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BlizzConline 2021 - World of Warcraft: Shadowlands What's Next Panel
The WoW team reveals what to expect next from World of Warcraft: Shadowlands!

  • The team isn't sharing much about system changes right now.
  • Unlike some previous expansions at this point, the team isn't seeing anything that needs to be completely overhauled or replaced.
  • Systems have a solid foundation that will be built upon and they will share more once PTRs are live.

  • Chains of Domination will explore the Maw and the Jailer's plans.
  • The Jailer will make his first attacks, showing his hand, and forcing us to defend our new allies.
  • The 4 Covenants will come together to take the fight to the Jailer.

Patch 9.1 Features
  • New areas and enemies in the Maw with Maw theme rewards.
  • Mounts will work in the Maw

  • Largest new section of the Maw
  • Ancient space, lost in the in-between. Unique strange creatures and wildlife.
  • Filled with mysteries and a lot of denizens seen in Oribos
  • City of Secrets
  • We'll learn more about the First Ones
  • New mounts and pets, including the Hand Mount and Undead Horse

New Raid - Sanctum of Domination
  • Taking the attack to the Jailer's doorstep
  • 10 Bosses
  • Boss that is the literal Eye of the Jailer, utilizes the eye of Odin
  • Tarragrue is a boss
  • Kel'thuzad is a boss
  • Sylvanas is also a fight - the finale will change the future of the Shadowlands

  • New wings, with new art and floors
  • New foes and traps
  • New game-changing powers

New Mega Dungeon - Broker Trading City
  • New Brokers group that we met in Oribos
  • Mythic only (for now)
  • 8 bosses
  • Large Broker trading city, with portals, an auction house, and various cartels
  • Broker assassins and four armed guards
  • Heist section is second - chase a broker who stole an artifact through portals that take us to varied locations with multiple bosses
  • Infinite Pirate Dragon Boss
  • Rewards include Broker pets and mounts - worm pet used by brokers as a currency
  • Broker disc mount
  • Broker themed weapons

  • New Conduits
  • Expanding the Soulbind system
  • They are very early into ideation, and will ask for feedback on the forums
  • New Covenant-themed transmogs can be worn by any armor type and mixed and matched with other outfits

  • No Rep grind
  • Unlocked through Covenant story
  • Unlocking Flying grants a Covenant-themed flying mount.

Season 2
  • Domination themed Affix
  • Item level increase across the board
  • Honor talent refresh - Talents that aren't often selected will get a second look and some changes
  • Season rewards - brand new colors of the gladiator and Mythic + mount
  • Vicious Gorn mount for season 2

Shape the Fate of the Shadowlands in Chains of Domination
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
The next content update, Chains of Domination, has been announced at BlizzConline! Watch the panel now or read on to discover what's coming up for World of Warcraft.

The traitorous Sire Denathrius has been defeated, but the power of the Maw still grows. In Chains of Domination, the upcoming major content update for World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, players will delve into new depths of the Jailer’s hopeless domain, seeking to understand the true nature of his malignant plans. Backed by the renewed might of the four Covenants, the champions of the Horde and the Alliance will take the fight for the Shadowlands to the seat of the Jailer’s power. But the Banished One has a terrible new champion in his service—a cruel instrument of despair conscripted by Sylvanas Windrunner, capable of instilling dread into the hearts of Azeroth’s heroes like no creature of the Shadowlands.

The Covenants Strike Back
Return to the Maw with the restored strength of the kyrian, night fae, necrolords, and venthyr and together fight back to reclaim the Shadowlands from the Jailer’s sinister encroachment. As you unravel the Jailer’s dark designs you’ll be able to fight back with newfound inner-strength, even allowing your mounts to once again be rideable in this ominous realm.

Discover the Mysteries of Korthia
The Jailer is searching for the key to fulfill his twisted vision for the afterlives, and he has pulled a fragment of a long-lost domain into the Maw itself to find it: Korthia, City of Secrets. Dragged from the hidden byways of the In-Between, this landmass has its own strange creatures and brims with mysteries the likes of which the Shadowlands has never seen. It is these obscurities that the Jailer is truly after, the secrets of an enigmatic group known as the First Ones.

During your adventures in the Maw and Korthia, you’ll be able to earn new rewards including a spectral steed bound in spiked barding and a severed hand mount that will fearlessly crawl wherever you command.

Raid the Sanctum of Domination
Found beyond the labyrinthine halls of Torghast, the Sanctum of Domination is a new 10-boss raid. Encounter the true Eye of the Jailer, turn the tide against the Tarragrue, square off against Kel’Thuzad, and come face-to-face with the Banshee Queen herself in a fateful confrontation.

New Mega-Dungeon: Tazavesh, the Veiled Market
Gather your party and discover exotic wares and strange creatures in the new eight-boss Mythic mega-dungeon; Tazavesh: the Veiled Market. Set in a bazaar of the mysterious brokers, you’ll face off against dastardly assassins, four-armed broker guards, an infinite pirate dragon, and other enemies as you chase down a wayward broker before she can unleash the might of a stolen artifact to realize her own designs.

This Mythic-only instance can reward players with loot coveted by broker society—including a dazzling assortment of weaponry, otherworldly pets, and a mount.

Explore New Layers in Torghast, Tower of the Damned
As we bring the fight to the Jailer’s home domain, we’ll be able to advance further inside his lair—Torghast, Tower of the Damned. Scour a never-before-seen wing of Torghast as you fight new enemies and evade deadly traps with a variety of game-changing powers.

Take to the Skies
If you’ve got your eye on the skies above the afterlives of the Shadowlands, you’ll be able to unlock flying by completing covenant activities and campaign chapters. Players who do unlock flying will then receive a specialized mount representing their covenant. Kyrian players will glide over gleaming fields on the backs of centurians, night fae will ride upon Ardenweald’s powerful wolf serpents, necrolords will charge into battle upon corpseflies, and venthyr will take to the skies on newly awakened stoneborn.

New Covenant Cosmetic Armor Sets
As you further support your covenant and earn renown, you’ll be rewarded with a new covenant cosmetic armor set. This cosmetic armor set comes in four different colors and can be worn by any armor type—cloth, leather, mail, and plate. Each armor set’s tints can be mix and matched with the others to provide a variety of different looks to suit your desired appearance.

Join the Fray in Shadowlands Season 2
Chains of Domination will also herald the beginning of Shadowlands Season 2. You’ll see the addition of a brand-new domination-themed affix in Mythic Keystone Dungeons and increased item levels for rewards. PvP Honor Talents will undergo a refresh, revitalizing lesser used talents for more options to unleash your full potential. New seasonal rewards for PvP include new colorations of the Gladiator and Mythic keystone mounts, and new Vicious mounts—Alliance and Horde-themed Gorm.

We hope you enjoyed this preview of Chains of Domination and Season 2, which will become available at a later date. The content update's features are still in development and subject to change, so be sure to check back for periodic updates on
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Comments 113 Comments
  1. BigAssBoy's Avatar
    what I am really here for, and they waste so much damn time on a recap.
  1. kamuimac's Avatar
    SL has no problems

    Ion is always right

    its players who are wrong about SL being garbage

    now go and buy those TBC char boosts for 60 euro
  1. FuujCraft's Avatar
    My god, we know the content that is live now, show us the new stuff...
  1. Delano's Avatar
    What a non-answer on systems, christ
  1. FuujCraft's Avatar
    Yes, show us the same treiler we already saw, is this? The panel is already halfway through and we haven't got any infos.
  1. Chickat's Avatar
    And they are replaying the cinematic when they only have 25 mins. This is terrible lmao.
  1. Porimlys's Avatar
    theres gonna be like 8 minutes to talk about the raid and dungeon and zone after all the fluffy descriptions of the story we already played and this cinematic a second time lmao
  1. Delano's Avatar
    Beyond parody
  1. stoffe's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Chickat View Post
    And they are replaying the cinematic when they only have 25 mins. This is terrible lmao.

    hahah show the same stuff again and they only give us 25 min...
  1. Yarathir's Avatar
    my fucking god it's already only 25 minutes and soon they'll have it whittled down to 4 minutes of anything new at all after a bunch of recaps and showing the same cutscene again.

    They literally described what we just went through.
  1. Varjo410's Avatar
    These approaches to their panels was completely the wrong way to go.
    Why not have it the classic way (like the opening)? A guy in front of a big screen talking us through slides of info.

    There's hardly any info, it's just... words... 10 minutes into a 25min panel and we've had a recap and a repeat of the cinematic.
  1. Alubobz's Avatar
    5 minute into on why we are right
    5 minute catch up
    5 minute talk about trailer

    Guessing to come 5 minute fluff piece about the story and new zone
    5 minute round up

    Seriously bet they were relieved covid caused them to cancel blizzcon 2020
  1. kamuimac's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Varjo410 View Post
    These approaches to their panels was completely the wrong way to go.
    Why not have it the classic way (like the opening)? A guy in front of a big screen talking us through slides of info.

    There's hardly any info, it's just... words... 10 minutes into a 25min panel and we've had a recap and a repeat of the cinematic.
    there is no info because there is nothing to show.

    we wont get 9.1 till september.

    im betting this will be just like WoD 2 tier expansion.
  1. Kiivar86's Avatar
    Hand mount seems kinda neat.
  1. Pebrocks The Warlock's Avatar
    I need that Hand mount.
  1. Kiivar86's Avatar
    Well, there's Kel'thuzad after all.
  1. Edward Wu's Avatar
    It's kinda neat I guess. That sums up my thoughts on Shadowlands update.
  1. Kiivar86's Avatar
    How many times has he said "dastardly" so far? At least three by my count.
  1. Arafal's Avatar
    This panel was unbelievably disappointing.
  1. Varjo410's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Kiivar86 View Post
    How many times has he said "dastardly" so far? At least three by my count.
    It's the new "savage".

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