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Due to the ongoing health crisis, Blizzard revealed there won't be a BlizzCon this year either and we can expect a similar event to BlizzConline 2021 in early 2022.
Greetings Blizzard community,
I hope you’re all staying safe and well. As guidelines in California around in-person gatherings continue to evolve and the status of the pandemic fluctuates around the globe, the teams across Blizzard have been discussing what this means for one of the events we miss the most: BlizzCon. We know some of you might be wondering about your own plans to potentially cross the country—not to mention oceans—and meet your friends, family, and fellow community members in California, so today, we wanted to give you a heads-up that we’ve decided we will not be holding BlizzCon this year.
Building an in-person BlizzCon is an epic and complex affair that takes many months of preparation—not just for us, but also for the many talented production partners, esports pros, hosts, entertainers, artists, and other collaborators we team up with locally and globally to put all of the pieces together. The ongoing complexities and uncertainties of the pandemic have impacted our ability to properly move forward on many of these fronts, and ultimately we’re now past the point where we’d be able to develop the kind of event we’d want to create for you in November.
But we don’t want to let too long go by before we connect with everyone again. So in the meantime, we’re planning a global event for the early part of next year, combining an online show along the lines of our recent BlizzConline with smaller in-person gatherings, and we’ll share more as our plans come together.
We very much look forward to celebrating with you all again. Until then, we’ll see you in Azeroth, Outland, Sanctuary, and all the other worlds we call home.
–Saralyn Smith, Executive Producer of BlizzCon
Here comes a more intended preview for BlizzConline, as Blizzard detail some of the secondary panels/shows we'll be seeing during the 2-day event, including the making of the Wandering Ancient mount, the Diablo art of Brom, a look at Blizzard's early years and a lot more !
With panels streaming across six stages, BlizzConline has a wealth of completely free content for viewers to enjoy. From the latest updates of your favorite games to community showcases and cook-along workshops, there’s something at BlizzConline for everyone. Check out the BlizzConline schedule now, and preview a sampling of panels in-depth below!
World of Warcraft Cooking Workshop
Join cooking streamer Chef Lulaboo as she teaches you how to make a Warp Burger and Fisherman’s Feast and discusses upcoming game content with members of the World of Warcraft team.
Overwatch League: Crafts with Soe
Today, Watchpoint’s Soe Gschwind isn’t here to talk esports, commentate, or host—she’s here to give you a masterclass in pachimari perfection. To make your new friend, you’ll need:
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.
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.
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:
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:
Here comes Blizzard's official look at the BlizzConline schedule with short descriptions for each one of the panels.
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!
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.
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.
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.