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A new post on the StarCraft site gives some previews of what will be at BlizzCon this year. From the panels to the community corners, this post lists all the need-to-sees this year:

The BlizzCon Panels – See What’s Next for StarCraft

BlizzCon has established itself as a time to reveal new information about our games directly to you, the community. This year is no exception, as we have two planned panels dedicated to StarCraft II content.

StarCraft II – What’s Next
4:45 PM – 5:45 PM PST
Friday, November 7
Panel Stage in Hall A

StarCraft II Multiplayer
2:15 PM – 3:15 PM PST
Saturday, November 8
Main Stage in Hall D


StarCraft II Community Corner

If you are at the event and prefer a more intimate setting, the StarCraft Community team will be hosting talks where you can get up close and personal with developers. The Community Corner ‘Mini-Talks’ will feature discussion on two areas.

StarCraft II Mini-Talk
StarCraft II Lead Writer, James Waugh, will be stopping by to answer some of your burning questions about StarCraft lore.

Arcade Mini-Talk
Arcade developers should definitely come and check out this talk. Community Manager Traysent will be joined by several StarCraft developers and editor specialists to share some information about the future of the StarCraft II Arcade.


For the full post, click here.

Battle.net - StarCraft II at BlizzCon 2014

The StarCraft II Game Guide has been updated, adding in lore entries for the Probe, the Zealot, the Sentry, and the Stalker.

Battle.net - Protoss Spotted!

The latest patch for StarCraft II is out. Look below for the changes.

Read more: StarCraft II 2.1.6 Patch Notes

There has been an update to the StarCraft II game guide which includes additional information about the Siege Tank, the Banshee, and the Raven. For those interested in lore, each of those pages are worth a look.

If you haven't already, go check out the Story of StarCraft page for summaries of each StarCraft campaign starting from StarCraft Vanilla.

Battle.net - New Terran Tech Schematics

The StarCraft II WCS Global Finals tickets are now available for purchase! The matches will take place during BlizzCon, but BlizzCon tickets alone will not grant you access; you need to have WCS tickets to watch the games.

The WCS tickets are sold on this page. For more information about the WCS Global Finals and how to attend, click here.

Battle.net - StarCraft® II WCS Global Finals Tickets Now On Sale
Battle.net - Attend the StarCraft® II WCS Global Finals Live in the Arena! Tickets On Sale October 7

To celebrate the WCS, Blizzard is giving fans a chance to obtain some StarCraft II portraits.


Subscribe on Twitch for World Championship Series Gosu Trophy Portraits

Current active subscribers to the WCS America, WCS Europe, or GSL Twitch channels will be awarded this portrait. If you haven’t subscribed yet, sign up for this League Finals, and contribute to your favorite WCS region.

Portraits will be redeemed via Battle.net codes that will be sent to subscribers through Twitch’s messaging system. We will announce when codes are available through blogs on StarCraft2.com and StarCraft2.com/WCS.


Battle.net - WCS StarCraft II Portraits Available Soon

The latest patch for StarCraft II includes some bug fixes.

StarCraft II 2.1.5 Patch Notes

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue that could cause the post-game score screen to become stuck while loading.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented replays generated in patch 2.1.3 from loading in newer versions of StarCraft II.
  • Fixed an issue where Mac clients could freeze when experiencing a game application crash in Full Screen mode.
  • Fixed an issue where the Hotkey UI panel would not appear correctly on initial selection.


Battle.net - StarCraft II 2.1.5 Patch Notes

The World Championship Series for StarCraft II are having the global finals are coming to the Anaheim Convention Center Arena, with tickets going on sale on October 7th. Access to the World Championship Series will be separate from BlizzCon, which is a departure from how the finals were attended previously. There will be 1,000 tickets going on sale starting at 11:00am PDT on October 7th, each ticket costing $25 USD each, and will be purchasable from the Eventbrite ticketing page.

After purchasing the ticket, an e-mail which includes the tickets will be sent to the buyer. To pick up the badges associated with the tickets, bring the tickets and the bar codes that were placed on the e-mail to the Anaheim Convention Center Arena box office on Friday between 9:00am PST to 9:00pm PST or Saturday between 9:00am PST to 6:30pm PST.

More details as well as a short FAQ are included in the original article by Blizzard. To read it, click here.

Battle.net - Attend the StarCraft® II WCS Global Finals Live in the Arena! Tickets On Sale October 7

A new patch is out, and it includes the WCS Gameheart extension mod!

StarCraft II 2.1.4 Patch Notes


  • WCS GameHeart
    • GameHeart’s popular tournament UI has been reborn in the improved WCS GameHeart extension mod.
    • Players can apply the WCS GameHeart extension mod to any melee map from the Custom Games list.
      • To create a game using an Extension Mod, enter the Custom Games list, hit the “Browse Maps” button, select any map, and then click “Create with Mod” to choose an Extension Mod from the list.
      • The WCS GameHeart overlay can then be enabled by navigating to the Gameplay tab in the Options menu and selecting WCS 2.0 in the Observer Interface menu.
    • More information can be found in our WCS GameHeart blog.
  • Enhanced Team Colors
    • General
      • Players can now choose to enhance the color of buildings, units, and spell effects via an in-game UI option.
        • Team color intensity can be adjusted by navigating to the Gameplay tab in the Options menu and adjusting the value on the new ‘Team Color Intensity ‘slider.
    • Updated Unit/Spell Effects
      • EMP, Scanner Sweep, Time Warp, and Mothership Core coloring have been updated to adopt team colors.
        • Team colored spell effects can be enabled under the Gameplay tab in the Options menu by selecting ‘Enable Additional Team Color Textures’

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue where the game display could freeze when using certain video hardware.
  • The Map preferences UI will no longer occasionally display placeholder text.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause the matchmaking options to become unavailable.
  • Fixed an issue where parties could sometimes become split when joining Custom Games.
  • The Ultralisk will no longer lose the Frenzied ability when burrowed.
  • Fixed an issue where using Abduct or Graviton Beam on a Ghost would sometimes not cancel a nuclear strike.
  • Carrier Interceptors will no longer pause when attacking a target under the effects of Mass Recall.
  • The in-game UI will no longer disappear when watching a replay after using the Streamlined Observer UI.
  • Fixed an issue where music would fail to loop in some Campaign missions.
  • The Colossus model will no longer appear larger when killed during warp-in on the Phantoms of the Void mission.
  • Fixed an issue where sound offsets could occasionally be ignored.


Battle.net - StarCraft II 2.1.4 Patch Notes

To encourage more people to test the latest patch, Blizzard has started a giveaway of various items including a pair of BlizzCon 2014 tickets. Starting from 12:00 a.m. PDT on August 26, 2014 to 11:59 p.m. PDT on September 22, 2014, players that reach level 5 on the StarCraft II PTR will be eligible to win one of the following prizes:

Prizes for participation
To all players who reach level 5 on the PTR:
    A one month subscription for Twitch Turbo
To 50 random players who reach level 5 on the PTR:
    A Twitch subscription for WCS EU/AM
To one random player who reaches level 5 on PTR:
    A pair (2) of 2014 BlizzCon tickets

All that's required is to enable PTR access using the Battle.net desktop app, log in, and get to levelling. For more information on how to do so, check out the full post.

Battle.net - Free Blizzcon Tickets, Twitch Subscriptions and Turbo: Oh My!

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