Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm hands-on at MLG event

Pro gaming league adding League of Legends to tournament slate, giving attendees a chance to try Blizzard's next sci-fi strategy game at Spring Championship in June.

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Major League Gaming dropped a pair of announcements for its Pro Circuit Spring Championship today, announcing that the June event will give attendees a chance to play the next Starcraft II installment and see the MLG debut of competitive League of Legends play.

Fun fact: This is not the silhouette of NBA legend Jerry West.

The Spring Championship will be held June 8-10 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. Organizers have said that "a large number" of demo stations at the event will be running multiplayer betas of Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm, the follow-up to Blizzard's 2010 sci-fi real-time strategy game Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty. The event will also host a pair of Starcraft II tournaments with more than $100,000 in prize money at stake. One of the tournaments will be MLG's own competition, while the other will be Blizzard's own North America continental finals, with the winners going on to the Battle.net World Championships in Asia later this year.

As for League of Legends, MLG said it will feature the Riot Games multiplayer online battle arena title for the rest of its 2012 pro circuit, starting with the Spring Championship. The tournament should feature 20 teams competing for $40,000 in prizes.

For more on MLG, check out GameSpot's streaming coverage of this weekend's MLG Spring Arena.

Discussion

13 comments
Daemoroth
Daemoroth

@LittleButters, quick question, if they have less skill than you, why aren't YOU in the MLG? On topic - can't wait to see HotS in action! :)

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

I like how in related games, it features LoL.

LittleButters
LittleButters

Hooray! MLG! Because I love watching people with less skill than myself play against each other!

Tremblay343
Tremblay343

@Bartz77 Because the people who play who skill games professionally are really fun to watch. It's not just the second to second gameplay on something like Starcraft or Dota 2, but the metagame. Those players know their games so well that they pretty much know exactly what your going to do by scouting your base or your laning strategy. So the interesting part, at least for me, is watching these really skilled players come up with new strategies that just surprise the hell out of their opponents. But then someone will come up with a counter to that and it just keeps going.

Virtua_Souls
Virtua_Souls

HotS will be awesome. I'm really looking forward to seeing how it changes the game (competitively and otherwise). Oh, and bring back the Lurker, Blizz! :D

staranise
staranise

IMO it won't be as popular as the original since removing the lan option was the main reason the game became popular in the 1st place. Frankly after playing the single player I uninstalled it so fast and swapped it for an me3 copy to a friend(who also wants to trade it with something--i wonder why???)...big mistakeT__T....but this topic reminded me of how I missed lan battles with all the shouting, cursing and whatnot....oh well....hope dota2 doesn't disappoint

MachShot
MachShot

@Bartz77 @Icehearted You are a gamer, questioning why anyone would watch professional gaming? You're telling me a-holes throughout your life never questioned why you spend so much money and time on video games? Same answer: "You wouldn't understand. It's just enjoyable." Pot calling the kettle black.

00Joseph00
00Joseph00

Watching people play StarCraft II is awesome- I love the game and seeing other strategies definitely makes me better.

ColdfireTrilogy
ColdfireTrilogy

@Bartz77 people playing at a competetive level neither you nor I will ever achieve. Its like saying you don't like watching sports, only playing them. Sure, this may be true for you. But for me I love watching European league soccer, they play at a level of competition and skill I will never achieve, its fun to watch ...

Bartz77
Bartz77

I don't get the fascination of watching other people play video games, I hated it as a kid (I wanted to be the one playing) and find it extremely boring now. If any one can enlighten me as to how it is fun to watch some guy/girl play Starcraft go ahead, I'm game (pun very intended) to learn.

Icehearted
Icehearted

Oh goodie, MLG. Right up there with Women's Professional Hopscotch on my must watch list.

Evenios
Evenios

no one cares by the time this add on actually comes out the game will be so dated.....