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Flying High

Okay, so it didn’t quite happen the way I planned.

I logged on with my DK Rokkthor. He was Human, so bonus to rep. Also, he had Pathfinder Part One on lock. All he had to do was get the rep for Part Two, and cue Aladdin’s “Whole New World” (don’t you dare close your eyes.) Easy enough.

So I did my Broken Shore dailies, collected my Broken Shore rep tokens from my Order Hall, and did some math. I was still a few thousand rep away. Darkmoon Faire was coming up, so that would be a nice 10% rep bonus. That would be a good week. But what about this week? I had a day off, so what was I going to do with it?

The OCD completionist in me looked at my quest log and cringed. I had what looked like Class quests to do. They’d been there so long I forgot what they were for. I had the time, so I decided to finish them up. Turns out there was some unseen benefits to finishing the quests. Things like another follower. And a boatload of flight-appropriate rep.

Suddenly, boom. Rokkthor was in the air. Just like that.

So that’s fun. Oh yeah, and in other news…

 

Thanks to Denxce (@angxeladenxce on Twitter) I got a ticket to Blizzcon 2017! BLIZZCON 2017!

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Curse of the Blizzcon Host

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YUS.

I know what you’re thinking. Maybe I’m jumping the gun a little. Blizzcon 2017 was just announced a couple days ago. Tickets aren’t even on sale yet. Why would I even mention something as silly as the Saturday Blizzcon hosting gig?

Well, after last year’s fiasco, it probably wouldn’t hurt for Blizzard to start giving this a bit of early consideration. Assuming they haven’t already, of course. If they were smart, they would have started flipping through their rolladeck to see if there was anyone willing to return their calls before the body of Thomas Middleditch got cold after Blizzcon 2016.

You remember him, right? He’s the guy from the HBO TV show Silicon Valley that drew question marks when he stepped onstage at Blizzcon 2016. His schtick ticked all the boxes – he was a nerd, a gamer, a bit awkward. Someone that Blizzard fans were supposed to relate to. Unfortunately, his comedy routine fell flat, and the fans shat on him for it. I’m not going to say bullied, but he was ridden hard. He was smashed to the point that, not only did former host Jay Mohr tweet his support for Middleditch, but Thomas felt the need to defend himself on his Instagram.

 

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The man knows a thing or two about being shit on by Blizzard fans.

 

 

So what’s the move then?  I had a couple of ideas in my post  that I made just after Blizzcon 2016, and I’ll just touch on them again here:

  • Blizzard seems to like having some kind of celebrity in that hosting spot. Why? Is it to attract more people to buy the stream? Fine, but stop getting comedians. Or at least comedians who don’t play any Blizzard games, or aren’t familiar with the product. Do you really need someone to make jokes at the contestants of the dance or cosplay contests? Do you need someone to do five minutes of stand-up to warm up the crowd before the contests? If ever there was a crowd that was already filled with HYPE, it’s a Blizzcon crowd. They don’t need a warm up act to set the mood. So if you just want someone with some mainstream celebrity status to slap on ads, there’s plenty of celebrities who have admitted that they play WoW – Warcraft’s own Rob Kazinsky, Man of Steel’s Henry Cavill, Fast and Furious’s Vin Diesel and former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey. And that’s just for starters.
  • Saturday’s hosting gig is mostly to cover competitions, so have a contest for the hosting gig! There is no shortage of people putting out video and audio content as it relates to Blizzard games – podcasts, Youtube channels, Twitch streams. Give them a chance to compete to star on the biggest stage a Blizzard content creator can appear on – CENTER STAGE AT BLIZZCON, BABY!

There are about 230 days before Blizzcon 2017. It probably wouldn’t hurt to start looking now. I doubt Blizz will find a former host actively willing to volunteer for the gig. Why not change things up this year?

Fingers crossed, I’ll be there to see it unfold LIVE.

Do you have a favorite host from a past Blizzcon? Who do you think would be a good host for Blizzcon 2017?

BlizzCon 2017 Announced

As per Wowhead:

The BlizzCon 2017 homepage and event info page has updated with this year’s convention dates: November 3rd and 4th.

  • Tickets are $199, limit four per household, and can be purchased through Universe.
  • Tickets go on sale 7pm Pacific on April 5th and 10 am Pacific on April 8th.
  • The benefit dinner tickets are $750 and go on sale 7pm Pacific on April 12th.
  • Ticket information can be edited through July 14th via your Universe account.
  • Badge pickup and the Blizzard Shop once again start a day early, 9 am on November 2nd.