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.
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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.
Lim "Larva" Hong Gyu won the finals of last week's Zotac Cup Masters Showmatch while playing StarCraft: Remastered with his foot and pretending to take a nap during the match. Zotac, the hardware company sponsoring the tournament, put out a statement in Chinese threatening to "officially ban Korean player Larva from attending any Zotac Cup competition organised by Zotac", and saying that it "really, really hopes Korean player Larva would apologise to his opponent".
Lim "Larva" Hong Gyu proved last night that he can win a StarCraft: Remastered match with his foot. During the finals of the Zotac Cup Masters Showmatch, Larva made quick work of his opponent's base, and in the game's final moments, he lifted his bare left foot onto the keyboard to tap in a few final button presses.
StarCraft came out 20 years ago and became one of the most popular and prominent esports ever made. Maddy Myers and Eric Van Allen were children when the game came out, but they grew up surrounded by StarCraft's legacy. Now that Blizzard has released a remastered version of this classic game as well as StarCraft: Brood War, we're taking a moment to revisit what made it great and why it's still relevant today.
Were you enjoying the lull in game releases over the last month or so? Well, I have good (or bad, depending how big your Pile of Shame) news. It's over. Well and truly over.
Take this week as an example. There's the console release of Sonic Mania. StarCraft: Remastered finally launches. There's the Nidhogg sequel. Night Trap is back. Undertale is getting a console launch, as is Conan Exiles and Tokyo 42. Strap in, it's getting busy.
Everyone's favourite real-time strategy game is getting a face-lift. As Blizzard president Mike Morhaime announced at this weekend's I <3 StarCraft event in South Korea, the original game and its Brood War expansion are both getting an HD overhaul and being repackaged as StarCraft: Remastered, due out later this winter.