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Blizzcon 2013 – Warlords of Draenor and More
Back in Blizzcon 2011, World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria was announced during the opening ceremony. Following this tradition of announcing new games and expansions, Blizzard has unveiled World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor during the opening ceremony of Blizzcon 2013.
Warlords of Draenor will feature updated character models, a new level cap of 100, the past version of Outland before it got ripped apart, and all sorts of things that come standard with an expansion to WoW. So expect new monsters, raids, dungeons, and items. Some interesting new features announced were the ability to upgrade your garrison and the instant level 90 mechanic.
A video of Heroes of the Storm (formerly known as Blizzard All Stars) was shown as well, it was a cinematic of various characters from Blizzard’s franchises fighting it out in a wasteland. The director of Heroes of the Storm entered the stage to talk about Heroes of the Storm. Actual gameplay was shown as well at the end. Heroes of the Storm could be described as Warcraft III, Starcraft II, World of Warcraft, and Diablo III put into a blender and combined into one DotA style game. Beta sign up for Heroes of the Storm is now available on Battle.net.
There was a brief talk about Hearthstone: Heroes of the Warcraft. Hearthstone may enter open beta in the next month or so, but no official day has been confirmed. The mystery Hearthstone Card that attendees received was revealed to be the Elite Tauren Chieftain. Gold versions of class heroes announced. iPhone and Android versions of Hearthstone were announced as well, drawing a massive applause from the crowd.
New information about all the games above will be announced over the next couple of days at the panels, especially the WoW panels coming up later today. I’ll be posting the trailers when they go live. To check out blizzcon yourself, you can pick up a virtual ticket over at blizzcon.com.
Trailer for Warlords of Draenor:
Cinematic Trailer for Heroes of the Storm:
Heroes of the Storm Gameplay Preview: