We count down the four biggest things to come out of Blizzcon 2017!
This year’s BlizzCon was full exciting announcements, from game expansions to system overhauls. There’s a whole lot to look forward to, but here’s the most exciting news:
Starcraft 2 Goes Free-To-Play
While its custom games were already open to anyone, Starcraft 2’s base game is becoming totally free on November 14. That means you’ll soon be able to play through the Wings of Liberty story content and even jump onto the ranked ladder without paying a cent.
You’ll have to buy the Heart of the Swarm and Legacy of the Void expansions separately (though current Wings of Liberty owners will get Heart of the Swarm free), but the base game is by no means small on its own.
It’ll be an exciting way to get new players into the game, and I expect I’ll jump back into play through the campaign again.
Hearthstone Dungeon Run
In addition to a new card set called Kobolds & Catacombs, Hearthstone is getting its first truly replayable single-player mode, Dungeon Run.
Game director Ben Brode described it as a Hearthstone roguelike, where you have to face a randomized set of eight bosses. Each one you beat gets you a treasure to make your deck stronger, but losing sends you all the way back to the beginning.
It’s a part of Hearthstone that has been sorely missing as more and more expansions are added. Dungeon Runs will also be entirely free, which could make them a great way to get cards if the rewards for winning are good enough.
Overwatch Hero Moira
In addition to an incredibly silly map called Blizzard Land, Overwatch is getting a brand new hero named Moira
She’s a hybrid support and damage dealer who can teleport around the map and send out a bouncing ball that will either heal or hurt as she chooses. Her ultimate follows a similar trend, as Moira shoots out a giant laser that will rapidly heal allies and shred enemies.
She’s another villainous character too, which Overwatch doesn’t get too many of. It will be interesting to see what sort of impact she has on the meta, but another healer has been highly sought after by the community.
World of Warcraft Classic Servers
One of the biggest announcements at BlizzCon, and no doubt the least expected, was the coming addition of Classic servers to World of Warcraft.
Blizzard had said publicly many times that this wasn’t something they wanted to do, saying it would be a massive technical challenge. And while they admit it still is, they’ve committed to recreating the experience of Vanilla WoW one way or another.
WoW even got an actual expansion announcement, but it was nearly eclipsed by the nostalgia hype train. There are still a whole lot of things we don’t know about how Classic servers will work, but odds are Blizzard doesn’t yet either as they are still hiring a separate team to help make them happen.
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Tom Marks is an Associate Editor focusing on PC gaming at IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.