Best of Blizzcon 2018 – Top 20

This post contains a few small spoilers for the story going forward in World of Warcraft.


 

This magical time of the year; Blizzcon 2018, has now come and gone.

 

Here is my top 20 πŸ™‚

 

1. Maryann Strossner – voice actor of Scrollsage Nola

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I always love watching and hearing these actors bring the characters to life.

In particular, this year, seeing Maryann Strossner, the crowd reaction as well as the people on stage – just pure joy and smile and warmth as she said

“A turtle has made it to the water”

She is truly something. I wish the video from Blizzcon was up for all to see, I can almost guarantee, that you will smile widely.

Here is a video of her from not long ago too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edit: If you missed it from Blizzcon, it’s actually here:

 

 

 


 

2. The Terror of Darkshore cinematic

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Even though I know this cinematic does not reflect the quests on 8.1, I just have to cling on to this one and hope that perhaps in 8.3 an onwards we might see a victory for the Night Elves. I can do nothing but hope. Until then, I shall rewatch this over, and over, and over.


 

3. How about that Terror of Darkshore cinematic?!

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That moment, when Malfurion noticed the Troll behind him and the music caught on. So nicely made and what a build up.


 

4. Mike Morhaime on stage

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It was great to see him again, and even though not a technical tribute, the way he spoke and then introduced J. Allen Brack as the new President…I am pretty sure, I even saw someone cry in the audience.

Oh, and that joke he made was brilliant, that one about J. Allen Brack “You may think you know J. but you don’t”, hah.

If you are unaware Brack became infamous for that saying, when someone asked forΒ  Classic servers way back, when he said something along the lines of “You think you want that, but you don’t”


 

6. The Terror of Darkshore cinematic

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Did I mention this one already? How about that moment, when Malfurion shifted and stepped into the character true to the Night Elves?


 

7. Mike and J. Allen Brack together

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These two looked so moved by the whole “ritual”. J. Allen Brack being introduced as the new President, him saying to Mike “You made this”, as they looked over the audience. What an accomplishment.

I cannot imagine, how anyone can be overly and only critical of World of Warcraft, when they see the real people behind it, and realize, what kind of passion fuels it.


 

8. The Terror of Darkshore cinematic

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That intense moment where the troll feared for his life, and Night Elves, if only for this second at least, no longer was the punching bag of the Horde.


 

9. A new Brawler’s Guild

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Even though I cannot do it for a long while as a Healer, it is my hope I can make an attempt once the next expansion is close, and my gear is up to date, just like I did before. Managing it as a healer was a lot of fun and quite the challenge.


 

10. Playing Vanilla

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I had a lot of fun playing the demo of Vanilla. The need for eating, drinking, buffing, grouping.

It was everything, I hoped it would be.


 

11. New Worgen and Goblin models

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I do not play these, but on behalf on all of those who do, and seeing all the details on so many new Allied Races, this one certainly was due. I am happy for the Worgens, they sure waited long for this.


 

12. The Terror of Darkshore cinematic

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The way the owl squints at Nathanos. Great detail. “We are coming”.


 

13. A Unicorn that swims?

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A horse, that is also a unicorn that also is able to swim? Yes, please πŸ™‚


 

14. The Terror of Darkshore cinematic

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The way “Nightsong” started playing, as the camera flew with the owl to reveal Tyrande as the Night Warrior. I know this is just a leadup to the Warfront, that will not result in a victory for the Night Elves, but this is all I have!


 

15. PvP AI

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As much as I am against AI on many other levels, they are so welcome for me in Island Expeditions. They give faster queues, and it somehow takes off the pressure too. To see them in PvP would be great for someone like me. And as Blizzard do say themselves “You’re welcome, Alliance”. Despite the Horde bias getting old, I agree.


 

16.Β  A Baby Naga

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Finally!


 

17. The Terror of Darkshore cinematic

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The look in Tyrande’s whole posture, with Malfurion behind her…Thank you.


 

18. Mechagon

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Where I am not fond of Gnomes or anything gnome related techy techy, I think this race really deserves some spotlight. And it seems Blizzard was aware of that too. I can be happy for the Gnomes.


 

19. Tauren Heritage Armor

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Similar to that, I am also happy for the Taurens. They are left out in the cold, more or less, too, with all their frustration at Baine not acting as they wanted him to. I’m happy to see, they are next in line for Heritage Armor.


 

20. The Terror of Darkshore cinematic

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The best of all of it, is what I end with. Despite that this cinematic is just for the Warfront and does not reflect the gameplay or the results of the quests of 8.1, it is my fragile hope, that we might see a victory for the Night Elves later on in the expansion, at least.

I will hold on to this cinematic.


 

I wanted to see more of Blizzcon, but for some reasons, the stream lagged terribly, and I didn’t have time yet.

But I really looked forward to see things such as the “Immersive Sounds of Azeroth”.

Did any one you catch that? I heard they would go into details with Drustvar.


 

How about you? πŸ™‚

The posts on Blizzcon this year from the blogging community have been far less over the weekend than last time, but I guess a new expansion announcement always bring in far more. In general, actually, the blogging community seems to have been a lot less active compared to before Battle for Azeroth.

I hope to see more from you guys soon!


 

Blizzcon 2017 – Battle for Azeroth: My Top 15 best things (And my Top 1 almost deal breaker- things – list)

 

 

Gosh, what a weekend. I haven’t caught up with everything, that has been going on at Blizzcon 2017, but I am slowly making my way through it.

I have been stalking our beloved blog community over the weekend, thank you for all the posts to you guys!

 


 

I have to be honest; not everything announced at Blizzcon was well recieved on my end (at first!) but I I have thought about it, and I think, that the main reason for that is, that I am still on Argus, fighting my way through, living in Legion.

I am missing the pieces that actually gets me to Battle for Azeroth, but I am sure, once I get those, that things will make more sense.

So positive goggles on, look on the bright side, its so shiny, so it’s fairly easy, and go, go go πŸ™‚

 

 

(None of the pictures in this post, except for the featured image, are my own, since I am on the go, I haven’t got access to my screenshot folder. So thank you Wowhead for keeping us updated with lots of screens for me to use)

 

 

 

So let’s just get right to it, in no particular order:

 

My top 15 best things from Blizzcon 2017

 


 

 

Battle for Azeroth – the Cinematic Trailer

 

 

 

Can anyone argue, really? That was breathtakingly beautiful. When Sylvanas yells “For the Horde” or when Anduin’s entire character – within just a few seconds of screentime – tells us the story of the struggles he has been through to find out who he really is.

Chills.

I know , that some were left with the feeling of “What…Was that it?”, but as said, I think that has to do with the fact, that we are all still on Argus, and we miss the pieces of the puzzle that really brings us to where this cinematic starts.

We have no idea yet- and the so called “hype” gets “capsuled” in a way, not really able to get released. That is so important to keep in mind.

I felt the same way, until I wrapped my head around this.

The more I watch it, the more I look forward to it.

 

 


 

 

Classic WoW development announcement

 

 

If you have been here on my blog for a while, you know, that I sit with some very large rosetinted goggles on.

I bought the virtual ticket this year, for the first time ever, because I was so hyped for what is to come for the game.

But this, I did not expect. I was watching it with my hubby, and the moment J. Allen Brack began talking about icecreams, I screamed. Not loud (at first). I was holding my breath.

No, this can’t be right. I am dreaming. But…Icecream flavors…Vanilla…Why is he on stage instead of Ion…

But then, when that cinematic started rolling…Oh, the feelings. Especially as I watched our beloved world of Azeroth restored. I got up and literally danced around the living room, bursting with joy. I even woke up our son (it was way pass his bedtime here, living in Europe)

Watching the video I linked above really brings me joy too. What a reaction in the audience. If you just watched it through the virtual ticket, do yourself a favor and watch that short video.

Aw, the audience sounds so…Just bursting with happiness. (In order to really appreciate and understand our fondness for Vanilla, I think you would have had to played back then from the start. And that’s ok. It can’t be for everyone.)

The cinematic for this was amazing too, I think. And I cannot wait to see more. I have my hopes up for a true Vanilla server, even though I know, that ‘many’ already complain on the forum and want this and that change to it.

I do think and hope we will see an experience as close to Vanilla as possible. Anything else would be wrong. I hope Blizzard is able to drown out the loud voices (which represents the minority for sure) and instead listen to those, who are in it for the long run.

I did read an interview with J. Allen Brack stating there will be no cross realms. Amazing. Community, I salute you. I cannot wait. I think I will play both retail and Classic.

My hope is that we do not see the new character models either, of course. Everything as it was. It would be brilliant, if it was a server, that would start off from scratch and then slowly develop, just like Vanilla did. But, stop at the last patch before the Burning Crusade.

Then if people want to play TBC, another server will open up, and they will be able to transfer their character to there, which will be treated in the same way as the Vanilla server. And so forth. One could also chose to just remain on the other server.

But enough about this, there is so much more to be said, and this was meant to be a recap πŸ™‚ I think it’s quite easy to spot, that this is very important to me.

 

 

So Blizzard: Thank you. I salute you; heroes, as you work hard on finding the balance in creating an official Vanilla server, that will please the majority of those, wanting it back.

I read , that you want the community to participate in helping you determine, how to go about this. We are SO ready. (I mean, I am right here, ask me anything!)

Thank you so much.

 


 

 

Backpack size increased!

 

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Hah, well, it’s a minor but, but we have been asking for this for so long.

I honestly would love to get a peek behind all the techy techy stuff, to see why it is so difficult to do!

 


 

 

Decent zone scaling

 

 

At first I was very much against this, but the way this is being introduced is cool! Let’s see how it all rolls out, but as long as one can go back and solo old content, as they can now, it sounds very nice.

 


 

 

Waterfalls (The new zones)

 

 

Well, nature in general. The new zones looks just as visually stunning as the Broken Isles does. And so many waterfalls in the sneak peek of them during Blizzcon! I like that πŸ™‚

 


 

 

Stromgarde Keep

 

 

I was quite fond of this place in my levelling days and found it a huge shame it was not used more. So it will be great to see it come “alive” πŸ™‚

 


 

Druid Class Abilities returns

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Soothe. Hibernate. And Mark of the Wild. All of those were (so far) featured in the future. Can’t wait πŸ™‚

Granted, I saw that MotW gives Versality, but still. It’s a buff! I can cast on players. From another server…Who I never see again…(Ooops Vanilla goggles on, they are so sticky, these!)

 

 


 

 

Battle for Lordaeron Diorama

 

 

Have you seen that? That is beyond amazing. That Blizzard would actually do this, and include some of the players characters there (that were attenting Blizzcon). What a remarkable accomplishment.

Congratulations Blizzard on now holding the record for Guinness World Record for largest videogame diorama too!

 


 

 

Stat squish

 

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(The above picture is just an example of the old stat squish)

 

I have been wanting this for a while, and am really happy to see it arrive at some point. I get it, some want to see huge numbers, but calculating with much less will make things a little simpler. And hopefully, make the older raids easier to do, as well.

 


 

 

The costumes

 

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One of my favorite parts of Blizzcon I always look forward to. How much work has gone into those this year, so many amazing ones! How fantastic is that Ursoc?

 


 

 

Steady flow of content, even before the expansion

 

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Yes, well, I found that pretty cool! As someone who never manages to catch up with content (Blizzard produces more content, than I have time for), I am happy to see this anyway; and give them credit for trying to constantly be “on the move” with the game.

 


 

Azerite and the Heart of Azeroth

 

 

Stay with me, let’s remain positive πŸ˜‰

As a replacement for our Artifact system, Blizzard has to come up with something else. They just have to. Something else that can keep those players with 24 hours a day to play busy, to still feel they get a sense of “progression” throughout their day.

And this is it. I watched an interview with Taliesin and Evitel interviewing a couple of those, that work on Battle for Azeroth, and the way the developers described it, made it seem fairly straight forward, and not RNG based either.

The way Azerite will be “collected” seems much more flowing too. No stuff in bag that you click on, it will just absorb into your Heart of Azeroth.

As a system, it seems less complex than the Netherlight Crucible, and to me, that is great news. I want less complex systems, I see no need for them. So yes. Let’s see how it all works out in the future πŸ™‚

 


 

 

Ion Hazzikostas

 

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You know, credit is due where credit is deserved. In the past, I have not exactly warmed up to Mister Ion. But he seemed so much more open and genuine at this Blizzcon. Having his position is not easy, so I hope that people will take a step back and just appreciate all the good things, and always remember, that how one comes off on screen can be very different from how it was originally intended. Let’s just give some praise to the entire Blizzard workforce for bringing us such epic experiences.

 


 

 

Azeroth Island Expeditions

 

 

These seem very cool, and unlike anything we have seen before. I can only imagine what kind of challenges they can come up with using AIs, that behave in such a way.

Think the Mage Tower Challenge but harder and less predictable. Which impact will this have on future Raid Boss designs?

And how clever to make them with multiple difficulties too, so there is a challenge for every “level” of player (and again, a method to keep players with lots of game time busy)

 

 


 

 

No plans (yet) to include Garrison/Class Halls/ Missions clones

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Oh, now, this. I really like. I would love to just be in one joined hub, city, you name it (where we cannot fly), much like the old days.

Instead of being in a phased solo zone, where one mostly just stares at a Mission Table.

I’d love an expansion without the unnatural “breaks” in questing, that some of these missions at our mission table has caused us during Legion.

I really disliked the Garrions and Mission Tables overall.

Do not get me wrong; the Class hall for Druids is so beautiful and amazing, but I am talking about the way it impacts game play. The portal switch between zones all the time, waiting for Champions to get done, etc.

I heard there are no plans for more apps like the Legion Companion App either, but of course, that can change along the way. But so far, so good πŸ™‚

 

 


 

 

That’s about it for my Top 15. But I cannot end this post without this…

 

 

 

My top 1Β  – almost deal breaker things – list

 

Teldrassil burn

 

Positive view is what I am all about, but…The fact, that Teldrassil will get burned down…

Kalimdor will be taken over by the Horde.

What does this mean for all the places, I so fondly travel to a weekly basis?

I get it. Many say: Times change, move along.

But for me, Teldrassil is my favorite place. Darnassus too. Iconic.

It’s where I go, when I use the Auction House etc. as well.

It’s where I levelled every single character, I have ever made. I cannot imagine, not having this in the game.

Still processing this…But it had to be mentioned.

Right now; If Teldrassil burns, so will I.

 

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Anyway, that pretty much sums it up. I look forward to read a lot more blog posts about all of this soon!

 

 

But what about you, if you should select one thing you are looking forward to, and – if you feel inspired by me-Β  an almost deal breaker thing, what would it be?

 

Have an amazing day πŸ™‚