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So Blizzard gave us the opportunity to choose and root for a player during the HS World Championship 2016.
You win in-game prizes for every win they get. Everyone gets a pack for just picking one of the contenders.
So who's your pick?
The schedule for this year's BlizzCon was just released and among the usual "what's next" and "state of the game" panels some of the more interesting ones will surely be the Diablo and Blizzard anniversary streams. Apart from that there isn't any specific time allocated for "big reveals", but then there wouldn't be even if there were reveals to be had, and they may just come in the opening ceremony anyway!
Attention explorers from the Broken Shore to the batteground of Braxis: it’s time to discover what wonders await you at BlizzCon 2016! Unfold this year’s map and schedule, and take a look at all the panels, esports tournaments, and other events taking place at the show this Friday, November 4 and Saturday, November 5.
Check out just a few of the highlights below, and keep your eye on BlizzCon.com in the weeks ahead for even more details on the events and activities we have planned!
Opening Ceremony & Esports Streams
We’ll be broadcasting the opening ceremony and this year's esports tournaments—including the StarCraft II WCS Global Finals, World of Warcraft Arena World Championship, Hearthstone World Championship, Heroes of the Storm Fall Championship, and Overwatch World Cup Finals—right here on www.blizzcon.com for free. You won’t want to miss a minute of this year’s action!
Order a BlizzCon Virtual Ticket, and you’ll be able to watch all of the developer panels on the Main Stage and Panel Stage. Find out what’s in the works for your favorite Blizzard games, and get behind-the-scenes insight into everything World of Warcraft, Hearthstone, Overwatch, StarCraft II, Heroes of the Storm, and Diablo III.
Live Attendee Activities
Attending BlizzCon in person? We have a variety of events and activities for waiting for you on the show floor and upstairs in the newly relocated Darkmoon Faire, including the Creative Collective stage, the Voice Actor Stage, Hearthstone Tavern, the Community Amphitheater, and more. Keep an eye on BlizzCon.com in the next few weeks for more details on these and other attendee-only activities.
Blizzard will be celebrating Diablo's 20 year anniversary during BlizzCon. The party is taking place just outside the BlizzCon grounds and you won't need a pass to enter. At the same time this is also Blizzard's 25th anniversary.
25 years ago, a small group of gamers set out to create the kinds of game experiences they loved playing—and Blizzard Entertainment was born. Since then, the team at Blizzard has transported millions of people around the world to fantastic worlds of fantasy and science fiction—including Diablo’s Sanctuary, which first invited players to descend into the terrifying labyrinth beneath the Tristram Cathedral 20 years ago in 1996!
Please join us in celebrating these anniversaries on Friday, November 4 from 8 p.m. until 10 p.m. in the Grand Plaza outside the Anaheim Convention Center during BlizzCon 2016. This event is open to everyone, whether you’re attending the convention or just happen to be in the neighborhood, and admission is free. We’ll also have some great food, special anniversary-themed drinks, entertainment—and even a surprise or two.
An Epic Night of Live Music
The main stage at the celebration will feature BlizzCon Talent Contest winners Songhammerperforming live—so grab some armor from your closet and get ready for an epic rock show.
Friday, November 4, 2016 from 8 p.m. through 10 p.m. PT
Anaheim Convention Center Grand Plaza
Open space between Marriott and Hilton outside BlizzCon—no BlizzCon ticket required!
Performance by Songhammer Specialty beverages celebrating Blizzard’s 25th and Diablo’s 20th anniversaries Food Trucks Epic Fun You’ll be celebrating the occasion alongside a fun-filled crowd of game developers, staff, and a swarm of fellow Blizzard gamers. You won’t want to miss a moment of this special event—we can’t wait to see you there!
If you're attending BlizzCon in person, definitely go check that out! Hopefully, Blizzard has some Diablo-related news to share!
The BlizzCon 2016 merchandise sale for attendees and Virtual Ticket holders starts October 12.
BlizzCon 2016 Merchandise Sale
If you want to get your hands on some of the merchandise in the early access sale, you either need to be attending BlizzCon in person or purchase a Virtual Ticket. If you haven't purchased the ticket, feel free to do so here. If you're attending in person, check your mail for you should already have received your redemption keys for digital goods.
Below, you'll find a preview of items for sale.
Overwatch Pachimari Plush
StarCraft II Marine Onesie
Hearthstone Throw Blanket
Diablo Mounted Bottle Opener
Cute but Deadly Series 2 Blind Vinyls
World of Warcraft Core Hound Bobblehead
The in-game rewards for both BlizzCon 2016 attendees and Virtual Ticket holders have been announced. The schedule for the various esports qualifiers before BlizzCon has also been made available.
An Alliance or Horde murloc pet in WoW, a Bastion skin in Overwatch, a Diablo pet in Diablo III, a card back in Hearthstone and a mount in Heroes of the Storm: these are the rewards you can get from this year's BlizzCon, either by physically attending the convention yourself or by purchasing a Virtual Ticket. More details and pictures can be found below:
Every BlizzCon®, we give out a treasure trove of in-game goodies to attendees and Virtual Ticket holders to commemorate the occasion. Take look at what you’ll get for your favorite Blizzard games when you join us for BlizzCon X. World of Warcraft® – Legionnaire Murky & Knight-Captain Murky
There comes a time when every murloc must choose a side. Will you mrglgglllgl for the Horde alongside Legionnaire Murky, or dive into battle for the Alliance at Knight-Captain Murky’s command?
Overwatch® – BlizzCon 2016 Bastion Skin
A curious automaton has been spotted exploring the halls of a local gaming convention. Cosplay as a BlizzCon-bound Bastion unit in your next match of Overwatch with this commemorative skin.*
Diablo® III – Diablo 20th Anniversary Pet
Celebrate two decades of terror with this anniversary-themed Diablo pet, based on the Dark Lord’s design from the original game.*
Hearthstone® – Welcome Inn Card Back
Pull up a chair by the fireside at BlizzCon’s Hearthstone Tavern, then play a few hands with this year’s convention-innspired card back.
Heroes of the Storm® – Nexus Tiger Mount
Introducing the latest BlizzCon mount to add to your menagerie—the Nexus Tiger! Dash onto the Battlegrounds riding this ferocious beast and show the opposing team they’re in for a fight.
StarCraft® II – Mystery Goodies
Show your opponents you were at BlizzCon with a new portrait—and as a bonus, be among the first to unlock a fun new piece of upcoming StarCraft II content.† Stay tuned for more details!
This cache of in-game goodies will be available to you when you join us for BlizzCon X via the Virtual Ticket or in person (just redeem the Digital Bonuses code you received when you purchased your tickets).
They’ll be unlocked in-game closer to the show—stay tuned for more information, and we’ll see you at BlizzCon!
Order BlizzCon Virtual Ticket
*Diablo III in-game content for PC/Mac version only. To redeem Overwatch in-game content for PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, players must link their Battle.net account to a PlayStation Network® account or Xbox Live® account respectively. For more information on account linking, visit https://us.battle.net/support/en/article/linking-your-battlenet-account-on-consoles.
†Bonus StarCraft II goodie will also be available separately—more details to come.
(source) Meanwhile, the schedule for the esports competitions for all Blizzard games has been announced. These qualifiers will happen a week before the convention and the winners will progress to the finals, that will take place live during BlizzCon. The streams for these events are available to everyone for free.
Elite esports players from across the globe will be traveling to North America next month to compete at BlizzCon Opening Week, all hoping to set themselves up for success on the BlizzCon stage on November 4–5. In addition to the early rounds of competition for World of Warcraft Arena, Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone, and StarCraft II, this year’s Opening Week will host early group stage matches for the Overwatch World Cup—an international exhibition pitting nations and regions against one another. All of the action during Opening Week will be streamed live and free of charge on blizzcon.com, as detailed below:
Times listed are PDT 10/26 10/27 10/28 10/29 10/30* 10/31 WoW Arena 11:00 a.m. Heroes 9:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m. Overwatch 12:00 p.m. 12:00 p.m. 12:00 p.m. Hearthstone 9:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m. StarCraft II 8:30 a.m. 8:30 a.m. 8:30 a.m. 9:30 a.m. *Daylight Saving Time ends in EU.
World of Warcraft® Arena World Championship
Prize Pool: $250,000
Number of Players: 8 Teams (3–4 players per team)
Schedule: October 28, 11:00 a.m. PDT
Matches: Ahead of the Grand Finals on stage at BlizzCon, the top eight World of Warcraft Arena teams from around the world will play their first group stage matches on October 28. All eight teams will then travel to BlizzCon, where those who emerge victorious from the remaining group stages will do battle in a single-elimination bracket until the champions are crowned.
Heroes of the Storm® Fall Global Championship
Prize Pool: $1,000,000
Number of Players: 12 Teams (5 players per team)
Schedule: October 26–28, 9:00 a.m. PDT
Matches: For three days during Opening Week, the 12 qualified teams will compete in the first of two dual-tournament group stages until only eight remain. The second group stage will get underway during Opening Week, but all eight teams will get to play on the BlizzCon stage before it concludes and the top four head into a single-elimination bracket.
Overwatch® World Cup
Number of Players: 16 Teams (6 players per team)
Schedule: October 29–31, 12:00 p.m. PDT
Matches: Following the online qualifiers, 16 teams representing nations and regions from around the globe will compete for glory during Opening Week. After three days of best-of-three, round-robin group stages, only eight teams will remain to compete in a single-elimination bracket in the BlizzCon arena.
Hearthstone® World Championship
Prize Pool: $1,000,000
Number of Players: 16
Schedule: October 26–30, 9:00 a.m. PDT
Matches: Spread across no fewer than five days, this year’s Hearthstone World Championship group stages will all take place during Opening Week. Four groups of four players will compete in a dual-tournament format until only eight challengers remain, having earned the right to compete in the BlizzCon single-elimination bracket.
StarCraft® II World Championship Series Global Finals
Prize Pool: $500,000
Number of Players: 16
Schedule: October 27–29, 8:30 a.m. PDT and October 30, 9:30 a.m. PDT
Matches: The top 16 players—seven major tournament winners plus nine based on WCS points—will compete in the Global Playoffs during Opening Week. Only the eight players who make it through the double-elimination group will advance to BlizzCon, where a single-elimination bracket incorporating best-of-five matches and a best-of-seven grand final will determine the WCS Global Champion.
We hope you can join us at blizzcon.com during Opening Week and, if you’re not attending BlizzCon in person this year, for the opening ceremony and throughout the event. Remember that while some BlizzCon streams are available only with a Virtual Ticket, all BlizzCon esports streams are free!