Yesterday, we were supposed to have a final reveal stream for United in Stormwind. However, due to the lawsuit that hit Blizzard last week, it has been canceled, but the entire team has stayed radio silent. To be completely honest – I fully understand canceling the stream
Luckily, we have learned a few things – one from official source and the second one from multiple streamers, but most notably Trump.
First things first – ever since yesterday, multiple streamers have been confirming that the live theorycrafting streams will be happening. Multiple pro players are getting early access to the new cards and play among each other trying to figure out what’s good and what isn’t (they don’t solve the meta or anything like that, obviously, and often focus on meme decks). We know that those will begin today (Tuesday, July 27) at 9 AM PDT / 18:00 CEST, it was confirmed by multiple sources.
While it was kind of a given that we’ll get to see new cards then (because hey – streamers will play them, so they can’t exactly be hidden no more), most of the streamers have stayed silent about card reveal themselves. Luckily for us, Trump also said that all of the cards should be revealed at the same time (Source). It means that we should get to know all of the cards around that time – 9 AM PDT / 18:00 CEST. No matter if they will get showcased by the streamers or dumped on the official card list, as soon as they are revealed, I’ll be posting them on our website and social media.
The second part of the news comes from a reddit comment by Iksar. In the comment, he explains that the reason why they’ve decided to not go forward with things like streams or card reveals is that it’s not a good time to celebrate. Instead, they need to find a path going forward and make their work a better place. However, he mentioned that all of the current plans are in place – expansion launch and other developments won’t be delayed. By “other developments” he might mean a patch that’s supposed to come out later today – adding Battlegrounds hero portraits and (most likely) all of the expansion’s data.
Our focus has been on supporting each other and planning action for how we can make our work a better place for everyone. Something we’ve clearly failed at in the past.
Having any celebration is a hard sell right now. I can assure you the only hesitation we have with moving forward with things like streams or card reveals is out of the respect for our co-workers. This is an incredibly important time to reflect and make sure we chart the best path forward. There is no gag order, no legal team telling us what we can and can’t say. Our focus is simply on each other right now.
All that said, we still care about our work and are still passionate about delivering a great game. It’s the whole reason most of us are here in the first place. We don’t have plans to delay our launch or push back further developments. We are just taking time to make sure we get this moment right.
While I completely understand why they’ve decided to drop the card reveal livestream, I just wish that Blizzard would communicate it better yesterday. Many players were waiting for some kind of info and didn’t know what to expect going forward – including rumors about United in Stomrwind being delayed etc.
I wish the entire Team 5 good luck and hope that everything works out well for them in the end (and assuming the harassment also happened at that deparment – all perpeatuators will get harshly punished).