With the imminent arrival of Kerrigan and Heart of the Swarm on March 12, Earth awaits a global infestation. Blizzard Entertainment will be preparing for the onslaught with a worldwide broadcast spanning more than 20 hours leading up to the launch of the game. StarCraft players are invited to join us at official events in Melbourne, Australia; Seoul, South Korea; Versailles, France; and Irvine, California; or catch the celebration online. Top StarCraft II pro-gamers will play Heart of the Swarm show matches with your favorite casters narrating the action. We'll also feature live demonstrations of new features in Heart of the Swarm, showcase videos and community content, and give away great prizes.
Developers will also be present at other official launch events – check the list of locations for information about all these events, and stay tuned to this page for more details about the global launch celebration, coming soon.
After starting his professional gaming career in WarCraft III, Andrew “mOOnGLaDe” Pender transitioned to StarCraft II in 2010. Known for his strong roach timings, mOOnGLaDe became one of the first non-Korean players to compete in the Global StarCraft II League. With his large fan base and aggressive play, mOOnGLaDe is one of the best StarCraft II players from Australia. He has competed in a number of international tournaments including the IEM Season V World Championship, BlizzCon 2011 and the 2012 Battle.net World Championship Series in Shanghai.
With a number of strong finishes at Australian Cyber League events, Mark “yang” Richardson was considered the top StarCraft II player in Western Australia. He was one of sixteen players to compete in the 2012 StarCraft II World Championship Series Australia Nationals last August. Representing Team Immunity, yang now resides in Victoria.
Daniel “deth” Haynes is one of four active players on the Australian StarCraft II team Nv. deth is an avid RTS player who has played a number of titles competitively. In StarCraft II, he has competed and placed at a number of local events including the Melbourne MC LAN and the City Hunter Anniversary Event and was one of 16 players to compete in the 2012 StarCraft II World Championship Series Australia Nationals.
With an impressive and growing resume of results, Jared “PiG” Krensel has put himself on the map as one of the best players in Australia. In the past two years, PiG has competed in IEM events in Germany and China, and won the 2012 StarCraft II World Championship Series Australia Nationals. In 2013, PiG joined Exile 5 and currently resides in Sydney.
Aside from being the lead caster for the Australian Cyber League, Leigh “Maynarde“ Mandalov has also lent his talent to streams for IEM, countless online tournaments, and the After Hours Gaming League. After his excellent debut as MC for the WCS Australia Nationals and the Oceania finals he returns as host/caster for the Heart of the Swarm ANZ launch.
Phil “InFeZa” Bertino has proven himself to be an outstanding observer and a great asset to any production team. In addition to a multitude of local events, he captured the action during the 2012 StarCraft II World Championship Series Australia Nationals and Oceania Finals, and more recently, at the Intel Extreme Masters Season VII: Singapore. He will be observing all show matches at the Heart of the Swarm ANZ launch event.
Sean “Flamga“ Krauter has casted notable tournaments such as the Masters Cup, IEM Qualifiers, and the WCS New Zealand finals. He also has a strong online following through his YouTube channel and will be co-casting the show matches for the Heart of the Swarm ANZ launch.
Step 1. Visit your local EB Games store in the State of Victoria, preorder and fully pay for your copy of Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm, and advise the staff member at time of payment that you will be attending the Federation Square launch event by close of business Sunday the 10th of March.
Step 2. You will be provided with a fully paid receipt which you will need to bring with you to the Federation Square Event to secure your copy of Starcraft 2 Heart of the Swarm on Monday, March 11.
Step 3. When you arrive at Federation Square please go to the registration booth and collect your Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm wrist band which will represent your place in line.
For more information on picking up your game, please contact your local EB Games store.
You are still welcome to join your fellow StarCraft II community at Federation Square and enjoy the event. Please be sure to obtain your wristband at the event entrance beginning at 7 p.m.
Arguably the best player in the Starcraft: Brood War league, Flash is busy trying to be considered the same in Starcraft 2. Dominating recently played games, Flash is poised to incorporate his success into Heart of the Swarm as well.
Bisu made a name for himself as a revolutionary in the StarCraft: Brood War league through brilliant displays of multitasking and a whole new approach to playing against zerg. He became one of the best through endless effort, and now Bisu is set to take off again with Heart of the Swarm.
By winning the recent Hyper-X tournament and getting through the IPL6 Korea preliminaries, JD is showing signs of bringing back the aggressive game style that he was famous for in Brood War. The future is bright for JD as he is set to infest others with his gameplay in Heart of the Swarm.
When we talk about StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, we surely can’t forget Mvp. Becoming a four-time GSL champion and winning endless other championships, Mvp is gearing up for Heart of the Swarm. With strong game management and new strategies, MVP’s reign is set to continue.
Becoming the WCS Korea Nationals Champion and runner-up in the Battle.net World Championship last year, Creator has recently shown what he is made of and what potential he has. Living up to his nickname, Creator continues to study the game and devise new protoss strategies, so his future looks very good indeed.
There have been many zerg players who have shown amazing talent before now, but if you were to pick the best zerg player today, Life would probably be at the top of your list. With an amazing micro of endless Zergling attacks, at only age 16 Life has put in steady and strong performances at various recent tournaments. Many are expecting Life to make another 'evolution' once Heart of the Swarm is released.
Yong Jun is well-known as a passionate and leading shoutcaster of OnGameNet more than a decade on from his debut at the 2002 NATE OnGameNet Star League. His provocative and dynamic approach to commentating at times reminds fans of rap-battle, and he really knows how to charge up the atmosphere. There is no other shoutcaster like Yong Jun, and with him at the mic, the crowd at the launch event will surely be in raptures.
Jae Kyung is acknowledged as a living embodiment of Korean eSports history, having been at the mic since the first day of the Star League. His fluent commentating and witty storytelling has made many a star. We look forward to his rich storytelling in many Heart of the Swarm matches to come.
In his heyday as a formidable Terran pro gamer alongside SlayerSBoxeR, Jung Min was known as “By-the-Book Terran.” Since retiring from professional play he has pursued a career in shoutcasting, his background knowledge and seasoned eye for game-flow making him an instant fan favorite. With his familiar and accurate commentating, he will be shoutcasting HotS matches along with Yong Jun and Jae Kyung.
German caster Khaldor first gained recognition in the eSports world with his Warcraft III commentating at the 2008 World Cyber Games. His passion now takes him around the world, casting for prominent events including BWC, GSL, DreamHack, and IronSquid.
Wolf began commentating and shoutcasting StarCraft II during the Wings of Liberty Beta testing period. In May 2011, Wolf became a permanent caster for GSL. With plenty of experience matching words with Khaldor, we are looking forward to some fun, in-depth commentating at the launch event.
Stephano is a player who scarcely needs introducing. He discovered StarCraft II shortly after its release in 2010, and began his rise to fame by winning several major tournaments the following year. Since then he has reached superstar status, winning against several of the very best Korean pros along the way. His play style – studied by many, successfully imitated by few – is devastatingly effective, relying as it does on constant pressure on his adversary to cripple their economy. Whether his opponents will be ready for him at the Heart of the Swarm launch event remains to be seen…
Originally known as the “King of Orcs” in Warcraft III, winning several world championships, Grubby began making a name for himself on the StarCraft II scene in various tournaments during 2011. He gradually progressed and eventually gave a good showing in the Battle.net World Championship Series Europe Finals. He’s well known for a slow play style, matched to a very witty and effective strategy: he’s a “tranquil force” who can think and adapt on the run. Will his quiet and calm temperament lead him to another victory?
Formerly a Brood War player, White-Ra was already well known during the StarCraft II beta and quickly achieved success in various tournaments. Known for his very good manners and sportsmanship, he uses extremely precise builds to confuse his opponents and gain complete control of the map. His expert use of Warp Prisms and Gateway units has surprised many top-class players, and he may very well bewilder us again with his “special tactics”.
LucifroN is another player who managed to translate a successful career in Warcraft III to StarCraft II. The Terran player has had his ups and downs, but came back explosively at the WCS Spain. His remarkable micromanagement skills and aggressive play style leave no doubt about his past as a Warcraft III player. His multitasking abilities with mech armies give him the chance to crush even his most experienced opponents, including his well-known brother VortiX. His unique style will, as always, make for matches you simply can’t miss.
Usually in partnership with Dan “Artosis” Stemkoski, Tasteless is one of the foremost StarCraft shoutcasters. Brother of no less famous Sean “Day” Plott, he began as a professional player but leaned towards casting in 2005 during the WCG USA finals. He kept commentating for various tournaments until GOM TV offered him a permanent job in 2009. Casting the prestigious GSL since, Tasteless is known for his great passion for the game, and for pushing his voice to the limit and beyond during marathon casting sessions.
Artosis is an iconic commentator, a fixture at major tournaments along with his friend Nick “Tasteless” Plott. However, he also remains an active player at a professional level, participating in tournaments such as the IEM Cologne and Code S, but sometimes also taking the coach’s hat. His ultra-sharp analysis of the matches he casts gives spectators great insight into the game.
Soon after the launch of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty in 2010, Alexandre “Pomf” Noci and his brother Hadrien “Thud” Noci quickly established themselves as France’s premier shoutcasters. Pomf’s humor and cheerfulness always make games both fascinating and funny, to the point where they are even watched by people who don’t play StarCraft II. He and Thud have an uncanny ability to turn a complex game into popular and easy-to-follow entertainment, and have organized several great events in France including the Iron Squid tournament.
Hadrien “Thud” Noci, the elder brother of the Noci family, began his shoutcasting adventure at the same time as Alexandre “Pomf” Noci. Deeply involved in the game, he brings an analytical approach, digging into the reasons why players act as they do and always trying to predict their moves. Despite this, he still has the eccentric streak that characterizes the famous French brothers, and makes any game they cast an enjoyable experience.
Apollo is a familiar face and name to many eSports communities, having participated in several Brood War tournaments, and also at a high level in other strategy games. He eventually decided to focus on StarCraft II, and began commentating on games with other casters such as Sean “Day” Plott. He shares his passion not only by casting games with energy and enthusiasm, but also through his hugely popular tutorials, sharing his insight with the community. Apollo’s fascinating insight into StarCraft II’s mechanics and strategies make him the ideal analyst for the matches to be held at the European Heart of the Swarm launch event.
ReDeYe, proud father of three, is without a doubt one of the most knowledgeable people in the e-Sports scene. He has casted for various games over the years including Warcraft III, FIFA, Quake and Counterstrike before coming to StarCraft II. He’s worked all over the world, online and on TV; and he has a fair claim to being one of the first people to ever “shoutcast”. Despite stepping back from the microphone more than once in his career, he came back with a vengeance in 2012, hosting numerous StarCraft II tournaments throughout 2012.
One of the first StarCraft II casters, Adebisi has become a regular fixture at major tournaments including Major League Gaming and Dreamhack. Praised for his ability to focus on the key action at the right moment, he became an official observer for the MLG Championships. His accurate and global vision of the game made sure that fans around the world did not miss any of the action during the Battle.net World Championship.
In the months following the launch of StarCraft II, Choi “Polt” Seong Hoon qualified for all three seasons of the GOMTV Global StarCraft II League. Polt’s breakout performance came in June, 2011, when he beat top tier professional players to become the 2011 GSL Super Tournament champion. With major tournament results from Korea, Finland, Sweden and the United States, Polt is no stranger to the international stage and travel. In December, 2012, Polt left Team SCV Life and moved to Austin, Texas to study but has no plans to slow down with StarCraft II.
There are very few StarCraft II progamers as accomplished as Jang “MC” Min Chul. Since 2010, MC has made it to the round of four in fifteen major tournaments. His impressive roster of victories includes two Global StarCraft II League wins and the IEM Season VI World Champion title. With over $350,000 in prize winnings since the launch of StarCraft II, MC is the highest earning player from tournament winnings in the game. He is affectionately known as the “Protoss President” by his fans.
Conan “Suppy” Liu earned the Bic Flex 4 MLG Breakout Player Award at the MLG Spring Championship after having the highest placing of any American at the event. The powerhouse eSports team, Evil Geniuses, announced Suppy as its newest recruit shortly after. Proving himself as a player to beat, this young Zerg was the top placing North American player at both the MLG Fall Championships and the 2012 Battle.net World Championship. When he isn’t taking on the international StarCraft II scene, Suppy is the head coordinator and ace for Berkeley’s Collegiate StarLeague team, which recently won the Azubu Collegiate Starleague championship.
In May 2012, Dan “ViBE” Scherlong joined ROOT Gaming and soon after, won the 2012 StarCraft II World Championship Series USA Nationals. Based off that performance, ViBE earned a reputation as one of the strongest StarCraft II players in the country. His second place finish at the 2012 StarCraft II World Championship Series North America Finals only further secured his position as one of the best Zerg players in North America.
Sean “Day9” Plott is the biggest name in the StarCraft II community and an ambassador for the eSports community. Five nights a week, Sean “Day9” Plott hosts the “Day9 Daily,” a StarCraft II show that aims to turn viewers into better gamers. The show has had humble beginnings but has grown over the years to become arguably the most popular eSports show in the world. As one of the top StarCraft II shoutcasters, Day9 has traveled the globe casting at StarCraft II events from Canada to Sweden to China.
With over 700,000 subscribers on his StarCraft II channel, Mike “Husky” Lamond is one of the most popular casters on YouTube. He is known for his enthusiasm and widespread appeal which helps to bring fans into the competitive StarCraft II scene. In addition to his own YouTube channels, Husky has casted at a number of events including Major League Gaming, is a member of the gaming pop group “Nerd Alert,” and is a co-founder of YouTube channel TheGameStation.
Your pre-order deposit will not be accessible at the event but can be refunded any time before or after the event in the store where you placed the order. When you arrive at the Giant Wheel Court at the Spectrum Center for the event:
No pre-order? No problem! Purchase your copy of StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, standard or Collector's Edition, at the event at Spectrum Center. Supplies are limited, so be sure to stop by a register as soon as you arrive to make your purchase and get your receipt and event wristband.If you purchased via digital download:
You are still welcome to join us in the Giant Wheel Court and enjoy the event. Please be sure to obtain your wristband at the event entrance beginning at 7 p.m.If you do not wish to have your copy signed:
No problem. At midnight, GameStop will host a separate distribution for those who are eager to get their copy, get home, and join Kerrigan and the Swarm as they sweep across the galaxy.
Lim "NesTea" Jae Duk is a Zerg player from South Korea, who is currently playing for Incredible Miracle. Following his third GSL championship, he was widely considered the best Zerg player in the world. NesTea has competed and placed in a number of international events including the IGN ProLeague Season 4, Iron Squid Chapter I and Chapter II, and BlizzCon 2011. Known for his excellent decision making, NesTea is a consistent force in the competitive StarCraft II scene.
Yang “Sen” Chia Cheng has been Taiwan’s best Brood War and StarCraft II player for nearly a decade. He was one of the top non-Korean Brood War players, taking first place in WCG Taiwan 2004 and 2005, and third place in the 2009 Poker Strategy Team Liquid Starleague. Sen entered StarCraft II with high expectations and has managed to live up to those expectations, earning third place at the North American Star League Season 1, Season 2, and BlizzCon 2011. More recently, he battled his way to a surprisingly strong 4th place finish at the 2012 Battle.net World Championship. Sen is also one of the few non-Korean players to have competed in the Global StarCraft II League in South Korea.
As a former top StarCraft: Brood War player in Taiwan before Sen’s domination, Pai-Chi “SoBaD” Chang changes his career path to become a shoutcaster after StarCraft II launched in 2010. He is currently the favorite StarCraft 2 shoutcaster in Taiwan and mainly broadcasts Taiwan eSports League matches on television. Last fall, he went to the 2012 Battle.net World Championship in Shanghai to help commentate Sen’s games during the event.
Joeman was a writer before making a career change to commentating StarCraft. He is one of most popular eSports shoutcasters in Taiwan. He mainly broadcasts Taiwan eSports League matches with SoBaD, and the two often cast matches together. Joeman also appears in many major eSports events in Taiwan.
You are still welcome to join us at Saraiva Shopping Center Norte to meet and greet the StarCraft II development team and get your StarCraft II item signed.If you do not wish to have your copy signed:
No problem. You can get you Heart of the Swarm standard or Collector’s Edition copy, get home, and join Kerrigan and the Swarm as they sweep across the galaxy.