With the launch of Blizzard’s Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm expansion pack earlier this week, The Forum: The Campus, Johannesburg played host to the South African Invitational Tournament, which was hosted by MegaRom Interactive and Internet Solutions. In addition to the local tournament, the event included South Africa’s first ever MSSA accredited test match between grandmasters, Robert Botha (PandaTank) and Silviu Lazar (NightEnd), representing South Africa and Romania, respectively.
Since the game was accredited by MSSA, it was also recognised by the South African government, for which Minister of Sport and Recreation, Fikile Mbalula, was due to attend, but had not arrived in time for the start of the match. After the singing of both national anthems the match got under way to quite a large audience of 400, supporting the local favourite, PandaTank [who unfortunately couldn’t draw much from the crowd due to the noise-cancelling headphones by both players to prevent crowd disturbance]. After two rounds that lasted around 30 and 50 minutes, respectively, it was NightEnd that came away with the spoils in the end.
The event was also an advertisement for the game expansion, which is now available for purchase. The Heart of the Swarm continues the story from StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, which focuses on Kerrigan’s reunion with the Swarm in her mission to exact revenge on Arcturus Mengsk. There are new 20 campaigns, additional weapons and units, as well as a number of multiplayer features, for which the game is well-known for.