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BlizzCon 2015 Overview: Panels, Attractions, Schedules
03.11.2015 в 18:39
BlizzCon 2015 takes place on November 6th and 7th at the Anaheim Convention Center. We've put together this guide to everything you need to know about BlizzCon, and will be updating it throughout the event with links to our panel coverage.
If you are attending BlizzCon, check out our
Survival Guide for Attendees
for tips on travel, packing, and general convention advice.
BlizzCon 2015 takes place on November 6th and 7th at the Anaheim Convention Center, while badge pick-up and the BlizzCon Shop open on Thursday November 5th. A BlizzCon 2015 ticket is needed to enter the convention center.
BlizzCon features panels on each game, demos, eSports tournaments, a special BlizzCon shop, and contests.
You can watch all the events taking place on each stage with a
(described in section below).
Watch the convention at home with the
, available for $39.99. The Virtual Ticket gives you access to the following:
Livestreams of the panels for all games, contests, Opening and Closing ceremonies, and eSports.
On-demand replays of content from all channels for 2 weeks after the event.
In-game goodies for all Blizzard games.
at the online gear shop, there are over 50 exclusive items. Sale runs through November 8th.
Watching the convention via the BlizzCon Mobile App.
A chance to buy the 2015 Goody Bag (now sold out).
The 2015 Virtual Ticket Hosts are
. Learn more about them in
"Meet Your BlizzCon 2015 Virtual Ticket Hosts."
The In-Game goodies include:
battle pet, with themed-abilities such as
Heroes of the Storm: Nexus Battle Beast Mount (blue, purple, yellow tints)
Hearthstone: Blizzard 2015 Card Back
StarCraft II: Portraits
Diablo III: BlizzCon Pennant, Treasure-Murloc Pet, and Portrait
More Virtual Ticket Information:
Streams are only broadcast in English.
You need both an Internet Connection and Battle.net account to watch the stream.
All times listed in the Virtual Ticket are PST.
World of Warcraft
World of Warcraft Legion was already announced at gamescom 2015, the first expansion to not be revealed at BlizzCon. However, Legion is not playable yet and there are many unrevealed details such as class changes, professions, transmog, and artifact weapons.
World of Warcraft: Legion - World and Content Overview: 12:30-2pm, Friday, Main Stage
World of Warcraft Cinematics - The Road to Legion: 2:15-3:15pm, Friday, Panel Stage
World of Warcraft: Legion - Game Systems: 1-2pm, Saturday, Main Stage
World of Warcraft Q&A: 2:30-3:30pm, Saturday, Main Stage
eSports take place in Hall B:
Arena World Championship Group Play: 11:45-1:45pm, Friday
Arena World Championship Semifinals: 1:45-3:45pm, Friday
Arena World Championship Grand Final: 3:30-4:45pm, Saturday
World of Warcraft demos and signings also take place in Hall B.
trailer will also make its debut on November 6th in the Opening Ceremony:
The Future of StarCraft II, 12:30pm - 1:30pm, Friday, Panel Stage
StarCraft II: Competitive Multiplayer, 4:45 - 5:45pm, Friday, Panel Stage
StarCraft II Sounds from the Void, 10 - 11am, Saturday, Panel Stage
eSports take place at the StarCraft II arena, near Hall A:
WCS Global Finals Round of 8, 12:15 - 6:15pm, Friday
StarCraft II Exhibition, 6:30 - 9:30pm, Friday
WCS Global Finals Semifinals, 12:30 - 3:30pm, Saturday
WCS Global Finals Grand Final Preshow, 3:30 - 4pm, Saturday
WCS Global Finals Grand Final, 4-6:30pm, Saturday
Legacy of the Void demos take place in Hall A.
There will also be a Legacy of the Void Launch Celebration from 11am-12:15pm on Saturday, as it launches on November 10, 2015!
At BlizzCon 2014, the Goblins vs Gnomes expansion was announced. With the recent Grand Tournament expansion, perhaps we'll see a new adventure or even a hero at BlizzCon 2015?
Hearthstone: What's Next, 3:30-4:30pm, Friday, Main Stage
Hearthstone: Fireside Chat, 10-11am, Saturday, Main Stage
eSports takes place in Hall C:
Hearthstone World Championship Round of 8: 12-2:45pm, 5-7:45pm, Friday
Hearthstone Exhibition: 2:45-4:45pm, 7:45-9pm, Friday
Hearthstone World Championship Grand Final: 2-3:30pm, Saturday
Hearthstone demos and signings also take place in Hall C.
In addition, the November 2015 card back will be revealed at BlizzCon.
Heroes of the Storm
BlizzCon 2014 announced a
closed beta date
, the Sky Temple map, and new heroes Jaina, Thrall, and Lost Vikings. Since then, the game has gone live, had the ESPN Heroes of the Dorm tournament, many new heroes, and the Eternal Conflict Diablo-themed event.
Heroes of the Storm: Hero Deep Dive: 2:15-3:15pm, Friday
Heroes of the Storm: Stage of the Game: 11:30am - 12:30pm, Saturday
Heroes of the Storm: Battlegrounds: 4-5pm, Saturday
eSports takes place in Hall B:
World Championship Group Play: 4-10pm, Friday
World Championship Semifinals: 9:45-12:45pm, Saturday
World Championship Grand Final: 12:45-3pm, Saturday
Heroes of the Storm demos and signings also take place in Hall B.
Overwatch was revealed at BlizzCon 2014, and since then, several more heroes were revealed and we finally started Closed Beta!
Main Stage Panels:
Overwatch: What's New: 4:45-5:45pm, Friday
The World of Overwatch: 11:30am-12:30pm, Saturday
We are likely to learn more about
, a new hero teased as a former StarCraft champion now protecting her homeland.
Overwatch demos and signings take place in Hall C.
Diablo is handled a bit differently this year; there's no demo area and only one panel (Blood and Treasure, 3:30-4:30pm Friday). While this likely means no big announcements like an expansion, the Diablo team has the creative
Slaughtered Calf Inn
This themed area, decorated to look like the in-game Act I inn, can be found in the Darkmoon Faire area in Hall A.
A full schedule of talks was not provided, but several developers are stopping by:
Want to hear John Yang chat about item design or Alex Sulman share an inside look at what makes a Treasure Goblin tick? We’ll have a full schedule of talks at the show or just swing by and enjoy some live music in between each short presentation!
The Darkmoon Faire has a Community Amphitheatre where players can meet developers, community members, and streamers. It's also the location for the Engineering Panel, a panel that the community became very excited about after Blizzard staff tweeted about it.
There are also two WoW talks scheduled. These will not be available on the Virtual Ticket:
Friday, November 6, 2:45 p.m.
Scott Johnson, host of
The Instance Podcast
, will be kicking off casual conversation with lead narrative designer Dave Kosak and lead quest designer Craig Amai about how the rich fantasy of the Warcraft universe informs their design approach to Legion, from quest flow to artifact weapons and beyond. Additional WoW designers will be on-hand and anxious to join the discussion!
: Lead Narrative Designer Dave Kosak & Lead Quest Designer Craig Amai
: Scott Johnson, The Instance Podcast Host
: Designers Helen Cheng, Steven Danuser, Paul Kubit, Steve Burke, Jeremy Feasel, Juan Custer, & more
Saturday, November 7, 2:30 p.m.
Following up on the Legion game systems panel Saturday afternoon, lead class designer Kris Zierhut and other members of the class/systems teams will be in the area to talk further with you about their presentation. If you plan on attending the main stage Q&A panel at this time, we still recommend you come by afterward equipped with your questions for the developers!
: Lead Class Designer Kris Zierhut
: Designers Jonathan LeCraft, Russell Petersen, Jay Gill, Zachariah Owens, & more
Pin trading is a fun activity where players collect pins at Blizzard events and then swap them for missing ones. Some pins are very difficult to get, so people display the ones they have on a lanyard and hope they can make an exchange.
Players can purchase Season 2 blind packs from the BlizzCon shop, as well as a special Collector's Edition Alexstrasza only available from the Pin Trading booth.
The BlizzCon 2015 Pin Trading Booth is located in the Darkmoon Faire section of Hall A. Here are the official rules:
Players can make up to two trades each time they approach the board.
Trades are one pin for one pin, and a gold pin can only be traded for another gold pin.
This year the board will only be available for trading Series 1 & 2 Blizzard Collectible Pins.
Players can also trade pins with special Community Members who will be wearing lanyards filled with pins:
Trades are one pin for one pin, and a gold pin can only be traded for another gold pin.
They will only accept Series 1 & 2 Blizzard Collectible Pins as trades for their pins.
Below are the shirts the Community Members will be wearing:
Blizzard pins will also be making a special appearance at the Wowhead party in addition to BlizzCon proper! We'll be giving away Season 2 pins and Cute but Deadly lanyards, have the full Season 2 set on display, and you may even catch some hard-to-find Season 1 packs at the event.
Learn more with our
Blizzard Pin Trading Guide
The Darkmoon Faire is home to
Capsule Toy Machine
At Adopt-A-Pet, you can pick up a Blizzard Shop plushie. No word on how many plushies will be available, but
here is a complete list of plushies from the Shop
As in past years, players can try for a
and trade with other collectors for the characters they like.
The Blizzard Shop sells all the
BlizzCon Gear Shop Items
any Virtual Ticket-holder can purchase. For every $100 you spend, you get a gold Murky pin.
Usually, new Blizzard merchandise is revealed at BlizzCon, so expect a few more items on Thursday, November 5th.
Learn more about new items with our
BlizzCon Merchandise Blog
at BlizzCon 2015: Movie, Original Art, Talent, and Costume.
The Contests take place on the Main Stage, 6-8:30pm Friday, and are hosted by Wil Wheaton. You can also find cosplayers walking around the convention during the day - ask before taking a picture or touching their costumes.
The Costume Contest has the most interesting Grand Prize - $3500 or $2500 and an in-game tribute. Past tributes have included
Кристаллический волшебный посох Камуи
Великая императрица Пайдартер
Великая императрица Шек'зир
This next section covers things you might not catch on a Virtual Ticket panel. If you're attending BlizzCon, be sure to check the following things out.
Blizzard artists will be answering questions and providing live demonstrations on the Artists Stage, located between Halls A and B. They'll cover digital painting, traditional drawing, 3D modeling, FX, sculpture, and animation.
Digital Painting: Laurel D. Austin
Traditional Drawing/Sculpting: Brian Fay
3D Modeling: Alvaro Buendia
Digital Painting: Joshua Manning
Traditional Drawing/Sculpting: Mike Franchina
Digital Painting: Chris Amaral
Digital Painting: Tyson Murphy
Traditional Drawing/Sculpting: Wendy Vetter
FX: Julian Love
Digital Painting: Jerry Mascho
Traditional Drawing/Sculpting: Jomaro Kindred
Animation: Hunter Grant
Digital Painting: Luke Mancini
Traditional Drawing/Sculpting: Jimmy Lo
3D Modeling: Simon Fuchs
Digital Painting: Cole Eastburn
Traditional Drawing/Sculpting: Eric Braddock
3D Modeling: Roman Kenney
Digital Painting: Nick Carver
Traditional Drawing/Sculpting: John Polidora
Animation: Ryan Denniston
Digital Painting: Peter C. Lee
Traditional Drawing/Sculpting: Samwise Didier
Animation: Michael Cuevas
Read more in the
BlizzCon 2015 Artist Stage
The Blizzard Theater, located on Level 3, plays past cinematics from Blizzard games on a gigantic screen. With all the speculation that we'll see a
film trailer at BlizzCon, perhaps we can watch it at the Blizzard Theater.
The graffiti wall, located between Halls B and C, is the place where attendees can leave their mark--sign their name, draw a picture, etc. This wall is then displayed at the Blizzard campus.
The Hearthstone Tavern, located on the second floor of the convention center, is the first time players can get the
pin. Here's how you can get the pin:
Duel against a dev.
Win a round of Hearthstone Trivia.
Place in the top 4 of a micro-tournament.
Learn more in the
Hearthstone Tavern Blog
The Blizzard recruiting booth, located between Halls B and C, lets you talk one-on-one with Blizzard recruiters. They can't accept resumes, but they will answer your questions and offer advice on job openings, best practices, and hiring process.
In past years, the job booth has been split by Students, Professionals, and Artists. Artists are welcome to show a portfolio quickly, but you must bring your own devices and have it be fully-charged.
To learn more about Blizzard jobs, follow
BlizzardCareers on Twitter
, visit the
company career page
, and find them on
There hasn't been a 2015 Recruiting Blog Yet, but
here's the link
Voice Actor Stage
The Voice Actor Stage, located in Hall A, has a packed schedule of panels and contests, as well as autograph sessions.
So You Think You Can Monster?
lets players show off their best monster renditions, with a chance to record their sounds at Blizzard HQ. Auditions take place Friday night at 7pm, with judging Saturday from 5-6:30 pm.
Welcome Session: 12:30-1pm, hosted by casting director Andrea Toyias
Fan Favorites: 1pm–2:30pm, Q&A with the actors behind your favorite characters
Diablo Fireside Chat: 3pm–4pm, meet the actors behind famous Diablo characters
World of Warcraft: 4:30pm–6pm, watch a recreation of the recording process for iconic WoW moments
Between Two Mics: Legends of Voice Acting: 10-11:30am, Q&A with iconic voice actors on their journey
Diablo Fireside Chat: 12pm–1pm, meet the actors behind famous Diablo characters
Live from the Nexus: Heroes Comedy Hour: 1:30pm–3pm, Heroes of the Storm actors read wacky things
Diablo Fireside Chat: 3:30pm–4:30pm, meet the actors behind famous Diablo characters
To learn more, check out the
BlizzCon 2015 Voice Actor Stage
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