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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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      Aluminum foil Sculpting clay (Soe recommends a mixture of soft and firm clays to hit that sculpting sweet spot) Access to a sturdy flat surface An oven to bake the clay in Sculpting tools like toothpicks, forks, knitting needles, or a smooth pen. Download and print out one of Soe’s pachimari stencils and you’ll be ready to sculpt. Follow along as Soe shows you step-by-step how to create your very own pachi-pal!

      Diablo: The Voice of Deckard Cain
      Stay a while and listen! Voice actor Michael Gough discusses the history of Deckard Cain’s voice, from its beginnings as an “older Sean Connery” to the iconic inflection it went on to become. Watch along as Gough does Deckard impressions, shares how the character and his story have developed and taken on life alongside the progression of the Diablo series, and answers community questions in-character.

      World of Warcraft: Making of the Wandering Ancient Mount
      Dive into the creation of the first World of Warcraft community-chosen mount, the Wandering Ancient, with the team that nurtured it from seed to your screen. Learn more about the process behind the mount’s creation, from concept art and animation to the grunts and groans and woody creaks that give it life.

      StarCraft Legends
      Legendary StarCraft players Stork, effort, Last, Rain, NesTea, Mvp, MC, and PartinG face off in a series of epic 2v2, 3v3, and 6 player FFA StarCraft I and StarCraft II battles, all commentated by Tasteless and Artosis.

      Hearthstone: Streamer Showdown
      Hosted by Chanmanv and featuring streamers Kripparrian and Alliestrasza alongside Hearthstone designers Liv Breeden and Alec Dawson, this game show brings your favorite streamers together in a battle of wits.

      Diablo: The Gothic World of Brom
      Catch up with the legendary artist Brom, responsible for some of the most iconic works of Diablo art, as he sits down with his son, a member of the Diablo development team, to discuss his artistic upbringing, having a house full of macabre décor, creating haunting artwork, and what goes into Diablo’s devious dungeon design.

      Artists at Work: CarBot Animation
      Watch along as popular Heroes of the Storm artist CarBot, joined by his brother, Andrew Burton, shows viewers his artistic process as he works on an animated clip.

      Where It All Started: Blizzard’s Early Years
      Back when Blizzard Entertainment was just a small studio called Silicon & Synapse, they created a handful of games that would go on to shape the future worlds players would come to love. Catch up with some of the people who were there, including Allen Adham, Frank Pearce, Joeyray Hall, Samwise Didier, and more as they reminisce about creating their first games together along with some of their earliest inspirations and challenges.
       


      Watch BlizzConline for free starting February 19! To stay up to date on all things BlizzConline, follow along on BlizzCon.com or on the Battle.net desktop or mobile apps.
    • By Starym
      Well, we've seen the big official leak as someone at Blizzard "accidentally" shared the press kit too early and we found out about 9.1 and Burning Crusade Classic, but there are a few more interesting rumors and leaks we should take a look at.
      First off is a pretty credible source, as they called the Diablo 4 and Overwatch 2 announcements before previous BlizzCons:
      Nothing too earh-shattering there, but it all seems very plausible and likely to happen.
      Then there's another one that's been floating around for a while, which is just as likely to be a simple photoshop as an official document, but the info in it is also pretty likely very much correct:

      Source.
      The delayed release of the server groups with brand new Classics starting up with each cycle was also confirmed in the official leak, so the above does seem to be correct, even if it turns out to not be the real deal.
      And then there's this, which doesn't seem to have any particular source or credibility, so it's just speculation, but with an interesting take with the final point:
      It's mostly a roundup of the old and new leaks with some personal additions, and they missed the mark a little on the number of bosses in the Maw raid. It also seems a little unlikely that we'll get tier sets back this soon (but we're hoping!), but that last one is definitely something to be hyped about, despite still most likely being pure speculation/imagination. Opening the WoW BlizzConline section with a cinematic like that would definitely go over well, but it's extremely unlikely to happen, at least as is written above, due to the word bitch already being removed from the game when Garrosh said it to Sylvanas.
      Here are a few more images for the official leak as well, with new Covenant armors and a look at the new in-Maw zone, courtesy of MMOChampion:


    • By Staff
      Here comes Blizzard's official look at the BlizzConline schedule with short descriptions for each one of the panels.
      BlizzConline (source)
      Join us for BlizzConline—an all-digital community celebration and exhibition of Blizzard games and universes February 19-20. We’ll be updating right here throughout the weekend with the latest World of Warcraft news and coverage from the event.
      You’ll be able to watch the entirety of the show completely free through the BlizzCon website, where you can choose between six channels of content covering your favorite games. You’ll also be able to watch the show on your favorite streaming platforms, including Twitch and YouTube. You can also join the Blizzard community on Twitter to take part in the conversation.
      Tune in to the Opening Ceremony beginning at 2:00 pm PST to discover the latest from Blizzard Entertainment. Then, check out the complete schedule here and set your reminders to watch the following panels and exhibitions on the World of Warcraft channel:
      Friday, February 19
      3:10 pm PST—World of Warcraft: What’s Next
      Members of the World of Warcraft development team discuss the latest content coming to Azeroth.
      3:40 pm PST—World of Warcraft Deep Dive
      Delve Deeper into World of Warcraft with the development team.
      4:20 pm PST—World of Warcraft: Voices of the Afterlife
      Join us as we take a look behind-the-scenes with the voice actors behind some of your favorite World of Warcraft characters. Hear them share their experiences bringing vibrant characters and stories to life.
      Saturday, February 20
      12:00 pm PST—World of Warcraft Q&A
      Got something you want to ask about Azeroth or the Shadowlands? Join the World of Warcraft development team as they answer community questions about lore, zones, dungeons, raids, and more.
      We’ve opened a forum thread for your questions, which we’ll collect until February 19.
      2:05 pm PST—World of Warcraft: The Evolution of Thrall
      Join Terran Gregory, Christie Golden, and Sean Copeland from Blizzard’s story and franchise development team as they look back on the evolution of the iconic World of Warcraft character Thrall.
      3:15 pm PST—World of Warcraft: Cooking Workshop
      Chef Lulaboo is in the kitchen preparing dishes inspired by the food and ingredients of Azeroth. Join her to learn how you can craft them at home!
      4:00 pm PST—Blizzard Art Studio: Margrave Krexus (Playing on the Strategy Channel)
      World of Warcraft artist Jordan Powers takes you step-by-step through how to draw the former leader of the Necrolords’ House of the Chosen, Margrave Krexus.
      To stay up to date on all things BlizzConline, follow along on BlizzCon.com or on the Battle.net desktop or mobile apps. We’ll provide additional updates here over the course of BlizzConline, so check back often!
    • By Staff
      BlizzConline is just around the corner and you can submit your Diablo/WoW/Hearthstone questions directly to the game's development teams! Community-submitted questions will be answered on February 20.
      (Source)
      Got a burning question about the Burning Hells? Seeking arcane knowledge about Azeroth? Have an inquiry about dealings at the tavern?
      On Saturday, February 20 at BlizzConline, the development teams of World of Warcraft, Hearthstone, Diablo IV, and Diablo Immortal will be answering community-submitted questions—and if you want to participate, all you have to do is ask!
      Head over to the BlizzConline Q&A submission page below to drop us your query for consideration. Through this page, you’ll also have the unique option to submit questions in audio or video form. We’ll be accepting a limited number of submissions this way until February 18, but keep an eye out for other ways to submit your written questions on our community sites soon. We’ll also be opening up the inbox again for some additional video, audio, or text questions on February 19, 2021 at 3 p.m. PST following the opening ceremony.
      WOW
      HEARTHSTONE
      DIABLO
      To watch the Q&As live, tune in to BlizzCon.com at these times and channels:
      World of Warcraft Q&A – 12 p.m.–1 p.m. PST on the World of Warcraft channel Hearthstone Q&A – 12 p.m.–12:35 p.m. PST on the Hearthstone channel Diablo Q&A – 12 p.m.–1 p.m. PST on the Diablo channel If you miss them when they air, you can check them out later in the archives.
      To stay up to date on all things BlizzConline, follow along on BlizzCon.com or on the Battle.net desktop or mobile apps.
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