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Key Titles Discussed At Blizzcon '08



Blizzcon is an annual two-day event held by game developer Blizzard Entertainment in the U.S.A., where Blizzard's most popular franchises – Warcraft, Starcraft and Diablo – are discussed.

The communities including eSports professionals, the media and the developers that surround these franchises are invited, to attend Q&A sessions on the latest developments in each title, get to meet each other, witness previews, compete and generally enjoy these popular games.

This year's Blizzcon was held at the Anaheim Convention Centre, Anaheim, California, U.S.A., on October 10 – 11, and focused on World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King, Starcraft II and Diablo III, the latest editions to these franchises.

Diablo III:

Day One at Blizzcon 08 saw Blizzard unveil the third character class in Diablo III, the wizard. The Diablo III team discussed the wizard's abilities and powers, which includes the ability to channel energy flows, propel lightning bolts at enemies, teleport and manipulate time. See IGN Entertainment here for a more detailed overview.

Attendees at the event were able to adventure through the Tristram Cathedral dungeons in Diablo III, the first time gamers outside of Blizzard have been able to play the game, using either the wizard, barbarian or witch doctor.

New trailers and screenshots for Diablo III, which include the wizard, can be found at IGN here.

The wizard class in Diablo III using lightning power.

Starcraft II

Starcraft II fans were allowed to game on new multiplayer maps including a remade version of one of the most popular Starcraft maps “Lost Temple”. Gamers were given the opportunity to check out new abilities and powers of units, including the Protoss mothership's vortex ability and the Terran Nighthawk's seismic thumper. Blizzard also revealed news of the Starcraft II single-player trilogy storyline.

Blizzard gave the opportunity for fans of World of Warcraft to check out the new expansion pack Wrath of the Lich King expected to be released on November 14.

Attendees also got to discuss with Blizzard developers on details of the games, the creative process, art and gameplay.

Two Protoss motherships doing some major damage in Starcraft II.

Competitions:

The competitions at the Blizzcon 08 Tournaments included the 2008 Starcraft Invitational competition, the Warcraft III Global Finals and the World of Warcraft Arena Global Finals.

Six of the eight eSports gamers at the Starcraft Invitational were professionals from South Korea, with only one from the USA and one from Italy. The two non-Koreans did not fair very well with the American Greg “Idra” Fields managing to only get as far as round two before getting knocked off by Jae Yoon “Savior” Ma and Ji Hoon “Xellos” Seo. The third round saw Yun Yeol “Nada” Lee and Ma go through to the finals, with Ma finally claiming the title.

The Warcraft III Global Finals saw a match-up between South Korean Jun “Lyn” Park and Pedro “Lucifron” Duran from Spain. Once again the South Koreans took the event with Park claiming first place.

The World of Warcraft Arena Global Finals were rather different, with only two South Korean Clans (Council of Mages and HON), neither of which made the finals. German clan Nihilum Plasma claimed first place after beating American clan Selective Queuers in the finals.

Blizzcon 08 was also filled with many other events that included storytelling events, dance competitions, and trading card events. For a full breakdown of what happened, see the Blizzcon website or take a look at the IGN coverage of Blizzcon 08.




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