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Left 2 Die

Left 2 Die

This is the third of my previews, or play-throughs, rather, of the new and exciting Official Blizzard Custom Maps for Starcraft II. I’ve included the description of the map below along with the embedded video, enjoy! (Can’t wait to try this one with my friends, Night 2 Die, here I come!)

Category: Survival and Siege
Mode: Co-op, Night 2 Die
Players: Up to 2

Left 2 Die is a cooperative take on the StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty campaign mission Outbreak that shifts between two phases: a night phase and a day phase.

At night, you and a teammate are tasked with protecting your base against waves of infested terrans. In order to survive, you’ll need to use defensive structures like bunkers and coordinate your defenses against the invading zerg armies. You’ll also want to watch out for special zerg units such as the Kaboomer and Stank that can perform unique and powerful abilities capable of overwhelming even the strongest front lines.

During the day, the attacks on your team’s base will cease, giving you and your teammate time to train additional units and take them out to destroy infested terran settlements scattered across the map. It’s also a good idea to continue building up defenses during the daytime so you can survive the merciless onslaught of zerg that swarm your base at night.

While the struggle to survive in Left 2 Die can be daunting, you and your teammate will have some help along the way. You can earn zerg Biomass by killing special zerg units and destroying infested buildings, and then use the collected Biomass at the Science Facility in your base to research new units and structures like medics, firebats, and perdition turrets. Both you and your teammate will receive these upgrades, which will aid you in your struggle against the zerg strain.   

In order to achieve victory in Left 2 Die, you’ll need to eradicate all traces of the zerg virus. Work together to survive at night, assault and rebuild during the day, and use Biomass wisely for epic upgrades to win!

Night 2 Die: If you’re looking for a different kind of challenge, be sure to try out Left 2 Die’s Night 2 Die mode, essentially a “survival” mode in which infested structures are invulnerable and daybreak never comes. You’ll have to fend off wave after wave of the infested, with each wave becoming increasingly more powerful. While defeat is inevitable, the challenge comes in seeing how long you can endure in the dark.

Left 2 Die Bugs and Feedback

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Aiur Chef

Aiur Chef

This is the second of my previews, or play-throughs, rather, of the new and exciting Official Blizzard Custom Maps for Starcraft II. I’ve included the description of the map below along with the embedded video, enjoy! (Yeah, I realise I am totally bad at it!)

Category: Collection/Cooking
Mode: Free For All
Players: Up to 8

Each round of Aiur Chef features a theme ingredient and three succulent recipes that play upon its unique flavor. Before you can master these themed dishes, though, you’ll first need to scout across the map and collect a variety of tasty ingredients (including the theme ingredient). Each recipe has its own set of required ingredients, listed in the recipe menu in the upper-left of your screen, which can be picked up off the ground or acquired by killing specific creatures. Don’t get too greedy when loading up on ingredients, though — inventory space is limited, so you’ll want to focus on collecting ingredients for one recipe at a time.

Once you’ve collected the proper ingredients, you’ll need to return to the kitchen in the center of the map and use the Beacon to prepare your dish. Each dish created using the theme ingredient will award you points based on the complexity of the recipe. Some dishes even award special one-time use abilities like Hearthstove, which allows you to quickly port back to the Beacon, and Decoy, which places a fake theme ingredient on the ground for other players to scavenge. Take advantage of these abilities whenever possible, as they could provide the competitive edge you need to outcook your opponents.

The player with the most points at the end of three rounds will be named Executor Chef, culinary guru of the entire Koprulu Sector. With such a prestigious title on the line, expect some fierce competition… and get those psi blades ready!

Aiur Chef Bugs and Feedback

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Blizzard Custom Maps

Aiur Chef, StarJeweled, and Left 2 Die Beta Testing

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

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

Heaven’s Devils: Lost Transmissions Part 4

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

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

Top 200 Lists

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

Tournament & Event News

Tournament & Event Smalls:

Sjow Takes IEM

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

Season V European Championship Finals StarCraft II Playoffs – ESL

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

mOOn-GLaDe to battle Loner for IEM spot – GosuGamers 

FNATIC PLAY SC2 Open

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

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

 PLAY SC2 Open – FNATIC

GSL

GSL News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GSTL Information – GOMtv

Community News

Community Smalls:

TSL.FruitDealer Interview

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

MarineKingPrime.WE Interview – TeamLiquid

TSL.FruitDealer’s Interview – TeamLiquid

miniWHEAT Learns To Play Starcraft II

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

miniWHEAT Learns To Play StarCraft 2 – Episode 1 – YouTube

Thank God For Day[9]

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

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

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