Blizzcon: Opening Ceremony

I’m finally getting around to watching the Blizzcon Virtual Ticket videos.  I’ll do brief notes after I see them.   Most are about an hour each, so I’m going to be spreading them out.

I’m glad to be a Virtual ticket holder for many reasons, one being not needing to try to get into panels among a crush of 30,000 other people.   The main hall was immense, yet there were people throughout the convention center and another building watching the opening ceremony on screens.  I wonder what you had to do to get into that main hall.

I only peeked at, then fast forwarded through (another Virtual Ticket bonus) an Esports video, followed by presentations on Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone, Overwatch.  Just not interested in any of those.

Then J Allen Brack comes out and the World of Warcraft music starts, and it’s the magic you’re looking for.   It was fun to see him launch right into his coy presentation of the Vanilla server announcement, the crowd went wild by the time he was talking about chocolate ice cream.   I like the video for the Classic Server, and within this context it was even better watching it, and seeing all the iterations of Wow be rolled back to a time I never knew, but even the brief glimpse of the dwarf outside Ironforge looked really exciting and heroic.  I can’t wait to see the old Azeroth.

The crowd received the Battle For Azeroth announcement with great enthusiasm.  I like the cinematic for it, and I admired Sylvanas in it for sheer boldness and a desire to not be defeated.  That flip over to the seige tower, yow.   Anduin has bugged me since Pandaria (selfish whiner), but the kid did good here.  There’s a hero in there after all.

The other panels I’ve marked to watch are:

What’s Next World of Warcraft
Boss Design
Live Q and A Wow
Art of Wow
Wow Gameplay Systems
Voices of Blizzard: Women of Warcraft