Blizzcon has always been a place where ultra gaming nerds can converge at Anaheim Convention Center and be accepted for who they are, what they play, and especially what they wear!

Another successful Blizzcon and 10 year anniversary from the first Blizzcon in 2005 (skipping  a year in between 2016). Regardless, I was there missing only 2013 Blizzcon! I was very much part of the entire mascaraed from start until finish. This year majority of my time was spent outside the convention, browsing the illustrious cosplayers, their strive for excellence, and each one bringing to life the characters they enjoy to play! It is definitely amazing to note that from a media and photographer perspective the level of detail each year these individuals bring towards their cosplay. The bar definitely rises each time I come t Blizzcon. 

Instagram @lyzbrickley as Mercy. Fantastic armor and stunning Cosplayer. 

Instagram @lyzbrickley as Mercy. Fantastic armor and stunning Cosplayer. 

Instagram @hokuprops Chad in his Lionheart skin Reinhardt spent 3.5 hrs sweating it out in his armor created by his CNC Machine. 

Instagram @hokuprops Chad in his Lionheart skin Reinhardt spent 3.5 hrs sweating it out in his armor created by his CNC Machine. 

The voice of Reinhardt proceeded with 3-custom made Reinhardt Cosplayers. 

The voice of Reinhardt proceeded with 3-custom made Reinhardt Cosplayers. 

Blizzcon is special in this way. For me it is the end of the year convetion where gamers and enthusiast can decompress. Especially for someone like myself that ventrues across the nation in search of the next best con! Blizzcon has always been one of my favorites. The after parties are generailly where one needs to be at the Hilton lobby. Drinks, music, hotties, and industry all gather in one area and party until the dark hours of the night!

I for one enjoyed Blizzcon 2016 this year and found many of thier news announcements to no surprise beginning with Oeverwatch new hero Sombra. 

Blizzard is aggressively pushing their online streaming service with their game client and of course Esports...below are the winners for each segment represented at Blizzcon 2016.

Hearthstone® World Championship

Winner: Pavel

For the first time in the history of the Hearthstone World Championship, two players from Europe squared off against one another in the Grand Finals at BlizzCon. In a tense series, Russia’s Pavel defeated his Ukrainian opponent DrHippi 4–2 to claim the title of 2016 Hearthstone World Champion.

Heroes of the Storm® Fall Championship

Winning team: Ballistix Gaming

Ballistix Gaming from Korea took home the Fall Championship trophy after a grueling final series with Sweden’s Fnatic, who had just taken down the favorites, MVP Black, in the semifinals. Incredibly, Ballistix dropped only two battlegrounds over the course of the event.

World of Warcraft® Arena World Championship

Winning team: Splyce

In perhaps the most epic World of Warcraft Arena Grand Finals match to ever take place on the BlizzCon stage, the defending champions, Splyce, bested Method NA in a nerve-wrecking 7-game series, becoming the first team ever to win back-to-back titles.

Overwatch® World Cup

Winning country: South Korea

With dominant performance after dominant performance, South Korea became the first winners of the Overwatch World Cup in front of a packed BlizzCon arena. Besting tournament heavyweights USA, Sweden, and Russia en route to the final, South Korea didn’t drop a single game.

Blizzard also used the occasion to reveal its plans for the Overwatch League, a world-class sports ecosystem for professional Overwatch competition that’s launching in 2017. The Overwatch League will bring together some of the best elements of esports and traditional sports to create an experience that’s accessible and sustainable for players, teams, and fans.

Article by Ryan Quon

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