Today is the day. The day BlizzCon 2013 begins, where new information about Blizzard franchises are revealed, and where playable demos, panels, and trailers of upcoming games shower the weekend with fun. In preparation for the event, this post will include info on the StarCraft II panels throughout BlizzCon 2013.
Sadly, there are only a few StarCraft II related panels this year: first is the StarCraft II Update Panel, which is to be "an overview of the improvements coming to StarCraft II with the impending Patch 2.1". This panel will take place between 1:15pm and 2:15pm PDT, November 8th on the BlizzCon Panel Stage. Anyone interested in current balance and planned changes should definitely check it out.
Next is the WCS Global Finals; these take place over two days, with the RO16 and quarterfinals taking place 12:15pm to 9:15pm PDT on November 8th on the StarCraft II Stage. The finals will take place 10:00am to 5:30pm PDT on November 9th on the StarCraft II Stage. Be sure to catch the matches on the free version of the BlizzCon stream, which allows anyone to watch the WCS finals for free.
Last up is the Community Booth. StarCraft Community Managers will be present at the booth to chat, as well as community personalities that may drop by to say hello. It'll be a good place to visit whenever you have a break from the other panels, and the booth will be around on both days, between halls B and C. Presumably, the booth will be open for the entirety of both days, and seems like it will be a sort-of meeting place for various celebrities and community members.
Those are all the StarCraft II panels taking place at BlizzCon 2013, but don't forget: Heroes of the Storm (aka. Blizzard All-Stars (aka. Blizzard DotA)) will show off its new form, a playable demo, and several panels as well! We can hope to see some StarCraft characters showing off their moves and unleashing their fury upon other characters, potentially Diablo, or maybe Thrall.
The Heroes of the Storm Overview panel takes place between 4:45pm and 5:45pm PDT on November 8. The Heroes of the Storm "Deep Dive" panel takes place from 12:30pm to 1:30pm PDT on November 9, with the Heroes of the Storm Live Matches taking place 2:00pm to 3:00pm PDT on November 9. If you're into MOBAs, check these panels out. They're sure to contain truckloads of new information.
For the full event schedule click here. If you want more info straight from the BlizzCon floor, follow SC:Legacy on Twitter, where tweets from SC:Legacy staff attending the event will be gathered. BlizzCon is going to begin soon, so be excited and don't forget to check back for more updates!
In preparation for the upcoming patch 2.1, Blizzard is planning to open up the Public Test Realm to allow players to test all the changes and improvements.
Soon after BlizzCon ends, anyone with the Battle.net Desktop App and StarCraft II will receive access into the Public Test Realm. Once on the PTR, players will be able to see all the changes that will come with patch 2.1 and be able to send feedback through the Open Beta forum. More information on how to access and use the PTR will come after BlizzCon, so keep your eyes peeled.
Season 6 is just around the corner, and Blizzard has shown us a peek at which maps will be added to the map pool, and which ones will be removed.
For 1v1, the maps removed are Akilon Wastes and Whirlwind LE. The new maps are called Star Station TE and Alterzim Stronghold TE. Images of Star Station TW and Alterzim Stronghold can be seen below (click to magnify):
And so, the complete season 6 1v1 map pool is this:
Complete Season 6 1v1 Map Pool Alterzim Stronghold TE Bel’Shir Vestige LE Derelict Watcher TE Frost LE Polar Night LE Star Station TE Yeonsu LE
For the full post including map pools for 2v2, 3v3, and 4v4, click here.
Blizzard has released the schedule and floor map for this year's BlizzCon. Less than a month away, BlizzCon will be hosted during the weekend of November 8th and 9th from 9am to 11pm. This year's event will feature a dominant WarCraft theme with the expansion of Diablo III, Reaper of Souls, still in development and the final expansion of StarCraft II, Legacy of the Void, still unannounced. Among the main events that will take place this year are:
-World of Warcraft: What's Next
-Hearthstone: Fireside Chat (origins of Hearthstone)
-Diablo III Reaper of Souls Preview
-Heroes of the Storm Overview (formerly known as Blizzard's All-stars)
-StarCraft II Update (Features, Arcade and Multiplayer)
-World of Warcraft Raids, Gameplay, Questing, and More (Updates to come)
-Warcraft Movie Presentation
While StarCraft won't be the center of attention this year, the WCS Global Finals will be hosted for all the StarCraft II enthusiasts that want to see their favorite players battle for victory.
Visit BlizzCon's Site in order to see the full schedule for this year
The BlizzCon store online sale has just begun, exclusively for BlizzCon attendees and purchasers of the Virtual Ticket. There are items on sale such as the Zergling/Baneling transformable plush, the baby Pandaren plush, and the Diablo III Reaper of Souls lanyard.
This sale runs until November 9th, so grab the exclusive merchandise before time runs out!
The balance test map for the recently discussed changes has been released on Battle.net. The name of the map is "Bel’Shir Vestige LE (2.0.11 Balance v1.0)" and can be found on the Custom Games list of StarCraft II. The balance changes in this map are as follows:
Protoss Oracle Movement speed increased from 3.375 to 4.0 Acceleration increased from 2 to 3 Revelation casting radius increased from 9 to 10
Terran Armory Vehicle and Ship Weapon upgrades have been combined Siege Tank Siege Mode attack period decreased from 3.0 to 2.7 Widow Mine Sentinel Missiles splash radius decreased from 1.75 to 1.25
Zerg Roach Warren The Tunneling Claws upgrade now increases burrowed Roach movement speed from 1.41 to 2.25.
For the reasoning behind these changes, check out this thread.
Blizzard has shared some information regarding a possible patch following the WCS Finals. There are six changes in total, affecting all three races, and these changes are going to be included in a test map for player feedback before pushing out a real patch. The initial proposed changes were as follows:
o Mech ground and air attack upgrades combined
o Widow mine splash radius decreased from 1.75 to 1.1
o Siege tank attack period decreased from 3 to 2.7
o Oracle cost decreased from 150/150 to 150/100
o Dark Templar movement speed increased from 2.813 to 3.375
o Roach speed upgrade also increases the burrowed roach movement speed from 1.41 to 2.25
But after some player feedback, the changes were altered slightly:
o Terran Mech ground and air attack upgrades combined
o Widow Mine splash radius decreased from 1.75 to 1.25
o Siege Tank attack period decreased from 3 to 2.7
o Roach speed upgrade also increases the burrowed roach movement speed from 1.41 to 2.25
o Oracle - Speed increased from 3.375 to 4 - Acceleration increased from 2 to 3 - Revelation range increased from 9 to 10
The test map which includes these changes will be out shortly. Meanwhile, check out the reasoning behind these changes here and here.
September has rolled in again, which means the beginning of school, the fall season, and a StarCraft II back to school event!
To celebrate the return of school, Blizzard is giving a 50% discount on purchases of Wings of Liberty, and 25% discounts on purchases of Heart of the Swarm. Not only that, but from September 23 to 30, players can obtain a new Feat of Strength, "You Got Schooled", which unlocks three new portraits for StarCraft II.
The Feat of Strength can be achieved by winning five games of Arcade, Custom, Ranked, Training, Unranked, or Versus A.I. online game modes in any combination or order. This, coupled with the fact that XP gain has been doubled until September 30, is a great reason to hop on StarCraft II this week and play your heart out.
If you want to play with friends that don't have full versions of StarCraft II, good news: up to September 30, all three races are unlocked and playable by StarCraft II: Starter Edition players. It's a great time to introduce friends to the game and get them into the StarCraft community.
Remember, all of these events are only active until September 30, so don't delay in getting your back to school portraits!
The Arcade Highlight includes an interview with the creator of the campaign, Gradius, and the process it took to create the entire series:
Traysent: How long did it take to complete Subjection? How many people worked on the campaign and what roles did they have?
Gradius: Subjection took roughly three years to complete, working on and off. Subjection was largely a one-man operation, but the contributions of talented voice actors and artists were invaluable. The credits are available on the campaign's main page: http://www.sc2mapster.com/maps/starcraft-subjection/
The campaign has four difficulty levels, is fully voice-acted, and is daunting in scale and quality. You can find it on StarCraft II by searching "Subjection" on North American Battle.net.
The virtual tickets for BlizzCon 2013 are now on sale, for $39.99 USD!
The BlizzCon Virtual Ticket will give you live online HD coverage of the event, taking place Friday, November 8 and Saturday, November 9 at the Anaheim Convention Center. You’ll get access to both days of the show via two exclusive channels, including the developer panels, exclusive interviews, community contests, and the closing ceremony, along with on-demand replays and DVR functionality. Note that Virtual Ticket coverage will be available in English language only, so keep that in mind before you purchase.
Everyone who purchases a virtual ticket will also receive various in-game goodies exclusive to this year's BlizzCon! The in-game goodies are for World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III, and Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, and the details of what these goodies are and how to redeem them will come at a later date.
As a purchaser of the virtual ticket, the exclusive limited-time online pre-BlizzCon merchandise sale will be accessible! This sale will be available for five days leading up to BlizzCon, followed by a public sale that has a limited selection of merchandise. The details of these sales will be announced soon.