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Question about saves from WoL carrying over to HoTS [duplicate]

In terms of story-line, are there significant changes to the "Heart of the Swarm" campaign due to the choices made from "Wings of Liberty?" If so, what saves are the choices taken from, the most ...
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Is there anything missable in the HotS campaign?

Are there any achievements, side missions, easter eggs, or anything of that sort that I have to get while playing through the campaign, that I can't get by replaying missions after I've completed ...
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Is there any way to tell how much XP I've gained so far during a match?

In Heart of the Swarm you gain XP for killing/building units in multi-player matches on Blizzard maps. My understanding is that there is a "soft cap" of 50,000xp per match; actions that give you XP ...
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Are Oracles useful in the mid game?

I've seen Oracles being used in almost every game for early worker harass, but not as much as the game progresses into the mid/late game. Do they have other uses in the game than just harassing ...
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What are all the new detector units in HoTS?

... and how do they change tactics when using cloaked units? I'm particularly interested in how they'd change the 3-Gate Dark Templar build. I used to have quite a lot of fun with this build in WOL, ...
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Do the three races of starcraft 2 HOTS model rock paper scissors?

Each race has distinct differences with infantry and air. Is there such a model that makes one race superior over another? An example would be Terran is better than Zerg which is better than Protoss ...
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Where are the BlizzCon missions in the story?

At BlizzCon 2011, fans got to play 2 of the single player missions for Heart of the Swarm. Are they even included in the campaign? If so, where are they in the story, i.e. how far into the story are ...
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Cut scenes and dialogue lines always end prematurely

All my cut scenes and conversations in the single player HotS end about half a second too soon. For example, during dialogues, person B starts talking while person A is still speaking out his last ...
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How much time passes between the end of Wings of Liberty and the beginning of Heart of the Swarm?

Kerrigan is being carried off the field by Raynor in the last part of WoL and looks feeble compared to the beginning of HotS where she is much healthier and energetic. How much time passed between ...
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What game modes can I earn XP in?

In Heart of the Swarm you can gain XP as each race by building units and killing enemy units. XP gain is obviously disabled in the campaign, and obviously enabled in ranked multiplayer matches. Is XP ...
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End of the 2nd mission cinematic (spoilers from flashpoint)

If I recall correctly after Flashpoint,
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How can I effectively use Tempests?

I'm not a very experienced player in Starcraft, but I've noticed that the new Tempest unit seems a little disappointing, despite its capabilities. This made me wonder if I'm using it incorrectly, and ...
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Why can't I click enemy units anymore?

Ever since I installed HotS, I've been unable to select enemy units. Is this a new feature with the expansion or did is there an option to change that?
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Defensive Swarm Hosts?

In Heart of the Swarm, Swarm Hosts were introduced to kind of play the same Lurker did in Starcraft I. However, the Lurker could be used pretty well both offensively and defensively on multiplayer ...
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What is the optimal way to defend Kerrigan in the Crucible mission?

I'm playing on brutal, and I have failed few times. At first I tried just spamming those dudes that spam small units when burrowed, but this failed in the end when I was overwhelmed. I tried ...
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HoTS 2nd mission, how to stop Nova?

Is there a way to link the HotS campaign to a WoL save file so that she knows I chose her over Tosh?
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Splitter or Hunter Banelings in HOTS?

Evolution Chamber choices in the HOTS campaign: one is between Splitter and Hunter Banelings. Splitter banelings split into smaller bombs while Hunter banelings have a Kamikaze pounce. What are ...
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Corpser or Vile Roaches in HOTS?

Evolution Chamber choices in the HOTS campaign: one is between Corpser and Vile Roaches. Trying to avoid buyer's remorse with my choice here :) Corpser roaches create 2 roachlings when they kill ...
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What bonuses does your Starcraft 2 level provide?

I haven't bought SC2: HotS yet but from the question "What bonus experience can you get?" I can see that you now gain some experience after a battle? If so, What effect does it have if your ...
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What is Blizzard Time?

I'm reading through the Reddit AMA Transcript (link to entire /r/IAmA) which was conducted a week prior to the release of Heart of the Swarm. Several of the questions and answers refer to Blizzard ...
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Are there choices to make along the campaign?

In Wings of Liberty, there were two missions where you could choose who to side with and there were differences in the story according to what you did. Are there such missions in Heart of the Swarm? ...
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Where are the essences for the bonus objective on the level “Waking the Ancient”?

Since the map for this level is fairly big and the essences are not marked, I spent a few minutes scrolling the minimap trying to find the other two essences to no avail (I did find the one closest to ...
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How does the Void Ray's Prismatic Alignment ability work with upgrades?

The void ray's new Prismatic Alignment ability increases the damage it does versus armored by 6 when used. However the ability also says "This does not scale with upgrades.". What does that mean ...
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How can I speed up the “Optimization” stage of the SC2 launcher?

My Starcraft 2 launcher is currently at 5.1% of "Reconfiguring game files. Please wait". Unfortunately, it has been like this for 30+ minutes. The launcher clearly states not to close the ...
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Are there any visual changes to Kerrigan when / as she levels up?

As you advance in level does Kerrigan's appearance change in any way?
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If I replay WoL campaign and make different chooses, would it change HotS campaign a bit? [minor spoiler] [duplicate]

During one of the early missions in Heart of the Swarm, back in WoL. I wonder if that's just some scripted lines she say no matter what, or is it dynamically changing. Have you heard of her saying ...
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What is the difference in APM calculation between WoL and HotS?

According to the WoL observer APM counter, I hovered around 90-100 APM when I was at my peak a year ago. Since then I made a long break, and now with HotS I did some matches against the AI to check ...
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Is there a way to turn off auto save?

I'd rather just control my own saves manually than having to wait for the game to auto save at specified checkpoints and confuse my load list. Is there a way to disable auto save?
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Does Blinding Cloud not affect Widow Mines?

Is it true that Blinding Cloud doesn't affect Widow Mines? If so, why wouldn't it? Are mines not counted as units or is this simply a bug?
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HotS - How can you redo a mission before finishing the campaign? [duplicate]

Is there a way to redo a specific mission in the Heart of the Swarm campaign, before finishing the whole campaign (via Master Archives)? I know in WoL we could. I'm asking this, because achievements ...
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Has there been added more Feat of Strengths in Heart of the Swarm? [duplicate]

Other than the Feat of Strength for having collectors edition, are there any other feat of strength added to the game with Heart of the Swarm?
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What are the time differences between 6, 7, 9, 10 pool?

What are the time differences between 6, 7, 9, 10 pool? Which is suitable for larger/smaller maps?
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What units, if any, were removed or restricted from Heart of the Swarm multiplayer [duplicate]

During development of Heart of the Swarm, there were several mentions (e.g. the Thor, Carrier, and Mothership) of units being removed (or restricted to 1) in HOTS multiplayer (compared to Wings of ...
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Why did I not get achievement for completing the mission?

I just completed the mission Fire in the sky, why did I not receive the achievement for doing this?
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Can I save my campaign on computer 1, and then continue on computer 2?

Is it possible to somehow save your campaign progress in StarCraft 2: HotS to a cloud, so I can access it from multiple computers?
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Campaigns on Different Servers

Last night they took down the NA servers before I got a chance to play to log in. So I changed my region to EU and was able to login and begin the HOTS campaign just to get the starting feel and to ...
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When does first win of the day bonus reset?

At what time does the daily bonus reset? I am personally mostly interested in EU region's reset.
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Do I need my Starcraft 2: Wings of Liberty disk for Heart of the Swarm?

I understand that I need to own Starcraft 2: Wings of Liberty to play Heart of the Swarm, but I'm not sure where my disk is. If I can't find it, do I need to buy WoL again before I can play HotS?
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Do you always get a set number of reinforcements in the mission Supreme?

In the mission Supreme you now and then get reinforcements, I ended up with 12 units (not counting Kerrigan) each time. Can you get more units if your don't loose any on your way or is it always back ...
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What bonus experience can you get?

I have just completed my first multiplayer game in the new expansion where you receive XP for doing different things. I got 25% bonus XP for playing with friends, are there other things I can do to ...
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Is multiplayer Heart of the Swarm backward compatible with Wings of Liberty?

I don't have Heart of the Swarm, and I don't plan on purchasing it in the immediate future. However, I know that some of my Battle.net friends have gotten it. Will they still be able to play Wings of ...
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What is in Blizzard's Cloud?

When installing SC2 on a new computer, some things are preserved when you log into your old account. I thought save games were one of them, but apparently not. This naturally leads to the ...
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Will I keep my league placement if I don't play any more than the five placement games?

I just played five really good matches and got placed in a high league. If I don't play any more (to risk losing more games and dropping) will I stay where I am or drop down in the rankings? I'm ...
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Is it possible to go back to Heart of the Swarm campaign missions after continuing?

I am at the end of a mission at it gives me the choice of Play Again or Continue. If I continue, can I play again later without starting a whole new Campaign?
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Do Wings of Liberty decisions have any effect in Heart of the Swarm? [duplicate]

Do any of the player's decisions made during the Wings of Liberty campaign, such as choice of which mission to follow or which upgrade to unlock have any effect on the Heart of the Swarm campaign?
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How can I change my evolution once I picked it? [duplicate]

I accidentally picked the wrong evolution strain. I replayed the evolution mission, but I wasn't able to pick again. Is there any way to switch the evolution strain? (I really want the Lurker. :D)
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Is there a new mini-game in HOTS?

After quickly glancing at the achievements before heading to work this morning, I didn't find any achievements that would indicate that a new mini-game has been introduced in Heart of the Swarm. I'm ...
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How do I retrieve my saves from the cloud?

It's been a while since I've played SC2, but with HotS out, I've reinstalled. My old save games were lost to a hard drive crash, but it's my understanding that save games are stored in the cloud. I ...
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If I choose a particular planet to fly towards, can I still get to the other one?

In Heart of the Swarm, between two of the campaign missions, I had a choice to head towards two different planets. On one of them, I can unlock Roaches and Hydralisks, on the other, two other units. ...
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Heart of the Swarm: Is there any DRM requiring internet connection for offline play? [duplicate]

Is there any DRM in SC2:HotS that requires the player to be connected to the internet for single-player, offline play? I've searched briefly, but not much luck. Please provide links to sources in ...