BlizzCon – Day Two recap

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On the second day of BlizzCon 2008, attendees experienced epic Warcraft III, StarCraft, and World of Warcraft Arena tournaments; informative developer panels covering everything from the art of Diablo III to the lore of StarCraft II to raid dungeons in Wrath of the Lich King; and tons of other fun activities. Here’s a recap of the day’s events.

Pro Players Prove Their Prowess: Crowds gathered, cheered, and gasped at the intense competition in the final matches of the 2008 StarCraft Invitational, Warcraft III Global Finals, and World of Warcraft Arena Global Finals on two separate tournament stages. Check out the tournament brackets and video replays to see which teams from around the world took home the top honors.

For the Lore! Saturday turned out to be a treat for Blizzard Entertainment lore lovers, with Blizzard’s storytellers taking the stage for StarCraft II Lore and Diablo III Lore and Art panels. To find out more about what was discussed (and see what the day’s other panels had to offer), check out Saturday’s Developer Panel Roundup.

Points of Interest: In between panels and tournament matches, BlizzCon attendees exploring the show floor discovered tons of activities and distractions. Folks who found themselves in Upper Deck’s Darkmoon Faire were able to play World of Warcraft-themed carnival games, participate in World of Warcraft Trading Card Game tournaments, get a sneak peek at the upcoming World of Warcraft Miniatures Game — and even walk away with miniatures of their own. Showgoers were also able to soak up some Blizzard Entertainment history at the art gallery and retro arcade (featuring The Lost Vikings, Blackthorne, and other blasts from the past), don the helm of the Lich King and wield Frostmourne at a replica of the Frozen Throne, meet the cast and creators of the web-based comedy series The Guild, and more. To see some of the sights from the show floor for yourself, visit our BlizzCon 2008 photo galleries.

BlizzCon Contest Galleries: On Friday night, Jay Mohr returned to BlizzCon to host another epic evening of Costume, Dance, and /Silly contests. The main hall was completely packed with attendees who wanted to witness all the dancing ogres, Tyraels, turtle-mount-riding draenei, and detailed recreations of World of Warcraft raid and PVP armor sets. Today, we posted a list of winners along with tons of photos from the event.

BlizzCon 2008 coverage continues even after the curtain drops on the closing ceremony with Patton Oswalt, Level 80 Elite Tauren Chieftain, and Video Games Live. We’ll be sharing more photos and highlights on this site in the days to come, so be sure to stop by BlizzCon.com again.

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