Blizzcon 2017 was amazing.
If I wasn’t so exhausted, I’d tell you about it. Instead, I’ll let this video do my talking for me.
Why am I so exhausted? It was just after midnight when my plane landed back in Winnipeg. I took my phone off of Airplane mode and started to gather my things when my phone chirped a notification from my cousin.
“Did you see Ronda Rousey at Blizzcon?”
Did I who the what now?
I’ve mentioned in the past that the former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion-turned actress/WWE hopeful, was also a World of Warcraft player. Turns out, Ms Rousey also loves her some Blizzcon. She and her husband, former UFC Heavyweight contender and all-around man-beast, Travis Brown, appropriately dressed as Death Knights and came to Blizzcon 2017 to check out the new expansion, Battle for Azeroth.
But that’s Blizzcon. You never know what – or who – you’re going to see.
Let’s do it again in 2018!
Halloween. Trick or Treat. I don’t care about any of that, because right now the Trick is getting ready for Blizzcon. The Treat is making sure everything actually gets done.
- Gather gold from my World of Warcraft Order Halls – DONE. It was a good haul with 120k gold Horde-side, and 62k for the Alliance.
- Check documents – DONE. Passport is legit, and I’ve printed out my Blizzcon ticket bar code, airline info, and accommodations information.
- Check flight – DONE. The itinerary changed, but that was for the return flight. I’ll get home around 1am Monday morning, and have to make an appearance at work that day. I plan on doing plenty of airport sleeping.
- Confirm room – DONE. I checked my AirBnB on Google Map, and couldn’t find anywhere nearby to buy food. Looks like a weekend of carbs and protein bars.
- Transport – DONE. I checked to see if it would be cheaper to Uber or Shuttle from the airport to the AirBnB. Looks like there’s only a couple bucks difference. I may walk from the house to the Convention Center. It’s only 2 miles. That’s a recreational stroll in Rokkville. Maybe not at night, but definitely a nice brisk stroll to stand in line Friday.
- Pack –
DONE. I’m seeing cloudy and drizzle for Blizzcon so I may only chop the sleeves off of a couple of my t-shirts. But I’ll pick things out closer to the day. Which I guess would be… tomorrow? Jeez.
Did I forget anything? Can you think of something I may have missed?
Happy Halloween, if you’re so inclined.
Four days from now, I’ll be on a plane heading to Anaheim for Blizzcon 2017. I’m going to be busy over the next few days, because I haven’t done anything as far as getting ready for the trip (like checking my passport?!) So in a desperate attempt to put up some content, and to put you in the mood for Blizzcon 2017 (or hype you to get the Virtual Ticket if you can’t attend in person), here’s the Blizzcon 2017 Pre-show footage. HYPE!
I know what you’re thinking. Maybe I’m jumping the gun a little. Blizzcon 2017 was just announced a couple days ago. Tickets aren’t even on sale yet. Why would I even mention something as silly as the Saturday Blizzcon hosting gig?
Well, after last year’s fiasco, it probably wouldn’t hurt for Blizzard to start giving this a bit of early consideration. Assuming they haven’t already, of course. If they were smart, they would have started flipping through their rolladeck to see if there was anyone willing to return their calls before the body of Thomas Middleditch got cold after Blizzcon 2016.
You remember him, right? He’s the guy from the HBO TV show Silicon Valley that drew question marks when he stepped onstage at Blizzcon 2016. His schtick ticked all the boxes – he was a nerd, a gamer, a bit awkward. Someone that Blizzard fans were supposed to relate to. Unfortunately, his comedy routine fell flat, and the fans shat on him for it. I’m not going to say bullied, but he was ridden hard. He was smashed to the point that, not only did former host Jay Mohr tweet his support for Middleditch, but Thomas felt the need to defend himself on his Instagram.
So what’s the move then? I had a couple of ideas in my post that I made just after Blizzcon 2016, and I’ll just touch on them again here:
- Blizzard seems to like having some kind of celebrity in that hosting spot. Why? Is it to attract more people to buy the stream? Fine, but stop getting comedians. Or at least comedians who don’t play any Blizzard games, or aren’t familiar with the product. Do you really need someone to make jokes at the contestants of the dance or cosplay contests? Do you need someone to do five minutes of stand-up to warm up the crowd before the contests? If ever there was a crowd that was already filled with HYPE, it’s a Blizzcon crowd. They don’t need a warm up act to set the mood. So if you just want someone with some mainstream celebrity status to slap on ads, there’s plenty of celebrities who have admitted that they play WoW – Warcraft’s own Rob Kazinsky, Man of Steel’s Henry Cavill, Fast and Furious’s Vin Diesel and former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey. And that’s just for starters.
- Saturday’s hosting gig is mostly to cover competitions, so have a contest for the hosting gig! There is no shortage of people putting out video and audio content as it relates to Blizzard games – podcasts, Youtube channels, Twitch streams. Give them a chance to compete to star on the biggest stage a Blizzard content creator can appear on – CENTER STAGE AT BLIZZCON, BABY!
There are about 230 days before Blizzcon 2017. It probably wouldn’t hurt to start looking now. I doubt Blizz will find a former host actively willing to volunteer for the gig. Why not change things up this year?
Fingers crossed, I’ll be there to see it unfold LIVE.
Do you have a favorite host from a past Blizzcon? Who do you think would be a good host for Blizzcon 2017?
As per Wowhead:
The BlizzCon 2017 homepage and event info page has updated with this year’s convention dates: November 3rd and 4th.
- Tickets are $199, limit four per household, and can be purchased through Universe.
- Tickets go on sale 7pm Pacific on April 5th and 10 am Pacific on April 8th.
- The benefit dinner tickets are $750 and go on sale 7pm Pacific on April 12th.
- Ticket information can be edited through July 14th via your Universe account.
- Badge pickup and the Blizzard Shop once again start a day early, 9 am on November 2nd.