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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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  1. TheAngryGazebo's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by zknm7 View Post
    What is that, a f*king PIRATE DRAGON in that Broker's dungeon?!?! PLEASE tell me that that thing drops a mount version of itself, PLEASE!!!
    And Infinite Dragonflight Pirate Dragon, no less. Very interested to learn what they are all about.
  1. BB8's Avatar
    Wow:
    Korthia seems very nice
    Flying convenant mount is cool
    Sylvanas as raid boss... expected... but we definately are not going to kill her

    Hearthstone:
    Awesome the made a horde adventurers team. I like Elise and Reno, but this gives something extra for sure.
  1. Qnubi's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Laqweeta View Post
    Annnnnnnnnnd tbc classic steals the show! Hahahah
    Actually, this "Blizzcon" the franchise that stomped everything was Diablo. Everything about it has been great so far and the community is mostly very happy.
  1. Wangming's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Qnubi View Post
    Actually, this "Blizzcon" the franchise that stomped everything was Diablo. Everything about it has been great so far and the community is mostly very happy.
    Not really. I mean I loved the Rogue reveal, but that's all it was. That and the semi forced PvP mode. Resurrected was revealed and looks cool, yes. But people didn't have any problem with playing the old game for 20 years. Immortal just talked about how fun the Alpha was. Fuck all was revealed, not even and ETA on the next test.

    The rest?

    WoW:
    - Worst kept secret TBC. Been there, done that.
    - Shadowlands: Red Herring story hooks and concept arts because fuck all is ready. It'll be in March probably. At least I hope the undead look is permanent.

    Hearthstone:
    - We have two half baked game modes, gonna add a third one.
    - The Barrens chat was funny, right?

    Everything else:
    - What do you mean, dear players? We only have these three franchises.

    OKay, that's not true. We got arcade games as well.


    There were a lot of thanks yous and self congratulations, but for me this was easily the weakest BlizzCon. Hopefully many of you are super excited.
  1. Haidaes'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 one of those words where the second use already sticks out like a sore thumb, the 3rd just drags the speaker's credibilty through the mud.

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    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.
    Maybe another step for conductor for 20k anima and 30 souls?

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    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?
    Imho that is supposed to be one of these asian "long-weasel" mythical creatures. It even comes with these twig-like hornes you often see on chinese style dragons. Essentially it looks like a Long fucked a ferret.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chickat View Post
    Night fae is the worst. It looks so derpy and dumb. Necrolord is the best. Fight me.
    It's just an ugly-ass bug, night fae is lame but at least it's something different (second worst). Kyrian and Venthyr are tied in the lead until I see the bottom half of the Venthyr one (the artwork seems unfinished). Don't fight me, you'd be wrong anyway.
  1. Chickat's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Haidaes View Post
    It's one of those words where the second use already sticks out like a sore thumb, the 3rd just drags the speaker's credibilty through the mud.

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    Maybe another step for conductor for 20k anima and 30 souls?

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    Imho that is supposed to be one of these asian "long-weasel" mythical creatures. It even comes with these twig-like hornes you often see on chinese style dragons. Essentially it looks like a Long fucked a ferret.

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    It's just an ugly-ass bug, night fae is lame but at least it's something different (second worst). Kyrian and Venthyr are tied in the lead until I see the bottom half of the Venthyr one (the artwork seems unfinished). Don't fight me, you'd be wrong anyway.
    Nightfae is just a furry panda dragon. Bug mount is sweet looking and super high res.
  1. Tarx's Avatar
    Blizzard must fire the art team . The Brokers and Covenant armor is boring
  1. Glorious Leader's Avatar
    why is it mythic only? they really fucking hate their customer base
  1. rrayy's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Chickat View Post
    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.
    7 weeks is a month and a hlaf. So, the patch will be out far earlier than 6 months.
  1. Dracullus's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Glorious Leader View Post
    why is it mythic only? they really fucking hate their customer base
    How dare they encouraging you to manually find a dungeon group during a single patch. What a monsters. (No to mention its exact same thing they do from Legion)
  1. Chickat's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by rrayy View Post
    7 weeks is a month and a hlaf. So, the patch will be out far earlier than 6 months.
    I wasn't saying August anyways. April is not happening. May is possible. The ptr can't even start until mid-March at the earliest. Likely late March/early April. 2 months of ptr puts it in June. May or June. July if they are really behind and the ptr doesn't start till May. Anyone saying August is being dumb imo.
  1. Glorious Leader's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Dracullus View Post
    How dare they encouraging you to manually find a dungeon group during a single patch. What a monsters. (No to mention its exact same thing they do from Legion)
    Yea it was a dumb idea in Legion as well. In fact they ended up putting it on dungeon finder. I really don't get this need to segregate the fucking audience.
  1. Voidism's Avatar
    I hope Torghast will give more rewards. It's a fun thing to do for a casual like me, and it would be nice to have a reason to do it other than soul ash.

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