Blizzard just announced the BlizzCon 2015 dates; Friday, November 6 and Saturday, November 7, 2015. Tickets don't go on sale until Wednesday, April 15 at 7 p.m. PT and Saturday, April 18 at 10 a.m. PT, and Virtual Tickets will likely be available shortly after that.
Naturally, the first thing that came to mind when I read the announcement, WHAT IS THIS YEAR'S PET?!
We can speculate a few possibilities: Overwatch-themed pet, Heroes of the Storm-themed pet, or possibly another WoW/Draenor/Burning Legion-themed pet. Or perhaps the special gift won't even be a pet this year (I'd be disappointed if that's the case).
Personally, I'm leaning towards and Overwatch or Heroes of the Storm pet, even though I can't think of any good murloc + character combinations. But IF either of those two franchises takes center stage at BlizzCon this year, I'm sure they'll come up with something awesome and creative.
The probability of a non-WoW franchise WoW pet (lol what a mouthful) is decent, I'd say. There were three other non-WoW-themed pets from previous conventions: Grunty (Starcraft themed 2009), Murkablo (Diablo themed 2011), and Murkalot (Diablo themed 2013). And of course, the very first baby murloc pet, Murky, was not themed at all, but hoping for a re-release of that little guy is like hoping for wings to instantly sprout out of a pig's back, allowing it to fly away.
If this year's pet isn't a murloc + character mash-up, I'd be ok with that. I'm very open minded about pets, and I'll accept any into my critter army. But with Blizzard's track record, a non-murloc-themed pet is unlikely. It's kind of become tradition for BlizzCon, which isn't necessarily a bad thing.
Some probably have grown tired of it, of course. And I have to admit that unless the murloc-theme combo is really awesome and creative, it's not quite as exciting anymore. That isn't to say that I won't collect and adore the pet, though. I totally will!
Anyway, I'm excited to find out what the pet will be (if it is a pet!) this year, and whether or not I'll be able to attend the convention in person. I'm not sure just yet, but I'll need to decide before April if I want to jump on BlizzCon tickets. With my luck I won't be able to score two tickets for myself and the OH (like last year), and I'll just say screw it and buy the Virtual Ticket. Not that I'm complaining. Watching the show from home does have it's perks. ;)