Mem's Top 5 Favorite BlizzCon Moments

BlizzCon 2011 left us with more epic moments than Thrall could shake a stick at, relive some of the best as Mem shares some of his personal favorites from this legendary event.

Blizzcon 2011 is over and done. The stage at Anaheim Convention Center now stands empty and silent, bereft of the booming surge of gamers that gathered there over the weekend to celebrate their unifying love of Blizzard games. For two days players converged on the site to get the inside info on upcoming Blizzard games such as Diablo III, learn about the changes coming to those already available like World of Warcraft, and to mingle with thousands of other gamers to create memories that will surely last a lifetime.

During these two days there were epic moments chock full of reveals, shenanigans, and valuable information aplenty and while every second of Blizzcon was full of awesomeness, some moments just stood out above the rest. And while it may seem impossible to pick just a few of these moments as the best, and trust me it almost was, I have done so and now I would like to share them with you. So sit back, relax, and read onward to get a glimpse at some of my personal favorite moments from Blizzcon 2011:

5. Mists of Pandaria Announcement

A screenshot from the upcoming Mists of Pandaria expansion.

One of the most exciting moments of Blizzcon came right at the beginning, when the Chris Metzan revealed the newest World of Warcraft expansion, Mists of Pandaria. It was like a shock wave went through the crowd, and I was on the edge of my seat waiting for more. This was especially exciting considering that up until this point it had been suggested that Blizzcon 2011 would be focusing heavily on Starcraft II and Diablo III and no huge announcements would be made regarding WoW at all this year. How mislead we all were.

So needless to say when Chris announced they would unveil the next expansion in the opening ceremonies, I imagine I looked much like a startled Scooby Doo with my head cocked to the side, ear at the ready and I may have made the same “hrrrrrr?” sound as well. Then when the announcement was finally made there was much celebration and maybe just a little bit of bouncing in the Memnock family home. Yeah…bouncing….what can I say? I like the pandas!

4. Free Download of Diablo III

The annoucement of the WoW Annual Pass made many players happy.

Just when I thought the opening ceremony of Blizzcon 2011 couldn’t get any better it 
did by tenfold. Not only was there going to be a new fancy smancy expansion pack for World of Warcraft, but we were going to get a free copy of the upcoming Diablo III, well at least those of us who didn’t mind agreeing to a 12 month contract to our WoW subscription. But since I’m a mega WoW junkie and don’t plan on quitting in the foreseeable future, jumping on this deal was something I was more than happy to do. If Blizzard was out to get me amped up lets just say they were more than successful. Oh did I mention the pony? Yeah…there is a pony.

Now I know there are a fair share of people claiming that this is Blizzard’s way of boosting and keeping WoW subscribers, and while I don’t really know if this is true, I can acknowledge the possibility and also say that if this is indeed the case, well, I don’t really give a damn. The way I see it is that I can’t lose by getting a free game for paying for one I already pay for anyways. So…hooray for free (sort of) stuff!

3. Diablo 3 “Black Soulstone” Cinematic

The Diablo III cinematic left us on the edge of our seats.

If you haven’t caught on yet, I’m just a tiny bit excited about Diablo III. So when I found out that not only would I be able to get a free copy of the game, we would also be getting a preview at one of the finished cinematic, my little gamer heart most definitely skipped a few beats and at that point nothing including hell or high-water was going to pull me away from my computer screen. And I wasn’t disappointed, I mean it did manage to make my top 5 list of awesome BlizzCon moments, so it had to be great right?

The perfect mix of reveal and mystery the Diablo III cinematic left me wanting more and if possibly anticipating its release even more than before. For those of you that didn’t have the privilege to check it out when it first aired, be sure to do so…its worth it!

2. World of Warcraft and Starcraft Finals

Mvp took on MMA in the GSL Finals, with MMA emerging the victor.

I’m pretty sure that watching the Starcraft II and World of Warcraft tournaments while cheering and gasping along with the rest of the crowd has probably ballooned my nerd-dom to whole new levels, I couldn’t help myself, besides its Blizzcon and it was time for my inner geek to really shine. While I wasn’t rooting for anyone in particular the suspense of the matches and prowess of these players taking part in them left me awestruck.

From watching Mvp’s heart-wrenching defeat to MMA in the GSL finals, only to see him make a comeback the next night against NesTea, to biting my nails as health bars dropped in the battle between OMG and Skill Capped I was totally enthralled. While I play these games almost every single day, there is something awe-inspiring about watching others play knowing that they are possibly the best in the world. GG to all the players who took part.

1. The Costume Contest “Mishap”

Watch your step!

Ok so I’m probably going to hell for this, but while the entire costume contest was amazing, excellent job to all the participants (even the seemingly unending line of Sylvanas representations), but my all time favorite moment from the costume contest occurred when a certain Minecraft Paladin fell as he walked down the ramp to the main stage. I’m not happy he fell or anything, I’m not that much of a jerk, although I will admit I may have laughed…a little…and only after I saw he was ok! No, this was my favorite moment of the contest because this guy obviously has some serious heart. He may have fell but he got back up, calmly reattached his missing costume arm, and then walked across the stage with more dignity than I could have managed at a time like that. So props to the Minecraft Paladin, who didn’t manage to win a prize, but without a doubt won more than a few gamer hearts at Blizzcon 2011.

Narrowing down my list of favorite moments was a challenge, what are some of your favorite moments from BlizzCon 2011? Share them with us in the comments section below!

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