BlizzCon ’11 Day 1 coverage
Day 1 of BlizzCon comes to an epic end
Day 1 of BlizzCon was certainly hectic. I don’t know how I managed to weave past the hordes (pun intended) of people that were swarming around the hall, but I managed to attend some of the presentation panels as well as getting some very cool hands-on time with the games on show.
The day of course kicked off with Blizzard president Mike Morhaim welcoming everyone to the event. You can read our coverage of the opening keynote in more detail here. After the keynote the various stages came to life with different activities – the main stage was to host panels and Q&A sessions, and the very first one was about the new World of Warcraft expansion, Mists of Pandaria. Again you can read our in-depth coverage here. The other stages were being used to showcase new features of Blizzard’s other two franchises, Diablo III and Starcraft II, while another smaller stage had Blizzard artists painting and modelling creatures live on stage and answering audience questions.
In addition to waiting in line to play these awesome franchises, gamers were treated to other hand distractions, such as face painting, temporary tattoos, shopping for awesome loot at the various stores, and testing their knowledge at the Lore stage. There was also a Retro Arcade section featuring hits from Blizzard years gone by, and it was great to see that Blizzard still cares so much about its history and legacy.
As the evening drew near, gamers flocked to the main stage to see comedian Jay Mohr hosting the ever-popular BlizzCon cosplay and dance contests. Some of the costumes that came out were simply mind-blowing, and had the audience roaring in appreciation. There was plenty at stake in terms of prizes, so cosplayers strutted their stuff and did their best to win over the crowd. The third place winner walked away with $1,000, second place with $2,000 and the first place winner nabbed a cool $3,000 as her prize. The contestant came dressed as the Adjutant from the Starcraft series, and wowed the crowd with her costume, complete with working lights and a sea of cables sprouting from her back and waist. The dance competition was next, which had contestants trying their best to pull off the “/dance” moves of the various classes in World of Warcraft. Some were good, others not so much, but some were just phenomenal.
While all of this was going on, some of the most seasoned Starcraft II players were duking it out in the Starcraft II tournament, and it was just crazy to see how fast some of these players can build a base and completely eliminate their opponent. There were some seriously nail-biting moments where it looked like one player was about to lose, but somehow they managed to turn the tide of battle and emerge victorious, much to the crowd’s thunderous appreciation.
There’s still one more day of BlizzCon to go and plenty more to be seen, so check back for more articles and of course the awesome closing ceremony headlined by the Foo Fighters! Check out the Day 1 photo gallery here.