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26th May 2009–Batch 51 tomorrow, and Death Animations
Karune signaled that Q&A Batch 51 will be up the morning of May 27th. Several death animations can be seen in a video at the Blizzard Entertainment website.
21st to 23rd May 2009–Korean StarCraft II reports
Fomos, a Korean esports website was given time to try out the observer mode of StarCraft II. They reported seven modes: none (no menus), resources (gathered resources and supply count), spending (on economy, tech and units), unit (number of units), production (units and buildings being created), army (resources spent on the army) and APM. Sources: Formos, Teamliquid translation and StarCraft Legacy.

The forum PlayXP had new information with some screenshots. Source: [1].

Game Meca also had new information and screenshots: Protoss, Zerg and Terrans.
23rd May, 2009–Blizzard announced Global Writing Contest Winners
Blizzard Entertainment announced the winners, runners-up and honorable mentions. The winner gets a trip to Blizzard headquarters. Some of the stories may go up on their webiste. Source: Battle.net forums.
23rd May, 2009–Tokyopop previews Ghost Academy art
Tokyopop previews character art for StarCraft: Ghost Academy. Link: Ghost Academy art.
StarCraft Legacy Fansite Q&A with Blizzard
StarCraft Legacy posted their exclusive Q&A with Blizzard Entertainment. Source: StarCraft Legacy.
19th May 2009–Fansites giving away BlizzCon 2009 tickets
18th May 2009–StarCraft comic issue 4 submission
Wildstorm hosts the submission for StarCraft: Issue 4 here.
16th May 2009–BlizzCon tickets on sale
BlizzCon 2009 tickets went on sale at 10 AM Pacific Time (1 PM Eastern Standard Time). They have since sold out.
8th May 2009–German interview with Dustin Browder
Dustin Browder gave interviews to the German magazine, Gamestar. The topics were the balance of micro vs macro, nydus worm use by allies (they cannot), AI settings, the role of the mothership, weather effects, day/night cycles and assymetrical maps. Sources: German and English at StarCraft Wire. A second article can be found in German.
Blizzard Logo1 7th May 2009–StarCraft II beta this summer!

by President and co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment, Mike Morhaime

This summer we will beta testing, this phase will signal the final stretch of development. During the Starcraft II beta test we'll begin external testing of our new Battle.net including some features that are designed to connect all future Blizzard games. This includes new tools that will make it easier for players to communicate with each other between games. We are also introducing a centralize system that would let players manage of all their Blizzard entertainment games and future games in one place without having to remember multiple sets of log in information.

Blizzard Logo1 6th May 2009–Beta Opt-in Updated

by Xordiah

The StarCraft II beta-test period is coming in the months ahead! If you’d like a chance to participate, now’s the time to let us know. Simply log in to your Battle.net account (https://www.battle.net/login/login.xml), and click “Beta Profile Settings” to go through the new beta opt-in process and upload a snapshot of your system specs. During this process, you’ll also have the opportunity to opt in to future betas for other Blizzard Entertainment games. Please note that even if you’ve opted in to our betas previously, you’ll need to complete this new process and upload your current system specs to have a chance to be invited.

For more information, see the FAQ below -- or create a Battle.net account (http://www.battle.net/) to opt in now. If you have an unused beta code from BlizzCon 2008 or WWI 2008, visit this site (http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/misc/beta-signup.html) to enter your code.

6th May 2009 – Blizzard interview and updated images
The StarCraft Wiki is part of Blizzard's fansite program. As part of it, we have posted an official interview with Blizzard's lead producer Chris Sigaty on how the imminent StarCraft II beta will play out. The interview came with updated images for the zerg queen and spawning pool.
Tokyopop previews the StarCraft: Frontline: War-Torn
Tokyopop presented a preview of War-Torn today. Source: Blizzplanet
5th May 2009 – BlizzCon 2009 tickets on sale soon
BlizzCon 2009 tickets will be on sale for $125 on May 16th and a second wave will be available May 30th. The event will be televised online, Pay Per View, with DIRECTV. Source: Press Release.
3rd May 2009 – Frontline Volume 3 Preview
Tokyopop presents a preview of StarCraft: Frontline: Volume 3. See at Tokyopop and Blizzplanet.
1st May 2009 Blue Roundup
Karune posted an interesting nullifier tactic; using Force Field to prevent drones from escaping, then using the nullifier's bonus damage vs biological units to finish them off. The multifunctionality of reaper mines was discussed. He also let us know that once a changeling transforms, it won't turn back into a changeling.
1st May 2009 – SC2Pod Q&A 3
SC2pod has posted the 3rd Blizzard fansite Q&A. It discussed widescreen monitors, infestor visibility, colossus attacks, missile turret detection and its relationship with the sensor tower, zerg unit 3D models, soundtracks, transport mechanics, corruptor mechanics, and game design. Source: SC2pod
30th April 2009 – April 30th Blue Roundup
29th April 2009 – April 29th Blue Roundup
Karune and Cydra answered questions on the Hellion's damage upgrade and zergling upgrade visuals.
24th April 2009 – StarCraft comic issue #1 preview
See the preview for StarCraft Issue 1 at MTV!
22nd April 2009 – Starfeeder Q&A released
StarCraft fansite Starfeeder released their Q&A with Dustin Browder, including the reveal of a new zerg unit, the brood lord. See it at Starfeeder's blog.
20th April 2009 – StarCraft Comic Issue #3 Announced
The third issue of the StarCraft comic has been announced.

Dark secrets are unearthed when a malign alien force from beyond the grave is unleashed aboard the ship General Lee and threatens to tear the War Pigs apart from within! As the search for Jim Raynor gathers pace, a team member's dark and blood-soaked past is laid bare, beginning a spiral of terror that pits War Pig against War Pig. Continue the journey into the extended galaxy of the best-selling video game! Source: [2].
16th April 2009 – Battle Report II released
Battle Report II has been released. Link.
15th April 2009 – Wings of Liberty collector's edition
StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty will have a collector's edition, and Blizzard will answer fan questions within the product. Link: Karune's post.
15th April 2009 – Karune listing fansite Q&As
Karune posts the new fansite Q&As on the battle.net forums. The first Q&A is from Teamliquid.
13th April 2009 – Blizzard Theme Park Winners
The Blizzard Theme Park contest winners were announced, and they are set to receive beta keys. The StarCraft-related winners include Christina Marie DeLong who won the overall prize. Her park includes a terran combat simulator. There's also a StarCraft-themed park winner. Source: Battle.net forum
12th April 2009 – StarCraft: Ghost: Spectres description
Simon & Schuster posted a description of StarCraft: Ghost: Spectres in their Fall 2009 catalog. Note that Spectres has already been postponed to June 2010.

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