Not everyone was able to go to California this weekend, but at least everyone will have the chance to enjoy all the good things coming to Blizzard games in the future.
Blizzard celebrated its 25 years of gaming and esports over this weekend with its 10th Blizzcon last November 4-5 at Anaheim, California. Along all the glitz and glory of the numerous tournaments held on Blizzcon, the company also unveiled new content for its games that left a lot of fans excited for the coming months. Among the many reveals were ones for Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, Starcraft II, Diablo III, Overwatch and of course, World of Warcraft.
Hearthstone sees an expansion coming up this December called Mean Streets of Gadgetzan. This expansion will have 132 new cards themed around Azerothâ€™s biggest trade street of Gadgetzan, and will feature characters from three rival crime families in the city.
Meanwhile, Ragnaros the Firelord and King Varian Wrynn will be coming to Heroes of the Storm, who were announced alongside an upcoming Brawl event for the game called Blackheartâ€™s Revenge, where two opposing forces would fight with cannonballs and a ghost ship. The new game mode arrives next week, Varian Wrynn on the 15th, and Ragnaros on December.
Players who play Overwatch could also play HotS for a while after November 15 to unlock special skins that were announced during Blizzcon. These skins can only be obtained by playing HotS with friends. Weekly Brawls are also replaced by the all-new Overwatch Arcade which allows players to play more than just one custom game mode. There will also be new 3v3 and 1v1 modes set in a new map called Ecopoint: Antarctica. Quickplay is also meeting some changes, specifically removing the playerâ€™s option to pick the same hero that another player in their team has already chosen. Finally, a new hero was added the game, the hacker from Mexico codenamed Sombra. The mysterious Sombra will go behind enemy lines and disrupt their strategies: a great fit to the ability-oriented game.
Starcraft IIâ€™s final Nova Mission was also revealed to be released by the end of this month, with it comes Alexei Stukov as the latest addition to the game as a co-op commander. Two new co-op maps will also come to the players in the form of Miner Evacuation and Dead of Night. A new War Chest feature was also teased by Blizzard, which will contain more content for the game. War Chests are said to be obtained by the player as the play the game.
The Necromancer will be making a comeback in Diablo III, where the old fan-favorite class will soon be available in-game. Speaking of raising the dead, the original Diablo game will soon be remade using Diablo IIIâ€™s engine. Talk about nostalgia!
World of Warcraft will also be receiving new updates with Patch 7.1.5 and eventually 7.2, forcing the player to return to the Broken Shore to face the Burning Legion once more. Of course, this comes with new items, new dungeons, and new campaign missions and raids for the longtime fans of the game. Oh and also, a new charity pet to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation is being offered, and itâ€™s a cute little Fel-Kitty named Mischief.
Aside from the reveals, each of Blizzardsâ€™ games also had a tournament in their name throughout the two-day event. Byun won the Starcraft II World Championship Series Global Finals; Pavel won the Hearthstone World Championship; Ballistix Gaming emerged victorious in the HotS Fall Championship; Splyce won in the WoW Arena World Championship; and South Korea became the first ever Overwatch World Cup champions.