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Your source of the latest BlizzCon 2018 news.
Welcome to the Icy Veins' BlizzCon 2018 hub. Here you will find links to all the latest information as well as individual panel coverage.
Opening Ceremony Liveblog Icy Veins Podcast Episode #28 (BlizzCon Special) BlizzCon Interviews
Blizzplanet (Warcraft Reforged) The Lost Codex (WoW) Mamytwink (WoW) Icy Veins (WoW) Diablo
Diablo: Immortal Announcement & Gameplay Trailers Diablo: Immortal: Lore & Q&A Panel Hearthstone
Rastakhan's Rumble Expansion Reveal "What's Next" Panel Coverage & Card Reveals Interview with Dave Kosak & Hadidjah Chamberlin Rumble Run Heroes of the Storm
New Hero: Orphea "What's Next" Panel Recap Full List of Orphea's Abilities & Talents Deep Dive Panel Recap (Designing Orphea) 2019 Gameplay Changes Overview How the 2019 Gameplay Changes Will Change the Game Orphea Hands-on Experience Overwatch
New Animated Short & Hero Teaser "What's Next" Panel World of Warcraft
Patch 8.1 Release Date & Terror of Darkshore Trailer World of Warcraft BlizzCon Q&A Recap "What's Next" Panel Coverage (Patch 8.1.5, 8.2.5) Kul Tiran Humans & Zandalari Trolls: Playable Classes & Racials The Lost Honor Cinematic Trailer Warcraft 3 Remastered Announced New Charity Pet "Whomper" World of Warcraft BlizzCon 2018 Press Kit WoW Classic
Creating WoW Classic WoW Classic Content Release Plan WoW Classic Details (Release Date) WoW Classic Clarifications: November 3 A centralized hub for everything related to this year's BlizzCon.
BlizzCon's opening ceremony is upon us! Check out our liveblog of the event!
The opening ceremony is now over. Stay tuned for individual panel coverage.
The game's called Diablo Immortal.
Diablo Mobile is coming. The action RPG can be played by everyone anywhere. There's a new trailer playing right now, naratted by Tyrael.
Hearthstone's next expansion is called "Rastakhan's Rumble".
Overwatch had an animated short with a new Hero tease.
Warcraft III Reforged is coming. The game is coming next year, and the Cunning of Stratholme will be available as demo at BlizzCon.
Blizzard just premiered a trailer starring Anduin and Saurfang called "Lost Honor".
WoW Classic will be available to everyone with an active WoW subscription in Summer 2019. More information can be found here.
Kul Tiran Humans and Zandalari Trolls will be available after Battle for Dazar'alor. For latest WoW info, don't miss the "What's Next" panel later today.
Orphea is coming to Heroes of the Storm along with various skins in what appears to be Heroes of the Storm 3.0. The Hero is free to all BlizzCon attendees and Virtual Ticket holders! You can find more details here.
A new World of Warcraft pet "Whomper" is now available for purchase.
The community helped raise 12.7 million $ for Breast Cancer Research (Pink Mercy Skin & Shirts).
Brack is now on stage talking about Blizzard's dedication to create great games. Starting today, you can play Diablo 3 on Nintendo Switch.
Blizzard co-founder Mike Morhaime is now on stage welcoming everyone, talking about how far they've come. He's passing the torch to J. Allen Brack, the new President of Blizzard Entertainment.
The ceremony is slightly delayed. We just learned that they're giving away a free copy of Destiny 2 to players that must be claimed through November 18.
According to Blizzard's latest post, BlizzCon 2018 will primarily focus on an upcoming patch and not Tides of Vengeance. The article also comes with information on additional security updates at the convention.
It almost sounds like we're getting Patch 8.1 right after BlizzCon. We know that Battle of Dazar'alor won't open immediately with the release of 8.1 and Blizzard said they're adopting the Legion patch cycle in Battle for Azeroth. Each Legion patch has been 77 days apart and Battle for Azeroth launched 76 days ago!
Hey guys! Just wanted to take some time to set some expectations ahead of time when it comes to all of the announcements and discussions when it comes to what we’ll be talking about at BlizzCon this weekend, as well as remind everybody of some changes when it comes to security this year for attendees.
As you all are probably aware, we’ve been hard at work on the upcoming Tides of Vengeance content update. We are very excited for this update and it is very much our immediate focus and will continue to be until after we’ve delivered it to you all. At BlizzCon you’ll be hearing us talk mainly about what comes after Tides of Vengeance. We do plan on discussing some of it, but as many of you know, BlizzCon is where we typically talk about longer term goals and plans. The feedback you all have given us about Battle for Azeroth is something we are very grateful for and we can’t wait for you to experience everything coming with Tides of Vengeance.
For those at home on the Virtual Ticket, please let us know what you think about all the things we share that are upcoming for World of Warcraft.
As for the security updates I mentioned earlier, we recently posted a blog on the BlizzCon site that I want to mirror to increase awareness. We’ve enhanced our security this year so I want to make sure to mention that you guys should look at arriving earlier than previous years especially if you’re wanting to catch the opening ceremony live on Friday.
As for the measures we’ve added Metal Detectors as well as Bag Checks at every point of entrance this year. For any additional information about locations of entrances, ADA accessibility, cosplay check-ins, and restrictions, please check out the post on the BlizzCon site about the updates to the usual processes this year:
For those who are coming out to Anaheim for the show, we look forward to meeting you and spending the weekend geeking out with you.
Enjoy the show everyone!
Blizzard have finally announced the full schedule for all the panels, competitions, tournaments and events that will be shown at BlizzCon on November 2nd through the 4th! Obviously the opening ceremonies are the main focus, just in case we get some brand new announcements (gogo Diablo 4), and among the many "What's Next" panels and World Championship tournaments for the various games we have a Diablo: World and Q&A panel in addition to a what's next one (and we really, REALLY want an answer to that question for the Diablo franchise). Also of note is the Lorecraft: Creating Memorable Characters and BfA Cinematics panels, where we might get some more discussion on the disappointment some players are feeling in the story/character development in WoW.
In any case, there's a lot going on this year, and with the Virtual Ticket including access to the WoW Classic demo, as well as faction cloaks for WoW characters and a lot more, it seems there will be many viewers, among which many excited Diablo fans are just waiting to be disappointed.
Here's the full schedule for each day.
Friday, November 2nd:
Saturday, November 3rd:
Sunday, November 4th:
The full BlizzCon schedule is here and there seem to be some hints at a Diablo-related announcement!
So, on a scale of 1 to (D) 4, how likely do you think a Diablo announcement is and how ecited would you be if there was one?
Apparently it's BlizzCon season and to celebrate its start Blizzard have posted a whole lot of goodies for us to enjoy! First off there's a great "Best of BlizzCons Past" video series, that will be focusing on the great moments from former conventions, starting off with biggest surprise announcements. We can also vote for for our favorite surprise to come out of the shows.
Next up it's the big ticket item from the post, the Blizzard community infographic, covering some amazing stats from across all of Blizzard's games, from important and informative ones like 37 million monthly active players, to average friends per account, to staggering numbers such as 7.4 billion commendations given in Overwatch, 2.8 billion player kills by Legion raid bosses and much more!
And finally, we get a little preview of the programming coming to the virtual ticket prior to the event itself, including a All-Access Kickoff Show stream, a lot of content in the weeks prior and of course the actual coverage of BlizzCon itself!
Every BlizzCon is a piece of Blizzard Entertainment history. It’s a unique opportunity for us at Blizzard to geek out about our shared passion for games with our community and reveal what we’ve been working on with everyone. It’s also where our community comes to experience and help create unforgettable moments that last a lifetime.
This year, we’re kicking off BlizzCon season with a few firsts. We’ve created the “Blizzard Community Spotlight 2018” infographic, highlighting stats and fun facts about our players and what they do in and outside of our games, and with a few eye-popping facts about what goes into making BlizzCon a spectacle. We’ve also created a video campaign that lets all of you relive and vote on your favorite moments from BlizzCons past.
Then of course there’s this upcoming BlizzCon, which everyone will be able to follow via Virtual Ticket. Today, we’re giving the first glimpse of what’s to come when BlizzCon and Virtual Ticket 2018 programming kicks off in three weeks with the “BlizzCon All-Access Kick-Off Show.” Jump to the “Save the Dates” section at the bottom if you can’t wait to see what’s coming up.
Best of BlizzCons Past
It’s only fitting to start the festivities for our 12th BlizzCon, taking place this November 2–3, by giving you a chance to relive the most unforgettable moments from the show and vote on your all-time “Best of BlizzCon.”
Whether you were there in person, watched it online, or heard about it, every BlizzCon has its share of surprises and delights. These have been from announcements and surprises during our opening ceremony, from cameos from our favorite personalities, from epic esports moments. We’re trying to unearth the most memorable moments from all these categories, and then see what you decide are the best of all time.
We’ll be releasing new “Best of BlizzCon” videos from four different categories every two weeks, and you can vote on your favorite from each. Closer to the show, we’ll reveal the “Best of BlizzCon Moments of All Time.” The campaign starts today with “Top BlizzCon Surprises,” and voting is live now!
VOTE NOW FOR FAVORITE BLIZZCON SURPRISES Blizzard Community Infographic
Blizzard’s worlds are alive because of our vibrant player communities. To capture some of the characteristics we love most about our community, we decided to put together a fun infographic. It’s a mix of stats and fun facts for Blizzard Battle.net, Blizzard franchises, and BlizzCon. There are insights here that that even we found surprising.
BlizzCon 2018 Save the Dates!
Every year we officially get BlizzCon into gear with our “BlizzCon All-Access Channel Kickoff Show”—a livestream featuring teases, reveals, and special guests. The show also marks the launch of the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket, including premieres for the first slate of exclusive video programming. Here’s a glimpse at what’s ahead:
“BlizzCon All-Access Kickoff Show” Livestream—September 12 Tune in at www.blizzcon.com at 3:00 p.m. PDT/11:00 p.m. GMT to see reveals for BlizzCon 2018, watch the BlizzCon Goody Bag unboxing, get the first in-game item (for BlizzCon ticket holders/Virtual Ticket holders) for Overwatch®, and more! Catch the first episodes of these Virtual Ticket exclusive programs for free: Build-A-Panel—Join in “crowd-crafting” the first-ever community-created panel for BlizzCon. Drawn to Adventure—Witness the creative process in action as Blizzard artists share their process, insights, and inspirations. The Vault—See historical items from our games that are too important—and in some cases too fragile—to keep anywhere other than under lock and key. Elite Cosplay—From concept to creation, see the dedication, passion, and love of the game required to become a truly elite cosplayer. Pause for Laughter—Get ready for an unconventional, whimsical look at Blizzard games and the unique personalities who make up our player communities.
BlizzCon Virtual Ticket Pre-Show Programming—September 12 to October 30 Watch new videos debuting almost every day, with original programming created by Blizzard and an award-winning team of producers, writers, filmmakers, and on-air talent.
BlizzCon Opening Week—October 25 to 29 Blizzard Arena Los Angeles hosts the initial rounds of the esports tournament finals culminating at BlizzCon for World of Warcraft®, Heroes of the Storm®, and StarCraft® II.
BlizzCon 2018—November 2 to 3 BlizzCon kicks off with a pre-show and our biggest announcements at the opening ceremony, broadcast live starting at 10:00 a.m. PDT/5:00 p.m. GMT on Nov. 2 from the Anaheim Convention Center. Virtual Ticket broadcasts live for the duration of the show, livestreaming key content and providing exclusive access and interviews with developers, community personalities, and esports pros. In addition to two full days of news, developer panels, and community entertainment across multiple stages, BlizzCon features the ultimate competitions in Blizzard esports: StarCraft II WCS Global Finals World of Warcraft Arena World Championship Global Finals World of Warcraft Mythic Dungeon Invitational All-Stars Heroes of the Storm Global Championship Finals Hearthstone Global Games Finals Overwatch World Cup Finals A whole lot of BlizzCon information, a huge infographic on all Blizzard games and a video on previous BlizzCon surprises.