The Best and Worst of BlizzCon 2013

Categories: BlizzCon

Brian Erzen
Another year means another BlizzCon with all of its ups and downs. The convention, Blizzard's semi-of-annual event to celebrate new releases, went down at the Anaheim Convention Center last Friday and Saturday. The horde and swarm of Blizzard fans that invaded Anaheim showed up to geek out on the latest World of Warcraft expansion, go apeshit in their seats during epic Starcraft tournaments, and oggle plenty of scantily clad cosplay vixens. But of course the usual madness of the event came with its share of pitfalls as well. Come with us as we explore the best and the worst of BlizzCon 2013.

See also: Five Things to Look Forward to at BlizzCon 2013

The Best

Seeing Blizzard Staff's Reaction To Fan Reactions
One of my favorite things about BlizzCon is seeing the look on all the Blizzard staffers' faces when they see the audience's reaction what they've been working on. This goes for both the people who are working the con, which takes months to plan and a crazy amount of hours the week before to set up (if you're friends with more than two Blizzard staffers on Facebook, you know), and the people who are working on projects that debut at the con. The staffers who work on games spend months not being able to tell anyone about what they're doing. When they finally get to see the fan reaction? Bliss. (Charles Lam)

Brian Erzen
The Costume Contest
If there was major highpoint on Friday, it had to be the giant parade of cosplay characters who lined up for their 15 seconds of fame in the BlizzCon Costume Contest. Seriously, there were some Star Wars-quality get ups in the bunch. Even if you weren't super familiar with World of War Craft, Diablo or Heroes of the Storm, the sheer imagination and skill on display were enough to hold our attention. That and the fact that there were a few contestants in danger of tripping because they're capes and clawed feet made them a little clumsy. Among the highlights were the couple pictured above who got engaged while on stage before the show was over. Awww, we love to see two brutal, bloodstained warriors get together. (Nate Jackson)

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