BLIZZCON 2009 is a memory and by now you’ve heard all about the big announcements like the Monk class in Diablo 3 and the Cataclysm Expansion in World of Warcraft.  2010 will be a big year for Blizzard Entertainment but for now let’s take a look at what went down in and around the show floor!

Blizzard has three major franchises under their belt in World of Warcraft, Starcraft and Diablo and the Blizzcon floor lay-out at the Anaheim Convention Center expressed this theme.  The floor was sectioned off into three major sections, each with its own stage, shops and playing area with the official Blizzcon store wrapping around on both sides.

Blizzcon Day 1 highlights from the show floor included The Guild (an extremely popular Internet serial) panel with all of the major cast members on stage.  The Guild cast shared anecdotes of things going on behind the scenes and also hung around after at their booth to sign autographs and meet fans.

Famous actor/comic Jay Mohr took to the main stage later that evening to host the Cosplay Competition to a capacity crowd.  This competition raised the bar on homemade costumes and presentation.  Jay hammed it up on stage to both roaring cheers and lots of jeers.  The first place winner of the Cosplay Competition was a fantastic rendition of ‘The Mistress of Pain’ from the Diablo universe.

The closing night ceremony was capped off by an epic performance from The Prince of Darkness himself Mr. Ozzy Osbourne!  The majority of attendance flocked to the main stage to soak up (literally) the experience.  Ozzy played a short set littered with major hits from the Black Sabbath era and Osbourne’s own Bark at the Moon, Crazy Train and I Don’t Know.

(Photos: BlankLogo Photography)