BlizzCon 2021 Start Time, Schedule, Leaks and Where to Watch the Stream

BlizzCon 2021 makes the annual convention free and entirely virtual, which means every Blizzard fan across the globe can receive the latest updates on Overwatch 2, Hearthstone, Diablo, World of Warcraft and other classic titles as soon as they happen.

To ensure you don't miss a second of the festivities happening between February 19 and February 20, we've got a full recap of the schedule and any stream links you might need to tune in to specific panels. For those who don't mind spoilers, we've outlined a few potential leaks that might cue fans in on what to expect.

Schedule and start time - What time does BlizzCon start?

BlizzCon 2021 runs from 5 p.m. EST February 19 through 7:30 p.m. EST February 20. Streams won't be active throughout that entire duration, but that's the basic event window to be aware of. Below, we outline every event on the schedule. If you need it, you can always consult the complete official schedule for more details.

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BlizzCon 2021 runs February 19 through February 20, and we want to make sure you're fully prepared for the festivities. Check out the full schedule of panels and the latest stream links below. Blizzard Entertainment

All times listed below are in Eastern Standard Time.

Day 1 - February 19

  • 5 p.m. to 6:10 p.m. - Opening Ceremony
  • 6:10 p.m. to 6:40 p.m. - World of Warcraft: What's Next?
  • 6:10 p.m. to 6:55 p.m. - Hearthstone Deep Dive
  • 6:10 p.m. to 6:50 p.m. - Diablo: What's Next?
  • 6:10 p.m. to 6:50 p.m. - Behind the scenes of Overwatch 2
  • 6:10 p.m. to 8:20 p.m. - StarCraft Legends
  • 6:40 p.m. to 7:10 p.m. - World of Warcraft Deep Dive
  • 6:50 p.m. to 7 p.m. - Diablo: The Voice of Deckard Cain
  • 6:50 p.m. to 8:20 p.m. - The Voices of Overwatch
  • 6:55 p.m. to 8:40 p.m - Hearthstone: Battlegrounds Exhibition
  • 7 p.m. to 7:40 p.m. - Diablo Developer Roundtable
  • 7:10 p.m. to 7:20 p.m. - World of Warcraft: Making of the Wandering Ancient Mount
  • 7:20 p.m. to 8:40 p.m.- World of Warcraft: Voices of the Afterlife
  • 7:40 p.m. to 8 p.m. - Diablo: The Gothic World of Brom
  • 8 p.m. to 8:40 p.m. - Diablo Deep Dive
  • 8:20 p.m. to 8:40 p.m. - Overwatch: Creating a Soundtrack
  • 8:20 p.m. to 8:40 p.m. - Where It All Started: Blizzard's Early Years
  • 8:40 p.m. to 8:50 p.m. - BlizzCon Day 1 Wrap-Up

Day 2 - February 20

  • 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. - World of Warcraft Q&A
  • 3 to 3:35 - Hearthstone Q&A
  • 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Diablo Q&A
  • 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. - Overwatch League: Shock Vs The World
  • 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. - In-Game User-Generated Content Showcase
  • 3:35 p.m. to 4 p.m. - Blizzard Art Studio: Reno Jackson
  • 4 p.m. to 4:05 p.m. - Virtual March of the Murlocs
  • 4:05 p.m. to 5:05 p.m. - Community Showcase
  • 5:05 p.m. to 7:25 p.m. - BlizzConline Presents: A Critical Role Diablo Campaign
  • 5:05 p.m. to 6:05 p.m. - World of Warcraft: The Evolution of Thrall
  • 5:05 p.m. to 5:10 p.m. Hearthstone: Innkeeper Impressions
  • 5:05 p.m. to 6:10 p.m. - Artists a Work: The Diablo Hive Mother Part 1
  • 5:05 p.m. to 6:05 p.m. - Overwatch: Community-Made Creations in the Workshop
  • 5:05 p.m. to 6:35 - Artists at Work: CarBot Animation
  • 5::10 p.m. to 7:20 p.m. - Hearthstone Streamer Showdown
  • 6:05 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. - World of Warcraft: Shadowlands Sound Creation
  • 6:05 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. - Overwatch League: Crafts With Soe
  • 6:10 p.m. to 7:25 p.m. - Artists at Work: Diablo Hive Mother Part 2
  • 6:15 p.m. to 7:25 p.m. - World of Warcraft: Cooking Workshop
  • 6:35 p.m. to 7 p.m. - Blizzard Art Studio: Tracer
  • 7 p.m. to 7:25 p.m. - Blizzard Art Studio: Margrave Krexus
  • 7:15 p.m. to 7:25 p.m. - Blizzard Art Studio: Roadhog
  • 7:20 p.m. to 7:25 p.m. - Hearthstone: Bartender Bob's Advice
  • 7:25 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. - Show Close

If you happen to miss any of the streams, Blizzard has promised to add them to the BlizzCon archives.

Where to watch BlizzCon 2021

Given that so many of the start times in these panels overlap, you'll need to navigate through several different stream links to see everything you want to see. Most of the panels are on the stream channels of their designated game, so just head there to start. Here are the stream venues worth remembering.

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If you want to watch the 'Diablo' panels, try watching the 'Diablo' Twitch or YouTube channels. Blizzard Entertainment

Leaks and What to Expect From BlizzCon 2021

In the days leading up to BlizzCon 2021 there has been lots of chatter about the big announcements fans can expect to see over the next few days, so we'll recap the most popular discussion topics we've been hearing. Obviously those who don't want spoilers should stop scrolling now.

World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Classic
Diablo II Resurrected
Hearthstone Expansion
Diablo: Immortal Release Date
Mobile Announcement(s)? (Warcraft Pet Battle Game)
New Heroes, Maps, Lore Sneak Peek for Overwatch 2
New Class, Area Reveal for Diablo IV#blizzconline #leaks

— Kaiser499 (@Kaiser499) February 15, 2021

Perhaps the most noteworthy leak arrives from Twitter user Kaiser499 who claims to have an itinerary of all the major BlizzCon announcements coming over the next few days. Their lineup includes:

  • World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Classic
  • Diablo II Resurrected
  • Hearthstone expansion
  • A release date for Diablo: Immortal
  • A Warcraft pet battle game and other mobile projects
  • New heroes, maps and a lore sneak peek for Overwatch 2
  • A new class and arena reveal for Diablo IV

Beyond these general details, however, it appears Blizzard has run a mostly tight ship with regard to concealing major reveals. We'll know in the coming hours just how true, or untrue, these supposedly leaked suggestions might be.

BlizzCon 2021 runs February 19 and February 20 across virtual streaming platforms.

What do you hope to see during BlizzCon 2021? Will you be keeping track of the schedule all weekend long? Tell us in the comments section!