We've been collecting coverage of this past weekend's BlizzCon 2009 from around the Web, and have compiled a small fraction of it here for you to catch up on anything you may have missed, or just read more about your favorites. Whether you're interested in hands-on write-ups of World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, detailed information about Diablo III’s monk class, news from StarCraft II’s panels, a peek into the future of Battle.net, scads of pictures from the costume contest, or anything else that emerged from BlizzCon, take a look at the links below.
BlizzCon General Coverage
BlizzCon 2009 has officially come to an end! Ozzy Osbourne's thunderous performance brought down the roof of the Anaheim Convention Center; Level 80 Elite Tauren Chieftain escaped through the hole in their stetched zeppelin and headed to their next gig in Orgrimmar; and at least half of the audience members survived.
We'd like to thank everyone who helped to make this year's show a success, including comedian Jay Mohr, who hosted the contests on Friday evening, Ozzy Osbourne, and all of our partners and sponsors, including ASUS, DIRECTV, Intel, Mountain Dew, NVIDIA, and Razer. Most of all, we'd like to thank the community of gamers – without your dedication and support, BlizzCon wouldn't be possible.
You can check out some of the highlights from this year's show on www.blizzcon.com, from the World of Warcraft: Cataclysm announcement to the Diablo III monk reveal to the new details on what players can expect from the updated Battle.net when it launches with StarCraft II. And there's still more photos and other post-show updates to come, so be sure stay tuned to www.BlizzCon.com.
The second day of the BlizzCon gaming convention is now underway! Yesterday, we unveiled World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, Diablo III's new monk class, and discussed some of the new features of the updated Battle.net. Today's main events include the finals for this year's Warcraft III, StarCraft, and World of Warcraft Arena tournaments; more developer panels, including the World of Warcraft Game Systems, Diablo III Art, and StarCraft II Lore panels; and the epic closing concert featuring Level 80 Elite Tauren Chieftain and Ozzy Osbourne. Keep your eye on www.BlizzCon.com throughout the day for updates -- and don't forget that you can follow us on Twitter via @Warcraft, @StarCraft, and @Diablo.
The fourth BlizzCon is underway, and we'll be giving players a look at the new game features and upcoming developments discussed in some of the World of Warcraft, Diablo III, and StarCraft II panels throughout the show. We'll be updating www.blizzcon.com with new information from the panels regularly, so be sure to check back often.
World of Warcraft is now coming soon to a mailbox near you! Each issue of the just-announced World of Warcraft: The Magazine will feature 148 pages of entertaining and insightful content about the game, including in-depth interviews, expert analysis, and player points of view. One year subscriptions are available for $39.95 USD, 34.95 Euros, or 29.95 Pounds. Check out the official announcement for more information, or head over to the subscription page to place an order.
Blizzard Entertainment is happy to announce the third World of Warcraft expansion set, World of Warcraft: Cataclysm! Hidden away in his sanctuary within Deepholm, the corrupted Dragon Aspect Deathwing has waited, recovering from the wounds of his last battle against Azeroth and biding his time until he can reforge the world in molten fire. Soon, Deathwing the Destroyer will return to the surface, and his eruption from Deepholm will sunder the world, leaving a festering wound across the continents.
In World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, players will be able to play as two new races -- goblins and worgen -- as they explore newly revealed parts of Azeroth and re-experience familiar zones across Kalimdor and the Eastern Kingdoms, areas rewrought by the cataclysm and filled with new opportunities for adventure. Players will achieve new levels of power, take on challenging new dungeons and raids, and experience sweeping changes that will alter the face of Azeroth forever.
For more information, make sure to read the official press release and FAQ, and then visit the new World of Warcraft: Cataclysm site for screenshots, information about the new features, concept art, the announcement trailer, and more.
The fourth BlizzCon has begun! The two-day celebration of Blizzard Entertainment games and the passionate communities of players surrounding them is now underway at the Anaheim Convention Center, and we're inviting everyone at home to follow along with the exciting events and announcements at www.blizzcon.com. We'll be updating the site throughout the convention with breaking news, updates from the developer panels, and photos from the show floor, contests, and other activities. We'll also be broadcasting streaming video of the tournaments taking place throughout BlizzCon, so be sure to check back often over the next couple of days.
If you're looking for up-to-the-minute coverage, you can also catch us on Twitter by following @Diablo, @Warcraft, and @StarCraft. For those watching on DIRECTV Pay Per View or via the Internet stream, don't forget to tweet us suggestions for what you'd like to see covered using the #BlizzConDTV tag.
During the opening ceremony of BlizzCon 2009, we revealed Diablo III's fourth playable class: the monk, a skilled holy warrior of unparalleled dexterity. Armed with speed, holy fervor, and the drive to achieve physical and spiritual perfection, the monk becomes a deadly apparition in the heat of battle, moving faster than the eye can follow to strike down enemies with a barrage of lightning-fast blows.
To find out more about Sanctuary's newest champion, check out the video introduction. You can also visit the new monk page to read an entry from the journal of Abd al-Hazir and watch videos of the monk in action.
Ready to watch some live BlizzCon tournament action from the comfort of your own home? Right now and throughout the rest of BlizzCon, you can see top players from around the world compete in your favorite Blizzard Entertainment games. The streaming video feed from the World of Warcraft tournament stage features the coordinated team play and excitement of the World of Warcraft Arena. The RTS tournament stage stream showcases the meticulous hero management of the Warcraft III global finals and the fast-paced battles of the StarCraft Invitational. The tournament matches are now live!
The first day of BlizzCon 2009 is winding down! We've had a blast meeting fellow gamers from around the world, and we hope you've enjoyed following along with the announcements, events, and tournaments. Here are just a few highlights of the day: