This year BlizzCon is being experienced from the comfort of my home thanks to the virtual ticket. If I were at BlizzCon, I’m not sure how many panels I could sit through. The experience would be more about the people who make the games, the streamers, the bloggers, the cosplayers, and the whole community of Blizzard loving gamers. But since I am experiencing the con virtually, the experience has been about the information.

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Geeky Talk will cover more in-depth information about specific games at BlizzCon 2016 later in the coming days. Day 1 gave us just enough information to get us excited for Blizzard gaming without giving us ALL the details. The stream did have some hiccups and stutters, and no I’m not talking about Sombra hacking the opening ceremony. Still overall the experience has been better than expected.

My only complaint is there is no ability to see the art and engineer panels. Those are always some of my favorite panels. I attempted to watch The Art of World of Warcraft, clicking on the schedule to no avail. Lo and behold on the left of the schedule in very faint and small lettering under the panel location reads, “3rd Floor Non Streaming“. Ok, so that was a bit of a disappointment. Dear Blizzard, please consider streaming those panels in the future. Pretty please with a cherry on top.

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Sombra announced at BlizzCon 2016 (Image: Blizzard)

Sombra hacked the opening ceremony and is now the newest character for gamers to look forward to in Overwatch. Check out the animation short. This may not have been very surprising since the character has been hyped all over the place on the interwebs. The thing I wasn’t expecting is Sombra is a bit of a bad guy. She double crosses Reaper and Widowmaker and blackmails the leader of Russia. It makes for an interesting and complex character. I really need to play some Overwatch.

Hearthstone Mean Streets of Gadgetzan was announced and is expected to release in early December. Check out the Mean Streets of Gadgetzan trailer here. The artwork looks amazing, as usual, in this Hearthstone expansion.

StarCraft II announced new cooperative mode maps, leaderboards, and a new commander, Alexi Stukov. Check out Alexi Stukov’s short preview here. Also, the third episode of Nova Covert Ops is due to release November 22nd.

StarCraft II opened their doors to artificial intelligence research company, DeepMind. What will this mean in the future? I’m not sure, but Geeky Talk welcomes their new AI Overlords.

Diablo is coming! Diablo is coming! The original Diablo is coming to Diablo III. The original bosses, the graininess, and even the old school eight direction player movement will be available to players in a 20-year anniversary patch through the Diablo III engine.

I’m a little bummed it’s not Diablo 4, but I absolutely loved Diablo so this will help me cope. Additionally, the necromancer, last seen in Diablo II, will be available in 2017 with the release of Diablo III: Reaper of Souls. Check out the necromancer here.

Some exciting characters are set to come out of Heroes of the Storm with Varian Wrynn and Ragnoros. Seriously, though, who doesn’t want to be a raid boss? Vanilla MC days are long gone, but I still remember raiding Rag. Lava hurts ya’ll! Don’t worry, though, you can cool down on the Blackheart’s Revenge map. Be sure to watch the Heroes of the Storm BlizzCon 2016 announcement trailer.

Along with all the content coming from Blizzard, World of Warcraft announced more Legion content is on its way. With Patch 7.1.5 and Patch 7.2 on their way, WoW players will have some fun content to look forward to like raids and micro-holidays. Thankfully with it, players can be sky bound once again.

This is a small taste of information about the Blizzard games we love from Day 1 BlizzCon 2016. In the coming days, Geeky Talk will post more details about what we learned at BlizzCon 2016 for our favorite Blizzard games. Be sure to read it when you see it. Put your Geeky Talk in the comments about your BlizzCon experience, whether virtually or physically taking part. Happy BlizzCon 2016!

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