Star Battle is a custom map of Blizzard’s StarCraft 2 game. It is based on the Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) template made popular by DoTA. Instead of using fantasy heroes, this mod is scripted for space combat using advanced battleships.
This UMS (User Map Settings) map can be accessed by launching Starcraft 2, logging in to Battle.net, and choosing Star Battle under the Custom Games selection. New players can do the single-player tutorial missions to learn the basics. Star Battle requires no gathering of resources. Minerals are passively earned or automatically gained from killing enemy towers and ships. Six players will battle another team of six players. Re-spawning is not allowed. Once a player’s capital ship is destroyed, it is killed permanently for the current round.
Every team member can choose from 9 different capital ships. Each ship has unique abilities and weaponry. Terran and Protoss ships are mechanical but Zerg ships are biological, living units. Due to game balancing issues, a team is not allowed to have more than 2 similar capital ships. Aside from great group tactics, team members can also improve their chances of winning by upgrading their ships. Better weapons and shield systems can be bought in-game, as well as improvements to travel speeds. Those players with high kill counts usually have the best equipped ships. Ultimate victory is only achieved through the destruction of the enemy team’s mother ship.