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Blizzard have announced not only the dates for this year's BlizzCon, but the ticket sales dates as well! November 2nd and 3rd is the main event, preceded by the usual high level esports preparations and you can try to be one of the lucky ones to snag tickets in the first few seconds of their availability on May 9th, May 12th and finally at the benefit dinner on May 16th!
Team up with your friends and family and get ready for a journey to Southern California for BlizzCon® 2018, Blizzard’s epic celebration of games and esports and the communities that bring them to life! Tickets to the main event, taking place at the Anaheim Convention Center on November 2 and 3, will go on sale May 9 and May 12, with tickets to a special pre-BlizzCon benefit dinner going on sale May 16.
BlizzCon Ticket Sale #1: Wednesday, May 9 at 7:00 p.m. PDT
BlizzCon Ticket Sale #2: Saturday, May 12 at 10:00 a.m. PDT
BlizzCon Benefit Dinner Ticket Sale: Wednesday, May 16 at 7:00 p.m. PDT
Every BlizzCon, people from around the world gather to celebrate their shared passion for games, learn more about Blizzard’s games and universes directly from the developers, cheer on their favorite esports stars through world-class competition, and much more.
This year’s show will once again commence with the esports action of BlizzCon Opening Week, taking place at Blizzard Arena Los Angeles from October 25 to 29, where the initial rounds of the StarCraft® II World Championship Series Global Finals, the Heroes of the Storm® Global Championship Finals, and World of Warcraft® Arena World Championship Finals will unfold. The competitions will culminate in Anaheim on November 2 and 3, where the champions of these tournaments along with those of the Overwatch® World Cup and Hearthstone® Global Games will be crowned.
BlizzCon Tournament Dates
Heroes of the Storm Global Championship: October 25–28, November 2–3
StarCraft II World Championship Series: October 26–28, November 2–3
World of Warcraft Arena Global Championship: October 29, November 2–3
Overwatch World Cup: November 2–3
Hearthstone Global Games: November 2–3
A limited number of tickets to Opening Week events at Blizzard Arena Los Angeles in Burbank, California will go on sale later this year—further details will be announced in the months ahead.
BlizzCon 2018 Ticket Details
BlizzCon 2018 tickets will be available for $199 USD each (plus applicable taxes and fees) through the online ticketing service Universe. Tickets include two-day admission to the main event at the Anaheim Convention Center on November 2 and 3, and attendees will receive a commemorative BlizzCon goody bag containing a cache of loot based on their favorite Blizzard games. Visit the BlizzCon Event Info site for complete details, including important information for people interested in attending in person.
BlizzCon Benefit Dinner in Support of CHOC Children’s
Before BlizzCon begins, we’ll be hosting an exclusive pre-BlizzCon dinner to benefit CHOC Children’s on the evening of Thursday, November 1, where attendees will have the chance to spend time with Blizzard developers, artists, and community representatives—all while supporting a great cause. Tickets to the benefit dinner, which include BlizzCon admission, are limited in number and will go on sale Wednesday, May 16 at 7:00 p.m. PDT for $750 each. Blizzard Entertainment will donate the net proceeds from the event to CHOC Children’s. Visit the Charity Dinner page for more details.
BlizzCon Virtual Ticket Coming Soon
Gamers around the globe who aren’t able to attend in person will have the chance to enjoy BlizzCon from just about anywhere via the Virtual Ticket, which offers live streaming coverage of the event and a variety of bonus content, including this year’s BlizzCon in-game items. More details on the BlizzCon 2018 Virtual Ticket, including pricing, availability, and programming information, will be announced at a later date.
Whether you’re attending in person or joining us online, we hope to see you there!
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Opening Ceremony Livestream Coverage Icy Veins Podcast Episode #3 Interviews
Bay with Alex Afrasiabi & Ion Hazzikostas BlizzPlanet with Jeremy Feasel Gamespot with John Hight Panser with Alex Afrasiabi & Chris Robinson Asmongold & Hotted with Ryan Cobo & Shani Edwards World of Warcraft
A lot of WoW hype at BlizzCon. Blizzard announced Classic servers and the next expansion.
Battle for Azeroth (New Expansion Announcement) What's Next in World of Warcraft? Classic Servers Announced Allied Races in Battle for Azeroth Old World Zone Scaling Coming in Patch 7.3.5 New Legendary Neck Piece Heart of Azeroth Explained Battle for Azeroth Live Q/A Battle for Azeroth Beta Opt-In Additional Information About Classic Servers Heroes of the Storm
The game is getting a bunch of under the hood improvemenets and a new event called Dragons of the Nexus with Alexstrasza and Hanzo.
What's Next in Heroes of the Storm? Alexstraza & Hanzo Reveals (Dragons of the Nexus Event) Alexstrasza Abilities & Talents Hanzo Abilities & Talents Heroes of the Storm Deep Dive Panel Upcoming Stealth Shader Updates Upcoming Hero Updates Kendric's Interview with Lead Game Designer Travis McGeathy Hanzo Hands-on Impressions by Oxy Hearthstone
Kobolds and Catacombs is the new expansion for Hearthstone!
Kobolds and Catacombs Expansion Reveal What's Next in Hearthstone? Kobolds and Catacombs Expansion Hub Dungeon Run (New Single-Player Mode) New Game Board Hearthstone Q/A Panel New Arena-Exclusive Cards Overwatch
A new Hero and a map! That's what we're getting in Overwatch!
What's Next in Overwatch? Moira (New Hero) & Blizzardworld (Map) Mora Origin, Cocept Art, Skins Starcraft II
The game will soon be F2P, there's a new unit and improvements for co-op and Ranked Ladder.
StarCraft II Going Free to Play on Nov 14
The base StarCraft 2 game, aka Wings of Liberty, will be free to play from November 14th, as just announced by Mike Morhaime in the BlizzCon opening ceremony! In case you already own Wings of Liberty, you'll be getting the first expansion, Heart of the Swarm for free. No news on what happens to Heart of the Swarm owners or those that have all expansions, but we did get word of a new commanders for the game's co-op mode, Matt Horner and Mira Han, as well as a new co-op mission!
The competitive ladder will also be part of the free to play version.
Starcraft 2 (source)
Hello and welcome to the Koprulu Sector!
We recognize that you might have found your way here after hearing the news that StarCraft II is going free-to-play very soon—on November 14, to be exact. Curious what that actually means? We know “free-to-play” can mean a lot of things for different games, but we’re here to assure you that when we say that we’re making StarCraft II free-to-play, we really mean it.
Starting November 14, you’ll have free access to the original Wings of Liberty single-player campaign and every Co-op Commander, and will be able to unlock access to StarCraft II’s competitive multiplayer content for free. Here is a specific rundown of everything that will be available to you for free:
The original Wings of Liberty campaign. Experience the original epic campaign that kicked off the StarCraft II saga! If you picked up Wings of Liberty previously but haven’t come back to StarCraft II in a while, we’ve got good news for you too—if you already own Wings of Liberty, you’ll receive the second installment in StarCraft II’s campaign, the zerg-focused Heart of the Swarm, for free. Make sure to log in between November 8 and December 8 to claim it. You will be able to access the ranked multiplayer ladder to compete with other players to become the best of the best, complete with all of the multiplayer units from Wings of Liberty, Heart of the Swarm, and Legacy of the Void. All you have to do to unlock it permanently is earn 10 First Wins of the Day in Unranked or Versus A.I. play—our way to preserve the quality and integrity of the ranked experience. Current and upcoming Co-op Commanders are available to play for free up to level five, and the level restriction for weekly mutations has been removed. You’ll be able to tackle these extra challenging missions with your friends right away. The Co-op Commanders Raynor, Kerrigan, and Artanis will remain completely free, meaning that you can keep leveling them to your heart’s content. In other words, you can now play all of StarCraft II’s multiplayer, every Co-op Commander, and the entire first campaign in the single-player story, for free.
If you play through Wings of Liberty and want to see how the rest of the epic single-player saga unfolds, all the other single-player campaigns—Heart of the Swarm, Legacy of the Void, and Nova Covert Ops will be available to purchase individually for $14.99 or as a bundle for $39.99. We will also continue to offer premium upgrades like announcer packs, special skins, and new Co-op Commanders to enhance your StarCraft II experience in a number of different ways. As with the existing line-up of Co-op Commanders, however, you will be able to play upcoming new Co-op Commanders who are released for free until they reach level 5. You can also purchase any of the campaigns or a seasonal War Chest to gain immediate access to ranked play if you desire.
For those of you who have already purchased any of the three campaigns as of October 31, we’ll soon be sending you a small thank-you in the form of an exclusive Ghost skin as well as three new portraits.
Welcome to the StarCraft community, and we hope you enjoy diving into the game anew—or for the first time—with all these exciting new changes!
Don't forget that Blizzard is livestreaming the opening ceremony on YouTube and you can watch it even without a Virtual Ticket!
World of Warcraft
We've seen old Heroes fall and new ones rise, soon the final conquest on Argus awaits - the confrontation with Sargeras. World of Warcraft: Classic has been announced - Vanilla servers are returning! The next expansion is called Battle for Azeroth and you can find the announcement here. Live Coverage
Mike Morhaime is now live on stage. More than 40 million players around the world play Blizzard games. He talks about Blizzard Esports. Intel will be hosting a StarCraft II tournament leading in to the winter games. StarCraft II will be free to play starting Nov 14. Everyone will have access to the Ranked Ladder. Co-op mode will be improved. More details TBA (www.starcraft2.com) Blizzard is a community of shared values and passion.
Heroes of the Storm
Production Director Kaéo Milker is now on stage talking about Heroes of the Storm 2.0. 15 new Heroes were added since last BlizzCon. Alexstrasza and Hanzo thave been revealed as new Heroes joining the Nexus soon. Alexstrasza is a versatile live support to manipulate live energy to help her allies. When she depletes it, she will transform into Dragon Queen Hanzo is a nimble ranged assassin (scout). 2018 gameplay update brings: New Camera, Laning Improvements, Stealth Rework, Evolved Battleground Mechanics Here's the BlizzCon 2017 Hero Trailer
The new Hearthstone expansion has been announced. It's called Kobolds & Catacombs. Reveal Trailer
Kaplan is talking about new additions to the game: A new Hero, Moira (Support Healer) New Map - Blizzardworld
It doesn't matter if you're attending BlizzCon 2017 in person or watching from home, you can now download the free BlizzCon Mobile app for Android and iOS. The app makes an ideal companion if you're planning to watch BlizzCon on the go.
Virtual Ticket holders get really cool in-game rewards in all Blizzard games! You can check them out here. More details about the Virtual Ticket 2017 can be found on the official website.
Whether you’re heading to Anaheim for BlizzCon 2017 or joining us with the Virtual Ticket, be sure to download the FREE BlizzCon Mobile app, available now for Android and iOS devices.
BlizzCon Mobile is a fast and easy way to help you make the most of your BlizzCon experience with streaming events and videos, a complete interactive events schedule, hall maps, plus live streams, archived videos, and results from all BlizzCon’s thrilling esports matches.
With BlizzCon Mobile, you can:
Watch Wherever and Whenever
Step right into BlizzCon with the new and improved Watch tab—explore videos and live streams by your favorite game or event type, and unlock all four stages of game and community content with the Virtual Ticket. You can also read news, shop, and craft your schedule without pausing your stream—and if you want to relive some epic moments or watch something you might have missed from another stage, peruse the archives during and after the show for on-demand viewing.
The Watch tab has been reworked this year to feature a variety of live segments streaming simultaneously from the show.
Plan Your Day
Review BlizzCon event details and save them to your personal calendar to make sure you catch them on time. You can sort your schedule by franchise or stage and select favorites. If you’re logged in, your events will sync with the BlizzCon website.
Tune In to All the Esports Action
Worried about missing a moment of the excitement of the tournaments at BlizzCon and during Opening Week? You can now use the BlizzCon Mobile app to keep up with your favorite esports matchups—view brackets, or check out a feed of live and archived events at BlizzCon!
Level Up Your Shopping
With Blink Shopping, anyone attending BlizzCon in person can place orders online before or during the show and pick up your purchases at the Blizzard Gear Store on-site Thursday through Saturday. Instant updates will let you know up-to-date wait times for both Blink Shopping pickup and the regular line, plus notify you of any sold out items. Shop early, shop quickly, and get back to the show!
Chart Your Path
Zoom in on the exhibit hall floor with the BlizzCon map and quickly find an event, meet up with friends, or just figure out where you’d like to go next.
Receive instant updates and the latest news from the official BlizzCon news feed. With live streams and video archive access to the free and Virtual Ticket streams, you’ll be able to bask in more than 60 hours of gaming entertainment, all delivered directly to your device. Miss an event or want to relive an epic moment? You can access these videos and event recordings on-demand.
BlizzCon 2017 officially begins on Friday, November 3, but make sure to download the new BlizzCon Mobile app in time for opening week, beginning October 26, so you can watch the first esports events and other exciting pre-show content!
Click here to download on iOS
Click here to download on Android