The Daily Grind: What did you think of BlizzCon this year?

I am writing this on Tuesday. This means that the version of me writing this has no idea what has been revealed at BlizzCon. But I don’t really need to let you know my reactions to it, as you’ve doubtlessly been following our liveblogs of the festivities and have gotten to see my thoughts unfold in real time. The question today is obvious: What about you?

Some years, BlizzCon has lots to announce, and some years it doesn’t have much. Heck, some years there’s lot to announce but it still winds up feeling rather light, and sometimes the little things still make a big difference. There was no fresh World of Warcraft expansion last year, but Blizzard still managed to make it a solid year for news and reveals. So what did you think of BlizzCon this year, readers? A good year, a bad one, or one that was targeted to someone entirely other than you?

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Rottenrotny

Super excited for Classic. Although I’ll be sad to leave Kronos.

That WoW cinematic was epic. Gave me chills.

Allied races look neat. I’m interested to see what drama is revealed between Sylvanas and Jaina etc.

VICTORY FOR SYLVANAS

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Makhiel

I’ve been listening to the new Hearthstone expansion theme song for 2 days, please send help.

Don’t care for much else Blizzard has to offer, I remain marginally interested in WoW in terms of lore so I’m kinda surprised what I took for a reluctant but stable peace is broken, what’s that about?

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Polyanna

We’ve long way from Gamescom 2015. Blizzcon 2017 will be remembered as a high point for WoW, and for Blizzard as a whole, for a long time. With any luck — and Blizzard is good at making their own luck, if ever it runs short — it will be only the first of more to come.

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roo woods

I quit WoW about 6 months after the release of Wrath of the Lich King and apart from a month at the release of Cataclysm ( which I got for free ) and a few 10 day welcome back offers of the years ) I haven’t played since .

In the early years WoW was hands down the best mmo I have played to date . Since quitting I have tried a number of mmos and the closest I could find was Rift but after 6 year there that has declined to a point where I no longer enjoy it . So suddenly I am in the market for another mmo so the return of classic WoW servers pretty much insures my return to WoW after a long time away .

I know quite a few people from other games I have played are also going to return and I wouldn’t be surprised if Blizzard will be shocked and rather pleased at the upturn in their subscribership they are about to experience . In fact I wouldn’t be surprised if it makes them re-access the current game too and maybe eventually offer the pristine servers that they were talking about last year ( ie servers with the original ruleset and difficulty ) .

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Delphos

My fondness for WoW burned alongside Teldrassil, thats a game im now 100% sure ill never play again!

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Rottenrotny

See you in BfA

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GamingSF

Most (though not all) people I know via online gaming are more excited about Classic WoW servers than the new expansion. I’ll look forward to the new zones for sure, but the re-newed faction war focus sounds like a broken record thesedays. We just defeated the universe-spanning Burning Legion and what? It’s forget about the class orders and back to fighting over a couple of islands?

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Armsbend

I think they are going to re-tool pvp hoping for some eSports/streaming magic. I think it is going to be much different from current pvp. Like set, balanced characters you go in and ram heads with. This will excite and anger people.

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Celestia

Overall the upcoming content looks quite good. I’m saddened there never seems to be much of any attention to Diablo.

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Alex Js.

Well, I liked the new CGI cinematics for both Overwatch and new WoW expansion – as usual they were excellent in terms of animation quality, the music and the amount of emotions packed into them. Other than those I honestly don’t care about anything else that has been shown – I outgrew WoW as a game long time ago, same goes for other Blizzard’s games (all of which I used to play) and there was (as expected) no new game announcements.

So yea, pretty much “one that was targeted to someone entirely other than you”.

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Dug From The Earth

Enjoyed the WoW content

Overwatch really didnt have anything more than their usual “Heres a new map, and a new character” to show off. I for one would have enjoyed them releasing more of a story mode for the game. Even like a perma version of some of the co-op defense modes.

Hated that Diablo was pretty much ignored like a red headed step child

The virtual ticket streaming (and video on demand) was full of buffering issues, even on my beefy internet connection.

Hearthstone added a feature with the next expansion that might actually get me to play it some.

Unsure about how I feel about Starcraft 2 F2P. I still dont own the last expansion, and am afraid to buy it now, because i dont know if in 3 weeks its going to be cheaper, or free.

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Thomas

“Hated that Diablo was pretty much ignored like a red headed step child.”

A hearty amen to this.

I really don’t understand it either. Diablo is a well-designed game that just flat out suffers from neglect. Hardly anything of substance ever gets added to Diablo in terms of expansion content and game feature updates or improvements.

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Thomas

The level scaling seems like a good idea.

So often, I have been halfway through a zone, looked at my level and my green/gray quests and decided, “Whelp, gotta move on now.” I also like that, since I have always hated the “Cataclysm-ed” version of Thousand Needles, for example, there will now be more alternatives than just Eastern Plaguelands in leveling up a character.

Better still, having alternatives to “the endless Northrend slog” is all to the good. Now, if I could somehow just stay in Warlords of Draenor for the entire leveling process, I’d be a happy camper, since that was the most enjoyable WoW expansion I’ve played. I like WoD much better even than Legion.

It would seem the new BfA features I like best I can access without buying the expansion. There is nothing in the expansion itself that really interests me, so I probably won’t buy it until the price goes way down.

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Hirku

That’s a fairly unique opinion on WoD from everything I’ve read. I’m curious to hear why that’s your favorite (no plot spoilers please).

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Thomas

In my opinion, WoD had the most cohesive and interesting plot line I’ve played in WoW, helped tremendously by the fact that you could solo your way through most of the story sections.

In addition to that …

— The zones were gorgeous and fun to play through
— Each zone had its own good plot line
— I really, really liked how they handled the player’s “base camp.”
— The end zone jungle, Tanaan, was particularly challenging and fun
— I really appreciated the way they used special named beasts and enemies that you could take on all over the place; they were sometimes tough but not outrageously so.
— The armor designs were quite good in WoD
— No expansion has been more crafting friendly (Legion took a huge step backward in crafting, unfortunately)
— I thought the “mini-game” using your allies/ships being sent out on their own “missions” (a concept continued in Legion) was a huge plus
— The general quest design/writing was mostly pretty clever, I thought. I actually enjoyed reading the quests as well as doing them

Many people complained that WoD was, as expansions go, too “solo-friendly,” which may be a valid complaint for some, but that was just another plus for me, since I seldom have time for the major group content like dungeons.

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Hirku

Thank you for the detailed answer. Many of your bullet points sound very appealing to me, too.