While the release of Starcraft 2’s second episode is currently slated for 2013 and consequently ages off, in a couple of weeks it’ll be due out ‘this year’, which means ‘imminently’. To prepare for that binary switch, Blizzard are making room for more players in their ongoing beta test. Any players who pre-purchased the game before December 18th are now flagged for beta access, and any who digitally pre-order from now on will be added to the beta “in waves" every week or so.
Starcraft 2's Heart of the Swarm is currently being played in a closed beta by people more lucky than us. They might be reading this post, but more likely they're up to the wrists in Zerg guts, Protoss blood, and Terran gizzards. For we onlookers we can only get close to the action through the medium of patch notes.