Last year’s BlizzCon was one of the higlights of the cosplay calendar. BlizzCon 2017 was no different.
Over the years, Hearthstone updates and expansions have added heaps of new cards, modes, and strategic possibilities. One thing, though, has remained unchanged since the digital card game’s release back in 2014: character classes. There are only nine, and despite some clamor for more, that number’s not likely to…
“I think on the big spectrum of loot boxes, between ‘really good’ and ‘really evil,’ I’d like to think we’re more on that ‘really good’ side with what we’re trying to do,” says Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan.
The years have not been kind to fans of Warcraft’s real-time strategy roots. Before each BlizzCon, a dwindling contingent of hopeful fans prays for Warcraft IV to no avail. But WoW’s next expansion Battle for Azeroth might contain the next best thing.
It’s said that a new Overwatch fan fiction springs into existence once every 26 seconds. Most of them, unsurprisingly, are about ships like Pharah-Mercy (good) and Genji-Mercy (a travesty). Naturally, Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan has opinions about it.
With its colorful cast and proclivity for wild plays that are equal parts tactical and mechanical, Overwatch is brimming with esports potential. Problem is, it can be a mess of exploding mechs, screen-engulfing ghost dragons, and middle-aged men in Scream Halloween costumes—too much of a mess, sometimes, to actually…
These days, it’s hard to talk about Overwatch without mentioning its ongoing struggles with sexism, racism, griefing, match throwing, and worse. At BlizzCon, game director Jeff Kaplan told Kotaku that fighting toxicity is now more of a priority than ever, to the point that Blizzard has formed a “strike team” to do so.
Any Overwatch players who are fans of a Mercy x Genji romance, here’s some BlizzCon cosplay to warm the heart.
On the BlizzCon show floor this weekend was a massive World of Warcraft diorama. There are 10,000 characters in it, but here’s the crazy part: each figure is based on an individual BlizzCon attendee’s actual in-game character. It’s totally wild.
The 2017 Overwatch World Cup finals saw reigning champions South Korea take on Canada, the mighty titan versus the underdog. There were cheers, excitement, and one very polite signholder in the crowd.
When I arrived at BlizzCon today, I saw a Reaper dancing all by himself. I walked up and asked him why he was dancing. He paused for a moment, shrugged, and then resumed dancing.
StarCraft fans who have always wanted to visit Joeyray’s Bar got their wish at Blizzcon 2017. It’s the perfect place to sling back a drink, gaze at a photo of Kerrigan, and wonder what might have been. Don’t take too long, though! There’s a line of other folks also hoping to have a seat at Jim Raynor’s post-heartbreak…
Here is concept art of legendary scrapped Overwatch hero, Jetpack Cat. During a BlizzCon panel about Overwatch’s formative days, game director Jeff Kaplan and art director Arnold Tsang talked more about his origins, saying that they were trying to figure out how far was too far with regards to character designs.
In some ways, Overwatch’s new hero, Moira, announced yesterday at BlizzCon, feels like a stronger take on the basic premise underlying sniper grandma Ana: she’s a healer for people who hate playing healers.
Blizzard has revealed some new cards from the upcoming Kobolds and Catacombs expansion at BlizzCon, and they’re already looking pretty silly.
Two new heroes will join the Heroes of the Storm roster: Alexstrasza from World of Warcraft and Hanzo from Overwatch. They’re coming to Heroes of the Storm in the coming weeks, and both characters made their debut on the show floor at Blizzcon 2017.
Here’s Blizzcon 2017's Hearthstone Tavern band, striking up a tune for the gathered attendees. Watch the video below to hear the song and get a view of the rest of the tavern crowd tonight, shortly after the conclusion of the evening’s Overwatch World Cup matches:
If you try to level a new WoW character, you’re basically asking for mad deja vu. Ahead of the release of a new expansion, Blizzard is gonna let players change things up. A lot.