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JINX Launches Vintage Blizzard Games T-shirts

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Products News, Diablo 3 News, StarCraft 2 News, World of Warcraft News

I totally love JINX and their creativity. Personally, I never saw these coming. In addition to the recent World of Warcraft Summer 2013 T-shirt line-up, JINX released today three new shirts based on classic Blizzard games:

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Legendary Pictures Giveaway – 4-Day SDCC Ticket and Round-Trip

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Diablo 3 News, SDCC 2013, StarCraft 2 News, World of Warcraft News

Legendary Pictures (producer of the Warcraft film) is giving away a 4-Day San Diego Comic Con ticket and a Round-Trip Flight and Hotel. Will you heed the call?

At least 5 people will also get a swag bag with Legendary T-shirts. This giveaway ends before July 1, so hurry up.

Check out my SDCC Floor Map to locate the Legendary Pictures Booth and other Blizzard Licensed Partners.

Thousands have entered – don’t miss your chance! Legendary is flying one lucky fan and a friend to join us July 16-21 at San Diego Comic-Con for the ultimate fan weekend. Enjoy a 5-night stay at the nearby Westin Gaslamp, free airfare, badges for each day, early access to the off-site experience, and much more! To enter, just Like our Facebook page and fill in a few blanks. Then, boost your chances of winning by sharing with friends!

 

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Exclusive Blizzard Merchandise at San Diego Comic-Con 2013

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Products News, Diablo 3 News, SDCC 2013, StarCraft 2 News, World of Warcraft News

Blizzard Entertainment has listed all the exclusive merchandise to be available at the reach of San Diego Comic Con attendees this year.

Attendees may find these at Blizzard Entertainment booth # 115 (Hall A). Visit my SDCC Floor Map which shows all the Blizzard licensed partner booths of interest.

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If you’re headed to San Diego Comic-Con in July, don’t miss out on the exclusive merchandise we’ll have at the Blizzard booth! Whether you’re looking for an adorable StarCraft collectible or something special from World of Warcraft, we have you covered. Our San Diego Comic-Con exclusives are a limited run produced only for the convention, so make sure you’re ready to grab them early. We hope to see you there!

TRANSFORMING ZERGLING/BANELING PLUSH

This soft, huggable, and slightly murderous Zerg buddy is ready to keep you company at night! Transforms (at will) from Zergling to Baneling with the pull of a zipper. The exclusive San Diego Comic-Con color scheme is limited to 2,000 pieces.

MINI SYLVANAS

She’s cute. She’s deadly. Mini Sylvanas is the first in an exclusive new series of micro action figures. Limited to 2,000 pieces, so you’ll have to act quickly to snatch up a Banshee Queen of your very own.

SHADOW ILLIDAN BY FUNKO

With his big, adorable eyes and bold colors, Funko’s vinyl Shadow Illidan is sure to find a way to adorably corrupt your soul. Shadow Illidan is a Comic-Con exclusive variant of the upcoming Funko POP! Vinyl Blizzard line of toys and is limited to 750 pieces at the Blizzard booth and 250 at the Funko booth.

UDON WORLD OF WARCRAFT TRIBUTE ART BOOK [Hardcover Edition]

Blizzard will be the exclusive retailer for the Hardcover Edition of Udon’s new art book collecting fan-created tributes to the Warcraft universe. Only 300 copies of this Comic-Con exclusive will be available.

EPIC PURPLE LANYARD

Show off your impressive item level by equipping our new Epic Purple Lanyard in your neck slot! This lanyard features a custom-embroidered stat tag, four-color purple ribbon, and a rotating lobster claw clasp. These lanyards are available on a first come, first serve basis to visitors at the Blizzard booth.

MOMOT BLIZZARD PAPERCRAFT: US PREMIERE

Korean Papercraft comes to the United States with Diablo, Thrall and Raynor models. Comic Con will be the US premiere of the new Korean product line by MOMOT.

 
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San Diego Comic Con 2013 Booths – Blizzard Licensed Products

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Products News, Diablo 3 News, SDCC 2013, StarCraft 2 News, World of Warcraft News

The San Diego Comic Con 2013 booth information is now available. From the list of exhibitors, I hand-picked for our audience some of the booths of interest to visit. Some of them might have potential to display info about upcoming Blizzard licensed products.

The Panel Schedules are not available yet to the public. I’ll update you once those are launched to let you know which day and time Blizzard Publishing plans to make announcements.

The SDCC takes place on July 18-21 at the San Diego Convention Center located at 111 West Harbor Drive San Diego, CA 92101 (Map)

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Confirmed

Mega Brands booth 3949 — No new line of World of Warcraft. However, I have confirmation Mega Brands will be giving away a ton of MEGA BLOKS WOW blind packs (I assume the World of Warcraft Mega Bloks #91100 Series 1 Mystery Pack [1 Random Figure]). They will also display a massive Mega Bloks Halo Promethean Knight and give attendees literally thousands of free giveaways. Keep an eye on that booth.

Rumored

Last year, Sideshow announced the Arthas Polystone Statue, the Diablo Polystone Statue, and the StarCraft II Sixth Scale Figure.

This year, there is potential for Sideshow Collectibles to announce the 2014 Blizzard-licensed product line-up at the Blizzard Entertainment booth # 115.

Speculation

Funko’s 2013 catalog shared at the Toy Fair New York revealed the concept art of an upcoming line of StarCraft, Diablo and Warcraft POP Vinyl figures: Jim Raynor, Kerrigan, Tyrael, Diablo, Arthas & Illidan. By now they should have some prototypes to show (speculation of course). Update: Blizzard announced new Funko merchandise that will be on sale at the Blizzard Booth.

Simon & Schuster, Inc. — Potential to show the World of Warcraft: Vol’jin: Shadows of the Horde and the 2014 line-up (unless it’s revealed at NYCC).

DC Entertainment might have announcements about the StarCraft Graphic Novel, and/or unveil plans for upcoming Blizzard Licensed graphic novels we haven’t heard of yet. (speculation)

It’s been a while we haven’t heard anything about the DC Unlimited Warcraft/StarCraft action figures. Diamond Distributors and the DC Comics booths might be a good spot to check out upcoming line-up.

Insight Editions might reveal the Diablo III: Book of Tyrael.

UDON is likely showcasing the World of Warcraft Tribute.

Last year, USApoly launched the Monopoly: World of Warcraft Collector’s Edition, and RISK: StarCraft Collector’s Edition. The Trivial Pursuit: World of Warcraft has been under the radar several months. SDCC might be a good place to show it to the world. Will it happen? Check out their booth to find out.

Finally, the XBox and SONY booths. I haven’t heard anything about Blizzard showcasing Diablo III (PS3), or Diablo III (Xbox 360). I’ll update if anything reaches my ears.

Among the Special Guests is Louise Simonson (DC Comics World of Warcraft). Tony Washington (DC Comics World of Warcraft) will be at the Artists Alley (table CC-20)

Exhibitor Booths

I added all the booths of interest by booth number / proximity. You can print the page or take a screenshot for your mobile. The Floor Map (PDF) can be found here.

Blizzplanet Map (shows booths of interest marked — 1.63MB / GIF). Make sure to hover your mouse over the image and click “Open in New Tab” for the full size.

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Funko 5343
UDON 4529/4628
Mega Brands

3949
Legendary Entertainment 3920
Diamond Distributors 2401
Sideshow 1929
DC Entertainment 1915
Insight Editions 1134
Simon & Schuster, Inc 1128
USAopoly 721
SONY 301
Blizzard Entertainment Booth 115
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New York Comic Con Single-Day Tickets on Sale Now

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Diablo 3 News, StarCraft 2 News, World of Warcraft News

The New York Comic Con Single-Day tickets went on sale today at 12PM. It’s a good idea to pick Saturday tickets and any other day you wish to attend before these are sold out.

I haven’t yet confirmed if Blizzard Entertainment is returning to New York Comic Con this year, but last year I recorded video of the Blizzard Entertainment Publishing Panel held by Micky Neilson, Dave Kosak and Michael Stackpole. The room was at full capacity with hundreds of fans. I’d assume Micky would love to repeat the experience, but ultimately depends on what the 2014 publishing line-up consists of, and how well the response of fans has been for these books throughout 2013.

To narrow it down, Micky Neilson and Dave Kosak revealed at New York Comic Con 2013, for the first time, the 2013 publishing line-up:

This year’s New York Comic Con will be held on October 10-13th at the Javits K. Jacobs Convention Center located at the 655 West 34th Street, New York, NY (Manhattan).

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Christie Golden Book Signing in China and New Star Press to Publish Warcraft and StarCraft Novels

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Products News, StarCraft 2 News, World of Warcraft News

Blizzard Entertainment has partnered with the China Publication Bureau-approved and Beijing-based New Star Press who acquired the license to publish several World of Warcraft and StarCraft novels for the mainland chinese audience. Among the first novels to be translated are those written by Christie Golden — StarCraft II: Flashpoint and World of Warcraft: Jaina Proudmoore: Tides of War.

Blizzard Entertainment is sending New York Times best selling author Christie Golden to China to a book signing event at:

  • CapitaMall Crystall in Beijin on June 21
  • Shanghai’s City of Books Nandong Bookstore ( 上海书城南东店 )– Nanjing Road, Shanghai on June 23
  • Nanshan Book Mall in Shenzhen on June 25

Where

CapitaMall Crystal — (Map)
51号 Fu Xing Lu, Hai Dian Qu, Beijing, China, 100036

Shanghai’s City of Books Nandong Bookstore ( 上海书城南东店 ) — (MAP)
上海书城, China, Shanghai, Huangpu, 南京东路345号

Shenzhen Book Mall Nanshan Cultural Street (Map)
Haide 2nd Road
Nanshan, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China

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暴雪娱乐首次直接授权官方游戏小说中文版,新星出版社获中国大陆地区出版权

近日,新星出版社旗下子品牌“幻象文库”获得了暴雪娱乐的图书出版授权,这意味着暴雪娱乐旗下“魔兽世界”“星际争霸”“暗黑破坏神”的系列游戏官方中文小说,在中国大陆地区的出版指日可待,同时,这也是暴雪娱乐官方首次直接授权中国大陆地区出版机构,出版其旗下各大系列游戏的官方小说中文版。

  “魔兽世界”“星际争霸”“暗黑破坏神”这三款全球游戏,一直是暴雪娱乐旗下最受欢迎的系列游戏。自“星际争霸”“魔兽世界”正式引进中国大陆之后,迅速成为了中国玩家心目中永恒的经典,并造就以千万计的忠实用户。而另一款大型动作角色扮演游戏“暗黑破坏神”则陪伴无数八零后度过他们的青春时光。由于暴雪娱乐对旗下产品的精益求精,暴雪娱乐在中国玩家中拥有了“暴雪出品,必属精品”的美誉!

  此次暴雪娱乐授权的官方小说,将涵盖“魔兽世界”“星际争霸”“暗黑破坏神”这三款对于暴雪娱乐来说至关重要的系列游戏。其中“魔兽世界”五册,“星际争霸”四册,“暗黑破坏神”三册,将全部由新星出版社旗下品牌“幻象文库”出版。\

  讲述星际争霸Ⅱ最新资料片《虫群之心》的相关小说《闪点时刻》,及讲述魔兽世界最重要的NPC之一——吉安娜的小说《战争之潮》,将是此次授权书目中最先出版的两本。

  关于新星出版社:
  新星出版社隶属于国家外文出版发行事业局,是中国国际出版集团的成员。旗下拥有国内最专业的推理文学品牌“午夜文库”,最专业的幻想文学品牌“幻象文库”等数个致力于新锐阅读价值的子品牌。
从2005年开始正式对国内出版后,新星出版社依托已有的优势,不断开拓进取,已经并将继续有计划有系统的推出一些具有较高文化含量和文化价值的社科、学术图书,一些具有新锐、时尚特质的文学、休闲、实用图书,力争实现“新星人”既积淀和传承精神文化,又提供愉悦和纯粹阅读的出版理想。

  关于幻象文库:
  幻象文库为新星出版社在2011年成立的全新子品牌,旨在出版深受广大读者欢迎的诸如科幻、奇幻等幻想类文学作品。自创立伊始,“幻象文库”便坚定了以经典作品为基础打造优质品牌,以原创作品为基础打造核心价值,以流行作品为基础打造畅销品种的出版策略。截至目前,幻象文库已出版了十余部幻想类小说,深受读者的好评和市场的欢迎。

 
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Blizzplanet Updates – June.13.2013

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Diablo 3 News, StarCraft 2 News, World of Warcraft News

These have been an intense few weeks uploading Patch 5.3 videos. I have been busy restoring several sections that fans used to visit years ago. The menu to the right now has a widget to facilitate navigation by video game. Check the widget out to access the lore archives for previous Blizzard Entertainment video games.

You can read the history of the worlds found in the game manual, as well as the NPC dialogues and mission objectives for:

  • Diablo II
  • Diablo II: Lord of Destruction
  • Warcraft: Orcs and Humans
  • Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness
  • Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal

I’m going to stop for a bit on classic Blizzard games to focus on Patch 5.4 videos. I finished downloading the PTR.

I’m also looking forward to finish the StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm NPC dialogues.

The next few weeks will be as fun restoring other sections Blizzplanet visitors loved to read a few years ago:

  • Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos
  • Warcraft III: Frozen Throne
  • StarCraft
  • StarCraft: Brood War

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Rumor: Blizzard All-Stars Voice Over this week?

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Heroes of the Storm, StarCraft 2 News

There was a very brief tweet by Robert Clotworthy today concerning Chris Metzen at the studio. When a fan responded the tweet with the Legacy of the Void hashtag, Robert responded to him to not jump to conclusions.

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For years I have been one to discuss rumors and to put several scenarios on the table for fans to browse through to pick their favorite one in benefit of discussion.

What I personally can guess from these bits of comments is that the voice actors are recording for the Blizzard All-Stars. That’s a game where Robert Clotworthy might be called to the studio to record Jim Raynor’s voice for.

It could also be for the Blizzard All-Stars cinematic trailer if Blizzard had plans to unveil that at BlizzCon 2013 this upcoming November 8-9th.

A very remote possibility could be an appearance of Jim Raynor in StarCraft: Ghost — if that game was to be announced at BlizzCon. Remember, that game was postponed and has not been officially cancelled. Back on 2008, Rob Pardo mentioned at the D.I.C.E. Summit all the video games Blizzard Entertainment has secretly developed and cancelled. Curiously, StarCraft: Ghost was not in that list.

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Blizzard Entertainment Opens Battle.net Launcher Beta Testing Sign Ups

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Diablo 3 News, StarCraft 2 News, World of Warcraft News

Blizzard Entertainment invites fans to beta test the new Battle.net Launcher seen previously at MMO-Champion.

Think about this new Battle.net Launcher as what you experience with Steam. This new launcher will open up so many cool things from Blizzard. You can even access the Battle.net forums from within the Battle.net Launcher, browse through the Blizzard Store, and connect with friends. Follow the links below to join the besta testing.

When you opt-in folllowing the Beta Profile links below (US & Europe), you will notice the Hearthstone beta opt-in is also available. Checkmark that one too. Hearthstone beta testing is slated for Summer — just a few days or weeks away.


UNITED STATES

We’re continuing the Battle.net®-related testing we mentioned previously. As part of this, we’re now inviting beta testers to help test and refine a new desktop app for Battle.net designed to improve the launcher experience for all Blizzard games and streamline the ability for players to get into their games.

If you’d like to help us with the testing, head to your Battle.net Beta Profile and opt in to at least one of the game universe beta tests (if you haven’t done so already). We’ll be inviting players to the beta test in waves—if you’re selected, your Battle.net account will be flagged automatically and you’ll receive an email with additional details.

For more information, check out the FAQ or visit the beta test forums.

 


EUROPE

We’re continuing the Battle.net®-related testing we mentioned previously. As part of this, we’re now inviting beta testers to help test and refine a new desktop app for Battle.net designed to improve the launcher experience for all Blizzard games and streamline the ability for players to get into their games.

If you’d like to help us with the testing, head to your Battle.net Beta Profile and opt in to at least one of the game universe beta tests (if you haven’t done so already). We’ll be inviting players to the beta test in waves — if you’re selected, your Battle.net account will be flagged automatically and you’ll receive an email with additional details.

For more information, check out the FAQ or visit the beta test forums.

 

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Blizzard Entertainment Careers – Job Openings – June.7.2013

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Diablo 3 News, StarCraft 2 News, World of Warcraft News

Below are the latest Blizzard Entertainment job openings for the week of June 1-7th: Lead Software Engineer in Test, Associate Media Artist, Story Board Artist, and Associate Learning & OD Specialist. There is another position they have wanted to fill for some time: User Experience (UX) Designer.

For a full list of job openings in United States, Europe, Asia and Oceania visit the following page.

You may contact recruiters and talent sourcers directly via Twitter at:

@Blizz_kathyz
@vmaun
@mike_nassar
@gopherstick
@hardflanny
@scampactual
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Lead Software Engineer in Test

Irvine, CA

Blizzard Entertainment is looking for a talented and enthusiastic lead software engineer to help drive our game automation projects and test infrastructure. The ideal candidate has experience managing teams to build test infrastructures and tools, working with development teams to drive test requirements, and developing test automation for large projects. In addition, this person will need to have passion for creating epic games, and a strong desire to push the state of the art for testing games. — Read More / Apply

Associate Media Artist

Do you know more about Blizzard games than all of your friends? Does your creative curiosity drive you to constantly experiment with different kinds of media and tools to realize your latest creation? Will you thrive in a no-holds-barred, rapid-fire, high-energy environment with fast turnaround times? If so, this position may be the perfect fit for you!

We’re looking for a creative and highly motivated individual that has a deep level of familiarity with our games to join the creative development team as an associate media artist. The ideal candidate will have a portfolio of creative work that could include any or all of the following disciplines: graphic design, photography, video editing, 3D modeling, or any other medium that combines creativity with technical artistry to generate something great. — Read More / Apply

Story Board Artist – Cinematics

Blizzard Entertainment is looking for a talented story artist to assist our cinematics team in creating the next generation of our award-winning cinematics! The story artist will not only function as a conventional storyboard artist but additionally will contribute collaboratively to both story and sequence development with the director. — Read More / Apply

Associate Learning & OD Specialist

The associate learning and organizational development specialist assists in the coordination and delivery of learning and development solutions for Blizzard Entertainment’s product development managers and employees. This position reports to the learning and organizational development manager for product development.

In support of Blizzard Entertainment’s product development group, the associate learning and organizational development specialist is responsible for assisting the L&OD manager with the development and implementation of strategies and programs in the areas of (a) talent planning (help build capabilities of potential successors and top talent throughout the studio) (b) performance coaching / management development (help build leadership capabilities of managers),(c) Employee Opinion Survey support (help teams analyze results, create action plans, hold meaningful discussion with teams), and (d) learning solutions (help with providing learning solutions that meet the needs of a varied workforce), with the goal of effectively utilizing Blizzard Entertainment’s human resources. — Read More / Apply

User Experience (UX) Designer

Are you the type of person who uses a product and immediately strives to figure out how you could design it better? Do you enjoy solving problems at a conceptual level, but also love figuring out the details when it comes time to make those conceptual ideas concrete? We’re looking for a UX Designer to join our corporate applications UX team to do exactly that!

The UX designer will be working on internal applications that aid the company and our players with solutions that streamline efficiency, support game development, and foster Blizzard Entertainment’s culture and core values in the workplace. The UX designer will collaborate with a variety of teams (customer service, game development, human resources, etc.) to design solutions that meet strategic business objectives while also creating a useful, intuitive, and epic experience for our users.

This role is best suited for someone who embodies the philosophy that UX design is centered around people, and that our goal is about getting things right for our users, not about just getting things done.

Through research, design, testing, and iteration, the UX designer will be involved in all phases of the user-centered design process. — Read More / Apply

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New York Comic Con Single-Day Tickets on Sale June 19

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Diablo 3 News, StarCraft 2 News, World of Warcraft News

I got an alert that the New York Comic Con (single-day) tickets will be on sale on June 19th at 12pm EDT. It is unknown at the moment if Blizzard Entertainment will be there. The NYCC organizers haven’t made the exhibitor list public yet.

VIP Tickets, 3-Day tickets, and 4-Day tickets were sold out. This upcoming ticket sale is for individual days only: Thursday-only, Friday-only, Saturday-only or Sunday-only. I guess people can buy a combination of individual days.

Last year, Micky Neilson, Dave Kosak and Michael Stackpole led the Blizzard Entertainment Publishing Panel at New York Comic Con on Saturday, October 13th, 2012. You can watch my video of the panel here.

Will Blizzard repeat the experience? The room was packed with a lot of Blizzard fans, hopefully Blizzard returns. If things go well, I’ll be there to bring you video and photos.

Once Blizzard confirms attendance and provides a schedule I’ll inform visitors.

Check out and bookmark the New York Comic Con official website.

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Spawning Comes to StarCraft II

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in StarCraft 2 News

Update: Gamespot writer Rod Breslau contacted me today to inform he interviewed Chris Sigaty (production director) to talk about StarCraft II Spawning.

Blizzard Entertainment has officially announced the spawning feature for StarCraft II. Community Manager Cloaken explains how StarCraft II Spawning works.

Basically, anyone with a legitimate copy of StarCraft II can invite a friend to play. The friend might have the StarCraft II Starter Edition and for as long as he is in your party he is able to play StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty full version and StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm.

A friend can play free for as long as he is part of the spawning pool party.

Spawned players can access:

  • All vs A.I. Modes including team games
  • Ranked and Unranked team ladder matches
  • All custom game maps
  • The complete arcade

There are features that spawned players don’t have access too, however:

  • Single-player campaign
  • Social features (clans/groups)
  • All three races

The interesting part is that once your friend plays in spawning mode, he gets a “Get the Full Game” upgrade now button. No further download is necessary. The full game is unlocked right there.

Spawning also works With wings of Liberty. You can spawn a friend with Wings of Liberty to test Heart of the Swarm.

Spawn up to 14 people at a time. 25% bonus experience for Swarm owners when playing with friends. Read Cloaken’s article.

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Enemy Within – StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in StarCraft 2 News, StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, StarCraft II: HOTS Single Player Transcript


Mission Briefing

Izsha: The protoss have launched a vessel from the dark side of Kaldir. We are still able to sense its presence but time is running short.

MAIN OBJECTIVES REWARD

  • Roach Evolution Mission

BONUS OBJECTIVES REWARD

  • +1 Kerrigan Level

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Cutscene

Kerrigan: One of your ships escaped.

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Lasarra: Then you need only await the Golden Armada. Your death will be swift.

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Kerrigan: I’m sorry.

Lasarra: For what? Slaughtering my people?

Kerrigan: For what I must do to you. Your friends on that ship can sense you. They know they left one behind.

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Note: Kerrigan’s hand opens to reveal a zerg larva. She throws it into Lasarra’s torso and infests her.

Lasarra: No…

Kerrigan: But they can’t warp you to their ship, because I’m blocking them.

Lasarra: No, no!

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Kerrigan: But if I drop the veil…

Lasarra: Do not warp me in, Templar! Do not-

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Izsha: You let the other protoss take her?

Kerrigan: She will be their death.

 


Gameplay

Lasarra: The Templar must be warned…

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Kerrigan: Now.

Note: Lasarra groans in agony, and explodes. The larva spawns from Lasarra’s remains.

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Kerrigan: Listen carefully. This ship contains many dangers. Follow my commands and hide in the shadows. You will consume and grow. Infest this ship and kill every last protoss onboard. Now go, and spawn your brood.

Kerrigan: A zealot! Use your parasitic invasion to hide within that creature.

Note: The larva gains a new ability – Parasitic Invasion [Q]: Causes the Larva to leap toward the targeted creature, infest it, and take control.

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Zealot: What was that noise?

Kerrigan: Alright, he’s gone. Consume your host and move on.

Note: The larva gains a new ability – Consume Host [W]: Devours the creature from within, giving biomass to the zerg.

Kerrigan: A sentry! Hide in the steam vents until it passes.

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Sentry: Creep detected. Priority One: Established. All other priorities rescinded. Patrolling.

Kerrigan: There’s no way around those zealots. Invade the ursadon and crush them.

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Zealot: The zerg have infested the ursadon!

Kerrigan: So the protoss think they have a few infested animals… They have no idea what they’re up against.

Kerrigan: The time has come for you to grow into a broodmother. Stop here. This area is safe from prying eyes. Evolve. Grow.

Note: Niadra gains a new ability – Birth Zergling [W]: Fast melee unit. Leaps over obstacles and onto targets from range. Deals increased damage. Can morph into a Baneling. (Raptor Strain)

Kerrigan: You are Niadra. This is your purpose: spawn a brood and destroy the protoss.

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Niadra: I live to serve. Kill these creatures. I can consume their biomass and use it to grow our brood.

Expedition Leader: The zerg have infiltrated our vessel! Warriors, destroy them!

Niadra: Tear down their defenses! Nothing stops the Swarm!

Niadra: This vent is our only way forward! Go!

Niadra: There! That structure powers this shield!

Niadra: The shield no longer blocks my path. Let us move forward. A strong energy emanates from this part of the ship. What is its purpose?

Niadra: The energy… it is overwhelming.

Kerrigan: You’ve found their warp drive! Destroy it and this vessel will never reach Shakuras!

Niadra: The shield is down! I’ll destroy the warp drive myself!

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Protoss Vessel: Warning. A warp drive breach has occurred. Evacuate immediately.

Expedition Leader: contain them! The zerg must not reach the stasis chambers!

Niadra: You will not hold back the Swarm!

Note: A cutscene plays: The Warp Drive explodes.

Niadra: The explosions have stopped.

Kerrigan: Wait, there is a disturbance in the chamber ahead.

Protoss vessel: Emergency. Power failure detected. Awakening protoss warriors from stasis.

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Kerrigan: It’s time to evolve, and expand your control over your brood, Niadra.

Expedition Leader: Exterminate the specimens! Do not allow the zerg to consume them!

Niadra: Kill their warriors! I must have that biomass!

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Kerrigan: You must evolve, grow stronger. The final battle approaches.

Niadra: Do not let them kill the ursadon! The Ursadon is mine. Come beast, we have protoss to destroy.

Kerrigan: The protoss are fortifying the bridge. Prepare your forces.

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Expedition Leader: The ship has taken us as far as it can! Prepare the escape pods!

Kerrigan: Destroy the pods before they launch! The protoss must not reach Shakuras!

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Niadra: They prepare more escape pods! Destroy them!

Expedition Leader: We will never be defeated. We give our lives for the Khala!

Niadra: Yes… you will.

 


Cutscene

Niadra: The protoss are no more, my queen. My queen, can you hear me? We are alone. The Queen of Blades has given us one purpose: to destroy the protoss. We will be prepared… We will serve again.

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Zergling Evolution – StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in StarCraft 2 News, StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, StarCraft II: HOTS Single Player Transcript

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Cinematic

Kerrigan: I’m going to look into your memories, and find out why I feel so angry when I see you.

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Abathur: Memories not important. Distractions.

Kerrigan: I see it in your mind… You designed the Queen of Blades! Your limbs wrapped me in the chrysalis!

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Abathur: Weak and soft. Broke bones. Tore flesh. Improved you.

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Note: Kerrigan’s eyes flare attacking Abathur psionically.

Kerrigan: If you weren’t important to my plans, you’d be dead right now.

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Abathur: Unclear.

 


Mission Briefing

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Abathur: Zergling strain ready for augmentation. Unique essence discovered on Dominion security world. Collect essence, adapt zergling, destroy Dominion outpost.

Main Objectives Reward

  • Zergling Evolution

Test Strains

  • Raptor Strain: Fast melee unit. Able to jump up and down cliffs. Leaps toward enemy units.

  • Swarmling Strain: Fast melee unit. Morphs almost instantly and spawns in groups of three.

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Planet Calus

Abathur: Planet Calus. Dominion security outpost in cliffs above valley. Out of reach. Adaptaion required.

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Local karak vault through air, attack prey. Devour karak. Collect essence. Can assimilate trait into zergling strand.

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Once collected: Dominion outpost within reach.

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Essence acquired. New sequence spun into zergling strand. Augmented zerglings, ready for combat.

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Kerrigan: Good. Let’s see them in action.

Abathur: Delivering additional zerglings now.

Raptor strain leaps to close on enemy. Scales cliffs.

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Outpost destroyed. Next strain ready for testing.

 


Planet Astrid III

Abathur: Planet Astrid III. Feral zerg brood. Feral hatcheries evolved unique adaptation. Morph zerglings very fast.

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Kerrigan: I’m taking control of the hive cluster right now.

Abathur: Incorporating adaptation into Swarm…

Kerrigan: There’s a Dominion force on this world! Inbound on the hive cluster. Work fast, Abathur.

Abathur: Swarmling strain complete. Ready to morph. Swarmling strain: hatches quickly. Three from single egg. Overwhelms foes. Dominion incoming. Morph larvae into swarmling strain.

Dominion Marine: There’s just too many!

Abathur: Attackers eliminated. Ready to morph additional zerglings. Destroy base.

Dominion Marine: They’re everywhere!

Thor: Then shoot everywhere!

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Abathur: Dominion dead. Swarmling test concluded. Must prepare sequences for Swarm integration. Returning to evolution pit.

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Sequences ready for integration. Await decision.

 

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Enemy Within (Bridge) – StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in StarCraft 2 News, StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, StarCraft II: HOTS Single Player Transcript


Cinematic

Izsha: I feel my queen’s hatred, burning like a star. But there is something underneath it … I do not understand.

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Kerrigan: It’s pain, Izsha. Sometimes even my hatred can’t shield me from … memories.

Izsha: Of an enemy who damaged you?

Kerrigan: No. Memories of better times. Of a friend … now lost.

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Bridge

Izsha: You have grown stronger, my queen. New abilities are available within your chamber.

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Lasarra – Conversation

Lasarra: You do not have to do this. You could leave. Be away from this moon before the Golden Armada arrives.

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Kerrigan: I can’t run. I know that now. My enemies will never stop coming for me. All I can do is fight.

Lasarra: Then there will never be peace.

Kerrigan: Peace?

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Izsha – Conversation

Izsha: Our scouts report a large protoss ship on the other side of the moon.

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Kerrigan: The interstellar ship they used to travel here.

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Izsha: It is not yet ready for launch, but it will be before we can get to it.

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Kerrigan: They’re tenacious, I’ll give them that. But I am ready for this.

 


Kerrigan Chamber – Conversation

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Izsha: A new tier of abilities has awakened. If you wish to use a new ability you must select it, otherwise it will not activate.

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Abathur – Conversation

Abathur: New discovery. Large scale improvement to zergling sequences.

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Kerrigan: What kind of improvement?

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Abathur: Answer complex. Can branch evolution of fully evolved zergling, form two new strains.

Kerrigan: Then add them to the Swarm, Abathur.

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Abathur: Strains mutually exclusive. Will compete in sequence. One must be chosen. Other must be discarded.

Kerrigan: Fine, make some of each; I want to see them in action.

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Abathur: Will set up tests for both. Initiate from evolution pit.

 

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Shooting the Messenger – StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm Single Player Transcript

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in StarCraft 2 News, StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, StarCraft II: HOTS Single Player Transcript


Shoot the Messenger

Izsha: The protoss still seek to warn Shakuras of our presence. They are preparing to send shuttles through their warp network to Shakuras!

Main Objectives:

  • Destroy All Protoss Shuttles (8 Waves Remaining)
  • No Shuttles Can Escape

Bonus Objectives:

  • Destroy the Stasis Chambers (0/3) – (+1 Kerrigan Level each)

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Cutscene

Izsha: The protoss are preparing shuttles for launch.

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Kerrigan: A warp conduit. I sense millions of protoss minds on the other side… Shakuras! If a single shuttle passes through they can alert Shakuras to our presence.

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Izsha: Should we destroy it then?

Kerrigan: No, they would detect that. Our only choice is to stop their shuttles from reaching the conduit.

Gameplay

Kerrigan: Nafash’s hydralisks! Abathur, assimilate their essence into the Swarm.

Abathur: Hydralisk reconstituted. Can morph from larva.

Kerrigan: I need more hydralisks to destroy these shuttles.

Izsha: We should morph more hydralisks to destroy the enemy’s flying units.

Izsha: My queen, the protoss have launched a shuttle. It is enroute to a warp conduit.

Kerrigan: Not if I have anything to say about it. We will bring down that shuttle!

Expedition Leader: Engage the hive directly! Our shuttles must break through!

Kerrigan: You will never leave this ball of ice!

Izsha: My queen, the protoss were gathering biological samples and storing them in these stasis chambers.

Kerrigan: We’ll destroy the chambers, and take the biomass if we can.

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Izsha: The protoss launched another shuttle. This one is accompanied by a fighter escort.

Expedition Leader: You cannot stop us all, Kerrigan!

Izsha: The protoss launched another shuttle. It’s bearing towards an unknown location.

Kerrigan: They’re bringing more warp conduits online. I sense two more activating.

Izsha: A protoss shuttle has reached the warp conduit! It must be destroyed before it jumps out of the system.

Izsha: The protoss are launching shuttles from a new base.

Kerrigan: Well, that makes things a little more complicated.

Abathur: Large quantities of biomass. Good to have. Can use to improve Swarm.

    Note: Nafash’s hive cluster is found east of your hive base, by the corner of the map.

Kerrigan: This hive cluster now belongs to the Swarm.

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Kerrigan: Another chamber destroyed. What were the protoss doing with all this biomass?

The protoss are launching two sets of shuttles. Tenacious bastards.

Izsha: I am sensing a protoss psionic matrix. Your forces are nearing the enemy’s base.

Izsha: The protoss have launched more shuttles.

Expedition Leader: One shuttle through the conduit, and you will feel the might of the Golden Armada!

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Izsha: The protoss have launched more shuttles.

Kerrigan: The protoss launched three shuttles at once! They’re bearing towards the same conduit!

Izsha: The protoss have launched a mothership.

Kerrigan: They must be using it to cloak shuttles.

Kerrigan: All forces, defend the central conduit! Tear their ships from the sky!

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Cutscene

Kerrigan: That’s the last. The warp conduits are useless to them now.

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Izsha: You’ve done it, my queen. The protoss threat is removed.

Kerrigan: Nothing is done until they are all dead.

 

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Shooting the Messenger (Bridge) – StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm Single Player Transcript

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in StarCraft 2 News, StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, StarCraft II: HOTS Single Player Transcript

These scenes take place within the Zerg Leviathan’s Bridge, Evolution Pit, and Kerrigan Chamber. This intermission takes place between the missions: Harvest of Screams and Shooting the Messenger.


Cutscene

Izsha: We captured a prisoner in the wastes and subdued her, my queen. She says she is a researcher.
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Kerrigan: I didn’t order you to take prisoners.

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Izsha: Abathur requested it. He wants to dissect her.

Kerrigan: What’s the point? He won’t be able to use protoss genetic material.

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Izsha: He likes to try.

Kerrigan: Actually, keep her alive for now. I might find a use for her.

 

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Bridge

Izsha: My queen, your chamber is now available. Within, you can alter your abilities.

 


Evolution Pit – Conversation

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Kerrigan: What is that sound?

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Abathur: Failed experiments. Reverting to biomass. Slow process.

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Kerrigan: At least put them out of their misery first.

Abathur: Wasted effort. Creatures will die soon. Pain irrelevant.

Kerrigan: When you say things like that, Abathur … I almost remember you and I feel … anger.

Abathur: Anger product of adrenaline, stress-response, imminent threat. No threat to you. No anger.

Kerrigan: I’ll be the judge of that.

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Kerrigan Chamber – Conversation

Izsha: This is your personal chamber. From here you can focus your neural pathways, and alter your active abilities. As you grow in power, newer and stronger abilities will awaken. You can alter your active abilities here, whenever you wish.

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Lasarra

Kerrigan: What are your people doing here?

Lasarra: We study this moon to see if its rotation can be altered, its climate improved. Do you understand? We are only colonists, and you are killing us.

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Kerrigan: Yes. And if I let you live, you’ll call your Golden Armada, and they will kill me.

Lasarra: Kill thousands to save yourself? Is that how you justify this?

Kerrigan: I justify nothing. There is no moral high ground here. Your people have killed billions of zerg. We are all covered in blood. There may be more on my hands than yours, but in the end we are both killers.

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Izsha – Conversation

Izsha: The hunt goes well, my queen?

Kerrigan: It’s bloody.

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Izsha: Those protoss would kill you if they could. They are not zerg, that means they are the enemy.

Kerrigan: Is it that simple?

Izsha: For zerg, it is. Whatever my queen has lost, think what she has gained: Purity of essence. You are the will of the Swarm.

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Hatchery – Conversation

Kerrigan: Nafash’s brood lives again within the Swarm.

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Izsha: When the protoss struck, she fell back to prepared positions in the ice valleys. The protoss had to hunt her down.

Kerrigan: She was intelligent, careful and tenacious. But she made one mistake. She ran away.

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StarCraft II: Flashpoint Mass Market Paperback Ships

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Products News, StarCraft 2 News

starcraft-flashpoint-coverThe Starcraft II: Flashpoint by New York Times bestselling author Christie Golden has been relaunched in Mass Market Paperback format. Fans can find it at online and local retailers right now.

This was the StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm novel tie-in that bridged the gap between Wings of Liberty and Heart of the Swarm. The story begins merely seconds after Jim Raynor shot Tychus Findlay.

Book Description

The sinister zerg leader no longer commands her legions of bloodthirsty aliens against the humans of the Koprulu sector, all thanks to the combined courage and tenacity of Jim Raynor, General Horace Warfield, and a mismatched team of Dominion soldiers and outlaw rebels.

Although the queen is no more, Sarah Kerrigan is very much alive. The woman who once controlled countless alien minds in a rampage across the stars has been spirited away by the man who dethroned her. Now Arcturus Mengsk’s Dominion armada is on her heels, roaring for blood. Jim Raynor will need to test his strength, his wit, and his loyalties against impossible odds to protect the woman he loves. StarCraft II: Flashpoint bridges the events that take place in StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty and the upcoming StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. Featuring never-before-seen glimpses into Jim Raynor and Sarah Kerrigan’s past, this novel opens a window into a world of passion, action, and adventure.

Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Pocket Books; Reissue edition (May 28, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0743471318
ISBN-13: 978-0743471312

Giveaway

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