no LAN functionality in StarCraft 2. Believe us, we're just as sad -- but there is some semblance of solace, which comes courtesy of Big Download, who confirmed with Blizzard that a post-launch patch will be implemented to address LAN tournaments.
"We will be addressing StarCraft 2 tournament functionality in a post launch patch to the game, soon after ship," a representative told Big Download. "This patch will include features to address the needs of location-based pro tournaments, but we have not discussed any specifics about tournament support beyond that." Sure, Battle.net will be the primary engine powering multiplayer, but it sounds like your weekly StarCraft get-togethers haven't entirely gone the way of the dodo just yet.
We'll get you the specifics of the proposed "tournament support" as soon as they're made available.