Machines of War

StarCraft takes the Nexus by Storm

Worlds collide as the Koprulu sector enters the Nexus, setting the stage for battles that will shake both realms to their core. Two new battlegrounds filled with signature StarCraft carnage await: time to let the nukes fly and unleash the fury of the Swarm on your enemies. Dominate the battlefield as Alarak, the Tal'darim Highlord, a brand-new arrival to the Nexus hailing from the sci-fi epic Legacy of the Void. Don new, themed Hero skins and fight side by side with familiar characters seen through the lens of StarCraft. The terrans, protoss, and zerg are no strangers to conflict, but the coming war across the Nexus will prove to be more intense than anything they have ever known.

Hell, it's about time.

New Battlegrounds

Lead your team to victory on these new battlegrounds and prove that you belong among the greatest heroes of the Koprulu Sector.

  • Braxis Holdout
    Overview
    The United Earth Directorate used the remote and hostile planet Braxis to conduct experiments on ways to turn the Zerg swarm into a weapon they could unleash on their enemies. Though the main psi disrupter was destroyed, this space platform's beacons remain fully operational and ready to be used. Capture the beacons and watch what happens when a flood of weaponized Zerg ravages the battlefield.
    Features
    Capture the Beacons
    Periodically two beacons will activate. Capture both to fill your Holding Cell with Zerg.
    Fill Holding Cells
    Once either Holding Cell fills, both open and unleash waves of Zerg at each team's base.
    Zerg Waves
    Hold out against the enemy's Zerg while helping yours. The Zerg will attack Heroes, so engage cautiously.
  • Warhead Junction
    Overview
    Once a testing facility for nuclear weapons, Warhead Junction has since fallen into ruin. However, the site's abandonment hasn't stopped its glitchy adjutant from continuing to produce and hand out nuclear weapons. Join the arms race of Warhead Junction, build up your stockpile, and rain hell on your enemies!
    Features
    Warhead Deployment
    Multiple Warheads will spawn periodically across the battleground.
    Collect Warheads
    Pick up a Warhead to activate your Nuke. Use it or you will drop it when you die!
    Call Down the Thunder
    Launch Nukes to devastate the enemy team's fortifications.
Overview
The United Earth Directorate used the remote and hostile planet Braxis to conduct experiments on ways to turn the Zerg swarm into a weapon they could unleash on their enemies. Though the main psi disrupter was destroyed, this space platform's beacons remain fully operational and ready to be used. Capture the beacons and watch what happens when a flood of weaponized Zerg ravages the battlefield.
Features
Capture the Beacons
Periodically two beacons will activate. Capture both to fill your Holding Cell with Zerg.
Fill Holding Cells
Once either Holding Cell fills, both open and unleash waves of Zerg at each team's base.
Zerg Waves
Hold out against the enemy's Zerg while helping yours. The Zerg will attack Heroes, so engage cautiously.
Overview
Once a testing facility for nuclear weapons, Warhead Junction has since fallen into ruin. However, the site's abandonment hasn't stopped its glitchy adjutant from continuing to produce and hand out nuclear weapons. Join the arms race of Warhead Junction, build up your stockpile, and rain hell on your enemies!
Features
Warhead Deployment
Multiple Warheads will spawn periodically across the battleground.
Collect Warheads
Pick up a Warhead to activate your Nuke. Use it or you will drop it when you die!
Call Down the Thunder
Launch Nukes to devastate the enemy team's fortifications.
In-Game Event: Xel'Naga Artifact Hunt
Xel'Naga artifacts have begun to appear all across the Nexus, and SCVs are being deployed to collect them. Terminate the interlopers with extreme prejudice and collect artifact pieces!
To participate, log into the game and play. You'll get a daily quest to collect artifacts. At the start of a match, artifact pieces and SCVs may appear. Collect pieces to restore the artifact, but watch out for SCVs trying to interfere!
New Heroes
Assassin
Not all heroes are born of altruism... some, like Alarak, simply desire vengeance. As the new Highlord of the Tal'darim, Alarak leads his people to a destiny free of the corrupt influence of the fallen xel'naga, Amon.
Warrior
Aleksandra Zaryanova is one of the world's strongest women and was a promising athlete, but all that changed when the Siberian omnium reawakened. As a soldier in the Russian Defense Force, she now proudly uses her strength to protect the ones she loves.
New Skins and Mounts
Legendary Skin: Queen of Ghosts Kerrigan
Machines of War introduces a new legendary skin for everyone's favorite Queen of Blades. Of course, Kerrigan's new look wouldn't be complete without a slick new mount to ride into battle, and her Ghost Speeder delivers exactly that.
Raider Rexxar, The Butcherlisk
Show your allegiance with these brand-new Machines of War skins. Strike fear into your enemies as a Swarm monstrosity, or charge into the fray sporting the latest in terran power armor for you and your pet!
Bundle Information
Once it's out, purchase the Machines of War bundle and gain early access to all the StarCraft II themed skins and mounts in this update, including:
New Hero: Alarak
New Skins: Herald of N'Zoth Alarak, Raider Rexxar, Queen of Ghosts Kerrigan, The Butcherlisk
New Mounts: Ghost Speeder, Obsidian Cyber Wolf
Heroes also included: Kerrigan, The Butcher, Rexxar