Blizzcon 2018 is just around the corner, and it is the perfect time to jump on the hype train and start making some wild speculation.

Will this be the year we’ll finally see Diablo 4? Or perhaps hear more about the World of Warcraft Classic servers?

On this list we will talk about everything we are hyped about and that we hope to see, likely or not. This is a mixture of our hopes, predictions as well as community rumors and speculations surrounding this year’s con.

Strap on your tinfoil hat and jump with us aboard the hype train as we take a look at our 15 most wanted announcements for Blizzcon 2018.

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15. New Hearthstone Expansion

Image of Hearthstone Boomsday project logoThis is not speculation at this point, the Hearthstone team has been pumping out expansion packs like crazy, and I doubt this year will be any different.

However, that does not mean I am not excited to see what they have in store for us this year and here’s to hoping it will be the craziest yet!

Likelihood: 10/10

14. Diablo 2 & Warcraft 3 Remaster

In-game Diablo 2 screenshotThe older Diablo and Warcraft games are among the best games ever made of their respective genre and remastering them seem like an obvious next move.

I am almost certain we will see at least a Warcraft 3 remaster since adding balance patches is what they did before the Starcraft remaster.

I am a little more doubtful about Diablo 2, but that is because I think there is a lot more coming for Diablo this year.

Likelihood: 7/10

13. Heroes of the Storm – The Usual

Official artwork for Heroes of the StormEarlier this year we received the first of (probably)2 Warcraft maps to be added to Heroes of the Storm and as a massive fan of both Warcraft 3, and World of Warcraft the nostalgic feel in Alterec Pass was terrific.

Hopefully, they will finish it off this year and give us the second Warcraft map and some highly requested heroes and an awesome cinematic to go with it.

Heres to hoping for a cinematic with Imperius and Archimonde battling it out on the new map!

Hopefully, we’ll also get an update on the MMR and overall ranked system as well as the Match Maker.

Likelihood: 7/10

12. Overwatch – The Usual

Official overwatch logoMuch like with Hearthstone it seems there is a set formula for Overwatch at Blizzcon. A new hero, a new gorgeous short, a map, and some new event or a small feature.

While this is not much compared to brand new games or expansion, it is still incredibly exciting and I cannot wait to see what they have in store for us this year. Hoping for an Overwatch short that brings some new lore with it this time.

Likelihood: 10/10

11. Starcraft – Something Brand new

Screenshot from Starcraft 2It’s been quite a while since anything significant has been announced for Starcraft apart from a few commander packs and a remaster. While the remaster was great, it hardly competes with a brand new expansion or game.

I sadly think Starcraft fans will have to wait a bit for any big news but if something brand new was announced I would be ecstatic.

Something like a brand new role-playing game set in the Starcraft universe or maybe a Total War like strategy game? Not likely but a man can dream.

Likelihood: 1/10

10. Heroes of the Storm – Automated Tournament Mode

Image from HGCHeroes of the storm is a game with a focus on team play above all else, and that is why it is quite frustrating that there is not more support for team-based play. While Team League can be fun, it holds no real meaning as such a little percentage play it.

I have already sunk a ridiculous amount of hours into Heroes of the Storm but if one thing could bring me to double that amount it would be something like the Automated Tournament Mode from Starcraft 2.

Having regular tournaments, you can participate in with either a full team, stacks or alone would be incredible and give a meaningful ranked team experience to non-pro players.

Likelihood: 2/10

9. Overwatch Expansion

Image from overwatch shortEvery year since Overwatch was released there has been rumors of an expansion announcement at Blizzcon, but so far they have all proven false.

I don’t think there is a big chance for this happening sadly, but it would be so cool if it did. After all, expansions are kind of Blizzards thing.

It would be cool to see some single-player campaign experience in this expansion to get some more lore on the Overwatch universe.

Likelihood: 3/10

8. World of Warcraft – What’s Next ”mic drop.”

Official poster image for Battle for AzerothWe know that there will be a World of Warcraft panel at Blizzcon that will discuss the upcoming features and patches of Battle for Azeroth. However what I hope is that we will get a similar massive announcement to what we got two years ago when they revealed we would be going to Argus in patch 7.3 of Legion.

Aside from the new patches, I would love to hear new on:

  • Mythic & PvP Versions of the Warfronts
  • Something equivalent to Legion’s Suramar
  • Further fixes to the Heart of Azerite and Island Expedition systems

Likelihood: 5/10

7. World of Warcraft: Classic – Release Date & Info

image of wow classic announcementJ Allen Brack’s announcement of World of Warcraft Classic at the 2017 Blizzcon has to be one of the most memorable moments ever at Blizzcon and Blizzard should take advantage of the momentum that still exists from last years Blizzcon.

It has been a year now, and we don’t know much more than what we were told back in 2017. I am really interested in hearing about how they will handle the patch cycle, bugs, and more.

But most importantly I want a release date or at least a date for Alpha testing.

Likelihood: 7/10

6. Brand New IP

Image of Blizzard company official logoWith Blizzards latest IP, Overwatch, having such enormous success, we have to imagine that new IP’s are on their mind. They even have a so-called ”incubator team”, which mainly works on numerous new IP’s. So it’s always a possibility, and new IP’s are always exciting. I don’t think a brand new IP is likely at this years BlizzCon though.

Likelihood: 2/10

5. Warcraft Movie Sequal News

Image of Orgrim Doomhammer from Warcraft
Still of Orgrim Doomhammer in ”Warcraft”

I am not going to pretend like the Warcraft movie was perfect. It had a lot of major problems, but it also had a lot of amazing qualities, at least for a lifelong Warcraft fan such as myself. The movie was a box office failure domestically, but also the biggest cinematic release of all time in China. Overall, it more or less broke even, and that rarely results in a sequel, sadly.

That said, Duncan Jones, the director of the Warcraft movie has expressed a lot of passion for making a Warcraft 2 movie, and it is not entirely outside the realm of possibilities. The Warcraft movie revolved around the events of Warcraft 1, which is not really the high point of Warcraft lore. So a sequel could not only fix some of the issues from the first movie but also move on to better and more exciting events in Warcraft history.

Likelihood: 2/10

4. Diablo TV Series

diablo artworkThere has been a LOT of rumors and speculation surrounding Diablo this year due to job listings, rumors and even Blizzard themselves telling us they have something exciting for us this year.

One of the most exciting of those rumors are the talk of a Diablo TV series produced by Netflix and I cannot express how excited I would get if it turns out to be true. Recently there have been confirmed talks with producers about the Diablo series with Netflix so unless the negotiations fall through we will probably see a confirmation at Blizzcon.

While I would also love a Warcraft or Starcraft series, Diablo makes a lot more sense. There are far less ”Alien” creatures that require CGI in Diablo compared to Warcraft and Starcraft. There still are a lot of demons and monsters that would have to be CGI, but the main cast could easily consist of all humans.

Final note: Ian McKellen as Deckard Cain, please Blizzard.

Likelihood: 8/10

3. Brand New Warcraft Singleplayer RPG

Image from Warcraft adventures
Image from Warcraft Adventures

The Warcraft universe is incredible and has millions of fans, but a Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game is rarely the best media through which to tell a story.

This is why a third person RPG like the Witcher or Skyrim games set in the Warcraft universe would be incredible, either where you play as a known and beloved character or a brand new story where you interact with the world you know and love.

Likelihood of this happening is next to none, but that won’t keep me from hoping for it every single Blizzcon.

They could also go with Starcraft for this project, but I would personally prefer the Warcraft setting, but either could potentially be fantastic.

Likelihood: 1/10

2. Diablo 4 or Brand New Diablo Game

Image of necromancer in diabloWith all the talk and rumors about Diablo this year the biggest and most consistent one is of course that we will get a Diablo 4 announcement and I am honestly starting to believe it.

That said, most of the rumors talk of a brand new triple-A Diablo game, not necessarily Diablo 4.

Whether they choose to announce a brand new game in the Diablo franchise or continue down the classic Diablo route, I am on board. However, I kind off really wanna see a more story focused Diablo RPG game akin to Divinity: Original Sin 2 or something like that.

Likelihood: 8/10

1. Warcraft 4

Screenshot from Armies of azeroth Starcraft 2 mod
Screenshot from Warcraft 3 inspired Starcraft 2 Mod – Armies of Azeroth

Very few gaming announcements in the world would create as much hype as the reveal of Warcraft 4. Warcraft 3 is one of the most beloved games of all time. It had an outstanding campaign, impressive cinematics, good competitive gameplay and last but not least, an excellent map editor. The Map editor even gave birth to one of the biggest gaming genre’s in the world, MOBA’s.

Of all the possible announcements Blizzard could make at BlizzCon 2017, this is personally the one that would get me the most excited. That being said, the likelihood of a Warcraft 4 this year is quite small. Real-time strategy games don’t bring in the kind of money that they used to, as MOBA games have grown so incredibly popular. And competitive scenes are much more important for a game’s success today than it used to, and competitive RTS gaming merely is too demanding for most people.

Likelihood: 1/10


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