BlizzCon 2019 Recap

Nov 03 2019 5 min read

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BlizzCon 2019 was full of announcements, from sequels (Diablo IV and Overwatch 2) to new expansions (Hearthstone: Descent of Dragons and World of Warcraft: Shadowlands). 

Since all the information was shared across the two-day event, it's easy to miss a detail here and there, so here's a summary of all the big announcements.  

World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 

The latest World of Warcraft expansion takes players to the afterlife after Sylvanas defeats the Lich King and rips opens a gate to The Shadowlands. 

The expansion brings five new zones and a new levelling experience. Levelling up from 1-10 will be completely revamped while Shadlowlands content will have a level 50 entry requirement. Furthermore, the game's level cap will be reduced to 60.

In Shadowlands, players will need to choose a Covenant which will provide two abilities (one class-specific). There's also a new dungeon called Tower of the Damned which is ever-changing and can be played solo or with up to 4 players. 

Other additions include

  • Existing races receive improved character customization. 

  • Pre-patch - Scourge invasion 2.0.

  • 10 boss raid in Revendreth called Castle Nathria. 

  • The game will rely on less RNG, with weekly loot chest gone, legendary items being craftable and professions tweaked.

  • Class abilities return. 

  • Each Covenant has a sanctum. 

  • The shared Covenant ability is for utility and not direct combat.

  • Soulbinds - Bind your soul to a powerful member of your Covenant at max level to gain new talents.

  • Exile's Reach is the new starting zone where all new players can learn the basics of the game.

  • New players need to reach level 50 in Battle for Azeroth after Exile's Reach.

  • Existing players can pick any expansion to level to 50 and Allied Races start at level 10.

  • Heritage armour can be obtained upon reaching the new level cap.

  • War Mode is available in Shadowlands.

  • More realm connections on the way.

World of Warcraft: Classic will also have World Bosses and PvP Honour System go live in a week. 

World of Warcraft: Shadowlands will release in 2020 but is currently available for pre-purchase in-game and in the Blizzard shop. 

Diablo

The long-awaited Diablo sequel was finally announced, but no release date was shared. The game is being developed for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC on a new engine and will support future expansions.

There will be five Classes in all, with the first three revealed as Barbarian, Druid and Sorceress. It will feature a dark non-linear campaign in a shared open-world with 5 different regions. 

Treasure goblins will return because we love our loot and skills will be bound to classes with no plans for another enigma. There will also be a Hardcore mode. 

In the game, Lilith - the mother of Sanctuary has been summoned, taking the game back to its dark horror roots. Diablo Immortal gameplay was also shared and its looking pretty good too. 

Overwatch

In usual Blizzard fashion, Overwatch 2 was introduced with a flashy new trailer that puts us in the middle of the Omni War. 

The game will feature a new mode called Push, PvE content and new Heroes. Sojourn was confirmed to be the next Hero wielding an arm cannon and hailing from Canada, she looks like a cool new addition. 

PvE content will include Story and Hero Missions, with the latter including player progression and upgradable abilities. There are new maps on the way for Toronto, Gothenburg, Monte Carlo and Rio De Janeiro. 

To make sure the original Overwatch players aren't left out of the fun, there will also be PvP Crossplay between both games. Better yet, all earned cosmetics from the first game will also make the move. 

Hearthstone

The Hearthstone: Descent of Dragons expansion brings dragons, dragons and more dragons. The most dreaded dragon of all, Galakrond returns, with all five members of the League of E.V.I.L. able to summon a unique version of him. He can also be upgraded in-game and will be given to all players free when the expansion launches on December 10th. There's also the new Invoke keyword which will trigger Galakrond's hero power and empower himself when used. 

Hearthstone is also receiving its own auto-Chess mode called Battlegrounds, joining the growing list of games to include the popular genre. It will be available to all players that pre-purchase card bundles for the new expansion. 

Hearthstone: Descent of Dragons is available to pre-purchase right now. 

Heroes of the Storm

All Virtual BlizzCon 2019 ticket attendees receive the game's newest character, Deathwing, free. He comes with five basic abilities instead of three and features two forms - The Destroyer and Worldbreaker. He is also able to fly up into the clouds where he is not only invulnerable but also heals and gains back lost armour. 

Warcraft 3: Reforged

The Warcraft 3 remaster will gift fans that purchased the Virtual BlizzCon 2019 ticket with beta access from November 4, thereby expanding the closed beta. 

The game will feature a single account system with race-based MMR. There will also be different MMR for 2v2, 3v3 and free-for-all, with teams possessing coloured health bars for better visibility. The map maker will receive new camera tools too. 

The developers have said the game will be released soon, but how soon is the question. 

Starcraft II

No news on a sequel but never say never. Arcturus was announced as the next co-op Commander, with the Players vs DeepMind AI functionality coming soon. 

BlizzCon 2019 had a lot to share and the esports side of things also had historic moments. Like crowning the first female player to win a Hearthstone Major and Team United States' first Overwatch World Cup win. 

Upon all the leaks, the event still managed to create a lot of excitement. Even Blizzard president J. Allen Brack's non-apology regarding the way the company handled the Blitzchung situation couldn't overshadow the awesome game announcements made. 

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