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Lilo's Lair #69: BlizzCon 2017 Game News. Presented by Saljack Enterprises. Gaming. Animation. Media. Entertainment. Woman Owned.

Another week and this weekend was a bog convention: The Blizzcon 2017! This is a video game convention held by Blizzard. That is the company responsible for Overwatch, Hearthstone, Starcraft, and etc. Since 2005 it has been held in Anaheim, California and the convention center there. This event is known to bring announcements for games new and old, cosplay contests, concerts, and more. This year it was held November 3rd and 4th. The convention center was expanded, so they got to sell more tickets this year! Also, the ending concert was Muse.

Now that you’ve got the rundown I want to share with you all the significant gaming news that came from this event! It’s an exciting time for Blizzard games so get ready.

Let’s start with Overwatch. First, there is a new animated short! It is titled “Honor and Glory” and features Reinhardt. It’s an emotional one, make sure no one is cutting onions nearby or you might just shed a little tear or two.

There is also a new map for Overwatch. It’s a Blizzard theme park with areas that are all about other games from Blizzard, like War of Warcraft.

Okay, I’m going to stop saving the biggest juicy tidbit. There is a new hero! Her name is Moira, and she is also being released with a few alternative skins. This is the 26th playable character for the game. She is some type of magic user who can deal massive damage, but also heal teammates. Moira is also a geneticist who works for Talon. She will be first released in the public test region on PC before officially coming out in the game.

The fun doesn’t stop there for Overwatch though. There are a collection of new skins coming out that are based on other Blizzard games like Diablo.

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IMAGE FROM DOT ESPORTS

Finally, are you interested in who won the Overwatch World Cup? It was South Korea, Canada came in second.

  • Hearthstone Inn-vitational: Team Grimestreet Grifters
  • Starcraft Remastered Ultimate Title Fight: Kim “Bisu” Taek Yong
  • World of Warcraft Arena World Championship: ABC
  • Heroes of the Storm Global Championship Finals: MVP Black
  • StarCraft II World Championship Series Global Finals: Lee ‘Rogue’ Byung Ryul

Now, on to Hearthstone! There is a new expansion pack coming out. This expansion includes a free single-player mode. Free, music to my ears. This mode is called Dungeon Run. In this mode, you play against 8 random bosses out of the 48 possible bosses. You start the game with ten cards. After defeating a boss, you’ll receive a loot pile including three more cards. If you lose, you start over. Now, this is an entirely separate thing from your regular cards. You do not need to own any cards to play, so yes its really free. The cards you get in Dungeon crawl stay in Dungeon Crawl.

All the cards for this new expansion were also revealed. By the way, the expansion itself is called Kobolds & Catacombs. There are fourteen cards, check them out here.

Next game with news from Blizzcon is Heroes of the Storm. Two new heroes are coming to the game. They are Hanzo from Overwatch and Alexstrasza from Warcraft. These are both considered range combat style characters. Hanzo being a ranged assassin and also a scout, while Alexstrasza who can heal allies and turn into a dragon.

There will also be some significant updates to the game. The update will focus on refinements of the actual playing. Things like performance improvements and reworking stealth functions.

Some other big news is for StarCraft II. It’s going free-to-play! This very month you will be able to play the Wings of Liberty campaign and co-op mode for free. Starcraft II has a reliable and robust player base, but this will probably bring in a lot of fresh blood!

Now, finally, the last game with news is World of Warcraft. Coming out is World of Warcraft Classic. This lets people play without the expansions. There aren’t many details beyond that except they don’t plan to include the launch problems players had from the original game–haha.

The new expansion was also revealed for WoW. It is titled “Battle of Azeroth.” There will be a new level cap of 120 and lots of new land. Two new continents Kul Tiras and Zandalar. There are also going to be several new islands. There will be a series of new dungeon raids as well. A lot is going on in this new expansion, and the people working on it called it their most ambitious expansion yet. Not only is there everything I already mentioned but more, but more elements being added. One of those is called Island Expeditions. This is for three players to cooperatively take on tasks on an island. You compete against another team (either AI or real players) to complete your tasks first. There will also be new Allied Races.

That is all as for game updates from Blizzcon! Now, 35,000 people attended the event this year! Which makes for good competition at the event. They run several competitions from cosplay, to fan art, to talent, and finally movies. Let me show you the winners.

Costume Winner was Laura Mercer as Hogger.

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IMAGE FROM AMINO APPS

Talent winner was Jay the Tavern Bard.

Fan Art winner was “The Light of Elune” by Sheng Yi Sun aka GASONE.

IMAGE FROM BLIZZCON.COM

Lastly, the movie winner was “Winston” by Lisa Aschieris.

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15 thoughts on “Lilo’s Lair #69: BlizzCon 2017 Game News

  1. Thanks for the amazing run-downs, Lilo! The overwatch short was nothing short of amazing. And that, Reinhardt, is why you should wear a freaking helmet. Otherwise, poor guy’s gonna loose his other eye, or ears maybe lol.

  2. roberachi says:

    Thanks for the great insight into the convention I never attended but felt like I was there, nice article. Congratulations to the winners, the movie winner “Winston”, Fan Art winner “the light of Elune” and the others.

  3. thevoiceofpeople says:

    Overwatch was simply amazing and it did bring tears to my eyes. “Live with honour. Die with glory.” Amazing. Simply amazing. I watched a lot of game-related short animations but nothing moved me like overwatch did. The convention is so cool and it is a tool to communicate with gamers around the world. And finally big congratulations to the winners. 🙂

  4. My boyfriend loves this this stuff like so much, not more than me haha, but a lot. I would love to accompany him to such an event and just see his happy grin the whole day.

  5. wolfbro92 says:

    Sylvanas my girllllllll. I am so happy that she became the new Chieftain of the Horde. Though it is quite unbelievable of course, but she definitely deserved it 100%!

  6. numberpardox says:

    Yehey, I’m extremely happy for MVP Black in winning the Heroes of the Storm Global Championship, they are my favorite.

  7. micorobin says:

    I wish I can go to one of these events. I am a big fan of anime and games so this is for me in all levels.

  8. I hope to see an Overwatch movie. I watch shorts and keep asking for more. Please make it happen,

  9. Love these sort of conventions where everyone unites and does a lot of creative and artsy things for the games they love. Look at Laura Mercer. That was so rad. Like, I’ve never seen someone go all out like that. There’s got to be a lot of love for the game right there!

  10. Edwin Kamau says:

    The Overwatch short animated video is touching. What about how he protects the soldiers? I will agree with you, a tear can drop. “Honor and Glory”

  11. I need MOARRR of that Overwatch animated short! It basically explores Reinhardt’s origin, and if you’re someone who loves lore and likes to know more about a game’s universe, then this animated short should do the trick.

    Damn ninja cutting onions indeed. My mom laughed at me for crying like a little girl.

  12. David Kamau says:

    Video conventions involve more than gaming. You learn how to interact with other gamers and have a chance to travel. The mods in the post sound good. And not forgetting to congratulate the team than won.

  13. kaka135 says:

    This video game convention sounded really fun. Thank you for sharing all these information, and I am interested to find out more about StarCraft and WorldCraft soon. Congratulations to those competition winners!

  14. lordyou says:

    Gaming gets more interesting by the day. First of congrats to South Korea for winning the overwatch world cup. And I really can’t wait to get started on the new WoW classic

  15. Alma May says:

    Im a fun of video game conventions. For certain this event was a blast! anyway congrats to “Winston” by Lisa Aschieris for being the winner this year 🙂

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