Friday, November 2, 2018

BlizzCon 2018 Opening Highlights

BlizzCon 2018 kick starts with opening ceremony today with news on Diablo, Overwatch, Warcraft and more.

With lots of fan anticipation and excitement BlizzCon 2018 jump started with their opening ceremony and stream today. So much expectation is in the air and the gathered fans are growing impatient to hear announcements on their favorite title.

If you have somehow failed to catch it live or missed the program online, its okay and we got the live streamed video right here for you to take a good look at. Even if you have attended or watched it already, there is no harm taking another look, right?

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BlizzCon 2018 Opening Highlights

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Since the whole show was about two and a half hour, we suggest you skip right to 58:40 if the pre-show seems like a stretch to you.




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Destiny 2 | FREE
Nearly at the ending of the pre-show, we learn from the developer of Destiny 2: Forsaken that the game is currently free for anyone to claim with a Battle.net account and forever to keep. All you have to do is to grab your copy before November 18.

Players who already own D2 will enjoy free trial of the newly introduced Gambit mode of the Forsaken expansion from November 9 to 11. Those who love competitive multiplayer experience and shooting down monster will surely love the trial.

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Diablo Immortal | Cinematic Trailer




It was months ago in August, when Blizzard Entertainment announced through an official video that they were working on a couple of Diablo projects that they would love to showcase at BlizzCon 2018 and Diablo Immortal is the latest in the line from the franchise.

The new cinematic released for the game reveals that it takes place between the events of DiabloII: Lord of Destruction and Diablo III, coming to both Android and iOS. Although many fans were waiting for Diablo IV, they got this but it doesn't look that bad either.




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Currently available demo lets you get into the action with a touchscreen right away and it does well for a fast-paced action game. Except for Witch Doctor, most of the playable classes are available but hardcore fans of the franchise can skip this one out.

The developers also anticipated that players probably are hoping for a sequel game based on the Lord of Terror and subtly left hints that it might take more time to deliver what they want. Despite having the feel of Diablo III, the game needs more polishing to have appeal and acceptance from fans.

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Hearthstone: Rastakhan’s Rumble | Expansion Pack DLC




Based on the lore of Warcraft, free-to-play online collectible card game Hearthstone is getting a new expansion pack Rastakhan’s Rumble. It will include a solo mode, Rumble Run, the concept of Overkill and a new Tavern Brawl event.

Since they are keeping up to the current lore of WoW franchise, players are to encounter a lot of trolls. Even though all of the new cards are not revealed yet, it appears that each class will get their definite version of legendary cards with unique style.

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Heroes of the Storm | New Hero




The newest and 83rd hero character to join Heroes of the Storm, Orphea is drafted to the Nexus with a new trailer. She was born here as the daughter of Raven Lord and is called the Heir of Raven Court but she rejected the dark power. To protect the innocent, she returns home as a Hero of the Nexus.

Though comprised of characters from popular Blizzard games like Diablo, Overwatch, StarCraft and Warcraft, Orphea is an original playable character and has an alternate skin of Slacker Orphea. She is free for anyone who attended BlizzCon or owned a Virtual Ticket.

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Heroes of the Storm’s New Hero Orphea

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Overwatch | New Hero




A new animated short for Blizzard's acclaimed hero shooter Overwatch titled "Reunion", which features bounty hunter Jesse McCree going up against the leader of the Deadlock Gang, Ashe to retrieve a pod from the train she just bombed down.

Seems like these two shares a past and a quick shoot-out takes place among the vigilante and the outlaws. You can easily tell that this female gunslinger is going to be the 29th hero for the game and she will soon be available to play.

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Overwatch Introduces Ashe and B.O.B.

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Overwatch LEGO
Building brick based toy production company LEGO announced six new Overwatch series of building sets for 1 January, 2019 and they are already available for pre-order. Each set have at least two characters and a vehicle construct from the popular multiplayer shooter.

Except for Bastion, characters are paired in D.Va and Reinhardt; Genji and Hanzo; McCree, Reaper and Solider: 76; Mercy, Winston, Reaper and Pharah as well as Tracer and Widowmaker set ranging from $14.99 to $89.99 only.

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LEGO Overwatch Sets Unveiled

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Warcraft III: Reforged | Cinematic Trailer




In 2019, Blizzard will release a remastered version of their critically acclaimed title Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos as Warcraft III: Reforged. Almost everything from character designs and environments will be remodeled for new generation.

Back in February, there was a speculation from Patch 1.29 updates that made player assume that the popular fantasy RTS game is getting a remaster treatment and hoped to get the announcement at a then recent eSports tournament but it clearly took them enough time to reveal the project at BlizzCon 2018.

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World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth "Lost Honor" | Cinematic Trailer




The two factions from World of Warcraft, Alliance and Horde have been through a devastating conflict in Battle for Azeroth. Alliance King Anduin approaches Horde General, Varok Saurfang asking why he spared Anduin during Battle for Lordaeron.

Turns out, this warrior was horrified by the actions of current Warchief, Sylvanas Windrunner and he hoped if spared, Alliance King could defeat her. Saurfang is released from prison because Anduin cannot defeat her alone. This will build up stage set for the game’s next patch Tides of Vengeance that will release within next few months.

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World of Warcraft: Classic | Demo
2019 will also see the launch of World of Warcraft: Classic which will be something that die-hard fans will cherish and would be accessible to anyone with an ongoing subscription. Experience how the series rise to ascension in a modern re-imagined interpretation.

Currently, there is a live demo available until November 8 for BlizzCon 2018 attendees and those who own a BlizzCon Virtual Ticket. The time-limited demo can be played for 60 minutes and then wait for another 30 minutes to cool-down before logging back in.

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World of Warcraft: Tides of Vengeance | Update




The first major patch for WoW: Battle for Azeroth titled, Tides of Vengeance is all set to debut on December 11. With some new changes to the system, Patch 8.1 will be introducing new content to engage the players in more activities.

Tides of Vengeance will heavily focus on the Night Elves because of burning down world tree, Teldrassil. There will be a Horde versus Alliance raid with distinct order for different faction but the fight will lead them to same bosses.

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World of Warcraft: Rise of Azshara | Update

Following the launch of Tides of Vengeance on December 11, there is another major patch waiting for World of Warcraft players. Rise of Azshara will be Patch 8.2 and it will take them to the home of the Naga, Nazjatar for all-new adventure.

There is a raid, "Azshara’s Eternal Palace" that challenges the champions of Azeroth to face off eight bosses and eventually confront Queen Azshara. Another continent Mechagon will be included in the update and it won’t be released until next year.

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The opening ceremony program for BlizzCon 2018 was actually free for everyone to enjoy. However, you do need a $49.99 worth BlizzCon Virtual Ticket if you want to stream live the other panels of this event where developers talk in depth about the news.

Blizzard is going full festive mode this entire season and hopefully some major announcements will be there as well as some eSports events. Our watchful eyes will be eagerly looking for any cool cosplay contest with enthusiastic community members.