StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm

PC, MAC / Strategy / Release: Mar 12, 2013 / ESRB: U

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Upcoming Starcraft 2 eSports tournament sponsored by Ender's Game

Upcoming Starcraft 2 eSports tournament sponsored by Ender's Game

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StarCraft 2 patch 2.1 makes custom maps and mod tools free

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StarCraft classic soundtrack coming to SC2

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StarCraft 2: Legacy of the Void still finding right fit for Protoss

StarCraft 2: Legacy of the Void still finding right fit for Protoss

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StarCraft II opens up Arcade games to demo

StarCraft II opens up Arcade games to demo

As apparently it's Freedom Day or something somewhere, Blizzard is celebrating with a little freedom of its own. Until Monday, all the StarCraft II custom maps Blizzard has singled out to be Featured in the Arcade will be playable by everyone who only has the demo.

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StarCraft 2 now allows 'spawning' for friends without game

StarCraft 2 now allows 'spawning' for friends without game

Blizzard has been allowing players to get a limited StarCraft 2 experience for free for quite some time now with its Starter Edition, but now players who don't want to shell out cash for the full game can get an upgraded experience as long as they have a friend who isn't so stingy with the cash.

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Celebrate StarCraft's 15th birthday with retro portraits for SC2

Celebrate StarCraft's 15th birthday with retro portraits for SC2

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StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm multiplayer tips: the Protoss

StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm multiplayer tips: the Protoss

This week, we are offering StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm multiplayer tips. Yesterday, we focused on the Terrans and their race-specific strategies. Today, we conclude with a few tips for playing the Protoss, and some Heart of the Swarm-specific tips as well. Be sure to check out our single-player and multiplayer reviews for the game.


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StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm sells 1.1 million copies in 48 hours

StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm sells 1.1 million copies in 48 hours

We knew StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm would be a hot commodity when it was released, given its near fanatical multiplayer and eSports following. Blizzard confirmed just how hot the title was today, announcing that the game had sold about 1.1 million copies in the first 48 hours.

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StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm multiplayer tips: the Terrans

StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm multiplayer tips: the Terrans

This week, we are offering StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm multiplayer tips. Yesterday, we focused on the Zerg and their race-specific strategies. Today, we look at a few tips for playing the Terrans. Be sure to check out our single-player and multiplayer reviews for the game.


Read more: Walls and stutter-stepping »

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StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm multiplayer tips: the Zerg

StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm multiplayer tips: the Zerg

This week, we are offering StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm multiplayer tips. Yesterday, we focused on the basic skills needed for playing multiplayer. Today, we look at a few tips specific to playing the Zerg. Be sure to check out our single-player and multiplayer reviews for the game.


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Heart of the Swarm multiplayer tips: learn the skills

Heart of the Swarm multiplayer tips: learn the skills

Over the next few days we will be offering StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm multiplayer tips. Today, we offer basic skills needed to be able to compete in multiplayer. In case you missed them, be sure to check out our single-player and multiplayer reviews for the game.


For the purposes of this tutorial article we'll assume you're at least familiar with the basics of a real-time strategy game. Fifteen years into the series' lifespan there isn't much to be gained from recounting the basic resources-->buildings-->army format that most gamers are familiar with at this point. Instead, we'll focus on bringing you up to speed on the current state of the way StarCraft 2 is played (both for beginners, and slightly more advanced levels) as well as what to expect when you start climbing your way up the competitive ladder system.

Read more: Hotkeys, build queues and more »

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StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm bringing out 'super aggressive play'

StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm bringing out 'super aggressive play'

Since StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm launched last week, Blizzard has been closely monitoring the multiplayer experience and the the pro-player matches. While some competitors have changed up their style of play, "nobody is close to figuring the game out yet."

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