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16 of the world’s strongest players are battling it out for some late WCS points.

September 27th marked the start to this year’s KeSPA cup, the unofficial warm up to Blizzcon. 16 of the world’s best players will go head to head to secure some late WCS points and bolster their application for the big show in November. Currently, groups A and B have been completed and the first 4 players making it into the playoffs on October 2nd and 3rd have been decided. Full group standings for groups A and B can be seen below.

                                                                           KeSPA Cup Group A (Sept 27th)

KeSPA Cup group stages underway on starcitizenhelp KeSPA Cup group stages underway on starcitizenhelp Neeb 2-0 4-0
KeSPA Cup group stages underway on starcitizenhelp KeSPA Cup group stages underway on starcitizenhelp Zest 2-1 4-3
KeSPA Cup group stages underway on starcitizenhelp KeSPA Cup group stages underway on starcitizenhelp ByuN 1-2 3-4
KeSPA Cup group stages underway on starcitizenhelp KeSPA Cup group stages underway on starcitizenhelp Rogue         0-2 0-4

 

                                                                           KeSPA Cup Group B (Sept 28th)

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KeSPA Cup group stages underway on starcitizenhelp KeSPA Cup group stages underway on starcitizenhelp Pet 2-1 4-4
KeSPA Cup group stages underway on starcitizenhelp KeSPA Cup group stages underway on starcitizenhelp TRUE          1-2 3-4
KeSPA Cup group stages underway on starcitizenhelp KeSPA Cup group stages underway on starcitizenhelp herO 0-2 1-4

Some big surprises here, while KeSPA’s aim was to bring the world’s strongest players together in an ultra-competitive event, not seeing the recent GSL champion Byun in the playoffs is still a shock. Instead seeing the american Neeb make it through 4-0 is not what a lot of people expected.The second half of the group stage will take place today (Sept 29th) and tomorrow, deciding the full 8 that will compete for the $50,000 prize pool and their share of 7500 WCS points.

                                                                           KeSPA Cup Group C (Sept 29th 18:00 KST)

KeSPA Cup group stages underway on starcitizenhelp KeSPA Cup group stages underway on starcitizenhelp Stats 0-0 0-0
KeSPA Cup group stages underway on starcitizenhelp KeSPA Cup group stages underway on starcitizenhelp Solar 0-0 0-0
KeSPA Cup group stages underway on starcitizenhelp KeSPA Cup group stages underway on starcitizenhelp MarineLorD 0-0 0-0
KeSPA Cup group stages underway on starcitizenhelp KeSPA Cup group stages underway on starcitizenhelp Trap 0-0 0-0

 

                                                                           KeSPA Cup Group D (Sept 30th 18:00 KST)

KeSPA Cup group stages underway on starcitizenhelp KeSPA Cup group stages underway on starcitizenhelp Patience 0-0 0-0
KeSPA Cup group stages underway on starcitizenhelp KeSPA Cup group stages underway on starcitizenhelp Maru 0-0 0-0
KeSPA Cup group stages underway on starcitizenhelp KeSPA Cup group stages underway on starcitizenhelp Nerchio       0-0 0-0
KeSPA Cup group stages underway on starcitizenhelp KeSPA Cup group stages underway on starcitizenhelp Classic 0-0 0-0

These groups see a lot of players who have real chances to make it to Blizzcon. Any of: Classic, Marinelord, or Patience can make it to the holy grail of starcraft tournaments with a strong showing here.

Groups C and D will be played on the 29th and 30th of September as mentioned before, and are available to watch on the ESportsTV youtube channel.

 

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starcitizenhelp | Battle.net loses its name

One of the most iconic phrases for any PC gamer has run its course as Blizzard decides to rebrand its signature portal using more familiar language.

The following is Blizzard’s overall explanation for why the Battle.net name is no more:

We’re going to be transitioning away from using the Battle.net name for our gaming service and the functionality connected to it. Battle.net technology will continue to serve as the central nervous system for Blizzard games—nothing is changing in that regard. We’ll just be referring to our various products and services using the Blizzard name instead. You’ve already seen this recently with things like “Blizzard Streaming” and “Blizzard Voice,” and more changes are on the way.

While this reasoning makes sense, long-time Blizzard fans can’t help but mourn the loss of such a recognizable and nostalgic bit of branding. Battle.net was first created on November 30, 1996 and accompanied the launch of Diablo. For the next 20 years, Battle.net would go on to house the millions upon millions of players that would create clans, guilds, and groups to game socially and competitively.

Battle.net timeline:
 

  • Diablo – 1996
  • Starcraft – 1998
  • Warcraft II: Battle.net Edition -1999
  • Diablo II – 2000
  • Warcraft III – 2002
  • World of Warcraft – released in 2004 did not originally support battle.net. It was only until 2009 that Battle.net was revamped and WoW players were required to merge accounts.
  • Starcraft II – 2010
  • Diablo III – 2012
  • Hearthstone – 2014
  • Heroes of the Storm – 2015
  • Overwatch – 2016
     

Here is to 20 years of Battle.net and all of the memories!

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AFC Ajax sign Dutch FIFA pro, enter eSports – starcitizenhelp.net

The Dutch club, famous for being a hotbed for young talent, today announced their first foray into esports with the signing of Koen Weijland.

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Today famous Amsterdam club Ajax announced they would be the latest team to step into the world of eSports with the signing of 23-year-old Dutch FIFA player Koen Weijland. The club, known throughout the world of football as a serial producer of world-class talent, becomes the first in the Netherlands to take a step already explored by the likes of Manchester City, Sporting and other teams.

Weijland held the world number one ranking in 2010, 2011 and 2015 for FIFA International Soccer, and with the release of FIFA 17 coming soon, the club and Weijland will be hoping to ride the publicity for their own benefit. Earlier it was announced that Ajax, together with EA Sports, will open the FIFA 17 XPERIENCE on the Kalverstraat in Amsterdam, and with Weijland being given the number 39 shirt in the squad it’s clear they’ve been planning for this event for a while now.

Former Manchester United goalkeeper and current Ajax Director, Edwin van der Sar, had this to say of their new signing:

Koen is multiple FIFA-champion, inspires youth, has a personality that matches this club and is a big Ajax-fan. Reasons enough to be happy about our collaboration. Besides, we have been looking for new ways to appeal to young fans better.

He went on to discuss the synergy between futbol and eSports.

 This initiative can be seen in that light. We will not only support Koen in big tournaments, but also organize activities for our fans together with him. Finally, we find it important to contribute to more ‘digital fun’, as well as to inspire youth to pick up a ball and play football. These worlds can exist together very well and even complement each other. 

With Ajax having overseen the development of players like Edgar Davids, Dennis Bergkamp and of course the inimitable Johan Cruyff down the years, they are one of the most historically significant teams in the world of futbol. Recent times have seen the Dutch league slip a little, but with initiatives like this it is clear Ajax are not content to sit where they are, and wish to explore new ways to engage with young fans.

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Patch 3.6.0 goes live – starcitizenhelp.net

Patch 3.6.0: Co-op mode updates and new ‘testing’ ladder added!

Co-op mode updates and new ‘testing’ ladder added.

Blizzard dropped the latest sc2 patch a few days ago. This patch mostly stayed away from competitive play and just a few small adjustments were made. Instead this patch mainly focused on a couple of significant updates to the co-op mode of the game. A new playable commander as well as a new map and mission were launched. The new mission, ‘Mist Opportunities’ takes the players to Bel’shir in order to escort some drones while they collect Terrazine, we are also reunited with Egon Stetmann (from the WoL campaign) and it certainly seems his time away hasn’t been too friendly on him. The new commander, Alarak, adds a new playstyle to the co-op missions. Each commander has a theme to their playstyle, something that connects all their units and powers together and Alarak’s is, well, Alarak. Sacrificing his units to regain life as well as taking lifeforce from his slain foes. Alarak is as brutal as you might imagine the highlord of the Tal’darim would be. 

Alarak, comes with a slight price tag ($4.99 USD) while the new mission comes free of charge and it’s available to play now.

Aside from co-op, the patch saw several bug fixes regarding in-game messaging and errors when displaying player rankings. In terms of ladder play, we see only one tweak to queens, whom now attack as soon as a unit enters their maximum range.

The final addition I’ll mention in this article looks like it will have a significant impact on the future of competitive play’s balance. Blizzard have added a ‘testing’ matchmaker, in this ladder you can search for an unranked 1v1 game as normal but you will be playing using the balance changes that are currently being tested before they are implemented into the full game. This mode allows players to check any possible balance checks, give feedback and in-all should be a practical way to keep the game balanced for all players.

The 3.6.0 patch doesn’t really concern the ladder and the 1v1 aspects of the game all that much, rather leaning towards addressing problems in the other areas of the game. The inclusion of a ladder for testing new balance patches seems the right way to assess any changes Blizzard intend to make in the future.


 

The full patch notes regarding the new co-op content and testing ladder can be found here.

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Blizzard announces a “Mutation creation contest” on starcitizenhelp

 

Blizzard are looking for new mutation ideas and your idea may go directly into Legacy of the Void!

Blizzard’s co-op mode has been a more light-hearted (for some) way to enjoy the life and death battle between Terran, Protoss, and Zerg. Rather than grinding the ladder in order to get as many points as needed for that ever so precious promotion, co-op missions, instead, saw us preventing Terran colonies from exploding or intercepting and destroying Amon’s convoys before they can escape Kaldir.

Mutations were an extra feature added to these missions which affected the game and made it more interesting, and (often) more difficult. Past (and my favorite) examples of such mutations include; lava sporadically erupting from the surface of the map, units having reduced vision or your enemy’s entire army becoming invisible. Each week a new mutation is featured and gives the co-op specialists another way to enjoy these missions.

Now, Blizzard have handed the reigns over to you, and are asking for submissions for your own ideas on what mutations they can add to the co-op missions of the game.

If you’re interested in contributing your own mutation idea, you can find the battle.net article of the annoucement here outlining the requirements of the contest and how to enter.

So, got a great idea for a fun twist to put on ‘Rifts to Korhal’? Or a gruelling modification to Amon’s champion in ‘Chains of Ascension’? Whatever your idea the contest is open until September 15th before the entries close and Blizzard chooses which mutation(s) will be added to the game.

starcitizenhelp | Chris Metzen announces retirement on B.net forums.

Possibly the one person that has had the single most influence on almost all of Blizzard’s Major franchises has decided to retire from game related work to focus on spending time with his family

You may know Chris Metzen for his voice acting work (Thrall, Marine, Ghost, Battlecruiser, etc etc), or maybe you recognize him from his countless speeches and introductions at BlizzCon. What you might not know, is that Metzen is largely responsible for creating the Diablo, Starcraft, and Warcraft universes. He wrote the scripts, story and created many of the characters we know and love today.

He was even been responsible for the initial sparks of an idea that we now know, as Overwatch. Just look at his drawing of Solider: 76 made in 1996:

Today, on the Battle.net forums, a letter written by Metzen was posted by multiple community managers on behalf of Metzen. In it, he details his journey to where he is today, revealing his DND group as the only experience he had creating worlds prior to Blizzard. Just before he drops the retirement bomb, he thanks the fans of all of his universes for the experience he has had:

Thank you all for letting me be a special part of your community. For letting me belong with you. We’ve shared countless adventures together and I’ve always been overwhelmed and humbled by your passion for our games as well your commitment to each other. Thank you for all the BlizzCon hugs, smiles, handshakes, and stories over the years. You will never know how much you’ve all touched my heart and inspired me to give my all into this craft. 

It is unclear who will take his place as Senior Vice President, Story and Franchise Development, but whoever does has some big shoes to fill.

Here is one of the best Metzen moments, just moments before he revealed Overwatch to the world for the first time during BlizzCon 2014:

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starcitizenhelp – eSports scholarships: Top priority with the National Association of Collegiate eSports launch

At the end of last week, on September 7th, the National Association of Collegiate eSports was officially launched in the United States of America with the main purpose of legitimizing eSports on the institutional level.

Having started with only six founding members a year ago, the university and college association NAC expanded to 20 members and expects more institutions to join their efforts with this official launch in the US. In their press release from last week NAC stated the following:

Members of the association are dedicated to legitimizing collegiate eSports and providing college students the opportunities to live their passion for competitive gaming, while pursuing a quality education

The six founding members of NAC:

Columbia College (Mo.)
Indiana Institute of Technology
Maryville University (Mo.)
Midland University (Neb.)
Robert Morris University (Ill.)
University of Pikeville (Ky.)

In March of this year, University of California, or more specifically UC Irvine became the first Public University to offer eSports scholarships for the fall semester of 2016.

Membership in National Association of Collegiate eSports is tax free but to qualify for NAC eSports membership, institutions must be fully accredited by an authorized higher educational accrediting agency relative to their region and national affiliation. Additionally, programs must be officially endorsed by the school that they represent. Membership application form can be found here.

One becoming NAC members all the institutions are expected to also to take part in at the inaugural NAC eSports Invitational event, scheduled for the Spring of 2017. NAC eSports Invitational will be followed by full regular-season and postseason competitions coming in the 2017-2018 academic year.

source: nacesports.org

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starcitizenhelp – Blizzard announces a “Mutation creation contest”

 

Blizzard are looking for new mutation ideas and your idea may go directly into Legacy of the Void!

Blizzard’s co-op mode has been a more light-hearted (for some) way to enjoy the life and death battle between Terran, Protoss, and Zerg. Rather than grinding the ladder in order to get as many points as needed for that ever so precious promotion, co-op missions, instead, saw us preventing Terran colonies from exploding or intercepting and destroying Amon’s convoys before they can escape Kaldir.

Mutations were an extra feature added to these missions which affected the game and made it more interesting, and (often) more difficult. Past (and my favorite) examples of such mutations include; lava sporadically erupting from the surface of the map, units having reduced vision or your enemy’s entire army becoming invisible. Each week a new mutation is featured and gives the co-op specialists another way to enjoy these missions.

Now, Blizzard have handed the reigns over to you, and are asking for submissions for your own ideas on what mutations they can add to the co-op missions of the game.

If you’re interested in contributing your own mutation idea, you can find the battle.net article of the annoucement here outlining the requirements of the contest and how to enter.

So, got a great idea for a fun twist to put on ‘Rifts to Korhal’? Or a gruelling modification to Amon’s champion in ‘Chains of Ascension’? Whatever your idea the contest is open until September 15th before the entries close and Blizzard chooses which mutation(s) will be added to the game.

starcitizenhelp – Dark versus Solar, the unexpected ZvZ finals

starcitizenhelp - Dark versus Solar, the unexpected ZvZ finals

starcitizenhelp - Dark versus Solar, the unexpected ZvZ finals

SK Telecom’s Dark faces off against Samasung Galaxy’s Solar in the finals of SSL season 2.

Season 2 of the SSL is coming to a close with the Grand Finals. The two players that will be facing off are SK Telecom’s Dark and Samsung Galaxy’s Solar. These two players are both very successful and have been performing well recently. Solar defeated Patience 4-1 to make it to the finals and Dark defeated his teammate, Classic, in what might have been the closest series of all time. VODs for both games will be linked at the bottom.

They are both Zerg players, even though Protoss and Terran players have had a lot more representation in both the GSL and SSL. In fact, Dark and Solar were the only two Zergs to make it to the Group Stages and they both made it to the finals.

Because of the difference in representation, they haven’t had many matches versus Zerg players this season and the ZvZ meta hasn’t been evolving in the pro scene very much. This makes the matchup a lot more interesting, because we cannot be sure what to expect from these two players. Both of these players probably haven’t gotten adequate practice versus Zerg, which might affect the playing field a bit.

Dark is the defending champion of the SSL, defeating Stats last season 4-2. On the other side, Solar is dominant in foreign tournaments, winning 4 premiere tournaments, 3 major tournaments, and 14 minor tournaments. He also placed 3rd in last season’s SSL making him a prime opponent for Dark.

Since they reign supreme in different regions, they haven’t played many games versus each other. They are currently 3-3, Solar taking 2 games in Heart of the Swarm and Dark taking 3 games in Legacy of the Void.

The matches will be held at KBS Sports World Athletic Center #2 on September 11th at 6:30 PM KST, which is 2:30 AM PST, 5:30 AM EST, and 11:30 AM CEST. You can attend the live show for free or watch it live here.

You can watch Solar vs Patience here and Dark vs Classic here. 

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Blizzard announces a “Mutation creation contest” – starcitizenhelp.net

 

Blizzard are looking for new mutation ideas and your idea may go directly into Legacy of the Void!

Blizzard’s co-op mode has been a more light-hearted (for some) way to enjoy the life and death battle between Terran, Protoss, and Zerg, rather than grinding the ladder in order to get as many points as needed for that ever so precious promotion, co-op missions, instead, saw us preventing Terran colonies from exploding or intercepting and destroying Amon’s convoys before they can escape Kaldir.

Mutations were an extra feature added to these missions which affected the game and made it more interesting and (often) more difficult. Past (and my favorite) examples of such mutations include; lava sporadically erupting from the surface of the map, units having reduced vision or your enemy’s entire army becoming invisible. Each week a new mutation is featured and gives the co-op specialists another way to enjoy these missions.

Now, Blizzard have handed the reigns over to you, and are asking for submissions for your own ideas on what mutations they can add to the co-op missions of the game.

If interested in contributing your own mutation idea, you can find the battle.net article of the annoucement here outlining the requirements of the contest and how to enter.

So, got a great idea for a fun twist to put on ‘Rifts to Korhal’? Or a gruelling modification to Amon’s champion in ‘Chains of Ascension’? Whatever your idea the contest is open until September 15th before the entries close and Blizzard chooses which mutation(s) will be added to the game.