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Aiur Chef, StarJeweled, and Left 2 Die Beta Testing

Aiur Chef, StarJeweled, and Left 2 Die, the three new Blizzard-made custom games for StarCraft II, are now available for beta testing on Battle.net. Sadly, as of posting this, only on the North American Battle.net, but, we were told that they would come to EU soon, probably within the day. Blizzard tell us that while these custom games are still under development and they don’t yet have a release date to share, they wanted to give everyone the opportunity to test them out and give feedback before they’re officially released. Sounds great! To help get us started, Blizzard gave us a quick summary of each custom game as well as some basic instructions on how to play them. Read the official announcement below and get testing right now! 😀

Beta Test Aiur Chef, StarJeweled, and Left 2 Die – Starcraft II Community Site

Heaven’s Devils: Lost Transmissions Part 4

Part 4 of 4. Heaven’s Devils: Lost Transmissions reveal previously unreleased communications between UNN reporters Max Speer and Michael Liberty. As I keep mentioning, each broadcast offers a glimpse into the maneuverings of both the Confederacy and the outlaws James Raynor and Tychus Findlay, formerly of the Heaven’s Devils. So if you need to catch up on the previous entries or want to check this latest one out, you can do so in the links below or over at the Official Starcraft II Community Site.

Heaven’s Devils: Lost Transmissions Part 4 – Starcraft II Community Site

Top 200 Lists

The Top 200 lists have been updated once again and you can find the North American, European, Korean and South East Asian lists below, enjoy!

Tournament & Event News

Tournament & Event Smalls:

Sjow Takes IEM

The Intel Extreme Master Event in Kiev, Ukraine, has concluded with the European terran SjoW taking the win. He faced off against and despatched White-Ra, or Duckload-Ra in the finals with a score of  3 to 1. The games were pretty good and SjoW was definitely on form the weekend, only losing a total of 2 maps throughout the tournament. If you want to read more about the event or see the full results, check the links below!

Season V European Championship Finals StarCraft II Playoffs – ESL

In some more IEM news, the four players that managed to qualify for the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship last weekend are being joined by one more. Up-and-comer mOOn-GlaDe will face off against well-known chinese player Loner for that the spot on January the 27th. The winner does not only get a place in the world championship, but also $1,000 paid travel expenses and accommodation during the finals, great stuff. Read more about their upcoming encounter below!

mOOn-GLaDe to battle Loner for IEM spot – GosuGamers 

FNATIC PLAY SC2 Open

This February, FnaticMSI PLAY will begin its first venture into Starcraft with its inaugural tournament! Yes indeed, this maiden Starcraft II Tournament is set to take place on Sunday, the 6th of February and sports a pretty decent set of prizes valued at $3000. Anyone with a European Starcraft II account can compete and well, everyone should, why on Earth not!? So if you want to sign up or just read more about the event, check the link, or list below. Enjoy!

When: Sunday February 6th, 2011 at 19 CET 
Check-in: Sunday February 6th, 2011 – from 18:00 until 18:45 CET
Format: Single elimination, max 256 players, games BO1 until Ro8, then BO3 until Grand Final
Who can play: Anyone with an EU Battle.net account 

 PLAY SC2 Open – FNATIC

GSL

GSL News

News in the world of the GSL has been a little calmer than usual recently. Pretty expected, if you ask me, with the grand finals coming up this weekend and nothing but the Up & Down matches happening at the moment, I guess a lot of the players, and fans, are getting a bit of a break. For those that didn’t know, the finals are set to be between two terran players, MarineKingPrime and IMMvp, gonna be great! So yes, that said that doesn’t mean there’s no news! There have been a few upsets with the whole Up & Down, Code-S to Code-A thing. As far as I can tell, big name players such as Polt.Prime, TSL_Rain and Maka.Prime are all getting dropped down to Code-A. Players moving up, from Code-A to Code-S, or those that are just staying in Code-S include the following names KyrixZenith, FOXLyn, oGsInca and oGsTheWind.

Yes, I may have missed a few or misread a few because it is all just so confusing. But, that doesn’t make it any less exciting! You can read all about the Code-S to Code-A to Code-S games below, enjoy! 

[R&S] GOM Code S/Code A Jan 2011 – TeamLiquid

[GSL] Up & Down Matches Groups A & B – TeamLiquid

[GSL] Up & Down Matches Groups C & D – TeamLiquid

[GSL] Up & Down Matches Groups E & F – TeamLiquid 

In one last bit of GSL related news, below you can also read about the upcoming GSTL or Global Starcraft Team League, all the teams participating and the times and dates for those matches. Check it out!

GSTL Information – GOMtv

Community News

Community Smalls:

TSL.FruitDealer Interview

Thisisgame has the next in their series of Starcraft II pro gamer interviews up, this time they have a nice long talk with the one and only FruitDealer! (If you missed the previous one with MarineKingPrime you can also find that below!) He talks about a great many things including the state of the maps currently in the game, how weak zerg feels right now and his big plans for winning the GSL again. A great read for any FruitDealer fan or zerg user out there. Check it out below!

MarineKingPrime.WE Interview – TeamLiquid

TSL.FruitDealer’s Interview – TeamLiquid

miniWHEAT Learns To Play Starcraft II

A new series had been started up by a big name in the Starcraft II community that you all probably know, djWHEAT. In the series titled ‘miniWHEAT learns to play StarCraft 2’ we see djWHEAT’s 5 year old son start his StarCraft 2 career, trained by his father. The first episode of the series, GENESIS, was released this past weekend and it is a definite must watch, if only for miniWHEAT’s crazy banter throughout. Check it out above!

miniWHEAT Learns To Play StarCraft 2 – Episode 1 – YouTube

Thank God For Day[9]

Yet another Day[9] inspired song for all of you to listen to and appreciate today, and I gotta say, I hope the fans never stop producing amazing content such as this. This one definitely took a lot of time and work, and it’s pretty catchy too! Check the video out above and find all the information, lyrics and even a mp3 download link below, enjoy!

DAY[9] TRIBUTE SONG/VIDEO – “Thank God For Day[9]” – YouTube

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Starcraft 2 Patch 1.2

Oh my, it just so happens to be a special day today, its patch day! You can now read the full patch notes of Starcraft II Patch 1.1.2 over at the Official US Starcraft II Site or just check below. Now these notes contain a bunch of interesting changes and this is no doubt the biggest patch for Zerg thus far.

We see life increases on the Hatcheries, Lairs, Spawning Pools, Spires and Ultralisk Caverns. Fungal Growth will prevent Blink and Roaches will have 4 range instead of 3. With the other races, for Terran we will need to get a Supply Depot before building a Baracks and a Factory before researching Nitro Packs for our Reapers. Medivacs were slowed down a bit and Protoss also see a few changes to their Void Rays. Both Thors and Corruptors no longer have energy bars and now have cooldown based skills.  There are a few other changes and you can find them in the full patch notes in the links below, enjoy!

In other patch news local Starcraft II hero, ladies man and Protoss player Shase had this to say about the new Patch 1.1.2 Notes:

I think after this patch the game is going to be perfectly perfect in its perfectness.
bvd’Shase, 14 October, 2010

Yes, indeed. I really hope he is right and this patch fixes all the problems currently plaguing the balance of Starcraft II, no matter how small they are! I guess time will tell if that is the case. Let’s hold thumbs and hope that nothing goes wrong. I guess I kinda expected the patch after the GSL2 but it’s a great surprise to see it hit the servers before the event!

Patch 1.1.2 Now Live – Starcraft II Official Site

Cheaters Banned

Is Blizzard Banning For Cheating / Hacking In Singleplayer?

Now we know Blizzard has been banning the hackers and exploiters from the Battle.net servers but are they going a bit far, are they banning players that are using cheats or trainers in the Singleplayer Campaign? They have directly replied to an article that was uploaded on the matter recently over at Kotaku. They inform us that there has been some confusion on the matter. Now, if you are using a third-party program that contains cheats or hacks for singleplayer and multiplayer, but you are only using it for the singleplayer part of cheating, you’re still gonna get banned. And hey, that’s a good thing, stay out! If you feel you have to cheat in Starcraft II you can always just use the built-in cheats, you know. They were put there for a reason. No need to risk your entire Battle.net account just to get a couple more cheats. You can read the full article and Blizzards reply to it over at Kotaku or in the links below.

Is Blizzard Banning Starcraft II Players For Cheating In Singleplayer? [Update] – Kotaku

Starcraft 2 Tournament news

inNirvanna Wins Craft Cup Lite #6

Craft Cup Lite #6 happened on the 12th of October with the Protoss player inNirvana taking the win. He faced off against the Terran jimpo in the finals and managed to take it with a score of 3 to 2.

Fury Takes Craft Cup Lite #7

Fury And Druzdil met up in the finals of the 7th Craft Cup Lite on October the 13th. Fury managed to defeat Druzdil in the all Terran finals with a score of 3 to 1.

Naniwa Defends His Title – SC-Source KOTH

Naniwa managed to defend his SC-Source King of the Hill title against a Zerg playing MorroW. Now, while Naniwa also played his offrace , Terran, I heard that the games were not that great and both players definitely need to work on this races. Naniwa took it with a score of 4-2.

NightEnd Wins Competo Cup #9

The Protoss player NightEnd managed to win the 9th Competo Cup this past week. He took down fellow Protoss player Underdark in the finals.

NightEnd Wins Go4SC2 Cup #46

NightEnd also won the 46th Go4SC2 Cup this past wednesday by taking down Terran player GOody in the finals with a close 3-2.

NVIDIA GosuGamers KOTH – SjoW vs SelecT

The NVIDIA GosuGamers King of the Hill series is moving along and we have told that the next person to challenge the current King of the Hill, SjoW, will be none other than SelecT. It’s set to be a brilliant best of seven series and I am most definitely going to try catch them live. See more about that above!

Socke Wins Alien Invasion Invitational Cup

Socke took the first Alien Invasion Invatational Cup this past week quite convincinly from Terran player Demuslim. With the win he walks away with 350$ and Demuslim 100$, nice.

Brackets Released For Ro64 – GSL2

Woah, good news everyone! The brackets for the second Global Starcraft II League have been released, and how exciting they are! Will you be rooting for FruitDealer, BoxeR, NaDa, TLO, IdrA or one of the other big names competing?

 GomA

 GomB

 GomC

 GomD

The first play day is on the 18th of October, that is so close, just a couple of days till we get to see the best Starcraft II players on the planet duke it out for our entertainment, well, that and a little bit of cash, but more importantly our entertainment! Above you can find the full groups and their brackets and below you can find the schedule of the entire event. Enjoy!

Round-of-Best-64: 18.10. – 21.10
Round-of-Best-32: 22.10 – 27.10
Round-of-Best-16: 28.10 & 29.10
Quarter-Finals: 1.11 & 2.11
Semi-Final: 4.11 & 5.11
Grand-Final: 13.11

Thanks to the guys over at TeamLiquid for their brilliant coverage! 😀

Tournament winners since Patch 1.1

A jolly good chap called cuppatea over at the TeamLiquid Forums has set up a nice post showing all the winners since Patch 1.1. He has them all nicely grouped in Gold, Silver and Bronze categories and even has all the races displayed too. Something like this is definitely going to come in handy once a couple of big tournaments and events have taken place in Patch 1.1.2. It will be great to compare the race stats afterwards! Anyway, check that out below.

Tournament winners since 1.1 – TeamLiquid Forums

Player and Clan news

Starcraft Connection – IEM Interviews

Suggy from over at the Starcraft Connection Channel on YouTube has a couple of interesting interviews up with quite a few of the players that took part in the US IEM this past weekend in New York. It’s cool to see the players and hear what they have to say about the event and their participation in it, so be sure to check the videos out below!

Starcraft Connection on YouTube

New mousesports Players

The mousesports Starcraft II division has picked up a couple of new players to bolster their already impressive team. You can find the new, full team roster below along with a few quotes from their team coach and manager.

mousesports with roster changes – MyM

IdrA Interview  On MLG And Korea

The MLG website hosted an interview with IEM Cologne runner-up and big name Zerg player IdrA. They spoke about his life in Korea, how weak the Zerg race is (He’s probably gonna be happy about 1.1.2) and about returning to the US for the MLG event, which he is pretty confident he will win. You can find the full interview below. Enjoy!

“Almost every aspect of Zerg is weak right now. We have the weakest units, which means we have to be able to establish a superior economy early to overwhelm our opponents. But we [also] have the least versatile openings and almost no scouting options until Lair. This means we have to play really safe and defensively to try to survive early on, meaning we go into the midgame with a disadvantage nine times out of ten. At that point, Zerg doesn’t really have many options to try to make up ground, either—Nyduses and drops are easy to prevent, and Infestors are great, but they aren’t game-changers to that extent.”
Says IdrA

The Swarm Descends upon D.C.: MLG Interviews Idra – MLG Pro

Nada Interview After GSL Qualifiers

In an interview after qualifying for the GSL2, NaDa said, quite confidently, that he should “at least make it to the finals.” Now that is something I would love to see. I hope he’s been practicing, though, because there are some really amazing players taking part in the second season of  the GSL. You can read the full interview below, NaDa talks about how his Brood War career affects his Starcraft II and on BoxeR’s return to pro-gaming. Enjoy!

Nada interview after preliminaries [fomos] – TeamLiquid / Fomos.kr

Silver Quits Competitive Gaming

Up and coming Starcraft II player Silver, who qualified for the IEM and even took down a few big names while there is apparently quitting Starcraft II and competitive gaming immediately. You can read the full post, by his former clan Complexity, above.

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Happy Starcrafting

I hope everyone is actually happily Starcrafting this weekend, I wish I was! I might jump in and try get a bit of the singleplayer campaign done a bit later, who knows! But I thought I would throw a few updates on the site first. There’s ZOTAC and Go4SC2 later today, I will get some updates on what happened there later. Stay tuned!

StarCraft II Top-Ranked Players – Lists Updated

Blizzard are sticking with it, below you can find the top players from Europe, Korea, Latin America , North America , Southeast Asia and Taiwan. It is really cool how easily and fast they can get these lists up. Ah the benefits of Battle.net 2.0. I hope to see some South Africans on those lists soon!

This week’s rankings are in! Below you’ll find the top-ranked players from each region and the race they play.

I was actually not aware that there were this many regions!

GOMTV GSL

GOMTV Global Starcraft League Updates

With $170,000 up for grabs, the excitement surrounding the GOMTV Global Starcraft II League in South Korea has been off the hook. The first day of qualifications’ results are in and we have our first 32 players. Waiting patiently for day 2 results… It’s pretty amazing to me, the efficiency at which the guys handled all those players and culled the ones that were not worthy. Impressive! There are a couple of known names thus far, to us at least, that are still competing. The three biggest ones would be TLO, Artosis and IdrA. The rest of the players are all Koreans and I guess we have yet to see how our EU or US players will fare against them.

Guided By Peers #3 Is Up!

I know I didn’t cover this last time but I guess I will start now. Every week Blizzard put a post up with various Tutorial and Help posts for all three the races in Starcraft II, although this week is mostly focussed on Zerg.  These are made by players in the community and will definitely be useful if you are just starting off or want to perfect those strategies you’ve been working on! See the official post here or just read below.

Welcome to the third edition of Guided By Peers. Let’s take a look at the latest player guides posted on the official StarCraft II forums. You can find the previous installments here.

General Tutorials

Step-By-Step Strategy & Tutorial Videos (by Force) – If you caught the Force team’s guide to zerg in our previous installment, be sure to check out the protoss and terran tutorials as well.

Get Your Zerg On

Zile’s Guide to Zerg (by Zile) – This is a refined examination of the strengths and weaknesses of playing zerg, featuring key strategies for excelling in any matchup.

[Zerg vs. Zerg] Strategy Write-up (by ZerkerZerg) – Looking for the best ways to defeat your kin? Check out this thorough breakdown.

[Zerg vs. Terran] Strategy Write-up (by ZerkerZerg) – It’s the dreaded rivalry. Take a look at the information ZerkerZerg has compiled to refine your game and put the hurt on those pesky humans.

Guide: Zerg vs. Protoss Late Game (by JaM) – This is a helpful collection of tips to keep zerg players motivated to conquer the followers of Zeratul.

If you have created or read any guides you feel would help your fellow peers, be sure to Like them and share a link by leaving a comment below.

You can find the full list of the day 1 qualifications over at GosuGamers.net. I will try to stay up to date with the GOMTV GSL so keep checking back here for more!

New Fan Art Kerrigan

New Kerrigan Fan Art

Blizzard’s Official Fan Art section has been updated with 6 new Starcraft II, more specifically Kerrigan, themed pieces of fan art. Some of them are really, really cool and definitely worth checking out if you are, well, a fan! 😀

Blizzard Official Fan Art Section

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Yesterday it was announced that Nintendo’s RPG Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies was going to be released on July 23 in the EU, with it came this really cool looking trailer! Dragon Quest IX was released in Japan in July last year for the DS and is doing extremely well, having sold over 4 million copies already. See the cinematic trailer below.

In this latest edition players can create their own heroes and customise their appearance fully, finding clothes, armour, weapons and other items along their journey.

As the story unfolds, players become stronger, smarter and more powerful, and can customize companions who join their group.

You’ll also be able to team up with three friends via a local wireless connection, challenging monsters and dungeons cooperatively, and more downloadable quests will be made available after release.
via CVG

I really, really need to get my hands on a DS, this is only making that even more apparent. I am still sticking to my guns and saying that I will get one when the new 3DS handhelds release. The list of games I want to play is just growing longer and longer and my funds are getting less and less at the same time. (Weirdly, quite a few of the games I want to play are on Nintendo consoles.) I have never really been able to play any of the other Dragon Quest games, but looking at this trailer and the tons of screenshots of the game, I seem to have been missing out! The game seems to be that classic style of turn-based RPG, but what differs in this is that you actually get to make your own character (And the rest of your party, male or female) and play through the as ‘yourself’ not some predetermined hero.

Screenshot via IGN

Dragon Quest IX marks several firsts for the main series: it is the first to be initially launched for a handheld system; first to have no random encounters (except when sailing); and the first to be designed primarily with the intent of being a multiplayer video game. In addition, it is the first Dragon Quest title to use a graphical menu system in the Japanese-language version. Dragon Quest IX was designed to be more difficult than any previous game in the series, including spinoff titles

The most exciting looking part of this game to me, would definitely be the multiplayer options. The game allows players to have a cooperative wireless multiplayer experience with up to four players. There are so few good multiplayer (co-op or not) RPG’s coming out nowadays, all we are seeing is an endless stream of MMO’s, this one will definitely be a welcome addition to the seemingly dying breed. Like I said before, seems like the time to get a DS is fast approaching!

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