Blizzcon excites fans with a ‘ton-dra’ of news

Blizzcon stormed the halls of Anaheim Convention Center Nov. 7 and 8, bringing its popular video games and attractions to die hard fans.

Blizzard Entertainment, specializing in video games, brought its arsenal of popular games including “World of Warcraft,” “Starcraft” and “Diablo” to Orange County for the two-day event.

At $175 a ticket, the event sold out in a matter of seconds. Gamers traveled across oceans and braved social gatherings to see what Blizzard had in store for them for this year’s convention.

This convention is where Blizzard makes its biggest announcements for the future of their video game lines and this year was no different.

During the opening ceremony Chris Metzen, Blizzard’s President of Story Development, made the announcement of a new World of Warcraft expansion titled “Warlords of Draenor.”

This new expansion allows experienced adventurers to travel back in time to the orc home world of Draenor and stop the main antagonist Garrosh from leading a campaign that could destroy the very fabric of space and time.

The expansion for “World of Warcraft” was not the only shocking announcements attendees received during the opening ceremony.

Blizzard’s game director Dustin Browder announced a brand new installment titled “Heroes of the Storm.” This game, based off of the popular DOTA style, combines the heroes and villains of all of Blizzard’s games into one giant brawl for absolute dominance.

Fans could not get enough during this epic weekend. The lines for some demos had over an hour wait just for 15 to 20 minutes of play, but that didn’t stop Palomar student Carlos Ferrer.

“I waited about 45 minutes for ‘Heroes of the Storm,’ but it was worth it,” Ferrer said.

One of the big events people look forward to every year is the costume contest. Fans dress up as their favorite character from any Blizzard game and have a chance to win prizes based on how well they look.

You don’t need to have a costume to win awesome prizes. Companies like SteelSeries and Razer gave attendees chances to win prizes from gaming headsets to graphics cards during the convention. There was even a silent auction for original art and Blizzard memorabilia that attendees could bid on.

Apart from the swag and jaw-droppers, Blizzcon is the championship match for the world of E-sports Starcraft division. Zerg, Terran, and Protoss forces clashed together in this celebration of competitive gaming for the prize of $250,000. In the end, Korean resident Kim Yoon Jin’s Protoss destroyed Lee Jae Dong’s Zerg forces 4 wins to 1.

With so much to see, people traveled from all over the world to attend this legendary event. Daniel Beauliue, a resident of Quebec, Canada said he managed to get tickets this year after failing for three years in a row.

“I tried so many times to get tickets, but I never could,” Beauliue said. “I’m glad I finally got tickets because this is something I will remember the rest of my life.”

On the last day of the convention Blink 182 rocked the house during the closing ceremony, ending the two-day gamer extravaganza.

Author: Daniel Gaglio

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