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If you are having the error in the title then I recommend you download the following application, install it, run Starcraft II and kiss those problems goodbye!

HotSpotShield – Install this, run it and enjoy!

You don’t need to install any of the extras along with the program, and, well, you can even remove the program right after you’ve run the game! This method worked quite well for me, if any of you are having any other problems some people are saying deleting your cache folder works too, worth a try I guess!

You can also read about all of this on the following thread:

There is a problem downloading this content [solved] – Starcraft II Community Site

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Starcraft 2 Patch 1.2

Patch 1.2.0 Now Live

Starcraft II patch 1.2 is finally here! Chat channels, Master League, an extreme graphics options, new customizable hotkeys feature and a ton of interesting balance changes await those that dare to log in. The balance changes? Well, the swarm didn’t receive much work in this patch, apart from the fact that you can’t block ramps with just two pylons anymore, that’s all that needs to be said about that. Protoss see big changes to their air units including the Phoenix, Void Ray and Observer. In the last of the balance changes, terran SCV’s have had a few changes made to the way they build and move around while doing it. If you’re in any way involved in Starcraft II, I assume you’ll want to see those patch notes. You can find the full list below, enjoy!

Patch 1.2.0 Now Live – Starcraft II Official Site

In addition to that you can also read a quick FAQ post by the guys from over at Blizzard detailing the entire Masters League, how it works and how you can get into it. Lastly, you can also check out the apparent ‘hidden changes’ that came with 1.2. Also, there was no ladder reset, so don’t bother asking! Check all that out below.

Master League – Starcraft II Official Site

1.2 Patch Changes Not Noted – TeamLiquid

Stealth change in 1.2.0 – more creep from Overlord – TeamLiquid

Tournament & Event News

Tournament & Event Smalls:

GSL News

With the GSL Round of 16 coming up we finally have our final list of players. The following 16 players will move into yet another group stage, the groups of which can be seen below. It is pretty exciting and its great to see that both IdrA and Jinro have made it this far. So, if you’re trying to follow the GSL and all the happenings there, check the posts below!

  • Group A : Imnestea vs oGsZenio , SlayersBoxer vs TSL-Trickster(ssks)
  • Group B : TheBestfou vs ImMvp , oGshyperdub vs choyafou
  • Group C : NspGenius vs oGsNada , TSL-Clide vs EGIdra
  • Group D : St-Rainbow vs oGsMc , MarineKingPrime vs LiquidJinro

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

GOMTV GSL Round of 32 Day 8 – Report – GosuGamers

GSL Hiring Casters

GOMTV has announced that they are currently recruiting new casters to commentated their Code-A match broadcasts in English. With the thousands and thousands of new casters that StarCraft II has brought into the world, many of them are probably looking for this ‘big break’. Some of the key points include that GOMtv will only pay the casters salary, not their airfare or accommodation and you will have to be able to acquire a working Visa in Korea. You can apply by submitting a VOD with your casting, these may be solo or dual commentary. It really does sound interesting and I would absolutely love to do something like that myself, but I won’t. You can read the official post below and find the address to send those VODs to.

Additional English caster/commentator Recruitment – GOMtv

GOMtv Open House

In the last of our GOMtv and GSL news, it seems like GOMtv is taking steps to encourage foreign players to compete in the GSL. For foreign players thinking about making the trip to Korea, the question about housing accommodations always comes into play, but today, GOMtv furthered their dedication towards this cause by announcing that a house will be made available for foreign players to stay in during their participation in the GSL. This move apparently came after GOM noticed many players having difficulty in finding a place to stay. They say the house has enough room for 8-10 players and that you’d need to send your passport along with your ladder ranking to them at gsl@gomtv.net. I have to say it is really cool that they are doing this and it really shows that they are trying to support absolutely everyone, not just their own countries Starcraft II players.

Code A Preliminary Announcement (Jan. 11, Updated) – GOMtv

Community News

Community Smalls:

MaDFroG And SK Gaming ‘Part Ways’

SK Gaming’s first StarCraft II player and Warcraft III legend, Fredrik ‘MaDFroG’ Johansson, will be departing from the organization, due to unfortunate circumstances. Not much else was said about this parting of ways and I have to say I would be pretty shocked if I heard he was ‘let go’ instead of quitting. All that SK Gaming said was that recent circumstances have arisen and after a series of discussions, it has unfortunately been reached through mutual consensus that MaDFroG will be unable to remain with SK Gaming for 2011. Sad, sad day if you ask me. Well, good luck to MaDFroG in all his future endeavors, and, well, shame on you SK Gaming.

MaDFroG departs from SK Gaming – SK Gaming

Life In The StarTale House

Starcraft Pro Torch and his girlfriend Seltzer recently went back to Korea after GSL 3 qualification, before christmas. During their stay they took a lot of footage of the GSL, the commentators and everything else that transpired there. Lucky for us it seems we’ve not seen it all just yet! Torch still had some content saved up finally put together a video of the StarTale house in South Korea. You can watch the video linked above and read a lot more about all of that below, courtesy of VTGaming. There are also a bunch of great photos, too. As always it is highly entertaining to see how those guys get down, worth a watch, and read!

Life in the StarTale House – VTGaming

Photos from STARTALE – TeamLiquid

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The TotalBiscuit Story

After the little piece of news mentioned about GSL hiring casters for their Code-A games quite a few gamers suggested the one and only TotalBiscuit for the job. He did reply by saying that he won’t be applying for it, as awesome as it would be. He said that he was already fighting a legal battle to get back into the US, to be with his wife and kid again, after being apart for 2 years thanks to the irreversible decision of a single Homeland Security officer. So now, as you can expect, he can’t go running off to South Korea on a whim. He gave us a long and short version of the story, here’s the short one. He met his wife at Blizzcon in 2005, as nerds do. They kept in touch, it got serious after a couple more visits and he decided to take a chance to move to the States in 2007, so he packed up all my stuff, put the rest in storage and went to go live with her. He explains that he was at the time of his life where he felt like taking risks and was in a position to take them. So, the rest, as they say, is history. So if you want to read the full version of this heartwarming story, which I totally recommend, you can find it below. And that, my friends, would be why we won’t be seeing TotalBiscuit at the GSL casting those games.

GSL Hiring Casters – Page 12 – TeamLiquid

TotalBiscuit – On The Matter Of Spectating

In one last bit of TotalBiscuit related news he recently wrote a piece on his website, CynicalBrit.com about spectating games and eSports future in general. He basically just talks about how entry-level casting, casting for the sake of entertainment, like the commentators do for live sports events on TV, is the future of eSports. Needless to say he is probably right and you can read the full thing below, it’s a great read and might put a few things in perspective for those of you that actually whine when certain casters don’t seem to make their casts technical enough.

Draft scribbling on the matter of spectating – The Cynical Brit

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Liquid Weekly #22

The 22nd Liquid Weekly is out! This time around there is, once again a lot of focus on Liquids wonderboy, Jinro’s, performance in the GSL along with TLO’s recent victory at the Pokeridol.com tournament. You can also find the usual smalls along with some cool fan art of The Gracken vs The Gorilla Terran (See above!) , check it out.

The Liquid Weekly #22 – TeamLiquid

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

Happy Starcrafing! 😀 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 – Starcraft II Official Forums

StarCraft II Patch 1.2.0 PTR Notes – Starcraft 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.
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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 – Polt & 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 – TeamLiquid

 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™ – 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 – GOMtv

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 – Monthly Final December! – TeamLiquid

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 – TeamLiquid

PokerStrategy.com TSL3 Qualifier #1 Recap – TeamLiquid

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 – GosuGamers

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 – GosuGamers

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) – TeamLiquid

Bacchus OSL – Ro8 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 – TeamLiquid

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 – TeamLiquid

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 – TeamLiquid

eG acquires DeMusliM – MyM

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? – FNATIC

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 – GosuGamers

ESL TV: RotterdaM to teach Carmac StarCraft – GosuGamers

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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 – Starcraft 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 – Reactiontime

GSL – Artosis 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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Starcraft II Patch 1.2

Patch 1.2 – First week of January

Starcraft II patch 1.2 was first released on the public test region a few weeks ago and included new features like chat channels, an Extreme Graphics option and many balance changes. In a recent post on the official Starcraft II Forums Blizzard states that the patch is set to go live in the first week of January. They do say that this is ‘assuming PTR testing goes well during the last two weeks of December’. For those of you that really can’t wait that long you could always hop onto the Starcraft II PTR and give it a go. Blizzard says a new version of the PTR patch is now available and includes the final batch of fixes and optimizations. Interesting stuff and it is great to finally see a release date for the patch! See the official announcement below.

(Sticky) StarCraft II Patch 1.2 Release Plans – Official Starcraft II Forums

Heaven’s Devils: Lost Transmissions Part 2

Part 2 of 4 of the Heaven’s Devils: Lost Transmissions will reveal even more of the previously unreleased communications between UNN reporters Max Speer and Michael Liberty. As I mentioned before, each broadcast offers a glimpse into the maneuverings of both the Confederacy and the outlaws James Raynor and Tychus Findlay, formerly of the Heaven’s Devils. So if you want to read the private text between these two reporters that always seem to be walking the line, check it out below!

Heaven’s Devils: Lost Transmissions Part 2 – Starcraft II Official Site

Starcraft II – PC Gamer UK’ Strategy Game of the Year

PC Gamer has been dishing out awards for the various categories of Game of the Year over on their site and it just so happens that Starcraft II was chosen as the Strategy Game Of The Year. Yes, yet another award that out new favourite Blizzard RTS has snagged. The article covers all the reasons for choosing this game above all the others. Reasons such as the amazingly brilliantly stunning single player campaign the obviously huge eSports factor, the community involvement and much more. They even cover a few of the big name shoutcasters that make the game as exciting as it is. Some great news for our holiday season and a pretty good read to boot. Check that out below!

StarCraft 2 – PC Gamer UK’s Strategy Game Of The Year – PC Gamer

Day 9

Day[9] – PC Gamer UK’s Gamer Of The Year

I guess tying in with Starcraft II winning their strategy award, PC Gamer has also chosen a big name from the Starcraft II community as their gamer of the year. Who, you ask? PC Gamer’s Gamer of the Year is none other than Starcraft II legend and pillar of the community, Sean ‘Day [9]‘ Plott. In short they say that Day[9]’s desire to constantly help his fellow nerds makes him their gamer of the year. In the article they talk about his life leading up to Starcraft II, how his Day[9] Dailies came about and the huge impact he is making on the worlds gaming community. So if you want to read all about their reasons for picking the ever entertaining Day[9] you can find the full article below.

Sean ‘Day[9]‘ Plott – PC Gamer UK’s Gamer Of The Year – PC Gamer

The Grack before Christmas – TotalBiscuit

TotalBiscuit has certainly been on the mind for the past couple of days, and now, it just gets worse. He teams up with reddit to provide us with a reading of The Grack before Christmas. I don’t really need to say much about this other than all the fans of Greg ‘The Gracken’ Fields out there should definitely give it a listen. Well done to the guys over at Reddit Starcraft and to TotalBiscuit for the wonderful reading, way to add more cheer to our already festive season! Enjoy! 😀

The Grack before Christmas (Starcraft 2 poem by Reddit) – YouTube

Tournament And Event News

GOMTV – Gisado Event

The results are in for the GOMTV Gisado event that happened from the 22nd to the 24th of December. In short terran pulled a 5 – 0 against zerg, protoss did a 5 – 4 against zerg and terran also managed a 5 – 0 against protoss. So yeah, a lot of balance this, imbalance that going around right now about that. You can check the full results below aswell as the amazing prizes that were involved in this King of the Hill style event. Enjoy!

GOMTv’s Gisado: King Wang Zzang – MyM

gisado aka KTH on gomtv – TeamLiquid

Kas Wins HomerJ XMAS Tournament

On the 22nd of December the HomerJ XMAS Tournament Final was concluded with Kas taking the top spot. After battling his way to the finals the terran playing Kas faced off against fellow terran player Tarson. Kas managed to take Tarson down with a clean 3 to 0. To read more about the event, players that participated and the prizes that were Sennheiser, among others, check the post below!

XMAS-Cup: Kas wins the tournament – MyM

Kaspersky – New Year’s StarCraft II Invitational

Kaspersky’s New Year StarCraft II Invitational is set to feature 20 of the best players from Eastern and Western Europe as well as four special guests from GSL. Now that sound quite tantalizing. The event is sponsored by Kaspersky Lab and organized by Russian eSport site GoodGame.ru. The group stages for the tournament have already been started and the play-offs are set to happen from the 28th of December. If you want to know more about this event, where to watch it, who’s participating and what the prizes are you can find all of that in the post linked below. Enjoy!

Kaspersky New Year’s StarCraft II Invitational – TeamLiquid

Masters Tour Lite #1

A new cup called Masters Tour Lite started on the afternoon of the 24th of December.The organizers of the event promise to make this cup a regular thing, with many cups and tournaments in the future, similar to the Zotac, Go4SC2 or Craft Cup series. In addition, the cups are set to happen on weekends only. So if you want yet another weekly cup to participate in check the post below for the full details! 

“Masters Tour” series announced – MyM

Player and Clan News

Pony Tales #2

The second issue of TeamLiquids Pony Tails has been released, just in time for Christmas! High production value? Check! Amazingly good quality? Check! Silly TeamLiquid antics? Check! An interview with a sleeping Jinro? Check, check and check! Yes indeed, you absolutely have to check the latest Pony Tails out, it is packed full of everything that makes up awesome.

Pony Tales #2 – TeamLiquid

New RAGE Team Lineup

After losing their entire Starcraft II line-up clan RAGE didn’t just throw in the towel as many clans seem to do, they have just recently revealed their completely revamped, fresh and eager team. The new StarCraft II team consists of mostly unknown players with the exception being none other than the 6 pooling legend ActionJesus. Interested? You can read the full announcement and team roster below, courtesy of MyM.

RAGE presents new lineup – MyM

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Starcraft Pulse

Hello everyone! Pulse 34 is here. I hope I got all the links where they should be, things got a bit confusing this week. The make-over for the show will be coming up soon, I hope sometime in December. For now, though, enjoy this episode!

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Starcraft II Patch 1.2

Patch 1.2 Rollbacks

As you all probably heard by now, Patch 1.2 is being tested on the newly implemented Public Test Region, or PTR, for Starcraft II. The patch was set to make a few rather large changes to Starcraft II, changes that a lot of players apparently voiced their concerns about. In response, Bashiok announced via the Official Starcraft II forums that  some of the changes would be rolled back to their previous states. It seems like Blizzard was, with these changes at least, just poking around a bit to see what the players would think or how they would perform under live circumstances. I guess that this means, if anything, that the PTR is doing its job.

You can find the reverted changes in the quote below. Below that you can also find the previously announced 1.2 patch notes.

We would like to thank everyone for their participation thus far in the first StarCraft 2 public test. We’re in the process of temporarily taking down the PTR in order to apply changes based on your feedback and testing.

Some of the changes we’re working on implementing:

  • Bunker build time reduction removed as previously noted
  • Fungal Growth’s terrestrial limitation has been removed and the ability once again affects air units
  • It will once again be possible to hold down a key to repeat a hotkey command

This down time is expected to start tomorrow at noon, 12:01 p.m. PST and last for approximately 2-3 days. Keep an eye on this forum for updates on when you can rejoin the Public Test Region and begin testing the newest changes. Thanks for your help!
Bashiok, Blizzard Entertainment

PTR Hiatus – Official Starcraft II Forums

StarCraft II Patch 1.2.0 PTR Notes – Official Starcraft II Forums

Heaven’s Devils: Lost Transmissions

Blizzard have an interesting and informative post up on the Official Starcraft II website. The first of four parts of the Heaven’s Devils: Lost Transmissions will reveal previously unreleased communications between UNN reporters Max Speer and Michael Liberty. Each broadcast is set to offer a glimpse into the maneuverings of both the Confederacy and the outlaws James Raynor and Tychus Findlay, formerly of the Heaven’s Devils. Blizzard said they thought that this ‘behind the scenes look’ would be fun and interesting for everyone. I can’t say I disagree.

Heaven’s Devils: Lost Transmissions – Starcraft II Official Site

GSL

GSL3 – Round of 8

This week the GSL3 moved into and completed its Round of 8. In the first play day we saw TSL.Rain take IMNesTea out with a score of 3 to 2 and HongUngPrime.WE beat former champ TSL.FruitDealer with a score of 3 to 2. Sadly, that marked the departure of the last two zergs from the GSL Season 3. In the second play day we saw oGsMC beat  MarineKing down with a MarineKing with a score of 3 to 1 and LiquidJinro take choyafOu down with a score of 3 to 2. The games in the round of 8 were, as expected, totally amazing to watch and it is impressive to note that Jinro is the first foreigner to make it as far as the Round of 4 in the history of the GSL. You can find full recounting of the two play days of the Round of 8 below courtesy of TeamLiquid.

[GSL] S3 Ro8 Day 1 – TeamLiquid

[GSL] S3 Ro8 Day 2 – TeamLiquid

There is a small break between now and the Round of 4, which is starting on Thursday. You can keep checking back here for more results, though!

fxopenpoa

FXOpen Invitational – Path of Ascension

FXOpen is proud to announce their first invitational tournament, the FXOpen Path of Ascension. This tournament will feature $900 in cash prizes and the organizers have invited all the big name players from both the North America and Southeast Asia servers. HuK, KiWiKaKi, SEn, qxc, hayprO, iNcontrol and many others have been invited. In addition to those, we will apparently also see some handpicked European players competing to try to claim the $500 first prize. FXOpen don’t mess around with their prize pools, that is for sure. You can see the list of invited players below along with the full details of the event.

FXOpen $900 Invitational – Path of Ascension – TeamLiquid

Europe vs. America Day 1 & 2

The first two play-days of the Steelseries Europe vs America challenge were completed over this past weekend. Europe has a slight lead at the moment but the scales may yet tip in Americas favour in the next set of play days coming up this weekend. You can find the full results of the first two play days below along with a link containing all the information you could possibly want concerning this most interesting of events.

  • White-Ra has taken Ret down with a score of 3 to 2.
  • SjoW defeats TT1 with a clean 3 to 0. 
  • Tarson loses to KiWiKaKi with a score of 2 to 3. 
  • DIMAGA vs fenix was delayed due to technical difficulties.

Steelseries: Europe vs America – TeamLiquid

Black Dragon League

After an exciting third qualifier, ending with a 3 to 1 victory from Strelok over Naama, the guys at the BlackDragon League are proud to announce their 4th qualifier. It is set to happen this coming Saturday. Once again 32 players will compete for another slot of the Black Dragon League.

After this last qualifier, Black Dragon League will invite the twelve best performers of all qualifiers to compete for the last three slots in an epic showdown. The twelve players will be split into three groups with four participants each and the first ranked player of each group will be qualified for the Black Dragon League. There you have it. I really can’t wait for the Black Dragon League to get underway. There are some really amazing players taking part for some really big prizes. What more could one possibly want? Read more below.

The Black Dragon League – Starcraft II Event

EPS Finals Overload – Socke Wins

The EPS finals have been concluded and there has been an overload of information surging in over the past  few days. The most important and probably most interesting piece being that Socke managed to win. Yes indeed, the German ESL Pro Series found its champion on Sunday, December 5th. The protoss player Socke faced off against the terran playing ClouD and managed to defeat him with a score of 2 to 0. This means Socke walks away with a whopping 3,000 Euros and a rather impressive notch on his belt. Read more about the event below and see various interviews and photos, too.

Socke crushes Italian Terran in EPS Finals – GosuGamers

EPS VIDEO: A tour of the EPS final event – MyM

EPS VIDEO: Interview with ClouD #Day 1 – MyM

EPS VIDEO: Interview with ClouD before the Final – MyM

EPS VIDEO: Interview with Socke – MyM

EPS VIDEO: The prize ceremony – MyM

Top 200 Starcraft 2

Top 200 Player Lists

Like clockwork, the Top 200 player lists have been updated once more. You can find links to the US, EU and SEA regions Top 200 lists below, enjoy!

EU Top 200 – Starcraft II Official Site

US Top 200 – Starcraft II Official Site

SEA Top 200 – Starcraft II Official Site

Strelok Wins GO4SC2 #61 & ZOTAC #34

In the finals of the 61st Go4SC2 Cup Strelok faced off against and defeated MorroW with a score of 3 to 2. Strelok also won the ZOTAC Cup #34 by taking down MaNa in the finals with a score of 3 to 0. Read more about both victories for the terran player below.

Strelok wins Go4SC2 and Zotac-Cup – MyM

jimpo Wins Competo Cup #17

jimpo has taken yet another Competo Cup. In the 17th Cup he faced off against and dispatched the terran player Kas with a score of 2 to 0 to take the victory. Read more and see full results below!

Competo Cup #17 – Competo

Tour of Duty EU #1 – White-Ra Wins

White-Ra came out as the victor of the first European Tour of Duty this weekend. He took down NightEnD in the grand final with a score of 1 to 0. Yes, all the rounds / games of the entire event were best of 1, interesting! You can read about when the next one is set to happen and you can also read a rather interesting quote I read on GosuGamers concerning this.

The next Tour of Duty will be on the 9th of December and is the second US based run, which means you will require a US Battle.net account to be able to participate. For a prize pool of around 500$ I think it might well be worth trying, though!

Tour of Duty EU #1: White-Ra Beat NightEnD for $400 – GosuGamers

Omg tournament made for Actionjesus and he didn’t attend -_-
ipe, GosuGamers Poster

Jinro Wallpaper

Liquid Weekly #19

The 19th Liquid Weekly is up and this week there is, understandably, a big focus on their last hope in the GSL, Jinro. Other than that you can also get a cute wallpaper, as seen above, of none other than Jinro and read more about the 2v2v2v2 showmatch that Jinro won alongside TLO. Yes, indeed, a lot of Jinro news. Check it all out below!

The Liquid Weekly #19 – TeamLiquid

MouzMax Interview

GosuGamers have an interview up with the manager of the mouz clan, Max. With their recent run of victories the guys from over at mouz are apparently seriously considering sending some of their players over to Korea to participate in the next season of the GSL. Other than that they talk about the players in the clan, the SC2CL and the reasons that they think they are in fact the strongest team outside of Korea right now.

Mouz.MaX: ‘I think we’ll send some players to South Korea’ – GosuGamers

GGvision #9 – Dreamhack Edition

Sebastian from over at PolygonreVue has uploaded the 9th episode of his new and ever entertaining series, GG Vision. This episode is rather special because it is a full recounting of his trip to and his experiences at Dreamhack 2010. It really did seem like a great deal of fun and I urge you all to check it out, along with all the other amazing videos on the PolygonreVue channel. Enjoy!

PolygonreVue – YouTube

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Starcraft II Patch 1.2

Good news everyone! Well, sort of at least. Patch 1.2 for Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty is now being tested on the Public Test Region. Yes, there is a Public Test Region for Starcraft II now. The big changes and additions include chat channels being added and Stalemate Detection is being tested. Also, they have added the Master League, which is the top percentage of the players from any region. Dont confuse this with the Grandmaster League, though, which will be the Top 200 players. There were some other slightly smaller, slightly questionable changes, too. You can no longer just hold a key down, as zerg, to spawn multiple units, Fungal Growth no longer hits air units and you can no longer block a ramp with only two Pylons.

These are some really, really big changes and I hope they go down well with all the Starcraft II players out there It is good to see Blizzard testing them first, at least. You can check the full patch notes below and get a lot more information about undocumented changes and the PTR below, enjoy!

Starcraft II Patch 1.2 – Full Patch Notes – Starcraft II Official Site

Official PTR FAQ – Starcraft II Forums

Patch 1.2.0 on PTR – TeamLiquid Forums

To try this patch the Public Test Server you can just, after updating your game, run the Starcraft II Public Test.exe in your Starcraft II folder. Right now you can only try the PTR from the North American Region, though. Enjoy!

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