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BlizzCon 2013 Preview

/ Oct 13th, 2013 No Comments

After two long years BlizzCon 2013 is back! It will take place November 8 and 9 at the Anaheim Convention Center. The convention is the mecca for all things World of Warcraft, StarCraft and Diablo. Even with the price tag of $175, the tickets sold out last April in minutes. Do not fret because Blizzard and Direct TV will have 60 hours of BlizzCon live action with the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket that can be purchased off of the Blizzard Entertainment website for $39.99. It will include live coverage of everything from developer panels, special guest interviews and of course the amazing cosplay contest.

The virtual ticket will include a goodie bag for Blizzard’s four franchises which are World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III and the new Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. The virtual swag bag includes: Hearthstone Mystery Minion Card, StarCraft II Portrait and Decal of Tearin’ Stitches and Stiches’ Hook, Diablo III blue and white Banner “Mark of Death” and World of Warcraft Pet Murkalot in crusader armor.

Cosplay at BlizzCon is huge attraction because the costume designers go all out. There are one hundred entries in the contest and the Grand Prize Winner will have the option to be honored in a future Blizzard game. As it has been in years past, Jay Mohr will host the contest.

This year will include the first ever Talent Contest. There are five videos posted on the Blizzard website. The voting is now closed but the winner will be announced at BlizzCon 2013. Also, the virtual audience has the opportunity to send questions to the many Blizzard Artists that will be giving live demonstrations and answering questions sent into them. The artists and times they are on stage are posted on the Blizzard website.
 

Blizzcon 2013 Preview

Blizzcon 2013 Preview

There will also be a World of Warcraft Arena Global Invitational consisting of eight teams from North America, Europe, Korea, Taiwan and China. These competitors will be the best of the best and will be vying for prizes totaling over $180,000. Also, the grand finals of the StarCraft II World Championship Series will be interesting to watch.

BlizzCon is all about the anticipation of what announcements will be made so there is much speculation on what they will be. There are many hopes the fans have for this convention since there was not a 2012 BlizzCon. For example, fans are hoping for more information on Blizzard projects like Project Titan or perhaps some information about Diablo III expansion or what the next WoW expansion will be about. As the date draws closer, the speculation rises and the anticipation reaches critical mass.

Another announcement that BlizzCon 2013 attendees are anxiously awaiting is which band will play at the closing ceremonies. Previous bands include The Offspring, Tenacious D, Foo Fighters, and Ozzy Osbourne. The Foo Fighters in 2011 were a huge success. It will be interesting to find out which band they will pick.

Some attendees get tickets just for the goodie bags but there is so much more that is offered over the two days. Going to BlizzCon gives the online friends and guildmates of World of Warcraft, StarCraft and Diablo to meet in person as well as a community of individuals who all have a passion for the same game. This opportunity alone is incentive to go and have a couple of days of talking about all things Blizzard. So check out the Battle.net website for all the latest news and eagerly awaited announcements.
 

 

Ryan Scheller

Ryan Scheller

Associate Contributor at Gaming Illustrated
Ryan has a strong passion for video games and is a regular attendee at E3, ComicCon and BlizzCon. He graduated Loyola Marymount University 2012 in Multimedia Computer Graphics.
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