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Arena PvP on the BlizzCon floor

While the WoW Insiders out here in Anaheim haven't been following the ongoing Arena tournament too closely, I can tell you the action is getting pretty exciting. Power Trip, professional gamers with Team Pandemic, was swept out of the tournament in the first round with a 3-0 loss to Warders of the Melee. And this coming off a sweep of the World Series of Video games! (If you're wondering why such an obviously strong team got taken out so quickly, you don't have to wonder long -- two of Power Trip's Priests had been disqualified from the competition, however, leaving them light on healing.) We've got two more rounds of competition today, and we'll get back to you with the final results of competition out here when we have it! However, if you're looking for a more detailed roundup of the action, GotFrag has some detailed impressions of the first round of play as well as a rundown of Power Trip's loss.

Filed under: PvP, BlizzCon

BlizzCon Dance Contest

Editor's Note: The video has been removed.

This video is (sadly!) just a partial representation of the dance contest entries. After a hard afternoon on the conference floor, the video camera decided to run dead after about ten minutes of footage. But you'll get a feel for what the contest was like, and all without having to watch 47 different people do the Blood Elf female dance. (There probably weren't really 47 of them, but it really felt like it.) In the end, the winners were all Blood Elves: two females (one of which is in this video, the first Blood Elf female of the lot) and a male. And while the male Blood Elf was excellent (he was wearing a "VOTE FOR KAEL'THAS" shirt), I wish some of the other excellent dances were represented in the finalists. There was at least one very successful attempt at the Troll male dance (complete with the upside down on one hand bit) as well as a great Troll female dance, both seen in our video clip.

Filed under: Fan stuff, Contests, BlizzCon

BlizzCon Character Sound-alike Contest

The first day of BlizzCon wrapped up with a series of contests -- and we were on the scene grabbing some video. So here we have the first of the evening's contests, the Character Sound-Alike Contest, lasting around 30 minutes in all. Yes, that's 30 minutes of players doing everything from "Zug Zug!" to "You are not prepared!" While there were a great variety of voices, covering all major Blizzard games (though the majority were from World of Warcraft), I'm surprised at how many Orcs there were. Zug zug indeed! (And, yes, it's hand-held video, so the footage is varying degrees of shaky -- next time I'll know we need a tripod for this stuff.)

Filed under: Fan stuff, Contests, BlizzCon

The costumes of BlizzCon

Yeah, yeah. It's nice to come to the convention and attend developer panels about how they develop the classes and how they build the dungeons. And sure, it's fun to play brand new, cutting edge, not even close to being released yet content. But the real reason to come to a nerd convention like this is to see all of these crazy people and the incredible costumes they put together.

So we've saved you the trip-- here's a gallery of the best costumes we've seen around BlizzCon 2007. This gallery will also be updated throughout the day, so keep checking back to see the latest pictures of people who put a ton of work into bring Blizzard to life (some for the better, like the awesome Rogue above, and some...not so much).

Filed under: Fan stuff, Virtual selves, Odds and ends, Blizzard, Humor, BlizzCon

Wrath of the Lich King hands-on demo from BlizzCon

As you may already know if you've been following my Twitter updates from the BlizzCon floor, I've spent the last several hours standing in line to play the latest World of Warcraft expansion, Wrath of the Lich King. And while I want nothing more than to tell you just how incredible this expansion is going to be, this demo was very limited and didn't show off any of the exciting new stuff that I'm eager to get my hands on. My impression is that the demo is a very early draft of the coming expansion, and the interesting stuff just isn't ready for us to play with yet. Curious to see what I thought of the new demo content? Keep reading!

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Filed under: Expansions, BlizzCon, Wrath of the Lich King

BlizzCon goodie bag inventory!

BlizzCon hasn't started yet, but we can get back back to you on this important information: the exact contents of the goodie bag.
  • Heroes of Azeroth starter deck ("Do Not Open! Bring to the WoW TCG area for a FREE entry into a Beginners' Starter Tournament.")
  • XL World of Warcraft t-shirt (a random
  • a monitor hat featuring artwork from all of the Blizzard franchises (it sticks to the top of your monitor)
  • an advertisement for a Killer NIC network card
  • World of Warcraft sneak peak comic book from Wildstorm Presspins for Blizzard, Starcraft, Warcraft, and Diablo
  • coasters featuring Diablo, Starcraft, a Draenei &Blood Elf, and a Murloc
  • a little bottle of hand sanatizer in a Blizzard clip (it could go right on your lanyard!)
  • a J!NX logo temporary tattoo
  • an advertisement for the AT&T Blue Room
  • a $5 coupon for J!NX t-shirts
  • an advertisement for the Logitech G-series keyboard and mouse
  • an advertisement for Zboard
  • a Starcraft Colossus magnet
  • an advertisement for jobs at Blizzard
  • a $50 Nvidia coupon
  • a $40 coupon for Creative
  • an advertisement for
  • a ticket for a BlizzCon program and map
  • a character sheet magnet (with a pop-out center, so you can pull it out and put their own photos in the middle
  • a Blizzard lanyard
  • a bookmark that presents us with a quest to happen on the convention room floor
  • an Alliance souvineer coin
  • an epic armor pack for the board game
  • a card giving the code for the beta
  • an orc pin
And yes, for those who simply must have their own BlizzCon loot, they're already on eBay.

Filed under: BlizzCon

BlizzCon Countdown: Tomorrow's the day!

For those of you who have been living under a rock, tomorrow is the first day of BlizzCon 2007. Tomorrow morning at 9:00 AM PDT, we'll be standing in line for StarCraft II demos (we'll try not to get to involved in playing -- and remember to get back to you with all the details!) and starting at 11:00 AM we'll be liveblogging the opening ceremony, where we're expecting to hear the official announcement for the next expansion. For those of you who have missed out on our BlizzCon announcements, I'll use today to bring you up to date on what's happening:
For those of you attending, we'll see you there! And for those of you not lucky enough to get tickets, don't fear -- we'll be providing you with all of the information from the show floor!

Filed under: BlizzCon

Roundup of expansion possibilities

While we'll know for certain what the next expansion will be in just a few more days, it's hard to stop speculating. Right now we've got lots of evidence supporting the idea of a Northrend expansion (there's the music, as well as some excellent supporting facts), but we've also got unnamed sources suggesting the next expansion will send us into the Maelstrom currently located between Kalimdor and the Eastern Kingdoms. But for those of you still wishing to speculate, BlizzPlanet has a list of potential expansion candidates, and WoWWiki has an excellent list as well, though theirs ranges into perhaps more far-fetched suggestions.
  • Obviously, there's Northrend, which contains 13 distinct regions,
  • then there's the South Seas, 5 islands located off the southern coast of the Eastern Kingdoms (and include Zandalar, which I must note already exists in the game) -- on one of these isles you'll find the well-known Goblin city of Undermine,
  • then there are a number of other islands located in the Great Sea: Kul'Tiras, Tol Barad, Crestfall, Zul'Dare, Dragon Isle, Balor, and Pandaria,
  • the Emerald Dream, which could be as large as Azeroth itself.
However, considering the size of the last expansion, it would not be impossible for Blizzard to, perhaps, pick more than one of these ideas to implement. Perhaps Northrend will focus on new end-game content while the South Seas will provide new mid-range content? We'll find out soon!

Filed under: Expansions, BlizzCon

BlizzCon Countdown: 3 days to go!

Are you excited yet? In just a few short days we'll be hearing all of the exciting news Blizzard has been sitting on these past few months. We're going to be hearing all sorts of news about StarCraft II, the next big thing (or things!) for World of Warcraft, and who knows what else Blizzard might have in store for us. Just yesterday we got an official schedule of events. So for those of you attending, I ask which panels and events are you most excited about seeing? And to those who won't be making it out to the convention, I ask which events do you most want us to get you video coverage of? (Of course we're going to cover as much as we can, but it's a big convention, and we have a limited number of people with cameras!) So tell us: what can't you wait to see?

Filed under: BlizzCon

Last chance to enter BlizzCon contests!

For those of you interested in entering any of the contests happening at BlizzCon, tonight is your last chance! If you're going to be at BlizzCon and fancy you have a chance at the costume contest or the dance contest, you've got until 8:00 PM PDT (that's midnight for you east-coasters) to enter. You could win some excellent prizes, including a swanky new Dell laptop, so if you're attending, why not test out your elite dancing skills?

Filed under: Contests, BlizzCon

Official BlizzCon schedule announced

Blizzard has finally announced an official schedule of events for BlizzCon, happening this Friday and Saturday. It's a bit different from the leaked schedule we'd seen, so if you're curious about what's going to be happening on the show floor, be sure to check it out! But if you can't make it as far as clicking that link, here are the highlights:
  • StarCraft II open gaming from 9:00 AM - 10:00 PM Friday and 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM Saturday
  • World of Warcraft open gaming from 11:30 AM - 10:00 PM on Friday and 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM on Saturday
  • Interesting panels, covering the expanded universe, WoW classes, WoW dungeons & raids, sound & music, careers in gaming, WoW UI and mods, WoW professions & items, cinematics, WoW PvP, StarCraft art, StarCraft lore, WoW lore & quests, and the WoW TCG.
  • Legendary Pictures has a time slot -- perhaps we'll get a first glance at the upcoming movie?
In addition to the official schedule, we also have word from Oxhorn that there will be a machinima booth in the exhibit area featuring all of your favorite machinima makers at various times throughout the day. So if you're wanting to meet anyone in particular, check their schedule!

  • 1:00 PM: Slashdance
  • 2:00 PM: Riot Films
  • 3:00 PM: Time Gnomes
  • 4:00 PM: Stone Falcon Productions
  • 5:00 PM: Dead Worker's Party
  • 1:00 PM: Rufus Cubed
  • 2:00 PM Oxhorn
  • 3:00 PM: Spiffworld
  • 4:00 PM: Red Sky Foundry
  • 5:00 PM: Blizzard DVD/Video Production

Filed under: BlizzCon

BlizzCon Countdown: 4 days to go!

We're getting ever closer to the Big Day! In our countdown yesterday, we asked what you would ask Blizzard if you had the chance, so we can ask them when we have the chance -- and keep sending us questions! They're great! Today, however, we're tackling a much less serious topic. Judging from the pictures from the 2005 show floor, I'm pretty sure we'll be seeing plenty of players taking off this opportunity to show off elaborate costumes. But which of you, dear readers, will be heading out to the con dressed as a Night Elf or a Warlock? (And for those of you who haven't yet considered attire, there's plenty of costume inspiration on the 2005 BlizzCon site -- though it may be a bit late to start thinking about costumes.)

Filed under: BlizzCon

Taking a look at the Arena team finalists

Just yesterday, Blizzard announced which Arena teams will be participating in the tournament at BlizzCon. And in the hours since, players on the forums have been scrutinizing their team makeup and trying to determine what it might mean. Poster Alairia jumps in informing us of the class breakdown on participating Arena teams:
  • 8/8 teams have a Warrior
  • 8/8 teams have a Paladin
  • 7/8 teams have a Shaman
  • 5/8 teams have a Mage
  • 4/8 teams have a Priest
  • 3/8 teams have a Warlock
  • 2/8 teams have a Hunter
  • 1/8 teams have a Rogue
  • 0/8 teams have a Druid
And poster Perplexia brings us some slightly more informative percentages:
  • 25% of the players in the finals are Warriors
  • 20% of the players in the finals are Paladins
  • 17.5% of the players in the finals are Shamans
  • 12.5% of the players in the finals are Mages
  • 10% of the players in the finals are Priests
  • 7.5% of the players in the finals are Warlocks
  • 5% of the players in the finals are Hunters
  • 2.5% of the players in the finals are Rogues
  • 0% of the players in the finals are Druids
While you can certainly brush off these numbers as personal choice of the teams involved, it does seem odd that when eight of the top Arena teams in the world get together, they have no Druids among them. The breakdown suggests that some classes simply aren't viable in Arena battles. But what's your take on these numbers? Are some classes simply a liability in 5v5 Arenas -- or is it just that the teams who happen to be the best of the best have a fondness for Warriors?

Filed under: PvP, BlizzCon

BlizzCon tournament brackets announced

We knew that there Blizzard was going to be holding tournaments for StarCraft, Warcraft III, and World of Warcraft Arenas at BlizzCon, but until today we didn't know who would be participating. The BlizzCon site has been updated with a list of participating players along with brief player profiles. The Arena tournament will includes the top two teams from Korea's regional finals, the top two teams from the European regional finals, the top three teams from the American regional finals, and the winner of the 2005 BlizzCon Invitational. (Don't ask me how that works, since I'm quite sure we didn't have arenas in 2005.) And for those of you curious about worlds beyond Warcraft, check out the StarCraft and Warcraft III brackets.

Filed under: PvP, BlizzCon

Xfire and WoW Insider, live from the BlizzCon floor

Our BlizzCon coverage continues all this week-- we're sending our staff out to Anaheim (I'll be out there on Tuesday laying all the groundwork), culminating in the second BlizzCon event on Friday and Saturday. So whether you're going or not, stay tuned to WoW Insider all week for breaking news, liveblogging events, and pictures, video, and tons of coverage from Blizzard's big get-together.

And don't forget that all of our coverage is being co-presented with Xfire. In addition to their BlizzCon info page, they've also set up a special "blizzcon2007" account, and both Xfire and WoW Insider staff members will be blogging there during the event. Also, if you have an Xfire account, be sure to add "blizzcon2007" to your Friends-- that way, you'll be able to get invites to Xfire chats later this week coming directly from the BlizzCon exhibit hall. And if you don't have an Xfire account, then get one for free!

So this is it. It's time to hear about Zul'Aman and the next expansion. It's time to see Starcraft II playable and in action. And maybe it's time to hear about that third game Blizzard is working on? At BlizzCon, you never know. Stay tuned to both WoW Insider and Xfire to find out.

Filed under: WoW Insider Business, WoW Social Conventions, Blizzard, News items, BlizzCon

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