The confetti has settled and the CosPlay/BlizzBabes/BlizzDudes have taken off their costumes with BlizzCon 2013 now officially over. Our ears are still ringing from two days of madness at Blizzard's Greatest Show on Earth. In case you missed our coverage, we have a wrap up of the first day's BlizzCon activities here. The second day of BlizzCon 2013 was an exciting day with a multitude of panels discussing World of Warcraft, Diablo, and StarCraft announcements and game development. The more than 20,000 fans here in attendance, and the millions of fans worldwide, were treated to some of the best StarCraft II competition that we have ever had the pleasure of witnessing.
Horde versus Alliance
The day started off with a live raid from between the best Horde Guild in the world versus the best Alliance Guild in the world, Method and Midwinter respectively. This raid wasn’t a standard raid. The raid masters at Blizzard set it up so only 5 bosses were going to be killed and they didn’t have to kill any trash mobs to get to the bosses. The first boss to be slain was the Sha of Pride. Midwinter came out a few seconds ahead on this one. They then proceeded to Kor’kron Dark Shaman. Midwinter went ahead and pulled right away while Method used a few moments to get everything set up and coordinated. Methods planning paid off as they were able to kill the boss the first pull while Midwinter proceeded to wipe three times before finishing the encounter. When Midwinter did finally finish the encounter, Method had already killed Malkorok and Siegecrafter Blackfuse and was already fighting Garrosh. Method did wipe on Garrosh a couple of times which gave Midwinter a window to attempt to get caught back up. Midwinter was able to breeze through the two bosses leading up to Garrosh but by the time they finally got set and able to pull, Method was already finish Garrosh on attempt three. The race was hosted by Blizzard’s Lead Encounter Designer Ion Hazzikostas and one of the new favorite community managers, Josh “Lore” Allen. I was hoping the live raid would have been a full run including trash and all but I guess that would really take too long and there was enough to get through today without spending more time watching people raid. It was a great experience either way.
The WCS StarCraft II WCS was the highlight of the BlizzCon eSports events. The crowds were amazing. So much energy in the hall where the matches were being played. The matches were played at such a high level. The day started with the semi-finals featuring sOs versus Bomber. sOs is a Protoss player while Bomber is Terran. sOs was able to win against bomber 3-1. Next was the crowd favorite Jaedong. He is a Zerg player and had a ton of fans in the crowed. Every sign I saw being held up was for Jaedong. He fought Maru, a Terran player in the semi-finals. Jaedong was able to beat Maru 3-1. This lead to Jaedong versus sOs - Zerg versus Protoss - in a best of 7 series final.
From the start, it was clear that sOs had gotten into Jaedong’s head because of his unconventional play. sOs does things that aren’t recommended but because of his skill level he can pull off some crazy builds. sOs was able to defeat Jaedong 4-1 in a convincing show of skill and knowledge of the game. sOs walked off the stage as the world champion and $100,000 richer! The finals were very exciting to watch. I can’t wait for more StarCraft II tournaments in the future.
Now that we have covered StarCraft II, we can jump into World of Warcraft on the next page.
Blizzcon 2013 - World of Warcraft
World of Warcraft
Day 2 hosted many World of Warcraft panel discussions. The favorite seems to be the Warcraft Movie panel. The panel included Duncan Jones, Director, Chris Metzen, Senior Vice President of Story and Franchise Development and Rob Pardo, Chief Creative Officer. They couldn’t go into very much detail but what we did get out of them was that the story will sort of tell the beginnings of Azeroth and rumored to take place in the Eastern Kingdom. The movie is scheduled to begin filming and they are looking for a release date near December of 2015.
Fans not need worry about Duncan Jones directing the motion picture. He is an avid World of Warcraft fan and plays characters at the max level. He claims the original script he got favored the Alliance but he wanted to tell a story of war from both sides so the Horde fans out there will get some love too. Both sides will have heroes to cheer for. The special effects coordinator, Bill Westenhoffer, has won numerous awards, including Life of Pi, played World of Warcraft while filming the Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe. The cast will be a mix of real and animated characters. They are trying to make the costumes, weapons, music, etc. as close to the Warcraft Universe as possible.
The remaining panels were World of Warcraft Raids, Gameplay, Questing and more where the developers talked about upcoming changes to the current game as well as the future expansions and what we as players can expect from each of these aspects of the game. They are doing a lot of great work and I can’t wait to see the final product when they roll out each new feature. Several that I am looking forward too are the new bag systems. I can’t wait to not have to worry about quest items in my inventory. I also like how they are highlighting inventory so it is easier to find and sell based on certain markings within the bags.
The World of Warcraft Arena Global Invitational and StarCraft II WCS global finals was where the majority of the BlizzCon fans seemed congregate during Day 2. Each match of the events was jammed packed. People were sitting on the floors in the middle of the walkways. It was very difficult to move around each of the halls that that championships were being held in. The games were intense and the outcome that were predicted were not what unfolded at day 2 of BlizzCon!!
Both the WCS StarCraft II tournament and the World of Warcraft Arena Global Invitational were happening at the same time. At one point we were watching the StarCraft II matches while streaming the World of Warcraft matches so we could catch all the action.
The final day of the World of Warcraft Invitational saw Skill-Capped versus LG Incredible Miracle and PvP Live versus MiR in the semi-finals. Skill-Capped won convincingly over LG Incredible Miracle 3 to 1. MiR was able to bear PvP Live in a 3 to 1 score as well. This lead Skill-Capped to face MiR in the finals. Skill-Capped beat MiR convincingly in every game. There was really no competition for Skill-Capped. Skill-Capped swept them 4-0. I don’t even recall Skill-Capped ever being pressured. I guess the healing skills of Sodah proved difficult for MiR to deal with.
Finally the night ended the closing ceremonies that culminated with a performance from Blink 182. As usual, they brought the place to their feet. I am always happy to rock out but in a way it feels a bit sad because I know I will have to wait many months until the next BlizzCon. Lets hope they don’t skip a year again. It is nice to geek out at these things and refuel ones passion for the Blizzard Universe!! Thank you Blizzard for letting Legit Reviews take part in the media coverage of BlizzCon 2013.
Thanks for reading our coverage of this year's BlizzCon from Anaheim, California. We still have more coverage to come as we have tons of CosPlay pictures to show you. This year's entries were fantastic and we think the best - and most talented BlizzCos talent we have ever seen.