What's New With StarCraft II

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#51 Posted by Toodles (37 posts) -

Wow, great write up, Brad. Less news, more views (about any game) from the GB crew!

#52 Posted by Ben_H (3220 posts) -

Quite excited for the Mothership Core. It is something Protoss desperately needs. It would finally allow up to pressure early game without having to all-in. They're gonna have to balance recall or it will be straight up broken though but I sincerely hope they don't get rid of that ability because it's so cool and has so much potential and can help Protoss so much if they go for pressure as it will no longer be game-ending if it fails against Zerg or Terran because we can actually retreat.

#53 Posted by UnrealDP (1217 posts) -

@Otzlowe said:

I always get super bummed when I think about the theoretical potential of things in games and then realize that their usefulness in competitive gaming is ruled out by math-hammering and degrees of conformity. I truly dislike that it often comes down to mathematics deciding the usefulness of something, regardless of the way in which it affects the game experience. (Especially since math-hammering, in many cases, ends up not being as definitive as it gets treated).

So, I'll probably be a carebear forever. =/

You should seriously check out some TF2 Highlander games or other FPS MLGs. There's still obviously a bit of math with weapon loadouts, but you can't just boil it down to mathematically perfect builds and strategies, like in an RTS.

#54 Posted by doe3879 (773 posts) -

now zerg is the only one with a base that can't attack

#55 Edited by Rayeth (1001 posts) -

Haters gonna hate! SC2 is a great game to watch as well as play, but I have found myself watching (and playing) a whole lot more Dota 2 than SC2 these days.

Dunno what it is about Dota 2 that makes it more enjoyable, but I can still squeeze in a few SC2 matches and VODs here and there. should check out TobiWanKenobi over at joindota.com to understand why MOBAs can be fun to watch. Tobi is pretty much the Day[9] of the Dota 2 world. Valve has him commentating their next $1million+ International event.

#56 Posted by Elwoodan (673 posts) -

Campaigns and custom maps here I come!

#57 Edited by Gunharp (336 posts) -

@Brad said:

@Spellbot5000: For someone who clearly cares so little about the game, you really spent a disproportionate amount of your life clicking through to this article and writing a comment on it. Why?

Wow, staff biting back. Certainly rare :)

I have been a fan watching video games getting played professionally and speed run for a long time and have absolutely loved the explosion of easy and accessible streaming. This piece was a surprise and I really liked it, nice work Brad. Also I really want to share my opinion on a statement you made towards the end.

@Brad said:

" I very earnestly believe there's no purer an expression of complex video game mechanics and the human ability to approach mastery of them than what's going on with pro-level StarCraft these days."

This is wonderfully put and my favorite sentence in the whole piece. The passion represented is exactly what any fan would say of their favorite competition to watch.

All I wanted to say is that, just because StarCraft 2 is your favorite and the game you understand the most does not make it the purest. I wouldn't say that about my favorite game that I watch over StarCraft now, DOTA 2. No one can discern which is the most pro. Other games have closely matched and sometimes bettered the StarCraft recipe in terms competitive game play.

Oh and yeah I am hyped for Heart of the Swarm.

#58 Posted by wewantsthering (1460 posts) -

The "pull" ability of the Zerg looks really annoying...

#59 Posted by R3DT1D3 (150 posts) -

Beta is going to be the wild west all over again.

#60 Posted by NekuCTR (1663 posts) -

@Gunharp said:

@Brad said:

@Spellbot5000: For someone who clearly cares so little about the game, you really spent a disproportionate amount of your life clicking through to this article and writing a comment on it. Why?

Wow, staff biting back. Certainly rare :)

Not that rare from Brad. He has a tendency to slap mofos back into their places.

#61 Posted by ComradeCrash (551 posts) -

I think I might try installing SC2 on my bootcamp mac and see how it runs just in wait for this expansion!

#62 Posted by ikaruga (190 posts) -

I can't wait for HOTS to come out. I've stop playing multi player for a while due to having no time and ladder fear but still follow the pro scene. The addition of un-ranked match making is what I'm looking forward the most to

#63 Posted by bmeason (45 posts) -

@BeachThunder said:

Hmm, how did I know this article was going to be written by Brad...

Only he can tell SCII like it is. Only he...

#64 Posted by Dan_CiTi (2938 posts) -
#65 Posted by Foxillusion (148 posts) -

Love that community. Brad's rant reminded me of

http://day9.tv/manifesto/

#66 Posted by Y2Ken (971 posts) -

I love watching TvT. I know that's a slightly controversial opinion, but I do. I get why people don't, but I love seeing the armies face off in encounters where a couple of inches of movement too far forwards can cost you everything.

#67 Posted by Wintermute (46 posts) -

I heard a while back that there was the potential for another Giant Bomb scrubb league tournament involving SC2. And, that Day9 would possibly cast the tourney. That would make an entire years premium membership worth it. Honestly. Please?

#68 Posted by artofwar420 (6229 posts) -

@Wintermute: Isn't there one going on for European Giantbombers?

#69 Posted by leejunfan83 (902 posts) -

Brad has yet to answer the big red phone

#70 Posted by tescovee (346 posts) -

@brad "after a grueling week of E3" this statement is tongue and cheek, right?

#71 Edited by Grimluck343 (1132 posts) -

Word was Flash played his opening match with a keyboard that didn't work >.>

Edit: And still won in convincing fashion.

#72 Posted by sage2 (26 posts) -

As a starcraft enthusiast I need to say thank you for the article and Can I have more?

#73 Posted by GaspoweR (2517 posts) -

It was confirmed during the Live on Three after-hours interview with Flash and a translator that half of his keyboard wasn't functioning in that first match.

#74 Posted by gunslingerNZ (1897 posts) -

@Spellbot5000 said:

Good god, I had a bet going with a friend that Brad was going to bring fucking SC2 up again right after E3. Where are the articles about chess championships or Boggle Tournaments? You know, stupid things like SC2 that no one gives a shit about except their core base of nutter fans.

Woah buddy calm down there, nobody's forcing you to read this in depth and well written article on a highly crafted and supremely balanced game supported by an enthusiastic and friendly fanbase ;). Oh sorry, lolfag teabag! feel more at home?

#75 Posted by adam1808 (1214 posts) -

@gunslingerNZ said:

@Spellbot5000 said:

Good god, I had a bet going with a friend that Brad was going to bring fucking SC2 up again right after E3. Where are the articles about chess championships or Boggle Tournaments? You know, stupid things like SC2 that no one gives a shit about except their core base of nutter fans.

Woah buddy calm down there, nobody's forcing you to read this in depth and well written article on a highly crafted and supremely balanced game supported by an enthusiastic and friendly fanbase ;). Oh sorry, lolfag teabag! feel more at home?

with gunslinger. I don't really care about SC2 but I sure as hell can appreciate the enthusiasm of others. Also GB Chess Tournament reports would be fantastic.

#76 Posted by PhilipDuck (523 posts) -

Viper abduct ability is going to just prevent high tier units and will end up Protoss just going mass stalkers, that needs to go or shorten the range. I'm not really impressed by the units added.. :(

#77 Posted by gamefreak9 (2327 posts) -

Great Article Brad! I gotta say the Blizzard balancing process sounds MUCH more hectic than I imagined... 22 range??? really? lol You can just put it above space areas that are only reachable by air and if the guy doesn't have a starport/gate/spire ALREADY you will have like 5-6 min of uninterrupted damage on their base, I doubt the DPS is low enough to make than insignificant

#78 Posted by Tatortots (4 posts) -

Looking forward to it.

#79 Posted by Dudacles (1435 posts) -

@Spellbot5000 said:

Good god, I had a bet going with a friend that Brad was going to bring fucking SC2 up again right after E3. Where are the articles about chess championships or Boggle Tournaments? You know, stupid things like SC2 that no one gives a shit about except their core base of nutter fans.

Nobody gives a shit about Starcraft? What? That's one of the most ridiculously clueless things I've ever heard anyone say on this site. I am not a Starcraft fan for a number of reasons, but I still find the phenomenon intriguing. The game is impressive in its depth. There is a reason why there is an enormous crowd of players out there who enjoy the game on both a casual en more fanatic level. That you don't particularly care about the game is absolutely fine, but to throw a hissy fit over it, especially if your only argument for doing so is a blatantly wrong one is just retarded.

#80 Posted by paulunga (1802 posts) -

It feels kind of weird seeing an article like this evangelizing Starcraft 2. I don't know if you've heard but Blizzard and their products are pretty popular already.

#81 Posted by MAST (778 posts) -

@Dudacles said:

@Spellbot5000 said:

Good god, I had a bet going with a friend that Brad was going to bring fucking SC2 up again right after E3. Where are the articles about chess championships or Boggle Tournaments? You know, stupid things like SC2 that no one gives a shit about except their core base of nutter fans.

Nobody gives a shit about Starcraft? What? That's one of the most ridiculously clueless things I've ever heard anyone say on this site. I am not a Starcraft fan for a number of reasons, but I still find the phenomenon intriguing. The game is impressive in its depth. There is a reason why there is an enormous crowd of players out there who enjoy the game on both a casual en more fanatic level. That you don't particularly care about the game is absolutely fine, but to throw a hissy fit over it, especially if your only argument for doing so is a blatantly wrong one is just retarded.

Dude, don't feed the troll... Obvious troll is obvious...

#82 Posted by zyn (2591 posts) -

The new units look cool.

#83 Posted by lmephisto (172 posts) -

The protoss are even more amazing this time :DDDD

#84 Edited by MasterRain (256 posts) -

Are we going to hear about Brad's lunch for his next blog post?

#85 Posted by s7 (4 posts) -

@MasterRain said:

Are we going to hear about Brad's lunch for his next blog post?

fuck off

#86 Posted by shinluis (426 posts) -

Isn't anyone bothered by how most the "new" abilities are just the very same abilities from SC1 they took out at first?

#87 Posted by Jimi (1126 posts) -

Pretty sure the Abduct ability is going to single handedly break the game, zerg looks insanely strong. (I play zerg)

#88 Posted by Zaccheus (1770 posts) -

HOTS is a pretty unfortunate acronym.

#89 Posted by Koshka (186 posts) -

Thank you so much for the post Brad! I really love Giant Bomb and I get crazy excited when I get to read an article about SCII on here.

#90 Posted by NicksCorner (400 posts) -

I care only for StarCraft single player. But I do care :)

#91 Posted by Obinice (265 posts) -

I'd just like to see more of you and Norm playing and commentating in TNT. I don't play SC, but I really enjoyed that!

#92 Posted by Blackmamba85 (38 posts) -

@Y2Ken: Mech TvT is my preferred match up to watch, Bio TvT is ok but it's just not as exciting to me.

#93 Posted by WJist (311 posts) -

The thing that kept me from playing more SC2 was the way the league system eventually broke down into me getting creamed every time I played. I realize I am terribad (and can only play Terran with any hopes of winning), but I hoped with HOTS they would either add more leagues or a coaching system for newcomers like in the coming MOBAs. Maybe Starcraft is just becoming impenetrable to me :(

#94 Posted by rmills87 (463 posts) -

Awesome article dude!

#95 Posted by MrAngryEyes (41 posts) -

I've never played Starcraft 2 but this stuff fascinates me! Fantastic article! I'm wondering if heart of the swarm will bringing new players to SC2. I would love to get into the game with others of no experience!

#96 Posted by mrsmiley (968 posts) -

I watched that entire tournament live via MLG's phenomenal HD stream while texting my two brothers and Moletrap who were actually at the show. Those bastards. Brad I love that you're so into the pro starcraft scene! My brother and I used to commentate Broodwar games on YouTube for a brief period, and it was tons of fun. There are some talented players in the GSL, but I've always felt like their speed and skill paled in comparison to BW players!

#97 Posted by blacklab (1477 posts) -

Never played Starcraft, but I find it very interesting. Great article, Brad!

#98 Posted by jd18b (42 posts) -

@Malarkain said:

Woo Brad!

Also, I hate to be that guy...but I wanna see more campaign stuff. I may suck at the actual game but I still managed to get slightly invested in the story.

Totally with you. I am terrible at the multiplayer and when I do play I don't last very long, but I love watching others duke it out. I could use a little more on the campaign as well.

#99 Posted by Shinwei (11 posts) -

I love this feature, Brad. Keep it up!

Starcraft is the only real competitive multiplayer game I could ever get into. Screw first person shooters and fighting games (and also every other RTS). Starcraft is the only online multiplayer game for me!!

#100 Posted by Paindamnation (759 posts) -

This is why brad has been playing so much SC2..

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