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Domination
WarForTheBrood SC2 Game1
Conflict

Second Great War

Campaign

Heart of the Swarm

Place

Acid Marsh, Char

Result

Kerrigan victory, Zagara joins the Swarm

Combatants

Zerg SC2 Icon Kerrigan's Swarm

Zagara Brood

Commanders

Zerg SC2 Icon Sarah Kerrigan

Zagara WhiteFlag Icon1

Metacampaign
Objective(s)

Defeat Zagara
Collect 100 eggs
Zagara can't collect 100 eggs
Destroy Zagara's hive cluster

Optional Objective(s)

Destroy the infested command centers (2)
Find Baneling Egg Nests (6)

Reward
  • +5 Kerrigan levels
  • Bonus +2 Kerrigan levels
New Unit(s)

Baneling

Domination is a StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm campaign mission, and the first mission in the Char storyline.

Sarah Kerrigan had watched over a stockpile of thousands of eggs in the acid marsh. Broodmother Zagara had established a hive cluster there. Now Sarah Kerrigan returned to reclaim what was hers.

In the mission, Zagara hunts the map for eggs. Kerrigan's forces can kill her. She respawns, but this gives time for Kerrigan to collect more eggs. Kerrigan immediately collects eggs upon touching them, while Zagara takes some time.

At the end, Kerrigan's collected eggs all hatch at once, delivering hundreds of zerglings and banelings. Upon defeat, Zagara pleaded for mercy and was forgiven. She joined Kerrigan's forces.[1]

NotesEdit

During development, the mission was called "War for the Brood".[2]

Gameplay and WalkthroughEdit

Only Kerrigan is able to collect baneling eggs, so the player must use her in the field. Zagara will also move about the map harvesting eggs, and moves with an escort. If the player kills her, she will tunnel back to her base to recover, buying time. Most of Zagara's attacks on the player's base consist of zerglings with smaller numbers of roaches and hydralisks, making banelings effective for defense. Zagara also has infested terrans, infestors, and mutalisks, but keeps them around her base. The player is free to gather eggs wherever they wish. The south-east portion of the map has fewer of Zagara's forces, and a mineral field for an expansion if desired, making it a preferable place to begin. The stage has several baneling nests, marked in yellow on the map. These nests instantly spawn a number of banelings for the player when approached. There are also two infested command centers for the player to destroy as an optional objective to gain two additional Kerrigan levels.

Once the player has recovered 100 eggs, Abathur will hatch them, granting the player a massive number of banelings and zerglings. Zagara will move back to her base to defend it, and the mission objective is now to destroy her base in the north-east corner of the map. The player should move the banelings to the front of the army, then command all their forces to attack. The banelings will obliterate all of Zagara's ground forces, leaving only mutalisks to defend her. With a handful of swarm queens and Kerrigan to fight the mutalisks off, the zerglings will be free to destroy Zagara's base. The player does not need to destroy all structures on the map to win, just the structures in Zagara's base.

It is possible to ignore the egg-gathering objective and destroy Zagara's base without collecting them. If this is done in under 14 minutes on Hard difficulty, it rewards the Shutout achievement.

Domination BRUTAL Cinematics - StarCraft 2 Heart of the Swarm - Playthrough (Part 13)12:26

Domination BRUTAL Cinematics - StarCraft 2 Heart of the Swarm - Playthrough (Part 13)

AchievementsEdit

Domination SC2-HotS Icon Domination
Points

10 Achievement SC2 Game1

Criteria

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

PoachedEggs SC2-HotS Icon Poached Eggs
Points

10 Achievement SC2 Game1

Criteria

Hatch all 6 Baneling Nests in the “Domination” mission before collecting 100 eggs.

NoEggForYou SC2-HotS Icon No Egg for You
Points

10 Achievement SC2 Game1

Criteria

Don’t let Zagara collect an Egg in the “Domination” mission on Normal difficulty.

Shutout SC2-HotS Icon Shutout
Points

10 Achievement SC2 Game1

Criteria

Destroy Zagara's base in “Domination” mission in less than 14 minutes on Hard difficulty before collecting 100 eggs.


ReferencesEdit

  1. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Heart of the Swarm, Domination (in English). 2013-03-12.
  2. 2011-05-31, StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm Preview. Eurogamer, accessed on 2011-07-08

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