StarCraft 2: Legacy of the Void enters Closed Beta on March 31st

StarCraft 2: Legacy of the Void will start its closed beta on March 31st, giving participants the chance to try out the new units and experience the two-player cooperative Archon mode. 

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Participating players will get a first look at StarCraft 2: Legacy of the Void, the third installment of the game trilogy, when the closed beta starts on March 31st. The Blizzard blog post announcing the closed beta notes that there have been a lot of changes since the game was first shown at last year's Blizzcon. In preparation, Blizzard produced a video detailing some of the changes, which range from resource management to some new units. 

New units include the Adept and Disruptor for Protoss; a killer mobile factory called the Cyclone for Terrans, and the Lurker and Ravenger for Zerg. These are in addition to returning units, which have been tweaked for the new games. A full summary of their abilties can be found on the blog. Another Terran unit is in the works, and Blizzard has expressed interest in working with the community to develop one that helps round out humanity's army.  

Closed beta players will also have a chance to try out the two-player Archon Mode. This is a cooperative mode where two players control the same army, which gives new players a chance to learn from experienced ones. Or at least new opportunities to mess up each other's games. Whichever works.

The closed beta starts on March 31, and invitations should be send out soon.

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    March 18, 2015 12:26 PM

    Steven Wong posted a new article, StarCraft 2: Legacy of the Void enters Closed Beta on March 31st

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      March 18, 2015 12:30 PM

      Hopefully this will inject some life back into the SC2 scene. I doubt they'll be able to dethrone LoL or Dota 2 but getting 3rd place in terms of regular viewers would be a pretty big victory.

      I haven't seen anything to this effect but have they given any firm info on eSports support? In game viewing and tournaments would help out a lot in my opinion.

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        March 18, 2015 3:39 PM

        Seems like they're getting worked over by Hearthstone and CS:GO lately.

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      March 18, 2015 1:14 PM

      Finally!!!! I hope they are pretty liberal with the invites.

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      March 18, 2015 1:29 PM

      About time! I want archon mode and the campaign.

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      March 18, 2015 1:42 PM

      Awesome.

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      March 18, 2015 2:04 PM

      anyone see a place I can preorder the collectors edition? cant find it on amazon.

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      March 18, 2015 2:06 PM

      dang..those are some serious changes and a lot of new micro potions. going to be intense.

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      March 18, 2015 2:18 PM

      Aw shit yeah. I'm not the only one more excited for the single player, right?

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        March 18, 2015 2:37 PM

        nope, I have 100% of the achievements for heart of the swarm, and about 80% for the original campaign.

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          March 18, 2015 3:28 PM

          Sweet! I only played it through once, but I'm definitely notching up the difficulty this time. The Normal difficulty campaign in Heart of the Swarm was kinda easy, compared to the insane final missions of the original.

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        March 18, 2015 2:39 PM

        I played a lot of SC2 multiplayer, but that's all I want now is the single player campaign. Favorite race. good times ahead.

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          March 18, 2015 3:29 PM

          Ditto on the Protoss, and I'm not knocking the MP I just don't have time to get remotely decent at it.

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          March 18, 2015 3:41 PM

          Same here. This is the campaign I've been waiting for.

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            March 18, 2015 3:59 PM

            Also, is this definitely the end for Starcraft 2? No more expansions after this?

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              March 18, 2015 3:59 PM

              I doubt they'll ever say that but this is def. the last planned expansion.

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        March 18, 2015 3:46 PM

        No, single player is all I care about! It's about fucking time they finish this thing.

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        March 18, 2015 3:52 PM

        I've beaten all the other campaigns so I'll go through this one too even if it's the worst race.

        Plus they're making enhancements to arcade so maybe there'll be some good mods.

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        March 18, 2015 3:55 PM

        I don’t have the dedication to be any good at the multiplayer but I'm hyped for the campaign!

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        March 18, 2015 4:00 PM

        I love the SC2 SP campaigns. Hard to say which I'm more excited for.

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        March 18, 2015 4:24 PM

        If they somehow manage to hold on to the OH SHIT quality of the Wings of Liberty Protoss missions, I'll be pleased

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        March 18, 2015 5:05 PM

        I'm with you man. I'll buy it for the single player and then uninstall it when done.

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        March 18, 2015 5:17 PM

        totally pumped - I wish they would come out with single player expansions unattached to multi. I know that campaign is done, but MP needs to be balanced so we won't see a release until the fall at best.

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          March 18, 2015 5:56 PM

          You think it's actually done? My guess is that part of the reason for the earlier beta is that the SP is taking longer than expected so they figure they might as well get a more extensive MP beta in with the extra time.

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          March 18, 2015 6:11 PM

          How can it be done when they haven't even finalized what all the units in the game will be? Also, you'd think they would have to readjust missions based on unit balancing.

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            March 18, 2015 6:17 PM

            Singleplayer and multiplayer are completely different games. The same unit in one version will have different attributes and abilities in the other.

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            March 18, 2015 7:57 PM

            Yeah, tthey have almost nothing in common (sp vs mp)

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            March 19, 2015 7:27 AM

            But given how different the single player units are to the MP units they can be developed separately. I wonder what will happen after Void, if it ends up with a boring game like HOTS hopefully Blizzard won't let the game languish.

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        March 18, 2015 6:54 PM

        I'm excited, but my excitement has been lessening with each release. I guess this is getting old :(

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          March 18, 2015 7:07 PM

          Sounds like something the Phantom would say.

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      March 18, 2015 5:38 PM

      archon mode looks interesting. Maybe I'll finally play SC2 multi.

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        March 18, 2015 5:53 PM

        It would be fun to do some of those SC2 Shackbattles we used to do except with 2v2 archon mode.

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        March 18, 2015 8:09 PM

        there's a mod called Macro/Micro that's pretty similar I think, where one player controls all the Macro and the other all the Micro.

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