For users who purchased Wings of Liberty before Blizzard's free-to-play announcement, the company will give them Heart of the Swarm for free.
As for the rest, all the multiplayer units will be accessible in the Unranked Multiplayer and Custom games.
While Wings of Liberty is now free for everyone to enjoy, players still need to purchase all the subsequent campaigns - Heart of the Swarm, Legacy of the Void, and Nova Covert Ops - for $15 each.
Starcraft II is available for both Windows and Mac, but before you can get it, you'll need a Blizzard Battle.net account.
When it comes to Ranked play, you will be able to access this only after you have attained 10 'First Wins of the Day.' These wins have to be either in Versus AI matches or Unranked multiplayer.
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As a thank-you to the dedicated StarCraft II player community, those who already own any version of StarCraft II prior to October 31, 2017 will receive a special Eidolon Ghost skin and three portraits commemorating their founder's status in the game after StarCraft II goes free starting on November 14. Now, one of the publisher's most long-standing titles StarCraft II is free for gamers to download and play.
Co-op mode is also open, but aside from the Co-op Commanders Raynor, Kerrigan, and Artanis, all the others will be free up to level 5. Alternatively, you can get on board using your Facebook account.
If not, you can sign up for one after downloading the installer, which you do by clicking Play Free Now on the Starcraft II home page. From there the client will complete the Starcraft II installation.
So by and large, the entire game really is free, except for those who want to play the full range of commanders in co-op mode. So yep, despite going free-to-play, Starcraft II won't feature any extra currencies or microtransactions. All you have to do is log in between November 8 and December 8 to claim it through the Battle.net client (there should be a little gift icon in the upper-right corner).