Blizzcon 2015 Live Blogging by Anexxia at Bible of Dreams

BlizzCOn

That’s right, another year, another blizzcon. I’m at home watching via livestream and keeping up with all the twitter #Blizzcon chatter. Be sure to follow along at home!

Hashtags to watch
#Blizzcon
#Blizzcon15
#Blizzcon2015
#Warcraft
#WarcraftMovie
#Hearthstone
#Overwatch
#TBLIZ

Accounts to follow
@Blizzcon
@BlizzHeroes
@BlizzardWatch
@Warcraft
@warcraftmovie
@PlayHearthstone
@PlayOverwatch
@Wowhead
@MMOChampion
@AskMrRobot

Highlights of what we’ve learned so far…

 


Warcraft

  • Brightpaw announced as this year’s Blizzard Make-a-Wish charity pet, releasing December 2.
  • My beloved Lady Sylvanas has a key role in the Legion expansion cinematic! Finally having her time in the spotlight as a hero and leader.

  • Artifact weapon previews up for all Warcraft classes.
    • As you upgrade your artifact weapon you also gain access to other models + colors for your weapon over time.
    • You can add a range of different relics to your artifact weapon. Provides some customization.
    • Use artifact power to first unlock an active trait (that you’ll put on your bar). Meaty power w/long CD.
    • Artifact power is a resource you acquire from any type of activity you are doing. Unlock traits/abilities in your artifact tree.
  • Class Halls will have armor stands for you to display your favorite armor sets
  • A little underwhelmed that the “new” moonkin models are so “faithful to the originals”
  • As a demon hunter you will rip your new abilities from the demos you slay in your starter area.

  • Legion will have more voice work than any prior Warcraft expansion.
  • We will be seeing at least a small cameo from our beloved Bolvar Fordragon.
  • Will be able to trade duplicate personal loot.
  • New legendary world drops.
  • A new and improved Dalaran will be the capital city for Legion. Will have a “deathgate” like portal that will port you to/from class halls.
  • No more gathering node sniping while you’re fighting the mobs guarding them: nodes shared not tappable.
  • Significant inscription changes.
    • Major Glyphs removed b/c other things (i.e. artifact talents) replacing them.
    • Scribes still make trinkets, consumable minor glyphs.
    • No more glyph slots– can use as many minor glyphs as you want.
  • Serious recipe window overhaul: will show recipes you don’t have and how to find them too.
  • Recipe acquisition will now happen through exploration/adventures, not just be learned from your trainer.
  • Major overhaul of shadow priest playstyle
    • Shadow priests in Legion: No longer “poor cousin of the affliction warlock”.
    • Tapping into the power of the void.
    • Void is controlled by the old gods = shadow priests.
    • New resource for SPs= insanity. No mana or shadow orbs.
    • As your insanity increases, your shadow form gets darker…grow tentacles out of your body until you ultimately end up in void form.
    • “Ultimate but fleeting power” b/c no one can harness insanity forever.
  • Significant moonkin overhaul. Eclipse is gone. More focus on DoTs.
  • Druids will be able to finally have quad spec! All players (except demon hunters) will be able to have 3 specs.
  • Disc priests will now be able to heal primarily via their DPS.
  • Survival hunters making melee hunter a reality (which is good for that LFG dude from 8 years ago who insisted on it.)
  • Demonology warlocks seeing a major overhaul, feeling that their play style was off track of the core fantasy.
  • Adding 1 character slot per server so you can have a demon hunter on your existing server
  • The old Nefarian encounter in BWL will gain a demon hunter class call.

  • The keystone dungeon challenges will NOT be queable via LFG.
  • You can start working towards unlocking Legion early in the expansion but it won’t be available immediately after hitting 110.
  • HUGE wardrobe update
    • Can save different looks per class spec.
    • Can link your outfits to other people; if they lack an item it will still show it and provide the info on where/how they can get it.
    • “Hidden” slots saved per outfit (i.e. that you don’t show your helm or cloak with a specific outfit)
    • New: can hide shoulders!
    • 3 new transmogable slots: Weapon enchants, shirts, and tabards.
    • For transmog you can get the looks back for quest items you completed even if quest no longer exists (eg vanilla class quests)
    • And they will go back and look at all quests you completed and unlock all those appearances including items you didn’t pick.
    • As soon as item is bound to you, its appearance is unlocked in your collection which is account-wide, so any character of yours who can wear that armor type can access it

Hearthstone

  • Launching League of Explorers this Thursday!

Heroes of the Storm

  • Cho’gall 2-player character in-game benefit for Blizzcon in-person and live stream attendees! Play two games with a friend who doesn’t have him, and they earn him.

Overwatch

  • When you buy the game you get all 21 heroes. The idea is to change up who you play.
  • Origins edition of the game comes with five origin skins, including: Strike Commander Morrison, Overgrown Bastion, Blackwatch Reyes, Security Chief Pharah
  • Baby Winston pet for Warcraft one of the digital goodies from the origin
  • Tracer Heroes of the Storm character another of the digital goodies
  • Coming to the Xbox1 and PS4! But not for Mac, which is incredibly surprising. As a Mac player, not happy about that.

 

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