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In this episode we take a look at the sacrifices that were made during the development of StarCraft II, for eSports, some Heart of the Swarm release date news, NASL, GSL & TSL Updates, PonyCraft II, some Day[9] stand-up comedy, art updates & More!

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Happy StarcraftingYou can read more about the amazing artwork used above at the bottom of the post!

Happy Starcrafing! ūüėÄ I just wanted to say a few things here before getting to the news. You will realise, when you head into this rather lengthy post, that I have added a smalls section to the start of both the Tournament & Event News and Community News sections. This little summary of news posts makes it a little easier to set these posts up. I throw all the news in there that I feel is not really worth actually elaborating on in the post, while still keeping it in there for all those die-hards¬†out there. Sooo be sure to skim over those and make sure you aren’t missing something you don’t want to miss! Otherwise, enjoy the news and thanks for all the support!

Starcraft II Patch 1.2

Starcraft II Patch 1.2 – Release Date?

To start this off I just¬†wanted to give everyone a heads up, Blizzard confirmed that they’ve been doing more fixes and testing on an internal PTR¬†and that¬†Starcraft¬†II Patch 1.2¬†is expected to come hit the live servers next week, if all goes well.¬†That is really great news, so, if you want to prepare for the changes that are coming I suggest you give the latest version of the PTR patch notes¬†a quick read, you can find them below, along with the official announcement of the patches release. Enjoy!

StarCraft II Patch 1.2 Release Plans *1/5 РStarcraft II Official Forums

StarCraft II Patch 1.2.0 PTR Notes РStarcraft II Official Forums

1/5/11- After additional testing and feedback from the community on the PTR, we’ve identified and fixed several issues and are now targeting next week for patch 1.2. We will update this thread should there be any further delays.
Blizzard Entertainment

GSL 2011

GSL – Code-S / Code-A

The GSL¬†play-days are flying by fast and we are being treated with more and more extremely high quality play. There really have been some amazing games, but, there have also been a few upsets. So let’s have a look how all our favourite Code-S and Code-A players are doing. There is an amazing thread up on the TeamLiquid¬†forums that was put together by a user named motbob¬†and well, look no further for your GSL results.

In the Code-A big names such as IMJunwi, aLivefOu, oGsTOP, sCfOu, Loner and ST.July. have made it through to the next round. Well known players that failed to advance in the Code-A include TankboyPrime.WE, ST.Ace and LiquidRet.

Players that have advanced to the next round in Code-S are IMNesTea, TheBestfOu, IMMvp, oGsZenio, SlayerS_BoxeR, oGsHyperdub, choyafOu,  TSL.sSKS, NSP.Genius, ST.RainbOw, oGsMC and finally oGsNaDa.The Code-S has not been without upset, though. The following big names failed to progress РPolt & MakaPrime, The Fruitdealer, who lost to IMMvp and oGsZenio, HongUnPrime, oGsTheWind, KyrixZenith, TSL_Rain, LeenockfOu, sanZenith and oGsInca.

There are more matches to be played tomorrow, so as I mentioned, if you check the post linked below out you will get a much clearer picture of what’s going on right now. It really is well put together and gives all the right information. Keep checking back here for more GSL updates, though.

[R&S] GOM Code S/Code A Jan 2011 РTeamLiquid

 GSL Official Map Change Coming Soon

In some more GSL¬†related news, GSL¬†Code-S pro-gamer NSPGenius¬†posted a thread on PlayXP¬†about an upcoming, and official, GSL¬†map change. According to NSPGenius,¬†the four¬†bad maps that are set to be¬†pulled out from GSL¬†maplist¬†are Steppes of War, Delta Quadrant, Blistering Sands and one last¬†unknown one. The maps set to replace those maps are the following: Aiur¬†Garden, Tal’Darim¬†Altar, Biohazard,¬†Crossfire and Terminus Re. According to a reply from GSL¬†staff it seems like the Gisado¬†Star-Challenge is now testing the new maps for next GSL season.¬†I guess we will just have to wait and see if these new ones will actually get used, or if Blizzard will step in and step up with their maps. Who knows, see images of the new maps below along with the full quotes, enjoy!

GSL official map change SOON‚ĄĘ¬†– TeamLiquid

GOMtv Send Your Favourite Player To Korea

GOMtv¬†has sent out a request to the community seeking their opinions on which foreigners to invite to participate in the next season of the GSL, starting in February. They let us know, in the same quote, that there will be at least four spots to fill. This means that players who cannot play in the preliminaries or were not able to win a spot in the qualification has still the chance to play in the Global StarCraft¬†2 League’s main event. So if you are keen to help out or just see what others are saying you can head on over to the GOMtv support forums to check it out.

Discussion thread for 4 seeded foreign players in next GSL РGOMtv

Hello,

In GSL Feb, which will take in February we plan to invite 4 notable foreign players who will be given seeds to be invited to play in Code A. Which players do you feel deserve such chance?
Discuss and name the players who will be worthy of receiving such seeds. Your discussion will provide valuable feedback for us and help to make more interesting GSL.

ex)name : your opinion

Thank You.
GOMtv

Tournament & Event News

Tournament & Event Smalls:

Go4SC2 & Craft Cup Monthly Finals

Tying in with the weekly cup winners we have the Go4SC2¬†and Craft Cup Monthly finals coming up soon. Yes indeed, the¬†four winners of last month’s CraftCups¬†are set to¬†battle it out¬†on each first Sunday of the new month for a 500$ Price Pool.¬†As you all probably know, the Go4SC2 Monthly Finals work in pretty much the same way, too. So if you want to read about all the big names set to take part in both these events, or just when exactly both are set to start, check the links below for all of that and more!

Go4SC2 РMonthly Final December! РTeamLiquid

CraftCup EU – King of the Month – TeamLiquid

Kas Wins TeamSpeak TL Open #8 (VODs & Interview Included!)

TeamSpeak TeamLiquid Starcraft II Open #8 has been completed and Kas has taken the first place. It is worth noting that this event was also a qualifier for the PokerStrategy.com TeamLiquid Starleague 3. That does in fact mean that Kas has qualified for the TSL3 and the top 16 finishers of the event also earned quite a few qualifier points to help thems earn their own spot. You can see the full results, read an interview with the winning player, Kas, and watch the VODs of the TS TL Open #8 below.

[VODs] TeamSpeak TL SC2 Open #8 РTeamLiquid

PokerStrategy.com TSL3 Qualifier #1 Recap РTeamLiquid

Machinima Realm Starcraft II Invitational

Machinima¬†Realm has announced their first venture into the world of Starcraft, an invitational including the teams Liquid, ROOT, EG, mousesports¬†and Prime, who all will be competing for the prize pool of $2,500! The tournament is going to be a best of 7 clan war containing both 1v1’s¬†and 2v2’s. Dates are apparently¬†not finalized yet and the matches will, as far as I can tell, be played when the players have the time for them. (That sounds a little loose?)¬†Lucky for us, though, the replays will be cast by none other than Crota, from the BlizShouter channel. You can read more about the event and watch the announcement videos below!

Machinima Realm Invitational РGosuGamers

StarCraft 2 XMG Series By TaKe

The German ESL TV commentator, TaKe has introduced his very own tournament series, the StarCraft¬†2 XMG¬†Series. The series is set to be split into four tournaments. The participants¬†will have the chance to win 100 Euros in each one as well as a ticket to the offline finals, to be held in¬†Hannover, Germany. In Hannover, the players will battle it¬†out for the grand prize of a XMG¬†Notebook worth more than 2,000 Euro, sponsored by MYSN. The first of the series of tournaments is actually set to take place on the 11th of January! Stay tuned for more information about this and, if you want to know more about where to watch this or about where to sign up you’d better follow the link below.¬†

StarCraft 2 XMG Series by TaKe РGosuGamers

IMMvp Wins Gainward Starcraft II Tournament

The terran playing IMMvp managed to take former GSL winner, clanmate and zerg player IMNesTea down in the finals of the Gainward Starcraft II Tournament in Korea. In the grand finals he won with a convincing score of  3 to 0 to take hom $4,300 and the first place trophy. The top three at the event were as follows:

  1. IMMvp
  2. IMNestea
  3. MarineKingPrime

You can find the full results and read more about the event and all that transpired there in the link provided below!

Gainward SC2 Tournament by Absolute Korea (9/01) РTeamLiquid

Bacchus OSL РRo8 Week One

Even more Brood War goodness incoming! TeamLiquid¬†have, once again, published some amazingly in-depth coverage of the Bachus¬†OSL¬†that’s currently running¬†in South Korea, for Starcraft: Brood War. Although, after seeing Flash and JaeDong’s premature departures, is there really any more excitement left? Well, I guess I will leave that open for debate and let you discover¬†the answer¬†for yourselves. Read about the first week of the round of 8¬†below , it’s full of great write-ups, results and some funny images to boot! Enjoy!

[OSL] 2010 Bacchus OSL- RO8 Week One РTeamLiquid

Community News

Community Smalls:

Liquid Weekly #21

The 21st Liquid Weekly is out and, as usual, it is packed full of TeamLiquid¬†goodness. While this edition is mostly just GSL¬†news, there is a really lengthy TheLittleOne¬†interview¬†along with some pictures of his¬†playspace, if that’s what you call it. They also¬†spotlight¬†Blamous¬†and his daughter Stargirl¬†from over at the¬†NuubCast¬†on YouTube and give us even more Jinro¬†replays with¬†two all new Jinro wallpapers.¬†A pretty interesting weekly with more than enough to keep us¬†happily reading, watching and enjoying¬†for at least a little while. Check it out below.¬†

Liquid Weekly #21 РTeamLiquid

eG Recruit DeMusliM & Promises GSL Action

One of the bigger pieces of player and clan news¬†of the past¬†week is that eG bought DeMusliM¬†out of his running contract with mTw¬†in order to add him to their already impressive Starcraft¬†II¬†line-up. eG already¬†currently homes several stars of the RTS scene such as¬†Starcraft¬†II Badboy¬†IdrA, Warcraft III legend Grubby and many others. DeMusliM¬†released an official statement about the transfer that basically just said he was thrilled to be part of eG and that he was glad that the guys from mTw¬†took it so well and supported him throughout. You can read the full details of the transfer below along with DeMusliM’s full statement.

Right after this it was announced that eG have plans to set up a house in South Korea where their players would be able to prepare for and compete in competitions such as the Global Starcraft¬†2 League and the Global Starcraft¬†2 Team League. Aditionally, it was revealed that they would in fact be sending Benjamin “Demuslim” Baker to South Korea to participate in the future qualification rounds¬†of the GSL. These articles and quotes are definitely worth a read, they even compare Desmuslim’s marketability¬†to another famous European player’s, Grubby.¬†Read all of that below, enjoy!

 DeMuslim will go to Korea РTeamLiquid

eG acquires DeMusliM РMyM

Starcraft II In Western eSports: Is A Korean Model Needed?

FNATIC¬†recently published an article by Marc ‘frequency’ Onofrio¬†where he argues that there is no need for StarCraft II to be televised in the West for it to gain mainstream popularity and success.¬†He¬†claims¬†that online streaming is a far more efficient and logical way to push the game in the right direction. He says he’d love to¬†hear your opinions on the topic, and any general feedback/questions. It is an interesting concept and, well, one that is actually quite often mentioned and talked about. Obviously streaming and online is the way forward, the whole world can be involved in absolutely any event from absolutely anywhere. But, it’s just not the same as a live event, is it? Ah well, if you are interested, check that out below, definitely worth a read!

StarCraft II in Western e-sports: Is the Korean model needed? РFNATIC

ESL TV: RotterdaM University

The chief of Intel Extreme Masters, Michal ‘Carmac’ Blicharz, is set to be featured in a new show on ESL TV where he will go from a¬†total¬†noob¬†to a Diamond player. How, you ask? Well this will be done with the help of¬† Kevin ‘RotterdaM’ van der Kooi. The show will be called RotterdaM¬†University and will follow the process of the former WarCraft¬†III¬† legend RotterdaM¬†teaching Carmac¬†every little thing he needs to know about StarCraft¬†II. Carmac¬†is a well-known eSports¬†journalist, having worked for sites as SK-Gaming and Global Gaming League, but, one thing is certain, he sucks at Starcraft II. So you can watch the incredibly funny trailer for the show above and read more about it in the links below. The first episode is set to air sometime in the month of January.

Korean Player of the Year – GosuGamers Awards – 2010

GosuGamers¬†have revealed yet another of their Top of 2010 series of posts, this time we are voting for the top Korean Starcraft¬†II players of 2010! So help GosuGamers¬†out by voting for the player who, in your opinion, was the Korean of the year in¬†2010. The voting will end on January the 14th and the winner will be presented shortly thereafter. There are a bunch of amazing choices here, names I really don’t need to even mention, but will anyway. MC, FruitDealer, Tester, NesTea, MarineKing, Genius, BoxeR, Mvp, Maka¬†and Rainbow. If there was ever a hard choice to make, this is no doubt it. The nominees¬†were¬†carefully chosen by the GosuCrew and I¬†look forward to seeing which if these amazing players comes out on top in the polls. Check it out and read more about all the candidates below, enjoy!

GosuGamers Awards 2010: Korean Player of the Year РGosuGamers

ESL TV: RotterdaM to teach Carmac StarCraft РGosuGamers

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Blizzard Fan Art Gallery Update

Blizzard has added six new pieces of artwork to their Blizzard Fan Art Section today. There are a few really, really amazing pieces here. So if you are keen to have a look at the many different interpretations of the StarCraft universe forged by some extremely talented artists, you know where to look!

Blizzard Fan Art Gallery Update РStarcraft II Community Site

Robert Clotworthy Interview

The blog Reactiontime¬†has a pretty interesting interview up with someone we don’t really hear enough from, outside of Starcraft¬†II that is, Robert Clotworthy. Robert is the man behind the voice of Jim Raynor in Starcraft¬†II, if you were wondering. The best part about this interview? You don’t have to read¬†it! Yes indeed, an audio interview with the man himself. You can check that out to hear more about his involvement with Blizzard, voice acting in general and the future of Starcraft II and Jim Raynor. Get to know the man behind that legendary voice, Enjoy!

Interview with Robert Clotworthy РReactiontime

GSL РArtosis Trolled During Player Interviews

Lastly for those of you that want a bit of a laugh, it seems like Artosis¬†is STILL being trolled during his player interviews at the GSL, quite hard I must add, by the users of the GOMtv forums. The names these guys come up with… really now. Check the video out above, enjoy!

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GSL 2011

A New Year – GSL

It is a new year and the next season of the Global Starcraft¬†II League has begun. As I keep mentioning, this one is going to work a little different. This is the first GSL¬†Sponsorship League. So yes, the players at the top get paid to just play the game, in the GSL. TeamLiquid¬†has, as usual, set up a post covering it all, and I really mean all of it. Believe it or not, a lot of people still don’t know exactly how the GSL¬†works, and well, I won’t blame them for that. There really is a lot going on in this new season. Code-S, Code-A, Up-and-down, those are the types of matches we’re gonna be seeing throughout this maiden sponsorship season of the GSL. So if you’re one of that large number that is maybe not quite 100% absolutely sure how it is set to work this year, check the post out below detailing it all. It even covers all the teams participating, has a look at the groups and takes a pretty in-depth look at most of the players.

[GSL] ‚ÄúA New Year‚ÄĚ – 2011 Preview¬†– TeamLiquid

For those that are totally on the ball and are already enjoying the GOM TV live streams every day,  I guess you want results, instead. The first play-day was on January the 2nd and featured quite a few impressive Code-S players duking it out. The opening ceremony was indeed something to behold with a brilliant light and fire show to welcome all the Code-S players to the new season and introduce them, or re-introduce them, to the cheering crowds. The big winners of the day? GSL Champ IMNesTea and TheBestfOu. On the second day we saw Code-S and Code-A games. In Code-S the big winners were IMMvp and oGsZenio and sadly, GSL Season 1 winner Fruitdealer lost his games. In Code-S Junwi and Zenith won their games and advanced.  The third play-day was also completed and the two players progressing in the Code-S from that group are SlayerS_BoxeR and oGsHyperdub. Keep checking back for more!

Want to follow the GSL yourself? There are a couple of great sites you can check out to do just that.

Global Starcraft Team League

In another small piece of GSL related news, it seems like GOMtv is gearing up to host a Global Starcraft Team League, GSTL for short. They announced back in December that in 2011 the GSTL will take place in February, right after GSL Season 4. 8 teams will compete for a pretty large prize pool. Teams are to be chosen based on all the points of their current players in the GSL Code-S and Code-A. It sounds like fun and it will also be great to see which teams come out on top there, not just the individual players. Read more about all of that below!

GOMTV announces GSTL РTeam Tourney РTeamLiquid

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Tasteless – Observer No More

As usual the GSL¬†news, drama and controversy¬†does not end with the results. It seems like in what some are calling a shocking turn of events, Tasteless is no longer the observer for the English GSL¬†stream. *gasp!* Yes, for those that didn’t know, at the start of the new GSL¬†season Tastosis¬†made an announcement that Tasteless will not be¬†observing GSL¬†games anymore. The guys at GOM¬†Tv have¬†hired an entirely new observer to¬†fill¬†that role. There has been a lot of speculation as to whether this is a good idea or not, it seems like quite a few people would prefer Tasteless to be doing it. Why? Well it seems like the new guy is missing quite a lot of the action and, well, often there are just little things that Tasteless and/or Artosis are either talking about or want to point out that just get lost in translation, never showing up on our streams. Oh well, I can imagine that Tasteless was in over his head with the commentating and observing so this is probably for the best. Read more below!

Tasteless no longer Observer РTeamLiquid

A Letter From An Unloved Viewer

In our last bit of GSL, or GOMtv related goodness, we have a misunderstood fan that in fact only wanted to offer to help out with the interview translations at the GSL, but ended up just saying it all wrong. He said that he could do John the translators job better than John himself does it, by accident of course. So, Tasteless mentioned this on the livestream and, well, our misunderstood fan got a little too much attention. He proceeded to type a letter to everyone watching the GSL, Tasteless and John himself, conveying how sorry he was and how wrong he was to do it the way he did. There was more done and said, but if you want to read this tale about heartache, misunderstandings and interview translations I guess you can check the full thing out below. Enjoy!

A letter from an unloved viewer РGOMtv

Response by Random guy to Tasteless John Rant РTeamLiquid

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TSL3 Announced РStarcraft 2

TeamLiquid¬†announced their third season of the TeamLiquid¬†StarLeague¬†for StarCraft¬†2. The event itself will have, for the first time ever,¬†an offline final¬†at the TeamLiquid¬†headquarters in New York City. A few things you might want to know about the TSL3, other than the fact that I absolutely can’t¬†wait¬†for it to start up¬†– The tournament’s main sponsor is Pokerstrategy.com. The seeded players are the Top 3 of the TSL2,¬†Tyler, Mondragon¬†and Sen.¬†The first prize is a whopping $15,000. There is in fact an open qualification process, which is set to kick off on the 8th of January and there are quite a few invite spots open for the Starcraft¬†II pro’s from Korea. Lastly, TeamLiquid¬†will also be announcing the details about how to enter¬†their TSL3¬†raffle, soon.¬†They are going to be¬†sending two lucky people to South Korea for GSL¬†Finals and a tour of the oGs-Liquid¬†house. That does indeed sound like a prize¬†I’d like to win. So if you want to read more about the TeamLiquid¬†StarLeague 3, you¬†know where to look!¬†

PokerStrategy.com TSL3 РTeamLiquid

SC2 Reddit

SC2Redit Invitational

Sticking with the huge tournament¬†reveals for a second here, the Reddit Starcraft¬†II invitational has been announced! The SCRI, for short,¬†is a tournament designed to pit the reddit¬†Starcraft¬†site’s best players against some of the best players that the StarCraft¬†professional scene has to offer. In the main event, 8 Redditors¬†who made it through the¬†qualifiers and 8 invited pro gamers will compete for a pretty large prize pool. The event will¬†also feature¬†some of the biggest name commentators and/or casters out there such as Day[9], TotalBiscuit, Diggity, iNcontrol¬†and djWHEAT. The group stages for this tournament are starting on the 8th of January and the finals are set to take place the day thereafter. Sounds like an absolute blast! Read more below.

SCReddit Invitational: Pros vs Redditors ft.Day[9] РTeamLiquid

Competo, Go4SC2 & ZOTAC Results

Competo Cup #22 РDieStar won the 22nd Competo Cup this past monday. He managed to take Socke down in the finals with a score of 3 to 2.
Go4SC2 Cup #69 РSatiini took Stephano down in the finals of Go4SC2 Cup #69 this past Sunday, also with a score of 3 to 2.
ZOTAC Cup #37 РLastly, Strelok took Beastyqt down in the finals of the 37th ZOTAC Cup Sunday evening.

Kaspersky New Year Tournament Won By oGsTOP

The Kaspersky¬†New Year’s StarCraft¬†2 Invitational ended just a couple of days ago in an all-Korean grand final.¬†oGsMC¬†and his clan mate TOP battled it out for the first place, the terran¬†playing¬†TOP proved to the better player on the day and destroyed MC in the best of 7 finals with a score of 4 to 0.¬†That¬†left the top 3 players as TOP, MC and Ret. So if you want to see the full results from the Kaspersky¬†New Year event and download those replays, you can do that all in the links belooowwww.

GSL 3 champion outplayed by TOP РGosuGamers 

Kaspersky New Year Tournament – Replays, Results & More – GoodGame.ru

Lalush To Replace TLO In BDL

The Black Dragon League is  kicking off next week and it has been revealed that fan favourite TheLittleOne has had to decline his invitation to play due to personal reasons. GosuGamers reports that the community was asked to choose in a poll. Out of six players, LaLuSh, the Swedish zerg player from Millenuim, was voted forth as the sixteenth player to participate in the Black Dragon League. As I mentioned, the league is set to kick off soon, if you want to see the already released match-ups or just want to check up on which players are actually taking part, you can do all of that below.

TLO declines invitation РLaLuSh in Black Dragon League РGosuGamers

Black Dragon League РReady To Roll РBlackDragonLeague

Top 200 Starcraft 2

Top 200 Lists Updated

Yes indeed. The Top 200 Player Lists have been updated yet again. Below you can find links to the Korean, European, North American and South East Asian lists. Enjoy!

US Top 200 РStarcraft II Official Site

EU Top 200 РStarcraft II Official Site

KR Top 200 РStarcraft II Official Site

SEA Top 200 РStarcraft II Official Site

Flash & Jaedong Knocked Out Of Starleague

TeamLiquid¬†have some pretty in-depth coverage of the Brood War Starleague¬†up. As I will always say, I don’t know much about what’s going on in Starcraft: Brood War, but, I will say this – I know who Flash and Jaedong¬†are. In what was certainly one of their worst Christmas’s ever, Flash and Jaedong¬†were eliminated from the Starleague¬†in the Round of 16.¬†The two biggest names in Brood War are out? Well, there must be some pretty¬†amazing players participating in this season. Read¬†the full story below, all the drama,¬†tears and heartache is beautifully summarized by TeamLiquid, for our reading pleasure

[OSL] Merry X-Mas! Flash and JD are Out РTeamLiquid  

Player and Clan News

So in the hopes of stopping this post from taking up my entire front page I will be summarizing a little bit. Some of the smaller pieces of player and clan news are going to be listed and the ones I feel slightly more newsworthy will be fully detailed. Enjoy!

Community Smalls:

RaidCall Sponsors SK Gaming & FNATIC РBlizzPlanet

LLL.SC2 Signs DaBoO РMyM

rine Joins mTw Starcraft II РMyM

 MoMaN Teams Up With Cybernation Starcraft II РMyM

coL Signs Starcraft II Division For 2011 РMyM 

Clan World Elite Change Main Sponsor From Pepsi to GIGABYTE РGosuGamers

The Starcraft Bible

The¬†long-awaited¬†book, The StarCraft¬†Bible,¬†has been released and is now available in¬†hard copy and¬†E-Book online.¬† The¬†book, which I personally have not checked out yet,¬†apparently consists of 225 pages of pure StarCraft¬†history spanning over 30 years. I am not sure exactly what was happening with Starcraft¬†30 years ago, but it’s all there. The writer, Chobopeon, recently sat down wih¬†GosuGamers¬†to reflect on his journey to make this happen.¬†A couple of big names such as Grrrr¬†and Artosis¬†helped the author out and I’ve been told that this book really is something to see. Below you can find a link to the pretty lengthy interview the author, Patrick O’Neill, had with GosuGamers, as well as a link to where you can actually buy the book. So if you wanna brush up on that Starcraft history, this one’s for you, enjoy!

The StarCraft Bible Author: ‘Now it is done, I have a copy in my hands’¬†– GosuGamers

GosuGamers – Best Non-Korean Of 2010

In some more good stuff from GosuGamers, they have selected their top picks for the best non-Korean Starcraft II player of 2010 and are asking all of us to cast out votes. There are, as you can imagine, too many good players too choose from! HuK, TLO, qxc, Jinro and many more are in the list and, no doubt longing for your vote. So if you want to check that out, read abit more about the choices and cast your vote, the link is below. Alternatively, you could just check back here on the 14th of January as that is when the polls will be closed and the votes will be tallied.  

GosuGamers Awards 2010: Best Non-Korean of the Year РGosuGamers

Nerd Alert – SCV Love Song

As a quick extra I thought I would also just show you all Nerd Alert’s second song! Yes, Kurt and Husky are at it again. This time it is¬†an original song about two SCVs¬†that¬†just wanting to repair one another and keep each other¬†safe… It really is a heartfelt look at the life of an SCV. Their feelings mean something too, you know? Check that out above,¬†it’s amazingly well made and some good entertainment.

Husky As Zeratul – Speed Drawing

Yet another piece of work involving H to the usky Husky. Joey Judkinds, the guy who did the amazing sketch of Day[9] with that highly attractive zerg lower body, is back with his next episode of StarSketch. This time he has Husky in his sights and does a brilliant speed-drawing of Husky with the body of none other than Zeratul. Check it out above!

New GosuGamers Sponsored Starcraft II Team

GosuGamers¬†has sponsored a Starcraft¬†II team, yes, you heard that right, it is official.¬†GosuGamers¬†is proud to announce their first two, hand-picked, members of Team GosuGamers.¬†ZpuX¬†and Naugrim, apparently both of these players¬†represent the true “Gosu” gamer who has superior gaming technique, good manners and sportsmanship. So, good luck to GosuGamers¬†and their new¬†team in 2011. I look¬†forward to seeing and hearing more from them.¬†Read¬†more about the creation of this new team and the players in it below. Tying in with the announcement of the new team you can also find interviews below with¬†both¬†of their new players.

GosuGamers sponsors new StarCraft 2 team РGosuGamers

ZpuX Interview РGosuGamers

eSports Interview

Is 2011 set to be the biggest year for the global eSports¬†scene¬†to date? PC World seems to think so and, well, I can’t help but agree. All the signs are pointing toward the fact that there are big things to come and our baby Starcraft¬†II will be at the heart of it all. PC World have a bunch of interviews up with varios¬†big names in the international eSports¬†scene. djWHEAT, IdrA, LiquidNazgul¬†and many others¬†involved with¬†all the different games being played competitively at the moment. This really is a great read, especially if you are new to the eSports scene and want to know what to expect from the next year. Find the full thing below!

2011: The Year of eSports – PC World

SugarRush

Another Amazing Starcraft II Cake

Yes, as the title says, this is another little extra for all your Starcraft II, sugar and cake lovers out there. Thanks to the reddit guys for this, enjoy!

Amazing Starcraft Cake Рreddit

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Top 10 Time

TIME Magazine Top 10 of Everything – Starcraft II

Starcraft¬†II has snagged yet another award, or mention at least, in the TIME Magazine Top 10 of everything lists.¬†Sadly for us Starcraft¬†fans, the game only managed a 9th place, with Alan Wake taking the #1 spot. Still, though, it is on the list and that alone is an impressive feat! So if you’re interested in the rest of that list you’d better head on over to the TIME website to check it out.¬†You can also read their little description of Starcraft II and reasons for picking it as a Top 10 contender below, enjoy.

The Top 10 Everything of 2010 – TIME

Good things come to those who wait, and boy, did we wait for StarCraft¬†II: Wings of Liberty. Twelve years after the original game was released, we finally got to play as Terrans (humans), Zergs¬†(alien slugs) or Protoss¬†(alien psionic¬†bugs) once again. The space saga follows the Terran story line as the Terrans fight off attacks from the extraterrestrials trying to take over. StarCraft II‚Äôs game play has the right mix of old and new. It‚Äôs easy to pick up ‚ÄĒ even if you haven‚Äôt played the original in a while ‚ÄĒ and remains interesting and new. More important, this game focused on the multiplayer competition, which is what players loved most about the original. Here‚Äôs to the real-time strategy game slowing down Internet connections everywhere so we can enjoy our LAN parties.
TIME Magazine, Top 10 of Everything

Save On Starcraft II – This Weekend!

In celebration of the holidays and this most festive of seasons, Blizzard Entertainment announced an offer¬†that lasts till the end of this weekend. You can now purchase Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty for yourself or as a gift to someone close to you and save $10. Sadly, this offer only works for those in the US or Canada. I don’t know if it is possible¬†to cheat the system, either way though, a good deal. Check the official announcement below!

Weekend Sale ‚Äď Save $10 on StarCraft II¬†– Starcraft II Official Site

Beginning now through this weekend only, you can purchase StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty for yourself or a friend directly from Blizzard and save $10. This sale ends soon and is only available in the United States and Canada. Click here to save big and ring in the holidays with the intense strategic combat of 2010’s fastest-selling real-time strategy game.
Blizzard Entertainment

I realise that it might be a little late to post this now, but whatever!

Raynor Battle.net Authenticator Design

Below you can also read about and check out the new Jim Raynor themed Authenticators. If you felt your account was lacking that extra bit of security and your authenticator lacking that extra bit of style, then I guess this one is for you.

New Raynor Battle.net Authenticator Design РStarcraft II Official Site

We’ve just unveiled a new StarCraft II design for theBattle.net Authenticator. Armed with more rebel attitude, the Raynor Edition Battle.net Authenticator is now available on the Blizzard Store. You’ll keep your account safe in style and be the talk of Mar Sara with this account-security device in your arsenal.

Want to know more? Check out the Battle.net Authenticator FAQ, or visit our account-security page for more tips on keeping your Battle.net account safe from alien forces.The Koprulu sector is depending on you!
Blizzard Entertainment

GSL3 oGsMC

GSL3 РoGsMC Wins!

The GOMTV¬†Global Starcraft¬†II League’s third season has finally¬†come to an end! The final match between TSL_Rain and oGsMC¬†was a best of 7 with pre-determined¬†maps.¬†There was also¬†an interesting¬†little bonus¬†for the audience. Both players were in booths that moved forward with each win, forward towards the trophy that they were battling it out for. That, if anything, must have added a little bit of extra tension and stress to these games. I won’t be going into full detail about the games here, I will simply give you the results and point you towards a ton of great sites that did amazing coverage of the finals. oGsMC¬†played amazingly, as he seemed to be doing for the entire GSL3. He managed to best TSL_Rain with a rather impressive 4 to 1. So yes, MC from the clan Old Generations has won¬†GSL¬†Season 3 and we have our first non-zerg¬†winner from our first non-zerg-containing finals!¬†Not taking anything away from Rain at all here, he played amazingly to get to the finals, but it was just not meant to be. So as I mentioned, below you can find a bunch of links to sites that did some really in-depth coverage.

[GSL] S3 Grand Finals РTeamLiquid

GOMTV StarCraft 2 Open РGrand Final РResults РGosuGamers

GSL Season 3 Finals РMyM

As a little added extra you can also find an interview with our winning protoss player below, discovered, translated and transcribed by the wonderful guys over at the TeamLiquid forums. Enjoy!

Interview with GSL #3 Final Winner (Spoiler) РTeamLiquid

Code-S Groups Finalized

With the GSL3¬†now concluded and 2010 fast coming to an end, it’s time to look to the future. The Code-S groups for the GSL¬†Season 4 have been released, as I mentioned before. There are quite a few groups that quite a few people are slightly unhappy about. Three oGs¬†members in one group, Jinro¬†and IdrA sharing another? That is just the way of things. If they are going to win, they are going to win. Have a look at those groups below and let me know what you think. Are we in for a treat next year? Mass upsets or more of the same? Exciting!

GSL4: Code S Groups finalized РTeamLiquid

Groups for GOMTV Global StarCraft 2 League Code S РGosuGamers

Code-A

Let’s not forget about Code-A! The qualifiers are complete and we have our list of players. For those of you that don’t know exactly how it works just yet, GosuGamers¬†have an amazing post up detailing every little detail of the Code-A to Code-S to Code-A happenings. It is, in short, as I mentioned before. The bottom players from Code-S play against the top players from Code-A. Should those Code-S players lose out, they get dropped to Code-A and the Code-A guys move up to Code-S. Woah.

Anyway, check the post out below for the full list of players and how its gonna be working!

Players for GOMTV Global StarCraft 2 League Code A РGosuGamers

Tournament And Event News

eG Masters Cup

The eG Masters Cup is currently underway and moving into its round of 4 soon. Thus far we have bLuR, SLush, and stalife¬†making it through with the last player joining them to be decided soon. The winner of the tournament will take home $1,000 and earns the opportunity to take on Greg ‘IdrA’ Fields for a chance at winning an MSI GT660 notebook. Pretty cool and there will no doubt be a couple of extremely exciting games. I will be doing more coverage of the Cup once it is actually complete, so keep checking back here for those results.

eG Masters Cup Brackets – My eG

eG Masters Cup Coverage – My eG

EG Master’s Cup Series Final 16¬†– TeamLiquid

BratOK Wins Beeline

The BeeLine Russian Championship recently ended with big name¬†terran player Brat_OK taking the win. With the win he pocketed over $10,000 and apparently two brand new¬†PC’s. There are some brilliant photos of the event and you can find them along with the full results in the link below, enjoy!

Results of BeeLine Russian Championship РGosuGamers

  1. RoX.KIS.BratOK Р10 500$ + 1 year of free Beeline Internet, 2 computers: Lenovo IdeaCentre B505 + IdeaPad s10-3t
  2. exL.inNirvana – 6 month of free Beeline internet + Lenovo Y560
  3. RoX.KIS.Pomi – 6 month of free Beeline internet + Lenovo Y550p

GosuGamers Holiday Special

In even more holiday celebrations GosuGamers will be hosting an open-for-all Holiday special. This¬†tournament will have a¬†prize pool of 500 Euros. Two qualifiers will decide who moves¬†on to the playoffs. There’s going to be¬†one qualifier for the¬†North American¬†server and one for European server. The top four players from each of the qualifiers will meet in a playoff on December 26th at 18:00 CET (09:00 AM PST). As I mentioned there are some great prizes and, its open for all. That means there is absolutely no reason for you guys to sign up for that and give it a shot. Both qualifiers are set to happen on the 23rd of December. Read more about the event below.

GosuGamers Holiday Special: ‚ā¨500 Prize Pool, Open-for-All¬†– GosuGamers

NesTea & FruitDealer to play YGosu Invitational

The two former GSL winners, Fruitdealer and NesTea, have both been invited to participate in the Danawa YGosu Starcraft II Pro Invitational. Together with 14 other hand-picked players from seven professional StarCraft 2 teams, the lot of them will battle it out for a prize pool of roughly $2,600. The 16 players have been divided into four groups of four. The top two players of each group will move in to a playoff. The first few group stage games have already been played and the play-offs are set to take place on the 23rd of December and the grand finals on the 30th of December. Read more below!

NesTea, FruitDealer to play YGosu Invitational РGosuGamers

dKiller Wins Craft Cup Lite #23

Last week the zerg player dKiller won Craft Cup Lite #23. He faced off against the terran playing miou and won with a score of 2 to 1.

Craft Cup Lite #23 РCraftCup

GoOdy Wins Craft Cup #23

GoOdy won the 23rd Craft Cup last Friday by defeating the protoss player mazaYcheck in the finals with a pretty decent 3 to 1.

Craft Cup #23 РCraftCup

Homestory Cup #2

The original Homestory¬†Cup was a great success¬†after ESL TV’s Take hosted it in his own home earlier this year.¬†The second HomeStoryCup¬†is looking to build on the foundations of the first and¬† Take will be joined by RotterdaM¬†and HomerJ for commentary.¬†The prize pool is a generous 2800 Euro and¬†the full list of invited players can be found below along with the rest of the details of the event.

The two-day tournament begins on January 15 and you will no doubt want to tune in to catch it live!

Star studded lineup for Homestory Cup II РMyM

ROOTdrewbie Wins TeamSpeak TeamLiquid Open #7

The fourth TeamSpeak TeamLiquid SC2 Open (and 7th overall) was completed this past weekend. In the finals ROOTdrewbie faced off against mouzMorroW and managed to take him down with a close score of 3 to 2. You can find the full results, replays and VODs of the event in the thread linked below, enjoy!

[VODs] TeamSpeak TL SC2 Open #7 РTeamLiquid

ASSEMBLY Winter: SteelSeries Challenge – 5000 Euro

Assembly, currently Finland’s biggest LAN event, is holding a StarCraft¬†2 tournament sponsored by SteelSeries, named the Assembly Winter: SteelSeries¬†Challenge. Now, the LAN and the¬†tournament¬†are only happening from February 11 – 13, but I guess it is big enough to mention now! Why, you ask? Well because the prize pool is a whopping 5,000 Euros as well as hardware from SteelSeries. You can read more about the event below, enjoy!

Assembly Winter 2011 Starcraft II Tournament – Assembly

Brood War –¬†ProLeague Week 2 & 3

TeamLiquid¬†have, as usual, have us covered¬†with all the results and information from the last couple of weeks of the ProLeague. As I always say I won’t even try understand or follow what’s going¬†on in the Starcraft: Brood War scene, but, TeamLiquid¬†do and¬†TeamLiquid¬†are! See the full post below containing all the information you’d ever need about week two and three of the ProLeague.

[PL] Upheaval РTeamLiquid

Player and Clan News

Player Interviews

Now for a couple of interviews. I am only going to mention these incredibly briefly in the hopes of saving a bit of time. Let’s have a look!

Firstly we have a nice nostalgic interview with one of the first ‘foreign’ players to ever enter the pro-gaming scene in South Korea, [9] Thor. Yes, this is well before Starcraft¬†II’s time. He talks about how life was different to back then, how he doesn’t feel Starcraft II is as fun as Brood War was and much more.

[9]Thor – ‘I wasn’t meant to be a successful progamer’¬†– GosuGamers

Fenix Interview

The Peruvian boy wonder, the terran player Fenix, has ambitious plans for 2011 including a will to win and plans to participate in the GSL, MLG and IEM. Did I mention he plans on winning those too? In his interview he talks about all those topics, plus how he views pro-gaming as a business, one he plans to run exceedingly well.

Fenix¬†aims for the riches of GSL: ‘It’s my dream’¬†– GosuGamers

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John The Translator Interview

John, the translator we’re used to hearing and seeing between games at the¬†GOMTV¬†events, has finally been interviewed. He talks about how he got to work at GOMTV, his first impressions of Tasteless and Artosis, which I will tell you about in just a second, and how being at the GSL¬†helps his Starcraft¬†II game too. Apparently GOMTV¬†is going to be setting up a team house close to the GOMTV¬†headquarters for foreign players, so they won’t have to pay for their stay in Korea. He also briefly mentions the plans that the guys from the GSL¬†had of having qualifiers all around the world for their future GSL¬†seasons. The interview is great and the best part was probably his first impressions of Tasteless and Artosis. The first time he met the duo he hated them, Artosis seemed cocky and arrogant, while Tasteless seemed stupid, but later he realized that they were in fact really nice guys.

Check the video interview out below, courtesy of VT Gaming, and above you can also see the speech from the GSL Season 2 finals that made him famous. Enjoy!

John The Translator – VT Gaming

ToD Interview

Another quick interview that I was recently introduced to was this nice little one with big name Warcraft II player ToD. It covers the time he spent playing poker, his choice to pick Starcraft II up seriously and his recent participation in the SK Champions Trophy. A good read about a player almost forgotten about, check that out below courtesy of Readmore.

ToD: I got many offers РReadMore

X6EWO

Extensive Fruitdealer Interview

So the poster of this warned me so I will warn you, WARNING, massive 5000 word interview incoming! GSL1 winner, Fruitdealer, was recently interviewed and it popped up on Fomos Korea. As I mentioned, the interview is quite extensive. It covers it all, how he got into Starcraft II, the first, second and third seasons of the GSL, tons of great photos and much, much, much more. Check that out below, translated by a friendly member of the TeamLiquid community.

[Trans] Fomos feature РFruitDealer РTeamLiquid

JP McDaniel Interview

Sebastian from over at PolygonreVue has yet another interesting and as always informative interview up. This time it is part of his next GG Vision episode and he has a chat with one of the better known voices of Starcraft II, JP McDaniel. They talk about the highly popular State of the Game Podcast, his casting at MLG and much more. A great listen and in which he reveals all and then some. Enjoy!

GGvision Starcraft 2 Interview: JP McDaniel РVoice of MLG РYouTube

Jinro Interview

The guys from over at sn.se have a nice, also rather lengthy, interview up with none other than the terran¬†superstar and GSL¬†Round of 4 player Jinro. They asked about his thoughts on South Korea, the GSL and his games there.¬†They warn, as seems to be the trend, that it is an incredibly long interview.¬†That is most definitely not a problem, I mean really, who wouldn’t want to read a long interview with The Gorilla Terran? You can find it below in English and Swedish.

Intervju¬†med Jonathan “Jinro” Walsh – sn.se

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GameSpot Best of 2010

GameSpot РBest of 2010 Awards

I guess it’s just that time of the year, the time when everyone is just itching¬†to give awards away to all the great games that made our year as amazing as it was. The GameSpot’s¬†Best of 2010 awards are underway and well, Starcraft¬†II needs your help! Get the word out there, get your friends voting and keep our game on top! Starcraft¬†II is nominated for quite a few awards. Best Competitive Multiplayer, Best Implementation of User Generated Content, Best Strategy Game and Best PC GameGame of the Year.¬†¬†¬†

GameSpot РBest of 2010 РGameSpot

Best Competitive Multiplayer

Best Implementation of User Generated Content

Best Strategy Game

Best PC Game

Game of the Year

Those are some pretty impressive nominations if you ask me. Visit GameSpot below to see how you can help.

GSL

GSL – Code S

So if you haven’t heard yet the next GSL¬†season won’t be open for all, like the previous ones were.¬† Season 4 will mark the beginning of a new age for the GSL, their new ‘Code Hierarchy’ will be in place¬†where players are divided based on past performance.¬† Newcomers will still be able to qualify, but only for the lowest code. That Code-S is starting to look a lot more valueble right now.

In the group stages every player will play against every player in his group in a three game set, and the top two players in each group will advance to the round of sixteen. As I also mentioned before, after each season the top Code- A players will change places with the bottom Code-S players.

After looking at those groups I gotta say things are definitely going to be intense in the GSL4. You can find the full groups in the link below!

GSL Code S-Groups released РMyM

Code-A Qualifiers Underway

All that said, there’s more going on right now. The Code-A qualifiers are actually currently being played. Don’t let the Code-A status fool you, though, there are a ton of great players competing to make it into Code-A and these games will no doubt be worth checking out!

Today was the first round of the Code A tie breakers. Once again we have¬†groups, the top four players from each group will¬†be¬†qualifying for¬†Code-A in the GSL Season 4.¬†Sadly,¬†there won‚Äôt be any English commentary, as these are not official tournament games.¬†However, for those of you that can’t get enough¬†you can find a link to the free-to-watch Korean Stream below!

Korean Code-A Qualifier Stream РGOMtv

In the first play day the following four players made it through:

  • STAce
  • aLivefOu
  • Sync
  • Liquid’Ret

 The next play day is happening tomorrow, the 15th of December. Keep checking back here for more!

[GSL] Code S Groups / Code A Tiebreaker РDay 1 РTeamLiquid

[GSL] Code A Tiebreaker Schedule/Groups РTeamLiquid

[GSL] Official Code S Rankings РTeamLiquid

 Code A РCode S (Visualization) РTeamLiquid

Starcraft II Smalls

Starcraft II Smalls

Now for some smaller news that you may, or may now, be interested in! I am testing this smalls system out as it would probably save us both, me typing this and you reading this, a lot of time. Let’s see how it works! (I am aware that some of the smalls are not quite as small as they should be, give it time to evolve!)

SK Champions Trophy: First participants

With a less than a week to go till the start of the next SK Champions Trophy the first of the 32 participants have been announced. Strelok, MaNa, NightEnd, Naniwa and ClouD, to name a few, have been invited. The next and final 16 are to be announced between now and this coming weekend, when the cup is set to kick off. Read more about the final SK Champions Trophy of 2010 below!

Champions Trophy: First participants, 16 to go – SK Gaming

Intel Challenge: SuperCup

Intel is backing yet another huge tournament Starcraft¬†II Tournament. 32 of Europe’s top players will, soon enough, be battling it out in the Intel Challenge: SuperCup. There is a prize pool of 1,ooo¬†USD. I won’t even try to start to mention the calibre of players that are in this event. Everyone that’s anyone is up in that hizzle, ready to compete.

The group stages are to be completed early January. You can read more about the tournament, the group stages, the points system being used, the live stream and all the other stuff about it below, enjoy!

A marathon to glory: Intel Challenge Supercup РGosuGamers

Swedish Challenger Cup – GosuGamers

GosuGamers are hosting a¬†one-day-tournament open for all Swedish residents titled The¬†Swedish Challenger Cup. So if you want to join in or watch your favourite Swede battle his way to the top for the prize pool of 100 Euro, you’d better be here!¬†

The tournament is happening on Friday, December the 17th at 18:00.

FRIDAY 18:00: Swedish Challenger Cup, win 100‚ā¨¬†– GosuGamers

PokerIdol.com Starcraft II Tournament

In association with PokerIdol, Gamerbase will stage a huge tournament featuring a £5,000 prize-pool. It will have an offline final event, too. Thirty-two players will have the chance to win £1,500 for first place during the grand finals, which will be held offline in London on the 8th of January next year.

The first round of online qualifiers will be happening on the 19th of December. This is the first way to qualify.¬†128 players from all around the world will be competing for 16 of the¬†spots available in the finals. The second way to qualify is via four Poker tournaments¬†that will be held on¬†PokerIdol.com within the next couple of weeks. The two best players from each tournament will receive a spot at the grand final and 250‚ā¨ to cover their travelling expenses.

That all sounds really amazing and once again I gotta say it’s great that everyone is getting involved and getting even more great tournaments set up. Read more about the PokerIdol¬†Starcraft II Tournament below.

£5000 PokerIdol.com SC2 РTeamLiquid

£5k tournament with offline final РMyM

ESL Pro Series – TLO Qualifies

The relegation tournament for the upcoming ESL Pro Series season was held today in Bruhl. The players that managed to qualify are TLO, Akkis, NarutO and kAra. Check the links below for the full list of players competing.

TheLittleOne qualifies for ESL Pro Series РGosuGamers

EPS Relegation finished РMyM

Linked to this, to further entice the fans and add to the excitement of the games the ESL has remodeled the Pro Series into a group stage / playoff system. I think it will work out much better and will no doubt be easier to follow for us fans!

ESL Pro Series remodeled into group stage, playoff format РGosuGamers

Thanks to GosuGamers for the news!

FNATIC Dominate GameGune

Clan FNATIC players fenix and TT1 managed to clean up at the GameGune Starcraft II Tournament in Mexico. Both players eased through the group stages and faced each other, as expected, in the playoff finals. The FNATIC players were the only internationally known players to attend the event. Read more about GameGune and FNATICS participance there below, enjoy!

GameGune: Fenix 1st, TT1 2nd РFNATIC.com

eOSL – Nearing Its End

The next set of games in the eGG-One StarLeague Winter have been played. Tuzer has taken down Rouaf. SarenS and MoMan have yet to face each other for the right to play against Tuzer in the finals. See the full results below.

eOSL: TuZeR 3-2 Rouaf РMyM

iNSoLeNCE Wins Competo Cup #18

iNSoLeNCE won¬†Monday nights Competo¬†Cup #18. He took down joe in the finals with a score of 3 to 0. No, I don’t know who these two are either. They did manage to beat players like HasuObs and GOody on their way to the finals, though.

Competo Cup #18 РCompeto

Strelok Wins ZOTAC Cup #35

Strelok has managed to take ZOTAC Cup #35 this past weekend. He faced off against Nericho in the finals and managed to take him down with a clean score of 3 to 0.

ZOTAC Cup #35 РMyM

MaNa Wins Go4SC2 Cup #63

MaNa took the 63rd Go4SC2 Cup this past Sunday. The protoss player took down the terran playing Kas in the finals with a neat 3 to 0.

Go4SC2 Cup #63 РMyM

Top 200 Starcraft 2

The Top 200 lists have been updated, yes sir. This time, to make it a nice even four, I have linked the Top 200 Korean list too. Enjoy!

European Top 200 List

North American Top 200 List

South East Asian Top 200 List

Korean Top 200 List

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ÔĽŅStarcraft Pulse

Pulse 32 is here! I didn’t get much sleep before this one so excuse the droopy eyes! This episode went pretty quick and I guess I was happy with the outcome. Not tooooo¬†much news this week, it was manageable. This week I added that little summary thing at the start, hope it helps / works. I’m also working on a bit of a remake of the whole show, keep checking back for more!

‘Continue reading’ for a full list of episodes and extras!

(more…)

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GSL

GSL3 Round of 32 – Day 3

The third play day of the GSL Season 3 Round of 32 has been completed with the fourth day coming up tomorrow. As usual a bunch of games were played and a couple of big names have dropped out. This week we say goodbye to Sen, Genius and Ret. You can obviously find all those that made it through and the full results below, enjoy!

GSL Ro32 РMyM

[GSL] S3 Ro32 Day 3 РTeamLiquid

You can also read below about a few rumors that are going around which I, for the record, don’t believe. A fan thinks that GOMTV¬†is supporting BoxeR by placing him, mostly at least, against terran¬†players. Now, this fan thinks that, and may or may not be right, that BoxeR’s¬†strongest matchup is in fact TvT. He points out that he is not hating or dissing, he just finds it a little funny.

One thing that is funny is that GOMtv has actually directly responded to this fans doubts and provided us all with an explanation, and some peace of mind. They say that they put top 4 players from last season in each bracket, then tried to split each race evenly into each bracket. And if they follow this method strictly all the brackets would look the same or be balanced at least. So right now apparently each bracket has 6~8 zergs, 5~7 terrans and 3 protoss. Interesting. You can read more about all this drama below, enjoy!

GomTV protecting Boxer РTeamLiquid

GSL accused of rigging BoxeR fixtures РMyM

Top 200 EU Starcraft 2

Starcraft II Top 200 Lists

The Top 200 lists have been updated once more. See the full lists below. Enjoy!

EU – StarCraft II: Top 200

US РStarCraft II: Top 200

SEA – StarCraft II Top 200

Beeline’s All-Russian StarCraft II Tournament!

Russian telecommunications company Beeline has invited all Russian gamers to take part in the first all-Russian StarCraft II tournament! Those taking part will compete against the best Russian StarCraft II players for the chance to win some fantastic prizes including a first prize of 500,000 rubles, a free year of Beelin broadband and a powerful gaming PC. Impressive stuff indeed. For more information about how to get involved please check Beeline’s official tournament website.

On December 12 the winners from the eight preliminaries, which are held biweekly, will then clash in the Grand Finals. Held in Moscow, these final matches will determine the grand champion and you can follow the action live via video stream on the official website. Enjoy!

Beeline’s first all-Russian StarCraft II tournament! РStarcraft II Official Site

PolarfluKe XMAS

PolarfluKe: XMAS – A Reminder!

Don’t forget that we have PolarfluKe: XMAS¬†coming at us this weekend! I guess if you are interested in a bit of Starcraft II goodness and a chance at a couple of no doubt amazing prizes, you don’t want to miss it!¬†If you have not registered, do it now! You can find all the details of the competition below.PolarfluKe – Fueled Up And Ready To Go!

BratOK Wins Go4SC2 Cup #59

BratOK has managed yet another Go4SC2 win. He took down the zerg player Aristeo in the finals with a pretty descisive 3 to 0.

Go4SC2 Cup #59 РMyM

Go4SC2 Monthly Final

Tomorrow is the big day for all those doing well in this months Go4SC2¬†Cups, the monthly finals! All those who love TvT¬†are in for a treat, too,¬†as six Terran, one Zerg¬†and one Protoss will fight it out for the 500‚ā¨ prize money. Read more about that below!

Go4SC2 monthly final РMyM

Satiini Wins ZOTAC Cup #33

Satiini took the 33rd ZOTAC Cup this past Sunday. He faced off against and defeated relative unknown Funkyy in the finals with a score of 3 to 1.

ZOTAC Cup #33 РMyM

Player and Clan News

Naama Interview – Live On 3

With Dreamhack¬†over, the¬†Starcraft¬†II¬†tournament concluded¬†and the players getting back to their normal routines it seems like there¬†is one last bit of crazy to entertain us. The guys from¬†over at Live on 3, who brought¬†us the¬†rather adult¬†after show from MLG Dallas are at it again.¬†They have a talk to Naama¬†about his experience at Dreamhack, participating and winning the event. After that they have their ‘Pro-gaming without the fluff’¬† segment too. They touch on many, many subjects and well, as I said, it gets a bit ugly at times. Worth a watch, or listen rather,¬†check it out below!

Lo3 and the DH Winner РGosuGamers

Liquid Weekly #18

Another week, another Liquid Weekly! Liquid Weekly #18 is packed full of GSL3 goodness. They have a look at the latest playdays in the GSL3 round of 32 aswell as interview their players that made it that far, Ret and Jinro. So if you are interested, you know where to look!

Lidquid Weekly #18 РTeamLiquid

DIMAGA Interview

TheEconomist¬†over at PolarfluKe.co.za has a pretty to-the-point interview up with big name Russian zerg¬†player DIMAGA. So if you want to read about DIMAGA’s¬†gaming history, the people he himself looks up to and his experiences, thus far at least, in Starcraft¬†II, you’d better check that out over at PolarfluKe!

The Unburrowing: Dimaga Emerges – PolarfluKe

Naniwa Joins Empire

Power Gaming recently announced Naniwa¬†as their new player and that’s good and all, but apparently the notification was a little hasty.¬†The Swedish Starcraft¬†II pro decided to join Team Empire instead. You can read more about the move and the drama behind it, along with Naniwa’s thoughts on the matter, below.

Naniwa teams up with Empire РMyM

Replay Packs

Dreamhack Winter 2010 Replaypack РSC2Win

StarCraft II Go4SC2 Cup #59 Replaypack РSC2Win

ZOTAC StarCraft II Cup #33 Replaypack РSC2Win

GomTV All-star Tournament Replaypack РSC2Win

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