Starcraft II: Legacy of the Void – Closed Beta Phase Is a Go

Blizzard has announced that the closed beta phase for Starcraft II: Legacy of the Void is currently underway as the first invites are going out today. According to the team, this initial phase of the Closed Beta will include ongoing changes to previously-announced multiplayer units as well as the introduction of a new Protoss unit—the Adept.

Players with access to the Closed Beta will be able to check out PvP multiplayer action as well as Archon Mode, a cooperative/competitive multiplayer mode where two players share control of one base and army, combining forces to take on another opponent or team.

The complete list of changes and features are available in the patch notes and a general Closed Beta FAQ can be found here.

Blizzard also revealed additional information about the new Protoss unit. The Adept is described as a core gateway unit with a ground-only ranged attack and normal movement speed. The Adept has an ability that sends out a mirror image of itself, and after a fixed duration, the unit teleports to the location of its duplicate – The duplicate can independently move around, but cannot attack or be attacked, and does not impede upon the actions of the main unit.

Furthermore, Blizzard revealed three new maps: Ruins of Seras, Lerilak Crest and Orbital Shipyard.

Ruins of Seras Seras is an ancient temple in a mountainous region of Aiur, the Protoss homeworld. It currently stands in ruins, surrounded by an encroaching jungle, while Lerilak Crest is named after the Dark Templar who discovered it, and is an area on a Dark Templar world embedded by xel’naga ruins. Last but not least, Orbital Shipyard is a Terran starship repair platform floating high above Korhal IV.