The next patch for StarCraft 2’s Heart of the Swarm beta will introduce a levelling mechanic to the game.

Players will earn experience points for the race they are playing by destroying units or buildings, provided they are playing a matchmaking or custom game on a Blizzard map, and they play through to the conclusion of a match.

There will also be experience point bonuses for things such as a player’s first win of the day, or for playing in a party with a Battletag or Real-ID friend.

Extra experience points weekends and other activities are also being considered by Blizzard.

The level cap will be 20 for each race, and players will unlock decals and portraits as they progress, with rewards becoming “more epic” the further they get, according to Blizzard.

Further, a cumulative level across all three races will display on players’ portraits.