Hype for BlizzCon is ramping up, as Blizzard Entertainment announced the headliner for their 11th annual community convention.
Blizzard have long had a history of pulling in big names for BlizzCon, with previous acts including Tenacious D, Foo Fighters, Metallica, and Linkin Park. This year might have them all beat with the band declared the Best Act in the World Today by Q Magazine, Muse, closing out the con on Saturday November 4th. Popular WoW podcast The Instance will be on hand streaming live, and some of your favorite Twitch and YouTube streamers will participate in an Overwatch Showdown.
Fans of Blizzard’s multiple big-name franchises are eagerly awaiting announcements for their favorite games. World of Warcraft fans are champing at the bit for news of a new expansion, which Blizzard is teasing may drop during their World of Warcraft panel on the Friday. Details on Hearthstone’s mold-breaking third annual expansion are also hotly anticipated by fans of the online card game. Additionally the futures of Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm, and Starcraft II will be discussed in dedicated panels. Fans hoping to hear news of another instalment in the much-loved Diablo series will likely be disappointed, however.
Esports fans will have plenty to get excited about, as the Overwatch World Cup finals take place. Eight national teams will vie for champion status. South Korea are favorites going in, but China, the US, France, Sweden, Australia, the UK, and Canada may have something to say about that. There’s a cool $700k prize pool on offer in the StarCraft II World Championship Series Global Finals, beginning in the runup to BlizzCon, with world championship events also taking place in Heroes of the Storm and World of Warcraft Arena. BlizzCon will also see the conclusion of North America’s Tavern vs. Tavern Hearthstone tournament, to see which local team is the best in the continent.