While I think this was definitely Blizzard’s best BlizzCon yet, it wasn’t my best BlizzCon. Why? Not enough WoW! 😥 One of the highlights for me was actually the World of Warcraft: Looking for Group documentary they premiered yesterday. It was great! I highly recommend watching that if you haven’t yet.
The WoW panels themselves were simply disappointing. The “classes and items” panel was a rehash of the same information they gave us at the last BlizzCon. It was almost surreal watching them talk about stuff that has been on the live game servers for nearly a month. Yes, Blizzard, we know that hit and expertise have been removed. I’m pretty sure everyone watching did too since they are big enough of a fan to actually pay to watch it. 😉 The cinematics panel was interesting.
The Q&A panels are another topic entirely, but I won’t complain too much. All I’ll say it PLEASE, for the love of Elune, vet the questions next time! That way we won’t have 3 questions about eyebrows, some guy complaining that his account gets locked, and other wastes of time. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the odd fun question like “can we get bacon in the game?” for a laugh here or there, but there was so much wasted potential. Why didn’t anyone ask about 6.1, 6.2, etc.? Gah! At least we had Red Shirt Guy. Maybe they can do half of them as Twitter questions next year? Those can at least be vetted.
I was really expecting one of the panels to be about Warlords content patches since they obviously can’t talk about the new expansion yet. I fully understand these guys have been ridiculously busy finishing the game and probably didn’t have time to make a presentation, but I still wish they would have talked about it at some point. Maybe some of the press interviews will yield some new WoW information, because the convention itself certainly didn’t. I think the only breaking piece of WoW news was the charity pet (which I’ll buy immediately — space goats FTW). More wasted potential was not having some kind of “garrison workshop” panel where they go through the buildings and explain how it all works. So many people are still confused about garrisons.
Checking in on my predictions
Looking back at my last post, let’s see how I did on the predictions.
- I was right about Eye of Azshara not being a thing, but was wrong about them giving us some kind of teaser on the new expansion.
- I was most definitely wrong about them talking about 6.1 and 6.2.
- I was wrong about the Warcraft 3 HD remake. I guess Blizzard doesn’t want my money!
- Starcraft 2: Legacy of the Void awesome trailer. Check.
- New Hearthstone expansion. Check.
- Heroes of the Storm release date. Nope. They did say beta begins in January though.
- Entirely new game announced. I was half right. There’s a new game, but it’s not a low budget as something like Hearthstone. Overwatch looks like a pretty big project for Blizzard. I am looking forward to it.
- I was right about no Warcraft movie trailer, but that there will maybe be a teaser. There was a teaser, unfortunately it was only available for people at the con. I wish movie studios would move into the 21st century. So much hype denied by not putting this online. Just stupid. I was right about props being on display.
Not too bad I guess. 🙂 I wish we had some kind of WoW news though. Oh well. Who cares, right? Warlords is in a few days!
Plans for Warlords
I’m pretty much waiting out the clock now. I’ve completed most of what I wanted to complete, including getting 100 toys. The Darkmoon Faire helped me take care of that with 3 brand new toys to take me over the 100 threshold. I loooooove collecting toys. The Panflute of Pandaria (pictured above) is something I’ve been trying to get for literally 2 years. I can’t begin to even guess how many times I’ve killed that Moldo One-Eye bastard, but it’s been a lot. At least 50 times. I finally got it during the Wowhead BlizzCon party on thursday. I was watching the stream and camping stuff in the background. It’s a fun toy combined with the BlizzCon pet, Grommloc, because he periodically fears any critters you’ve gathered.
Since 6.0.2 I’ve also begun my hunt for Mimiron’s Head and Invincible now that ICC 25H and Yogg-0 is so easy to solo. Ashes of Al’ar took me 88 kills, so I hope these ones are a little more forgiving. With 3 hunters hitting them every week I’m hoping it’ll go a little quicker this time. One tip I’d give you for ICC is that you can set the raid to 10-player Normal and clear up to Lich King, then zone out of the raid and switch it to 25-player. Once back inside, switch to Heroic and you can kill 25H Lich King without having to do the rest like that. The rest of the bosses are perfectly doable on 25H, but this makes the farming considerably faster. To avoid the val’kyrs picking you up and dropping you off the edge, simply allow the Lich King to hit you every minute or so by dismissing and resummoning your pet. Doing so gives you a hidden buff that makes the val’kyrs unable to target you.
Warlords is launching at 12 a.m. PST (3 a.m. my time) on Thursday morning, so my plan is simple: On Wednesday, I will go to sleep much earlier than usual, probably around 7 or 8 p.m. and then set my alarm for 2:45 a.m. I’m used to occasionally having to wake up at 6 a.m. so pushing that to 3 a.m. shouldn’t throw off my sleep schedule too badly, and then I can go full-bore all night and into the next day. Snacks shall be acquired, ringers shall be turned off, and Draenor will be my home for a while.
If there’s any interest, I’m thinking about doing a garrisons post before launch, talking about the buildings I plan on choosing and why.
Last but not least, I want to point out how awesome it is that I got them to print “Bendak” in the back of the strategy guide (I wrote the hunter section):