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BlizzCon 2010: Dungeons and Raids Live Blog

The BlizzCon 2010 Dungeons and Raids Live Blog will begin soon! The pannel will begin at the following times, more or less:

Eastern: 4:30 p.m.
Central: 3:30 p.m.
Pacific: 1:30 p.m.

This live blog is happening right here on WoW Insider, not on Joystiq. The live blog right after the break.

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BlizzCon 2010: The first in the line, at 2 a.m.

If you have been to BlizzCon before, you'll know that one of the most epic things about the meetup isn't the panels or seeing Ghostcrawler tell a crowd of angry paladins, "Don't nerf me, bro!" Nay, the most epic thing about BlizzCon is the lines. Lines that wrap around the Anaheim Convention Center, lines that you wait in for hours, lines that let you meet hot night elf girls.

Today, the WoW Insider crew ventured down to grab some Starbucks at the hotel near the convention center and we ran into the first people in line. What time did they get there, you ask?

Meet Lucas, Kerry, and Wesley. They arrived and were sitting in line at 2:00 a.m. Thursday morning. For this epic feat, not only do they get their own post at WoW Insider, but also the distinctive honor of being the first to get their passes to BlizzCon 2010 and the first with their goodie bags.

For those who are about to go wait in this epic line, it's already started and is getting larger. Blizzard staffers have been going around stamping barcode printouts, prechecking people in for faster passage through the line. It seems that Blizzard's staff has taken advantage of the knowledge they've gained from previous years and are making the process faster.
BlizzCon 2010 is upon us! WoW Insider has all the latest news and information. We're bringing you liveblogging of the WoW panels, interviews with WoW celebrities and attendees and of course, lots of pictures of people in costumes. It's all here at WoW Insider!

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Win a ticket to BlizzCon 2010 from WoW Insider

Maintenance time is boring, but we've found a way to make it a little more exciting.

WoW Insider has a BlizzCon ticket and you could win it! To enter for a chance to win, all you have to do is comment on this post before Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010 at 11:59 a.m. ET. We'll randomly pick a winner to receive one BlizzCon ticket.

Of course, there are rules! In order to enter, you must be 18 years of age or older and a legal resident of the United States or Canada (excluding Quebec). You may enter only once. If you win, you must be able to pick up the ticket in person in Anaheim at the beginning of BlizzCon 2010. The ticket does not include hotel or airfare. Getting there and staying there is up to you. Make sure your WoW Insider profile email is up to date, because that's how we'll get hold of you if you win.

Official rules are here. Comment away!

UPDATE: Contest closed. The winner will be contacted shortly. Thanks!

Filed under: WoW Insider Business, Contests, BlizzCon

BlizzCon 48-hour sale access issues resolved

Blizzard has announced that access issues with the Blizzard store's 48-hour BlizzCon presale should be resolved now. This means that even if your BlizzCon ticket was purchased by someone else, you can still access the sale as long as your Battle.net account name was added to your ticket. If it wasn't, you're still out of luck, and you'll need to talk to your ticket buyer if you want to get a hold of some of this year's exclusive swag.

Check out our gallery of this year's merchandise below, and don't forget that you only have until Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 12:01 a.m. Pacific time to take advantage of the sale.

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The Queue: Welcome to arf

Welcome back to The Queue, our daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Alex Ziebart will be your host today.

In case you couldn't tell, the headline for today's edition of The Queue is a desperate attempt at an Independence Day joke that someone else may or may not have already made. Enjoy!

Darkseid asked:

What is the deal with worgen females? Why do they seem to be taking Blizzard so long to get anything done with them?

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Tenacious D performing at BlizzCon 2010

Blizzard announced today that Tenacious D will be performing at BlizzCon 2010. The pair will be performing the closing ceremonies, happening at the end of the event, Saturday evening. DirecTV subscribers and those getting the stream will be able to watch.

Now for those of you who don't know about The D, well, I just feel sorry for you. Tenacious D is none other than the greatest band in the world. They know how to rock, how to roll and even eat up that classical sauce. Once you are in the presence of The D, you will no longer be just a normal human, but become something more ... something special ... something tenacious.

What has The D done for you, you ask?

They discovered Northrend. They invented the power of flight. They sang the greatest song in the world. And they even got you some food from Zanzibar.

And they'll be performing at BlizzCon 2010. The full Blizzard press release, after the break.

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Filed under: News items, BlizzCon

NBC's The Event giving away BlizzCon 2010 tickets

Miss out on your chance to get BlizzCon tickets this year? No worries -- NBC's The Event, an upcoming conspiracy thriller television series created by Nick Wauters, is giving away five pairs of tickets to BlizzCon 2010. You can enter at the sweepstakes page, and you can check out the official rules on the sweepstakes page as well. Unfortunately, the contest is only open to residents of the United States; however, for those who couldn't click quickly enough to purchase tickets, this is an opportunity to make it happen. Check out the sweepstakes page and make sure to get your entries in by Aug. 31!

Filed under: News items, BlizzCon

BlizzCon 2010 virtual ticket on sale

For those unable to attend BlizzCon in Anaheim, California this upcoming October, DIRECTV will once again be broadcasting it all (mostly) live online for $39.95 USD. The virtual ticket has just gone on sale this evening so make sure you don't miss out. For you pet/mount collectors out there, this virtual ticket will get you the exclusive in-game item that BlizzCon attendees will be receiving (though we don't even know what it is yet).

Last year one of the major complaints about the online stream was the fact that many panels were delayed or possibly not even shown at all due to having only one stream available for many panels happening simultaneously, but it looks like they have a solution for that in place this year. According to the RayV page describing the virtual ticket, coverage has been expanded to four online channels offering 50+ hours of BlizzCon programming with complete coverage of panels, tournaments and announcements plus DIRECTV's own exclusive interviews. Hopefully that means you can watch the events as they unfold rather than watching them on a delay or not at all.

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BlizzCon Ticket Status: Sold Out

Today's Saturday, June 5th, and that means it's day two of BlizzCon ticket sales! If you have some way of increasing your Luck stat in the next hour, I'd go ahead and do it. Consumables are allowed.

The basic facts:
  • Tickets go on sale for the second and final time at 1:00 p.m. EDT / 10:00 a.m. PDT sharp.
  • Tickets are $150/each. You can purchase a max of 5 per household.
  • Buy your tickets at the Blizzard store.
  • Tips for buying your tickets.
  • Complain about how expensive tickets are, how rogues are overpowered, and how Ghostcrawler has no choice but to walk out on a horse swinging a sword like a general over in our open thread.
We'll update this post with queue lengths and ticket status information as warranted.

Update: 1:00 PM EST - Tickets are on sale.
Update: 1:01 PM EST - Within 60 seconds, the queue is at 20000.
Update: 1:20 PM EST - 30% stock remaining.
Update: 1:28 PM EST - BlizzCon 2010 is sold out.

Reminder: Last chance for BlizzCon 2010 tickets tomorrow, June 5

Did you miss out on purchasing tickets last Wednesday evening on June 2? Don't worry! You still have a shot at getting tickets for BlizzCon, which will be taking place October 22-23 in Anaheim, California! This is just a reminder that the next round of ticket sales will be available tomorrow, June 5 at 10:00 a.m. PDT / 1:00 p.m. EDT. Remember, you can only purchase a maximum of five tickets per household. Jay Mohr will be hosting BlizzCon again this year. Ticket prices are $150 each and they will sell out quickly! Make sure you're online and ready to go at the Blizzard Store or the BlizzCon website in the morning.

If you can't score tickets, the DirecTV Pay Per View event might help satisfy your hunger for the Blizzard event. It's only $39.95 and you get access to the multi-channel internet stream. If you've purchased the internet stream, you can switch between a variety of channels to watch different areas of BlizzCon. In other words, you get watch the events you care about more than others!

Filed under: News items, BlizzCon

Call for submissions: What makes BlizzCon worth the trip?

You stalked the Blizzard store page like a pro, refreshing constantly starting several minutes before the ticket sales opening, and you actually snagged the grand prize -- you nabbed a ticket to BlizzCon 2010! Now comes the hard part: justifying the time off school or work plus travel, hotel and expenses. What makes a fan event like BlizzCon worth all that time and money? What are you most looking forward to? What are you hoping to see or learn? Are there people you hope to meet there?

We're looking for an article that explains what makes a con like BlizzCon worth its weight in purples. Is this event strictly for Blizzard fanbois? What type of player will get the most out of attending? Have you attended a past BlizzCon -- and what was your experience then? Your article should clearly explain why a trip to BlizzCon is worthwhile. We're not looking for unbridled cheerleading but rather for clear, rational reasons why BlizzCon is worth the time, money and effort for a dedicated World of Warcraft player. We'll only be accepting the very best article.

Submissions should be between 500 and 1,000 words. Artwork is not mandatory, but any you choose to include must be your own work or from creative commons. We will not accept articles submitted under player names or pen names; please use your real name and email.

Ready to submit? Read up about our guest post program, then sign up for Seed and submit your article here. (You can't see the article page unless you have a Seed account.) Unfortunately, we are currently only able to take submissions from individuals living in the United States; we hope to be able to accept international submissions in the future. We'll accept submissions for this assignment until 11:59 p.m. EST on Thurs., June 10. Good luck and good writing!

Filed under: WoW Insider Business, BlizzCon, Guest Posts

BlizzCon Ticket Status: Sold out today -- on sale again this Saturday

Yes folks, it's that time of the year again. The precious few seconds where you cast your virtual die and hope beyond hope that you're a special enough snowflake to get a BlizzCon ticket.

The basic facts:
  • Tickets go on sale at 10:00 p.m. EDT / 7:00 p.m. PDT sharp.
  • Tickets are $150/each. You can purchase a max of 5 per household.
  • Buy your tickets at the Blizzard store.
  • Tips for buying your tickets.
  • Complain about how expensive tickets are, how rogues are over powered, and how Ghostcrawler has no choice but to walk out on a horse swinging a sword like a general over in our open thread.
We'll update this post with queue lengths and ticket status information as warranted.

10:00 p.m. EDT: Ticket are on sale now. Ticket queue is immediate over 10,000.
10:02 p.m. EDT: Ticket queue is over 20,000.
10:08 p.m. EDT: Those lucky enough to have purchased a ticket already have consumed 25% of the ticket stock that's gone on sale today.
10:13 p.m. EDT: Ticket queue is over 30,000. Those who have been able to purchased tickets have consumed 50% of this round's available stock.
10:15 p.m. EDT: We estimate about 3,000 to 4,000 households have each purchased 1 to 5 tickets, consuming 50% of available stock.
10:21 p.m. EDT: 25% of the available ticket stock for this round remains.
10:23 p.m. EDT: All of the available ticket stock for this round has been sold out. The next round of ticket sales will happen this Saturday.
10:34 p.m. EDT: Tickets are going on ebay for around $500.

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Reminder: BlizzCon 2010 tickets on sale tomorrow, June 2

A reminder to those planning on purchasing BlizzCon 2010 tickets: The first round of sales for tickets will be tomorrow, June 2 at 7:00 p.m. PDT/10:00 p.m. EDT. BlizzCon 2010 will be taking place Oct. 22-23 in Anaheim, California.

Tickets are $150 each. For those unable to get tickets during tomorrow's window, there will be a second round of sales on Saturday, June 5 at 10:00 a.m. PDT/1:00 p.m. EDT. There is a five-ticket limit per household.

For those unable to attend the convention proper, the DirecTV Pay Per View event will return in 2010 for $39.95, as well as the multi-channel internet stream of the event. For the first time, anyone who purchases the internet stream will be able to switch freely between multiple channels of coverage dedicated to different areas of BlizzCon, meaning viewers can tune in to the sections they're most interested in, rather than what they're stuck with.

And, of course, WoW.com will be bringing you live blogs of everything and complete event coverage.

For those planning to purchase tickets: This is your reminder. Make sure you're online and at the Blizzard Store or the official BlizzCon website tomorrow evening, play a few rounds of Failoc-alypse and hope your fingers are fast, because these tickets are sure to sell out within seconds.

Filed under: News items, BlizzCon

Jay Mohr confirmed for BlizzCon 2010

Blizzard recently confirmed via a post on their official site that Jay Mohr will be hosting BlizzCon 2010 in Anaheim, California October 22nd and 23rd (we originally reported this via Jay's quickly deleted tweet back in February). Tickets go on sale for the event on June 2nd and June 5th for about as long as it takes to punt a gnome across the road. But if you don't get tickets, you can still catch Jay (and all the other glories that are BlizzCon) via the live internet stream.

In my opinion, Jay has been doing a better job at BlizzCon each year he's hosted. Some people really don't like him, and that's okay -- he'll just make fun of it.

Blizzard Entertainment
Comedian and actor Jay Mohr will be returning to BlizzCon this year to serve as master of ceremonies for the live costume contest and other contests on the first night of the show. Jay is the star of the popular television show Gary Unmarried, and is known for his roles in movies like Jerry Maguire and for creating, producing, and hosting the successful TV series Last Comic Standing. We'll have more info to share about the Friday-night contests and other events at BlizzCon in the months leading up to the show, so keep your eye on BlizzCon.com for more details.


Update: The curious story of Mr. Jay Mohr at BlizzCon continues. On Twitter, Mohr currently says he's not sure he's doing BlizzCon this year.

Filed under: News items, BlizzCon

Buff(ing) For BlizzCon: Carving out Caverns of Time and unarmed combat

Buff(ing) for BlizzCon is a bi-weekly fitness series written by ShrinkGeek authors Rafe Brox and Michael McGreevy. Join the WoW.com team in getting in shape for the ultimate WoW geek event: BlizzCon.

We've all been there: bored in Storm Peaks, decked out in our blues and purples, and idly surfing through your achievements, when you realize that you need to give someone (or several someones) a knuckle sandwich in order to earn Master of Arms. Unequipping your weapon of choice (or eschewing your favorite spell rotation), you start slapping some unsuspecting rhinocerous or elemental. It takes a surprisingly long time to do that particular grind, especially if you're not built for melee combat.

What the heck does this have to do with our bi-weekly sojourn into the realm of health and fitness? Without the right equipment and skills, even something simple is harder than you think it's going to be -- but with practice, it gets easier. Fortunately for us, we don't have to subject ourselves to a great deal of peril in order to gear up, and we can boost our skills during in-game downtime.

This time around, Buff(ing) for BlizzCon will check in with the staffers who are on this particular quest to see what they're using and doing to help them reach their goals, and we'll offer a few suggestions of our own. We already know that if you're not doing anything at all, starting any kind of healthy eating and exercise routine will help. For those of you who have already gotten those under way -- keep on keeping on. For those of you who haven't, what are you waiting for? Extended maintenance?

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, BlizzCon, Guest Posts

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