Watch the Full BlizzCon 2017 Opening Ceremony Here

What's next for Blizzard's library of games? Watch the BlizzCon Opening Ceremony along with Shacknews to find out.

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Blizzard fans have made the annual pilgrimage to Anaheim, CA for this year's BlizzCon. The opening ceremonies are set to kick off at 11AM PT and will not require a Virtual Ticket to view. The keynote address will be streamed absolutely free, so why not join us and watch right along with Shacknews?

Is this the year that Diablo III gets a new expansion? Is Hearthstone about to be invaded by even more pirates? Where does World of Warcraft go next? And what's in the future of Overwatch and the upcoming Overwatch League? Find the answers to these questions and many more with the BlizzCon Opening Ceremony, which can be seen below.

Update: It's over now, but watch the whole thing again below!

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Ozzie has been playing video games since picking up his first NES controller at age 5. He has been into games ever since, only briefly stepping away during his college years. But he was pulled back in after spending years in QA circles for both THQ and Activision, mostly spending time helping to push forward the Guitar Hero series at its peak. Ozzie has become a big fan of platformers, puzzle games, shooters, and RPGs, just to name a few genres, but he’s also a huge sucker for anything with a good, compelling narrative behind it. Because what are video games if you can't enjoy a good story with a fresh Cherry Coke?

From The Chatty

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    November 3, 2017 8:00 AM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Watch the Full BlizzCon 2017 Opening Ceremony Here

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      November 3, 2017 8:53 AM

      This hearthstone expansion better not be pirates or booty bay. Meh...

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      November 3, 2017 10:39 AM

      They are announcing the wow expansion during the opening ceremony right?

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      November 3, 2017 11:07 AM

      Pleaaaase, Warcraft and Diablo remasters!

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        November 3, 2017 11:44 AM

        Diablo was remastered in Diablo 3, it sucked.

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      November 3, 2017 11:17 AM

      Starcraft 2 free to play, if you already have it the first expansion will be free.

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        November 3, 2017 12:02 PM

        So... If I paid for the expansion, I will get the expansion free?

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      November 3, 2017 11:17 AM

      Finally Starcraft 2 Free to Play.

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      November 3, 2017 11:17 AM

      Looks to be called Kobalds and Catacombs. Interesting...

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      November 3, 2017 11:17 AM

      Starcraft 2 going free to play
      Wings of Liberty free for all
      Those with Wings of Liberty get to play Heart of the Swarm.

      Cool, I never picked the expansions up.

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        November 3, 2017 11:18 AM

        This is awesome, been trying to get back into RTS and picked up the base game a couple months ago on sale.

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        November 3, 2017 11:19 AM

        Cool, never got the expansions either. What about the protoss one?

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          November 3, 2017 11:19 AM

          You'll have to buy it

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          November 3, 2017 11:20 AM

          They're still gonna charge for them it seems. Free to players will have to buy both if they want them, those with base SC2 would have to buy Legacy of the Void.

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            November 3, 2017 11:24 AM

            I guess i'll just wait til that goes FTP eventually lol

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        November 3, 2017 11:26 AM

        The best part of this is that everyone will be able to play ranked ladder even if you don’t own any of the campaign expansions.

        http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/blog/21173629/starcraft-ii-going-free-to-play-explained-11-3-2017

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          November 3, 2017 11:37 AM

          Cool!

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          November 3, 2017 11:39 AM

          The Coop stuff added with Legacy of the Void is also free for all. Neat.

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            November 3, 2017 11:45 AM

            The Co-op mode is THE BEST MODE. It's so fun!!!

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            November 3, 2017 1:17 PM

            Coop? I didn’t know about this somehow!

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              November 3, 2017 1:47 PM

              It's actually pretty fun. I've been playing the shit out of it for the past few months.

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      November 3, 2017 11:34 AM

      I love Ben Brode. Hes a natural at this stuff.

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      November 3, 2017 11:40 AM

      this multiple stage presentation is pretty damn cool

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      November 3, 2017 11:43 AM

      Blizzardworld Overwatch map dafuq?

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        November 3, 2017 11:46 AM

        snaxramas

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          November 3, 2017 11:47 AM

          they got a litteral lol out of me on that one

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        November 3, 2017 11:47 AM

        It’s literally a theme park which is pretty funny.

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      November 3, 2017 11:45 AM

      9 Weapon legendaries? Lol. Craft Harrison Jones now.

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      November 3, 2017 11:46 AM

      OMG, Moira looks fun!

      mix of sombra + zenyata?

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      November 3, 2017 11:46 AM

      New Overwatch character Moira, she got BAMF Nightcrawler lol. Support healer.

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        November 3, 2017 12:03 PM

        Whoa, do you have to juggle her two attacks to heal and damage? Very interesting...

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          November 3, 2017 12:06 PM

          Much like Zenyatta it seems she's a high damage support, probably very fragile.

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            November 3, 2017 12:07 PM

            Right. It reads like you use the damage hand to charge the healing hand. Which would be sick.

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      November 3, 2017 12:01 PM

      Vanilla servers?

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        November 3, 2017 12:02 PM

        I guess so.

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          November 3, 2017 12:04 PM

          PROTIP : Do not roll a druid. DO. NOT. ROLL. A. DRUID.

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            November 3, 2017 7:27 PM

            Right? I'm waiting for the backlash on people thinking they can roll whatever class/spec they want and have it be raid viable.

            Newsflash: if your class of choice has a healing spec, you're a healer now. Don't try to tank unless you're a warrior.

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            November 3, 2017 8:00 PM

            Or a pally/buffbot

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        November 3, 2017 12:02 PM

        ... I'm kind of interested to see what they're like 3 months after launch.

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          November 3, 2017 6:47 PM

          10 people playing

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            November 3, 2017 7:55 PM

            There are still tens of thousands of players playing on private vanilla servers......

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        November 3, 2017 12:06 PM

        How vanilla are we talking?

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          November 3, 2017 12:18 PM

          It's called Classic WoW and he only said something about how the game will not be like when they first released it. I guess he was mostly hiniting at the bugs and server issues though. So I guess it will be pretty close to the original game.

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            November 3, 2017 12:20 PM

            I think he was referring to the server instability with that comment.

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              November 3, 2017 12:22 PM

              Yes, that's what I was thinking as well

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            November 3, 2017 12:21 PM

            im sure it will include the modern LFG system

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              November 3, 2017 12:23 PM

              Yeah, that would be nice.

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              November 3, 2017 12:24 PM

              There's a bunch of balance changes that make that possible.

              Classic is back to Warriors being the only real tanks and priests being the only rounded healers.

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                November 3, 2017 12:37 PM

                i wonder what they'll do about races, will they keep the other races or will we be back to shamans for horde and pallies for alliance

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                  November 3, 2017 12:50 PM

                  I'm looking through the thread here and on reddit and it seems like everyone's hoping they add in damned near all of the class & tool changes through Legion into this.

                  It's not being phrased that way, but all of the features & dependencies end up being damned near everything.

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                    November 3, 2017 12:56 PM

                    like jewelcrafting, blood elves, inscription, 90% of cooking and fishing, draenai, goblins, pandas

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                      November 3, 2017 1:04 PM

                      I certainly wouldn't expect to see any expansion content. That's sort of the whole point. I do want to see the game system and balance changes though.

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                        November 3, 2017 1:05 PM

                        its gonna be a tough line to straddle. will they include the original iterations of the level 60 dungeons? or the super nerfed iterations?

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                          November 3, 2017 1:09 PM

                          Virtually no one ran the 60 instances with only 5 people. They spammed that shit with 20.

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                          November 3, 2017 1:10 PM

                          Shit, they're probably gonna do 40 man raids... Very mixed feelings about all this.

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          November 3, 2017 12:54 PM

          Day one vanilla baby

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        November 3, 2017 12:59 PM

        YES BACK TO MY BELOVED DW FURY WARRIOR

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      November 3, 2017 12:02 PM

      holy shit I can't believe they're gonna do vanilla servers

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      November 3, 2017 12:02 PM

      WOW Vanilla. damn...

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        November 3, 2017 12:03 PM

        onyxia raid is back on

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          November 3, 2017 12:04 PM

          Oh God lol. It was fun at the time, but no way I could go back to that.

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      November 3, 2017 12:02 PM

      Holy shit

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      November 3, 2017 12:03 PM

      damn...judging by the number of hacked vanilla servers, this is going to be huge

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        November 3, 2017 12:17 PM

        Yeah man. They know money when they smell it. But will they keep the grind exactly the same, or offer XP buffs etc? I’m more interested in TBC too, but or sumably that will follow.

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          November 3, 2017 1:37 PM

          I hope it's free to play, I'd love to go back and slowly level a character, but can't justify $15 a month for that. I'd be ok if they still sold gold and maybe sold xp boosts.

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      November 3, 2017 12:04 PM

      So Jaina focused expansion based on the big portrait of Jaina on stage?

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      November 3, 2017 12:16 PM

      Diablo dead again this year. Bleh.

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        November 3, 2017 12:22 PM

        :'(

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        November 3, 2017 12:26 PM

        Naturally. The only thing I'm remotely interested in from Blizzard isn't a massive cash cow for them so who cares.

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        November 3, 2017 1:14 PM

        They announced that in advance. Waiting on D4 2020.

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      November 3, 2017 12:16 PM

      not interested at all in that WoW expansion. So dumb storywise

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        November 3, 2017 12:18 PM

        Eh, going back to Horde vs Alliance is long overdue and less dumb than time travelling to an alternate Draenor.

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          November 3, 2017 12:18 PM

          Also that cinematic was badass.

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          November 3, 2017 12:20 PM

          Yeah but just like all the other ones there will be something that brings them together again. It being an island themed expansion there are 2 really big options. N'Zoth and Azshara or they could just have a Hakkar make a comeback.

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          November 3, 2017 12:43 PM

          This is the first time they've announced an expansion and it's done nothing for me. I feel like continuing to retread the same shit is the problem. We need something new again. Not more horde v alliance or burning legion.

          And good lord, a fucking continent full of troll bullshit? Ugh.

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            November 3, 2017 12:48 PM

            I get it. So far it’s massively a retread. I’ll probably just level to 120, faceroll Legion LFR, then quit when the grind sets in like I did with Legion.

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        November 3, 2017 6:47 PM

        yeah I don't give 2 shits about MOP part 2

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      November 3, 2017 12:25 PM

      And no Diablo announcement.

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        November 3, 2017 12:53 PM

        Yeah.. Disappointed nothing on that front, or I was also hoping for a Warcraft 4 announcement. Oh well, looks like they'll be milking more WoW/Hearthstone expansions and new loot crate items for Overwatch.

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        November 3, 2017 1:08 PM

        Sad. I would really like a Diablo 4, or even a D2 remaster.

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          November 3, 2017 1:25 PM

          I don't see where you take Diablo right now. It's not going to be a huge departure visually, there are enough capable clones right now that I feel like it needs to be impactful in a way that exceeds a new story mode and a tweaked loot formula.

          I'd be happy for it to rest for a decade and let me start to miss it again.

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            November 3, 2017 1:26 PM

            Wouldn't mind some more dlc classes. The necro had me playing another season.

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              November 3, 2017 1:33 PM

              That's more where I'd like them to go with Diablo in the near term, hopefully making something that feels significantly "more" off in the distance a number of years.

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                November 3, 2017 3:05 PM

                They did the best they could with D3 but the core of the game wasn't really designed for long term content additions. It's very old fashioned compared to modern Blizzard games which are more service-oriented. I'd like to see a fresh start on D4 with a more persistent online focus (not quite an MMO, but instanced dungeons with communal areas) which uses a F2P model to keep the devs more invested in it long term. Love it or hate it, that's how you get a dev team to maintain a game for years. Write a campaign that's a little more non-linear like Adventure mode and lends itself well to adding new story content that's also farmable.

                Also tone down the mudflation next time, for fuck's sake, this last patch was crazy.

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            November 3, 2017 5:50 PM

            2 new classes, (Druid + whateverthefuck) new zones, a new npc or two, a new game mechanic/crafter (something like the cube maybe?) And for God's sake something changing about the pack combat.

            Nothing new for the story because honestly, nobody gives a shit