CarbotAnimations’ StarCrafts series (cont.)

Animated satire of the popular game franchise StarCraft 2 by Blizzard Entertainment.

Note: You’ll have a hard time understanding the humor if you don’t play StarCraft 2 or at least watch videos of replays.

Episode 16: Shadow of a Colossus

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Episode 17:NASL 4 Grand Finals

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Episode 18: Marine Training

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Episode 19: Christmas Special

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Episode 20:Epic Mule Time

CarbotAnimations’ StarCrafts series (cont.)

Animated satire of the popular game franchise StarCraft 2 by Blizzard Entertainment.

Note: You’ll have a hard time understanding the humor if you don’t play StarCraft 2 or at least watch videos of plays.

Episode 6: A Hellion of a Harrass

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Episode 7: Roach Approach

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Episode 8: Roach Poach

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Episode 9: Scouting Factor

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Episode 10: Onslaught

CarbotAnimations’ StarCrafts series

Animated satire of the popular game franchise StarCraft 2 by Blizzard Entertainment.

Note: You’ll have a hard time understanding the humor if you don’t play StarCraft 2 or at least watch videos of plays.

Episode 1: The Probelem

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Episode 2: Supply Block

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Episode 3: Micro Marine

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Episode 4: Zerg BM

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Episode 5: Choked Up

SC2 New Unit Artwork

Found some cool artwork for some of the new units in Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm, courtesy of a Russian website which might have datamined these from the HotS Beta files. =)

Protoss Tempest

Protoss Tempest

I really like the Tempest art. I made it my wallpaper, replacing the current Terran Battlecruiser (which I’m assuming is actually the Hyperion – Jim’s flagship).

Terran Hellbat - a transformed Hellion

Terran Hellbat – a transformed Hellion

Terran Widow Mine

Terran Widow Mine

Zerg Swarm Host

Zerg Swarm Host

Courtesy of Blizzard Entertainment, via http://pr3d.ru/news/107-hots-patch-201.

Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm Battle Reports

Two new battle reports from Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm showcasing the latest iteration of the new units in actual multiplayer combat, commentated by Sean “D[9]” Plott and Rob Simpson of Blizzard Entertainment.

But before watching the actual battle reports, just wanted to mention that Blizzard Entertainment also released a new video showcasing the new units.

The following information on new units is taken from G4, StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm Multiplayer Units — An eSports Update From Blizzard posted by Kevin Kelly

PROTOSS

Oracle: This is a harassment unit that you can use to affect the play field. It has an Entomb ability that can prevent minerals from being harvested. It can cloak all friend units and nearby buildings. And you can use it to case Preordain on an enemy or a friendly building, which will give you detection. This is a sneaky way to spy on your enemies, or quickly detect enemies in your own base.

Mothership Core: Protoss will now have the Mothership Core available immediately, and later you will be able to transform it into a full Mothership. But, it has its own abilities as well. It can only be located over a Nexus, but it can jump from that Nexus to any other Nexus. It can activate Purify, which is a powerful base defense that will be good for defending against early anti-Protoss strategies. You can use Recall which allows you to return a large number of units back to the base.  The Core also have Energy Transfer, which allows you to give energy to any unit.

Tempest: This is a heavy, expensive capital ship that can attack ground and air units, and it does single target damage. They are considering having an upgrade for the Tempest that extends the Tempest range to 22, making it the longest-ranged unit in the game. To put it in perspective, the Terran Siege Tank range is 13.

TERRAN

Battle Hellion: This is a transformable unit that can either be in a “speed” mode, or a “tough guy” mode, meaning you’ll need to plan your transformations accordingly. When in it’s transformed, hardened mode, it has more hit points, an area of effect cone in front of it, takes less damage, and is very effective against short-range units.

Warhound: This is an anti-vehicle unit, armed with both a primary cannon and missiles that fire every few seconds. But the trick is that the missiles only target vehicles, which is the first time that Blizzard has experimented with specific targeting. This way you don’t have to micromanage units to only target vehicles and mechs.

Widow Mine: This special unit burrows into the ground, and leaps up to attach itself to air and ground units. Once attached, it will explode after roughly ten seconds, and do 200 points of damage to the unit it was attached to, and splash damage as well. But if the unit your mine is attached to dies, the mine dies with it and won’t explode. They are considering having the ability to attach it to friendly units as well, so you could send out a suicide bomber.

Upgrades

Reapers: They are taking away the little bombs that the Reapers throw. Instead, they will be able to regenerate life while not in combat. This allows them to attack, check things out, and then retreat and regenerate. According to Browder, “This is the way we always hoped that Reapers would be used.

Battle Cruiser: They are experimenting with a speed boost ability that costs energy to use.

ZERG

Swarm Host: This unit spawns free units: endless by burrowing into the ground and releasing locusts that can target both air and ground units. The locusts only have a timed life, but the Swarm Host can spawn them forever. This is meant to be a Zerg artillery unit that doesn’t feel anything like a Siege Tank.

Viper: This is a battlefield manipulation unit with two new abilities. Abduct: this captures targets, and pulls them towards the Viper. It is very effective against the Siege Tank, Archon, and Colossus. Blinding Cloud: this ability excretes a cloud that reduces enemy weapon range to one. Talk about your fog of war, this is the real thing.

Evolutions

Ultralisk: The Ultralisk now has a Burrow Charge ability that allows you to burrow into the ground, and charge forward for a fast assault.

Hydralisk: The Hydralisk is getting a speed boost while at the Hive, and according to Browder “This is the smallest change we have shown you, but it has had the largest impact on the game.” This is because it allows the Zerg to be a lot more mobile.

And now on to the battle report videos!

Protoss vs Zerg

Terran vs Zerg

I’m sure a Protoss vs Terran battle report will come along any day now… Probably later today.

Google Rush

Google has one again shown its playful side. This time with another Easter Egg – the Google Rush!

It’s Friday, so why not waste a few minutes this morning with Google’s latest playable Easter Egg?

Typing “zerg rush” in Google.com seemingly returns the regular Google search results for this unusual term, but soon, little O’s (from the Google logo) start dropping from the top of the page.

Use your mouse to click and destroy the O’s – or zerglings – before they eat your search results and gather into two, large G’s on the page. At the end of the game, you can share your scores via Google+, telling followers how many zerglings you took down.

As described by knowyourmeme.com, the term Zerg Rush originates from the real-time strategy (RTS) game Starcraft. “The ‘Zerg’ race is notoriously known for its ability to mass-produce offensive units within a short time frame, thus allowing the player to overpower the opponent by sheer number,” the website said.

News of the game quickly made the rounds this morning, with “Zerg Rush” topping the trending topics on Google+ and Twitter as users urged friends to try it out.

Read more at PC Mag.

My last score was 83. Wonder how others are fairing. I’m sure the there are way, way, waaaay high scores out there.

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Blizzard Kidzz… Really?!?

Hmm.. What was Blizzard thinking?

Zergling Teaches Typing?!? With an avatar like that? That’s not really conducive to children, is it? Reader Ravager?!? The Westfall Trail?!? Has Blizzard finally has lost it! I think they may have.

Or are they just trying to bring back the memories of their first games, like The Lost Viking? At least make the zergling look

cuter and friendlier, like this! (Okay maybe that’s a bit too cuddly of a zergling)

Point is, just make it less menacing for the kid!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hahaha… Gotcha!

Tsk tsk… I should have posted this yesterday. Would’ve been a better timing for their April Fools’ joke!

Starcraft 2 to PPSL

November 7 – 8, 2011

Got to watch several live games (and the semi-finals and finals) for the IPL4 Pacific Qualifiers held at the Glorietta Activity Center. The event was sponsored by the IGN Pro League and a bunch of other organizations like Twitch TV and Ayala Malls plus the local team here, Team AZK. Majority of the games were hosted by Artosis (Dan Stemkoski) and Tastelss (Nick Plott) – Tastosis the Casting Archon!, while some games were casted by CheekyDuck (Jessica) and Livibee (Olivia), both from Australia.

Don’t have a picture with either Dan or Nick because I don’t have a camera and my phone’s camera is sh*tty. At least I got to see and hear them live.