Celebrating the third year since StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty released, Blizzard has started a few events that will give some bonuses to players.
For a limited time, we’ve increased the XP gains you get when you play StarCraft II by 25%. It’s the perfect time to log in and play some Multiplayer, or Versus A.I., or Training Mode games. Perhaps you’d like to level up the race you play the least often. Now’s the time!
All Three for Free
Once again, we’ve unlocked all three races in the StarCraft II Starter Edition. That means that any player who hasn’t yet upgraded to the full edition of StarCraft II can check out what it’s like to play from the Protoss and Zerg perspective. Combine that with Spawning, and you’ve got a holiday on your hands!
Also, there's a new wallpaper specifically for this celebration, drawn by Mr. Jack, which you can see below and download in multiple resolutions on this page.
Battle.net - A Third Birthday Celebration for StarCraft II
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San Diego Comic-Con 2013 is well underway, and attendees are able to visit the various Blizzard booths that are showing off some cool new items. Of the new licensed products revealed today, the Kerrigan statuette by Sideshow shown above is one of the two highly-detailed recreations of StarCraft II characters. The other StarCraft II recreation is the Raynor 1/6th scale figure, also by Sideshow, images of which you can see below.
The Raynor figure features LED lights and moving parts that make his suit look and feel authentic. The Raynor figure will be available for pre-order "really soon", and the Kerrigan statuette will be available for pre-order later this year. To keep track of the Kerrigan statuette's updates and previews, head over to the Sideshow site to add it to your alerts.
Battle.net - New Licensed Products Announced @ SDCC
Sideshow Collectibles - Upcoming Previews
There's been a balance update to Heart of the Swarm, with changes influenced by feedback from the recent Call to Action. The changes are as follows:
- Attack damage decreased from 18 + 12 vs. light to 18.
- The Infernal Pre-Igniter upgrade now increases attack damage to 18 + 12 vs. light.
- Cloaking research cost decreased from 200/200 to 100/100.
You can see David Kim's reasoning for these changes here.
Battle.net - Heart of the Swarm Balance Update: July 11, 2013
Battle.net Forums - Balance Patch this week
A new free name change has been given to all current StarCraft II accounts, allowing players to don a new character name.
All StarCraft II accounts have been granted one free name change. If you'd like to change your character name, log in to Account Management and select your StarCraft II game license from your list of game accounts.
You can use the dropdown list in the "Character Name Change" section at the bottom of your game license screen to select a region in which you'd like to use an available name change. Once you've selected a region, click the "Use Name Change" button to initiate the request. After confirming that you'd like to change your character name, simply log in to StarCraft II and you'll be prompted to select a new one.
Battle.net - Free Name Change Now Available
Blizzard's schedule for the upcoming 2013 San Diego Comic-Con is up on Battle.net. You can see the full schedule here.
Battle.net - Blizzard 2013 San Diego Comic-Con Schedule
Comic-Con is just around the corner, and Blizzard is bringing some exclusive merchandise to their booth. The merchandise being sold include transforming Zergling/Baneling plushies, mini Sylvanas, Shadow Illidan figurines by Funko, hardcover Udon World of Warcraft Tribute Books, Epic Purple Lanyards, and MOMOT papercraft products. To see the descriptions and images of these items, check out the full article on Battle.net.
Battle.net - Exclusive Blizzard Merch at San Diego Comic-Con
- Warp Prism
- Movement speed increased from 2.5 to 2.953.
- Acceleration increased from 2.125 to 2.625.
Check out the patch notes in the new patch archive.
Battle.net - StarCraft II Patch 2.0.9 is now live!
It's another Call to Action, this time on a version of Derelict Watcher: "Derelict Watcher TE (2.0.8 Balance v1.1)". The changes for this map are as follows:
- Warp Prism
- Movement speed increased from 2.5 to 2.953 (previously 2.5 to 3.375.)
- Acceleration increased from 2.125 to 2.625 (previously 2.125 to 3.25.)
- The Gravitic Drive upgrade has returned to the Robotics Bay and will increase movement speed to 3.375 and acceleration to 3.25 when researched.
- Attack damage decreased from 18 +12 vs. light to 18.
- The Infernal Pre-Igniter upgrade increases attack damage from 18 to 18 +12 vs. light.
- Cloaking Field research cost decreased from 200/200 to 100/100
- Cloaking Field research time decreased from 110 seconds to 90.
You can read the full Call to Action here.
Battle.net - Call to Action: June 14 Balance Testing
A new situation report is out, and this time, David Kim is explaining current and future approach to balance.
More Action throughout the Game
We strongly believe that this is the main direction the game should go. More action means more diversity, which makes the game more challenging to play and more fun to watch.
Change the Game to Promote Skill
The Warp Prism change we tested last week is a good example of a tweak that benefits players who are amazing at multitasking, while having little effect on the game below the pro level. For an eSport game like SC2, we want more things in the game that separate out the very best from the average, not less.
To read the full situation report, click here.
Battle.net - Situation Report: June 11, 2013
Blizzard's patch notes archive is live! You can now check out all the patches for StarCraft II in one convenient place.
Check out the patch notes archive here.
Battle.net - New Patch Notes Archive is Live
Battle.net - Patch Notes Archive