8 StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm Streams You Should Watch
The beta for StarCraft 2′s upcoming expansion pack, Heart of the Swarm, went live earlier this week, but odds are you haven’t received an invitation yet. While you wait, what better way to get acquainted with the new units and playstyle than by watching live streams of the pro gamers and casters that are playing HotS as we speak?
If the streams on this list are down, you can always find someone out there streaming HotS on Twitch.tv right here.
Aleksey “White-Ra” Krupnyk plays Protoss with flair, renown for his “special tactics.” A Ukrainian Brood War veteran, White-Ra is one of the oldest SC2 pro gamers that is actively competing.
Ilyes “Stephano” Satouri is a relative newcomer to the SC2 pro scene, rising to prominence in summer 2011 and recognized as one of the best foreign players. A Zerg player from France, Stephano’s playstyle is characterised by mass Speedling/Infestor play with tight unit control while remaining on top of his macro.
Marcus “ThorZaIN” Eklöf is a high-level Terran player and former Warcraft 3 player from Sweden. Koreans call him the “Spoon Killer” due to his slow, methodical style of play.
Shawn “Sheth” Simon is an American Zerg player that was fairly well known in the Brood War days. Rather than just stream his games, Sheth is also known for commentating as he plays, which makes his stream especially enjoyable. He’s a macro-focused player that dislikes using cheese, which has helped earn him a reputation as one of the nicest people in the SC2 community.
Benjamin “DeMusliM” Baker plays Terran and was the first player to be ranked number 1 at the same time in Grandmaster on two servers. He was the best WarCraft 3 player in the UK, and at times, all of Europe, so he brings a pedigree of solid RTS gameplay.
One of Forbes’ “30 under 30,”Sean “Day” Plott is one of the most widely-known SC2 commentators and host of the popular Day9 Daily show. Formerly a very strong Brood Wars player, Day plays Random in SC2. He often offers advice and commentary helpful to newer players.
John “TotalBiscuit” Bain is a StarCraft 2 commentator from the UK. After six years of creating World of Warcraft videos, TotalBiscuit switched to SC2 in 2010 and has since been a part-time professional caster. TB plays Zerg, and while he is nowhere close to being on par with the pro gamer streams on this list, his background in radio results in crisp, professional, and entertaining commentary.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Mike “Husky” Lamond, aka “H to the Usky Husky,” an American caster and protoss player. His streaming is sporadic, but you can catch his VODs on his popular YouTube channel.