StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm beta begins

An explosion of StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm is already filling our eyes and ears, as Blizzard sent out the first round of beta invites yesterday. Don't rush to your inbox, as you're probably not special enough to be allowed in yet, but those lucky few have already started talking about and streaming their experiences, so you can live vicariously through them.

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An explosion of StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm is already filling our eyes and ears, as Blizzard sent out the first round of multiplayer beta invites yesterday. Don't rush to your inbox, as you're probably not special enough to be allowed in yet, but those lucky few have already started talking about and streaming their experiences so you can live vicariously through them.

Several TeamLiquid users are streaming their Heart of the Swarm matches, like Dragon, who's stomping people with the new Terran Warhound mechs. Check your usual favourite streaming-holes for more, obviously. There's no NDA so everyone's free to show and tell as much as they please, but for now you'll have to watch.

The beta "will initially be limited to a select group of pro-gamers, members of the press, Arcade contest winners, and shoutcasters," Blizzard explained. Special people, who'll bang their drums for HotS.

Blizzard will start inviting proles "soon," so be sure you've opted in to the beta to have a chance. Then, you'll be judged by metrics including your system requirements and recent StarCraft activity, so cross your fingers and hope. Blizzard will invite more people for as long as it feels it needs to, and hasn't decided when the beta will end.

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    September 5, 2012 8:15 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm beta begins.

    An explosion of StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm is already filling our eyes and ears, as Blizzard sent out the first round of beta invites yesterday. Don't rush to your inbox, as you're probably not special enough to be allowed in yet, but those lucky few have already started talking about and streaming their experiences, so you can live vicariously through them.

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      September 5, 2012 8:30 AM

      When do you think they'll start selling the Starcraft 2 Battle Chest? 2019?

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        September 5, 2012 9:46 AM

        Hopefully sooner, because that's when I'll be getting it.

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          September 5, 2012 12:22 PM

          So you'd rather wait 5-6 years (from WoL release to Battlechest release) than spend £25 3 times over the course of said years?

          Man, there's tight, then there's what you propse to do.

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      September 5, 2012 8:38 AM

      What do you guys think of the new units? I don't think I like the Terran ones. I thought that the singleplayer campaign in WoLiberty had some pretty cool Terran units. For example, the thundercat mech melee unit. I wish they just took a closer look at those instead of coming up with super boring and totally over-powered land mines THAT CAN ALSO TAKE OUT AIR UNITS? Sigh... retarded.

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        September 5, 2012 8:44 AM

        havent made up my mind, though the warhounds or whatever in battlecast 3 looked pretty awesome. while I like some new protoss units still feels like they are getting the short end of the stick here.

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        September 5, 2012 10:54 AM

        They look terrible all-around. The viper seems to serve the same purpose as infestors except it flies, the swarm host is just terrible, they removed the protoss air to ground capital ship and added... an air to ground capital ship...

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          September 5, 2012 4:09 PM

          Oh yeah the Swarm Lord will basically replace the Brood Lords because they are also long range---and the Swarm Lords can attack air.

          So dumb.

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          September 6, 2012 12:42 AM

          I think judgement should be reserved to when you've actually played them

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            September 6, 2012 12:42 AM

            oops, that should have been a reply to the main post

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        September 5, 2012 11:22 PM

        swarm host is just a shitty lurker, i agree with the viper feels like a rehashed overseer with defiler mixed in. those mines are just kind of stupid imo. transforming hellions and removing carriers to replace them with another ship, just sounds like they are all out of fresh ideas tbh.

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        September 6, 2012 12:30 AM

        Love mothership core, gives many opening options for Protoss

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        September 6, 2012 12:44 AM

        I love most of them.

        The warhound, I find to be questionable, especially given how overpowered people are finding it to be, already. But it's day 1 of the beta so obviously, counters are not yet thought up.

        Blinding Swarm, one of the viper's abilities will mesh wonderfully with my style of ling/bane play.

        I hope the new widow mines will create some new positional play in terran match ups. Same with the Swarm Host for Z.

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      September 5, 2012 9:12 AM

      How early was the Starcraft 2 beta before release? Just trying to figure out when I can cash in this preorder.

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        September 5, 2012 9:24 AM

        Beta was in February and release was in May.

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          September 5, 2012 10:21 AM

          Oh, so we will probably see this game sometime 2013, not bad!

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          September 5, 2012 10:56 AM

          SC2 came out in late July.

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            September 5, 2012 2:35 PM

            You are right my bad. I'm pretty sure I had the beta in February though and I was part of the first wave.

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        September 5, 2012 2:51 PM

        Six months with LOTS of changes in that time. We'll see how much tweaking they have to do here.

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          September 6, 2012 12:40 AM

          A lot of that stuff was b.net related. I would think this beta wold be much shorter.

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      September 5, 2012 12:31 PM

      I wonder if they are having a Blizzcon this year.

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      September 6, 2012 12:42 AM

      I want in SO BAD! someone have pity with me and let me in! :(

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        September 6, 2012 12:49 AM

        No, no, ME! ME ME ME!

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          September 6, 2012 12:50 AM

          NOOOOOO!

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            September 6, 2012 12:52 AM

            YEEEEES!

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              September 6, 2012 12:57 AM

              I'm hounding all my game industry contacts at the moment :)

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                September 6, 2012 1:07 AM

                I'm considering converting to some sort of religion, any religion will do actually, in the hopes that prayer will increase my chances.

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