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Blizzard is already gearing up for its big winter celebration, BlizzCon, with dates for the November extravaganza going on sale across a couple of different days in May. Get your wallets ready and set the alarm clock if you're hoping to get in on the action.

This year's BlizzCon is set to run from November 2-3 in Anaheim, California. That's still a ways off, of course, but that means the folks at Blizzard have a heck of a lot of planning to do between now and then. For starters, they're going to need some fans in the stands, which is exactly why they've set up a couple of ticket sale dates to go live next month.

If you're hoping to attend BlizzCon in the Anaheim Convention Center this year, you'll want to stand in the virtual line come Wednesday, May 9, and Saturday, May 12. The first day of ticket sales will go live on May 9 at 7 p.m. PDT. On May 12, the gates will open at 10 a.m. PDT. If you're hoping to attend the BlizzCon Benefit Dinner, then you'll want to be prepared to make a purchase at 7 p.m. PDT on Wednesday, May 16.

As in previous years, there's going to be a heck of a lot to take in during these two days of events. There will be tournaments for games like Heroes of the Storm, StarCraft II and Overwatch, of course, as well as showdowns in games like World of Warcraft Arena and Hearthstone. If you're just a fan of the games, then there will also be plenty of opportunities to get some hands-on time with Blizzard's roster of games throughout the event.

More than just a place to play games, though, Blizzard uses the event to host special forums with their development teams, interviews and all sorts of special events and activities. They'll also pepper the event with loads of big announcements, likely during a keynote event for each game. In years past, they've done things like announce new characters for Overwatch or reveal extra details about the latest expansion coming to World of Warcraft.

In case you want to start budgeting now, BlizzCon 2018 tickets will set you back $199 a pop, which will get you into the full show. Attending usually also means you'll be getting some in-game goodies. For those who plan to attend by watching streams and reading official coverage from Blizzard, details on a Virtual Ticket are coming soon. As in years past, this will cost quite a bit less than the physical ticket and include access to all of the streams, bonus content and, yep, more in-game items.

BlizzCon 2018 is still a ways off and Blizzard could make some surprise announcements between now and then, but feel free to let us know in the comments what you're most looking forward to hearing from the show floor this year.