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BlizzCon is returning to the Anaheim Convention Center on November 1 and 2. Tickets will go on sale May 4 at 10:00 a.m. PDT and May 8 at 7:00 p.m. PDT through AXS.

BlizzCon 2019 Details

  • Standard tickets cost $229, BlizzCon Portal Pass costs $550 and Benefit Dinner tickets can be purchased for $750. BlizzCon Portal Pass is new this year and comes with extra perks such as preferred parking, separate registration, and more.
  • You can set a reminder for when the tickets go on sale and find all details here. Do keep in mind that transferring tickets is permanent this year!
    • Online waiting room opens 30 minutes before on-sale time.
  • Blizzard is also celebrating 25 years of Warcraft and there's BlizzCon 2019 Commemorative Collectible for every attendee! You must pick from two variations when you purchase tickets. Read on for details!

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Get ready for the most epic family reunion on the planet! BlizzCon® is returning to the Anaheim Convention Center on November 1 and 2, and you’re invited to join us for a weekend filled with games, esports, cosplay, and the latest news on everything Blizzard—all in celebration of the best community of playmates, teammates, and guildmates in the known universe.

Tickets to this year’s show go on sale May 4 at 10 a.m. PDT and May 8 at 7 p.m. PDT through AXS—check out the BlizzCon Event Info pages for all the details, and read on to learn about what’s in store.

Whether you’re exploring Azeroth with your closest friends, pushing the payload with trusted allies, or engaging in a friendly duel at the Tavern, your favorite games can feel like a home away from home. For a handful of days every year, the bonds people forge online manifest IRL at BlizzCon, as people from all walks of life converge in Anaheim to celebrate a shared love of games.

This year, we have some exciting updates designed to make the BlizzCon experience even more epic and memorable for everyone joining us—including a broader range of ticketing options and some new activities for attendees to rally around.

An Epic Welcome

We’re kicking things off a day earlier this year with what we’re calling the BlizzCon Pregame Festivities, a “Welcome to BlizzCon” get-together in the plaza outside the convention center on Thursday, October 31, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PDT. This casual gathering will give everyone a place to meet up and hang out with friends, enjoy food and drinks, and do a /readycheck before the main event begins Friday morning.

We’re also making room for more indoor activities this year by expanding the show into Hall E on Friday and Saturday. If you’ve been to BlizzCon before, that’s usually where registration and the BlizzCon Store resides—this year, the store’s heading to the North Hall, registration is moving off-site (nearby), and we’re recapturing the Hall E area to make room for some BlizzCon fun. We’ve got some playful plans in the works for that space, so stay tuned for more information.

And as always, BlizzCon 2019 will feature everything you’ve come to expect from the convention—the epic opening ceremony, developer panels across multiple stages, the Community Night contests, hands-on demos, world-class esports competition, and much more!

A Trio of BlizzCon Options

As BlizzCon has expanded and evolved, we’ve heard from guests and attendees that they’d be interested in more options and conveniences for navigating the show and exploring at a different pace. With that in mind, we’re adding a new ticket—the BlizzCon Portal Pass—available in limited quantities in addition to the BlizzCon Pass and Benefit Dinner options. Here’s a breakdown of all three:

BlizzCon Pass – This is the core BlizzCon ticket you know and love, and what most BlizzCon attendees will want to go for. The BlizzCon Pass provides the same full general-admission access as in previous years, along with access to Thursday’s BlizzCon Pregame Festivities. You’ll also get the BlizzCon in-game goodies (to be announced), along with your choice of this year’s BlizzCon Commemorative Collectible, which you can read more about below. Learn more about the BlizzCon Pass.

BlizzCon Portal Pass – New for 2019! – The BlizzCon Portal Pass is your gateway to an array of extras, including access to the Darkmoon Faire area on the eve of BlizzCon for a special “Night at the Faire.” It also comes with convienct perks such as preferred parking, separate registration and security lines, an option to be among the first to enter the show on Friday and Saturday, a dedicated lounge for taking a load off during BlizzCon, and more. Learn more about the BlizzCon Portal Pass.

BlizzCon Benefit Dinner – Returning for 2019, the BlizzCon Benefit Dinner gives you a chance to meet and chat with developers, artists, and other folks from Blizzard the night before the show at a laid-back charity dinner—all for an exceptional cause. Your BlizzCon Benefit Dinner purchase also comes with entry to BlizzCon and all of the BlizzCon Portal Pass perks. As in past years, the net proceeds from the BlizzCon Benefit Dinner go to benefit CHOC Children’s, whose mission is to nurture, advance, and protect the health and well-being of children. Learn more about the BlizzCon Benefit Dinner.

And of course, for those who can’t make it to Anaheim in person, there will be ways to watch BlizzCon online, as well as get this year’s commemorative in-game goodies. We’ll share more information on our plans for experiencing BlizzCon at home in the future, so stay tuned.

How to Get Tickets
New for 2019!

This year, we’re teaming up with online ticketing vendor AXS to sell tickets to BlizzCon 2019. Tickets will be sold in two batches, with quantities of all three ticket types available on both dates:

BlizzCon Ticket Sale #1: Saturday, May 4 – 10 a.m. PDT
BlizzCon Ticket Sale #2: Wednesday, May 8 – 7 p.m. PDT

Online waiting room opens approximately 30 minutes before on-sale time

AXS provides tickets for a wide variety of major events, and they’re the ticket provider for our own esports events at the Blizzard Arena in Los Angeles. If you’ve bought BlizzCon tickets in the past, AXS’s system works a bit differently from those in previous years. To learn more about the key changes and get yourself ready, check out our 5 Things You Need to Know About Buying BlizzCon 2019 Ticketsblog.

If you want to set up an AXS account in advance and save yourself a step during the ticket-buying process, you can head to the BlizzCon AXS account registration page. Alternatively, you’ll have the option to log in using your Blizzard account during ticket sales, if you’d prefer.

Either way, note that once you’ve purchased tickets, they will be digitally delivered to you prior to the show via the AXS app, which you’ll be prompted to download to your mobile device at your convenience following the ticket-purchase process.

BlizzCon 2019 Commemorative Collectible – Celebrating 25 Years of Warcraft®

BlizzCon 2019 just so happens to coincide with a very special anniversary. This year, we’re celebrating 25 years of the Warcraft universe, and to mark the occasion we’re giving away something uniquely Azerothian to BlizzCon attendees.

In place of the usual BlizzCon Goody Bag we’ve given out in the past, this year’s BlizzCon-goers will receive their choice of a special, premium BlizzCon 2019 Commemorative Collectible—either an Orc Grunt statue or Human Footman statue—representing a quarter century of conflict and camaraderie, but mostly conflict.

We’ll be producing quantities based on what people choose—so to accommodate production deadlines and have everyone’s statue ready in time for pickup at BlizzCon, you’ll need to decide which statue you want at the time you purchase your tickets. For those who might want to own both, the statues will be available for purchase separately during a limited pre-order window starting May 4, the same day as the first ticket sale.

Check out our BlizzCon 2019 Commemorative Collectible preview to get a closer look and learn more about making your selection.

This year’s BlizzCon is shaping up to be an epic one. Whether you hail from Taipei, Tristram, Kansas, or King’s Row, we can’t wait to welcome you back home!

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As mentioned above, Blizzard will be celebrating 25 years of Warcraft in November this year and all BlizzCon attendees will receive a BlizzCon 2019 Commemorative Collectible in addition to the usual Goody Bag. You need to decide which statue you want when you purchase your tickets. There's a Human Foortman (Alliance) statue and Orc Grunt (Horde) statue.

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November 2019 marks the 25th anniversary of the Warcraft® universe, and instead of doing a typical BlizzCon® Goody Bag as we have in past years, we’d like to commemorate the occasion by providing BlizzCon attendees a distinctly Azerothian memento.

We’re excited to announce that everyone who buys a ticket to attend this year’s BlizzCon will receive their choice of a special BlizzCon 2019 Commemorative Collectible—one of two premium statues in the style of the Blizzard Legends series, celebrating a quarter century of Warcraft’s timeless central conflict. Take up arms alongside the mighty Orc Grunt, or side with the bold Human Footman!

IMPORTANT! You’ll need to decide which statue you want at the time you purchase your tickets on May 4 or May 8. We’ll be producing quantities for pickup at BlizzCon based on what people choose, and locking in your selection now helps us ensure we’ll have everyone’s statue ready in time for the show!

Orc Grunt

Zug zug! Mark the 25th anniversary of Warcraft with this mighty axe-wielding Orc Grunt.

Human Footman

Ready for action! Honor the legends of Azeroth with the fierce and noble Human Footman.

Since statue choices are locked in at the time of ticket purchase, make sure to sync up with family and friends in advance to determine which one everyone wants. BlizzCon attendees will pick up their preselected statues with their badges at the show—and keep in mind that if you choose to transfer tickets (find out more), the selected statue will stay connected to that ticket.

In addition, anyone who wants either statue (or both!) will be able to purchase the Orc Grunt and Human Footman for a limited time on the Blizzard Gear Store starting May 4. Statues purchased during this window will be shipped directly to your home around the time of BlizzCon. Stay tuned for more details.

Here’s to 25 years of Warcraft—we’re looking forward to celebrating with you at BlizzCon!

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If you want to participate in this year's community night contests (info mainly for cosplayers), Blizzard posted a list of categories for the costume contest.

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Attention all cosplayers, moviemakers, artists, and other creators throughout the Blizzard community!

Each BlizzCon, we look forward to seeing you take the stage to show the world your creativity and talent. With today’s announcement of BlizzCon® 2019, we wanted to give you a head’s up that entries for our Community Night contests will be opening up in the next few weeks to give you as much time as possible to perfect your work.

If you’ve been to multiple BlizzCons, you know that we’ve been evolving Community Night to deliver the best show we can for everyone watching and all the contestants participating. While we’re still finalizing details of this year’s contests, we wanted to let you know that we’re once again planning a cosplay contest and exhibition, talent contest, movie contest, and art contest, so it’s safe to go ahead and get started on your creations.

If you’re participating in the costume contest, we also wanted to give you a heads up on this year’s categories:

  • Artisan Crafting: This category focuses on the fine details, recognizing skills that really shine close-up, such as meticulous tailoring and embroidery or intricate leatherworking details.
  • Large-scale Fabrication: This category recognizes excellence creating costumes and props that are "larger than life," such as mechs, power armor, and so on. Please note that if you’re planning to work on something like that, there will be size and mobility restrictions similar to last year.
  • Weapons & Armor: This category recognizes the unique set of skills involved in crafting a battle-ready costume.
  • Group Construction: This category is for teams of three or more people who each made significant contributions to the creation of a single costume.
  • Outstanding Creation: This category recognizes costumes that are well-rounded and perfectly produced, or are outstanding in a way that does not fall in the other categories. 

Thanks as always for your passion and support, and for helping bring BlizzCon to life with your creativity. We’ll have more to share with you soon.

-The BlizzCon Community Night Team

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Next up, is a compilation of 5 tips you need to know before buying a BlizzCon Pass.

  • There are 3 ticket options this year.
  • The Ticket Waiting Room opens 30 mins early.
  • You need to pick a statue at the time of purchase.
  • Transferring tickets is permanent and the deadline for using the Transfer option is August 25 at 11:59 p.m. PDT.
  • You must download the AXS Mobile App to get into the show [iPhone // Android].

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BlizzCon 2019 tickets go on sale in two waves—one on May 4 and one on May 8—through AXS, and whether you’re a convention veteran or trying to go for the first time, it pays to be prepared.

Several things are changing about this year’s ticketing and badging process, and we’ve pulled together five pieces of essential BlizzCon 2019 ticket-sales intel.

  1. There Are Three Options This Year

In addition to the general-admission BlizzCon Pass and BlizzCon Benefit Dinner pass, we’ve introduced a third option to attend BlizzCon called the BlizzCon Portal Pass. Quantities of all three—including the BlizzCon Benefit Dinner, which had its own separate on-sale day in past years—will be going on sale both dates. (Read about each pass type in our announcement blog.)

When you arrive at the BlizzCon ticket page on AXS on the dates of the sale, you’ll choose which of the three options you want to try to buy. Each of the three passes will have its own completely separate “Waiting Room” (more on that below!) and purchase process, so if you want to try to get all three, you’ll need to enter each Waiting Room individually.

  1. The Ticket Waiting Room Opens 30 Minutes Early

AXS’s ticketing system features a “Waiting Room” where people wait to find out if they’re selected for a chance to buy tickets. This Waiting Room opens roughly 30 minutes prior to the official on-sale time—but don’t worry too much about arriving far in advance.

Once the ticket sale officially begins, a number of people in the Waiting Room will be selected randomly for a chance to get tickets. So whether you get in the Waiting Room early or just before the sale starts, as long as tickets are available, your odds of getting tickets are the same.

If you’re selected, you’ll have 7 minutes to complete your purchase before tickets are released back into the available pool. AXS’s Waiting Room also has measures in place to guard against ticket-buying bots (learn more).

  1. You’ll Need to Choose a Statue as You’re Buying Tickets

This BlizzCon, instead of having the typical Goody Bag as in past years, we’re celebrating the 25th anniversary of Warcraft by giving each BlizzCon ticket purchaser their choice of one of two BlizzCon 2019 Commemorative Collectible statues—an Orc Grunt or a Human Footman—and you’ll need to lock in your selection(s) as part of the ticket-buying process.

Here’s how it works, using the core BlizzCon Pass as an example:

If you get through the Waiting Room, you’ll immediately be presented with two options: “BlizzCon Pass with Grunt” and “BlizzCon Pass with Footman.” You’ll need select a quantity for each of them (up to a maximum total of 4), then click Next to advance to the next page.

So, for example, if you want to buy three BlizzCon Passes total, and want two Orc Grunt statues and one Human statue with those passes, you’d select BlizzCon Pass with Grunt x2 and BlizzCon Pass with Footman x1, then click Next.

After you click Next, you’ll then simply reconfirm that you want 3 BlizzCon Passes total by clicking Find Tickets. That will take you to a new page where you fill out your billing information.

Remember, once your ticket purchase is complete, your choice of statue is locked in! When a ticket is scanned at badge pickup, the ticketholder will receive whichever statue was selected at the time of ticket purchase, even if you transfer the ticket to another guest. Speaking of which….

  1. Transferring Tickets Is Permanent!

When you purchase BlizzCon tickets, all of them will stay in your name—and in your AXS account—unless you decide to transfer one or more of them directly to your guests using AXS’s Transfer option.

Unlike previous BlizzCons, where ticket buyers could edit the names of their guests at will until a specific deadline, AXS’s Transfer option permanently hands the ticket over to your guest for them to manage. Your guest can then do with it as they wish (including transfer it to someone else), and you’ll no longer have it in your account. Just make sure you're transferring to someone you trust!

The deadline for using the Transfer option is August 25 at 11:59 p.m. PDT.

  1. You’ll Need the AXS Mobile App to Get Into the Show

To pick up your badge at registration this year, you’ll need to download the AXS Mobile App. The app displays a QR code (one code for all of your tickets), which changes at regular intervals to help guard against dupes and fraud. Because of that, we won’t be able to accept paper tickets, confirmation emails, or screenshots/photos of the QR code at BlizzCon registration.

After you buy your tickets, you should receive an email from AXS with instructions on how to download the app, or you can download it at any time for iPhone and Android.

If for some reason you find yourself at the show with a dead mobile device or some other unexpected issue preventing you from accessing the app, don’t worry. Just head to the Solutions Desk at registration and they’ll help you out.

Ready Check!

If you want to set up an AXS account in advance and save yourself a step during the ticket-buying process, you can head to the BlizzCon AXS account registration page. Alternatively, you’ll have the option to log in using your Blizzard account during ticket sales, if you’d prefer.

And if you want even more nitty-gritty details, including things like lists of items you can bring into the show, registration hours, and more info on the badge-pickup process, make sure to explore all of the pages in the Event Info section of the BlizzCon website.

GLHF!

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If you're planning to attend BlizzCon, it's a good idea to book your hotel in advance, because accommodation tends to get expensive around the time of the venue. Alternatively, you can check out Airbnb (Anaheim, CA).

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We have a lot of excitement planned for you for BlizzCon 2019, but you’ll eventually need to catch some zzz’s while you’re out here. Unfortunately, we can’t let you sleep in the Anaheim Convention Center . . . so it’s a good thing that nearby hotels have rooms set aside for BlizzCon attendees at special discounted rates.

Head to the BlizzCon 2019 hotel website to book your room now.

If you’re looking for a specific hotel you don’t see listed yet, check back later—new housing options will be added as the show draws near!

For more information and updates that will help you on your journey to BlizzCon, keep an eye on our BlizzCon Travel page.

Finally, it's time to look at WoW Esports at BlizzCon 2019! Expect AWC and MDI Global Finals!

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With the BlizzCon 2019 announcement, we wanted to give more details about the WoW esports on offer in Anaheim, California this fall. BlizzCon this year will have two days of WoW esports celebrations, with the Arena World Championship (AWC) Global Finals and Mythic Dungeon International (MDI) Global Finals sharing the World of Warcraft stage during both days of the event.

Arena World Championship (AWC) Global Finals

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The AWC Global Finals will host eight teams at BlizzCon: five from North America/Europe, one from China, one from Asia-Pacific, and one from Latin America, all of whom will battle in a double-elimination bracket. In its 12th year and with more seasonal Cups than ever before, the AWC Global Finals are sure to deliver as new and veteran players alike fight for the championship.

Mythic Dungeon International (MDI) Global Finals

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The finale of the MDI will feature the top two teams from the Spring Season LAN and the top two point-earning teams from each division (based on yearly points) flying to California to race live and in person. These six teams will compete in a double-elimination bracket for the title of 2019 MDI Global Finals champions and their share of the prize pool. After making the transition in 2019 from an invitational series to a year-long, international program, our dungeon-runners will display peak performance on the biggest WoW esports stage in the world.

The prize pools for the AWC and MDI will include contributions from the sales of the Transmorpher Beacon and Lion’s Pride/Horde’s Might Fireworks toys. These contributions will be split down the middle, adding an equal amount of money to both prize pools. All your support for our gladiators and racers so far has been phenomenal, and we will provide an update on the final prize pools as we get closer to November.

For more information about BlizzCon 2019, head to the official BlizzCon website, and stay up to date with all things World of Warcraft by following us on Twitter.

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So the way they celebrate 25 years of Warcraft, is to cheapen out on the goodie bag and handing out palm-sized plastic statues instead? What a load of trash. They're already going to have enough trouble selling tickets after the uproar they caused last year with the combination of Diablo Immoral and the news that more of their games will have mobile titles, so instead of improving things, they are cutting corners? Trying to sell people on an overpriced pass to let them have more place to walk on?

I feel sad for everyone who will go there this year since clearly, Activision have learned diddly squat.

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8 minutes ago, Lampanelli said:

So the way they celebrate 25 years of Warcraft, is to cheapen out on the goodie bag and handing out palm-sized plastic statues instead? What a load of trash. They're already going to have enough trouble selling tickets after the uproar they caused last year with the combination of Diablo Immoral and the news that more of their games will have mobile titles, so instead of improving things, they are cutting corners? Trying to sell people on an overpriced pass to let them have more place to walk on?

I feel sad for everyone who will go there this year since clearly, Activision have learned diddly squat.

Looking at how the tickets sold in the previous years there might just be 30 more minutes to get some this year. Considering the Diablo fans are rolling away. They have always been overprized and even the 700$ dinner tickets sell like crazy.

But for the future, Blizzard could be in a bad spot. Handheld, mobile and console gaming are getting more popular in the new generation of kids, while the average age of PC gamers increases. It's comfort over hardware power these days. Probably also because graphical achievements seem only to come on PS now. Since Blizzard only has PC fans, they are having a hard time to catch on the other gaming markets. That is also why I doubt that Activision is the cause for the chaos. Because even four years into the fusion everything was still "alright". IMHO they lost the momentum and didn't reach this century of gaming very well. 

Still, I personally look forward to the classic team panels and the Starcraft matches. Maybe even a D4 teaser if they amange to hype me. Other than that, I already moved on. Fanboying leads to expectations and they lead to disappointment. So I just look at interesting announcements afterwards instead of hoping for them. If anything good comes out again, they get my attention. Meanwhile I just ignore D Immortal as I always ignored WoW. 

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feel like i'm in an abusive relationship with this company, but I will try to attend again...

 

 

hopefully they don't give me any bruises or make promises that will leave lifelong scars -_- 

 

HGC *cough*... TT

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22 hours ago, Alkasar said:

That is also why I doubt that Activision is the cause for the chaos. Because even four years into the fusion everything was still "alright". IMHO they lost the momentum and didn't reach this century of gaming very well. 

As a subsidiary of Vivendi Games, and then Activision Blizzard, it's safe to say that blame is mostly on them, rather than their parent company. It's rather disappointing when you think about it, how Blizzard used to take some ideas and give them a good or sometimes even unique spin. Now they appear to be focused more on catching up to others and trying to get into what is considered a "gold rush" at that particular time (until it dies out), rather than trying more of their own ideas. They could always stay as PC-centric company but their owners and share holders simply can never have enough, when even hunders of millions of dollars of revenue can still be considered a failure to them.

Anyway, those "rewards" for this Blizzcon look very cheap. Last year's Blizzcon was already underwhelming in that area (and several others).

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On 4/25/2019 at 6:44 PM, Lampanelli said:

So the way they celebrate 25 years of Warcraft, is to cheapen out on the goodie bag and handing out palm-sized plastic statues instead?

And they aren't even with aesthetic of old Warcraft III, but rather with new that looks, well... Hideous IMHO.

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On 4/25/2019 at 1:19 PM, Alkasar said:

IMHO they lost the momentum and didn't reach this century of gaming very well. 

Overwatch was wildly successful it's first year on all platforms. Diablo 3 has released on 5 consoles so far. Hearthstone is also incredibly successful. They are definitely still very well known among younger audiences. Diablo 4 will continue that.

My opinion is reverse to yours, the problem is that Blizzard has been a pillar of PC gaming for so many years but they lost touch with their PC brand and community by investing so much into mobile and console games. The last RTS game they put out was Starcraft 2 which was nearly a decade ago. Then they just hopped off the RTS genre even though they were the leaders of it. Then they started following what everybody else is doing. Leaders became followers.

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5 hours ago, brutalpandax said:

investing so much into mobile and console games.

And this is where you and the rest of the myopic parrots are wrong.  This didn't lose you a raid tier and this didn't come at the expense of anything you actually play.  They licensed their art to a smaller developer that specialized in these kinds of games while work continued on their core.  Not only that, in this case, their decision to partner with this vendor meant that they were getting into mobile, which is super hot whether you or I play it, not only without a major investment on their part but this meant this particular developer was releasing licensed Diablo IP rather than being crushed under the boot of Blizzard's lawyers for producing a clone of Diablo IP.  It was win-win.

But the entitled salt still flows almost a year later.

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22 hours ago, Sholto said:

And this is where you and the rest of the myopic parrots are wrong.  This didn't lose you a raid tier and this didn't come at the expense of anything you actually play.  They licensed their art to a smaller developer that specialized in these kinds of games while work continued on their core.  Not only that, in this case, their decision to partner with this vendor meant that they were getting into mobile, which is super hot whether you or I play it, not only without a major investment on their part but this meant this particular developer was releasing licensed Diablo IP rather than being crushed under the boot of Blizzard's lawyers for producing a clone of Diablo IP.  It was win-win.

But the entitled salt still flows almost a year later.

What are you even on about? I never brought up Diablo Immortal or thought about it when writing my comment. I was talking about Overwatch, Diablo 3 and Hearthstone. Overwatch is on 2 consoles, Diablo 3 is on 5, and HS is mobile. For the main games in the past few years they have been thinking of how to not have them exclusive to PC and so we no longer have Blizzard innovating on the PC scene for a long time now and thus they started getting out of touch from their core fans hence the bad moves they made last year and hence why the top talent started abandoning ship.

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      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.

    • By Stan
      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!
      Blizzard (Source)
      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:
      https://blizzcon.com/en-us/news/22564764/blizzcon-2018-entry-points-update-be-sure-to-arrive-early

      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!
    • By Starym
      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?
    • By Starym
      A whole lot of info has arrived with the All-Acess Kickoff Show today and we can now buy the Virtual Ticket, which is 10$ more expensive this year (but includes last year's archive) and we can download the BlizzCon Mobile App!
      Virtual Ticket (source)
      Get ready for in-depth "Road to Blizzcon" videos, real-time panel coverage, unprecepedented show interactivity, and much more!
      Build-A-Panel
      As a Virtual Ticket holder, you and others from the Blizzard community will work together to build the panel YOU want to see at BlizzCon! Voting available for a limited time.
      Catch Every Moment Up Close and Personal
      The Virtual Ticket grants you live streaming access to every panel, every stage, and every amazing moment at BlizzCon 2018.
      Original BlizzCon Video Series
      Unlock full access to a variety of BlizzCon Virtual Ticket video series that take you behind the scenes at Blizzard, up close with our community, and beyond the walls of the convention center. New episodes debut regularly from now until BlizzCon.
      BlizzCon 2017 Archive Access
      This year’s Virtual Ticket includes access to last year’s BlizzCon video archive. Relive your favorite moments, go backstage, and get primed and ready for what’s in store at this year’s event.
      Epic In-Game Loot
      Every BlizzCon, we give out awesome in-game loot to commemorate the occasion, including digital pets, portraits, and more. Purchase a Virtual Ticket, and you'll get a treasure trove of in-game goodies for Overwatch, World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III, Heroes of the Storm, and Hearthstone.
      Virtual Ticket also unlocks a $10 discount on this year’s Goody Bag, featuring a collection of commemorative gear to mark the occasion.*
      *While supplies last. Limit 1 per Virtual Ticket.

       
      Goodie Bag (source)
      BlizzCon® season is upon us, and whether you’re attending the show in person or tuning in to the news and excitement online, we want you to have access to the full experience. Starting today, you can pre-purchase a BlizzCon Goody Bag through the Blizzard Gear Store and have it shipped directly to your home in time to celebrate the show. Claim yours while supplies last!
      A limited number of Goody Bags are now available to pre-purchase in the Blizzard Gear Store for $55 USD (plus tax, shipping, and applicable fees). You don’t need a Virtual Ticket to order, but as a bonus, Virtual Ticket holders can pre-purchase the Goody Bag at an automatically discounted price of $45. Just log in to the Blizzard Gear Store on the Blizzard account you used to purchase your Virtual Ticket. Supplies are limited, so be sure to grab one while you have a chance!
       
      Goody Bag
      This year’s Goody Bag, available for $55 ($45 for Virtual Ticket holders), includes:
      A Heroes of the Storm® Raven Lord Crest Magnet A Classic Diablo® Vinyl Figure A StarCraft® 20th Anniversary Pin A World of Warcraft® Faction Keychain An Overwatch® Challenge Coin A set of Hearthstone® Magnets And the centerpiece: a hardcover copy of The BlizzCon Book: A Celebration of Our Community
        How to Pre-Purchase a Goody Bag
      Once you’re logged in to the Gear Store, visit the Goody Bag page to begin the pre-purchase process.
      The Goody Bag is expected to ship out prior to BlizzCon in late October. If you’re in Europe or the Americas, your Goody Bag order will ship from the Europe and North America Gear Stores respectively. Not all countries may be eligible to participate, and international shipping rates and other fees may apply. For more information, including how to find out if the Gear Store ships to your region, see the Blizzard Gear Store Shipping article on our support site.
      BlizzCon attendees will receive the Goody Bag with their ticket. If you want to pre-purchase an extra Goody Bag at a $10 discount, you can redeem the Virtual Ticket code that was emailed to ticket buyers and follow the process above.
       
      BlizzCon App (source)
      BlizzCon Season begins today, and you can keep track of all the epic events, esports, panels, original programming, and more with the FREE BlizzCon Mobile app, available now for Android and iOS devices.
      [DOWLOAD iOS]   [DOWNLOAD ANDROID]
      The BlizzCon Mobile App will help you make the most of your BlizzCon experience. The party starts today with a variety of original BlizzCon video series, and tons more is coming to the app in the weeks—including a complete interactive events schedule, hall maps, live streams from the show, and results from all the exciting esports action.
      Snag a BlizzCon 2018 Virtual Ticket to take your experience to the next level with full access to all BlizzCon video content, live streams from every stage at the show, first dibs on BlizzCon loot, and more.
      Watch the Action Unfold
      Never miss a moment of BlizzCon with the Watch tab. Catch original BlizzCon video series starting today, and get access to even more with the Virtual Ticket. Then watch live streams of Opening Week in late October and the BlizzCon main event November 2 and 3. If you want to relive your favorite moments or catch up on content from another stage, you can peruse the archives during and after the show at your leisure from your device, or cast video from your compatible devices to watch on the big screen.
      Decide Your Strategy – Coming Soon!
      Read up on BlizzCon event details and save them to your personal calendar to make sure you stop by or tune in on time. You can sort your schedule by game or stage and select favorites. If you’re logged in, your events will sync with the BlizzCon website. You can also use the BlizzCon map to zoom in on the exhibit hall floor and quickly find events, meet up with friends, and chart your BlizzCon path.
      Witness Electrifying Esports
      Don’t miss out on any of the exciting action of this year’s BlizzCon tournaments, including Opening Week and at the main event! Use the BlizzCon Mobile App to keep up with your favorite esports matchups, view brackets, and check out a feed of live and archived events at BlizzCon.
      Shop Smarter
      Head to the Shop tab to pick up some swag or pre-order this year’s Goody Bag. With Blink Shopping (coming soon), anyone attending BlizzCon in person can place orders online before or during the show and pick up their purchases at the Blizzard Gear Store on-site Thursday through Saturday. Instant updates will let you know wait times for both Blink Shopping pickup and the regular line, plus notify you of any sold out items. If you’re a Virtual Ticket holder, you’ll receive early access to the store so you can get your orders before items sell out. Shop early, shop quickly, and get back to the show.
      Stay Informed
      With direct access to the official BlizzCon news feed, you’ll receive instant updates and the latest news about the show, Virtual Ticket, and more.
      BlizzCon 2018 officially begins on Friday, November 2, but be sure to download the BlizzCon Mobile App in time for Opening Week, beginning October 25, so you can watch the first esports events and other exciting pre-show content.
      Download for iOS
      Download for Android
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