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StarCraft 2 is one of the hardest games to master, so we enlisted the help of CompLexity Gaming's professional SC2 player Drew "Drewbie" Moysey to teach us a solid Terran vs. Terran build order. This opening build order is very strong because it gives the player map control in the early game. With good scouting intel you'll have the abilitiy to be aggressive and react to what your opponent is doing later on in the game.

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For a full breakdown of Drewbie's TvT build order, including all of the supply breakdowns, check after the break.

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 Blizzcon Tickets Go On Sale May 21 and May 25

StarCraft 2 at Blizzcon just got a whole lot more awesome. Blizzard has just announced that the Korean Global StarCraft 2 League (GSL) October finals will be held at Blizzcon on top of the 2011 Global Battle.net Invitational. Between the two tournaments almost $300,000 will be on the line. The tournament takes place in Anaheim from October 21 to 22 but if you can't make it to California you'll be able to check the tournaments out online at Blizzcon's website.

The GSL features the best competitve SC2 players in the world, and this event will mark the first time that the GSL final will take place outside of Korea.

"We're looking forward to witnessing the high level of competition between the pro gamers participating in these events alongside our attendees at BlizzCon and the viewers at home," said Mike Morhaime, CEO of Blizzard.

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Blizzard has announced limited region linking is coming for StarCraft 2. The change will allow players to connect with a larger group of people and is a welcome change within the SC2 community. The regions Blizzard are linking together are the European and Russian communities, the North American and Latin American communities, and the Korean and Taiwanese communities. In short, the linking process will allow for more multiplayer matchmaking options including finding faster ladder and custom games and finding more precise opponents at or near your skill level. You'll also be able to create Real ID friendships with people in your region.

Once the linking process is complete, all of the players from the linked regions will be combined into one ladder. Players matchmaking ranking will be unaffected by the change. Blizzard has also said that linking won't impact players in-game latency or game performance either.

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StarCraft 2 is one of the hardest games to master, so we enlisted the help of CompLexity Gaming's professional SC2 player Drew "Drewbie" Moysey to teach us a solid Terran vs. Zerg build order. The build order--a one Barracks expansion into blue flame hellions build--features a very safe economic opening which gives you the ability to pressure your opponent in to mid and endgame scenarios.

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For a full breakdown of Drewbie's TvZ build order, including all of the supply breakdowns, check after the break.

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The North American Star League (NASL) StarCraft 2 finals have begun. At stake for the 16 competitors is a $100,000 prize pool, the most offered outside of South Korea for the eSport. All weekend long we're going to be streaming the NASL finals right here. You will find the stream below, as well as a full schedule after the break.

The broadcast schedule is as follows:

Friday: 11 AM - 8 PM PST
Saturday: 11 AM - 10 PM PST
Sunday: 12 PM - 8 PM PST

All of the games will be shoutcasted by professional commentators including the Global StarCraft 2 League (GSL)'s casters Nick "Tasteless" Plott and Dan "Artosis" Stemkoski who are flying in from South Korea for the big event. Also on board to cast the NASL finals is famed SC2 personality Sean "Day 9" Plott, as well as pro players Geoff "Incontrol" Robinson and Andre "Gretorp" Hengchua. The casters will offer both analytical and color commentary for each game, so even if you've never watched competitive SC2 before, they'll help explain every single match so you're not lost.

For the full round schedule and bracket check after the break.

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MLG Columbus Video Game Tournament Brings In Record Breaking 22.5 Million Views

Over the last year you may have noticed us focusing a bit more on electronic sports (eSports) than usual. Due to the continued and overwhelming growth of eSports, I've decided to channel my own passion for professional gaming into "Screenside", a column devoted entirely to pro gaming and all aspects surrounding it. But first let’s back up a minute so I can explain just what this eSports thing is all about.

To put it simply, eSports is competitive video gaming. You may pick up your controller every night and mess around with friends, get a few headshots, sure. That’s great. But the gamers in this world are actual professionals. These pro gamers get paid to play games. Almost any multiplayer game can turn into an eSports title but the games that generally have the largest, most devoted followings are first person shooters (FPS), real time strategies (RTS), and fighting games.

“The legacy of Competitive Gaming/eSports dates back to the late 90's, where three separate isolated incidents caused their communities to reach new heights and set the path to where we are today," said Rod "Slasher" Breslau, eSports analyst. "In 1997, Dennis "Thresh" Fong won id Software co-founder John Carmack's Ferrari in the Red Annihilation Quake 1 tournament. In 1998, Daigo Umehara made his first trip to America to play a then young Alex Valle in Street FIghter Alpha 3, marking the first ever U.S. vs Japan battle and the start of Japan's dominance. In 2000, French Canadian Guillaume "Grrrr" Patry went to Korea to participate and win the first ever OnGameNet StarLeague for StarCraft, making way for Lim “SlayerS_BoxeR” Yo-Hwan's dominance shortly after. It's more than a decade later, but we are only now seeing the FPS, RTS and Fighting scenes unify."

All over the world, eSports has steadily become incredibly popular since these events. Huge tournaments with sizable prize pools are popping up all over recently. Last year, the Halo team Final Boss won $100,000 in prize money in the Halo 3 Major League Gaming (MLG) National Championship. One StarCraft 2 pro gamer, Choi Sung Hoon (more commonly known as PoltPrime), earned 100,000,000 won (roughly $93,000) after a month long tournament in the extremely competitive Global StarCraft 2 League (GSL) in South Korea. Dreamhack, a Swedish tournament, pulled in over 900,000 unique viewers.

But that’s eSports now, and to understand why pro gaming is back with a vengeance, it’s important to understand why eSports died out in the past.

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North American Star League Exclusive Interview with Geoff

G4TV.com is going to be streaming the StarCraft 2 North American Star League (NASL) finals this weekend starting on Friday at 11:00 AM PST.

The live event is taking place in Ontario, California with $100,000 on the line, the most offered for any StarCraft event outside of Korea. For the past three months 50 of the world's best StarCraft 2 players have been competing in the tournament. This weekend it's down to the final 16 players, many traveling to California internationally from Europe and Korea.

We'll be streaming the entire event right here on G4TV.com. All of the games will be cast by professional commentators including the Global StarCraft 2 League (GSL)'s casters Nick "Tasteless" Plott and Dan "Artosis" Stemkoski who are flying in from South Korea. Also on board to cast the NASL finals is Sean "Day 9" Plott, Geoff "Incontrol" Robinson and Andre "Gretorp" Hengchua. These guys will offer both analytical and color commentary for each game, so even if you've never watched competitive SC2 before, they'll help explain every single match.

For the full schedule and a breakdown of the final 16 players, hit the break.

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Starting at 9 AM PST on Saturday and Sunday you can catch the Evil Geniuses StarCraft 2 Master's Cup Finals live stream right here.

The format for the Finals Weekend is double elimination, with every series being a best of three match. The final teams left are Mousesports, FnaticMSI, Team Dignitas, and compLexity Gaming

 
This team league featured eight StarCraft 2 teams battling it out over the past seven weeks for a total of $10,000 in prizes. Marcus "djWHEAT" Graham is casting the finals alongside Greg "EG.IdrA" Fields. The two will provide expert analysis and commentary for all of the games this weekend, so even if you've never watched a single SC2 match before, these two will help get you caught up to speed. Be sure to leave your comments surrounding the stream and the matchups below, and let me know who you want to win the whole thing!

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Evil Geniuses StarCraft 2 Master's Cup Live Stream This Weekend

This season's Evil Geniuses StarCraft 2 Master's Cup series finals will be streamed right here starting at 9 AM PST on both Saturday and Sunday.

"It has been a very exciting season," said Scott "SirScoots" Smith, CEO of Evil Geniuses. "If the playoffs have even a fraction of the intensity and competitiveness we witnessed in the regular season, we are in for an exhilarating weekend."

The team league featured eight StarCraft 2 teams battling it out over the past seven weeks for a total of $10,000 in prizes. Marcus "djWHEAT" Graham will cast the finals alongside the SC2 badboy himself Greg "EG.IdrA" Fields. The two will provide expert analysis and commentary for all of the games this weekend, so even if you've never watched a single SC2 match before, these two will help get you caught up to speed.

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MLG Anaheim Tournament Passes On Sale: Competitive StarCraft 2, Call of Duty: Black Ops, and Halo: Reach

Major League Gaming's next pro circuit event is hitting Anaheim on July 29-31 and spectator and team passes are going on sale tonight, June 30, at 7 PM EST. You can get your passes online at MLGPro.com. MLG Anaheim is a professional video game tournament where the best pro gamers in the world come to compete on a grand scale for a lot of money and prestige. MLG's Pro circuit titles consist of StarCraft 2, Halo: Reach, and Call of Duty: Black Ops. Click the break for the full pricing details and MLG Anaheim's schedule.

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In this episode of Fighting Words Clockw0rk is back, this time with a guide on how to get the most out of Dr. Doom in MvC3. Doom is quite a unique character in Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and is one of the only fighters who can utilize the tricky dash cancel tactic. Clockw0rk will show you exactly how it's done.

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If you want even more lessons from Clockw0rk, check out his Amaterasu guide, and look out for the Phoenix guide on Friday.

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With EVO 2011 just around the corner, it's time for Clockw0rk to finesse his Amaterasu skills in this episode of Fightin' Words. It turns out that in Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Amaterasu has a bunch of awesome ways to get attacks and combos in by stance switching, and Clockw0rk will teach you how it's done.

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Be sure to check back on Wednesday for another episode of Fightin' Words where we'll teach you some of the best ways to utilize Dr. Doom. In the meantime, are you going to be trying out these combos with Amaterasu? Let us know below.








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Major League Gaming's Columbus Pro Circuit tournament was a huge success and today they've released the first of three highlight reels from the pro gaming event which counts down the top ten moments of the StarCraft 2 tournament. I don't want to spoil the video, but there will be baneling bombs, there will be nukes, there will be motherships, and there will be "gg"s.

 

I got serious nerd chills watching this. The Halo: Reach and Call of Duty: Black Ops top ten videos will be out soon and we'll be sure to post those for you as well. What was your favorite moment from the MLG Columbus StarCraft 2 tournament? Let me know below.

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MLG Columbus Video Game Tournament Brings In Record Breaking 22.5 Million Views

Major League Gaming's
second Pro Circuit event in Columbus proved to be a huge success, bringing in over 22.5 million online video stream views of the gaming tournament. G4TV.com streamed the eSports event which pit more than 1,300 professional gamers against one another in StarCraft 2, Halo: Reach, and Call of Duty: Black Ops. According to MLG, the 22.5 million stream views nearly doubled the reported 11.4 million consumed during the weekend of the 2011 NFL Draft.

If you happened to miss any of MLG Columbus, you can catch rebroadcasts of all of the matches on MLG.tv. All of the rebroadcasted matches are commentated by some of the best shoutcasters in the business, so even if you aren't familiar with professional play, they'll help keep you up to speed.

Click here for StarCraft 2 rebroadcasts.
Click here for Halo: Reach rebroadcasts.
Click here for Call of Duty: Black Ops rebroadcasts.

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The King of Fighters 13 Is Coming to America This Holiday Season

Atlus is bringing The King of Fighters 13 to America in glorious HD this holiday season for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. KoF13 will feature faster fights, over a half dozen game modes to choose from, less restricting perspectives, new moves including supers, NEOMAX supers, and more. Plus, The King of Fighters 13 will also come with a rebuilt network to offer a better online experience. King of Fighters 13 will feature over 30 hand-drawn fighters including the ever popular Mai, Yuri, K', Vice, Kula, and more.

There are so many awesome fighting games coming out in the coming months including KoF13, Skull Girls, Street Fighter x Tekken, and Super Smash Bros. which was just announced today for the WiiU. Which fighting game are you playing right now, and out of the bunch that are coming out in the future, which are you most looking forward to? I have to say that I'm dying to hear more news around Smash, but this King of Fighters announcement is pretty hype.

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