My First Time at Blizzcon 2014


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.


With Blizzard dishing out these two new additions to its repertoire, it is on point to make BlizzCon 2015 a day to really look forward to and see what Blizzard has in stored for next year.

until next time
-David

NYC League of Legends Annual Online Tournament Announced! (NorthEast Summoners Only!)

NOTE: This tournament is for NorthEast summoners only. 



New York City League of Legends presents its  second annual local online tournament! This tournament is limited to 32 teams, and will take place on January 17 & 31.. Also known as NYC LOL, the organization runs LAN parties, after parties, tournaments, viewing parties, and numerous amounts of giveaways for its 1300 members. Beginning in January of 2014 with only 10 members, the organization has successful run events hosted by LilyPichu, Riot KC Hicks, Riot BaconHawk, Team Curse Voyboy, Team Cloud 9 Hai, and Twitch Stream Pooksie.

It's first online tournament rounded 34 teams entered with 26 having competed. Now they will include 32 teams with 224 players in their upcoming tournament. That's 5 main players plus 2 subs. Currently, winners are expected to win a limited edition NYC LoL jersey with a celebratory acknowledge of the winners on the backside. In addition, MVPs will be chosen by viewers to win their own limited edition MVP jersey for the tournament

In order to enter for the qualification round, submit your team here.
Qualifiers: Jan17th, 12:00p.m. Jan 17th, 12:00pm
Finals: Jan 31st, 12:00p.m.
n 31st: 12:00pm
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RULES
1. Active members of NYC LOL Meetup Group & NYC League of Legends Facebook group will get priority registration. Four out of five members must be from the Tri-State Area.
2. Due to time constraints, matches will be single elimination until the quarterfinals, after which they become a best of 3 series.
3. All roster changes must be submitted by January 15th, 11:59PM. NO LATE ROSTER CHANGES WILL BE ACCEPTED AND YOUR TEAM WILL FORFEIT.
4. Accurate player elo ratings must be provided for proper seeding.
5. All teams must be present and ready to play 15 minutes before their scheduled match start time. A late player will be given until 15 minutes after scheduled match start time to arrive. If they fail to do so, their team will forfeit the match.
6. The tournament will be played on Summoner's Rift in Tournament Mode.
7. Any unsportsmanlike conduct will result in a verbal warning. Any unsportsmanlike behavior after this point will result in a team's immediate disqualification, and a forfeiting of any and all claim to prizes.
8. Players may only be registered as a player and/or substitute for one team. Also, a player may not play for one team, lose and be eliminated, and then substitute for another team. All rosters are final.
9. Teams must screencap their post-game lobby screen and submit them to the tournament organizers within fifteen minutes of the end of the match. Failure to do so will result in immediate disqualification.
For more information on the NYC League of Legends group, or to join, click here! For more information, sponsorship, promotions with NYC LoL group, Please email info [at ] leagueoflegends.nyc.

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Comikaze 2014 - Cosplay, Cosplay and more Cosplay

This year we were unable to attend all 3 days of Comikaze as new convention, Summoner's Con was on Saturday. We were still excited to go and check out all the amazing cosplayer's dressed up as their favorite character! It was amazing to see all the young kids be involved as well. I love when I see family cosplay showing amazing costumes! My favorite was Batman and Godzilla, I saw them last year as the Superman family! I hope you enjoy the photos!!!

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