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BlizzCon 2019 Panel Transcripts

You can now read several BlizzCon 2019 Panel Transcripts I have posted over the past weeks. Each transcript contains several slideshow images shown during the panels, and some times a few video clips.

So far I have added some of the Diablo IV and World of Warcraft: Shadowlands panel transcripts.

If you want a specific panel transcript not listed yet, go here to make a request.

Blizzard Events Coverage

Blizzplanet’s correspondents have attended several Blizzard Entertainments events since 2008. Check out the links below to view our coverage: videos, photos, and interviews.

Blizzard Events Coverage

 

Draft Roles, Section 1

My name is HenshinM and I am currently ranked Platinum in HL with a 61% winrate as of Season 3. As always, a mild disclaimer: If you’re looking for advice at the highest level of play I suggest checking out content from CavalierGuest, MFPallytime, Grubby, Srey, and McIntyre. …read more

BlizzCon 2016 In-Game Cinematics: The Cutscenes of Legion Panel Transcript

This is a full transcript of the BlizzCon 2016 In-Game Cinematics: The Cutscenes of Legion Panel. Among the panelists were the following game developers:

  • Geordie Swainbank (senior machinima artist, lightning lead)
  • Yeon-Ho Lee (senior animation artist)
  • Jason Hill (associate project director)
  • Jessica Dru Johnson (Cinematics artist)
  • Chris Evans (Supervisor, Cinematics)
  • Sherman Ohms (Senior In-Game Artist, Cinematics)
  • Terran Gregory (Project Director, Cinematics)

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StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void 3.9.0 Patch Notes

Blizzard Entertainment released a new StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void Patch which introduces Commander Stukov to the Co-op Missions. A new bundle includes the three Nova Covert Ops missions and the Nova Commander for Co-op Missions. Updates for the WCS Observer interface. 4 new maps for 1v1 Community Custom Maps & 2017 Ladder Season 1. Changes to the Co-op mission commanders, multiplayer balances, and bug fixes.

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2016 Topps Warcraft Cards Cancelled

The Topps Warcraft Cards are no more. Last year, we reported details from the SDCC 2015 showfloor about upcoming licensed products. Among the licensees was TOPPS, which planned to launch a card collection based on the Warcraft Movie. It is now official that TOPPS has cancelled development. They did no offer any details concerning the […]
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WARCRAFT movie # 1 in TOP 20 Selling Blu-Ray Discs

According to the NPD VideoScan powered by Nielsen, the WARCRAFT Blu-Ray Disc reached #1 with an index 100 in the TOP 20 Selling Blu-Ray Disc List for the Week ending October 6th. The WARCRAFT Blu-Ray arrived to stores in the United States on September 27th (Order it). That’s not the only accomplishment. Central Intelligence (Warner) […]
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BlizzCon Mobile Countdown Updated for 2014

Blizzplanet has updated the BlizzCon countdown web application in anticipation of this year’s event. If you already have this saved on your phone then you don’t need to do anything as the countdown should have already updated. If you don’t have it, follow these steps on your phone and get excited for BlizzCon! This is designed to be used on your iOS or Android mobile phone.

1. Browse to https://www.blizzplanet.com/blizzconcountdown/ or https://is.gd/blizzcon if you want a shorter URL to type in.

2.If you are on iOS a button should popup with instructions. If it doesn’t, tap the Arrow button on the bottom bar of Safari. If you are on Android it varies from device to device but look for an Add Bookmark to Home screen option.

3. Tap Add to Home Screen

4. Choose a Name and hit Add.

You will now have a nice BlizzCon icon on your phone’s home screen.

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New World of Warcraft Novel, “Yrel: Heart of Draenor” to be Written by Tara Gilesbie

Update: April Fools’ Day – April 1, 2014
However, a real Yrel short-story may be in the works

I’ve been waiting quite a while for the NDA to wear off on this. I am proud to announce, in a BlizzPlanet Exclusive, the next World of Warcraft novel, World of Warcraft: Yrel: Heart of Draenor! Just as World of Warcraft: Vol’jin: Shadows of the Horde had a writer new to the Warcraft franchise behind it, so will Heart of Dreanor: the famous Tara Gilesbie!

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In the press details I was given by Micky Neilson, Lead Story Developer for Blizzard Entertainment, he explained this novel will bridge the gap between Mists of Pandaria and Warlords of Draenor by giving readers a look into one of the expansion’s lead characters, Yrel. The story will chronicle Yrel’s journey from a simple priestess at Karabor, to her witnessing the formation of the Iron Horde, ultimately leading to her first encounter with the player character (done similarly in Jaina Proudmoore: Tides of War).

“We are incredibly excited to be working with Ms. Gilesbie,” Micky said in regards to the upcoming novel. He also mentioned we may be seeing a forbidden romance in Yrel’s adventures which will heavily affect her role in Warlords of Draenor.

He also clarified that, following another of Shadow of the Horde‘s traditions, Heart of Draenor will be a darker and more mature fare than most Warcraft novels. Due to this, I’ve had to censor the excerpt provided later on in the article slightly for the BlizzPlanet readership.

“We’ve seen how massively popular the pairing of Jaina and Kalecgos was in Tides of War, and Thrall and Aggra presented in-game is still considered one of our best works here at Blizzard. So it was natural to have another unique and well written romance. I wont’ say who catches Yrel’s eye, but I’ll give you a hint: his dad’s the leader of the Iron Horde.”

Just imagine the conflict that’s going to come from that! It looks like Yrel won’t just be Warcraft’s Joan of Arc, but perhaps their Romeo and Julliet as well?

As for our newest Warcraft author, Tara Gilesbie is a world renowned writer who, like many in today’s age, got her start on the internet. She is best known for her novella My Immortal, a Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead-style take on the popular Harry Potter series of books; which chronicles Harry’s adventures through the eyes of a mentally challenged vampire student attending Hogwarts. Originally published for free, the full work can be read here if you want to get a taste of Gilesbie’s unique writing style before Heart of Draenor is out.

While I could not reach Tara herself, I was given this quote from her: “I m sooooo eksited to work on dis story! Fangz (geddit becuz Im Goffik) Blizzurd for givin me the change to work with u guys1”

I was also given a very short excerpt from Yrel: Heart of Draenor, detailing a scene between Yrel and her forbidden lover. As this is a spoiler, I’ll leave it under the read-more.

New Pandaria Story: “The Untamed Valley”

A new Pandaria faction story has been uploaded the official World of Warcraft site, this time focusing on everyone’s favorite farming, Harvest Moon-esque pandaren, the Tillers!

“The Untamed Valley” was written by Robert Brooks, who has also authored “Death from Above”, and the Diablo III: Reaper of Souls story “The End of her Journey”. Writing about simple farmers may appear a far cry from Brooks’ earlier focus on giant Old God worshiping insects and demon-slaying, light-blessed warriors, but to bring out a cliche, appearances can be deceiving.

BlizzCon 2013 – Heroes of the Storm Overview Panel Transcript

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Welcome to the Heroes of the Storm Overview panel. Your panelists are: Dustin Browder (game director), Alan Dabiri (lead software engineer), Sam Didier (art director), and Chris Sigaty (production director).

Browder: Hello BlizzCon. This is kind of a dream panel for me here. These are all the guys that I hang out in the office with all the time. We play board games together, we play “Dungeons and Dragons” together, so I get a chance to come up on the stage and talk about the game we have been working on for the last couple of the years is an absolute blast. We got Alan Dabiri, lead software engineer, we have got, Samwise Didier here art director, and we got Chris Sigaty, production director.

[Audience Applauds]

Alright, we are gonna talk to a little bit about what we are working on for “Heroes of the Storm”. So Heroes of the Storm is a lot of different things. It is a big game, we have been working on for a long time, but I am gonna try to boil it down to some sort of key points for you guys.

It’s about getting these Blizzard heroes into the game. It’s about trying to create an environment, where we can bring all of the heroes from all of our worlds, into one single amazing game.

It’s about fun with friends, and this seems kind of obvious, I guess; but it’s about playing with your buddies. This is a team game. We want to focus it on team work, and working together as a group and it’s about these battlegrounds, these new ways to play games of this genre. New challenges, new strategies and new tactics. And of course, for us it’s about paying homage …read more

Source: Blizzplanet Heroes

    

Holidays 2013 – Many StarCraft II Novels Only $1.99 on Kindle

Many StarCraft II novels by Keith R.A. DeCandido, Christie Golden, Nate Kenyon, Tracy Hickman, Graham McNeil are available on Kindle for only $1.99. These can also be read via Kindle Cloud (Adobe Flash Player) on your PC/Mac by login into your Amazon account. Here’s how to buy and access your novel on your internet browser: […] …read more

Source: Blizzplanet StarCraft II

    

Pandygo crashes on Blizzplanet

Greetings everyone, my name is Andy “Pandy” Go, I am very happy and thrilled that I am now part of the Blizzplanet Team. I have always been a loyal fan to Blizzplanet ever since the website started back in 2003. I have always been a huge Blizzard fan from Starcraft to Diablo to Warcaft and now Hearthstone.

I hope to provide you all the in-depth information and latest news of all Blizzard Games, and mainly Hearthstone.

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What it means to be a true blizzard fan..

HORDE BIAS! A Red Shirt Guy Editorial on the “Faction Bias” Arguments

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Hi readers and welcome to my first editorial type article. With the release of Patch 5.4’s trailer (see it here if you haven’t already), the debate on whether or not Blizzard is biased towards the Horde in content development has risen again. Its a subject that really came to a head with the release of Cataclysm, enough so that Blizzard actually had Dave Kosak make a blog post, “Dev Watercooler: Faction Favoritism“. It was very negatively received, and in fact was seen by many as further proof there was faction bias favoring the Horde enough to be detrimental to the Alliance among Blizzard’s developers. So, does this faction favoritism really exist? Is Blizzard ignoring half their playerbase because they can’t muster the effort to to create content for a faction they don’t like? Or is this all overblown outcry from WoW’s notoriously unpleaseable fanbase?

Greetings from The Red Shirt Guy

Hello, my name is Ian Bates, more commonly known as the Red Shirt Guy, and I am happy to say I am now Blizzplanet’s newest contributor! In the coming days, weeks, months etc I hope to provide a variety of, perhaps not news but “flavor” articles for the site. You can expect lots of speculative ideas on future content, as I love imagining expansions, zones, where the game could go. I’m also planning on doing an article about the current “faction bias” issue that has reemerged with patch 5.3.

I hope you will enjoy these future articles and that they will help make Blizzplanet a fun read for all fans of Blizzard’s products.

Red Shirt Guy

Christina Sims Joins Hearthstone CM Team as Zeriyah

Popular cosplayer and Cryptozoic ambassador Christina Sims has joined the Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft Community Manager Team to take care of the Hearthstone forums and other geeky tasks CMs usually do.

Phenteo: Hello Hearthlings!

I am very excited to announce our new member of our Community team, Zeriyah. Zeriyah is extremely talented and really loves TCGs/CCGs. She’s really excited to be here and very eager to work with all of you in the community!

Zeriyah will be the voice for the players to the devs and she’ll be the one who can take information from the devs and relay it back to you. For those of you who use Twitter, you can find her at @CM_Zeriyah https://www.twitter.com/CM_Zeriyah

As Zeriyah will be taking over the reins of the community, I’m going to be going back to focus on all of our games again! I’ll still be around and poke my head in once in a while. If any of you would like to say hi feel free to ping me on Twitter too! @CM_Phenteo https://www.twitter.com/CM_Phenteo

Zeriyah: Hello Hearthlings! I’m happy to be a part of the Blizzard community team. I look forward to talking with all of you as we build this amazing new community. — source: Hearthstone General Forums

 

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Blizzard 20th Anniversary Update: Blizzard Timeline

The Warcraft, Diablo, StarCraft game developer now shares the new Blizzard Timeline detailing the 20-year history of Blizzard Entertainment. It covers nearly every major event, beginning in 1991 – when Mike Morhaime, Frank Pearce, and Allen Adham founded Silicon & Synapse, the company that would become Blizzard all the way to the present day.

It’s a very thrilling compilation for those who have been old-school players for over a decade, and an informative place for newcomers to learn more about their favorite game developer.

The Road to Mists of Pandaria Press Event: The Role of Role

Ghostcrawler published a new Dev Watercooler article titled: The Role of Role. It focuses on the role changes to be introduced in Mists of Pandaria. The press event will provide tons of information about the upcoming World of Warcraft expansion. There are still many features not revealed by the developers at BlizzCon. They only showed what was ready to share at the time.

The Deluge

A monsoon is coming. We will soon inundate you with Mists of Pandaria information, starting with the upcoming media event and everything that follows. It’s going to be a very exciting time for World of Warcraft, and we are all super impatient for it to happen.

But… we’re not quite there yet. I want to make that clear upfront, because this blog isn’t directly Mists of Pandaria related. You won’t find any announcements here, just a philosophical discussion that you may or may not find interesting. If you’re looking for thrilling announcements, you know what I’m going to say: Soon™.

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