StarCraft II is the biggest RTS esport title published by Blizzard Entertainment. Successor to the original StarCraft/Brood War games, Starcraft 2 continued the storyline of the the Terrans, Zergs and Protoss and added a whole new twist to the competitive scene. SC2 Esports is still the only true RTS competition with a stable established scene and weekly tournaments throughout the year. Thanks to continuous updates by the developers and a committed esports scene, this title remains one of the core esports betting markets today.
StarCraft II Gameplay and Modes
KNOW THE RACES, KNOW THE STORY
Starcraft II’s gameplay offers some choice to players stating to build up their base. SCVs, probes and drones can build any number of the general buildings available to the player. Although each playable race has a different set of structures at their command, they all have a similar function.
While the Terrans serve as the protagonist race in StarCraft II, multiplayer games offer a wider choice. There are three total playable races in the game, each with its own unique style, structures and units. The individual units controlled by each race are designed to counter popular tactics of other races, resulting in a fairly balanced game regardless of races played.
Descendants of an Earth expedition gone wrong, the Terran’s are StarCraft’s version of humans. Their units are set up to overwhelm their foes with massive amounts of firepower. This kind of all-guns-blazing approach works perfectly when they’re facing down a horde of Zerg.
The Terrans are described as “the masters of survival”, mainly because of ancient lore telling how the Terran’s managed to continue reproducing despite being native to a barren planet with hardly any resources. Their Widow Mines are constantly utilised in high-stakes gameplay, as they have the ability to hide from opposing players on the map, and the Terran’s also have access to some seriously scary mechanical warriors.
The Zerg were one of the antagonist races of the original StarCraft game, and focus more on their numbers than their firepower. Hardly intelligent, these monsters dogmatically follow the orders of a single “Overmind”, and fuse to halt their endless march until they have conquered – or assimilated – the entire universe.
The Zerg Swarm does not use weapons or armour in their fight – rather, they mutate their own bodies to fit the need of the swarm. This unlocks abilities and functions as the player progresses with his Zerg army, which goes some way to replacing the heavy machine guns they could be holding. Sure, it may sound like the Zerg stand very little chance up against a heavily armored Terran tank, but their later mutations – the Brood Lord springs to mind – are gigantic beasts of war and are well capable to make more than a dint in the armor of any opponent.
The big bad guys, the world eaters, the mastermind antagonists of the whole Starcraft series so far is the Protoss. They are a race of exceptionally advanced beings who combine unimaginable technology with psionic powers on the battlefield.
The Protoss (a.k.a. Firstborn) were considered to be the most powerful beings in the Galaxy, until the Zerg invaded their home world. The desperation of the Protoss though has made them probably the most powerful race of all in StarCraft II universe – each individual Protoss soldier could definitely kill any other equal singular combat unit. Their fleet is insanely well developed, and once a Protoss player manages to fully upgrade their technology, it’s their game to lose. Some of their ship units – Phoenix, Void Ray, Mothership – are basically unmatched in the StarCraft II gameplay, and have the ability to completely decimate entire legions of standard troops.
StarCraft II has three main campaigns that complete the StarCraft II trilogy story mode.
Wings of Liberty
Heart of the Swarm
Legacy of the Void
Wings of Liberty can be played for free. Heart of the Swarm and Legacy of the Void can be purchased separately. Apart from the three campaigns from the trilogy, independent campaigns like Nova Covert Ops can also be purchased separately.
Co-op mission is a game mode that requires two players to assume the role of specialized and iconic ‘Commanders’ from the StarCraft universe to complete a number of challenging missions.
Every commander is free to play up to level five. Raynor, Kerrigan, and Artanis are the commanders that are completely free. You need to purchase other commanders if you want to go beyond level five.
Nearly two decades after its 1998 release, StarCraft is now free. Legally! Blizzard has just released the original game — plus the Brood War expansion — for free for both PC and Mac.
It is still played on TV and some of the most famous pro-gamers like Jaedong in Korea come from Starcraft: Brood War. You might say that Starcraft is Korea’s national pastime. … The game is so popular in Korea that it has become a part of Korean culture.
Strategy Gamer – Here’s the first StarCraft remade in StarCraft 2, and you can play it for free – Steam News.
If you want to experience the original StarCraft saga without opening your wallet, all you have to do is download it from Blizzard. A few weeks ago, Blizzard announced that StarCraft, its genre-defining real-time strategy classic, would be getting a 4K remaster.
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