I met Fimlys, Rilandune and Zabine from the Twisted Nether Blogcast at the line, standing right next to me! They opened the doors at 930 or so, and we proceeded to bag check. Hubby arrived with coffee and food and we had to quickly eat it so we could enter as no outside food was allowed.
You could see Blizzcon on the other side of the doors! It was so exciting! Once we got through, however, people were RUNNING towards the main stage, and so of course I started running too! It was scary though - it was dark, and there were so many people running, and bumping me as they ran past, that I was worried about being trampled! Luckily that didn't happen and we found ourselves a seat in the main hall, with some view of the main stage. The hall had big TV screens so you didn't miss much even if you sat in the back and sides though. The capacity was MASSIVE.
Mike Morhaime, CEO of Blizz, took the stage and made some announcements, a big welcome, and made us feel like us gamers were a really important part of the game itself. He looked kinda nervous!
|"BlizzCon is our way of saying THANK YOU!"|
|"Heroes of the storm is Blizzard: The game."|
|"Open Betas are coming next month - but in Blizzard speak that might be January."|
|"To me, Blizzcon is about COMMUNITY."|
|Skill Capped with Soe|
I went back for more arena and then some Starcraft WCS which was amazing to watch before I headed back to the stone to meet Apotheosis. I saw Serrine, Tikari, Jasyla and Kaleri and it was really lovely to meet them in real life! Their guild turned up in huge numbers, and I told Jas that I was sad she was now playing her hunter as main, and she told me that 25 man druid healing is rather bleh, because it's just aoe heal aoe heal aoe heal, but her hunter has really made the game exciting for her again. Can't blame her for that! She takes her druid for alt 10s and she says she finds that much more enjoyable. Serrinne gave me the biggest hug, and Kaleri was my size! I had to laugh about that because I know she plays a bear tank! Tik was so different - he looked so gamer like in his Apotheosis shirt, whereas I'm used to him looking a little dressed up like in his picture. He was very friendly and made me feel happy that I had turned up. Jasyla is really quite attractive in real life, and a little reserved, but she was polite and friendly but Serrinne really DID give me a full on bear hug LOL.
I also managed to catch up with Elfindale, whom I was tweeting trying to find, only to find she was just 2m away from me leaning on the other wall! She said she was enjoying Blizzcon and poor Elfi had to listen to me talking at top speed as my excitement from meeting her kicked in! Mataoka also came to see me and give me a big hug! She turned up late for Blizzcon but she came in to say hi to me and we talked and she was even more bubbly in real life, and so excited that now I have met her, whenever she gushes at me online for stuff, I can actually imagine it! Arv was there, and he was happy to meet Matty and I introduced her to Hubby and HK and then we had to go and do more Starcraft watching. That evening, I attended the contests, and had an awful seat, so I couldn't take any pictures of the costume contestants. Here's a pic of the winners!
|Epic costume and marriage proposal on stage!|
|Grand Prize winner - I had taken pics of her outside!|
Blizzcon was even better in real life that I thought it was going to be!