BlizzCon 2016 Overview: Panels, Attractions, Schedule
BlizzCon 2016 takes place on November 4th and 5th at the Anaheim Convention Center. We've put together this guide to everything you need to know about BlizzCon, and will be updating it throughout the event with links to our panel coverage.
If you are attending BlizzCon, check out our
Survival Guide for Attendees
for tips on travel, packing, and general convention advice.
BlizzCon 2016 takes place on November 4th and 5th at the Anaheim Convention Center, while badge pick-up and the BlizzCon Shop open on Thursday November 3rd. A BlizzCon 2016 ticket is needed to enter the convention center.
BlizzCon features panels on each game, demos, eSports tournaments, a special BlizzCon shop, and contests.
You can watch all the events taking place on each stage with a
(described in section below). There are some other events which are not streamed on the Virtual Ticket, which take place on the 3rd floor with the Darkmoon Faire, Pin Trading, and Community Center.
Watch the convention at home with the
, available for $39.99. The Virtual Ticket gives you access to the following:
Livestreams of the panels for all games, contests, Opening and Closing ceremonies, and eSports.
On-demand replays of content from all channels for 2 weeks after the event.
In-game goodies for all Blizzard games.
on the Gear Shop that has over 100 exclusive items.
Watching the convention via the BlizzCon Mobile App.
A chance to buy the 2016 Goody Bag.
The 2016 Virtual Ticket Hosts are
. Learn more about them in
"Meet Your BlizzCon 2016 Virtual Ticket Hosts."
The In-Game goodies include:
Heroes of the Storm: Nexus Tiger Mount
Hearthstone: Welcome Inn Card Back
StarCraft II: D.Va Announcer and Portrait
Diablo III: 20th Anniversary Pet
Overwatch: BlizzCon Bastion Skin with Ganymede as Pepe
More Virtual Ticket Information:
Streams are only broadcast in English.
You need both an Internet Connection and Battle.net account to watch the stream.
All times listed in the Virtual Ticket are PST.
World of Warcraft
World of Warcraft Legion launched several months ago, so it's too early to get another expansion announcement. Patch 7.1 also launched last week, and a few days after BlizzCon, players look forward to Trial of Valor.
We can likely expect some announcements related to upcoming patches, such as the Nighthold Raid, or further updates to artifact weapons. With Legion so new, some panels may also recap Legion content in the hopes of drawing in fans of other Blizzard games. Two panels are explicitly a look back at recent content: the Design retrospective and the in-game cinematics panel. The non-streamed Engineer's Workshop also looks interesting--Legion's launch went out without a hitch which was quite a feat.
World of Warcraft: Legion - What's Next: 2:45-3:45pm, Friday, Main Stage
World of Warcraft: Legion - Design Retrospective: 1-2pm, Saturday, Main Stage
In-Game Cinematics - The Cutscenes of Legion: 2:30-3:30pm, Saturday, Panel Stage
World of Warcraft Q&A: 4-5pm, Saturday, Main Stage
Non-streamed panels include:
The Art of World of Warcraft: 12-1pm, Friday, Community Amphitheater
Warcraft: Your Class! Your Champions! 1-2:15pm, Friday, Voice Actors Stage
World of Warcraft Engineer's Workshop: 5:15-6:15, Friday, Community Amphitheater
World of Warcraft Art: 10-11am, Saturday, Creative Collective Stage
World of Warcraft Design: 3-4pm, Saturday, Creative Collective Stage
Esports take place in Hall B:
Arena World Championship Group Play: 9-2, Friday
Arena World Championship Semifinals: 3-4, Friday
Arena World Championship Grand Final: 10-11:30am, Saturday
World of Warcraft demos and signings also take place in Hall B.
Foundation for the Future, 12:30pm - 1:30pm, Friday, Panel Stage
StarCraft II: Competitive Multiplayer, 4:45 - 5:45pm, Friday, Panel Stage
The Future of StarCraft II AI: 10 - 11am, Saturday, Main Stage
StarCraft Art and Design: 1:15-2:15pm, Friday, Creative Collective Stage
StarCraft II Co-op Mission Talk: 3-4pm, Friday, Community Amphitheater
Inside the StarCraft Studio: Jim Raynor & Sarah Kerrigan: 11-12:15pm, Saturday, Voice Actors Stage
Developing StarCraft II Alongside the Community: 11-12, Saturday, Community Amphitheater
eSports take place at the StarCraft II arena, near Hall A:
WCS Global Quarterfinals, 12:30 - 6:30pm, Friday
StarCraft II Exhibition, 6:45 - 9:30pm, Friday
WCS Global Finals Semifinals, 12:30 - 1:30pm, Saturday
WCS Global Finals Grand Final, 2-4:30pm, Saturday
BlizzCon has historically been a time where new content has been announced: Goblins vs Gnomes and League of Explorers. Blizzard has currently been teasing Gadgetzan-themed content so we're sure to learn more!
Hearthstone: What's Next, 12:30-1:15pm, Friday, Main Stage
Hearthstone: Fireside Chat, 10-11am, Saturday, Main Stage
Hearthstone Q&A, Saturday, 11:30AM - 12:30PM PDT
Hearthstone Art, Saturday, 12:30PM - 1:30PM PDT
eSports takes place in Hall C:
Hearthstone World Championship Round of 8: 12-2:45pm, 5-7:45pm, Friday
Hearthstone Exhibition: 7:45-10pm, Friday
Hearthstone World Championship Grand Final: 4-6:30pm, Saturday
Hearthstone demos and signings also take place in Hall A.
Heroes of the Storm
Earlier in 2016, Heroes had the 2nd Heroes of the Dorm competition, launched a line of StarCraft heroes and crossovers including Zarya, and launched the Heroes Brawl mode. We'll likely see a few new heroes added that BlizzCon attendees have a small head start on learning how to play.
Heroes of the Storm - Hero Deep Dive, Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM PDT
Heroes of the Storm - State of the Game, Friday, 4:00PM - 4:45PM PDT
Live from the Nexus: Heroes Comedy Hour, Friday, 4:30PM - 5:45PM PDT
Heroes of the Storm Art, Saturday, 1:45PM - 2:45PM PDT
eSports takes place in Hall B:
World Championship Group Play: 4-10pm, Friday
World Championship Semifinals: 12-4pm, Saturday
World Championship Grand Final: 4-6:30pm, Saturday
Heroes of the Storm demos and signings also take place in Hall B.
Overwatch was revealed at BlizzCon 2014; since then, the game has gone live, we're gotten competitive seasons and in-game holidays, and a variety of heroes! After months of working through an ARG, the community is now looking forward to Sombra, a new hacker hero, being introduced at the convention.
Main Stage Panels:
Overwatch - What's New, Friday, 1:30PM - 2:15PM PDT
Overwatch Art & Design, Friday, 2:30PM - 3:30PM PDT
Overwatch Animated Shorts, Friday, 3:15PM - 4:15PM PDT
Overwatch Q&A, Saturday, 5:15PM - 6:15PM PDT
Overwatch - Play By Sound, Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:00AM PDT
United Nations of Overwatch, Saturday, 2:30PM - 3:45PM PDT
Overtalk, Saturday, 3:00PM - 4:00PM PDT
Overwatch demos and signings take place in Hall C.
Diablo celebrates its 20th anniversary and players are excited to learn how every Blizzard game will honor the date. So far, we know a bit about WoW via
as well as datamined items on the PTR live like
Blizzard is also throwing a Diablo party on Friday night; admission is free and Songhammer and Kristain Nairn will be providing the music and DJ. There will be themed menus, live music, and some surprises! More details
Diablo 20th Anniversary, 5:00PM - 5:45PM PDT
Diablo III Lightning Talks, Friday, 1:30PM - 2:30PM PDT
Diablo Art & Design, Saturday, 11:15AM - 12:15PM PDT
Diablo III Lightning Talks, Saturday, 12:30PM - 1:30PM PDT
The Darkmoon Faire has a Community Amphitheater where players can meet developers, community members, and streamers. This will be the home for a series of short talks in 2016.
The Art of World of Warcraft, 12:00PM - 1:00PM PDT
Diablo III Lightning Talks, 1:30PM - 2:30PM PDT
StarCraft II Co-op Mission Talk, 3:00PM - 4:00PM PDT
Warcraft Influencer Meet and Greet, 4:15 - 5PM PDT
World of Warcraft Engineer's Workshop, 5:15PM - 6:15PM PDT
Greg Weisman – World of Warcraft: Traveler, 6:45PM - 7:30PM PDT
Chelsea Monroe-Cassel – World of Warcraft: The Official Cookbook, 7:45PM - 8:30PM PDT
Christie Golden – Warcraft Novels, 10:00AM - 10:45AM PDT
Developing StarCraft II Alongside the Community, 11:00AM - 12:00PM PDT
Diablo III Lightning Talks, 12:30PM - 1:30PM PDT
Blizzard Sketch Group, 2:00PM - 2:45PM PDT
Overtalk, 3:00PM - 4:00PM PDT
Timothy Zahn – StarCraft: Evolution, 4:30PM - 5:15PM PDT
Pin trading is a fun activity where players collect pins at Blizzard events and then swap them for missing ones. Some pins are very difficult to get, so people display the ones they have on a lanyard and hope they can make an exchange.
Players can purchase Season 3 blind packs from the BlizzCon shop, as well as a special Collector's Edition Murky pins only available from the Pin Trading Booth.
Wowhead is proud to be part of the official pin trading series for BlizzCon 2016! We will have 4000 pins to give away total! These pins will be given out at the Darkmoon Faire Pin Trading Booth from 2:00-3:30pm Friday November 4th and Saturday November 5th, with smaller amounts at the Wowhead Party on November 3rd and giveaways throughout the year!
The BlizzCon 2016 Pin Trading Booth is located on the third floor of the convention center. Here are the official rules:
Collectors can trade for up to two different pins each time they approach the board.
Trades are one pin for one pin, and a gold pin can only be traded for another gold pin.
The board will accept any pin from the official Blizzard Collectible Pins collection.
Players can also trade pins with special Community Members who will be wearing lanyards filled with pins:
Collectors can trade for up to two different pins per community member per day (multiple team members will be participating at the same time).
Trades are one pin for one pin, and a gold pin can only be traded for another gold pin.
They will only accept pins from the official Blizzard Collectible Pins collection.
Learn more with our
Blizzard Pin Trading Guide
The Darkmoon Faire is home to
Timewalking Trading Post
Capsule Toy Machine
At Adopt-A-Pet, you can pick up a Blizzard Shop plushie and receive an "adoption certificate" discount code on your next order.
Here is a complete list of plushies from the Shop
At the Timewalking Booth, you can acquire collectibles that are now removed from the Blizzard Gear Shop. If you spend enough money, you get to spin a prize wheel and win merchandise that has not been released yet!
As in past years, players can try for a
and trade with other collectors for the characters they like. Season 3 will include Mei and Pepe pins.
The Blizzard Shop sells all the
BlizzCon Gear Shop Items
any Virtual Ticket-holder can purchase. For every $100 you spend, you get a gold Merchy pin.
Additional items are available the week of the convention via
for attendees, which allows them to buy in advance and pick up at the convention. These items usually open up to Virtual Ticket players the Thursday before the convention.
New fun items include an ugly murloc holiday sweater, Illidan statue, and Ninja Pepe plush!
Learn more about new items with our
Blink Shopping Sale
BlizzCon Merchandise Preview
at BlizzCon 2016: Movie, Original Art, Talent, and Costume.
The Contests take place on the Main Stage, 6-9pm Friday, and are hosted by Thomas Middleditch. You can also find cosplayers walking around the convention during the day - ask before taking a picture or touching their costumes.
Past Costume Contest winners have received in-game tributes such as
This next section covers things you might not catch on a Virtual Ticket panel. If you're attending BlizzCon, be sure to check the following things out.
The popular Artists Stage has been renamed to the Collective Creative in 2016. There will be 10 events on the stage, featuring a Q&A and signing with various artists including digital painting, traditional drawing, 3D modeling, FX, sculpture, and animation. Also new to the Creative Collective stage are
Blizzard Art: 12pm–1pm
Jake Panian - Digital Painting, Brian Fay - Traditional Sculpting, Troy Perry - 3D Modeling
StarCraft Art: 1:15pm–2:15pm
Jonathan Ryder - Digital Painting, Roman Kenney - Traditional Drawing, Tim Fujieda-Feldman - Design
Overwatch Art: 2:30-3:30pm
Dave Adams - Design, John Polidora - Traditional Drawing, Jesse Davis - Animation
Rick Gilliland - Heroes of the Storm, Patrick Dawson - World of Warcraft, Keith Miron - Overwatch, Michael Schweitzer - Hearthstone, Patrick Eger - Blizzard Technology
Warcraft Art: 10am–11pm
Eric Braddock - Digital Painting, Cole Eastburn - Traditional Drawing, Fanny Vergne - 3D Modeling
Diablo Art: 11:15-12:15pm
Chris Amaral - 3D Modeling, Michael Franchina - Traditional Drawing, Robert Sevilla - WoW Digital Painting
Hearthstone Art: 12:30-1:30pm
Charlene Le Scanff - Digital Painting, Jomaro Kindred - Traditional Drawing, Jerry Mascho - Digital Painting
Heroes Art: 1:45-2:45pm
Peter C Lee - Digital Painting, Jimmy Lo - Traditional Drawing, Luke Mancini - 3D Modeling
Warcraft Level Design: 3-4pm
Ely Cannon - Level Design, Matt Sanders - Level Design
Blizzard Engineering: 4:15-5:15pm
Jacob Repp - StarCraft, Monte Krol - World of Warcraft, Steve Shimizu - Diablo, Ryan Greene - Overwatch, John Burnett - Blizzard Animation
The graffiti wall, located between Halls B and C, is the place where attendees can leave their mark--sign their name, draw a picture, etc. This wall is then displayed at the Blizzard campus.
The Hearthstone Tavern is now located on the third floor of the convention center. In 2015, the Tavern was the first time players can get the
In 2016, there will be a live band, refreshments, as well as Hearthstone developers and artists to chat with.
Learn more in the
Hearthstone Tavern Blog
The Blizzard recruiting booth, located between Halls B and C, lets you talk one-on-one with Blizzard recruiters. They can't accept resumes, but they will answer your questions and offer advice on job openings, best practices, and hiring process.
In past years, the job booth has been split by Students, Professionals, and Artists. Artists are welcome to show a portfolio quickly, but you must bring your own devices and have it be fully-charged.
To learn more about Blizzard jobs, follow
BlizzardCareers on Twitter
, visit the
company career page
, and find them on
The following schedule for 2016 has been posted on Twitter:
Voice Actor Stage
The Voice Actor Stage, located on the 3rd floor, has a packed schedule of panels and contests, as well as autograph sessions.
Warcraft: Your Class! Your Champions! 1:00PM - 2:15PM PDT
Autograph Session, 2:15PM - 3:45PM PDT
Live from the Nexus: Heroes Comedy Hour, 4:30PM - 5:45PM PDT
Autograph Session, 5:45PM - 7:15PM PDT
Inside the StarCraft Studio: Jim Raynor & Sarah Kerrigan, 11:00AM - 12:15PM PDT
Autograph Session, 12:15PM - 1:45PM PDT
United Nations of Overwatch, 2:30PM - 3:45PM PDT
Autograph Session, 3:45PM - 5:15PM PDT
To learn more, check out the
BlizzCon 2016 Voice Actor Stage
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