The next major patch for the Heart of the Swarm beta is in the works, promising to include a new feature for StarCraft II: levelling. The new progression system allows players of all skill levels to earn rewards, namely portraits and decals.
Experience boosts are in the works as well, such as extra experience for "first win of the day", "bonus XP weekends", etc. Levelling goes from level 1 to level 20 independently for each race, with each level rewarding a portrait or decal for use. These rewards will be brand-new and separate from the rewards obtained through achievements, adding to the array of portraits that a user can have.
After the next major beta patch, testers can try this system and start earning XP in the beta. We’re planning on making adjustments over time, so it’s likely that XP resets will happen during beta. We’re going to pay very close attention to the leveling curve and the fun factor of this system, so it’s important that we have a lot of playtest results to work with. We’ll give beta testers notice in advance of resetting the system so testers can help us try different methods of gaining XP.
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Battle.net - Heart of the Swarm Preview: Levelling