Amongst countless other highlights, BlizzCon 2016 will be remembered for its Sombra-hacked opening ceremony, for the incredible creativity that was on display throughout the community contests, and of course, for you—the legions of passionate players who celebrated our 25-year anniversary with us in Anaheim and online. Our tenth BlizzCon celebration will also be remembered for the culmination of five distinct esports championships, with a combined prize pool of $2,750,000.
Months after they set out on their competitive journeys in search of esports glory, competitors from all over the world traveled to the Anaheim Convention Center to do battle at BlizzCon. Now that the dust has settled and the champions have been crowned, please join us in congratulating them on their epic achievements.
StarCraft II World Championship Series Global Finals
In the 2016 WCS Global Finals for StarCraft II, we saw Byun follow up his impressive GSL championship as a team-less free agent with an unforgettable WCS Global Championship run. With the most diverse cast of players in the tournament’s history competing at this year’s finals, every match was a must-watch. Read more.
Hearthstone World Championship
For the first time in the history of the Hearthstone World Championship, two players from Europe squared off against one another in the Grand Finals at BlizzCon. In a tense series, Russia’s Pavel defeated his Ukrainian opponent DrHippi 4-2 to claim the title of 2016 Hearthstone World Champion. Read more.
Heroes of the Storm Fall Championship
Winning team: Ballistix Gaming
Ballistix Gaming from Korea took home the Fall Championship trophy after a grueling final series with Sweden’s Fnatic, who had just taken down the favorites, MVP Black, in the semifinals. Incredibly, Ballistix dropped only two battlegrounds over the course of the event. Read more.
World of Warcraft Arena World Championship
Winning team: Splyce
In perhaps the most epic WoW Arena Grand Finals match to ever take place on the BlizzCon stage, the defending champions Splyce bested Method NA in a nerve-wrecking 7-game series, becoming the first team to ever win back-to-back titles. Read more.
Overwatch World Cup
Winning country: South Korea
With dominant performance after dominant performance, South Korea became the first winners of the Overwatch World Cup in front of a packed BlizzCon arena. Besting tournament heavyweights USA, Sweden, and Russia en route to the final, South Korea didn’t drop a single game. Read more.
We hope you all enjoyed watching this year's BlizzCon esports and are excited for the next 12 months of competition. Until next time!