Buying Blizzcon tickets is an inexact science, but I think I have it down. Last year I managed to snag spot number 413 in the queue, this year my position wasn’t as fantastic–only 1254.
The secret to buying Blizzcon tickets is the three Rs: recruits, reflexes, and a resist choosing quantity.
Have people there to back you up, like how Ildara and Cendra were camped out with me in Mumble and prepared to unleash our shared expertise on the Blizzard store. Also, make sure to sport the proper position: your most dextrous and least cramp-prone finger from the left hand on the F5 key, with your right hand on the mouse, guiding the pointer over the words “Currently Unavailable”.
Then, two minutes before the appointed hour, start refreshing the page like a friend. Every time you see the word “Unavailable” load, immediately key the refresh again. Prepare you brain to click down on a button as soon as it appears. (Sidenote: I find Chrome is beastly at quick refreshes, consider using that browser.)
Remember you don’t have to change your quantity before clicking the button–you can do that later when at the checkout page. Doing it before entering the queue will cost you precious seconds, and could be the difference between getting tickets and not.
Also, don’t forget to pre-log into the Blizzard Store.
In any case, like I said above, I managed to snag spot 1254. Cen got something in the 700s, and Dara got around 3000. Between the three of us we managed to pick up 10 tickets for the guild and we’re currently figuring out who’s going. Ideally we’d like to field a larger group than we did last year, though a good chunk of the same people won’t be going.
Either way though, I have a strong suspicion that this years Blizzcon will top last years–be it via our hotel room at the Anaheim Hilton next door (rather than a 20 minute walk away from the Con), or the fact that we know exactly what’s going on this time around, or even the promised presence of Antigen and other awesome people attending for the first time this year.
Really looking forward to going in October!
Nonetheless, I wish the best of luck to anyone going for tickets tonight. Just remember the three Rs, and you should be able to snag a good spot in line.