BlizzConline to provide long awaited Overwatch 2 and Diablo updates
BlizzCon is normally one of the most popular esports and gaming events in the US. It has a pretty long tradition of fans of Blizzard games attending the con, taking part in competitions, and of course collecting their goodie bags.
Well, last year that wasn’t really an option because of Covid, and so far this year the situation in America isn’t anywhere near what it’d have to be in order to be able to safely hold events like that… so once again, BlizzCon will be an online event instead.
Wherever you are, whoever you are, your formal invitation to #BlizzConline awaits. ✉️
— Blizzard Entertainment (@Blizzard_Ent) February 1, 2021
What to expect at BlizzConline
Unlike the regular BlizzCon, attendance to the BlizzConline event will be free for anyone who’s interested in seeing what’s happening. There are still some things people can pay for – specifically, the three levels of goodie tier bags that are available. Costing between $19.99 and $59.99, you can pick which tier (if any) you like best.
Rewards include in-game merch like playing cards for Hearthstone, loot boxes and skins for Overwatch, a mount for World of Warcraft and more. All of this is entirely optional – to attend the event, you don’t need to buy anything. It does include some pretty good rewards though – if you play several Blizzard games, you may want to check out the details of the packs here.
The BlizzConline event itself will start with an hour-long opening ceremony at 2pm PST on Friday. Following that, there are six continued streaming channels. One of them is dedicated to Blizzard’s strategy games, like StarCraft, WarCraft III, and Heroes of the Storm.
Four of the other five channels feature content for World of Warcraft, Hearthstone, Diablo and Overwatch respectively. The remaining channel is the main Blizzard channel, where you can catch a selection of content from the other different channels.
This is great for people who want to watch specific content of their favorite game, or for those who can’t decide what they want to watch and would prefer to see a spread of different things and panels.
TOMORROW! #BlizzConline kicks off at 2:00PM Pacific Time, and we can't wait to celebrate with you! 🥳
— Blizzard Entertainment (@Blizzard_Ent) February 18, 2021
Don’t worry if you can’t see everything you want to, or if some things are concurrent – the panels will be available afterwards as VODs and you can rewatch the panels that you missed whenever you want to!
As for the schedule of the event, highlights of the panels include things like ‘Behind the Scenes of Overwatch 2’, ‘Hearthstone Streamer Showdown’, and our personal favourite – the World of Warcraft Cooking Workshop!
The first day will feature a three hour long show from Opening Ceremony to Day Wrap-Up, with each channel simultaneously providing their own game updates. The second day will only feature hour long shows mostly reserved for “Artists at Work” and the Hearstone Streamer Showdown.
Additionally, there is an online forum available for people to chat about what’s happening during the event. So far, there is only a General discussion section, but new ones will be added as time goes by. Check it out – quite a lot of people are already active in the forum!
BlizzConline WoW Leaks ahead of schedule
“Unluckily” for us, the press kit containing info about upcoming Shadowlands and WoW Classic TBC has been released ahead of schedule. Wowhead quickly shared all of it on their page.
The next major content patch is called Chains of Domination. It will feature a new raid titled Sanctum of Domination and a new 8 boss mega-dungeon called Tazavesh.
As for WoW Classic TBC, we finally have clarity on our character progression from Classic. Players can chose to either advance with the rest of their realm into TBC content or keep playing classic on newly created WoW Classic only realms.