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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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Kopis wrote (2010-07-02 19:11:46)

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I did everthing from option 2, but I get an error saying "This replay requires an older version of starcraft" Any suggestions?

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Mishra wrote (2010-05-07 15:33:05)

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help pls. I've been trying everything in my knowledge including your method here to watch a sc2 replay but the farthest I've gone is opening a replay but then it says "replay desync" and the replay doesn't play. Can anyone help me fix this? I would really appreciate it

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Jame wrote (2010-05-02 19:36:20)

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New version of the cache.zip is now available at the same download location.


Enjoy!

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Doom wrote (2010-05-02 17:24:35)

avatar Zergling

Hi dudes,

I tried the second method but I got the problem with it. Especially with the latest patch numbered as 10. Could you please make new cache folder for this patch? It would be nice from you guys.

Thank you!

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Justcallmealex wrote (2010-04-25 21:31:48)

avatar Zergling

This is a very good guide but I'm having trouble getting LazyLauncher to work. Every tme I try to open the replay it gives me is a black screen with the SC2 mouse on it. I tried the second method  and it only brought me to the accout page not the BNet page after doing everything correctly. Please tell me what I might have done wrong.

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Jame wrote (2010-04-22 09:19:31)

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Hmm ok Pokkit, thanks for the heads up. I'll see what I can do ;)

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Pokkit wrote (2010-04-22 05:29:09)

avatar Zealot

It appears that teknogods are no longer working on LazyLauncher.  Almost all references to it on their website have been removed, and the link to their website where they had the LazyLauncher download is no longer working.  All Starcraft 2 info on their site has been ghosted.  I suppose the nibbits link still works, but don't expect any new versions of LazyLauncher.  Method 1 might be gone if LazyLauncher can no longer be downloaded from anywhere.

Just FYI, I already had it.  I was trying to go to their website to get some support on it.

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Elitegamer wrote (2010-04-15 03:06:59)

avatar Zergling

Hello, I was having issues before and now I fixed it and working perfectly thanks.

In case some of you had any issues I was having here was how I fixed it. In Method 1, I got it to work by putting the Cashe folder in the Blizzard.net folder just like in Method 2.The Blizzard.net folder in Application Data in case you didn't understand.

For Method 2, note you must create and put the folders in the Starcraft 2 Beta from MY DOCUMENTS, which is different from the one in PROGRAM FILES, so I didn't realized there was two Starcraft 2 Beta folders, which messed me up. Thanks again and I'm watching many replays. =D

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Jame wrote (2010-04-08 19:18:18)

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Updated for Beta Patch 8 - New Cache folder available for download. Enjoy!

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Bobod wrote (2010-04-02 18:55:35)

avatar Zergling

Help me Now :D

 

Patch - 7

Did Way 1 didnt work with launcher

Did Way 2, Yes Chache Bnet stuff Not working :*(

update this please?

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Break wrote (2010-04-01 09:05:10)

avatar Zergling

I am pretty positive I have followed all the directions to the letter however when i launch sc2 it cannot find the replays.

Yes ive put them in the created folders, yes they are .sc2replay format, yes i fixed cache's and used the new battle.net.exe, yes it launches to the main screen, no i can't get a replay to play when its on the desktop and i launch using sc2... trying to list as much info as possible here... uhm yes ive tried reinstalling the cracked battle.net and cache's. yes ive replaced, not just added the new cache file.

any help would be awesome!
on a personal note my xbox just died so i need entertainment! Confused

Break

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Bobod wrote (2010-03-31 17:36:22)

avatar Zergling

Help :/

 

i did step 1 and it didnt work....so i did step 2 and i see bnet interface..

but i dont see the replays on multiplayer

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Bawheidbob wrote (2010-03-28 19:04:53)

avatar Marine

Excellent got this working now as i finally got some free download time, look forward to taking a look see

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Silentcontrol wrote (2010-03-27 17:16:07)

avatar Zergling

I am too getting same message. I tried both methodes 4-5 times and its still displaying error and I cant watch any replays so far.

Help us, thx!

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Reiva wrote (2010-03-26 10:35:08)

avatar Zergling

Can anyone help me? I havent been able to watch any replays yet.

I've been trying to get info from several websites and I've done all the steps from each site but I keep getting a "Replay Desync" message and then SC2 wants to close.


A little help?

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Elays wrote (2010-03-25 13:47:46)

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Thanks Jame.

Finally everyone can watch Replays even if he cant play the Beta.

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Karra wrote (2010-03-24 19:46:34)

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is this legal or cracked version o beta? i smell some crack ^^

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Unreal wrote (2010-03-23 23:26:55)

avatar Zergling

awesome job!

keep doing

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Alita wrote (2010-03-23 05:06:24)

avatar Marine

it works !

nice guide. thanks for sharing ! Cool

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Jame wrote (2010-03-22 17:21:30)

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Cheers! Enjoy the replays Wink

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