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StarCraft 2 parody songs are nothing new and we've even featured the ever popular "Banelings, Banelings, Banelings" on TheFeed before. A brand new one has come out that we just love called "What's This?" based on the song of the same name from the movie "The Nightmare Before Christmas".

Youtuber AKAmazingness allegedly created both the song and video in about five hours after StarCraft 2 web show host Sean "Day9" Plott thought of the suggestion on his daily web cast. Well done.

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North American Star League Exclusive Interview with Geoff

The finale of the Greg “EG.IdrA” Fields vs. Jonathan “Liquid`Jinro” Walsh StarCraft 2 show match is over, and the Gorilla Terran Jinro has won $1500. But the real winner is you. After the jump, you'll find our exclusive interview with the new face of the North American Star League, Geoff “EG.iNcontroL” Robinson. Be aware that the views in this interview are those of Geoff, and not official word from NASL.

Bottom line:
What: North American Star League
Who: 50 Best StarCraft 2 players in 10 divisions
When: April 5th for thirteen weeks, five nights a week at 5pm PST
Playing for: $400,000 over three seasons ($100k for season one, $100k for season two, $200k for season three)
Website: nasl.tv

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Starting at 2pm PST we're going to be streaming the best of seven StarCraft 2 showmatch between Evil Geniuses Greg "IdrA 'The Gracken'" Fields, and Team Liquid's Jonathan "'Gorilla Terran' Jinro" Walsh. The winner will receive $1500 and their respective fans will win all the bragging rights.

 

Be sure to check out G4TV.com/TheFeed directly after the showmatch for an exclusive interview with Geoff "iNcontroL" Robinson regarding his new venture into the eSports arena.

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Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Ready for the eSports world?

Marvel vs. Capcom 3 was released earlier this week to rave reviews, but what does the release of this long awaited sequel mean for fighting game eSports? Could MvC3 change the fighting game scene entirely? Will it have any impact at all? Is it too early to tell any of this? Read on to find out some of our first impressions on the ramifications of MvC3 in the eSports arena, including a comment from professional gaming team Evil Geniuses member Justin Wong.

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Major League Gaming Goes Global
 

IMG Worldwide (IMG) and Major League Gaming (MLG) have established a partnership which will allow MLG to spread eSports worldwide. MLG is the premiere North American eSports league, and just announced its 2011 Pro Circuit earlier this month. IMG describes itself as "the global leader in sports, fashion, and media." Under the agreement, IMG aims to help build international awareness of the MLG brand through distribution, programming, and marketing agreements with broadcast partners. MLG will now strive to be the premiere international league, hosting regional championships globally.

All of the revenue between IMG and MLG will be split in half, but other terms of the deal weren't disclosed. MLG will still have a strong force in North America, with its 2011 Pro Circuit holding six events over the course of this year. However, there will now be events focused in the UK, Germany, France, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Scandanavia, and Eastern Europe. With IMG's support, plus an extra $10 million in funding from Legion Enterprises, MLG now has a total funding of $52.5 million.

This is huge news for eSports fans. What do you think about MLG going global?

Source: Reuters

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Blizzard: The Forgotten Console History of the Developer of World of Warcraft, Diablo, and Starcraft

Blizzard turned twenty years old today but we got the best present of all: an eSports focused interview with StarCraft 2 Game Director Dustin Browder and the Manager of Blizzard's eSports Department Joong Kim. Blizzard's not even old enough to drink, but the company has made a strong enough impact over the last twenty years to leave an everlasting effect on the world of eSports. Starting way back when with WarCraft 2, and evolving to the insanely popular StarCraft 2 franchise, the door is now wide open and Blizzard seems to think StarCraft 2 eSports has a huge future. 

G4: How would you discuss your impact on the history of e-sports?

Dustin: I think we're just excited to be a part of it. Esports has been played in a variety of different games over the years but our fans really took to StarCraft and Brood War, and really took off with that and showed us, and I think many people out there in the world, what eSports could truly be. It's just been absolutely exciting to watch what the fans have done with our products and all of the amazing amount of effort they put in, in order to make it work. And then for us, having seen that happen in Brood War, and then again in WarCraft 3, we just put as much effort as we could into making StarCraft 2 a platform that could hopefully be a very successful eSport which would sort of capture the imagination of fans and broadcasters around the world.

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MLG Pro Circuit Details

Today Major League Gaming rolled out the first details for this year’s 2011 MLG Pro Circuit. MLG is America’s primary professional video game league, and this year the game’s they’re focusing on are Halo: Reach for the Xbox 360, StarCraft 2 for PC, and Call of Duty: Black Ops for Playstation 3. Over 1 million dollars in prizes are up for grabs this year over the course of six tournaments, starting in April. Read on to see how they’re divvying up the prize money, and the other changes heading for the event.

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Last weekend we streamed West Coast Warzone, the first fighting game tournament on the road to EVO 2011. The tournament had many great matches spanning several different games, including Super Street Fighter IV, Tekken 6, Marvel vs. Capcom 2, and more. Today, thanks to iPLAYWINNER, we have a video of the grand finals in the SSF4 tournament featuring EG.Ricky Ortiz (Rufus) vs. 801 Strider (Abel). The finals were fiercely intense, and Ortiz even went on somewhat of a rampage in the series, landing over 30 combos versus Strider.

 

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There are dozens of ways to approach introducing children to video games, and in this new adorable series from famed StarCraft 2 personality Marcus "djWHEAT" Graham, entitled miniWHEAT Learns To Play StarCraft 2, he goes about teaching his five-year-old son James, a.k.a. miniWHEAT, the basics of playing Zerg in StarCraft 2. What was the first game you tried to teach your kids to play?

The first destination on the road to EVO 2011, West Coast Warzone, is finally here. Thanks to our partnership with iPLAYWINNER, we're going to be streaming the fighting game tournament all weekend.

Catch all the action running from 11 A.M.through 6 P.M. PST Saturday and 12 P.M. through 9 P.M. PST Sunday.

 

Be sure to comment if you see a match that can't be missed while you're watching the stream. We'll try to get a replay of all the best matches, including the finals for all of the events, posted sometime next week. 











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West Coast Warzone Stream Starts Tonight at 7pm PST

Just a reminder, tonight starting at 7 P.M. PST, thanks to iPLAYWINNER, we're going to be streaming the first tournament in the EVO 2011 lineup: West Coast Warzone. The fighting game tournament will not only feature Super Street Fighter IV, but Tekken 6, Marvel vs. Capcom 2, Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, and Super Street Fighter II: HD Remix. The Super Street Fighter IV casuals will start tonight, and the other tournaments will start tomorrow at 11 A.M. PST. Read on for the full schedule of this weekend's events, all of which will be streamed right here for your viewing pleasure.

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New StarCraft 2 Patch Introduces Chat Rooms, EXTREME Graphics Setting, and More

Earlier this week Patch 1.2.0 was launched for StarCraft 2 players, introducing a slew of tweaks for each race, as well as an extreme graphics setting, the new Master's League rank for the highest tier of players, and of course, chat rooms. While all of these new features and additions are interesting, it's the chat room implications that we really wanted to get into. Chat rooms offer ways for new players to meet, new ways to form clans, and new ways to set up tournaments. So what is our verdict on the new chat rooms? Read on to find out, and check out the full patch notes on Blizzard's StarCraft 2 patch notes site

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West Coast Warzone Fighting Game Tournament Streamed This Weekend

This weekend marks the first stop on the road to EVO 2011, the West Coast Warzone Tournament. If you're not going to be able to head down to Orange County to see all the hyped fighting game action, we've got you covered. Thanks to our partnership with the amazing iPLAYWINNER, we're going to be streaming the entire event right here all weekend. West Coast Warzone starts Friday night at 7 P.M. PST with the Super Street Fighter IV 3v3 Casuals, and will continue starting at 11:30 A.M. PST on Saturday and 12:30 P.M. PST on Sunday. 

By the way, we were playing some Marvel vs. Capcom 3 around the office today, and Amaterasu kicks so much ass


We're down to the final match analysis in our Evil Geniuses StarCraft 2 Master's Cup series, commentated by the winner, Kevin "ROOT.qxc" Riley. This week, thanks to Nerdstomper, we've shown the first, second, and third matches in the series, which have all come down to this game on Metalopolis between ROOT.qxc and NOVA.stalife. Hop in your bunker, kick back, and enjoy the video.

 

And there you have it. With this win, Kevin was able to nab a cool $1,000 and the chance to face off against Greg "EG.IdrA" Fields, who, unfortunately beat him 3-0 in the following showmatch. For more information on the EG Master's Cup, check out our recap of the event. If you want to learn more about Kevin Riley, check out the interview we did with him. 


We're on to game three of the Evil Geniuses StarCraft 2 Master's Cup grand finals analysis between ROOT.qxc and NOVA.stalife, played on everyone's favorite map: Shakura's Plateau. Nerdstomper has been kind enough to provide us with the video, commentated by the winner himself, Kevin "ROOT.qxc" Riley.

 

If you're interested in more from Kevin, check out the interview we did with him earlier last week. And for the final game of the series, check back tomorrow.

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