Blizzard has pulled back the curtain on BlizzCon 2019. Taking place at the Anaheim Convention Centre from November 1 through 2, the first round of tickets went on sale yesterday. The second round of ticket sales will commence on May 9.
As usual, BlizzCon 2019 will feature panels, esports, cosplay, game announcements and more.
A brand-new inclusion to the event, called BlizzCon Pregame Festivities, is “a fun and casual get-together running outside of the convention center on the day before the show.”
Highlights of BlizzCon 2019 promise to include a huge number of esports finals. These include;
- Hearthstone Global Finals
- Overwatch World Cup
- StarCraft II World Championship Series
- World of Warcraft Arena World Championship Finals
- World of Warcraft Mythic Dungeon International
Hearthstone Grandmasters is split into three regions; Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific. In each region, 16-players, for a grand total of 48, will be split into two random divisions. The eight players in each division will play a double round robin, with best of three Specialist format.
Players are ranked in their division based on the number of wins and these divisions will be announced at the HCT World Championship in Taipei in April.
The Overwatch World Cup will feature the best teams from around the world, competing to be crowned number one. Australia has done fairly well in past years, so here’s hoping that 2019 can be our year.
New to BlizzCon this year are the ticketing options.
Attendees will be able to purchase an additional ‘BlizzCon Portal Pass’ which grants additional perks “to enhance the BlizzCon experience.” This includes access to Darkmoon Faire during a special “Night of the Faire” event.
The BlizzCon Portal Pass also includes a bunch of special conveniences such as;
- First Entry on Friday and Saturday
- Preferred Parking
- Separate Registration and Security Lines
- Dedicated Lounge
Attendees can also purchase the core BlizzCon Pass which grants the same general admission as previous years and the BlizzCon Benefit Dinner which lets fans meet and talk to devs, artists and more.
The Benefit Dinner ticket also grants general admission and all of the benefits of the Portal Pass. Proceeds from the Benefit Dinner will be given to “CHOC Children’s, whose mission is to nurture, advance, and protect the health and well-being of children.”
Tickets will be available in two waves, with the first wave beginning yesterday at 3 am AEST.
The second wave kicks off on at 12 pm AEST, May 9. Tickets will be available via AXS and tickets will cost;
- $229 USD for the BlizzCon Pass
- $550 USD for the Portal Pass
- $750 USD for the Benefit Dinner
Finally, all tickets to BlizzCon will include in-game content as well as the choice between an Orc Grunt or Human Footman statue. The statues are to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Warcraft and are in the Blizzard Legends series style.
Attendees will need to select their statue at the time they purchase their tickets and the statue will be given out in place of goodie bags.
Stay tuned for more BlizzCon announcements as we have them.