The ever so popular BlizzCon 2018 will return to make its traditional appearance in Anaheim in November this year, with its tremendous local fanbase expecting to number in the tens of thousands. The annual iteration will mark the eleventh in its appearances and its venue is once again, the Anaheim Convention Center.
The event will take place on the 2nd and 3rd of November or in other words, the first weekend of November which has been the staple launch date of BlizzCon each year. Tickets will be available for purchase in phases, namely on May 10th at 03:00 BST and May 12th at 18:00 BST.
Fans of Blizzard will most certainly need to be quick on their fingers and wallets because past trends have suggested that these tickets won’t last long. Tickets for Blizzcon 2018 are expected to get sold out in mere moments; last year’s Blizzcon saw 35,000 people and many more online. Blizzcon 2018 will also see the return of the virtual ticket, a means for viewers to receive in-game rewards for partaking in the event and to watch all announcement panels.
The panels in Blizzcon tend to showcase new developments, events and content for Blizzard’s franchises: Overwatch, Diablo, World of Warcraft, Heroes of the Storm, Starcraft and Hearthstone.
Another meat of Blizzcon is its esport events, marking an important battlefield for many professional esport teams for Blizzard games. Starcraft will have its World Championship Series (WCS) finals, Overwatch with its World Cup, and Heroes of the Storm with its Global Championship as per usual.
The World of Warcraft Arena Global Championship as well as both the Heroes of the Storm and Starcraft events will start a week earlier from Blizzcon 2018 in Los Angeles in the form of “Blizzcon’s Opening Week”. The initial rounds of Starcraft’s WCS and Heroes of the Storm’s Championship will also take place.
What’s new for Blizzcon 2018 would be Hearthstone’s Global Games, a national team-based tournament and another addition to the esports arena of Blizzcon. The tournament’s finals were held in Gamescom last year, so it is expected that only its finals would occur in Blizzcon 2018.
It will be exciting to see what Blizzard has in store for us this year and what teams will be crowned champions, so make sure you keep the event well within your radar.