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Conviction
Conviction SC2-HotS Story
Conflict

Second Great War

Campaign

Heart of the Swarm

Date

Early 2505

Place

The Moros, docked at Atlas Station

Result
  • Moros destroyed
  • Raynor freed
Combatants

Zerg SC2 Icon Zerg Swarm
RaynorsRaiders SC2 Logo1 Raynor's Raiders

TerranDominion Logo2a Terran Dominion

Commanders

Zerg SC2 Icon Queen Sarah Kerrigan
TerranDominion Logo2a Crown Prince Valerian Mengsk
RaynorsRaiders SC2 Logo1 Captain Matt Horner

TerranDominion Logo2a Emperor Arcturus Mengsk

Metacampaign
Objective(s)
  • Free Jim Raynor
  • Kerrigan must survive
Optional Objective(s)
  • Find prisoner manifests (2)
Hero(es)

Kerrigan

Reward

Conviction is the second and final space mission in Heart of the Swarm.

BackgroundEdit

To help Sarah Kerrigan rescue Jim Raynor from the Terran Dominion, Raynor's Raiders had Colonel Orlan hack the Dominion's deep-encryption network to find Raynor's secret prison.[1] They discovered Raynor was held aboard Moros, a prison ship that was constantly on the move. Kerrigan and the Raiders intercepted Moros at Atlas Station while the prison ship made a short refuelling stop. Boarding the prison ship was left to Kerrigan and the zerg.[2]

The zerg secured access to the prison deck, preventing Moros's crew from jettisoning it. Arcturus Mengsk activated the ship's self-destruct to foil the rescue attempt. Kerrigan fought through the destruction, and extracted Raynor. The chaos was exacerbated by prisoners released from their cells.[2]

Raynor was horrified by Kerrigan's return to the Swarm, but declined her offer to allow him to kill her.[3]

StarCraft 2 Storyline Heart of the Swarm Campaign - Believe in Me Cinematic 5002:35

StarCraft 2 Storyline Heart of the Swarm Campaign - Believe in Me Cinematic 50

WalkthroughEdit

Throughout this mission, the leviathan's tentacles will pierce the station, sending in reinforcements. The first part of the level is a linear path past Dominion infantry. Eventually the player will find a pair of bunkers with a thor. After destroying them, Kerrigan will work on destroying the door to the next area. While she works the player must use the normal zerg to fight off waves of Dominion troops that spawn in the four side-areas of the room, signaled by the doors opening. The player will have infestors during this sequence, so using parasitic invasion to take control of the thors that appear is useful. After breaching the bulkhead, the player will find a side-passage holding classified Dominion documents. Finding these is an optional objective.

Further on, the hallway is heavily defended. The player must move Kerrigan to the beacons to plant virophages to infest the prisoners and help break the blockade. Fighting through this area advances the level to the next area. Here a Dominion thor attempts to destroy the coupling of the prison deck. The player must destroy or take control of the thor to stop it, and after the Dominion forces are destroyed the player advances to the next level. When the player arrives, Arcturus activates the stations self-destruct, putting the rest of the level on a time limit.

The path is linear through this area, the player should use Kerrigan and any capture Dominion units to push forward quickly. As the player reaches the south-west corner of the map, the passage to the second store of Dominion data can be found to the south-east. Eventually the player will find Raynor's cell guarded by a few final Dominion troops. Once the Dominion is destroyed, the mission is won.

Starcraft 2 Conviction Brutal All Achievements HOTS Campaign Space 208:30

Starcraft 2 Conviction Brutal All Achievements HOTS Campaign Space 2

AchievementsEdit

Conviction SC2-HotS Icon Conviction
Points

10 Achievement SC2 Game1

Criteria

Complete the “Conviction” mission in the Heart of the Swarm campaign.

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StayingAlive SC2-HotS Icon Staying Alive
Points

10 Achievement SC2 Game1

Criteria

Prevent Kerrigan’s life from dropping below 50% in the “Conviction” mission.

Notes

The achievement name is a reference to the Bee Gees song Staying Alive.

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SaturdayNightFever SC2-HotS Icon Saturday Night Fever
Points

10 Achievement SC2 Game1

Criteria

Reach the Prison Deck with Kerrigan in less than 8 minutes in the “Conviction” mission on Normal difficulty.

Notes

The achievement name is a reference to the 1979 dance film Saturday Night Fever.

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FastBreak SC2-HotS Icon Fast Break
Points

10 Achievement SC2 Game1

Criteria

Complete the “Conviction” mission in less than 10 minutes on Hard difficulty.

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NotesEdit

  • Throughout the level the player can find prisoners named after Blizzard employees, with humorous descriptions for them.
  • The group of Dominion soldiers at the beginning of the mission will have special dialogue if the players does not attack with Kerrigan for a time.
  • In an original version of the mission, Kerrigan would sneak onboard the Moros using a shuttle.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Heart of the Swarm, With Friends Like These... (in English). 2013-03-12.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Heart of the Swarm, Conviction (in English). 2013-03-12.
  3. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Cinematic: Believe in Me (in English). 2013-03-12.
  4. 2014-08-20, Unused HoTS Story Elements. StarCraft Legacy, accessed on 2014-08-29

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