Welcome back for the second round of some of the most epic community highlights of the year. With some of our favorite tunes still deeply rooted in our minds, we direct our attention to videos and compilations from the awesome StarCraft II community.
We couldn't possibly forget those who entertain us with their words and/or video creations, including some of those fun videos we shared with our friends on Facebook and through other channels.
Tastosis, the casting Archon
Who doesn’t know Tastosis, the casting Archon? They entertain us and they teach us about StarCraft. That is, when Artosis is not busy dodging high fives. Not nice, Dan (but, maybe that one was just a hallucination).
Both Nick ‘Tasteless’ Plott and Dan ‘Artosis’ Stemkoski are the experienced nerds in our community, and they are like a font of knowledge for all those looking for some ‘nerderly’ advice or words of wisdom!
Tastosis Tips – Life Lessons for Nerds
Eye-opening, educational and hilarious.
Tasteless ladder points compilation
When you click that quick match button and you see Tasteless on the other side of the screen, you might want to surrender immediately. If you feel up for a daunting task, at least prepare yourself for Tasteless’s extreme ladder-point-thievery by watching this video. You have been warned!
Sean ‘Day’ Plott aka ‘Day[J]’
There are many great StarCraft II community contributors. We can't even attempt to highlight them all and even if we tried, we would be afraid to miss someone who is as great as the others.
We are sure though that most of you will agree that if we could choose one who has had the biggest impact on all of us, it would be Sean “Day” Plott. We feel that it wouldn’t be a real community spotlight without mentioning him and his passion, dedication, motivation, positive energy and amazing work he brings to the community. If you missed Blizzard’s interview with him, read it here.
Day works relentlessly on numerous StarCraft II related projects, bringing you educational ‘daily’ videos and “making you a better gamer”, doing commentary on many epic eSport tournaments, organizing events and… being funny! Visit his site at day9.tv—it’s a real treasure-trove!
Day Daily #100 - My Life of StarCraft
To see what kind of person Sean is, what StarCraft means to him, and
how he's developed into one of the most-loved StarCraft personalities,
you absolutely HAVE to watch this video. A touching and truly
unbelievable story of probably the most dedicated StarCraft player in
War is hard for everyone. Especially those poor units in the Koprulu
Sector, commanded by brave generals, who like to watch Dailies and use
“Day made me do it” for an excuse.
If you have your speakers turned up, you might want to turn them down a bit. Sean is the man who is really full of energy.
Day Running man
We weren't sure about this one. But we felt the need to highlight
something that is a theme for Day. He is _always_ a professional.
Entertaining, in a different way
A different take on the StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty trailer. Which Kerrigan do you like more?
The Dancing MULE
We had to include Markus Frank from Germany, the winner of our 2010 EU StarCraft II Video Contest. The creativity and overall production are really amazing and after so many months it is one of our favorite StarCraft II videos.
Which video did you like the most? Do you feel that you have learned something from them? Do you feel there is something else that should be up here? Share it with us and the other members of the community by leaving a comment—we always love us some more StarCraft content.
If you missed the previous community spotlight entry on music, check it out here. Be sure to come back on Monday, when the next part of the community spotlight about art and machinima will be posted!
- Fixed an issue where using the Fun or Not system would sometimes cause players to be disconnected from the game.
- Fixed an issue with the "Q" key being unusable in Mac's French Grid keyboard layout.
- StarCraft II Editor
- Fixed an issue that prevents using Value to set Player parameter in the Modify Player Property function.
- Fixed an issue when using Unit Can Attack Unit Type function that could cause the game to become unresponsive.
StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty - Tools Update 18.104.22.1685
- When downloading multiple patches concurrently, the launcher will now show the combined progress of all patches instead of showing the progress of each individual patch.
This weekend, Anaheim, California will host an eSports event of titanic proportions. Major League Gaming is continuing their 2011 Pro Circuit, bringing all of the action out to the Anaheim Convention Center for one of the biggest StarCraft II events to date. In fact, StarCraft II will be taking the spotlight on the Main Stage, making this is the first time in the history of Major League Gaming that a PC title has ever been the star attraction at an MLG event.
You can find handy information on how to watch MLG Anaheim live from the comfort of your home, and the full broadcast schedule can be found here. If you’re curious about who’s playing this weekend, MLG has posted a full competitor list, as well as previews for Pool A and Pool B.
Get ready for an exciting week-end!
27 July 2010, the date that our lives changed for good: the launch of StarCraft II.
Here we are, one year later. That's 12 months. Or 365 days. No matter what you want to call it, that’s a lot of time to let your creative nature go wild and produce something out of this world.
Many members of the StarCraft II community used it to humor and amaze us with their productions. We couldn’t possibly include everything the community has come up with, but we we’re happy to share some of our favorite creations with you!
The community really produces so much amazing content that we
decided to split the Community Spotlight into three separate articles to
make sure that we have enough space for everything!
First off—the music. Oh, didn’t we get a lot of these the past year! Original creations and parodies. Heart touching or funny and cheerful. Different types, but they all share one specific quality: they’re a ton of fun to listen to!
Without further ado, here is the collection of some of our favorites:
The opposite sides of what it feels like to be a StarCraft II gamer:
Temp0 - When I'm Grandmaster
A parody of K'Naan – Waving Flag. And what will you do when you become a Grandmaster?
AKAmazingness – Forever Bronze
From dreams of being a Grandmaster to the proud and bronze. “We never say never”—inspirational!
The heart touching:
HoughToonz – Pylo the Pylon
The story by R. Houghton of a brave pylon that was destined to die,
despite the efforts from its commander. Some things just happen and
leave us pondering why and this song tells the tale. And do you still
remember Pylo the Pylon?
The Singing Nerd – A Viking’s Lament
A sad ballad about a Viking that was just too afraid to fly. “Can’t we agree to all stay on the ground?”
Nerd Alert - SCV Love Song
Who said that there is no love during war? Who said that an SCV
cannot have feelings for another SCV? There are no rules when it comes
to love, and this song is about just that!
The funny and/or happy songs:
Nerd Alert - Banelings
A parody of the Justin Bieber's “Baby”, this was the song that we
can safely say has been the most popular over the last year in the
community. “Banelings, banelings, banelings - ohh” has been on
everyone’s lips to this day!
Nerd Alert – Void Rays
A parody of Rebecca Black's “Friday”. The most recent song which is in some way a follow-up to Banelings.
AKAmazingness – Four Gate
Another parody of Rebecca Black's “Friday”, this song gives a pretty
good description of a very popular Protoss strategy. If you don’t know
it... wait, do you really play StarCraft II? Who are you? In any case,
check out the song, which is both fun and informative!
Josh “AskJoshy” Suth – Like A ‘Toss
A StarCraft parody of a popular song by The Lonely Island. A day from the life of... the Toss, as described by Mr. Probe.
Underline Entertainment – Fly like Aiur
A parody of the M.I.A. – Paper Planes song. Uplifting :)
So much fun. Have you found your favorite song in this collection? Which one do you like the most? Also, don't forget to come back for the next part of the series, which will feature some of our favorite videos and compilations!
On 6—7 August, some of the best European StarCraft II players will clash at the 2011 European Battle.net Invitational. The competitors invited to this event will have the chance to prove their skills to a new audience as this event comes to the Polish capital Warsaw for the very first time.
There’s a lot to fight for, including the $24,500 USD prize pool and a chance to represent Europe at the 2011 Global Battle.net Invitational at this year’s BlizzCon in Anaheim, California. With so much at stake, every player is bound to fight tooth and nail.
Check out the second two StarCraft II participants attending this year’s 2011 European Battle.net Invitational.
Last week we announced the first two players; here they are again:
Keep your eyes peeled for more updates!
- Characters should no longer receive errors or potential disconnects when using Levitate, Slow Fall, or the Parachute Cloak while falling.
- All combat and vanity pets should now respawn normally after players use any flight path.
- Combustion should no longer ignore damage modifiers on a target. As an example, Smoldering Elemental packs in the Firelands should no longer take full damage from Impact’s spread of Combustion, despite these creatures having damage reduction modifiers.
- Shamanism (Elemental passive) now causes Lightning Bolt, Chain Lightning, and Lava Burst spells to gain an additional 32% benefit from the shaman’s spell power, up from 20%.
- Deep Wounds should no longer ignore damage modifiers on a target. As an example, Smoldering Elementals in the Firelands should no longer take full damage from Deep Wounds, despite these creatures having damage reduction modifiers.
Dungeons & Raids
- Players who die and release before a boss is killed should now receive Valor and Justice points. However, players that release at the moment the boss dies and are currently at the loading screen will become locked to the dungeon, but will not receive any currency for the kill. We’re working to address this in a future update.
- Alysrazor cannot dodge or parry attacks from players.
- Alysrazor’s melee evasion angle has been adjusted so that players have a larger area to use abilities which require that they be behind their target.
- Blazing Talon Clawshapers will now properly aggro a new target when threat is dropped.
- On Heroic difficulty, Brushfires will despawn once Firestorm is cast, and since the Initiates shield themselves during firestorm, none are cast again until it ends.
- Molten Feather is removed once Alysrazor ignites at 50 energy, as opposed to when she burns out.
- On 25-player Heroic difficulty, Torment now grants a stack of Vital Spark per 5 applications, up from 3. To compensate, Baleroc’s health has been reduced on 25-player Heroic difficulty.
- Attacking the Fire Hawk flock along the way to Beth'tilac will not cause the Hell Hound pack to aggro as well.
- Majordomo Fandral Staghelm
- Fandral’s health has been reduced on 25-player Heroic difficulty.
- Damage suffered from a shaman's Spirit Link totem will no longer break player Concentration.
- Player pets should now benefit from their master's Concentration.
- Fandral now gains energy when his Flame Scythe hits fewer than 7 targets. The amount gained increases as fewer targets are hit.
- Wiping to Mage-Lord Urom in any phase of the encounter no longer causes players to be unable to use their Dragon Essences to mount drakes.
- The Moonwell Chalice is now on a shared cooldown with other on-use trinkets.
- The Moonwell Phial is now on a shared cooldown with other on-use trinkets.
- Crafted Bloodthirsty bind-on-equip relics and cloaks are no longer unique, allowing players to craft and hold more than one of the same item type in their inventories.
- Eye of the Storm has been temporarily removed from the Rated Battlegrounds options.
Quests & Creatures
- Beezil Linkspanner's gossip option should now always be available if players have completed the quest Onward to Light's Hope Chapel, allowing players who have not already done so the ability to complete the achievement Full Caravan.
Hyjal Regrowth & Molten Front
- Players should now be able to accept the quest Unlocking the Secrets Within from Rabine Saturna after turning in A Smoke-Stained Locket.
- Players who are Hated or Hostile with the Steamwheedle Cartel faction can still turn in the quest Well Armed to Ricket.
- The creature abilities Smoldering Roots and Blazing Stomp no longer affect pets (the unexpected launch of player pets no longer occurs).