BlizzCon is an annual celebration of the global player communities surrounding the Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo universes. This two-day event features discussion panels with Blizzard Entertainment developers, hands-on play time with the latest versions of Blizzard Entertainment games, professional and casual eSports tournaments for players to showcase their talents, social events for players and developers to meet one another, community contests with great prizes, and much more.
It is typically held at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Los Angeles, California, and over the past few years, StarCraft II tournaments have become even bigger and have attracted the best players in the world. It has hosted two BlizzCon Invitationals in 2010 and 2011 that have been hotly contested and well-viewed. In 2011, the stakes went to another level as that year's BlizzCon also hosted the October GSL Code S final - the first Code S final outside of Korea. Both Korean and English casters (including Artosis, Tasteless and Mr. Chae) talked on stage about how they had never seen a crowd as big as the one that had turned out for the final, where MMA beat Mvp for his first Code S title. In 2013, BlizzCon hosted arguably even higher stakes - the year-end WCS Global Finals that featured the top 16 WCS points earners in a no-holds-barred single-elimination tournament to name the best in the world. In 2014, that returned, with the Round of 16 played a week before, the top 8 playing at the event and the rest showcasing Legacy of the Void in a 2v2 showmatch tournament.
In 2011, GOMTV released a Korean mini-documentary with some English subtitles that is free to view on its website called GSL: To The Next Level, Start focusing on Mvp, MMA and their experiences at Blizzcon 2011 ahead of their historic Code S final there. The documentary also featured Artosis, Tasteless, NesTea, Ryung, DongRaeGu and more.
List of BlizzCon Events
- = Ladder BlizzCon Qualifier
= Global Event
Medals won per Race
Medals won per Player
Note: No third-place match was held at the WCS Global Finals, where Bomber, Maru, Classic and TaeJa were the losing semifinalists. Also, GanZi and Happy rounded out the top 4 in the October 2011 GSL Code S but did not play at BlizzCon.