AMID the rumors, leaks, controversies, and political protests, Blizzcon 2019, an annual gaming festival hosted by Blizzard Entertainment at the Anaheim Convention Center in California, USA, closed the weekend with a fistful of announcements, news, and earth-shaking wins.
To help you keep track of everything that happened in the last two days, here’s everything that happened in the Blizzcon 2019.
United States wins Overwatch World Cup
United States has successfully put an end to South Korea’s dominance after claiming the Overwatch World Cup championship title over 32 nations from around the world.
Team USA, who were able to skip the preliminary stage after ranking fifth in the National Ranking, opened their campaign with a flawless win-loss record in the group stages. They finished on top of Group A, automatically granting them a slot at the semifinals, where they eventually trounced the three-time Overwatch World Cup champions, 3-1, in a best-of-five series.
With the greatest threat now eliminated, the team (primarily composed of Overwatch League’s San Francisco Shock players) proceeded to the grand finals to face the Chengdu Hunters-filled team of China. Five maps were allotted for the finale, but Team USA only needed three, ultimately outplaying their opponents at Ilios, King’s Row, and Dorado to claim the gold medals.
Meanwhile, the Philippines didn’t go unrepresented, despite being unsuccessful in the preliminaries. Thanks to Bren Esports, one of the biggest esports organizations in the country, Joshua “Grandeesauto” Ogame, Cenon “Xns” Mayor, Jerahmeel “Jorun” Basco, Yuwki “Fascinate” Tanaka, Adrian “Billy” Alano, Vito “Redux” Yap, and their coach, Dathan “Daks” Rosales, proudly waved the Philippine flag in the Overwatch World Cup.
Overwatch 2 Officially Revealed
Speaking of Overwatch, Blizzard Entertainment officially revealed the multiplayer first-person shooter’s sequel, Overwatch 2.
Our report from Saturday called the announcement trailer Avengers-esque; watch the rousing video again below,
The sequel’s gameplay trailer gave a glimpse of improved features, new heroes, maps, and game modes. It promises to provide more information about the Overwatch universe’s lore, something that the initial title wasn’t able to provide, aside from the Blizzard’s cinematic releases.
Despite the positive feedback, Overwatch 2’s official launch date has yet to be revealed.
First Female Hearthstone Global Finals Champion Crowned at Blizzcon 2019
The Hearthstone Grandmaster Global Finals made esports history after Xiaomeng *“VKLiooon”* Li emerged as the first-ever female world champion.
VKLiooon’s path to glory was nothing short of amazing. She outwitted a couple of veterans such as the 2017 Hearthstone World Champion Chen “tom60229” Wei Lin, Chris “Fenomeno” Tsakopoulus, and Kevin “Cassie” Eberlein, before annihilating HCT World Championship 2019 contender Brian “bloodyface” Eason, 3-0, in the grand finals with her Evolve Shaman, Malygos Druid, and Highlander Hunter decks.
“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,” the Chinese Hearthstone pro stated. She will be taking home a $200,000 grand prize.
With the likes of Jacinta “Jia” Dee, the Philippines’ Hearthstone representative for the 30th Southeast Asian Games, Cara “CaraCute” Vergel De Dios, Filipina professional Hearthstone player for Team Liyab, and Pathra “Pathra” Cadness, renowned Hearthstone community figure, providing even more gender diversity in the esports community in our side of the globe, it’s only a matter of time before another woman replicates VKLiooon’s historic feat.
Hearthstone Offers New Expansion and Auto-Chess Game Mode
The Saviors of Uldum ended with the League of Explorers desperately trying to halt League of E.V.I.L.’s villainous schemes, and that’s exactly where Descent of Dragons, Hearthstone’s third expansion for the Year of the Dragon, will continue. Starring Galakrond, the dragon to end all dragons, the latest expansion offers new cards, keywords, and of course, a whole lot of Legendary dragons.
In addition to the hot new expansion, the competitive online card game also introduced a new way to play the board by revealing their take on the auto-battler genre. Yes, it's auto-chess, Hearthstone-style. Dubbed as the Hearthstone Battlegrounds, the latest game mode was announced as a fresh eight-player experience featuring the game’s most recognizable heroes and minions.
Early Access for Hearthstone Battlegrounds will go live on November 5 for those who have pre-purchased the Descent of Dragons expansion pack.
Diablo Bounces Back With Fourth Installment
Blizzard Entertainment’s action role-playing game didn’t disappoint this time at Blizzcon 2019 with the announcement of Diablo IV. Set several years after the events of number three, the latest sequel of the Diablo franchise features a return to the series' horror-fantasy roots, thanks to the return of Lilith, the whispered progenitor of humanity herself and the installment’s main antagonist.
Diably IV boasts new classes — Barbarian, Sorceress, and Druid, and two more that are yet to be revealed — and mounts to help you traverse a wider game world.
World of Warcraft Gets New Expansion
The never-ending clash between the Alliance and the Horde continues as Shadowlands, World of Warcraft’s latest expansion, was introduced in Blizzcon 2019. Four new zones — Revendreth, Ardenweald, Maldraxxus, and Bastion — dungeons, raids, and more awaits WoW fans in the new expansion.
Shadowlands is available for pre-purchase now.