Blizzcon 2017 live report

Classic WOW servers! New WOW and Hearthstone expansions! New hero and map for Overwatch! StarCraft 2 goes free to play! This is how it went down.

Join us from 6pm UK time for Blizzard's annual Blizzcon opening ceremony celebrations.

We're expecting news on the new World of Warcraft expansion, this year's final set of Hearthstone cards, more new characters for Heroes of the Storm, and something fresh for Overwatch, too.

Watch with us here in the UK, where Oli will be shoutcasting in text form, with special guest appearances from Chris "Bratterz" Bratt in the audience over in Anaheim, California.

Our live coverage of this event has finished

Coverage

15:40

Hello! Not long to go now. Remember, we're almost certain of a World of Warcraft expansion reveal, but Blizzard has ruled out any major Diablo reveals, sadly.

15:41

We've also already had one BlizzCon 2017 leak: Hanzo and Alexstrasza are heading to Heroes of the Storm.

15:47

With Blizzard pushing the Overwatch eSports overhaul hard, it's tough to imagine what else there will be to show. A new animated short?

15:48

Talking of animated shorts, there may well be another one for HearthStone, as per Blizzard's new animation plans announced at Gamescom.

16:11

16:12

I'm here in Anaheim! There's a LOT of people and they're VERY excited. Must be a Blizzcon.

16:17

16:19

We're already in the main hall, ready for the opening ceremony. It doesn't kick off properly for an hour and 40 minutes though.

16:19

I wish I'd brought sandwiches.

16:26

kettls says:

What are you gonna do for an hour and 40, Chris?

There'll be a preshow at some point, so, erm... maybe I'll go find those sandwiches.

16:28

16:32

Jaina Proudmoore features pretty heavily in this year's keyart, fuelling rumours that she's going to be a big player in the next WOW expansion.

16:33

People keep saying there's going to be boats too. So there's your latest rumourwatch from Eurogamer: Jaina and boats.

16:42

A booming announcer just asked us to cheer for the Alliance and then roar for the Horde. I love this daft show.

16:41

The Horde were much louder. All is well.

16:56

Kami says:

I'm more interested if the datamined "race-variations" thing they dug up on Tauren will happen. Mostly because Tauren are easy... everything else would be considerably more work.

Yup, sub-races look like they might be happening!

16:56

Red Shirt Guy himself broke that news!

17:22

Lucio's voice actor just showed up during the preshow, interviewing some Overwatch fans. Gosh, he's infectiously excited.

17:22

What do we think about a new Overwatch hero being revealed? The game desperately needs it, particularly a Support.

17:23

And their What's Next panel is an hour long. They must have something to talk about...

17:28

17:30

They've packed out the main stage. Thousands of people eagerly await some lovely words from Mike Morhaime.

17:30

Oh and some video game announcements too, I suppose.

17:34

The pre-show just opened with:

"Are you ready to get Blizzy?"

17:34

I don't know about you, but I most certainly am.

17:42

Feeling Blizzy.

17:42

17:51

Almost there! I think Oli will be joining me for the ceremony itself.

17:53

Hello!

17:53

I'm enjoying this Overwatch World Cup interview because they're having to pretend that South Korea aren't guaranteed favourites.

17:54

The UK team went 15-0 on their way into this competition, but let's be serious here, pals...

17:56

I'll be talking you through tonight's opening ceremony but fair warning - I only really play WOW and Diablo, so I might need your help on the other stuff.

17:57

There are 30,000 attendees here today. Oosh.

17:57

They just said they're extending the Anaheim convention center. Jesus. That place was cavernous enough already.

17:58

I'm more eager to see details of this WOW expansion than I have been the last few. I enjoyed Legion SO much.

17:59

Here we go! Are you ready to get Blizzy, Oli?

18:00

How you build on it is quite a difficult question to answer (especially Artifact weapons, as one of you guys just pointed out) - but that only makes this more interesting.

18:00

Not Diablo 4 interesting, but still.

18:00

Here we go!

18:00

I've been Blizzy all day, Chris.

18:00

What were your first Blizzard games? Warcraft 3 for me.

18:00

I'm a regular Blizznessman.

18:02

Vanilla WOW was my first. I played it for half a day and wasn't convinced. And then I looked up and it was six months later and I was still in my dressing gown.

18:03

I'm falling for Blizzard all over again right now. The Blizzcon reset.

18:04

Lovely Mike Morhaime takes to the stage!!

18:04

And he's NOT wearing a bowling shirt?!

18:04

Super inclusive and sentimental reel of players emoting about Blizz games there. But the thing is, if you ever go to this show, the community feeling really is unbelievably strong. It's truly uplifting.

18:04

Kami says:

Was me Oli. NOTICE ME SENPAI! :p

18:05

What up Kami!

18:05

This was a lot quicker when it was just Horde and Alliance for cheers...

18:06

Just realised it's 10 years since my first BlizzCon. Though it was in the summer then if I recall correctly.

18:07

It was the Wrath of the Lich King reveal and the whole thing leaked a day early and Frank Pearce (Blizz founder) looked really, really cross. And he is a terrifying man.

18:08

God, yeah, I wouldn't want to upset Frank.

18:08

Mike's Overwatch polo shirt is very restrained and tasteful compared to the old WOW bowling shirts.

18:09

I suppose that's a good thing but I'm kinda sad about it. Vile lime green and black bowling shirts on every staff member up to and including the CEO are a BlizzCon tradition.

18:09

Desinty 2 just got a shoutout at Blizzcon. It's not right. It's just not.

18:09

Metzen never wore them though. Maybe that's why he had to go.

18:10

Bungie have been Blizzard fanboys for so long, that must have made their day Chris.

18:13

Esports reel. Sped-up drone footage of central European cities. Dry ice jets. Crying men in headsets. A team called 'Heroes of the Dorm'.

18:13

18:13

I'm so close to the big man.

18:14

Kiliko says:

Mike Morhaime's reverb has more depth than Destiny 2.

I like Destiny 2, as it goes, but I'm so up for Blizzard fans condescending to the new boy.

18:15

StarCraft 2 is going free-to-play!!

18:15

From November 14th, you'll get the Wings of Liberty campaign for free. If you already own WoL, you'll get Heart of the Swarm instead.

18:16

It remains one of the greatest singleplayer RTS campaigns you can play. That's great!

18:16

PyD says:

yes Oli what the internet and online gaming has been missing is people being condescending to one another

I know, it's awful. This event brings out my inner fanboy.

18:17

"There are no strangers at Blizzcon, just friends you haven't met yet"

Mike, once again, asking players to be nicer to each other. If only they'd listen!

18:19

StarCraft 2 going free is big. Interesting that it includes the campaign. Pushing the multiplayer would have been the easy option, but this is a better way to build a more inclusive community around it. That said, it's a sure sign that the game doesn't have enough players and the SC2 esports scene is flagging.

18:19

Heroes of the Storm up first. Time for those new hero reveals.

18:20

Yup, there they are: Alexstrasza and Hanzo.

18:20

Malek86 says:

Look at it this way: for how much people ignore HotS, Blizzard are ignoring Diablo more

I believe they've reduced D3 support to a minimum because the team is fairly serious production on Diablo 4 now.

Doesn't mean it's not still years away, mind.

18:20

Say something about dragons, Hanzo! Go on!

18:23

Kami says:

I'm hoping D4 takes more from D2 than it does D3. I'm a terrible person.

I prefer D3's combat and structure, but a 50/50 mix would be quite something.

Or something new!

18:24

dingo75 says:

I thought the Dragon Aspects are done now since the end of Cataclysm. It's all so confusing! We need red shirt guy! ;)

This is in the Nexus though, where any retcon is possible.

18:25

Anyway, we're spoiling the HOTS reveals with Diablo talk.

18:27

If I could play any MOBA (I am far too old and rubbish to play one), it would be HOTS. Not just because I'm a Blizzard fan. 20-minute matches sound good to me, and last hitting is stupid. You heard.

18:27

I'm pretty into this double dragon vibe, but HOTS remains a blind spot for me. I like seeing what they can do with the Overwatch character builds, but it's never properly grabbed me.

18:28

Ben Brode and his excellent voice now take to the stage (a different stage to the one I'm sitting in front of).

18:28

That's because you're a Dota snob, Chris.

18:28

Hearthstone time!

18:29

I dunno about this jumping to different stages thing. I fear change.

18:29

Hearthstone's expansion arrives next month and it's called...

18:31

Kobolds & Catacombs!

18:32

Oh my god, he's doing a Choose Your Own Adventure. I love this man.

18:33

This is such a great way to talk about a card game expansion.

18:34

The expansion's first card is being given to players for free on Monday.

18:34

Imagine Ben Brode was your DM.

18:35

Kiliko says:

wish I could get into HS. seems quite pleasant.

Same.

18:38

A new singleplayer mode called Dungeon Run is being cited as the reason for Brode's presentation. I don't believe that's the real reason. Not for a moment.

18:40

Over to Overwatch!

18:40

Kaplan has been critical of the toxicity within his game's community recently. I wonder if he'll have anything to say about that?

18:41

Jeff is not wearing Blizzard branded clothing! Something is wrong. This is like McCartney's bare feet on the Abbey Road cover.

18:41

Overwatch is getting a Blizzard theme park map?! I'M BACK IN, PALS.

18:42

"Theme park." The lawyers told him not to say Disney, didn't they.

18:42

Oh my goodness gracious me, this is such a wonderful thing.

18:42

This is both a cool map idea and a useful concept exercise for something that is definitely going to be built one day.

18:44

And there's a hero!!!

18:45

She's Overwatch's shadowpriest.

18:45

We really needed that, I think. Another genuine Support Hero.

18:46

Jeff Kaplan can say whatever the hell he wants. I love this. He's having fun.

18:47

"In case you're wondering how to spell Moira, it's spelled O P A F, just in case you're wondering."

18:47

Reinhardt just turned up. I'm almost in tears.

18:48

All professionalism just went out of the window.

18:49

"Crying is my ultimate. I will cry!"

18:50

And yes, he's there for a reason. Here's a new Reinhardt short.

18:51

This is going to be a sad one, isn't it?

18:51

williamarthurfenton says:

@dingo75 Yes, Legion is second best, WoTLK is first.

This is correct.

18:52

Ahaha, he's being a crap Reinhardt tank. Rushing ahead, leaving the team. We've all been there.

18:55

This is what happens when you go for kills with Reinhardt. I hope we're all paying attention.

18:57

Well, unsurprisingly, that was an excellent watch.

18:57

Sentiment and on-the-nose gameplay advice wrapped into one.

18:58

WOW time!

18:58

And J Allen Brack is representing with a truly horrible bowling shirt. Respect.

18:58

Great showing for OW. Hope it's the shot in the arm we needed. Now, it's time for a WOW expansion.

19:00

Oh. My. God.

19:00

OLI IT'S HAPPENING

19:00

OMGGGHGHGGGJAHFGSdjh

19:00

CHRIS HOLD ME CHRIS

19:01

I can't believe I didn't see where that ice cream thing was going.

19:01

The crowd here is going nuts. Finally, it's happening, Vanilla WOW returns.

19:02

Me neither! I thought he was building up to say something about Ice..Crown?

19:02

WOW classic. It's what we've all begged for.

19:02

This is no small deal. It means supporting basically a whole other game.

19:02

"The classic game experience - not the actual launch experience." And "It's going to take some time."

19:03

I still can't believe how good that setup was.

19:06

williamarthurfenton says:

I hope it has the new models as an option.

I sort of want it to be OG all the way. (Apart from the server stability.)

19:06

Kul Tiras is the home of the next expansion, as rumoured. The Horde and Alliance aren't getting on so well.

19:07

World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth

19:07

Allied races! Hmm, what's that?

19:09

One more thing!

19:09

Not much info on those new features - we'll have to wait for the WOW panel to find out more.

19:09

Oh hello, we're getting the intro cinematic too.

19:09

What a show this has already been.

19:13

Anduin is OP. Blizz pls nerf.

19:14

My god, we say this every time, but Blizzard's cinematic team are truly exceptional.

19:14

And that brings the opening ceremony to a close. I better rush off to my interviews. One of my favourite openings, easily.

19:15

Well that was kind of overshadowed by the WOW classic announce, but still.

19:18

I actually like how they've swung away from a single uber reveal to a broader spread of entertaining stuff. That Hearthstone reveal was beautiful.

19:19

That's a wrap. Chris will be bringing you more from the show on the site and our YouTube channel over the weekend. Have a good one and thanks for joining us!

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    Peeto 2 years ago
    will there be new announcements this weekend from blizzard or that is all?
    williamarthurfenton 2 years ago
    Nice the way alliance and horde get different levelling zones though.
    williamarthurfenton 2 years ago
    Void Elves are just purple Belfs, so it seems alliance got the model in some form.
    williamarthurfenton 2 years ago
    Meh. Can't believe they actually did it.Video is up to pause.Void elves, loghtforged draenei and dark irons dwarves.Highmountain Tauren, nightborn and Zandalari Trolls.Thanks for screwing over all the other races.
    Kami 2 years ago
    Indeed, but I do wonder if part of this is because there just aren't enough "variations" to go around atm.
    williamarthurfenton 2 years ago
    It would really piss people off if they add in all these new races but neglect adding worgen and goblin models.
    MrTomFTW 2 years ago
    This cinematic is boss. They should do a World Of Warcraft film - I'd watch that.
    MrTomFTW 2 years ago
    Oh this looks alright. Like Guild Wars or something.
    MrTomFTW 2 years ago
    Cookies and Creme was a pretty good game. But that was From Software, not Blizzard.
    williamarthurfenton 2 years ago
    I hope it has the new models as an option.
    Kami 2 years ago
    To be fair, OG WoW was a bit of a pig at times technically. Anyone online when AQ opened? Oh wait, nope.
    dingo75 2 years ago
    haha I leveled my first 60 with rested XP the whole way as the servers were down so often they showered us with it to make up for down time.
    Kami 2 years ago
    Now that IS a surprise.
    MrTomFTW 2 years ago
    I've never heard of World of Warcraft. Is it any good?
    Izoulakos 2 years ago
    OMG!!!!!!!
    williamarthurfenton 2 years ago
    Oh yes.
    Kiliko 2 years ago
    Oh my fucking word.
    Bertie 2 years ago
    SHUT THE FRONT DOOOR!!!!
    williamarthurfenton 2 years ago
    Flavours, more customisation?
    Bertie 2 years ago
    Man those OW announcements! And Jeff was in DAZZLING form! What a legend!
    Kami 2 years ago
    Ice Cream is awesome.
    dingo75 2 years ago
    @Oli: That's the same like last year (Legion).
    Kiliko 2 years ago
    obviously Alliance > Horde
    Kami 2 years ago
    And here comes the WoW stuff.
    williamarthurfenton 2 years ago
    I don't do competition personally.
    dingo75 2 years ago
    I play it when it gets F2P
    williamarthurfenton 2 years ago
    I might play this if it had some proper single player or co-op modes.
    MrSnakeCake 2 years ago
    need healing !
    Malek86 2 years ago
    He sure looks confident for someone who keeps his head fully exposed
    Kami 2 years ago
    Can't argue with that.
    dingo75 2 years ago
    My friend!
    williamarthurfenton 2 years ago
    @dingo75 Yes, Legion is second best, WoTLK is first.
    dingo75 2 years ago
    @williamarthurfenton if WoTLK is the best expansion we can be friends. If it's Burning Crusade then rather not.
    PyD 2 years ago
    Blizzard just ensured that at least one section of the international community will be able to properly pronounce one Irish name.Love you guys.
    williamarthurfenton 2 years ago
    I have played Blizzard games since Warcraft 1 and I still play WoW. Legion is the second best expansion and I still think overall the company is one of the more respectable ones -- especially considering how HUGE they are.
    Kiliko 2 years ago
    @williamarthurfenton I get the angle but I think it's more earnest than ego-based. It's just the way they do things.
    dingo75 2 years ago
    Nah Shadow Priests are not healing in WoW anymore :/
    williamarthurfenton 2 years ago
    @Kiliko Yea, and that's actually part of it if you read past it.Fear not, it's not some terrible crime or anything, and it's not going to make me personally boycott the company.It's just a bit cringeworthy, well, more than a bit.
    Kiliko 2 years ago
    @williamarthurfenton climbing up their arses? they've literally spent the entire ceremony taking the piss out of themselves and their games.
    MrSnakeCake 2 years ago
    please be a support hero
    Malek86 2 years ago
    @williamarthurfenton no more than Nintendo, really. When you know you have got a big fan following, you might as well do something with it.
    williamarthurfenton 2 years ago
    I like Blizzard and all but they're rather climbing up their own self-congratulatory arses aren't they?
    Malek86 2 years ago
    Super Smash Blizzard when?
    PyD 2 years ago
    You know what you don't have in California Jeff? Adequate rainfall to stop wildfires and drought.Heyooooooo.Nah I love ya Jeff.
    williamarthurfenton 2 years ago
    Oh no I was right about Blizzard and game convergence.
    Kami 2 years ago
    That means Jeff Kaplan is dead and has been replaced by a pretender right?
    Kremlik 2 years ago
    A Deck Builder Dungeon Crawl in my HS? FOR FREE? much like!
    Kiliko 2 years ago
    no one is quite like Blizzard are they?
    Slipstream 2 years ago
    Like...that?
    Malek86 2 years ago
    Single player Hearthstone... well, this I could try.
    williamarthurfenton 2 years ago
    I'd like it if they made a Dungeon Master-like game.
    Slipstream 2 years ago
    Never tried Hearthstone but have thought about it. Would rather not spend on MTs though, does seem super casual and fun.
    dingo75 2 years ago
    Cataclysm raid: Dragon Soul
    Kami 2 years ago
    He's no Treyguard but I'll take what I can get.
    Kiliko 2 years ago
    the happiest chant of DEATH DEATH DEATH DEATH you'll ever hear.
    Kami 2 years ago
    I miss Knightmare. Blizzard, a license you might wanna look into pretty please.
    Kiliko 2 years ago
    wish I could get into HS. seems quite pleasant.
    MrTomFTW 2 years ago
    You go into the tunnel. You have been eaten by a Grue
    williamarthurfenton 2 years ago
    I must be missing something with my total uninterest in online card games.Kind of got bored of playing Patience on Windows 3.0 long ago.Wonder if it's just one of those fads that no one will care about in a couple of years.
    Kami 2 years ago
    Okay, CYOA style. This I can get behind.
    Malek86 2 years ago
    Ok, tell you what, I would love to see what Blizzard could do with the Zork license if Activision gave it to them.
    Slipstream 2 years ago
    Fargodeep Mine Expansion?
    Kami 2 years ago
    oh dear god
    Malek86 2 years ago
    Bimmy and Jimmy?
    Kiliko 2 years ago
    The Hearthstone stage? This is like some bizarre Alton Towers.
    MrTomFTW 2 years ago
    I am disappointed of the lack of Billy and Jimmy.
    Kiliko 2 years ago
    The Nexus normal or heroic?
    MrTomFTW 2 years ago
    I enjoyed HOTS for all those matches I played to get that D.Va skin.Not played it since mind you :)
    williamarthurfenton 2 years ago
    Following up from that, if they ever made a WoW 2 is WILL have exactly the same art style as every Blizzard game seemingly has recently.
    Malek86 2 years ago
    @Kami yes, yes you are. You and Duriel and all those lighting scarabs
    Kami 2 years ago
    World of Diablo? Yeah, I'm being facetious.
    MrTomFTW 2 years ago
    Double Dragon? I love that game!
    PyD 2 years ago
    at least now other game communities will know the pain of Hanzo mains
    williamarthurfenton 2 years ago
    It really seems like the ultimate wish for Blizzard is to converge all of their games into one big Pixar fest.
    Malek86 2 years ago
    (not that I'm not impressed at the level of support D3 still gets overall, given it came out five years ago at this point)
    MrTomFTW 2 years ago
    Ryū ga waga teki go fuck yourself Hanzo :-P
    dingo75 2 years ago
    I thought the Dragon Aspects are done now since the end of Cataclysm. It's all so confusing! We need red shirt guy! ;)
    Kami 2 years ago
    I'm hoping D4 takes more from D2 than it does D3. I'm a terrible person.
    williamarthurfenton 2 years ago
    Damn I want a Diablo 2 Remastered.
    Kami 2 years ago
    Alexstraza
    Malek86 2 years ago
    Look at it this way: for how much people ignore HotS, Blizzard are ignoring Diablo more
    PyD 2 years ago
    I can hear Jeff Kaplan weeping these sentiments to his worry dolls
    Kiliko 2 years ago
    can't be friends with you unless you've got 6k gearscore, sorry.
    dingo75 2 years ago
    Is that mini addon finished by the way? I pre-ordered that after last Blizzcon
    Malek86 2 years ago
    I suck horribly at strategy games, but at least now I'll suck for free
    PyD 2 years ago
    that is damn good news
    MrTomFTW 2 years ago
    Well I guess I'm going to be trying SC2
    PyD 2 years ago
    yes Oli what the internet and online gaming has been missing is people being condescending to one another
    Bertie 2 years ago
    Quite pumped for the OW World Cup. Can anyone beat South Korea?
    Kiliko 2 years ago
    do the announcement @blizzard
    Malek86 2 years ago
    Just got back from an afternoon-long Destiny 2 session and now there's Blizzcon live.Activision owns my life, one way or the other.
    Kami 2 years ago
    Also, dat spelling of "Destiny"...
    Kiliko 2 years ago
    Mike Morhaime's reverb has more depth than Destiny 2.
    MrTomFTW 2 years ago
    Destiny? Never heard of it.
    dingo75 2 years ago
    Haha Cataclysm next for your Hearthstone suckers then :p
    Kami 2 years ago
    And now they have to deal with dataminers every step of the way...
    Kami 2 years ago
    S'up Oli? XD But seriously, I'm kind of interested in what happens with Artifact Weapons.
    Jimjamyaha 2 years ago
    Ah balls... I want to subscribe to WoW again...
    utherp 2 years ago
    Think I am watching the latest fast and furious trailers
    MrTomFTW 2 years ago
    Rock N Roll Racing was them too wasn't it? I used to play that at my friends house.
    dingo75 2 years ago
    Warcraft 2 was mine
    Slipstream 2 years ago
    World of Warcraft was my first, though as a child I remember Gamesword and Gamesmaster showing off Lost Vikings every now and then.
    PyD 2 years ago
    Rock n Roll Racing and their Battle Chess port
    Kami 2 years ago
    I remember The Lost Vikings and Warcraft. Jeez. I'm old.
    MrTomFTW 2 years ago
    My first Blizzard game was The Lost Vikings on the Amiga!
    Kami 2 years ago
    Was me Oli. NOTICE ME SENPAI! :p
    PyD 2 years ago
    Well Oli, Overwatch is a game where you shoot friends and strangers in the face.Important inside jokes involve the payload and needing healing.
    dingo75 2 years ago
    Legion was really fun but now I'm stuck with World Quest for a chance to get mounts of the factions' boxes and that sucks.
    Slipstream 2 years ago
    I think I heard someone in the Heroes of the Storm stage.
    Crackerjacker 2 years ago
    "WoW2: The Path of the Titans"[dramatic rodent gif]
    Kami 2 years ago
    Plus there's also that little teensy issue of how they're going to "take away" the artifact weapons. GAH! Brain hurty ow ow ow.
    Crackerjacker 2 years ago
    Depends on how much they're prepared to offer the players to switch tho, no? "You can do everything as before but jump like Superman and swing like Batman", but 4k textures and that might be enough for a lot of people.
    utherp 2 years ago
    The What's Next panel is always an hour long.
    mcmahonman 2 years ago
    How did Chris get on with the inflight Tetris?
    Kami 2 years ago
    I know, WoW is still enormous. I think my brain is just doing loops trying to make sense of some of this stuff.
    williamarthurfenton 2 years ago
    WoW 2 really would be a strange idea when WoW is still so healthy and profitable.It makes no sense to consume their own playerbase and risk getting nothing like as many back. Considering so many WoW players use old hardware a new modern game would exclude them as well as everyone who just likes the game as it is (which is no small number).
    PyD 2 years ago
    so she's handled the worst thing possible run by deeply unprepared people - this should be fine!
    Bertie 2 years ago
    Yep that :)
    Crackerjacker 2 years ago
    Um, "compèred"?
    Bertie 2 years ago
    Who compared that disastrous event.
    Bertie 2 years ago
    This is the Pokemon Go lady!
    Kami 2 years ago
    Funny thing is, I hear and see all of this and call me weird or mad or crazy, but I think; wouldn't this all kind of be better effort put into, say, a WoW 2.0 or something?
    williamarthurfenton 2 years ago
    They really need to populate the old world with some WQs. That would be another inexpensive thing to implement.Perhaps an option to scale yourself down to the level cap of a given zone.
    Kami 2 years ago
    Legion pretty much nailed that so seeing that applied more liberally across Azeroth wouldn't be the worst thing ever...
    PyD 2 years ago
    American Anchor School needs to fire all teachers and burn the curriculum
    Kami 2 years ago
    I agree with you on the scaling. One of the annoying parts of levelling has always been the speed at which you out-level a zones content.
    williamarthurfenton 2 years ago
    Again, a much cheaper overhaul would be good. Mostly just tuning of numbers including adding in limited scaling in all zones.The problem isn't the content for the most part, it's the completely broken numbers and amount of XP gained.
    Kami 2 years ago
    Yeah. As I said earlier, this sounds like a lot of work and effort way before you get to end-game content and WoW players don't exactly have fond memories of Cataclysm...
    Kami 2 years ago
    Plus if the focus is back on Azeroth and you put in these variations - that means an old-world overhaul. And that worked -so well- for Cataclysm...
    williamarthurfenton 2 years ago
    Anyway I think you'll find that's going to happen with the Forsaken and the rest of the horde anyway with Sylvy in command.
    williamarthurfenton 2 years ago
    Not really. It could be they are now wandering and factionless, so they've been 'reset' so to speak in their allegiance.
    Kami 2 years ago
    Yeah, but Eredar would be suggesting a major shift for the Horde and let's be honest, I'm kinda tired of the Horde having little mini civil wars.
    williamarthurfenton 2 years ago
    I would actually be happy with just High Elves (literally blue-eyed Belfs) and Eredar for Horde.It wouldn't be anything like a major feature but a smaller addition, considering how little work would be required. One 'new' race for each faction, and they can both be explained.Helfs because of Alleria rallying them from all corners; and Eredar because of the end of the Legion-- their all looking for a new home and the draenei want nothing to do with them.
    PyD 2 years ago
    OW wise I'd love a more tanky Support/Healer
    Kami 2 years ago
    That said, if I get to play a Taunka Rogue, Blizzard can have my money...
    Kami 2 years ago
    It seems like a lot of bloody effort and I'm not entirely sure what the up-shot of it all is...
    Kami 2 years ago
    Then Blood Elves - that kinda makes even less sense unless you write in some major fracturing of Sin'dorei society!
    kettls 2 years ago
    IRL Lucio/Johnny is just the ruddy cutest.
    williamarthurfenton 2 years ago
    What would be sub-races for worgen and pandaren?How are lightforged draenei really any different to 'normal' draenei?It's all a bit fan-fiction-esque.
    Kami 2 years ago
    Exactly. Plus then there's so much lore-wise to contextualise. What variations do the Forsaken get - and will other races have issues with the Forsaken getting grabby with raising other races?
    williamarthurfenton 2 years ago
    The sub-race idea seems very scrappy to me, as there's so much difference and quantity of them depending on race.Some get a simple reskin while others get substantial changes.I'm not saying it's unlikely to happen, but rather I'm not sure I like the idea all that much as it seems as I said very messy a thing to implement.
    Kami 2 years ago
    Well, if humans get an Arathor Wilds clan variation... those guys don't do magey or priesty or locky stuff. They in lore do have shaman and druids though - which is why I asked about class restrictions based on sub-race.
    williamarthurfenton 2 years ago
    Another thing I want finally is the updated worgen models.
    williamarthurfenton 2 years ago
    Panda Druids with a Panda bear form.
    Kami 2 years ago
    Awesome. But that's a LOT of work. How many variations? Does each variation get its own class restrictions? More druid forms? More model types? Unique opening starter areas for each sub-race? In-game locales for each, new towns and such? Must know...
    Kami 2 years ago
    I'm more interested if the datamined "race-variations" thing they dug up on Tauren will happen. Mostly because Tauren are easy... everything else would be considerably more work.
    Kami 2 years ago
    Kul'tiras has been rumoured for months, it's Jaina's homeland and it's also a navy power so boats and Jaina would make sense.
    kettls 2 years ago
    @Bratterz As long as you get a sandwich, Chris. That's the main thing.
    Bertie 2 years ago
    @cowell :D :D
    cowell 2 years ago
    Any news on Starcraft Ghost?
    Bertie 2 years ago
    I could make you a sandwich Chris!
    samharper 2 years ago
    When are we getting Aaron Paul's Horse Attack?
    kettls 2 years ago
    What are you gonna do for an hour and 40, Chris?
    45709 2 years ago
    Just spoken to the Barbarian from the Diablo series and this is what was said:45709: hi can we expect a Diablo 4 anytime soon?Barbarian: like loot. Loot cr... cra... BOXES!!!!He then ran off decimating the crowd. I'll try and get an update
    kettls 2 years ago
    I already photoshopped Bratterz face onto Casper the Friendly Ghost this week... My boss is gonna think I'm obsessed.
    cowell 2 years ago
    Somebody with photoshop please amend Dr Boom to make this a reality
    cowell 2 years ago
    Bratterz DEATHRATTLE: Summon 2 1/1 Fidget Spinners
    kettls 2 years ago
    Bratterz as new OW hero or we riot.
    bennyw01 2 years ago
    I hope Chris doesn't end up in the Rainforest Cafe again! last time he was pressured into buying a vibrant Giraffe t-shirt that he loves but is a dirty secret as I have never personally seen it despite being in the same room as it!
    MrSnakeCake 2 years ago
    Unless they can find a way to implement loot boxes into diablo its dead for them
    Kiliko 2 years ago
    does Diablo even exist in the eyes of Blizzard right now?
    samharper 2 years ago
    BrattFans stand up!
    MrSnakeCake 2 years ago
    Diablo 4 or Diablo 2 remaster plox
    mcmahonman 2 years ago
    Chris "BrattMan" Bratt?