Now nearing the end of 2014, we had one more convention to hit before the end of the year, its highly anticipated BlizzCon 2014 in Anaheim, CA. After attending several conventions this year, we were sure glad to end the year with a bang. We were very excited to see what Blizzard had in stored for its millions of fans around the world, myself included having been a long time Starcraft player and fan of anything Blizzard. From the start, there was no doubt that Blizzard went all out for its fans. The sets for each of the games were very elaborate and different. Each genre of game had their own setup to reflect on the game itself. World of Warcraft, Diablo, Starcraft, Hearthstone and Heroes of the Storm all had different setups for its stages and for the panels to take place throughout the day. The main stage was no different and from the start, Blizzard gave us a hint of how huge this event has become since its birth. It became a place where Blizzard wanted to take its fans and where the fans wanted to keep coming to. There were so many things you could do and not just play all the titles from Blizzard but to also meet and greet the production…
Each and every game at BlizzCon had a set and plenty of P.C.’s for everyone to go out and try the games. Even with the large crowds, the lines were moving smoothly and you had plenty of time to walk around and play all the games. With two new additions to the Blizzard genre family in Overwatch and Heroes of the Storm, fans first got to see a sneak peek at the highly anticipated upcoming Blizzard movie Warcraft(which is now in post-production and set to come out in 2016). Blizzard gave us a sneak peek at its first FPS game, Overwatch, set to come out in open beta in early 2015. Overwatch is a brand new 6v6 team based shooter game that allows fans to enter a new world for Blizzard which brings the combat to a first person shooter perspective. This allows those fans wanting to get down and dirty with quick shooter reactions and abilities the opportunity to get some till they’ve had enough.
The second game added, Heroes of the Storm is Blizzards first battle arena which is the first of its kind for Blizzard and features a 5v5 multiplayer arena in which you play different heroes from the Blizzard family (Warcraft, StarCraft, Diablo). Heroes of the Storm sets players in an arena set with gained payments, abilities and teammates to help you destroy the opponents Nexus to win the game. Heroes of the Storm, is set to be on closed beta-testing in January 2015.
In this year’s Blizzcon, they created a Starcraft 2 arena stage for the WCS Global Finals. With their amazing creativity of an interactive stage that would change scenery dependent on what class the player chooses for the match. The arena fit up to 6,000 Starcraft 2 fans and if you were unable to attend Blizzcon, you were able to purchase tickets to only attend the WCS Global Finals. During the whole weekend, you were able to experience the amazing eSports of Starcraft 2 and root for your favorite player to win the Finals. The winner of the WCS 2014 Global Finals was Life in a 4-1 series.