Will Blizzard Finally Show Us All-Stars at Blizzcon 2013?

Will Blizzard finally give us a date besides "soonish"?

I was looking at the rewards for purchasing a Blizzcon ticket and they all reminded me of something I had nearly forgotten. 

The year was 2010 and Blizzcon was in full swing. League of Legends was still in Beta and DotA 2 was still a year away from its own Beta. During the announcements, a new game was teased: "Blizzard All-Stars" (at the time it was still Blizzard DotA). Several videos were shown of the game's early development, and a basic story was introduced; two gods are fighting and want the best champions, so they pull them all from Blizzard universes. Since the announcement, not much has happened on the All-Stars homepage and nearly nothing has been said about it.


But when I was looking at the rewards for this year's Blizzcon ticket purchasers something struck me. The picture being used in the Starcraft reward was something I had seen before. Back during Blizzcon 2010, there were some videos that emerged of the actual game and its design process. One of the splash images shows "Stitches" wearing the same Terran helmet!

Obviously this is just a single instance of similarity, but the Murlock pet also reminds me of All-Stars. It's not a perfect match like with Stitches, but it does have some similarities.

The glowing eyes, medieval features and castle looking helmet are all similar. The designs on the right are obviously early in development, but there are clear themes.

The other two rewards don't leave any clues, but I imagine that this year will have a heavy focus on All-Stars

But is it too late?

This year has seen some amazing growth from the MOBA world. League of Legends proved to the US government that it is a real sport and its players can be treated just like other athletes, and DotA 2 pulled a multimillion dollar prize pool for its international championship.

Announcing another MOBA seems like announcing another first person shooter at this point. What will bring players to All-Stars over any of the other games that are out already? I think with the massive amount of players that already know the characters in the Blizzard universe they will have a base of players who might be interested by MOBAs, but were apprehensive about learning all about a new game. Considering both League of Legends, and DotA 2 have upwards of sixty characters each, this is a massive advantage.

What do you think?

Leave a comment below and tell me what you think!

Published Oct. 3rd 2013
  • Amy White
    Former Editor in Chief
    By the way Levi - way to call it!

  • Ryan_4086
    Don't really like LOL but DotA 2 is my favorite game,
    Blizzard All-Star might be a nice game but I don't think people will leave LOL or DotA 2 to it.
  • Rothalack
    Master O' Bugs
    That's my only concern as well. It's not going to put a dent in the LoL and Dota2 players. It might though pick up all the people who haven't played a MOBA yet and have been considering it. Especially the Warcraft Universe lore nerds like myself. That was the biggest draw for HearthStone I think. That was my favorite thing about the game myself. I enjoyed the banter back and forth between the characters from lore.
  • Arrinao
    While playing as Sylvanas or Thrall can be exciting it's only a short lasting WOW-impression. MOBA's aren't about hero personalities. Playing as your favorite hero... well what do you actually expect out of it? It will use the same voice files and models and maybe (and that's a big MAYBE) some skills. I don't really think this would be that much of a factor tbh.
  • LeviHaag
    Featured Contributor
    To a normal MOBA player that's true, but most people I tell about MOBA's think they sound great, but get confused about who to play as. I can tell my friend a million times that if he likes playing a Pally in WoW he will like Shen in LoL, but when he sees a character he knows swinging a hammer then it clicks.
  • Arrinao
    I know that was just an example... but if you didn't actually by that Shen meant Garen, then I think I know why your friend is scared off LoL:D
    Aside from that, what you described will work from a short-term standpoint. Wow i can play kerrigan. After two hours it doesn't matter if her name is Kerrigan or Katarina. From a longer time standpoint it will have no real power.
  • Rothalack
    Master O' Bugs
    I'm not the biggest fan of playing MOBA's. I've played a fair amount but I have more fun watching the pro matches.

    What I think would win me over to play MOBA's more seriously is if I can play as Sylvanas or Thrall. Whenever I think about it, it's that feeling of 'Oh my god I can play him and him and her and him, almost forgot about her.' I'm really excited to see if they actually make this game.
  • LeviHaag
    Featured Contributor
    I think a lot of people will be excited about it for similar reasons. It is one thing to look at a game and think "that looks interesting, but too unfamiliar" and whole other to think "that looks interesting, and I know about all these characters!"

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