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Once again, German city Cologne is hosting the world's largest gaming expo, Gamescom! Blizzard will be represented there by all of its gaming titles.

Blizzard fans visiting Gamescom this year are going to be rewarded, since Blizzard will have a massive booth with all of its games. Obviously, visitors will be able to play the games, watch tournaments, meet some of their favourite professionals and community members, participate in contests and witness some surprise events or important announcements.

What is there to look forward to for each game? Let's start with Heroes of the Storm: with Auriel just released, the next hero to join the Nexus is still unknown. It is quite probable that a new hero - or perhaps the StarCraft battleground event - will be announced in Gamescom. The Europe Fall Regional will also take place, with the winner securing a spot at BlizzCon. As far as Overwatch is concerned, we are expecting a new Bastion animated short! And who knows? Perhaps, we will get another clue about the mysterious Sombra.

We are not expecting anything major for Hearthstone and World of Warcraft. Big content updates, that will keep us busy for the next couple of months, are currently being rolled out in both of these games. The same can be said for Diablo, although it would be nice to get some news on the future of the game.

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The world’s largest interactive entertainment trade fair is coming back to Cologne, Germany from August 17-21 this year, and Blizzard Entertainment will be there with our biggest presence to date!
 
 
Mark your calendar for 18:30 CEST on Tuesday, August 16, when we release a special preview video of what we’ll be showcasing at gamescom 2016, including some new game content. You'll be able to watch it all live on the Blizzard gamescom hub.
 
 
Visitors to the Blizzard gamescom booth in Hall 7 of the Koelnmesse will have the chance to play Overwatch, World of Warcraft, Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone, Diablo, and StarCraft on more than 500 gaming stations. We’ll also have some epic entertainment on the Blizzard stage, and a few surprises in store.
 
Warcraft
  • From August 18-21, the Legion Café will bring a recreation of The Fel Hammer to central Cologne to celebrate the upcoming launch of World of Warcraft’s latest expansion
  • Visitors to the Blizzard booth will be able to try out the new Demon Hunter class in advance of the August 30 release of World of Warcraft: Legion
  • Two of the top World of Warcraft guilds, Set Sail for Fail and From Scratch, will race against each other in Legion's top tier difficulty dungeons (Mythic+) live on the Blizzard stage
  • WoW streamer Slootbag will be live-streaming directly from the Blizzard booth

 

StarCraft II

  • Professional StarCraft II players will face off in exciting live showmatches on the Blizzard stage
  • The following streamers will be live-streaming directly from the Blizzard booth

 

Diablo

  • In celebration of Diablo’s 20th anniversary, visitors to the Blizzard booth will be able to play all three Diablo games
  • A 3D artist from the Diablo development team will create a piece of artwork live on the Blizzard stage
  • The following streamers will be live-streaming directly from the Blizzard booth

 

Hearthstone

  • Professional card-slingers and community personalities will battle it out in exciting Hearthstone showmatches on the Blizzard stage
  • The following streamers will be live-streaming directly from the Blizzard booth

 

Heroes of the Storm

  • Brawlmania will deliver an epic Heroes of the Storm showdown on the Blizzard stage throughout gamescom, as six teams of influencers and pro players face off in themed showmatches
  • The Heroes of the Storm Europe Fall Regional tournament will take place from August 17-19 on the ESL Arena stage, with the winning team moving on to compete for a piece of the $1,000,000 USD prize pool at the Fall Championship at BlizzCon
  • The following streamers will be live-streaming directly from the Blizzard booth

 

Overwatch

  • The world premiere of the new Overwatch animated short will be revealed on stage and via live stream on the Blizzard gamescom hub at 18:00 CEST on Thursday, August 18
  • The Overwatch Atlantic Showdown tournament will take place from August 20-21, pitting the top four teams from both North America and Europe against each other, with a $100,000 USD prize pool on the line
  • The following streamers will be live-streaming directly from the Blizzard booth
 
In addition to the above activities, we’ll feature our famous dance and costume contests, signing sessions, quizzes, contests, and more—including two performances from Video Games Live on our stage on Friday, August 19 and Saturday, August 20 at 18:00! Attendees at gamescom will also be able to pick up some licensed apparel and collectibles, including some brand-new items, at the Blizzard store in Hall 5.
 

Daily Live Streams and Recaps

 
Those who can’t make it to gamescom 2016 in person will still be able to catch all the excitement via daily live streams of our stage activities each day on the Blizzard gamescom hub as well as on Facebook and YouTube livestreams. Well-known streamers will also be bringing you live action from the Blizzard booth, which you’ll be able to check out directly from the website, along with a daily recap video each evening at 21:00 CEST. Our gamescom site will also be your source for a full schedule of stage activities, a social wall, and more.
 
 
Additional details about Blizzard at gamescom will be available soon, so stay tuned!
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We'll be there as well, but we only got a Heroes of the Storm interview. We were hoping for a big Diablo announcement, but I guess it won't happen this week :(

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