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Blizzcon 2019 Summary

Didn't get to attend Blizzcon? Too busy snacking on Halloween candy to keep up with the news? We gotchu fam - here's what you might have missed.

Source: Merlin'in Kazani

Diablo IV

The rumors and leaks are true - Blizzard announced that Diablo 4 is coming to PC, PS4, and Xbox One. It's been a looooong time since the last game - remember the SteelSeries Diablo III mouse?

The first three classes revealed for Diablo 4 are Barbarian, Sorceress, and Druid. The anticipated sequel won't have an offline mode this time around, and it will be some time before you can buy it, according to PC Gamer, but here's the gameplay trailer to tide you over in the meantime:

Overwatch 2

It seems like only yesterday that Overwatch and the Overwatch League were announced at Blizzcon, but amazingly, that was four years ago! Fans and curious gamers will get their hands on the latest team shooter sometime in the near future. If you're already loving the original, don't worry - the sequel will share a multiplayer ecosystem, meaning that gamers in both versions will be able to play with each other on the same maps. Cosmetics will also carry over.

The game is still in the early development stages, so we don't have a release date yet. What we do know is that Overwatch 2 will introduce a new map called Toronto and a new character named Sojourn. A new PvP competitive mode, Push was also revealed, as well a new story-centric gameplay format.

You can check out the gameplay trailer here:

World of Warcraft: Shadowlands

What happens when the Shadowlands has no Lich King? Players are about to find out in the latest expansion for World of Warcraft. Players will enter the Shadowlands in 2020 and explore five new zones - "the gleaming fields of Bastion, the scarred battlefields of Maldraxxus, the eternal twilight of Ardenweald, the opulent keeps of Revendreth, and the horrific Maw." Players will be able to "forge a bond" with one of the four Covenants — Kyrian, Night Fae, Venthyr, and Necrolords — which will grant them new abilities. Plus, keep an eye out for old characters to reappear, since we are entering the afterlife...

Hearthstone: Descent of Dragons + Battlegrounds

Unlike this year's other announcements, you can play the new Hearthstone expansion real soon - as in next month. Per Blizzard:

Galakrond, the father of all dragonkind, has awoken… and he HUNGERS! As the brave heroes of the League of Explorers clash with the villainous League of E.V.I.L. in the skies above, which side will you choose in this epic conclusion to the year-long story?

Hearthstone fans will also be getting a new auto-battler mode to compete with Teamfight Tactics and Autochess. New card packs can be unlocked while playing the new Descent of Dragons expansion, too, with the following perks, per IGN:

At 10 packs, players will unlock comprehensive stat-tracking in Hearthstone: Battlegrounds. At 20, they can choose from three different heroes at the start of each match instead of two. At 30, players unlock the ability to "taunt of playfully communicate with their opponents using a visual emote system.

Other Blizzcon 2019 Highlights

  • Google used Starcraft II players to train AI: Grandmaster Starcraft II player AI AlphaStar took on and beat top player Grzegorz “MaNa” Komincz and teammate Dario “TLO” Wünsch in a series of 10 matches. Google's DeepMind team says it is using AlphaStar to understand the potential and limitations of open-ended learning.
  • Xiaomeng "Liooon" Li becomes first woman to win major Hearthstone tournament AND take a tile at Blizzcon: Liooon won the Hearthstone GrandMasters 2019 Global Finals on Saturday at 3-0 and took home the $200K USD prize. "I want to say for all the girls out there who have a dream for esports competition, for glory, if you want to do it and you believe in yourself, you should just forget your gender and go for it," she told the crowd.