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BlizzCon: closing ceremony audio, including Level 70 Elite Tauren Chieftain


Well, BlizzCon is officially over, and folks will have to wait another year to experience it again. Hopefully by this time next year, however, both StarCraft 2 and the WoW expansion Wrath of the Lich King will be on store shelves, or in your hands. Until then we'll be waiting for the dribbles to trickle out of Blizzard with more information.

But, all is not lost. They did send us out with a bang that included 30 minutes of fairly decent comedy with Jay Mohr, a performance by Level 70 Elite Tauren Chieftain (the highlight of the night of which a brief video appears above), and a pretty sweet set from Video Games Live, including the Diablo theme being played on a 12-string guitar. That was the best moment of the night, and makes us wonder even more when there will be some sort of a Diablo sequel.

Check out the gallery below, which contains some new shots from the closing ceremonies. You can always head over after the break to listen to the complete audio of Jay's performance, the L70ETC set, and the Video Games Live goodness. In handy mp3 format for your listening pleasure. Also be sure to check out the exhaustive BlizzCon coverage from WoW Insider, who really brought down the house with their in-depth look at Lich King, and the event as a whole.

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Jay Mohr did a fairly decent job as the closing host, and when the crowd got unruly at one point he actually said "Hey, at least they didn't get Jamie Kennedy!" Kudos, and good point. There's a really uncomfortable few moments where people just start shouting out random crap trying to drown him out. Like, "IT'S BARRENS CHAT LIVE!" Hilarious. Please folks, let the guy who gets paid to do the comedy do it. His semicolon joke was worth the admission alone. Click here, or on Jay's picture, to hear the audio.


Level 70 Elite Tauren Chieftain turned out to be the hit of the night, with their thrash metal anthems rocking the Anaheim Convention Center Arena. The fact that this band is made up of Blizzard employees makes it all the sweeter, and the lead singer definitely has the hair for this gig. Click here for the mp3, or on the flying hair above.


Video Games Live closed out the event with a huge orchestra, choir, and tavern tunes provided by David Arkenstone and company, pictured above. Yes, he looks a bit like David St. Hubbins from Spinal Tap, but they rocked out the Blizzard themes for everything from Diablo (totally amazing on that 12-string guitar) to StarCraft 2, which hasn't been heard anywhere before. Click the pic for audio, or swing your mouse over here.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.