Shadowlands Alpha - Introduction Experience
The Shadowlands Alpha servers are back up and the introduction experience is now available for testing!

CONTAINS MAJOR SPOILERS

  • You begin by taking a portal to the top of Icecrown to find the leaders of the Alliance and Horde talking to Bolvar and his death knights. Anduin, Jaina, Baine, and Thrall are suspiciously absent from this meeting however.
  • Darion Morgraine greets you, explaining that "before her minions abducted key leaders, the Banshee Queen attacked Icecrown. She cut a path to the Frozen Throne and seized the Helm of Domination. Look to the sky and you will see the results of her actions. I...have never beheld anything like this. But shattering the helm also freed Bolvar Fordragon from the burden of the Lich King. Bolvar has recovered and believes he knows where the Banshee has taken those she abducted."
  • As you approach, you find the two factions arguing. Lor'themar remarks that these are troubled times and both factions need stability. He doesn't seem to believe that sending Azeroth's leaders on a potential suicide mission is smart, and thinks those who are not present would also agree.
  • Tyrande calls him a coward and exclaims that she would pay any price to see the Banshee impaled upon her glaive. Genn says he wants the same, but agrees with Lor'themar. Anduin wouldn't want them to risk the well-being of the Alliance for his sake.
  • Calia tells Tyrande that the kaldorei will need their leader to have any hope of finding peace, to which Tyranda responds by scoffing at the idea of the Forsaken speaking of peace after what they have done.
  • Bolvar silences everyone, stating that the war is over and a more pressing threat is now at hand.
  • When you talk to him, Bolvar explains that when Sylvanas shattered the Helm of Domination, her soul became indelibly linked to the helm, much as his had when he donned it. He can now sense her presence, and knows where she has gone. He says the helm can bring us to where we need to go to rescue our leaders, but it cannot bring us back. Only we can do that on our own. He asks you to complete the ritual at the Frozen Throne to open to the rift into the Maw.
  • As you place the shards of the helm around the center rune, Bolvar talks about how he glimpsed many realms of death as the Lich King, and always felt a dark presence at the edge of his consciousness. It was not Arthas or Ner'zhul but something else. He now senses it lurking in the sky above, and it cannot be left unchecked. He lends you the Knights of the Ebon Blade for your travels.

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  1. Darkguyver2020's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by naeblis495 View Post
    Nothing we didn't saw a million times by now . So boring and generic
    Not nearly as boring and generic as the same old menchildren complaining all the while on this site. Change your tune already.
  1. Houle's Avatar
    this is some incredible bullshit yet again lmao. gj blizz

    the jailer sounds like the most generic villain ever, who ofc wants to kill azeroths world soul, and ofc has an army that "rivals the legion"
    funny tho that we collect and use the pieces of the helm (with the blue gem being conveniently intact), which still have some power. well definitely reforge that thing during the addon
    also, bolvar mentions both ner'zhul and arthas, so i suspect well be seeing both of them somewhere in the addon (most likely maw)
  1. Ilyiana's Avatar
    them dropping comparisons to the army of the Legion as a size measurement feels a little forced-that's the only thing I don't like. i was NOT expecting to see helya so soon, but it's freaking awesome.
    i am in awe of how pointless bfa feels next to this opening, which is predominantly a continuation of at least four plot threads from legion. this is the last time they should use "suicide mission with impossible odds" as an opening though, it's getting old. it works this time but one more past it won't be good, and the main reason it works for me this time is because the player ends up in oribos, alone, after all is said and done-that's awesome. tanaan and broken shore both left you with a big loss but majority of your army intact. this has you well and truly all alone at oribos and having to save people from the maw later, which is actually super cool. i like what i see, even if nods at "soul of your world" and "first ones" are a little alarming-those need to be handled well for me to have interest in them. I get that Legion introducing Azeroth as having a world soul means that pretty much every conflict after it will be related to that titan somehow. my guess is that this is the first expansion of several to follow with the chief forces of warcraft cosmology battling to try and get control of the world soul. the legion, serving chaos, already happened. the void had a decent shot in bfa but flubbed a bit. death's turn, next will be light+void. it works, but sooner or later that titan has to rise.
    anywho, I'm into it and I am super eagerly waiting for the payoff of Sylvanas' 36D chess. They keep baiting it and I hope it is meaningful, if it doesn't work it'll be kinda sad. but like i said, this is good. bring on more!
  1. Whitedragon's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Sigxy View Post
    I'm confused... Sylvanas had minions abduct really, REALLY important people that are without a doubt VERY well protected. Will we ever get an good explanation as to how this was done or is this going to be a case of "just go with it" even if it will be very questionable?
    Ya that was the first thing that popped into my head. Most likely the single most wanted person on Azeroth who at this point is said to have very little left in the way of resources, and hea multiple groups of people hunting to stop/kill her, somehow takes not 1 not 2 not even 3 but 4 of the keystone leaders from 2 factions? some of which are very powerful themselves... Hells bells why did she stop at 4? why not take all of them + the leaders of all the secondary factions in the world + the Champions + anyone else of prominence. Manpower and resources don't seem to be a hold up so why not....
  1. Kiivar86's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Ilyiana View Post
    them dropping comparisons to the army of the Legion as a size measurement feels a little forced-that's the only thing I don't like.
    It does feel a bit weird but thinking on it, it kinda makes some sense. The dead from Azeroth and countless other worlds coming through and piling up, the Jailer able to build his army from all those souls, it wouldn't take very long at all to build up something massive.

    Convenient though, to be sure.
  1. Hugnomo's Avatar
    I actually really enjoyed the intro experience. Can't wait to get more developments
  1. Avelphina's Avatar
    Velen seemed to be among the group of missing Alliance leaders as well, at the very least I couldn't locate him in any of the screenshots. That's rather concerning, we've already lost one Velen, even if it was an alternate one.
  1. Frosteye's Avatar
    *yawn* people are excited for another expac of this?
  1. Pebrocks The Warlock's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Frosteye View Post
    *yawn* people are excited for another expac of this?
    Is it really that surprising that people are excited for something you aren't?
  1. Kataroku's Avatar
    Please let there be an option to watch Baine die. Horribly.
  1. Super Kami Guru's Avatar
    Why did we have to fucking save Baine.... there would be nothing lost if he died.
  1. LostSinclair's Avatar
    This is suitably dramatic and fitting opening experience for Shadowlands. I like it. Calia having more of a leadership role for the forsaken is already triggering so many die hard sylvanas fanboys and Hordies who don't want her. Still though, lore wise she is the best fit since technically most the forsaken are her former subjects.
  1. Haidaes's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Igzorn View Post
    technically Valeera is a horde member, and Calia was build up to be the next leader of the forsaken.
    Calia really wasn't. She has zero connection to the horde leadership or even the horde players right now. The last time we've seen her she even took away the risen nightelves from the horde and went to council them along with Jaina's brother in kul tiras, an alliance stronghold. She is WAY too tightly linked to the alliance to ever lead a horde faction, because we all know horde and alliance will remain and Blizzard will at best give us a brief respite of the shitastic faction war story-line.

    - - - Updated - - -

    I'm kinda curious why the jailer has it in for Azeroth, as he seems to explicitly mentions our world's souls. What does she matter to him, Titan's supposedly don't even go to the shadowlands.
  1. Logwyn's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Avelphina View Post
    Velen seemed to be among the group of missing Alliance leaders as well, at the very least I couldn't locate him in any of the screenshots. That's rather concerning, we've already lost one Velen, even if it was an alternate one.
    I bet that he is wandering but not lost.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kyphael View Post
    I was wondering the same...

    ALL HAIL Calia Menethil, Queen of THE FORSAKEN!!!

    OT, I'm actually liking what I read here. Great opening.
    Not Queen of Lordaeron?
  1. Jawless Jones's Avatar
    wow this looks like utter bullshit.

    calia as leader of the forsaken.... the forsaken get a leader that represents none of them. When do the forsaken get a leader that even looks like them? at least sylvanas had gone through the same shit they had, calia has absolutely NOTHING in common with the average forsaken character.

    how the fuck do these people have jobs as writers????
  1. RyudoTFO's Avatar
    Can we just leave Tyrande in The Maw©? Her "yOu are all CoWaRdS! LeT's kiLl sOmEbOdY!" attitude doesn't really help the story to progress. If they don't want to set her up to be the next villain after Shadowlands, they really need to tone her down.
  1. Toppy's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Hyral View Post
    Valeera has always been independent. Technically or otherwise.
    Someone directly working for the Stormwind royal family and never the Horde is "Independent"?
  1. Wangming's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Sigxy View Post
    I'm confused... Sylvanas had minions abduct really, REALLY important people that are without a doubt VERY well protected. Will we ever get an good explanation as to how this was done or is this going to be a case of "just go with it" even if it will be very questionable?
    And instead of just killing them and sending their souls to the a Jailer she decided to simply capture them and go all, I shall torture you because it is fun, MUHAHAHAHHAAAAA

    This is a fucking joke. Oh my god.
  1. cface's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Pebrocks The Warlock View Post
    Is it really that surprising that people are excited for something you aren't?
    It's surprising that anyone can like this garbage. Haven't even seen the shadowlands cinematic, cause I cringed even at the poster image of it. Wow haven't had lore for quite some time now.

    Just hope and pray they get gearing and classes better this expansion
  1. Soikona's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Wangming View Post
    And instead of just killing them and sending their souls to the a Jailer she decided to simply capture them and go all, I shall torture you because it is fun, MUHAHAHAHHAAAAA

    This is a fucking joke. Oh my god.
    Or to lure us in. It seems like a trap to get us here.

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