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The Starcraft II custom map, or mod, which was previously known as ‘World Of Starcraft’, is now branded ‘StarCraft Universe’. After having been flown out to the Blizzard Headquarters to meet with the developers of Starcraft II, the mod’s creator, Ryan Winzen, is now ready to get started on the crazy task of turning a real-time strategy game into a massive-multiplayer online role-playing game. We were treated with a mention of some of the features being promised for Starcraft Universe. It is apparently set to include the ability to save characters, customisable gear forged from loot, it will have distinct player classes and up to twelve players able to join together on the same map. That sounds pretty impressive for something made in the Starcraft II Galaxy Editor. So if you want to wish the creator luck or merely read more about this massive undertaking, check the links below.

World of StarCraft reborn as Starcraft Universe – TechSpot

Starcraft II Sales & Lack Of Release In China

During Activision Blizzard’s financial conference call last week, Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime stated that sales of its sci-fi RTS game StarCraft II are approaching 4.5 million units since its release back in July. While those numbers are pretty huge for a PC exclusive game, it’s actually less than some people though it would sell. A few months ago Janco Partners analyst Mike Hickey predicted the game would sell as much as 7 million copies by the end of Activision Blizzard current fiscal year, which ends on March 31. BigDownload reports that part of the issue is that the game has yet to launch, officially, in China. During the call Morhaime stated that Blizzard was in fact working with its partner, Netease, to launch StarCraft II in the country but so far there’s no word on a China release date. Other smalls snippets that were mention was that the game’s players have uploaded over 150,000 user-made maps to Battle.net and that work continues on the next game, StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, but that was about all we got! If you want to read all about Starcraft II’s mentions during the Activision Blizzard’s financial conference call, check the link below.

StarCraft II sales approach 4.5 million units; still no release date for China – BigDownload

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Blizzard At The AIAS Awards

The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, or AIAS, revealed the 2011 Interactive Achievement Awards Winners. Our favourite, Blizzard Entertainment, was nominated in several categories and managed to win two of them. World of Warcraft: Cataclysm wasn’t lucky this year, but it was nominated in two categories, and that’s not bad at all. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, on the other hand, won the Oustanding Achievement in Online Game Play Award, taking down Call of Duty: Black Ops, Halo: Reach and even Battlefield: Bad Company 2 to do so. Starcraft II also won the Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year Award, besting Dawn of War II: Chaos Rising and Sid Meier’s Civilization V, amongst others, to take it. That is pretty impressive if you ask me and, well, after playing Starcraft II as much as I have, I can’t disagree one bit. If you want to read more about the AIAS and all the awards that were given out, check the links below!

StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty Wins Two 2011 Interactive Achievement Awards – BlizzPlanet

Tournament & Event News

Tournament & Event Smalls:

[TSL] Qualifier #6 Recap (ROOT.qxc wins!) – TeamLiquid

[TSL] Qualifier #6 VODs – TeamLiquid

Sunday Cup – GoOdy & ClouD Win – MyM

Sennheiser Cup – €100 every Saturday – TeamLiquid

MLG Dallas 2011 Event Details – TeamLiquid

 TSL3 Zerg Invites

The guys over at TeamLiquid have announced the next set of invites for their TeamLiquid Starleague 3. After last week’s announcement of the first set of TSL3 Protoss invites from Asia, today five Zerg players were added to the already impressive list. Only five Terran players remain to be invited and will be announced in one week’s time. The players invited are the following :

  • Greg ‘IdrA’ Fields
  • Won Ki ‘FruitDealer’ Kim
  • Jae-Duck ‘NesTea’ Lim
  • Hayder ‘HayprO’ Hussein
  • Jos ‘Ret’ de Kroon

TeamLiquid even have a writeup up about every one of those players, but,  I think you all know them pretty well already. So the Zerg players that were invited to the TSL this season are truly phenomenal players, I wonder how the terran will match up? I guess we will just have to wait and see! If you want to see the full announcement and all that information about the players, check the post linked below.

[TSL] Zerg Invites – TeamLiquid

TSL3 Extras

As an extra TeamLiquid just reminds us to enter their raffle by completing the quiz over at PokerStrategy.com – you never know, you might be the lucky person getting an all expenses paid trip to Korea, could definitely be worth it. Check that out below, too! 😀

Win a trip to Korea – TSL3 Raffle – TeamLiquid

NesTea – 2010’s Top Earner

In a few small GSL related pieces of news, well, at least semi-related, you can read about how NesTea is currently the highest earner in Starcraft II. The guys over at GOMtv have put together a list of the total prize money won by all the big name Starcraft II pros, in 2010 and 2011. They set them all up in a nicely ranked list and, as I said, NesTea came out on top with just over 100,000$. After that we see Fruitdealer, MC and MarineKing. What is interesting to note is that this list has all the winnings from all the tournaments, not just the GSL. The foreigner that earned the most is LiquidJinro at 9th place and at 10th we have Naama, the first one on the list that did not make most of those winnings from the GSL. So yes, the top 10 is heavily saturated with GSL participants and I guess this clearly shows that the Sony Ericsson Global Starcraft II League is the place to be for the big money. Read more and see the fully detailed list below!

SC2 Players Prize Money Ranking 2010-2011 – GOMtv

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GSL & GOMtv Extras

For those unable to contain their thirst for more GSL action, I will remind you that you can still check the next season of the GSL Code-S’ and Code-A groups out below. Below you can also find a couple of interesting articles relating to the GSL and GOMtv and all the happenings there. Did you know that the GOMtv foreigner house does not have any PC’s set up for the players staying there yet? Do you want to read about the 4 winners of the past GSL Seasons, all about them? Do you want a quick recap of the Global Starcraft TeamLeague grand finals and all the amazing games that took place in them? Lastly, do you want to read an incredibly long and pretty in-depth interview that GOMtv had with  ToD? Well, all of this and more can be found in the links below, what are you waiting for!

GSL March Code-S Groups Decided – SK Gaming

GSL March Code A Match-Ups – TeamLiquid

GOMtv are great, but house still without computers – ESFI World

The Gang of Four – SK Gaming

[GSTL] Incredible Miracle, Indeed – TeamLiquid

[GSTL] Grand Final – TeamLiquid

ToD Interview with GOM TV – GOMtv

Liquid.Ret Takes Assembly

The Assembly Winter LAN has been finally been completed and as you all probably know they hosted their very fist Starcraft II tournament at this past weekends event. Some really big names took part in the tournament, players such as TLO, HuK, Ret, Tyler, Adelscott, MorroW, SjoW, Socke and many others. Yes, Liquid definitely representing. Liquid also shone when their zerg player Ret faced off against fellow zerg player MorroW in the finals, besting him with a pretty impressive score of 3 to 1. Ret was clearly quite happy with his first big win and the 3000 Euro it earned him,  you can even see a video interview below with the proud Liquid zerg.

  1. Liquid.Ret
  2. mouzMorroW
  3. Adelscott
  4. Socke

The top four at the event were Ret, MorroW, Adelscott and lastly, but by no means least, Socke. Below you can find the full results of the event, photos, video interviews with most of the players and much more. This is all courtesy of Sk  Gaming and TeamLiquid. I have to add that the interviews are really great stuff. Some of the players had quite a bit of interesting stuff to say – HuK claiming to be the best player there, regardless of not even making top 4, Ret saying that MorroW played self-destructively and many other interesting chirps. So, if you want to read all about the results, what the players thought about the tournament, and the other players, at Assembly, you know where to look!

Assembly Winter 2011 – Day 1 – TeamLiquid

Assembly Winter 2011 – Day 2 – TeamLiquid

Assembly Winter Video Interviews – TeamLiquid / SK Gaming

Assembly Winter Photos – TeamLiquid

Community News

Community Smalls:

The Academy: Watch and Learn – Starcraft II Official Site

Interview – Sein: “I’m happy Naama proved me wrong” – Fragster

SeleCT Interview – “I’m happy with the balance in 1.2”– GosuGamers

MorroW Interview – “We need new maps” – TeamLiquid

oGsNaga Interview – thisisgame.com

IdrA Coaching Clients Give Feedback

Ever wondered what it was like to receive lessons from a Starcraft II pro? Someone as notorious and known for some slightly less than desirable manners as IdrA perhaps? Well the guys over at GosuGamers polled a few of  The Gracken’s latest coaching clients to hear what they had to say about the Starcraft II bad-boy and GSL participant and his attitude in the classroom. Funny enough, the replies aren’t quite what you would expect. The users generally agree that IdrA is calm, patient, polite, a good teacher and quite… assertive? One of the clients even said it was not what he expected either; IdrA was not a total douche. So there you have it, if you were thinking of getting some coaching from a big name in the Starcraft II world, I guess IdrA doesn’t sound like too bad a choice. Head on over to GosuGamers or check the links below for the full replies from the clients, they are pretty entertaining and definitely worth a read. Enjoy!

IdrA coaching feedbacks: $150, no BM – GosuGamers

GGvision #22 – Interview with Jonathan ‘Jinro’ Walsh

Sebastian from over at PolygonreVue has released his latest episode of GG Vission. In this exclusive and as usual incredibly in-depth interview he talks to none other than LiquidJinro about the upcoming GSL March, giving his views and predictions on every group and every Code-S player in the tournament. Jinro also shares his thoughts on the new pro-maps made by GomTV themselves that are currently used in the ongoing Team League and that will be played extensively in March. As Sebastian says, this is 40 minutes of pure Starcraft II goodness. Time to get Jinrolled!

GGvision #22 – Starcraft 2 Jinro-terview [FROM KOREA] – YouTube

ESL TV’s RotterdaM University

He came. He saw. He… didn’t quite conquer his opponents, yet! Rome wasn’t built in a day, was it? The first episode of RotterdaM University is out, the second is fast approaching and it seems like our hosts are eager to continue the learning process! This show is, as I probably mentioned before, is focused on improving lower level players and entertaining high level pro’s. If you’re interested in watching Carmac take his game to the next, make it from Bronze to Masters, don’t miss the next few episodes, as they will tell us if this mammoth task will at all be possible!

ESL TV’s RotterdaM University – TeamLiquid

Learning the ropes on RotterdaM University, Episode 2 – Starcraft II Official Site

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Starcraft II Themed Fan Art

There are, as usual, quite a few cool and crazy pieces of fan art out there that absolutely need to be seen. Zergling rushes, animated gifs and Broodlords and Broodlings playing poker… yes, you heard that right and you can see it on your screens right now! Check the rest out below, too. Enjoy!

Zergling rush kekeke…oh 😦 – reddit

Today, I learned how to make animated gifs. Here’s a Zergling for everyone – reddit

Broodlings and Broodlord playing poker, that’s all – reddit

Is the Blizzard Ladder Hurting Starcraft II?

There is an interesting and I guess to some, quite infuriating, post up on the TeamLiquid forums. The post is titled “Is the Blizzard Ladder Hurting SC2?” and it covers, in a pretty poetic way, all the different problems and issues that the author of the post and his friends have with the new Battle.net, Starcrat II’s map pool and various other topics. Is Battle.net 2.0 really that bad? I have to say I have been having a pretty good time playing on it, but, the poster does bring quite a few interesting points and even makes a few predictions that are quite interesting indeed. I won’t spoil it for any of you looking for a good read by telling you any of it here, so, if you’re interested you’d better check it out below!

Is the Blizzard Ladder Hurting SC2? – TeamLiquid

Best Protoss in The World?

Athene, the most epic of trolls, the best Paladin in the word and now, the self-proclaimed best protoss in the world is back and this time he is invading the world of Starcraft II in a big way. So if you want to hear aaaaallll about why Athene is the best, we are noobs and how he will carry dominating and apparently already has dominated the best players in the world, watch the video linked below. He had a crazy good record on Battle.net but there were rumors floating around that KiWiKaKi was doing all the heavy lifting for the notorious internet personality. So check that out, and, as an extra, you can even check a video that husky cast of Athene, or perhaps KiWiKaKi, in action. Enjoy!

Best Protoss in The World – YouTube

AtheneWins (KiwiKaki???) vs LuckyFish – PvZ – Shakuras Plateau – YouTube

IMBALANCED! – EP 02 – TvP Openings

Its time for Episode 02 of IMBALANCED! Warning, this is, as Artosis loves to say, not a show for the feint of heart or those with over inflated egos. This week IdrA and Artosis answer quite a few questions that the community had after the first episode and then move on to discuss TvP openings.  Marines and Marauders early game against Protoss: are STIM and Concussive Shells IMBALANCED?If you missed the first episode it is recommended that you check that out before watching this one. Also, how many pets DOES Artosis have?

IMBALANCED! – EP 02 – TvP Openings – YouTube

IdrA Interview

In one last little bit of related news, PolarfluKe has a pretty lenthy interview up with Greg “IdrA” Fields titled Release the Gracken, and, well, what can I say? IdrA interviews are always a good read. Check that out at polarfluke.co.za or in the links below. Enjoy!

Release the Gracken – PolarfluKe

For Those That Read It All

Just a quick warning for those looking for absolutely all the Starcraft II news they can find, I cut some news from this post. Gasp! The news was all included in the latest Starcraft related Pulse Episode, though, so if you check the link below you will find all the news that was not featured in this post. It’s all there, don’t worry!

Pulse 48 – Starcraft News – YouTube

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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’s game play has the right mix of old and new. It’s easy to pick up — even if you haven’t played the original in a while — and remains interesting and new. More important, this game focused on the multiplayer competition, which is what players loved most about the original. Here’s 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 – 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.
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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 – Starcraft 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!
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GSL3 – oGsMC 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 – TeamLiquid

GOMTV StarCraft 2 Open – Grand Final – Results – GosuGamers

GSL Season 3 Finals – MyM

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) – TeamLiquid

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 – TeamLiquid

Groups for GOMTV Global StarCraft 2 League Code S – GosuGamers

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 – GosuGamers

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 – GosuGamers

  1. RoX.KIS.BratOK – 10 500$ + 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: €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 – GosuGamers

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 – CraftCup

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 – CraftCup

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 – MyM

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 – TeamLiquid

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 – TeamLiquid

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 – ReadMore

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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 – FruitDealer – TeamLiquid

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 – Voice of MLG – YouTube

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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Garrosh

Leaders of the Horde: Garrosh Hellscream

Blizzard have an interesting new post series up titled Leaders of the Alliance and Horde. King Varian Wrynn, Queen Sylvanas Windrunner, King Genn Greymane, and Trade Prince Gallywix – these are just a few of the leaders who continue to shape Azeroth’s destiny. They are the embodiments of their races’ strongest traits… and at times their greatest failings. In the coming months, Blizzard Entertainment will be releasing short stories that will peer into the hearts of these legendary heroes and offer insight into what new trials might lie ahead as they lead their people in a world forever changed by the Cataclysm. The first entry is titled ‘Heart of War’ and offers a glimpse into the experiences that have shaped Garrosh into the fierce leader he is today. Check that out below, enjoy!

Leaders of the Horde: Garrosh Hellscream – World of Warcraft Community Site

Tanking With a Vengeance – Follow Up

Blizzard have taken it upon themselves to post a couple of responses and clarifications following Wednesday’s developer blog entry on the Vengeance ability and tanking. They cover a few things that some players didn’t quite get. Like the fact that Vengeance is mostly tuned for level 85 right now, or at least closer to level 85 than 80 and the fact that DPS classes have such crazy damage at the moment makes it slightly less useful than it will be on level 85, where things will be normalized. Also, they say that the 10 second buff time works well and sticks with their mantra of keeping playing fun and not a chore. If the buff lasted 30, or even 60 seconds, you would probably have people kiting weaker mobs through entire instances to keep it up. Let’s face it, that’s not fun. Read the full responses below!

Tanking With a Vengeance – Follow Up – World of Warcraft Community Site

World of Warcraft Mugs

World of Warcraft Mugs

Looking for the perfect holiday gift? Or perhaps you need a not-so-subtle way to show your World of Warcraft enthusiasm at the office (since shouting “For the Horde!” at the top of your lungs during meetings doesn’t always go over too well)? Taverncraft has the solution with today’s debut of two new massive stoneware mugs. The Blizzard merchandise never ceases to amaze. One for the Horde and one for the Alliance. These are some pretty solid mugs and they look really cool too. So check the post below for the full details and place your order right now!

World of Warcraft Mugs Now Available – World of Warcraft Community Site

Rob Pardo Interview

Are you curious as to why Blizzard would opt to destroy the world of what is arguably the most successful game in the history of the MMORPG genre? Well here it is, in a new interview on Edge with World of Warcraft co-designer Rob Pardo he spilled the beans. A quote:

 “We do have the ability to continually add to the game and evolve it, but the trickier challenge is that eventually people are going to want to move onto new types of entertainment,”

He also goes on to compare most modern-day MMOs to long-running television series, talks about Cataclysm and also talks about where Blizzard can go from here. A really great and informative interview, worth the read. Check it out below!

Interview: Rob Pardo – Edge

Mila Kunis Talks World of Warcraft

Actress Mila Kunis was recently interviewed on MTV and was asked how her World of Warcraft was going. Apparently she has had to cut back recently because she was getting too addicted. She also mentions that she would absolutely love to star in the World of Warcraft movie.

Mila Kunis on Reducing WoW time and the WoW Movie – WoW INC Gamers

Player Tries To Save GM Island

Below you can also read about a concerned World of Warcraft player that was worried about GM Island and its inhabitants. He was able to establish communication with the GM’s on the Island and, well, I will let you discover the rest…

Player tries to save GM Island – World of Warcraft Forums

World of Warcraft On Android

Just a quick mention that World of Warcraft is continuing is run on all the different platforms out there. This time we see World of Warcraft running, and pretty well I must add, on an Android phone. You can check that out above!

Play World of Warcraft On Your Android Smartphone – World of Raids

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Strategy Guide

Whether you’re a first-time player or a Molten Core veteran, Brady Games’ official World of Warcraft: Cataclysm strategy guide has something for everyone. Yes indeed, as with the previous expansions there is a tie-in strategy guide to be had. The guide weighs in at nearly 500 pages and dives into the areas you want to know about most. It covers the playable worgen and goblin races and their starting zones, as well as detailed information on Azeroth’s shattered landscape and all the new quests. You’ll also find a thorough guide to the new level 80-85 content.

The Brady Games World of Warcraft: Cataclysm strategy guide will be available on December 7 at retailers that sell World of Warcraft strategy guides and at the Blizzard Store. Enjoy and read more about it below!

Brady Games Cataclysm Strategy Guide – World of Warcraft Community Site

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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 – MyM

[GSL] S3 Ro32 Day 3 – TeamLiquid

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 – TeamLiquid

GSL accused of rigging BoxeR fixtures – MyM

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 – StarCraft 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! – Starcraft 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 – MyM

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€ prize money. Read more about that below!

Go4SC2 monthly final – MyM

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 – MyM

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 – GosuGamers

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 – TeamLiquid

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 – MyM

Replay Packs

Dreamhack Winter 2010 Replaypack – SC2Win

StarCraft II Go4SC2 Cup #59 Replaypack – SC2Win

ZOTAC StarCraft II Cup #33 Replaypack – SC2Win

GomTV All-star Tournament Replaypack – SC2Win

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Happy Starcrafting

Happy Starcrafting! 😀

I am starting with the Tournament news this time around. There’s a lot to get through so you’d best get reading!

eG SC Masters Cup – This Weekend

All the qualifications for the EG Starcraft II Master’s Cup have been completed and it’s time for the top 16 to battle it out for the 1000$ prize money! So if want to spend the next two days listening to Day9 and DjWheat then you’d better head on over to their site and tune in! It is no doubt going to be fun seeing the players battle it out for a chance to win the prize money and face off against IdrA to win an MSI notebook. Read more below!

djWHEAT’s Channel on USTREAM

Evil Geniuses Website

Naama Wins Viking Cup #17

Naama managed to take the 17th Viking Cup this past week. The Terran player managed to defeat the Zerg lalush in the finals with a score of 3 to 2.

dSKe Win Craft Cup Lite #8

dSKe won the 8th Craft Cup Lite this past week with an easy 2 to 0. He met up with and took down fellow Terran player NoName in the finals.

jimpo Wins Craft Cup Lite #9

The 9th Craft Cup Lite also happened this past week with jimpo coming out on top. The Terran player faced off against the Protoss xDKfat and took him down with a score of 2 to 1.

Tarson Wins Craft Cup #16

Craft Cup #16 was held this past Friday, back to normal it seems, and Tarson managed to secure the win. He faced off against the Zerg player Bly in the finals, beating him with a score of 3 to 1.

Slider Wins Go4SC2 #50

Protoss player Slider managed to win the 50th Go4SC2 Cup this past Wednesday. He took down big name Terran player ClouD in in the finals with a score of 3 to 1.

Dreamhack Winter Starcraft II Tournament

The world’s biggest LAN, DreamHack, will be featuring a StarCraft 2 tournament at its next event with an approximate 20,000 Euro prize pool. Players will be able to qualify online via international qualifiers and it’s been said that top players can even just get a direct invite. There have also been rumors that Day9 will be attending the lan to commentate and actually doing one of his Day9 Dailies on site, sounds great! You can read more about all of that below.

Dreamhack Lan – Dreamhack.se

GosuGamers KOTH – KiWiKaKi vs Slush – Happening Tonight

In the next round of the NVIDIA GosuGamers King of the Hill we are going to be seeing Protoss playing KiWiKaKi take on Zerg player Slush in an epic best of 7 series. It’s happening tonight and I will definitely try get the results up as soon as they are available! Read more about it below.

NVIDIA GosuGamers KOTH: KiWiKaKi vs. SLush – GosuGamers

Update – KiWiKaKi took Slush down with a clean 4 to 0. You can find the replays, VODs and other details below!

NVIDIA GosuGamers KOTH: KiWiKaKi vs. Slush – Results, Replays

Take’s Germany Vs. Sweden War

ESL TV’s TaKe is hosting a ‘Germany vs. Sweden’ battle from his house featuring the likes of GoOdy, Socke, DarK.FoRcE, MorroW and merz. This battle of the countries is definitely set to be pretty exciting and I will no doubt try to get my hands on some results and replays for all of you! It is actually happening over this weekend and you can find the full matchups below.

TaKe hosting Germany vs. Sweden war – SK Gaming

EPS France Grand Finals

The French EPS grand final has been announced and will gather the top four players to compete for Glory and obviously some pretty nice prizes. It is actually set to take place at the Paris Games Week this weekend. ‘ SarenS’ will meet ‘MoMaN’ while ‘TuZeR’ will take on ‘AureS’ in the semi final. Stay tuned here for more results from that! 😀

Update – The EPS France is now over and with only one loss in 15 matches Pierre ‘Sarens’ Guivarch is the champion! At the Grand Finals this weekend he managed a straight run through the winners to the finals and there he took down fellow Terran player Aures with a score of 3 to 2.

GSL 2

GSL2 – Round of 16

I try mix it up a bit, try see what different sites have to say about the same thing. Today I am linking you to MyM’s coverage of the GSL2. Its just as comprehensive as the TeamLiquid posts and, well, it definitely tells you all you need to know!

GSL2 Round of 16 – MyM

Big names that made it to the top 8 and received their Code S? BoxeR, NaDa, HopeTorture, Zenio and Genius. Big names not making the cut? IdrA, Check and Loner. It’s pretty sad to see IdrA go but one can’t really stay sad for long with all the other amazing players up in there! See the MyM post above for more information!

There’s some other news pertaining to the GSL2 and you can find that below!

BoxeR vs NaDa

Yeah, BoxeR vs NaDa. I could probably just stop right here and all the fans out there would have heard enough. We suspected this day would come, it had to sooner or later, but this soon, wow. With the GSL2 Moving into the round of 8 we see the big name Brood War legends meeting each other for the first time in Starcraft II. The anticipation cannot be explained. This is one game I will definitely not miss!

Zenio: IdrA, don’t be a dick.

Apparently IdrA must “stop being a dick’. This is straight from the mouth of the player that just recently knocked IdrA out of the GSL2, oGsZenio. After Zenio won their best of 3 series with a score of 2-o he made a rather threatening looking gesture at IdrA, a gesture which caused a lot of talk. Zenio says that he did it because IdrA has no respect for anyone on Battle.net and should learn to not be a dick to everyone. It’s pretty entertaining and after seeing how serious the flame haired Korean looked, I don’t think anyone is going to be disrespecting him on the Battle.net any time soon. Read the full interview below, courtesy of GosuGamers.

Zenio: IdrA, don’t be a dick – GosuGamers

MyM Boots NaNiWa

MyM has let go of the big-ish name Protoss player NaNiWa. Apparently after causing quite a stir, and I do mean this in a bad way, in the German EPS, it was decided that MyM was just not the place for him. The MyM Starcraft II Squad now only consists of Cloud and Artosis but they say that al MyM fans can be sure that there will be some great announcements coming soon. Let’s wait and see, till then, though, you can read the full announcement below.

MYM waves goodbye to Naniwa – MyM

Na’Vi Grows

A couple of days ago the well-known MGO Na’Vi revealed their plans to expand into the DotA and Starcraft II scene. Now, MYM.com has new information about the first three players Na’Vi is going to sign for their StarCraft II squad. Rumor has it we may well be seeing big names White-Ra, Kas and Strelok take the helm of their new team. It has been said that DIMAGA might also be under consideration. You can read more about these big moves and acquisations below, as I mentioned, courtesy of MyM.com.

Na’Vi with White-Ra, Strelok and Kas? – MyM

Ret and HuK to Korea

Big name Liquid players HuK and Ret are doing what all Starcraft pro-gamers wish to do and what everyone pretty much expected them to do sooner or later, making the move to Korea. Once they get there they will be moving into the Liquid house and well, the foreigner count in Korea will rise by two. They are set to make the move early in the month of November. I think it’s really amazing, I am totally jealous and I wish them the best of luck. You can read all about it in this weeks Liqiud Weekly.

Ret and HuK to Korea – Liquid Weekly #13

Huk and TLO Interviews

TeamLiquid has a few ‘back from BlizzCon’ Interviews up with their two players HuK and TLO. As you can expect the interviews revolve, mostly at least, around BlizzCon and the players experiences there. They also talk a little to HuK about the move to Korea is going to be making in the coming days. With those two guys the interviews could never be dull, you can read them both below. HuK also recently participated in the Strat Bunker Showmatch, GiantBomb.com Thursday Night Throwdown and Global Games Invite Ro8. So you can read about that below too!

HuK and TLO Interviews – Liquid Weekly #13

GSL On the Economist Website

Starcraft II and Pro-Gaming on the whole is becoming more and more mainstream by the day. Any fool can tell you that eSports are definitely here to stay, who’d have thought anything else? There is a piece, entitled “Pros clicking at war”, up over on The Economist. It carries the bold subheading “An American firm wants to turn computer games into a global spectator sport”. The article is not long and only touches on the basics, which is understandable in light of its target audience. In short it is to present an overview of the GSL, esports in South Korea and ask whether it can be exported to the West. Now that is an interesting question. I am not sure something like the GSL could or would thrive anywhere but the Starcraft mecca that is South Korea, but I gotta say, as a gamer I would love to see them try to make it work. You can read the full article below, it’s definitely worth looking at.

“South Korean fans watch games broadcast on cable television and the players are celebrities. Teams flush with sponsorship money pay stars salaries on top of their prize money. (One player, Lee Yoon-Yeol, aka “Nada”, is rumoured to earn around $200,000 a year; a journeyman player might make $20,000). Now Activision Blizzard, the California-based company that developed the Starcraft games, is keen to spread the popularity of e-sports in the West.”

Pro’s Clicking At War – The Economist BoxeR GSL2

BoxeR To Go Random?

Now, firstly, this was said before the round of 16 in the GSL2 was concluded. BoxeR, The Emporer himself, perhaps the biggest name Terran player in Brood War ever has said that he might well change to random should the Terran race receive any more nerfs. He also spoke about his excitement should he get his S-Class rank and should he be able to face NaDa in the round of 8. Lastly, he speaks about the ‘fake’ BoxeR and how, based on skill, he should probably carry on using the nickname. A great, if short interview for any Emporer fans out there! You can read it all below.

BoxeR  Ro16 Interview – TeamLiquid

Play With A Pro – Lucifron

The second issue of FNATIC’s Play With A Pro series brings us Lucifron, currently one of the best Terran players out there. You now stand a chance to win an hour-long coaching session with this Spaniard. All you have to do is become a fan of Lucifron at his personal page at Fnatic’s website and leave a creative and witty statement about why you should be chosen for this one-hour practice session. So, what are you waiting for? Follow the link below!

Play with a pro: Lucifron – FNATIC

SC2Casts Application For iPhone

Do you spend a lot of time on the SC2Casts Website watching those videos? Do you spend a lot of time on your iPhone? Well this is the application for you! SC2Casts has released an app for the iPhone which allows users to watch VODs on their phone. Now that sounds pretty good for all those Starcraft II players that just can’t get enough. Read more about it below! 

SC2Casts app for the iPhone – SK Gaming

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Blizzard Served

Blizzard Cracks Down On Hackers, Again

It seems like Blizzard has a followup for their big wave of bans that happened at the start of this month; they are now going after the people responsible for the ‘hacking or cheating’ programs. According to an article over at GameSpot, just last week, Blizzard filed suit in the Los Angeles US District Court against three programmers, accusing them of creating and selling hacks for Starcraft II that were in violation of the end-user license agreement, Battle.net terms of use, and copyright law.

Here’s a quote from the claim:

“Just days after the release of Starcraft II, Defendants already had developed, marketed, and distributed to the public a variety of hacks and cheats designed to modify (and in fact destroy) the Starcraft II online game experience. In fact, on the very day that Starcraft II was released, representatives of the hacks Web site advised members of the public that ‘our staff is already planning new releases for this game.'”

“The harm to Blizzard from Defendants’ conduct is immediate, massive and irreparable, by distributing the Hacks to the public, Defendants cause serious harm to the value of StarCraft II. Among other things, Defendants irreparably harm the ability of Blizzard’s legitimate customers (i.e. those who purchase and use unmodified games) to enjoy and participate in the competitive online experience. That, in turn, causes users to grow dissatisfied with the game, lose interest in the game, and communicate that dissatisfaction, thereby resulting in lost sales of the game or ‘add-on’ packs and expansions thereto.”

Ouch. The three defendants named in the suit go by the handles ‘Permaphrost,’ ‘Cranix,’ and ‘Linuxawesome.’ It is thus far unclear as to where Blizzard will go from here and according to GameSpot they are still waiting for Blizzard to respond to their queries. I will try stay up-to-date, keep checking back here!

You can read the full article below.

Blizzard sues Starcraft II hackers – GameSpot

IdrA wins MLG DC

IdrA Wins MLG D.C.

The Zerg playing IdrA from the clan EG managed a straight run to the Grand Finals in this weekends MLG Washington D.C. Starcraft II Tournament. He won every single series he played and after that he had quite a long wait on his hands for his challenger to emerge from the losers bracket. Select, being knocked out of the winners bracket early in the event, battled his way all the way through some pretty big names to meet up against the ready and waiting IdrA. IdrA took the grand final with a clean 2-0 and pocketed a rather decent $2500 for his efforts. The games were great to watch over the stream, especially with the soothing voice of Day9 guiding us through them all. The whole event was great fun and I can’t wait for the next MLG in Dallas!

You can find a full replay pack of the event below along with links to the full brackets, enjoy!

MLG D.C. – Full Replay Pack

MLG D.C. – Full Brackets

Another IdrA Interview

Just a day or two ago another interesting interview with the recent MLG winner, IdrA, popped up, this time over on FNATIC.com. In the interview they talk about IdrA’s loss at GSL1, his families response to him choosing to become a pro-gamer, the other pro-gamers he respects, how he left his life behind to move to Korea and so much more! It’s a great read for any IdrA fan, which there are no doubt many of, and you can find a link to the full interview below.

IdrA Interview  – FNATIC.com

oGs Win GOMtv Team Invitational

The team invitational that was held during the off-days after the GSL2’s Qualifications was won by, well, let’s just face it, the favourites, oGs. After battling it out for 8 days they faced off against team WeRRa in the finals and managed to defeat them with a close score of 4-3. There were some big players from oGs in the team, namely GARIMTO, Zenio and NaDa, so I guess it’s no surprise that they did so well. Overall it seems like it was great fun and I am sure it gave the players participating in the GSL2 a good bit of practice before the event. Read more about that below!

GOMtv – http://www.gomtv.net/

SjoW Wins Craft Cup #10

This past friday SjoW managed to win yet again, this time taking Craft Cup #10. The Terran player faced off against fellow Terran DieStar in the finals and took him down with a score of 3 to 0.

GoOdy Wins Go4SC2 Cup #47

The Terran player GoOdy just barely managed to claim victory in this past Sunday’s Go4SC2 Cup #47. He faced off against the Zerg player Lalush in the finals and took it with a close 3 to 2.

DIMAGA Wins ZOTAC Cup #27

DIMAGA the Zerg made winning look easy in this past Sunday’s ZOTAC Cup #27. He took down the Terran Tarson in the finals with a rather convincing score of 3 to 0.

GSL2

Global Starcraft League – Season 2

As you all probably know, the GSL2 is starting tomorrow, or today, depends on when you read this (18th) and a lot of people will no doubt be glued to their screens watching the live streams all day long. I will be trying to do at least a bit of coverage of the GSL2 here on the site as often as I can so be sure to keep checking back for information, results and drama!

GOMtv Sony

Sony Erricson Sponsor GSL2

In a slightly smaller and probably less interesting piece of news to the average gamer, Sony Ericsson the fourth biggest mobile phone manufacturer has launched their first eSport sponsorship. The first sponsorship they have thrown out just so happens to be to the second season of the Global Starcraft League. No official information has been revealed on the matter, but it’s pretty interesting nonetheless.

GSL2 Schedule, Live Stream And More

If you were not quite which game was happening when, which group was playing when, what time the games start every day or even where to find the stream for the GSL2, you can find all of that below! There’s a full schedule of events, a link to the stream.

The opening series of games of the event have been announced and they are definitely set to be interesting! We will be seeing the Zerg player and victor of the first season, FruidDealer, face off against the Terran playing ButterflyEffect.

GSL2 Live Stream

GSL2 Full Schedule

GSL2 Day 1 Videos By Artosis

Good old Artosis is at it again. He has been religiously carrying his camera around and filming every little thing he had the chance to film while at the GSL2 in South Korea. Over this past weekend he uploaded a couple of videos from the first qualification days of the GSL2. There are some really cool clips of some really big names in action, he even has a couple of mini-interviews with spectators and participants at the event. All in all, good to watch. You can find links to all four videos below.

GSL Season 2 Qualifiers Day 1 – Part 1 of 4

GSL Season 2 Qualifiers Day 1 – Part 2 of 4

GSL Season 2 Qualifiers Day 1 – Part 3 of 4

GSL Season 2 Qualifiers Day 1 – Part 4 of 4

The Collegiate StarLeague – Season 4

The guys from over at GosuGamers recently uploaded a pretty cool interview with the guys behind The Collegiate StarLeague or CSL. If you didn’t know, they are the organization that is trying to Koreanize Starcraft in North America by treating it as they would any other sport, be it Football, Hockey or Baseball and spreading it across college campuses across the country. The CSL is set to begin its fourth season on Saturday, October 23rd and there’s already quite a lot of hype building around it this organization and what it’s doing for eSports in the US. So be sure to check the interview out below, along with a couple more links that can get you pretty much filled in with everything you need to know about the CSL.

Features \ The Collegiate StarLeague – GosuGamers

The Collegiate StarLeague

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MorroW Wins IEM

The Intel Extreme Masters has just finished mere moments ago with MorroW as the victor! In a nail biting final against the Zerg player IdrA the MorroW managed to take it with a score of 3-1. I simply can’t wait to get a replay pack of the event downloaded. I have only seen the group stages so far along with a couple of streams of the semi’s and the finals. Overall it was pretty exciting! I am going to try get a link up for a replay pack as soon as it appears.

You can find the Top 4 below along with a links to the replay packs from the event.

  1. MorroW (T)
  2. IdrA (Z)
  3. DIMAGA (Z)
  4. Tarson (T)

Intel Extreme Masters Season 5 Replay Pack

Intel Extreme Masters Group Stage Replay Pack

As I said I will try get the rest of the replays and other interesting information up soon! If you want to read more details, interviews and all manner of other stuff relating to the IEM you should probably check out GosuGamers for that! You can also keep checking back at SC2Win for replays!

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