Youâre going to see a lot of different faces at the 2011 European Battle.net Invitational on August 6-7, whether youâre at the event in Warsaw or watching the free live HD stream. Youâll also hear a lot of different voices, as we have a large selection of skilled shoutcasters and commentators bringing you all the action. But just who are the people behind these voices?
Just by looking at the list of players and teams taking part, we already know how awesome the Invitational is going to be. To make sure thatâs the case weâve gathered some of the best presenters out there to guide you and to offer their insights throughout the whole event.
Letâs discover the people behind the voices that will accompany you during this thrilling journey to fame and glory. On the free live HD stream:
- Ben âMrBitterâ Nichol will be our guide through the battles in the Koprulu sector. Ben was born in the United States and became famous with his show called â12 Weeks with the Prosâ and its sequel, âThe Next 12 Weeksâ. He also shoutcasted some epic matches during his NASL commentary and heâs now one of the most likable stars in the eSports community.
- Kevin âRotterdaMâ van der Kooi will be our second StarCraft II shoutcaster. Kevin is a Dutch professional gamer who has played in several Warcraft III and StarCraft II tournaments. Heâs also ESLâs main commentator for StarCraft II and you can have a look at one of his productions here: âRotterdaM Universityâ.
- Joe âJoeâ Miller will be your main host: this Englishman doesnât really need an introduction, but since heâs so awesome, weâre going to give him one anyway. Joe was one of the worldâs first commentators and he shoutcasted many tournaments during his career, including DreamHack, World Series of Video Games and the Intel Extreme Masters.
- Salome Soe âSoetchiâ Gschwind-Penski will be taking us right into the fray in World of Warcraftâs bloodied arenas. Born in Switzerland, but currently living in Germany, Soe is a member of the renowned German World of Warcraft Guild âFor The Hordeâ. Sheâs also showed the eSports community her artistic skills with several speed drawings, which you can enjoy on her site.
If youâre one of those people who will follow the action live in the Multikino within the Zlote Tarasy commercial center in the heart of the Polish capital of Warsaw, youâll be able to enjoy live commentary of the matches from skilled presenters.
- Jakub âKumbolâ Misiura and Mateusz âTajgeerâ Malek will commentate our World of Warcraft Arena matches. These two young, yet experienced, commentators have both been active members of the Polish eSports community since 2007 and theyâre now cooperating with WoWCenter.pl.
- Michal âCarmacâ Blicharz and Marcin âitzMorglumâ Lelontko will be our war reporters from the battlefields of StarCraft II. Michal has been working closely with ESL since 2009 and heâs the product manager of one of the most successful European events: the Intel Extreme Masters. Marcin is a veteran professional commentator and you can have a taste of his shoutcasting skills by tuning into his dedicatedStarCraft II channel.
This incredibly skilled team of shoutcasters and commentators are bound to keep you entertained for the whole event, so be sure to follow the StarCraft II and World of Warcraft tournaments through our free live HD stream!
Weâve replaced the previously available StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty demo with the recently launched StarCraft II: Starter Edition. StarCraft II: Starter Edition allows anyone to play the following content for free (all you need is a Battle.net account and Internet connection):
- The first four missions of the StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty single-player campaign, including Mar Sara 1-3 and the choice to embark on Tychusâs first mission or Dr. Hansenâs first mission.
- The first two Challenges: Tactical Command and Covert Ops.
- Access to the terran race in Custom Games and Single-Player vs. AI.
- Access to the following custom maps (map selection may rotate over time):
- XelâNaga Caverns
- Shattered Temple
- Discord IV
- High Orbit
Any campaign progress and achievements you earn while playing StarCraft II: Starter Edition are automatically saved to your Battle.net account, and will carry over should you ever upgrade from the Starter Edition to the full version of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty.
If youâre thinking of getting into the game or know a friend who's been interested in joining you in the Koprulu Sector, it's easier than ever to give the ultimate real-time strategy experience a spin.
If you donât yet have a Battle.net account, head to www.trystarcraft.com to get started. The site will talk you through the process of creating a Battle.net account and downloading the game client.
If you already have a Battle.net account, you can simply download the full game client and start playing as soon as itâs downloaded! A StarCraft II: Starter Edition license will automatically be added to your Battle.net account once you log into the game.
For more information and a full list of restrictions, please visit the StarCraft II: Starter Edition FAQ.