JR Cook

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In tonight’s I <3 StarCraft event Mike Morhaime took the stage to announce some improvements to the original StarCraft/Broodwar with an upcoming patch in 1.18 which would include an observer mode. Also, StarCraft/Broodwar will now be 100% free for anyone who wants to play. Big news on it’s own, but also announced is the new StarCraft Remastered version which is set to release summer 2017. The game will feature up to 4k graphics, advanced matchmaking, connection to Blizzard’s network for social features, LAN mode, cloud saving, and replays. The game will also include new illustrations to enhance the storytelling of the campaign mode. As of right now there is no announced price of StarCraft Remastered. You can find out more details of the newly announced StarCraft Remastered at the new StarCraft website: https://starcraft.com/en-us/ Press Release Announcement Trailer Screenshots Unit Comparisons Unit Portraits

Blizzard announced an upcoming “I <3 StarCraft” event that will take place next week on March 25th in Korea. The even will feature President and CEO (and likely biggest StarCraft esports fan) Mike Morhaime presenting and giving thanks to all the fans. The event will feature some Brood War show matches against legendary players and then end the day with the StarCraft 2 GSL finals. However, this event seems to have a lot of people up in a frenzy that we could possibly be hearing an announcement of the StarCraft Brood War HD remake. This has been popular speculation for a while now (with many thinking one would be announced last BlizzCon) and the rumor had existed even well before that. Recently there was a report that it’s in the process of being made, would be announced sometime in the next few weeks and see a release in the next

Patch 3.5.0 has released and the 2nd mission pack for Nova Covert Ops is now available with it. The pack comes with 3 new missions and those that bought the entire bundle will have them already available. You can read about the mission below (beware it has spoilers!) You can read the full patch notes for 3.5.0 below

 

Patch Notes: Patch 3.1.0

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Patch 3.1.0 has been released today and with it some free (and some not so free) PVE content. As far as the free content goes, Karax is now an available commander and the new co-op map Lock and Load has been released. On the not so free side, the Nova covert ops missions are now available for pre-purchase and are expected to release spring 2016. Other changes to the patch include a ton of updates to the chat system and some changes to the editor. You can read the full notes below:

It’s been a month now since Legacy of the Void has released, and it looks like Tuesday we’ll be getting our first patch with some content added into it. A new commander named Karax will be available – his abilities being unlimited orbital strikes and being able to build stationary defenses (canon rush!). The new mission is called Lock and Load. Not many details were given exactly how the mission will play out, but it’s been described as a harder mission than the others and will require a lot of cooperation to complete – where as other maps you could heavily rely on one player or the other to do the heavy lifting. It’s cool to see that the StarCraft team is dedicated to producing PVE content in Starcraft 2 after launch and with the new Nova missions arriving next year, now is probably one of the best times to

I got to sit down during BlizzCon with StarCraft 2 Lead Campaign Designer Matt Morris to discuss the (then upcoming) release of Legacy of the Void. For those who are into the multiplayer game, this interview probably isn’t for you. For those of you have been casual StarCraft 2 players, play for the campaign only, or have Wings of Liberty and Heart of the Swarm collecting dust on the shelf, this interview is for you. We talk about what’s next for StarCraft 2, what their plans are post release, and why Legacy of the Void is the best time ever to get into the game. Watch the full interview below

 

Heart of the Swarm Patch 3.0 Releases

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We’re a month away from the release of Legacy of the Void and today Blizzard has released the pre-patch 3.0. This is the patch that divides up the different StarCraft 2 versions so that you no longer need Wings of Liberty in order to play Heart of the Swarm and you won’t need previous versions in order to play Legacy of the Void. Also, the “Whispers of Oblivion” campaign missions are now available that were previously only available to those that pre-purchased. This is also the patch that completely changes the user interface. The chat system has been completely redesigned, navigation has been moved around, and the arcade has been redesigned. Probably the most controversial change is that you will no longer be able to watch replays of your games until Legacy of the Void is out. This means any replays you have saved or that you make from here

 

Blizzard Games on Sale at Amazon

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Been excited about WoW: Legion coming out in the next year? Do you feel left out at how fun everyone is having with Season 4 in Reaper of Souls? Maybe you just want to get caught up on the story line in StarCraft 2 before Legacy of the Void releases in November? Well, you’re in luck because Amazon is having a sale of digital games from Blizzard where everything is basically 50% off. Now is the best time to get into Diablo 3, WoW, or StarCraft 2. And the best thing? You can now actually buy digital Blizzard gift codes now. $19.99 will get you the $20 Battle.net gift card. You can use this to gift to your friends and family if they are wanting to buy some Hearthstone card packs or a Heroes of the Storm hero, skin, or mount. This has been something I have been wanting to

 

StarCraft: Reclamation

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The animated short, StarCraft: Reclamation, was released this weekend during TwitchCon. The art style fits the same style that Lords of War used before WoW: Warlords of Draenor was released. Reclamation shows us the origin of the Protoss, their history, and also the events that are transpiring before Legacy of the Void. Needless to say, even if you’ve played StarCraft before or haven’t, this is a great little episode to watch to see what Legacy of the Void is going to be about. It definitely has me ready to play the game and finish out the story.

 

New Commanders for Upcoming Co-op Missions

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The Allied Commanders is a new co-op mode coming to Legacy of the Void. It was initially announced with 3 allied commanders, and now we have 3 more revealed. 4 of the 6 commanders are in Heroes of the Storm – I wonder if we’ll be seeing Swann and Voruzan coming to that game as well soon? Probably the most exciting part of this announcement is Voruzan, the Dark Archons are back. It would be pretty awesome if Blizzard eventually added them back into the core gameplay. Legacy of the Void is releasing on November 10, 2015 – right after BlizzCon. You can preorder your copy here. You can read about each of the new commanders below.

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