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Dustin Browder is a former employee of Blizzard Entertainment. He was the lead designer of StarCraft II, game director of Heroes of the Storm, and the lead director of the Ares canceled StarCraft shooter. He left Blizzard Entertainment in mid-2019.[1] He is currently a member of Dreamhaven Studios.[2]


Browder has worked in the video game industry since 1995 at a variety of companies, including Activision, Electronic Arts, and Simon & Schuster Interactive. He has experience in developing real-time strategy games, most notably as lead designer for Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 and Command & Conquer: Generals, and as game design director for The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth series.[3]

Blizzard Entertainment hired Dustin Browder on March 14th, 2005[4] to the position of senior designer.[5] He says he brought no knowledge from his previous job at EA, since he wasn't working on games designed for e-sports there.[6]

Browder was later made game director of Heroes of the Storm.[7] He left this position in December, 2016, departing to join a new project within Blizzard.[8]

In 2017, Browder was assigned as lead developer to a StarCraft first person shooter named Ares. However, in June 2019 the project was canceled, and the staff moved to other projects.[9] He retired from Blizzard Entertainment not long after the project's cancelation.[1]

Battle Reporting[]

On the forum, Browder used the handle "Cavez". When announcing games, he's been known as "T-Bone."[10] He has an extremely enthusiastic reporting style and uses the phrase "terrible terrible damage" so much[10][11] it has even been proposed as a cheat code; Browder acknowledged the mockery.[12] It's even been used as a nickname.[13]

In terms of personal gameplay, Browder is within the diamond league.[14]


A Spartan Company goliath made after Dustin Browder

In StarCraft II, the Spartan Company's portrait is based on Browder. This is in fact intentional, as people at Blizzard Entertainment have noted via a running joke that Brian Sousa, whose likeness was used for the regular goliath, bears resemblance to Browder, As such, the Spartan Company unit portrait was based on Browder to reflect the joke in-game. He is also called Fatalisk by the community[15]


  1. 1.0 1.1 After a Terrible 2019 Blizzard is Going All In at BlizzCon 10-28-2019
  2. 2020-09-25, Dreamhaven Studios: How the New Game Studio Is Linked to D&D & StarCraft. CBR, accessed on 2020-09-25
  3. Dustin Browder. MobyGames. Accessed 2008-04-08.
  4. 2007-07-20. StarCraft 2: Interview mit Dustin Browder (in German) GameStar. Accessed 2007-07-22.
  5. Mielke, James. 2007-07-27. Protoss for a Day. Accessed 2007-07-28.
  6. Dustin Browder, Dave Remo. 2009-10-26. The Design of StarCraft II (page 2). Gamasutra. Accessed 2009-10-26.
  7. 2013-11-09, BlizzCon 2013 – Heroes of the Storm – All Videos. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2013-11-14
  8. 2016-12-08, Dustin Browder departs Heroes of the Storm, Alan Dabiri steps up as game director. Blizzard Watch, accessed on 2016-12-09
  9. Sources: Blizzard Cancels StarCraft First-Person Shooter To Focus On Diablo 4 And Overwatch 2 06-6-2019
  10. 10.0 10.1 Blizzcon Video Archive (Sonkie vs Yellow). Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2008-10-19.
  11. Dustin Browder, Robert Simpson, Matt Cooper, David Kim. 2009-04-16. Battle Report (2). Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2009-04-16.
  12. With all these advanced techniques you mentioned, such as focus fire (, Will the Stalker still do Terrible, Terrible damage even without focus fire?

    Also, I think Terrible Terrible damage should be a cheat in StarCraft II that makes all your units kill everything in one shot.

    LOL!=) Cavez, Lolod. 2009-01-07. Question for Cavez, about the Stalker. StarCraft II General Discussion Forum. Accessed 2009-02-01.
  13. SC2 Exhibition Match. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2009-09-27.
  14. Dustin Browder, BisuDagger. 2011-03-05, Meeting Dustin Browder. Teamliquid forums, accessed on 2011-03-07
  15. 2010-05-02, Blizzard's Dustin Browder talks StarCraft 2. JoyStiq, accessed on 2010-05-03