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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!


Systems
  • 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.

Story
  • 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

Korthia
  • 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

Torgahst
  • 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

Covenants
  • 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

Flying
  • 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 worldofwarcraft.com.
This article was originally published in forum thread: BlizzConline 2021 - World of Warcraft: Shadowlands What's Next Panel started by Stoy View original post
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  1. schwarzkopf's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by stoffe View Post
    No way man. I say May at at latest. 6 more months? No way dude.
    They are only JUST starting to ask for feedback on what to do. They had no gameplay videos for any of the new stuff, barely an image of the new maw subzone.

    This is pretty much still 90% concept.

    Don't hold your breath ... this is an August patch.
  1. Stevano's Avatar
    This panel was the biggest anti-climax I've ever witnessed. The entire panel was just a recap on what we already played, very little information about a rather small patch and, how is it possible, another recap that is almost half as long as the whole 9.1 walkthrough... my god. I went in blank and still got dissapointed.
  1. Kiivar86's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Swizzle View Post
    The announcement made it sound like it's not renown but anima. The mounts all come from directing anima to parts of your sanctum. I know the Night Fae one was tied to sending anima to wild seeds and Kyrian were for the eternal forge. Maybe you have to max out parts of your sanctums to get it.
    You're right but seeing as the quests have all thus far been tied to renown levels, I don't see that changing.
  1. FuujCraft's Avatar
    Not even concept art? Very sad. But happy that Blizzcon 2020 was cancelled. Besides Diablo, nothing interesting happened.
  1. thunderdragon2's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by kamuimac View Post
    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.
    iirc i remember seeing that 9.1 would come in may, also that infinite pirate dragon boss better drop itself as a mount thats looks awesome as hell

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    Quote Originally Posted by chase123 View Post
    I hope flying isn't locked behind an achievement or renown.
    its the latter im fine with that tbh
  1. leviathonlx's Avatar
    That was a whole lot of nothing outside cosmetics and the fact they are still 'planning things' for the actual system upgrades at this point is not a good sign. Hell 8.1 and 7.1 were on the PTR for 2 months at this point. And I don't want to hear COVID excuses when COVID has been a thing for a year now
  1. TickTickTick's Avatar
    So...

    For the mounts: Night Fae look great, the rest is meh.
    For the transmog: Kyrian one looks GREAT, super unique. Necrolords and Venthyr are pretty okayish, while Night Fae is pure trash. And as always, they look the best on Humans, I dont even want to imagine how they look on a tauren...
  1. hulkgor's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by schwarzkopf View Post
    Looks like this patch is still 6+ months away.
    Out of curiosity, why would you say that?

    I'm aiming at ~3 months. May.
  1. Deadite's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by schwarzkopf View Post
    I imagine that the renown cap will go up by 20 or so... but renown is trivial to get so that's no biggy.
    Yeah is is super easy to get. Both points per week....
  1. chase123's Avatar
    Patch 9.1 will be released whenever the next FF14 expansion launches guaranteed.
  1. stoffe's Avatar
    You think we will get more SL info tomorrow or was this all we get?
  1. Scarnage86's Avatar
    so 9.1 is just a "more of the same" recolored.....
    no tier set
    no new leggendary
    just refarm m+ and raid in the specc rotation without some change or new appeal....
    Even OW2 pve looks very more promising on gameplay change, i mean OW2 got a full talent system!!! AND IS A SHOOTER!!!
    Let us make change in specc gameplay pls...
  1. Grimbold21's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Saved View Post
    unless there is some suprise, they already gave us all...
    Yea, at best we may get extra tidbits pried from them via Q&A

    But god damn, I hated this filler nonsense
  1. bowlink's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by stoffe View Post
    https://media.mmo-champion.com/image...ry/BCSU016.jpg

    is that suppose to look like a flaying fox or?
    i think they were going for a Falkor vibe without getting sued by the Warner Brothers and their little sister Dot.
  1. Cæli's Avatar
    carrot and stick: the game
  1. Edward Wu's Avatar
    Starting to get the feeling that 9.2 will be the final tier and patch and will have us face the Jailer. There will be a 9.1.5 I'm sure.
  1. tmamass's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Saved View Post
    unless there is some suprise, they already gave us all...
    yeah from the looks of it there is ZERO chances for any BIG surprise tomorrow...
  1. gleepot's Avatar
    I don't know if there's a more toxic, inconsiderate, and never satisfied community than the cesspool that is mmo-champion.
  1. Kiivar86's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by stoffe View Post
    https://media.mmo-champion.com/image...ry/BCSU016.jpg

    is that suppose to look like a flaying fox or?
    I believe it is another attempt at a qilin/qirin.
  1. NordWitcher's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Kiivar86 View Post
    How many times has he said "dastardly" so far? At least three by my count.
    Almost feels like game developers try too hard to be cool and relate to their audience and they mess it up every time. Ubisoft are famous for doing it. Their E3 conferences are always cringe worthy. The best are Sony and PlayStation. They just show you games and keep the talking to limited.

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