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The following section contains information from a previous version of StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm which is no longer valid.

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StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm beta logo

The StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm beta test began September 4, 2012.[1] The release date was announced: March 12, 2013.[2] The beta came to an end on March 1st, 2013.[3]

Beta AvailabilityEdit

As of December 2012, players who preordered Heart of the Swarm by December 18th would automatically get a beta invite. Those who buy afterward will be invited in waves.[4]

Participating in the Rate the Game contest, which involved playing and rating a custom game in the Arcade beta, will give players a chance to access the Heart of the Swarm beta. Blizzard will randomly choose 250 eligible contestants for a beta key.[5] As of June 22nd, another contest opened, giving access to 500 more beta keys.[6]

Maps AvailableEdit

On current version of beta only the 1x1 mode is available on quick match.[7]



  1. Blizzard Entertainment. 2012-09-04. Heart of the Swarm Beta Now Live!. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2012-09-04.
  2. Blizzard Entertainment. 2012-11-13. Heart of the Swarm Arrives March 12, 2013 — Presales NOW LIVE. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2012-11-13.
  3. Kaivax. 2013-02-28. Heart of the Swarm Beta Ends March 1. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2013-03-05.
  4. Blizzard Entertainment. 2012-12-20. Heart of the Swarm Beta Access Expanded. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2012-12-21.
  5. Daxxari. 2012-06-04. Patch 1.5 Arcade Beta - Rate The Game Contest. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2012-06-05.
  6. Blizzard Entertainment. 2012-06-22. “Rate the Game” StarCraft II Sweepstakes. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2012-06-23.
  7. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm beta. (Activision Blizzard) (in English). 2012.

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