BlizzCon 2010 News Roundup

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Day One

  • World of Warcraft: Cataclysm
    will be released December 7 2010, however that’s not the
    exciting news. Instead players will be pleased to discover that for the
    first time ever they will be able to pre-order the expansion directly
    from the Blizzard store, download much of the DVD content in advance,
    which equates to being able to play the second, or if you are truly
    hardcore, the millisecond that the servers go live.
  • Thanks largely in part to
    the stunning success of the Pandaren Monk which helped to raise money
    for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Blizzard will be offering up a new
    charity pet; the Moonkin Hatchling. Expected to make its debut in
    November this new pet will allow players to add another awesome
    addition to their pet collection while feeling good about themselves at
    the same time.
  • Finally the suspense is over
    and Blizzard has announced the Fifth and final playable class for
    Diablo III,  the href=""
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    which seems to be vaguely reminiscent of the Amazon, except much darker
    and with the potential to be much cooler. Also unveiled was the
    game’s href=""
    target="_blank">player vs. player combat system which
    is more advanced than anything seen in any Diablo game before.
  • To say that StarCraft II has
    been embraced by Blizzard’s fan base is an understatement to
    say the least, with more than 91 million StarCraft ranked matches
    having taken place on since release. Perhaps to thank
    StarCraft fans everywhere for their continued enthusiasm the StarCraft
    development team has been hard at work creating four new custom games
    including; href=""
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    and Blizzard DOTA.These new
    games are scheduled to be released for free sometime in the not so
    distant future.\
  • At possibly the most
    anticipated StarCraft II exhibition match of the day SlayerS_BoxeR took
    on Fruit Dealer. Both considered legends  in their own right,
    the Starcraft battle that would ensue was really anyone’s
    game. The showdown was a spectacular sight and no player seemed able to
    keep the upper hand. Evemtually one of these amazing players had to
    fall with Fruit Dealer emerging as the victor. To see replays of all
    the amazing Tournaments at BlizzCon visit the href=""
    target="_blank">tournaments page on
    Blizzard’s website.
  • The first exciting day of
    BlizzCon wrapped up as Jay Mohr appeared to
    host the contest stage show. 25,000 in prizes were given away
    in five separate contents (Fan Art, Original Song, Movie, Dance, and
    Costume). Although there was tough competition this year several of the
    entries stood out above the rest. The href=""
    target="_blank">winners of each of the contests
    are as follows:

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style="font-style: italic; font-weight: bold;">Original

“The Queen
of Blades”by Shaer Behrooznia

“Requiem for
Arthas”by Hao-Wei Huang

style="font-style: italic;">Third Place: “For
the Swarm”by Nicholas Stephen Tomassetti
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“The Rocket
of Love”by Jeffery Cuiper

Swing”by Johan Vagstedt

“I Am
Forsaken”by Kevin Lobine

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“World of
Whelpcraft”by Christina  Marie Yen

Protoss v. Zerg”by Sangrok Lee

Battle Scene”by Jun Huang

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Dwarf Male dance by
Chase Creekmur

Dwarf Female dance
performed by Tim Townley

Goblin Female dance
performed by Evonne Marvin

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: Christina Estrada as a
female Monk from Diablo III

Armando Farfen Jr. as
Illidan Stormrage

Brenna Bozanic as

here at Ten Ton Hammer would like to personally congratulate the
winners and all who participated in the various contests for their hard
work and creativity.

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Day Two

  • Think your games are
    intense? Well they are nothing compared to the intensity found at the
    grand finals of the World of Warcraft, Warcraft III, and StarCraft II
    tournaments. Dreams were built and shattered, tempers flared, and even
    those with the calmest nerves threatened to crack. After some long and
    hard game play the winners finally began to emerge. Visit the href=""
    target="_blank">BlizzCon tournament page to
    view the various brackets for each game and the winners for each.
  • At the Diablo III Crafting
    Sanctuary panel players discovered that in Diablo III instead of seeing
    the dreaded wall of text instructing you on what to
    do, Blizzard will be trying to enforce a more “Play,
    Don’t Tell” policy. Instead of a screen filled with
    text when players encounter a quest giver the NPC will instead follow
    the player until they arrive at the quest objective. Once there the NPC
    will impart only needed information upon the player, while the action
    continues. If this bit of news wasn’t exciting enough players
    will be pleased to discover that almost any and all ridiculously long
    storytelling that can be found in the game will be totally optional.
    Less talking and more killing? Yeah that sounds good no matter which
    way you look at it.
  • Also at the Diablo III
    Crafting Sanctuary panel the role of artisans was finally revealed. The
    three artisans are the mystic, jeweler, and blacksmith. Players who are
    familiar with World of Warcraft will find that these artisans are a bit
    like all WoW professions combined. The mystic can craft items of the
    magic sort and enchant and identify items, the blacksmith can add gem
    sockets, repair, and create armor and weapons, while the jeweler
    combines gems, de-sockets gems from items, and crafts rings and
  • At the StarCraft II Art
    panel the audience had the pleasure of viewing 70 plus pieces of art
    both silly and serious, including some pieces that will be found in
    Blizzard’s upcoming custom maps for Starcraft. Visit the href="" target="_blank">
    StarCraft II Art Panel page to
    see some examples of the art displayed. As a final treat several pieces
    of concept art from StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm were revealed
    leaving those of us not lucky enough to attend green with envy.
  • Not tobe outdone, the World
    of Warcraft Dungeons and Raids Panel also provided us with some
    exciting news. The days of searching endlessly for that one elusive
    dungeon quest are over. All key dungeon quest givers will now be found
    inside the dungeon’s entrance, making the lives of players
    everywhere just a little bit easier.
  • Those who attended the World
    of Warcraft Dungeons and Raids Panel also got several other treats
    including being permitted to have the first look at the all new raid
    coming in patch 4.1; the Firelands. Building on the storyline to save
    Hyjal players will be asked to adventure into the elemental plane of
    fire and take out seven bosses including Ragnaros who has apparently
    finally made it out of forgotten exile in the Molten Core. Also
    (finally) coming in 4.1 are enhanced dungeon and raid maps showing
    information for each boss in a zone, including 3D portraits, lore,
    loot, and boss abilities. No more will players who haven’t
    done their homework be franticly  trying to find boss
    information on the web. Instead they will be able to just view the
    needed information on their handy dandy map.
  • The last panel of the day
    was the BlizzCon Sound Panel, however, it was far from the least
    exciting. Those that stuck around for this event were presented
    with exclusive music directly from World of Warcraft:
    Cataclysm. Also Alfred Music Publishing proudly announced several new
    product lines that would be based on Blizzard music leaving no doubt
    that the composers involved in creating the music for Blizzard games
    are true artists indeed. 
  • While the two days of
    BlizzCon would be difficult to top it certainly ended with a bang. At
    the closing concert Tenacious D took the stage and brought to a close
    what was an epic weekend leaving those in attendance to excitedly
    anticipate BlizzCon 2011.

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