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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.

This morning during the WCS Season 3 Finals (which for the first time ever will be played by 2 Europeans), we got a reveal of not only the opening cinematic for Legacy of the Void, but also the release date. It looks like we’ll be playing Legacy of the Void right after we get back from BlizzCon as the release date is November 10, 2015. We were also given a sneak peek of a animation┬áshort much the way that WoW did before Warlords. The animation short is called Reclamation and will show part of the story that happened in between Heart of the Swarm and Legacy of the Void. So are you excited for Legacy of the Void? This is potentially the most feature intensive StarCraft update we’ve ever seen with the introduction of automated tournaments, Archon Mode, Allied Commander, new units, the Protoss campaign, and much more.

In less than 2 weeks we will learn about the release date for Legacy of the Void (spoilers: it’s probably after BlizzCon in November). We will also get to see the World Premiere of the cinematic. If you want to see all of this in person while watching the WCS Season 3 finals then you can join Blizzard at their event in Los Angeles. The Barcraft will take place at the Theatre at Ace Hotel in LA on September 13th at 10 AM PDT. For those not able to attend, you can watch the action online at http://twitch.tv/starcraft This has surprised a few people they would be announcing this now instead of at BlizzCon, but let’s be honest here, BlizzCon would have been far too late to make a street date announcement for a game we expect to see released either late November or early December. Instead, BlizzCon will likely

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