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In this episode we take a look at everything that’s coming (and not coming) in Patch 4.1, Patch 4.2 and Firelands, Hotfixes, Art Updates & More!

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In this episode we take a look at lots of Patch 4.1 and PTR News, Some 4.0.6 Hotfixes, Joyland, Lots of cool and funny art and much, much more! 😀

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In this episode we take a look at lots of Patch 4.1 and PTR News, Some 4.0.6 Hotfixes, Joyland, Lots of cool and funny art and much, much more! 😀

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Starcraft News! Some news on the Heart of the Swarm Ladder, the Map Marketplace, The NASL, Linda ‘Pikachu’ Liao, Athene & More!

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Starcraft II Patch 1.2.2

Another small patch hit the Battle.net servers recently, Starcraft II Patch 1.2.2. Some of you might not even have realised that this went live as it is in fact incredibly tiny. The patch only fixed a single bug that prevented players from loading in-mission campaign saves while patched at version 1.20. Sadly, as a result of this, any in-mission saves created during 1.2.1 will no longer be usable. So, if you want to read the single patch note, the one I just mentioned, you can check the links below for that. Enjoy!

StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty – Patch 1.2.2 – Starcraft II Community Site

BAFTA – Starcraft II: Wings of Libery Nominated!

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has announced the 2011 Video Games Awards Nominees. It seems like our favouritist of favourite game, StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, has in fact been nominated in the Strategy Category and the Multiplayer Category. The ceremony will be streamed live via the BAFTA website, from the London Hilton on Park Lane on the 16th March 2011. Sure, there are many other games that have been nominated and the show is no doubt set to be really interesting, but who really cares for all that…? We just want to see Starcraft II take the win!

Keep checking back here for more on Starcraft II at the BAFTA’s, if you can’t wait any longer or just want a little more information, check the links below.

StarCraft II Nominated for BAFTA 2011 Video Games Awards – BlizzPlanet

Seperate Ladder For Heart of the Swarm & More

In a recent interview with games.on.net, the Starcraft II Lead Game Designer Dustin Browder revealed that the Heart of the Swarm expansion is set to have its own, separate ladder, for any players upgrading to the expansion. He does mention that although there will be a separate ladder, players will still be able to play on the Wings of Liberty ladder without having to deal with new units, balance problems or anything like that. At first a lot of people were kind of confused about this, but it is actually the way that it is usually done and it was done in the same way with games like Warcraft III. That does mean that by the time the third expansion is released we will have access, assuming we own all said expansions, to three separate ladders. Pretty expected, but still quite interesting!

In the very same interview we were treated with some information about the new maps Blizzard is currently working on for ladder play that will ‘hopefully’ be added in the next couple of weeks and about their new custom maps and what the community has been able to do with the Starcraft II Galaxy Editor. Dustin had the following to say on the development of Blizzard DotA and what they’re trying to do with it:

 “We’re definitely trying to streamline it, but we’re also definitely trying to make it as competitive, or even more competitive. [Than DotA-AllStars] We don’t feel that complexity is a necessity for a competitive experience.”

There is most definitely a lot more to this interview than I’ve mentioned here and I gotta say that it is also most definitely a must read for any and all Starcraft II fans out there. More on the Heart of the Swarm ladder and story, more on the custom maps and more on, well, the rest of it too! Check it out below, as I mentioned, courtesy of games.on.net!

Dustin Browder on StarCraft II – Games On Net

Map Marketplace – “Not Coming Soon”

In what I see as related news about something we haven’t really heard about in quite some time,  it seems like the Starcraft II Map Marketplace is not quite ready for public use just yet. In yet another Dustin Browder interview, this one with Eurogamer, the Starcraft II Lead Designer admitted that Blizzard is ‘struggling’ to get the Battle.net Marketplace up and running. Browder had the following to say about the issues they were having with getting it up and running:

“How do players protect their own maps so they don’t get ripped off by other players? What are the rules of how much you’re allowed to charge? There’s just a ton of work for us to figure out.”

He follows this up by saying that we should not expect to start making money with our Starcraft II maps any time soon and that it is going to be ‘some distance’ before the feature is in the hands of the fans. They want us to know that they are still working hard at getting out done and dusted and just ask everyone to have a little patience. Once again, there’s more to read in the interview than just what I mentioned here, so check it out below if you care.

StarCraft II Marketplace still “some distance” from going live, says Blizzard – BigDownload

Top 200 Starcraft 2

Top 200 Lists

Yes, the top 200 lists are back once again, as they always seem to be around this time of the week. If you care to check the European, North American, South East Asian or Korean lists out, you can do so, with ease, below. Enjoy!

US Top 200 – Starcraft II Community Site

EU Top 200 – Starcraft II Community Site

KR Top 200 – Starcraft II Community Site

SEA Top 200 – Starcraft II Community Site

StarCraft II Account Suspensions/Bans

Good news everyone! Blizzard recently issued a new round of account suspensions and bans to StarCraft II players who were in violation of the Battle.net Terms of Use for cheating and/or using hack programs while playing. In addition to undermining the spirit of fair competition that’s essential to play on Battle.net, cheating and hacking can lead to stability and performance issues with the service. Sadly, we weren’t given a head count of the fallen, but hey, who really cares, as long as there are a few less to hinder and / or tarnish our experience on the Battle.net, I am happy. Read more about it below!

 StarCraft II Account Suspensions/Bans – Starcraft II Community Site

Tournament & Event News

Tournament & Event Smalls:

France takes on Europe’s best in Millenium Cup – GosuGamers

The Gathering present StarCraft 2, HoN prize purse – GosuGamers

European Nation War League – Semi-Final Stage – GosuGamers

Champions Trophy Europe & NA Next Weekend – SK Gaming

Champions Trophy January VODs Up – SK Gaming

[OSL] 2010 Bacchus OSL – Grand Final – TeamLiquid

[TSL] Qualifier #7 Recap – TeamLiquid

[GCPL] Empire vs Liquid – TeamLiquid

TeamSpeak TL SC2 Open #15 – TeamLiquid

Justin.tv Invitational Qualifier #3 – TeamLiquid

NASL

IdrA vs Jinro Showmatch & North American Starleague

After weeks and weeks of crazy hype and building it up, we’ve finally been treated with Geoff “iNcontroL” Robinson’s announcement of announcements, the big reveal…. that will have to wait for just a second. The showmatch titled the “Clash of the Titans” between Jinro and IdrA, the pre-cursor to the whole thing, happened last night. To many spectators’ disappointment most of the thing seemed to be pre-recorded and, well, that didn’t go down too well. Even TotalBiscuit tweeted that going with pre-recorded was not a great idea unless absolutely necessary. The games were pretty entertaining, to be sure, and Jinro managed to take them with a decent 4 to 2, scoring himself the 1500$ prize pool.

Yes, and after all of that came the main event. iNcontroL had been building up to the launch of the hotly anticipated NASL, the North American Starleague. $400,000 in prizes over the course of three seasons, fifty of the best players in the world playing in five different divisions with daily matches and 16 man LAN finals. The event will be commentated live from a full studio by iNcontroL and other rotating commentators including the likes of JP, djWHEAT and even Day[9]. iNcontroL says that this WILL and pretty much already is the biggest and bestest event outside of Korea and the GSL and he is extremely excited to finally announce it.

For all those looking to read more about the qualification process, watch it live or just stay up to date with all the NASL news out there, there’s a ton of information to be found in the links below and the whole thing is set to kick off on the 5th of April.

NASL Exclusive Interview with Geoff ‘iNcontroL’ Robinson – G4TV

[Showmatch] Clash of the Titans – TeamLiquid

400,000 Prize Pool Announced for NASL – GosuGamers

MLG Goes Global

Major League Gaming is looking to expand its horizons, going beyond North America in the near future cooperating with IMG closely. It seems like their partnership is set to consist of hosting regional championships, as well as national ones to boot. Their plans for 2011? They plan to hold 6 championships in the US with over a 1 million dollar prize pool, wait, let me say that again, over a 1 million dollar prize pool, spread across them all. Players will have to qualify in the  ‘minor leagues’ online against others trying to make it big. They mention that there will be an approximated 750,000 matches monthly, and those will eventually progress into a higher tier. Yes, you’ve probably guessed that this is not all for, or set up for, Starcraft II. There are even more crazy stats that you can check out below, including where they are planning on marketing their ‘product’, how many registrations they are getting and who’s funding them.

Additionally, if you care for the shorter term, you can also read about MLG Dallas, their prize pool, the rest of their stops and the dates for the event, which is in-fact starting on April 1st and carrying on till April the 3rd, below, too.

MLG Goes Global – GosuGamers

$14,000 Prize Pool Announced for MLG Dallas – GosuGamers

IEM World Championship & More!

In some more tournament news the ESL presented their prize pool for the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship just a day or two ago. The presented money is significantly lower than the last seasons’ prize pool, despite including an extra game, League of Legends, as their fourth title. But yes, this year StarCraft 2 is also a new Extreme Masters title. Boasting with a $145,000 USD prize for StarCraft 2 alone, the event is one of the most prize-heavy events out there at the moment. 

Along with all of this it seems like the IEM guys have quite a lot of great stuff set up for us for the event. Day[9], RotterdaM and TLO are set to cast the Starcraft II Tournament at the evet that will be taking place at the CeBIT expo in Hanover, Germany, from March 1st to March the 5th. Also, with the group stages already complete, you can check the Korean invites out for the IEM below, they include Moon, Squirtle, Ace and the one and only IdrA. (Yes, he counts as a Korean, for now at least!)

Kickoff of IEM World Championship PreCoverage – YouTube

The co-commentator for the IEM World Championship – YouTube

Sean Plott to Cast at IEM World Championships – GosuGamers

Korean invites for IEM fail to excite – MyM

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GSL News

Time for some GSL News! With the GSL March season already underway there is quite a lot happening out there. The first few play-days have been completed and highlights include the fact that HuK won his first few games in the Code-A,  Loner is the first foreign player to be knocked out and the Code-S zerg player July managed to take down the former champ Mvp, knocking him out and down to the Up/Down matches. As a few extras, below you can also read a pretty extensive GSL March Preview, recaps of the play-days thus far, a special on TeamLiquid of HuK in the GSL and more!

[GSL March] Code S Ro32 Day 1 – TeamLiquid

[GSL] March Madness – TeamLiquid

[GSL] Liquid`HuK Code A Ro32 Foreigner Special – TeamLiquid

02/22 GSL Code S Winners Interviews – TeamLiquid

Loner out of Code A – SK Gaming

Mvp to up-and-down matches – SK Gaming

Free Stream & Kelly Milkies

If you haven’t noticed, this season you can watch the GOMtv stream absolutely free from their website. (The Standard quality one, at least) There are also some new casters helping out with the Code-A matches this season, namely Kelly Milkies and Torch. Kelly has already done her first few sets of games with Tasteless and I gotta say I see great things for her in the future. She seems to be an extremely hard worker and I have no doubt that she will fill the huge shoes of the casting archon, Tastosis. She was recently interviewed by the guys over at ESFI World and asked about the harsh criticism she has been receiving. She says she has seen some of the things people have said, some of them are just overly critical and outright aggressive, while others have some criticisms that she will take into regards for sure. She says that people have to try understand that she is not trying to take Tastosis away from them, they are really overworked at the moment and have a lot to cast. With regards to her apparent ‘thick accent’ she said that she thinks the biggest point when it comes to having an accent, like hers,  is if people are open enough to accept it. Well, you know gamers, they can be the harshest (is that even a word?) people out there and most definitely quickest to judge. But, if you ask me, I think she will make it and is doing a great job thus far. So good luck Kelly Milkies and I hope you survive the sometimes crazy Starcraft II fans!

If you need a link to that free GSL Stream, wish to read more about Kelly’s trip to Korea, her time there thus far, what GOMtv had to say about all of it and everything else that’s even slightly related to any of this, check the links below and enjoy!

KellyMilkies to cast GOMTV GSL Code A alongside Tastosis – GosuGamers

GSL – Free Stream – GOMtv

Terran Invites For TSL3

TeamLiquid has announced the final five Korean invites that will join their TeamLiquid StarLeague, or TSL, and the list includes some pretty big names. The following players were invited:

Jonathan ‘Jinro‘ Walsh
Jong-Hyun ‘mvp‘ Jung
Yoon-Yeol ‘NaDa‘ Lee
Yo-Hwan ‘BoxeR‘ Lim
Yi ‘Loner‘ Dai

The TSL3 round of 32 brackets are set to begin in March and will run for one month. The prize pool is a pretty solid $34,500, with the champion taking home $15,000 of it. Check the lists of invited players, dates and all the other TSL3 information you could ever want out below.

[TSL] Terran Invites – TeamLiquid

Community News

Community Smalls:

The Academy: Everybody Needs Somebody – Official

Solid Gold Action on RotterdaM University, Episode 3 – Official

Day9 to broadcast on Justin.tv – TeamLiquid

GUIDE: Zergling, Mutalisk versus Terran and Protoss – GosuGamers

Ret talks Korean BW and SC2 – SK Gaming

Sixth StarsWar edition hinted on organization’s blog – GosuGamers

New Map – Terminus Re – Analyzed – GosuGamers

[Contest] Screenshot Comics – SC2Mapster

GSTL Runner-ups Interviewed – SK Gaming

SC Center – Daily Starcraft II News – YouTube

Star Tale House Revealed – YouTube

djWHEATs Show On Hiatus – TeamLiquid

Artosis Reacts to The Team GSL (Must watch!l) – YouTube

Starfront: Collision Does A Great StarCraft II Impression On iPhone – Kotaku

Na`Vi|ZeroGravity: SC2 Team To Be Announced Soon – TeamLiquid

Interview: Naugrim about Go4SC2, Assembly – GosuGamers

China’s Ministry of Culture Approves StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty – BlizzPlanet

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Linda ‘Pikachu’ Liao Joins Team Razer

Team Razer, following their signing of BoxeR and his team, SlayerS, has picked up one of the better known and no doubt the most popular female Starcraft II players out there at the moment, Linda ‘Pikachu’ Liao. Linda Liao (born on the 24th of May, 1981) is a celebrity model, singer and actress. This Taiwanese native came to fame through notable film performances and multiple features on well-known lifestyle magazines. Linda also has a wide range of television appearances from music videos to being a video jockey (VJ) for MTV Mandarin. Yet under all the fame and glamor of Linda lies a unique passion.

Linda Liao

Linda is not just a celebrity, off-camera she’s also a professional gamer that kicks ass. And lots of it. She has been making quite a name for herself in the Starcraft II scene, as I mentioned a few weeks ago by winning one of the all-female ESL Cups and managing a #1 Diamond rank back before Masters was all the rage. I gotta say, the guys and girls from Team Razer seem to have made quite an acquisition here, yes indeed. Linda really fits the part and definitely looks good in that Razer gear. If you want to read more about Linda, see even more images and watch an interview she did with Razer, you can find it all in the links below

Linda “Pikachu” Liao – Razerzone

Linda “Pikachu” Liao Joins Team Razer  – TeamLiquid

[Photos] Linda ‘Pikachu’ Liao joins Team Razer at the Taipei Game Show – Facebook

IdrA – Back To The States

Team EG is pleased to announce that IdrA, their golden boy currently living and playing in Korea, will be moving back to the US, indefinitely, This will be to represent the organization domestically in various upcoming tournaments and team leagues. This move is set to take place at the start of March and, well, you can hear all about it in the interview below that Artosis conducted with ‘The Gracken’ himself. Below you can also read GOMtv’s official statement on the matter and the official announcement from Team EG.

IdrA to return to U.S. – TeamLiquid

IdrA to return to U.S – eG Official Site

Brother Mack Welcomes Back Brother Grack

In related news, Brother Mack is back and he is welcoming Brother Grack back into the United States. The video is a must watch, as most of Brother Macks tend to be, if only because of Mack’s unique insights and special way with words. All you Grack, or Mack fans out there had best be sure to check it out aswell!

Brother Mack Welcomes Back Brother Grack – YouTube

IMBALANCED! – EP 03 – VoidRay / Colo in PvZ

Episode 3 of IMBALANCED is here! As with last week, IdrA and Artosis start off by talking about the feedback from episode 2 on TvP Openings. From that point the discussion goes onto the emerging style of the VoidRay / Colossus builds in PvZ, are they IMBALANCED? Watch this latest episode to find out!

IMBALANCED! – EP 03 – VoidRay / Colo in PvZ – YouTube

GG Vision

Sebastian, oh Sebastian, how do you manage to keep us as entertained and glue to our screens as you do? Yes, I am in fact referring to the seemingly endless stream of GG Vision’s that just keep rolling in. Below you can find links to the latest batch of GG Visions, they include the first of the ESFI World Weekly news casts, a full episode dedicated to the launch of the North American Starleague and much more. Check it out, you won’t regret it!

ESFI GGvision Weekly #1 – YouTube

GGvision #24 – ret for Prezident, Epic Sums of Money & Movies – YouTube

GGvision #25 – the North American Star League! – YouTube

Team MVP Is Created

A new Starcraft II Pro-gaming team has been started up in South Korea and the team is  called MVP. No, not the player MVP, this is an entire team, they have a team house, quite a few well-known players and big hopes and dreams for the future. I have to say the addition of yet another strong team is definitely going to spice things up at the GSL and I can’t wait to see how these guys perform. Below you can read the full roster, which includes big names such as DRG, Genius and GuineaPig, and all about the teams house and plans for the coming months.

DongRaeGu, Genius, GuineaPig join Team MVP – TeamLiquid

Athene Challenges All The Haters

Athene is back, as we all knew he would be. This time around he is challenging all the haters out there to stop him, in whatever way you see fit, I guess, from reaching Rank 1 in Masters. He calls himself the Jesus of gaming, the Einstein of gaming, a scientist and many other things. He then goes on to tell everyone hating on him that all they are doing is making even more money for him. The video is, as all his others, quite hilarious and definitely worth checking out. Also, if you have a moment, read some of the comments too, also quite a laugh.

Haters, I challenge you all – YouTube

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Starcraft II Comics & Fan Art

The official Starcraft II Community Sites have been updated with a big batch of new fan art and there’s a new Starcraft II Comics Section that will feature some StarCraft II comics from Blizzard’s previous and current comic contests. Some of the fan art images are truly amazing, as you can see above, and the comics will provide even the most serious amongst you with a chuckle. Check the galleries out below and enjoy!

New StarCraft II Comics Section – Starcraft II Community Site

New StarCraft Fan Art – Starcraft II Community Site

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The news just doesn’t seem to be getting any less at all. I will probably be doing a World of Warcraft News episode sometime near the end of the week, keep checking back here for that. Till then, though, enjoy some Starcraft news!

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This episode took a bit of time to get out because I was actually in the process of moving house, once again. There was a ton of Starcraft II news and the smalls section was a little long in this one, sorry! Otherwise I am happy with how it came out. Keep checking back here for a World of Warcraft and Diablo Pulse soon too! 😀

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