Blizzcon 2013 has come to an end (well actually it's been 3 days now), but its time to reflect on my experience and thoughts. So first and foremost, Blizzard just knows how to make cinematics. That Heroes of the Swarm cinematic trailer made the halls go wild, myself included. Seeing Raynor, Tyrael, Nova, Diablo (Female), Kerrigan, and Arthas was pretty damn badass I have to say.
I guess next order of business would be World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor, but to me personally it was underwhelming. Hearthstone news was ok, I mean yes I'm happy its coming to android/ios but thats going to be heavily reliant on connectivity. But it will be great to play in bed I suppose (thus meaning I need to buy a tablet). All in all the opening ceremony was hype, and Blizzard does truly care about the community, and gave shout outs for their continuing support and love for not only the games but of each other.
Unfortunately for me no Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls footage during the opening ceremony, but I did watch the panel, the gameplay trailer, and played both PS4 and PC versions. First and foremost the PlayStation 4 version looks amazing and plays very fluidly. If it were not for a PC version I would definitely play on the PS4. Remote play looks interesting. We were originally told that it would not support remote play, but then yesterday during a Sony Event in NY they went back on what they had told us and said that it would support remote play. Thus meaning I may have to buy a Vita after all, nothing like being on the pooper and playing some Diablo III: Reaper of Souls. Anyways, it was fun to co-op with Peter Brown on the PS4.
The PC version looked just as good and it was a fun experience, however since we were only playing level 33 crusaders with limited skills and runes it was hard to judge how good he was going to be. He plays very much like a Paladin to be honest, and some of his skills are actually titled the same or will mirror skills you've seen in Diablo II and Diablo II: Lord of Destruction. The good 'ole hammerdins of past will rejoice. If you watch the gameplay trailers you can see there is a version of a skill currently called "Justice" which with the right rune appears to spin hammers around you. In addition, he has Fist of the Heavens back. A fun iconic move where our good friend the pally would thrust his pelvis as he casted it. There is a chance I still might create a video comparing the two classes so stay tuned for that. I'm excited for Reaper of Souls and as I've told some I will do a 36+ hour live stream on release. I still haven't decided if I want to A. Roll a new Crusader and start from level 1, or B. progress with my now 60 monk to 70 to show off the new areas + bosses. I guess comment below if you have an opinion.
*PS I saw / used zeal as a stackable skill on PS4 but it was not on the PC build. On the panel however they said there is a skill slash with a "zeal rune" so we'll see.
This blog has become longer than expect, but just to quickly wrap up everything else. The Blizzard WCS Starcraft II Tournament was cool, but I really wanted Jaedong to win. 5 second places now this year I think :(. Hearthstone Innkeeper's Invitational was also fun to watch, but again I really wanted Kripparrian to win and that didn't happen either. I did not watch the WoW 3v3 Tournament, and the WoW movie is showing some promise. Blink 182 was nostalgic, but not as good as watching The Foo Fighters in 2011. All and all it was a fun trip. If you have time you should check out some of the esports coverage we did at onGamers.com
Thanks for taking the time to check this out if you did or didn't. Hope to try to get some blogs in more frequently.