Blizzcon 2016 live report Finished

Hello! We're just a few hours away from Blizzcon 2016's opening ceremony - it begins at 6pm UK time - and finding out which of his nice bowling shirts Mike Morhaime will be wearing to mark the occasion.

But that's not the only big news we're expecting from this year's show.

After literally decades of teasing and a severely overwrought ARG we should finally see the reveal of Overwatch's next hero: Sombra. The question at this stage is how exactly she'll be unveiled to the world. Please don't hack the stage. Please don't hack the stage. Please don't hack the stage.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Diablo franchise and rumours suggest a Necromancer-themed expansion might be on the cards. I've been offered an interview with the Diablo team tomorrow afternoon, so they better announce SOMETHING.

We tend to see either a new Hearthstone adventure or expansion during Blizzcon, so expect something along those lines. Probably a full expansion, given that A Night in Karazhan launched back in August.

Heroes of the Storm will inevitably see more hero reveals. Seriously, they produce them at an unbelievable rate.

And perhaps something about the future plans for StarCraft 2, unless they're saving that for the panel later on today.

Finally, with Blizzard story man, Chris Metzen having announced his retirement just a couple of months ago, I'm hoping he'll pop up to say his goodbyes to a community he's had a big hand in creating. Here's to you, Metzen!

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  • madvalrockatansky 1 year ago

    Fucking fuck of fuck, the fucking necromancer ! fuckshit yeah !!! :D
  • Oridan 1 year ago

    Love the voice of the necromancer
  • ckyman2 1 year ago

    oh necromancer!!
  • Oridan 1 year ago

    Necromancer!!! AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH
  • Nemesis 1 year ago

    Oh you beautiful people.
  • ckyman2 1 year ago

    dammit I was one off xD
  • MadJack1812 1 year ago

    Maybe just a nibble of the press pass Chris?
  • Oridan 1 year ago

    Diablo remake? Niiiiice
  • chrismorley 1 year ago

    Emphasis on the 3
  • Oridan 1 year ago

    finally :D
  • Baddamobs 1 year ago

    OH DIABLO!
  • chrismorley 1 year ago

    he's awesome!
  • Oridan 1 year ago

    Ben Brode is having a babby. Or his wife is anyway.
  • GnollBoi 1 year ago

    The Jade Lotus... It's nice we get to see another side of Pandaren culture, aside from the very "THE ORIENT" we got on The Wandering Isles and Pandaria.
  • gamecat 1 year ago

    Where is Ben Brode? This guy is not fun.
  • GnollBoi 1 year ago

    Gotta love how Gadgetzan is a sprawling metropolis of a city, with a seedy underbelly.... A bunch of culture there and layers of depth. Too bad that's only in Hearthstone and not shown in WoW.
  • Baddamobs 1 year ago

    Jesus, that weapon is too dangerous for Goblin hands.
  • Oridan 1 year ago

    I'd like to see this Gadgetzan in that other warcraft game they have.
  • Nemesis 1 year ago

    Sly Cooper Hearthstone
  • Baddamobs 1 year ago

    @Orldan They're going to hold onto the stuff they have for as long as they possibly can: they know we're pretty thirsty for news >_>''''
  • Oridan 1 year ago

    when is diablo omg
  • gamecat 1 year ago

    Bribed to play HotS for Genji skin
  • GnollBoi 1 year ago

    Most people don't get HoTS, it's the unnecessary game in the Blizz lineup.
  • Baddamobs 1 year ago

    ONI GENJI LOOKS SUPER COOL!
  • Nemesis 1 year ago

    I don't really 'get' HoTS.
  • gamecat 1 year ago

    Sombra abilities now livehttps://playoverwatch.com/en-us/heroes/sombra/
  • Oridan 1 year ago

    nice
  • Oridan 1 year ago

    Varian?
  • Baddamobs 1 year ago

    Man, Blizzard are into a real asymmetrical multiplayer phase.
  • gamecat 1 year ago

    HotS (polite applause)
  • Nemesis 1 year ago

    ESPORTS.But it's not about winning. So here's a video about people winning.
  • GnollBoi 1 year ago

    Is Morhaime trying to get us to play nice? Doesn't he realize that screaming obscenities and death threats is 90% what esports is about? If you can't insult someone why play?!
  • Oridan 1 year ago

    Will you be making a video of the press pass eating?
  • Oridan 1 year ago

    i luv u gusy
  • Malek86 1 year ago

    But what about Diablo!
  • KD 1 year ago

    @Oridan Sky tv will take them to court for using the name and will be the first victims of our new skynet overlords...
  • gamecat 1 year ago

    Not sure how this fits in with existing esports orgs
  • GnollBoi 1 year ago

    I'm feeling like there will be very little news about actual games and developments..More... "ESPORT! ESPORT! ESPORT! HONKHONKESPORT!"
  • Oridan 1 year ago

    Let's not forget that it's Diablo year, Morhaime. Where is my Necromancer?!
  • Nemesis 1 year ago

    Shhhh stop being so shouty, sports people.
  • chrismorley 1 year ago

    Yeah UK is out of the OW world champs. Dignitas are still in Heroes though, they're a UK team with UK players.
  • chrismorley 1 year ago

    EEEESPORTS
  • Oridan 1 year ago

    @KD Of course! That's why they're phasing out the battle.net name!
  • KD 1 year ago

    battle.net changing name to skynet with the ai?
  • chrismorley 1 year ago

    Its Joaquin Phoenix
  • Nemesis 1 year ago

    Nice to see Capello still getting work....
  • Mr_interesting_2011 1 year ago

    just me then :(
  • Mr_interesting_2011 1 year ago

    Anyone else having problems with the steam cutting in/out
  • Oridan 1 year ago

    Those are the baddies right? I don't play overwatch.
  • Oridan 1 year ago

    She's working with the baddies!!
  • Baddamobs 1 year ago

    Oh bugger.
  • Baddamobs 1 year ago

    (Please don't hack the stage)
  • Oridan 1 year ago

    I was hoping he'd say something about Warcraft Movie 2. (Yes I liked it and I want a sequel)
  • Baddamobs 1 year ago

    Kitty hype.
  • imagonnawin 1 year ago

    @smallblueslime that'd never happen, Hanjo wouldn't allow it.
  • Jac 1 year ago

    Neon nipples
  • Baddamobs 1 year ago

    @Pasco_God, I wish.
  • Oridan 1 year ago

    Secret cow level hype
  • Pasco_ 1 year ago

    DIABLO 4 CONFIRMED
  • Bertie 1 year ago

    omg here we go! Stream has passed over to main stage
  • Bertie 1 year ago

    He's watching a cartoon while all this is going on!!!!
  • jorgeillescas 1 year ago

    Do you think there's any chance of Warcraft 4?
  • Bertie 1 year ago

    My six year old son doesn't seem to be as pumped as I am
  • Bertie 1 year ago

    HIYAAAAAA HAPPY SOMBRA
  • Malek86 1 year ago

    Overwatch pets in next Diablo expansion?
  • Jac 1 year ago

    Just when I thought there couldn't be anymore countdown timers I discover the Overwatch PTR needs to be downloaded separately. 3 hours and counting.
  • Baddamobs 1 year ago

    I know, in my heart of hearts, that Diablo 4 isn't going to happen, but...I want to believe!
  • Oridan 1 year ago

    By which I mean, have you seen Metzen anywhere? :p
  • Oridan 1 year ago

    Have you spotted any retired loremasters yet?
  • Holodrone 1 year ago

    You have a great second name Bratt ;)
  • Percinho 1 year ago

    @Pasco_ I can;t believe they've not considered it, I think one of their biggest problems with it would be UI-based though. Would be interesting to see where they'd put it, especially on the mobile version.Maybe they make it the same as a secret but it has an icon instead of a ?.Good point about he standard rotation, I'd not considered that this is the last addition before the next rollover, which means it would have the least amount of time in Standard.
  • Pasco_ 1 year ago

    @Percino non minion-based defensive effects in HS is a cool idea.Hope Blizzard are thinking that radically too, HS needs a big shake up right now. Maybe that kind of thing would wait for the next Standard rotation though?
  • darekjozwik 1 year ago

    Necromancer back to Diablo :) #confirmed #blizzardOFFICIAL #blizzardLEAK
  • JiveHound 1 year ago

    Literally a decade?
  • Honeyman 1 year ago

    It's somewhat a given that Sombra will be shown. Getting another hero or at least a preview would be nice too.6-vs-6 Sombra matches would be mental.
  • Percinho 1 year ago

    Good stuff. Can;t wait for the HS expansion announcement. I'm hoping for a new card type, something like a Accessory slot where you can put artifacts or relics or items which have an effect when your hero is attacked. I'm thinking something like the Thorns spell that a Druid has in WoW.
  • Slipstream 1 year ago

    You make a very dashing member of the Alliance Chris. That tabard looks particularly fetching, time to switch sides...
  • Percinho 1 year ago

    erm... Am I missing something or does this not actually say when it starts?
  • Oridan 1 year ago

    Warcraft 4: Rock and roll racing
  • seasidebaz 1 year ago

    Rock & Diabroll Racing
  • Maleta 1 year ago

    I'd like a new Diablo game altogether. Something like the new Lineage or Lost Ark.
  • Oridan 1 year ago

    Or Diablo 4: Deckard Strikes Back
  • Oridan 1 year ago

    I'd like a Diablo 3 expansion with the necromancer in it, please.
  • Oridan 1 year ago

    King's honor, friend.
  • HeroJez 1 year ago

    Warcraft 4 please.
  • frucusadat 1 year ago

    I quit my office employment and now I am getting paid 92 Dollars hourly. How? I work-over web! My old work waas making me hopeless, so I was to have a go at something other than what's expected. 2 years After...I can say My life is improved totally!Look at it what i do.....>>> MaxCash9.Tk
  • Daeltaja 1 year ago

    What's with the Sombre excitement? You'd swear they were teasing a new game!
  • ckyman2 1 year ago

    free to play Diablo 2 remastered I called it here first gentlemen :)
  • Slipstream 1 year ago

    You guys did call a stage hack and I've rolled with that theory since. It'll be super cringey because it was brought forward a while back so we've been expecting it. xD
  • Malek86 1 year ago

    More Diablo and I'll be happy.
  • Bertie 1 year ago

    Can't wait for the cringey staged hack to introduce Sombra!
  • FuzzyMetal 1 year ago

    If they really wanted to troll everyone after all this ARG stuff they'd get everyone revved up for Overwatch hero reveals and then announce a fourth Warcraft strategy title.New Diablo stuff would be nice if we're sticking to the realm of reality.
  • Devilligan 1 year ago

    Sombra is definitely going to hack the stage. :(
  • craigperry1 1 year ago

    Praying for some cool Hearthstone stuff, and hopefully not a massive wait... so tired of Shaman, Shaman, Warrior, Warrior, Shaman, Warrior.
  • Slipstream 1 year ago

    They did say they were happy with the concept of another character outside of Sombra a while back.So I'm going to throw one out there an go with Sombra and Doomfist, since there's a fairly decent amount of lore relating to him/her too.
  • Gazz 1 year ago

    Anything diablo related would be nice but not holding my breath :)
  • Return-of-Jafar 1 year ago

    I hope they reveal 2 heroes at once. Not just Sombra, because they might as well announce it's a Friday given how much has already been revealed about Sombra.
  • MrTomFTW 1 year ago

    Well if they don't reveal Sombra then Chris can cheer himself up by popping over to Disneyland. I believe it's just over the way from the convention centre.
  • Gazz 1 year ago

    Erm html formatting issues?

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Hello everyone!

They're letting me handle the livetext for this year's Blizzcon, which is very exciting.

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I'm not heading into the show for another couple of hours, but I'm going to dash over and grab some pictures of the entrance itself. It'll be like you're right there with me.

14:11 By Chris Bratt

Anyway, right.

Last night I went to a Blizzcon party hosted by Wowhead, the largest World of Warcraft database on the Internet.

Let me tell you, things got PRETTY wild.

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14:13 By Chris Bratt

Ugh, I'm actually a Horde player.

14:13 By Chris Bratt

What can I say? The Alliance had better props on offer.

14:35 By Chris Bratt

The opening ceremony kicks off in about 3 1/2 hours.

So that's 6PM GMT.

I'll update the post now.

Percinho says:

erm... Am I missing something or does this not actually say when it starts?

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Nice to see Grandma Overwatch getting pride of place in this year's Blizzcon artwork. As is only right.

14:52 By Chris Bratt

Alright, I've been to the entrance! Here's what that looks like.

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Do you think all of these people are here for Blizzcon too?

14:58 By Chris Bratt

Right, I'm off for some breakfast. Don't break anything.

16:25 By Chris Bratt

Alright, I'm in. Had to fight my way through a lot of very enthusiastic Blizzard fans, but I've got a seat for the opening ceremony.

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Not yet! Hoping he gets a nice send off during the ceremony. Seems a nice man.

Oridan says:

By which I mean, have you seen Metzen anywhere? :p

16:57 By Chris Bratt

If they reveal Diablo 4, I'll eat my press pass.

Baddamobs says:

I know, in my heart of hearts, that Diablo 4 isn't going to happen, but...I want to believe!

17:00 By Chris Bratt

We're still an hour away from things kicking off. Not sure what I'm supposed to do for the next 60 minutes...

17:02 By Chris Bratt

Anyone fancy a game of Overwatch?

17:30 By Chris Bratt

30 minutes! Are you guys still watching a WOW Arena stream?

17:32 By Chris Bratt

Oh, we've got action here. Pre-show trailer!

17:33 By Chris Bratt

A giant Reinhardt just walked past. My kind of people.

17:36 By Chris Bratt

Looking back at Blizzard's 2016. It's been an alright year for them, hasn't it?

17:38 By Chris Bratt

Someone next to me just shouted "For the Horde!"

17:38 By Chris Bratt

I mean, I agree with him, but I'm trying to look like a serious games journalist here.

17:46 By Chris Bratt

Did they just call their sofa the 'BlizzCouch'?

17:50 By Chris Bratt

A nice little preview of Mike's bowling shirt this year. Looks to be his WOW Legion number. Nice.

17:50 By Chris Bratt

Roughly 10 minutes until we see him in the flesh.

17:55 By Chris Bratt

HELLO BERTIE

Bertie says:

HIYAAAAAA HAPPY SOMBRA

17:55 By Chris Bratt

5 minutes!

17:58 By Chris Bratt

Alright, here we go. Hopefully some surprises in store, despite the leaks.

17:59 By Chris Bratt

Hey guys. I wonder if they might reveal a new Overwatch hero. That'd be neat.

18:01 By Chris Bratt

And my WiFi died! Amazing timing.

18:02 By Chris Bratt

10 years of Blizzcon! :')

18:03 By Robert Purchese

A montage of Blizzard from roots to present day - a history lesson! Who's actually been to BlizzCon apart from Bratterz? The bloody show off.

18:03 By Robert Purchese

That D4 die...

18:03 By Chris Bratt

Professionalism has gone out of the window here. I've got a massive grin on my face.

18:04 By Chris Bratt

LOVELY MIKE MORHAIME!

18:04 By Chris Bratt

Back at it again with his WOW Legion bowling shirt.

18:05 By Robert Purchese

Is that Thrall's voice doing the announcing?

18:06 By Chris Bratt

It seems I'm a little ahead of the stream. Look down here for EARLY ANNOUNCEMENTS.

18:07 By Robert Purchese

The stream glitches a bit for me... Skips back sometimes. Not like real-life... normally.

18:08 By Chris Bratt

The first Blizzcon hosted 4000 attendees. Now that number is more than 25,000.

18:12 By Robert Purchese

Allen Adham is rejoining Blizzard. He has decided to be "unretired"! He co-founded Blizzard with Mike Morhaime and Frank Pearce.

18:13 By Robert Purchese

The next content update for WOW is in development. "It is going to be an awesome 2017 for the Alliance..." says Morhaime, to boos and cheers. Long pause. "And, for the Horde!" What a troll!

18:13 By Chris Bratt

18:13 By Robert Purchese

Mischief, a Fell Kitty pet, is coming. Hardly Sombra, is it? But now he's talking Overwatch!

18:14 By Chris Bratt

Oh no. It's HAPPENING.

18:14 By Chris Bratt

THE STAGE IS BEING HACKED.

18:15 By Chris Bratt

And there we are! The inevitable Sombra reveal. This is actually, dare I say it... quite fun?

18:16 By Chris Bratt

Sombra, Reaper and Widowmaker working together. Overwatch pals.

18:18 By Chris Bratt

She uses an SMG, has a stealth ability and... hacks things?

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AND A TELEPORT. Perhaps her Ultimate?

18:21 By Chris Bratt

"Boop!"

Yeah, I'm a fan.

18:21 By Chris Bratt

"I'm sure nobody saw that coming," says Morhaime.

18:21 By Chris Bratt

Playable at Blizzcon! Expect impressions later on today.

18:23 By Chris Bratt

There's another couple of maps on the way, plus a brand new Arcade mode.

18:24 By Chris Bratt

Over to StarCraft 2, which is still seeing continued support from Blizzard. More co-op missions planned, plus a new co-op commander.

18:25 By Chris Bratt

Right, now we're talking advanced AI research? Okay, let's see where this goes.

18:26 By Chris Bratt

There's a fella from DeepMind on stage. He's really into artificial intelligence. That's his thing. Loves AI.

18:27 By Chris Bratt

Collaborating with Blizzard to "open up StarCraft 2 to AI research around the world".

18:27 By Chris Bratt

This will almost certainly lead to humanity's demise.

18:29 By Chris Bratt

From a neww Overwatch hero to complicated AI research. Where can we possibly go next?

18:29 By Chris Bratt

Esports, apparently.

18:30 By Chris Bratt

Overwatch seeing its first Blizzcon tournament this weekend. The UK got knocked out, didn't they?

18:31 By Chris Bratt

They should have asked me and Bertie to give it a shot. Sometimes we even use our ultimates at the same time!

18:33 By Chris Bratt

Esports as far as the eye can see.

18:36 By Chris Bratt

Blizzard are launching the Overwatch League, promising guaranteed salaries, contracts and loads of official support.

18:37 By Chris Bratt

Bertie, you fancy it? This games journalism thing isn't going to last forever.

18:38 By Chris Bratt

Oh yeah. Weird Al Yankovic will be closing out the show. Blizzard are such massive, massive dweebs.

18:39 By Chris Bratt

"Let's remind the world what matters most is not winning, but how we are with each other," says Lovely Mike.

18:40 By Chris Bratt

Looks like I won't be eating my press pass after all...

Malek86 says:

But what about Diablo!

18:40 By Chris Bratt

Right. Heroes of the Storm.

18:41 By Chris Bratt

I wonder if they might reveal some new heroes. I think they might reveal some new heroes.

18:43 By Chris Bratt

The cheers are noticeably quieter for this game. You've got to wonder how big its playerbase actually is right now, compared to the likes of WOW, Overwatch & Hearthstone.

18:44 By Chris Bratt

They are, in fact, revealing a new hero.

18:44 By Chris Bratt

Varian Wrynn, off of World of Warcraft.

18:45 By Chris Bratt

As Alliance characters go, he was alright. Watch that pre-Legion cinematic, if you haven't already.

gamecat says:

Sombra abilities now livehttps://playoverwatch.com/en-us/heroes/sombra/

18:48 By Chris Bratt

Hang on, Varian is fighting Ragnaros. Both confirmed as upcoming heroes.

18:48 By Chris Bratt

Oh my goodness, Sombra's ultimate sounds INCREDIBLE.

18:49 By Chris Bratt

"EMP: Sombra discharges electromagnetic energy in a wide radius, destroying enemy barriers and shields and hacking all opponents caught in the blast."

18:49 By Chris Bratt

Sorry, back to HOTS. Both heroes are playable at Blizzcon and Varian is coming to the live game real soon.

18:54 By Chris Bratt

If you play 15 games of HOTS with a buddy, you unlock a Genji skin for Overwatch. I mean, that'll probably work.

18:55 By Chris Bratt

That's Bertie and me playing 15 games of HOTS next week.

18:55 By Chris Bratt

Anyway, Hearthstone!

18:55 By Chris Bratt

Here comes the next expansion reveal?

18:56 By Chris Bratt

Gadgetzan!

18:58 By Chris Bratt

Hearthstone's Gadgetzan is a...shady, crime town?

18:58 By Chris Bratt

YES. Another Hearthstone song. Now it's a party.

18:58 By Chris Bratt

'Mean Streets of Gadgetzan'

19:00 By Chris Bratt

The first of the town's notorious crime families is called..... 'The Grimy Goons'. That's a rubbish name for a crime family, isn't it?

19:01 By Chris Bratt

'The Jade Lotus'. That's better, but I mean, they seem to be mostly Pandaren.

19:02 By Chris Bratt

Holding out for the third family.

19:02 By Chris Bratt

'The Kabal'.

19:04 By Chris Bratt

Each family adds a new tri-class card. Huh.

19:05 By Chris Bratt

Having a baby, I think. I like this guy though!

gamecat says:

Where is Ben Brode? This guy is not fun.

19:06 By Chris Bratt

There's an amusing delay when each card is revealed, as the crowd rushes to read and understand its abilities.

19:06 By Chris Bratt

Mean Streets of Gadgetzan set for early December.

19:07 By Chris Bratt

Next up: Diablo 3!

19:07 By Chris Bratt

Considering the Sombra leak was legit, that Necromancer artwork seems promising.

19:08 By Chris Bratt

POLITICAL JOKE.

19:09 By Chris Bratt

The original Diablo is being recreated in Diablo 3 to celebrate its anniversary. OKAY. YUP. THAT'LL DO IT.

19:10 By Chris Bratt

"Special graphics filters to make the visual pixelated and grainy."

19:11 By Chris Bratt

The anniversary patch will be on the PTR next week!

19:11 By Chris Bratt

POLITICAL JOKE #2.

19:12 By Chris Bratt

Two new zones being added to the game next year, if you have Reaper of Souls. Accessed via Adventure Mode.

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And yes, there we are, the Necromancer!

19:14 By Chris Bratt

The crowd seemed to enjoy that one, surprisingly.

19:15 By Chris Bratt

Will be sold as part of a character pack next year.

19:15 By Chris Bratt

And that's a wrap, Blizzard pals.

19:16 By Chris Bratt

Sombra and the Necromancer both looks ace, despite not being huge surprises. Good show.

19:16 By Chris Bratt

I'm off to try and hug Mike Morhaime.

19:17 By Chris Bratt

See you soon, with some Sopmbra hands-on impressions!

19:17 By Chris Bratt

Thank YOU, Jack.

The-Jack-Burton says:

Thanks Chris