DeepMind’s AlphaStar artificial intelligence was recently put to work trying to master the real-time complexities of Blizzard’s StarCraft II. Which it successfully managed in just over six weeks, becoming the first non-human to reach the rank of Grandmaster in the game.
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Blizzard is going to release a graphics pack for Starcraft: Remastered that transforms the game, giving it the look of Carbot Animations’ Starcrafts series.
Way back in 2009, Blizzard announced that StarCraft II would include a map marketplace with options to buy and sell custom maps. Years later, the StarCraft II team is finally following through.
Last weekend marked the 20th anniversary of the StarCraft franchise and a couch of StarCraft personalities including Sean "Day9" Plott, Nick "Tasteless" Plott, Daniel "Artosis" Stemkoski, and Geoff "iNcontroL" Robinson led yesterday's festivities. Names from throughout the series' decades showed up to play showmatches, including HuK, WhiteRa, Idra and Ret.
The first few months of Overwatch League's inaugural season have already resulted in unexpected upsets, emerging tactics, and drama between players that has resulted in pros getting fined, benched, or released from teams. That stuff isn't just fun to follow and grist for the content mines: it's moving betting lines.
Sasha "Scarlett" Hostyn made history for both women and non-Korean StarCraft pros yesterday by placing first in a premier tournament, IEM Pyeongchang 2018. The Canadian defeated two-time world champion Kim "sOs" Yoo Jin playing as the Zerg, her old standby, in a 4-1 victory. She's the second North American pro to ever place first at a major StarCraft 2 tournament in South Korea.