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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.
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Comments 113 Comments
  1. Coolface330's Avatar
    Sylvannas is siding with Kel'Thuzad????

    BAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHA. Wait til the Jailer forces Sylvannas to team up with Arthas!

    What a stupid bitch - Anduin called it - she's being used like a doll again.
  1. NordWitcher's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by stoffe View Post
    No way man. I say May at at latest. 6 more months? No way dude.
    May? You gotta be kidding. They would have announced an Alpha or even Beta by now. They have the Diablo 2 Alpha sign ups live right now. No way is this coming in May. They are still on patch 9.0.5 or whatever. That will take another 6 months for sure. Considering they need around 2 months of raid and Beta testing, no way is this coming out in May.
  1. Aeowrynn's Avatar
    Everyone who voted for the GORRAM tree... you're wrong and I hate you. It looks terrible. .... The Fae mount and armor is trash.... The other covenants though, have some hits and misses. I guess the Fae did get the best things to start though. So, fair enough? I am glad Anduin is finally at least somewhat interesting. I want to see Arthas. I want to see more about the new land mass. I want to know more about the broker race. I want to know more about the First and the Obleron. Sylvanas has been such an amazing character. this particular arc still seems wrong and off. I hope it's all cleared by the end. Forgive the ramble.
  1. Army Dreamer's Avatar
    In this "Chains of Domination" final fight... is Sylvanas going to be a mistress?
  1. rrayy's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by NordWitcher View Post
    May? You gotta be kidding. They would have announced an Alpha or even Beta by now. They have the Diablo 2 Alpha sign ups live right now. No way is this coming in May. They are still on patch 9.0.5 or whatever. That will take another 6 months for sure. Considering they need around 2 months of raid and Beta testing, no way is this coming out in May.
    There is no beta testing for a content patch. IT is on PTR and those NEVER taker more than a month. This is not going to take 6 months. May is far more realistic than September.
  1. Gasparde's Avatar
    Quick recap:

    We're getting a new zone... and they're going to put stuff into that zone!
    We're also getting a new raid and Sylvanas is in it!
    And then there's gonna be a dungeon... that has mobs in it! One of them being a pirate dragon! Exciting!
    And let's not forget changes to systems! Which there will be! They don't seem to have any concrete ideas on what specific changes, but there will be changes!

    Like, Jesus, all of this was so vague and non-descriptive... no images at all, no videos, no previews, no nothing... just 'stuff is definitely going to go on'. What a boring Blizzcon. Can't wait for the Q&A tomorrow, that for sure is gonna give us... really just anything.
  1. Belloc's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Stevano View Post
    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.
    I'm sorry, in what universe is a 10-boss raid, a megadungeon, torghast content, a new zone, player power expansions, new story content, and unlocked flying... a rather small patch?
  1. Chickat'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?
    Yeah its a reskin of the MoP dragonns. It looks horrible. The Kyrian one looks okay. The Necrolord and Venthyr ones look badass though.
  1. Laqweeta's Avatar
    Annnnnnnnnnd tbc classic steals the show! Hahahah
  1. Kixxenn's Avatar
    I'm digging the new mounts for the covenants.

    Kyrian - Sleek
    Venthyr - Smexy
    Night Fae - Falcor
    Nercomongers - kinda meh for me tbh.

    That's ok 3 out of 4 are pretty nice. Also I hope some of the armors turn out ok, some of them looked alright in the clip I seen. A little bit minimalist for my tastes but one or two there that I thought looked alright.

    I wish we got more clips of the zones tho.
  1. HighlordJohnstone's Avatar
    I know this is very vague and all, but reminder that we likely won't get 9.1 till May or June.

    But, from what we've seen so far, THIS LOOKS SICK WTF!!!!
  1. Chickat's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by chase123 View Post
    Patch 9.1 will be released whenever the next FF14 expansion launches guaranteed.
    Thats not coming until Fall. As far behind as they are, it wont be delayed until September-November. I guess their answer to FF14 will be 9.1.5 LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scarnage86 View Post
    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...
    Its not that 9.1 wont have that stuff. Its that they are too early in development to talk about any of it. Which is scary.
  1. Lazerbrain's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Gasparde View Post
    Quick recap:

    We're getting a new zone... and they're going to put stuff into that zone!
    We're also getting a new raid and Sylvanas is in it!
    And then there's gonna be a dungeon... that has mobs in it! One of them being a pirate dragon! Exciting!
    And let's not forget changes to systems! Which there will be! They don't seem to have any concrete ideas on what specific changes, but there will be changes!

    Like, Jesus, all of this was so vague and non-descriptive... no images at all, no videos, no previews, no nothing... just 'stuff is definitely going to go on'. What a boring Blizzcon. Can't wait for the Q&A tomorrow, that for sure is gonna give us... really just anything.
    it was really a lot of talk and very little to show.
  1. mr2t's Avatar
    9.1 - Hope You Like Mounts patch
  1. Chickat's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by rrayy View Post
    There is no beta testing for a content patch. IT is on PTR and those NEVER taker more than a month. This is not going to take 6 months. May is far more realistic than September.
    Yes they absolutely do take more than a month lol. They typically take about 7-10 weeks for a large patch. 5-8 for a smaller one.
  1. hulkgor's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Scarnage86 View Post
    so 9.1 is just a "more of the same" recolored
    So... like every other major patch in every expansion so far? Got it.

    I respect everyone's opinion, but peoples criticism is just getting silly at this point.
  1. Absintheminded's Avatar
    It's the FIRST ONES, not the OLD ONES.
  1. Chickat's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Belloc View Post
    I'm sorry, in what universe is a 10-boss raid, a megadungeon, torghast content, a new zone, player power expansions, new story content, and unlocked flying... a rather small patch?
    No, the patch sounds great. But it just sounds great. Theres nothing to look at.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kixxenn View Post
    I'm digging the new mounts for the covenants.

    Kyrian - Sleek
    Venthyr - Smexy
    Night Fae - Falcor
    Nercomongers - kinda meh for me tbh.

    That's ok 3 out of 4 are pretty nice. Also I hope some of the armors turn out ok, some of them looked alright in the clip I seen. A little bit minimalist for my tastes but one or two there that I thought looked alright.

    I wish we got more clips of the zones tho.
    Night fae is the worst. It looks so derpy and dumb. Necrolord is the best. Fight me.
  1. Absintheminded's Avatar
    Negros really got the short straw on all those new models.
  1. Wangming's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Belloc View Post
    I'm sorry, in what universe is a 10-boss raid, a megadungeon, torghast content, a new zone, player power expansions, new story content, and unlocked flying... a rather small patch?
    Players often only quantify the content they enjoy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gasparde View Post
    Quick recap:

    We're getting a new zone... and they're going to put stuff into that zone!
    We're also getting a new raid and Sylvanas is in it!
    And then there's gonna be a dungeon... that has mobs in it! One of them being a pirate dragon! Exciting!
    And let's not forget changes to systems! Which there will be! They don't seem to have any concrete ideas on what specific changes, but there will be changes!

    Like, Jesus, all of this was so vague and non-descriptive... no images at all, no videos, no previews, no nothing... just 'stuff is definitely going to go on'. What a boring Blizzcon. Can't wait for the Q&A tomorrow, that for sure is gonna give us... really just anything.
    Makes you wonder how ready the patch really is.

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