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  • Ascended Fanon: When the Widow Mine was turned from an actual mine into a missile-shooting Area Denial Weapons System, many of the beta testers asked its name to be changed due to it becoming a Non-Indicative Name. While the actual unit name couldn't be changed for multiple reasons, the name "Sentinel" was thrown around the forums a lot, so its weapon name was changed from "Unstable Payload" to "Sentinel Missiles" as a compromise.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • The Overlord's ability to produce creeps is referred to by fans as "Diarrhea".
    • Anything Arthas-related for Valerian.
    • Some people like referring to Rory Swann as a "Space Dwarf" since he's short, stocky, bearded and good with machines. He does spend all his time in Bay 12. No Scottish accent, though.
    • Watching commentary replays of pro-level games requires learning an entire fan vocabulary of names for the different build orders and strategies used, especially since several terms sound similar but have different meanings, such as six-poolnote , 4-gatenote , and one-one-onenote .
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  • Irony as She Is Cast: Irony As They Are Cast: Mengsk's voice actor (James Harper) is friends with Tosh's voice actor, (Dave Fennoy) whereas in the game, they hate each other.
  • Lying Creator: As the trilogy's story unfolded, a lot of fans pegged it as being a rehash of War Craft 3 — an outside force (The Hybrids/The Burning Legion) has arrived to destroy the world, and the three warring factions (Terrans-Zerg-Protoss/Humans-Orcs-Night Elves) put aside their differences and join forces to defend their home and drive back the outsiders. Blizzard shot down this idea, noting that between the clashing personalities and personal grudges of the leaders of the three races, and the bitter history of warfare between them, it was unlikely for them to all come together as one. In Legacy of the Void, this is exactly what happens in the Epilogue — the three races team up and enter the Void to destroy Amon.
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  • Marth Debuted in "Smash Bros.": Overlapping with Ascended Extra, Sergeant Hammer first appeared in Legacy of the Void, but before that, debuted in Heroes of the Storm, where she was originally based on a generic Siege Tank unit.
  • No Export for You: The jukebox has some pretty awesome tunes. Too bad you can't have it on your MP3 player if you live in the two-thirds of the world where iTunes doesn't sell music tho. And to drive the insult home, even if you have successfully ripped the music out of the game files, you still won't have the extra tracks only available on the digital album. Plus, the files have been filtered to sound as if it's being played on a jukebox (complete with vinyl crackles) so it won't be satisfactory to listen from an MP3 player.
  • Playing Against Type: Scott Menville as Egon.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Zeratul, Tassadar and Kerrigan get new voice actors.
      • In Zeratul's case, the original voice actor died. Said voice actor, Jack Ritschel, had voiced no less than five major characters in the original StarCraft, so his other characters appearing in this game (the Overmind and Artanis, and possibly General Duke for his one line) also got new voice actors.
      • Kerrigan's change is somewhat bittersweet. While her original VA, Glynnis Talken Campbell, is adored by StarCraft fans, her new VA is universally nerd-approved Tricia Helfer. They go so far as to redo several of Kerrigan's lines from a pivotal moment in the first game with the new VA, so at least they didn't half-ass it.
      • Tassadar, meanwhile, is now voiced by Michael Dorn. Likely because the one who seems to be Tassadar is actually Ouros.
    • In the Latin American dub, several characters got new voice actors in-between the games of the trilogy, this being because of a change in the dub studio (From Colombia to Argentina). From Wings of Liberty to Heart of the Swarm, General Warfield and Emil Narud's voice actors were changed from Armando Duque and Eleazar Osorio to René Sagastume and Sebastián Pinardi, respectively, but in the transition from Heart of the Swarm to Legacy of the Void: everyone except for Raynor, Kerrigan, Narud and the characters that did not appear in Wings of Liberty got new voice actors.
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  • Rereleased for Free: Wings of Liberty on November 14, 2017. Those who already own WoL by itself prior to October 31, 2017 could claim Heart of the Swarm for free instead. Details here.
  • Saved from Development Hell: A case of a character being rescued from development hell. Like Thrall (from Warcraft) before her, Nova was supposed to be in a game (Starcraft: Ghost) that was never released, but got included in the main franchise anyway. And the first DLC after the conclusion of the main series has her in the leading role.
  • Throw It In!: The strange glowy hexagons on some of the fields were at one point a testing pattern, possibly used to test movement and cell selection. During play testing, someone thought they looked neat, so they decided to keep them.
  • What Could Have Been: A number of features in the single player were cut.
    • In Wings of Liberty, Raynor was supposed to be able to walk around the ship like in an adventure game, and there were several subplots including one where the Hyperion's crew staged a mutiny if you couldn't afford to pay them. The Hyperion was reduced to a few interactive objects and the side plots were cut entirely.
    • In Heart of the Swarm, the concept of 'essence' was supposed to be worked into the plot more naturally. In the final product, it's mostly Dehaka and Abathur talking about it non-stop. A VAST number of units were also cut.
    • In Legacy of the Void, Zeratul was originally supposed to be the protagonist. The gameplay was supposed to center around gaining the favor of various Protoss factions. While a part of this remains in the final product, it was vastly simplified.
    • Several multiplayer units were also cut, including a flying builder unit for Terran called the Nomad, Zerg Queens that gained power as you increased your tech level, and a Protoss infantry unit that did more damage with the more kills it got.
  • The Wiki Rule: The StarCraft Wiki and liquipedia StarCraft Wiki.


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