Blizzard polling for Protoss designs

It could be argued that the Protoss received the short end of the stick when Blizzard decided to bust up its long-awaited Starcraft II real-time strategy title into a trilogy. Though the faction will most assuredly make its presence known by way of Starcraft II's tournament-oriented multiplayer...

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It could be argued that the Protoss received the short end of the stick when Blizzard decided to bust up its long-awaited Starcraft II real-time strategy title into a trilogy. Though the faction will most assuredly make its presence known by way of Starcraft II's tournament-oriented multiplayer mode, the Protoss' story has been relegated to the final installment in the trifecta.

As a measure of consolation, Blizzard is giving fans of the faction an opportunity to weigh in on the appearance of the Protoss dark templar unit. By way of the Irvine, California studio's Web site, fans can choose between two different dark templar models for use in the multiplayer component, each of which is modeled after a different tribe from the Starcraft universe. The site doesn't mention any gameplay differences between the two.

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The first model represents the Lenassa tribe, better known as the dark templar unit from the original Starcraft. The unit is characterized by the long warp blade protruding from its left arm, as well as a charcoal-colored shroud draped about its face. The second model portrays the Zer'atai tribe, which favors dual scythes as well as heavy armor accessorized by Zerg bones. Gamers can also choose a third option, in which both tribes will be included and a random model generates when a dark templar is built.

The Terran campaign, Wings of Liberty, is slated to lead off the Starcraft II trilogy--whenever Blizzard is good and ready to release it--followed by the Zerg-focused Heart of the Swarm. For more on the game, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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Hmmm i'd say the second one cause we need a new look for the protoss.

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both suck

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both is a cool option.

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That's cool that Blizzard is allowing the community to weigh in on their unit designs, hopefully they will do this often.

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This is a nice way to get people involved. Now, maybe this will lead to a player design contest for a new unit?

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Protoss I always believed were the hardest race to master. But if you could master them you could pretty much say you were good at the game or better. If you can master protoss then you can master all the races. I said this mostly due to the gas and minerals cost for them. It made it incredibly hard to make a single unit so long as you didn't have enough gas. Most of the experienced players I know didn't start collecting gas until after they made enough units to at least give their base a little defense. At least the protoss are getting something finally.

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I always used to play random and protoss were not my fav, i always thought they were the noobs race, but this is cool and its nice to see Bliz want more of the fan's input. Good job bliz! Now bring on the wrath of the swarm!!!!!!!

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I hope they do more of those when it comes to design choices. Only a bit more public.

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protoss suck, bring on the Zerg!!!

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I think a random model after each spawning is great as this way the player will get to see his/her chosen model anyways.

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both would be cool uber cool

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aslong as they do the exact same amount of dmg, by all means add both!

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Both would be nice and add a tad dynamic.

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hm...The first model looks like a Zealot, but with one blade. The second one is better

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The one where you can see the face is better.

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I'm looking forward to Starcraft II and all, but really, wow...could there be anything in the world less important? Probably, but this is in contention.

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add both

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Wow! They look craptastic!

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I agree with leoleez. Doing the random generation between the two would be very cool or the cythe tribe would make for a nice change up. Sequals are all about making little changes in designs to units and that would be a very cool change!

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dude add the both, random generation sounds tight, i mean vatriety is always good. If we have to choose one, I would go with the scythes. Cause look, D. templars to me sounds much like reapers. Give them something intimidatingly cool. Zeratul needs the single blade though without it, its weird

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how about having both. Itl be nice if all the units dont look the same and have a bit of variaety.

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I choose the first one... the dual scythes puts too much on the second, the single blade makes the first look really simple.

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Hey Blizzard hire more people so we can play the game in this life time. Slowest game developer in gaming history.. Diablo 4 in 2076....

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both would be pretty cool. Since they do the same damage and have the same functions anways(stealth), may as well add a bit of variety into it.

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The second looks much better, at the distance the first looks like a slab of blue, It's WAY too concentrate. The second one still has that blue, just not so intense, it's much better, and the head stands out much more.

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great way to get more people interested in your game blizzard! brilliant marketing decision... Btw, either is fine with me :)

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I love the Protoss

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Both would be cool.

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I prefer the weapon of the first but the overall look of the second. So I'm going to say both.

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both

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i wish the game would create both at random, like when you select the gateway and select the dark templar that either one would come out at random, that way we would have both of them out on the field

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The 2nd version looks more cool and deadly.

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2nd

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They both look great, I'm glad to see most people are voting to have both.

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Especially since the Protoss are my favorite faction in the whole Starcraft series, it's hard for me to vote on this one.

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They both suck, its not even a toss anymore.

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I think the first look like downsteps, the alien head looks lame in the first and I like the single arm blade more. Also one of the best parts of the class was how shadowy it looked, I am thinking a mix of the models they have here and Vengeance, the Warden's Ultimate model from Warcraft 3 TFT.

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I like them both

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everyone should vote for both there's no good reason not to

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why do i have to log in to vote

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Can we have them both?

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DUAL BLADES BABY! Just about the only think that would have made my favorite Starcraft unit any better just might happen!

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@Nikalai_88: They both have capes. If you click on the "Web site" link, it'll send you to where you can watch the animations for both characters. As for me, I may choose both :)

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I really liked the style of the original better, I mean didn't it have a cape?

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@humbugdude How dose SC2 look like a 15 year olds game? Your not making much sense.

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Armor of the second with the weapon of the first. Solved.

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ugh.. both are bad but I've gotta go with #1

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neither :( sc2 is gearing to look like a freakin' 15 year olds' game. The average starcraft fan is like 20-25 lol

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2nd model is wayyy better. first model has a duck's head.

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vote for both! :)