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How to watch starcraft 2 replays without beta access

 by Jame

       How to watch Starcraft 2 Replays without beta access 

Updated for Beta Patch 8 (April 9th)

     So you weren't picked for the Starcraft 2 Beta but can't wait any longer ?

        Here's a guide on how to watch Starcraft 2 Beta replays. Some arguee that it is illegal, some say that it's tolerated.

My opinion:   It does no harm whatsoever to Blizzard if people can watch replays, all the opposite, it builds up more hype for Starcraft 2 and allows people to have something to watch while they can't play the game. I'm going to describe two methods to watch SC2 replays without beta access:

  • The 1st method is a lot easier but requires you to download a program and to run an .exe file. I've virus tested it and used it for weeks, it's clean. But if you don't trust it, use the other method.

  • The 2nd method requires a bit of fiddling around with the Starcraft 2 folders, but it's easy enough if you follow my instructions carefully.
     


I - Method #1  

A - Download the following 2 files:

1. Starcraft 2 Beta Client, from one of the following sources:

2. Download LazyLauncher. Simply follow this link and click on the "Download Latest" button on the right side of the page. LazyLauncher is a launcher for StarCraft II which allows the starting of the game directly into loading a replay.


B - Installation

1. Install the Starcraft 2 Beta Client :
To do this, simply double-click on the Installer.exe.It's a standard installation procedure, nothing special here. Once the installation is completed, move on to the next step...


C - Watching Replays

1. First, you need some replays! Evil Go download some Starcraft 2 replays here on starcraft-replay.com, you can also use our Starcraft 2 Replay Search function if you want to get replays from a specific player, on a specific map or a specific matchup.

Once you've got some replays, put them in any folder of your choice...

2. Extract the LazyLauncher2.zip somewhere, go to that folder, launch the Lazylaunch2.exe, this will open a new window. Now all you have to do is go to the folder where you put your SC2 Replays, pick a SC2Replay file and open it. That's it! Cool


II - Method #2 

A - Download the following 3 files:

1. Starcraft 2 Beta Client, from one of the following sources:

2. Modified Battle.net Folder

3. Cache Files


B - Installation

1. Install the Starcraft 2 Beta Client. To do this, simply double-click on the Installer.exe.
It's a standard installation procedure, nothing special here.

2. Once the installation is complete, you must put the Modified Battle.net folder we just downloaded earlier at the following location:

  • For Vista/Windows 7 Users: 
    C:\Program Files (x86)\StarCraft II Beta\
  • For Windows XP Users:      
    C:\Program Files\StarCraft II Beta\

Simply drag and drop the Battle.net folder there (after you've unzipped it). A window will pop up to ask you if you want to replace the original folder files, say yes to all occurences.

3. And finally, you must put the Cache folder we also downloaded earlier at the right location:

  • Vista/Windows 7 Users:
    C:\Users\Your_Username\AppData\Local\Blizzard Entertainment\Battle.net\
  •  XP Users:
    C:\Documents and Settings\Your_Username\Local Settings\Application Data\Blizzard Entertainment\Battle.net\

Simply drag and drop the Cache folder (after unzipping it) into the Battle.net folder at the location specified above.

Note: If you can't find that folder, it means that it's HIDDEN. To make those folders visible, you have to right-click, go to properties and remove the "hidden" option and then apply.


C - Watch Replays

             And that's it , now you can launch the Starcraft 2 client with the shortcut from your desktop, you'll access the battle.net interface:

How to watch Starcraft 2 Replays Battle.net interface

Once you're in the replay menu, go to "Multiplayer":

 Starcraft 2 Battle.net replay menu

 

                You won't see any replay there of course, since you haven't got any yet. Go download some Starcraft 2 replays here on Starcraft Replay, you can also use our Starcraft 2 Replay Search function if you want to get replays from a specific player, on a specific map or a specific matchup.

Once you've got some replays, put them in the following folder:

c:\Documents\StarCraft II Beta\Replays\Multiplayer


You have to create the "Replays" folder and the "Multiplayer" folder yourself, and then put the SC2Replay files in the Multiplayer folder :

By that I mean that you have to:

  1. Go to: C:/Documents/StarCraft II Beta/

  2. Right-click and choose "New > Folder" and name that new folder "Replays"

  3. Then go inside the "Replays" folder you just created.

  4. Once inside, right-click and go to "New > Folder" and name that new folder "Multiplayer"
  5. Put the replays you want to watch in that "Multiplayer" folder.

                         After that, you should be able to see the replays and to play them directly from the Battle.net interface. If you encounter troubles to watch replays, please ask your questions here.

Enjoy!


FAQ

Coming soon.




24 Feb 2010 | Comments (27)
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Donald wrote (2010-03-22 16:53:25)

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Thanks Jame. That is right. I put it in the wrong folder. Now everything is working fine.

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Jame wrote (2010-03-22 13:51:30)

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Hey Donald. Hmm, are you sure you've downloaded the cache folder and put it at the right location? Please double check that, becuase the error you're having is the same people get when they don't have the newest cache folder.

I'll try it again on my laptop today and see if It still works for me.

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Donald wrote (2010-03-22 09:50:25)

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I can't load replays with either method you detailed. When I try to load one of the replys I get the following message. 

TEMP One or more files which are needed to play this game are not available locally. They must be downloaded first.

Any ideas what files are need?

Btw everything else works. I can load a playable map with AI.

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Jame wrote (2010-03-19 22:17:53)

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I sure hope so Wink

Thanks for registering and testing the website. Found no bugs btw?!

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Bawheidbob wrote (2010-03-19 21:39:25)

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Excellent stuff Jame been a massive fan of Wow-pro for many years i hope this proves to be just as big a success

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Jame wrote (2010-03-18 19:37:46)

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Welcome man! Glad to see you here.

Yes, as you can see this website has some neat guide / comment writing tools, no more firefox addons needed Wink

Tell me how the guide worked for you once you're done.

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Shikamaru wrote (2010-03-18 18:48:41)

avatar Zergling

First one to leave a comment, it's looking great! 
Going to download the beta client in a second and I hope it's going to work properly Relieved

A thing I just noticed.. this new box where we can write comments in has advanced a little bit! No need for FireFox plug-ins I suppose!

Gah, it has been a great time on WoW-PRO, and it's going to be great here. When I get to be lucky to receive a beta key one of these days I'll be writing guides like never before (although I will need some time to get used to the game). 

Jame, it's been a hell of a ride with you and Ji on WoW-PRO and I hope it's going to be just as great as it was back in the day Wink

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