BlizzCon Guide Part I: Getting There and Finding a Place to Stay
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BlizzCon 2016 Dates Announced: November 4th and 5th!
Are you ready for this year's biggest convention for all of our favourite Blizzard gaming titles? BlizzCon 2016 is seven months away!
We already had some clues and suspicions that BlizzCon 2016 would be taking place during these days, but today it was officially confirmed that indeed the convention will be happening on November 4th-5th. The website for this year's BlizzCon is also live.
+ Show- Hide Summon your mounts, open up a portal, and set a course for Southern California for BlizzCon 2016! Blizzard’s tenth epic gaming convention and community celebration is returning to the Anaheim Convention Center on Friday, November 4 and Saturday, November 5, 2016.
Group up with your fellow Blizzard gamers and get ready for two days of in-depth discussion panels with our developers, hands-on play time with our latest games, and intense esports tournaments featuring top pro gamers from around the world. We hope you’ll join us as we celebrate 25 years of Blizzard games—and you, the players everywhere that have helped bring them to life.
BlizzCon 2016 Tickets
BlizzCon 2016 tickets will go on sale in two batches on Wednesday, April 20 at 7 p.m. PT and Saturday, April 23 at 10 a.m. PT through the online event ticketing service Universe, priced at $199 each (plus applicable taxes and fees). Check out the BlizzCon Ticket webpage for all the details.
We’re also planning a special pre-BlizzCon Benefit Dinner the evening of Thursday, November 3 in support of Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC), where guests will have a chance to raise a glass and geek out with developers, artists, community team representatives, and other members of the Blizzard family. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, April 27 at 7 p.m. PT, priced at $750 each, and attendance will be limited—visit the Charity Ticket page for more information.
Virtual Ticket and Goody Bag – Coming Soon!
If you can’t make it to the show in person, don’t fret! You’ll be able to participate in our tenth BlizzCon from the comfort of your home with the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket, offering comprehensive live coverage of the event via a multichannel Internet stream. Once again this year, Virtual Ticket buyers will have the option to purchase a special BlizzCon Goody Bag filled with a cache of loot to mark the occasion (while supplies last). Further details on the Virtual Ticket, including pricing, availability, programming info, and Goody Bag will be announced at a later date.
Check out the BlizzCon Ticket page for more information, and be sure to visit the Universe ticket page at the dates and times above for a chance to purchase a ticket to the show. We hope to see you there!
The dates to buy tickets for BlizzCon 2016 are April 20th and 23rd. The tickets will cost $199 USD and will be distributed by Universe. If you are planning on attending, don't forget to read the ticket purchasing guide.
Apart from the various attractions and panels, Esports World Competitions for all four of Blizzard's current gaming titles will take place during BlizzCon 2016. These include the 2016 Starcraft II Global Finals, Hearthstone World Championship, World of Warcraft Arena World Championship and Heroes of the Storm Fall Championship.
It's interesting that Heroes of the Storm will have different champions for each season, while the issue of how the world champions will be determined is raised. It also doesn't look like there will be an Overwatch eSports event during BlizzCon 2016, even though the game has a flourishing competitive scene. It is not that strange, though, since the game will be live for less than half a year by November.
At any case, we are eagerly awaiting for this year's BlizzCon! Good luck to anyone trying to get a ticket!
BlizzCon 2015 - Day One Reveals
Icy Veins was on the floor at BlizzCon 2015 today to get all of the announcements. We'll have full coverage of the major news after returning from the convention, but here are the official major updates from this morning's opening ceremonies:
The Warcraft movie will be in theatres in June 2016. The official trailer was revealed this morning.
The World of Warcraft: Legion cinematic trailer was unveiled, along with some new details about the expansion itself.
Legion is available for pre-purchase effective immediately. The expansion is tentatively slated for launch in 'summer 2016' (per the WoW blog), and before September 21, 2016. Pre-purchasing Legion will grant a new level boost (to level 100), as well as early access to the new Demon Hunter class prior to the expansion's launch. StarCraft
Legacy of the Void launches next week. The official launch cinematic debuted during the opening ceremony.
It was announced officially that Blizzard will be continuing to release new content for StarCraft II after Legacy of the Void goes live. A trailer for the 'Nova Covert Ops' content was also featured.
Hearthstone is getting its third Adventure Mode with The League of Explorers.
All of the new cards from this adventure set have been posted to a Facebook photo album on the official Hearthstone Facebook page. Overwatch
A new gameplay trailer today confirmed three new heroes: D.Va, Mei, and Genji (Hanzo's brother).
Overwatch will be out in Spring 2016 on PC (not Mac), Xbox One, and PlayStation 4, and is available for pre-purchase now.
Heroes of the Storm
Heroes of the Storm is getting three new Heroes - Lunara, Genn Greymane, and Cho'Gall. A new map is also coming - Towers of Doom.
Heroes' new gameplay mode is called The Arena, and is an even faster, more intense match type than the standard gameplay of current ranked/league or Quick Match play. Cho'Gall will not be available for purchase until 2016, but BlizzCon attendees and Virtual Ticket holders can utilize him earlier - and playing Cho'Gall with those players will allow non-ticket holders to unlock him as well.
Additional analysis of the new content and today's panels will be coming soon. In the meantime, you can still take in the Saturday panels live or any panels as Video on Demand for two weeks by purchasing a BlizzCon Virtual Ticket.
Five of Blizzard's six franchises got exciting announcement updates at BlizzCon. (Sorry, Diablo.)
Linkin Park is the BlizzCon 2015 Closing Band
The official announcement was made this morning that American rock band Linkin Park will be the closing act at BlizzCon 2015. Linkin Park follows in the footsteps of previous closing acts such as Metallica, Foo Fighters, and Ozzy Osbourne.
Full details were posted on the BlizzCon website:
Linkin Park LIVE at BlizzCon 2015!
Whether you’re geeking out on the show floor at BlizzCon or tuning in from home, this is a performance you won’t want to miss: Linkin Park is closing out BlizzCon 2015!
The Grammy Award–winning rock band—and the biggest band on Facebook, with 63 million fans and counting—will be taking the stage the evening of Saturday, November 7, to provide an epic send-off for everyone at this year’s convention. Even if you didn’t score tickets to the show, Blizzard gamers and Linkin Park fans around the world can still get a front-row seat from home with the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket.
BlizzCon is the biggest Blizzard party of the year, packed with in-depth developer panels, intense eSports tournaments, the legendary Friday night contests—this year hosted by Wil Wheaton—and what’s sure to be an epic finale from Linkin Park. The Virtual Ticket lets you watch it all online, live and in high definition. Order a Virtual Ticket and you’ll also receive a treasure trove of in-game goodies for World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III, Hearthstone, and Heroes of the Storm.
Check out the press release for more information on this year’s closing concert featuring Linkin Park. We’ll see you at the show!
Are you excited for this year's concert? Let us know what you think of the choice of Linkin Park!
BlizzCon 2015 Schedule Released
Blizzard has released the official schedule for BlizzCon 2015. Stages play host to the WoW Arena, Heroes of the Storm, and Hearthstone World Championships, while the StarCraft II WCS Global Finals will once again take place in the Arena. The main stage and panel stages play host to the other content.
You can find the official schedule on the BlizzCon website here:
Images are also available here (spoilered for size/length):
Which panels are you most excited to attend/watch? Are there any noteworthy omissions?
"I felt a great disturbance on Battle.net, as if millions of Diablo fans suddenly cried out in terror, and were suddenly silenced."
European 'Road to BlizzCon' 2015 October 3-4
The finals for the European regional segments of the 'Road to BlizzCon' in Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone, and World of Warcraft take place this upcoming weekend - October 3 and 4 - in Prague.
An epic weekend including a playable demo of Overwatch will fill the O2 Arena. Free tickets and early access have sold out, but you will still be able to watch the entirety of the action online. Here is a preview video from Blizzard:
The European Road to BlizzCon preview.
You can learn more about the teams and events on Blizzard's official European Road to BlizzCon website.
Three massive eSports events run side-by-side as the European finals for Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone, and World of Warcraft run to determine who will be making appearances at BlizzCon 2015.