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The Starcraft 2 HotS Invitational

On 16 March, 12 of South Africa’s finest Starcraft 2 competitors will attend the Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm invitational at The Forum, Johannesburg, hosted by Megarom.

Last year's Do Gaming Champion, Radhe ‘MorningSTAR’ Stringer, Mark 'GuMMie' Reynolds and Magiel ‘Enjoy’ de Lange have already been confirmed as three of the twelve participants. They will join Starcraft international and Team Fnatic Protoss player, Silviu ‘NightEnD’ Lazar of Romania.

Lazar is a relatively successful player with wins in the Go4SC2 ESL events in 2010 and various other tournaments, including a fourth place finish at DreamHack Winter 2011.

"It would be great to meet the players again, Nightend and I have been friends ever since iesf 2010 and it would be massive to see him again," says de Lange.

"The invitational is going to be big like the launch of Wings of Liberty at the Sound Room a few years back when Travis 'Shase' Weedon won. This time round 'Pandatank' is here and we can have some old scores settled once and for all".

Lazard will face international South African player, Rob ‘PandaTank’ Botha in an exhibition match during the event. Players and fans alike are encouraged to attend and show their support for our local Starcraft champions. The cost for spectators is free and the competition will run throughout the day with the winner walking away with R20 000.

"It's quite an honour to be invited to the invitational," says Stringer.

"Yet I am confident I will be well prepared for the competition. I feel I have seen the best and I have beaten the best".

Many of the top players have already begun the shift to Heart of the Swarm (HotS) since the release of the open beta late last year, despite the Do Gaming League (DGL) still being contested under Wings of Liberty standards. The level of competition will be high and spectators can expect to see some big matchups and even bigger upsets.

For more information and to register, check out the official site here.

HotS will release on 12 March as a PC exclusive.

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