodes.

You have the good ole fashioned canon rushes to gratuitous use of planetary fortress as well as all sorts of different players getting out-cheesed. There is even a drone rush in there.

If you can’t wait you can go on ahead to the embedded youtube link right here:

It is no longer as funny, but I guess that it also really depends on the replays they get. Send more in and they are looking for an actually decent 2v2 Cheese game!