Shadowlands Preview: Maldraxxus and the Necrolord Covenant
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Within war-torn Maldraxxus, might—of all kinds—makes right. Here, in the birthplace of necromantic magic, those who master the powers of death turn legions of ambitious souls into relentless immortal armies.


Welcome to Maldraxxus

Chaos has erupted in the Shadowlands. In the midst of fighting the Forsworn, the kyrian were ambushed by the very forces charged with defending the infinite realms of the Shadowlands: the militant Maldraxxi. The Archon of the Kyrian Covenant has sent you on a special mission to Maldraxxus to discover who ordered the attack—and demand answers.

It quickly becomes apparent that not all is well with the Necrolords. Two of the five ruling houses lie in ruins, and their collective leader, the Primus, is nowhere to be found. With order in freefall, the remaining three houses ruthlessly fight and sabotage one another by any means necessary to claim the Seat of the Primus—for whoever holds this ancient fortress commands the armies of the Shadowlands.

The Primus was a master strategist and tactician, nigh unbeatable on the field of battle. Long absent from his impenetrable sanctum, he left behind cryptic messages and prophecies pointing to the coming of one who could embody the might of Maldraxxus and save the realm from itself.



The necrotic soldiers of Maldraxxus are forged by an eternity of war. . . .



. . .and others are made from the bodies taken as spoils of war.

Maldraxxus’ Inhabitants

Meet the denizens of Maldraxxus.



Abominations
The corpses of the slain are brought to the House of Constructs, where the finest pieces of flesh and bone are skillfully assembled into a new form. These reanimated monstrosities are given new purpose in a body that is greater than the sum of its once separate parts.



Gladiators
The most powerful warriors and champions become gladiators within the ranks of the House of the Chosen. These peerless battlefield tacticians tirelessly train with a variety of rune-forged weapons and are unmatched in martial combat.



Liches
Practicing their craft in the House of Rituals, liches are scheming skeletal sorcerers who use anima to fuel their potent magic.



Plague House Remnant
After the destruction of the House of Plagues, some of the most wretched experiments congealed into animated creatures that now mindlessly wander the plains and crags of Maldraxxus.



Soul-Rotted Flesh
Should outsiders be foolish enough to invade Maldraxxus, they will find themselves cowering in fear before these behemoths. Amalgamations of countless fallen warriors, these monolithic guardians make the earth beneath them tremble with every step they take during their patrols.



Aranakk
Once master assassins and scouts of the fallen House of Eyes, aranakk now find themselves bannerless nomads. While their necropolis lies in ruins, they still retain their sense of purpose and are willing to share the secrets they’ve unraveled from the tangled webs of truth—for a price.

These are but a few of the entities you’ll encounter in Maldraxxus. While adventuring, it's best to stay vigilant—you might even cross paths with long-passed heroes of Azeroth who now wander this realm.

Necrolord Covenant

When players reach maximum level and have explored the first four zones, they’ll be able to pledge themselves to a Covenant, like the Necrolords. Each Covenant offers its champions abilities, along with other powers and cosmetic rewards that can be unlocked through a Covenant Campaign—an epic storyline unique to the faction. This alliance also gives the player access to a Covenant Sanctum, a hall only open to players who have forged a pact with its rulers.

Power of the Necrolords

If you choose to join the Necrolord Covenant, you’ll gain two unique abilities—one class ability used in combat, as well as a signature ability that all members of the Covenant share.

Here is the signature ability that the Necrolords bestow upon their champions:

Fleshcraft: Form a shield of flesh and bone that prevents damage equal to a portion of your maximum health. Standing near the corpse of a defeated enemy when the ability is cast will create a larger shield.

To give you an idea of what to expect, you can view a list of the Covenant signature and class abilities. Please keep in mind that all these are a work in progress and may have additional changes during the course of development and testing, so all abilities shown are subject to change.

Soulbinding
When you join a Covenant, you’ll be able to undergo an ancient rite to bind your soul to some of its most powerful members. By doing so, your character harnesses their power, gaining access to powerful bonuses. Over time, you can unlock new tiers of power and even switch Soulbinds when strategy demands it.

Necrolord Covenant Spoils
For your contributions to the Necrolord Covenant’s cause, you’ll be rewarded with several cosmetic rewards including: a mount, a pet, Necrolord-forged armor, and back attachments that will make your comrades respect you as part of their ranks.

Armor Up
Don specially crafted armor forged within the fires of Maldraxxus.



Pictured: cloth (left), leather (center left), mail (center right), and plate gear (right).

Plaguefall Dungeon and Story Spoilers Inside!


Plaguefall

The House of Plagues was once part of the immortal armies of Maldraxxus, unleashing devasting blight and suffering upon the enemies of the Shadowlands. In the aftermath of the house's not-so-accidental demise, outside forces scramble to claim its toxic secrets. . . before they find themselves consumed by them.

Difficulties: Normal, Heroic, Mythic

Level: 50+ (One of four level-up dungeons*)

Globgrog
The exact nature of the plagues and oozes disgorged by the fall of the House of Plagues may never be deciphered, but the collection of slimes and flesh that became Globgrob will guard this treasure fanatically.

Doctor Ickus
The destruction of the House of Plagues and the slime eruptions left in its wake will not stop the presumed genius of Doctor Ickus and his deranged experiments.

Domina Venomblade
Domina Venomblade believes the instrument of her revenge for the fall of the House of Eyes rests with Plaguefall. No one, not even her former allies, will keep her from gaining the weapon hidden in these ruins.

*Plaguefall is a 5-player dungeon in Maldraxxus.


We look forward to sharing more information as development continues, and we hope this preview prepares you for Maldraxxus and perhaps selecting the Necrolord Covenant!

Will you be joining the Necrolord Covenant? Join the discussion on the forums.

Rewards and abilities are still in development and subject to change, so be sure check back for periodic updates on worldofwarcraft.com as we approach the release of Shadowlands.
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Comments 21 Comments
  1. Queen of Hamsters's Avatar
    Those covenant gear sets are underwhelming to say the least. Looks like something out of Cata or MoP rather than Legion-levels of detail.
  1. prwraith's Avatar
    This looks so uninspired :/
  1. Stelio Kontos's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Queen of Hamsters View Post
    Those covenant gear sets are underwhelming to say the least. Looks like something out of Cata or MoP rather than Legion-levels of detail.
    I agree mostly, except for the plate. Been playing around with it in the Wowhead dressing room, and it looks really good if you like the heavy plate look, especially for Zandalari and Kul Tirans.

    But super hard pass on that leather set.
  1. FreeHongKong's Avatar
    I thought the leather was sexy
  1. Logwyn's Avatar
    Who makes the decision to show up the armor on races that do not wear shoes?

    This set is meh anyway so pass on this for any character.
  1. EbaumsTipster's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Queen of Hamsters View Post
    Those covenant gear sets are underwhelming to say the least. Looks like something out of Cata or MoP rather than Legion-levels of detail.
    A few of them are missing the 3D armor parts you can see on Wowhead, don't know how Blizzard fucked that one up.
  1. chiddie's Avatar
    3 bosses dungeon? Sounds nice, maybe we can have more of them but shorter?

    Let’s cross fingers.
  1. Phaelia's Avatar
    Sets notwithstanding, the zone looks a bit more interesting than I first thought. All of the zones do, except maybe for Bastion which seems bland in comparison.
  1. Saltysquidoon's Avatar
    Maldraxxus is going to be a lore nightmare.

    I get it's a death expansion and they want to do a scourge zone makes perfect sense in 'for the fans' sort of way. But everything is just going to have to be KJ stole the idea for plague/abominations/liches/architecture from Maldraxxus. Also for some reason, the nerubians decided to evolve into spider people that look eerily similar to the ones that live in the zone that would look like northrend after the scourge eons later.

    Bah it's just so obviously the wrong way around.
  1. Arafal's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Queen of Hamsters View Post
    Those covenant gear sets are underwhelming to say the least. Looks like something out of Cata or MoP rather than Legion-levels of detail.
    Eh, they really don't.
    https://de.wowhead.com/guides/necrol...or-sets-cloaks

    The image shown just uses unfinished versions of the sets.
  1. SynDethroc's Avatar
    For whatever reason the picture they used for the sets feature incomplete versions. The ACTUAL sets and the accompanying back attachments look badass. I was initially going to go Venthyr on my rogue, but the Necrolords just keep tempting me more and more...
  1. Queen of Hamsters's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Arafal View Post
    Eh, they really don't.
    https://de.wowhead.com/guides/necrol...or-sets-cloaks

    The image shown just uses unfinished versions of the sets.
    LMAO, that is a relief I have to say, hilarious though that they used unfinished sets on the preview...
  1. Malekius's Avatar
    I have this feeling that Maldraxxus will simply have a huge red X on top of it in China instead of having every single bone swapped for a piece of bread.
  1. paxen's Avatar
    Primus sucks!
  1. Sharnie786's Avatar
    Ardenweald should have been the last zone. Not massively keen on edgelord zones
  1. Doffen's Avatar
    Yeah, those sets looks nothing like the Wowhead datamined ones :P Plate one is so good looking, with the bonewings, YUM!



    "my" velf dk
  1. Kyphael's Avatar
    Those armors will look great on Rogues, Warlocks, Death Knights and even Demon Hunters.

    The zone and creatures though, just look like a mix of Professor Putricide's laboratory and San'layn blended and churned out. It's not bad per say, and I'm sure I'll enjoy it more than Ardenweald (sp?) but it doesn't look fresh and new like Bastion.
  1. Darknessvamp's Avatar
    The Primus was a master strategist and tactician, nigh unbeatable on the field of battle. Long absent from his impenetrable sanctum, he left behind cryptic messages and prophecies pointing to the coming of one who could embody the might of Maldraxxus and save the realm from itself.
    I really hope this has nothing to do with Draka at all.
  1. Zendhal The Black's Avatar
    if this is the afterlife where great warriors go to, I should have rolled a mage 15 years ago...
  1. SerratedEdge252's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Queen of Hamsters View Post
    Those covenant gear sets are underwhelming to say the least. Looks like something out of Cata or MoP rather than Legion-levels of detail.
    BFA would have been a better comparison to be honest as Cata and MoP did have some awesome looking gear sets. Legion's were decent enough as well for the most part.

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