BlizzCon 2013 is drawing ever nearer and Blizzard fans everywhere can barely contain their excitement for the two day gaming extravaganza. While there is a lot to look forward to at this year's BlizzCon, I am especially looking forward to are the competitions. Particularly the Hearthstone Innkeeper's Invitational and the World of Warcraft Global Invitational.
However, despite my excitement, I didn't really know who to root for. The World of Warcraft Global Invitational players hadn't been announced and as for the Hearthstone tournament, well I frankly just didn't recognize any of the names. That has all changed with a recent set of announcements that gives us insight into exactly who will be attending both exciting functions.
The line up for both is pretty impressive to say the least. So, get your squee voice ready and read onward to learn more about who will be attending both the Hearthstone Innkeeper's Invitational and the World of Warcraft Global invitational.
Hearthstone Innkeeper's Invitational
Unlike many other tournaments, invitations for the Hearthstone Innkeeper's Invitational weren't given out after many lengthy tournament battles. Instead the players invited to this hardcore game of cards are some of the best and most dedicated fans out there. That doesn't mean that there will not be some intense game play here. I expect things will get pretty intense before this tournament is over.
The list of players for the Hearthstone
Invitational was released quite awhile ago. However, while I was
excited to watch the tournament play out, I simply didn't recognize
any of the names. I always like to find someone to root for, you know
that one person I really connect with. Unfortunatly it seemed I would
have to wait till the day of the tournament to find out who I liked
and disliked, that is, until recently.
Blizzard has foresaw that players would want to connect with those elite top players taking part in the Hearthstone Innkeeper's Invitational and offered up a set of small interviews with all eight players to help us get to know them. The interviews are to be posted in two parts and will profile each of the player's taking part in the tournament.
The first four interviews have already been released on Blizzard's official blog under Hearthstone Innkeeper's Invitational: Player Spotlight and highlight Noxious, Hafu, Husky, and Reckful. Each of the players is asked a set of similar questions and their responses are insightful and interesting. These interviews are a great way to connect with these players and figure out who you want to be rooting for in the tournament. So get reading!
World of Warcraft Global Invitational
Eight top Arena teams have fought their way to the top and will have the privilege to attend BlizzCon and test out their skills in an epic set of battles to the death. The teams hail from various places around the globe and the line up is pretty impressive. Check out the imagine below to see the list of teams set to go head to head at the World of Warcraft Global Invitational:
Not sure who the players are who round out these amazing teams? Here is a listing of the team member's names as well as the class they are playing in the tournament:
- Alex 'Sodah' Ringe (Druid)
- Rodney 'Talbadar' Pare (Priest or Shaman)
- Adam 'Chanimals' Chan (Warlock)
- Kyle 'Novoz' McKitrick (Shaman)
- David 'DannyCarey' Cook (Monk)
- Michael 'Thugonomics' Negley (Warlock)
- Jonathan 'Minpojke' Andersson (Druid)
- Mathias 'Zunniyaki' Esterlechner (Priest)
- Youness 'NÃ³liferqt' Dorqoch (Mage)
- Jamie 'Blukstack' Garcia Acebal (Warlock)
- Simon 'Boetar' Heinks (Druid)
- Rene 'Swapxy' Pinkera (Shaman)
The Last Battle
- Yang 'Bqsslol' Wenbin (TBD)
- Li 'Holylolz' Yang (TBD)
- Yeung 'Feelfear' Wing Yu (TBD)
- Yang 'Yunainai' Huajun (TBD)
- Zhang 'Badcat' Wenfeng (TBD)
- Niu 'Hanaichuan' Muzhi (TBD)
- Jinhyung 'Avenger' Park (Mage)
- Jongmun 'Shotky' Shin (Shaman)
- Seungmin 'Nooker' Ok (Warlock)
- Wei-Yi 'PrankCat' Chen (Paladin)
- Kwok 'Nightrain' Yuk-Nam (Hunter)
- Che-Yuan 'Shunsha' Chang (Warrior)
If you want to know more about these outstanding teams, head on over to the BlizzCon World of Warcraft Global Invitational: Meet the Teams blog for some brief, but insightful, snippets on each. PvP not usually your thing? No worries! The Arena Invitational will be headed by some casters like veterans Vhell and Azael, as well as some new recruits. All of these fantastic casters will make sure you know exactly what is happening when the action takes place.
With all this information about the players that will be playing for their spot at the top, who will you be rooting for? Is there a team or specific player you would have liked to see at either event? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section below!