BlizzConline 2021 - World of Warcraft Q&A Panel
The WoW team is answering questions on World of Warcraft!


  • The Story in Chains of Domination
    • The relationship between the Jailer, Sylvanas, and Anduin is the core of Shadowlands' story.
    • The Jailer was looking for Anduin because they needed a hero with his qualities to get an audience with the Archon in Bastion.
    • Uther recognized the power of the Maw on some level when Anduin passed by him, which is why he touches his wound in the trailer.
    • The confrontation with Sylvanas at the end of Sanctum of Domination will be one of the most epic raid moments in raiding history.
    • The Archon survives her wound. They tried to show this by having her hand move after the event in the trailer.
    • Sire Denathrius
      • The voice actor's performance for Sire Denathrius caused Steve to want to keep him alive. This is why he is trapped at the end of the raid instead of killed.
      • He might have allies that want to liberate him from that sword.
    • Time doesn't really mean anything in the realm of death as it's eternity.
    • Bolvar will still be front and center in Chains of Domination. He is a pillar to rally around in Shadowlands.
    • The story of those lost at Teldrassil is not yet done. Tyrande is still out for vengeance for her people.
  • Burning Crusade Classic
    • You will decide if your character moves to Burning Crusade upon logging in on pre-patch.
    • If you choose to stay in Classic Era, your character will look inactive until you install Classic Era, which will then give you access to your character on the Classic Era version of your server.
    • You also have a paid option to make a copy of your character to keep in Classic Era while also moving on to Burning Crusade.
    • Your name will be saved for both server options. If there are server connections they will likely play out like in modern wow having names with servers attached.
    • The team wants to address faction imbalance in BC Classic with small changes such as Paladin seals being available to both factions.
    • Summoning Stones will be introduced with BC Classic as they were added originally in the expansion.
    • PvP titles will be awarded to only a top percentage of players per region.
    • They will not be added any fresh start servers for their timeline of Burning Crusade Classic, but it is something they have been talking about once the launch is successful.
    • Layering will be used much in the same way for Classic's launch.
  • Customization in Shadowlands
    • There are no plans right now to add more race/class combinations in Shadowlands, but never say never.
    • The team will add more customization options in the future for races that didn't get as much in Shadowlands.
    • More heritage armor will be added in the near future while some might still be further off.
  • The Pandemic
    • While it took some time to implement working from home, the team is happy to be able to continue to bring people together through the game during times of isolation.
  • Faction Imbalance
    • The faction imbalance has become a social issue that will likely require a social solution and it is a top priority for the team.
    • They don't quite have a way to address it yet, but recognize it is a problem that needs to be addressed.
    • The faction balance is actually pretty even when it comes to amount of players. It is only for participation in high-end activities that skews majorly to Horde.
    • Ion says "never say never" in regards to the option of letting Horde and Alliance play together eventually.
    • There is still faction identity when selecting which faction you identify with and not having to worry about cutting yourself off from your friends.
  • Server Connections in Modern WoW
    • The team paused the process when Shadowlands launched because the expansion had a huge effect on server populations.
    • The team will continue to use server connections once server populations become a notable issue.
  • Anima
    • There will be new sources of anima added in Chains of Domination.
    • The anima system cosmetic rewards are designed to be an expansion-wide reward system.
    • The team will always address reward amounts if they feel it needs to be altered.
  • Auction House
    • There won't be a return of the entire mobile auction house app, but they are thinking of creating a way to get resources for raiding and such prior to raid from mobile.
  • Flying in Shadowlands
    • You cannot fly directly from zone to zone. You will still need to use the a flight path to enter a zone.
    • Pathfinder is account-wide and your alts will be able to fly at level 50 once unlocked.
  • Torghast
    • The team will continue to add Anima Powers and new content to Torghast.
    • They also plan to address any classes that still struggle with Torghast.
  • 10-Man Content
    • 10-player raiding exists outside of mythic difficulty.
    • Megadungeons are supposed to fill the roll of challenging small group content.
  • Wandering Ancient Mount
    • The Wandering Ancient will be available with Patch 9.0.5.
    • You will receive the mount simply for owning Shadowlands.
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  1. Sorrowseer's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Raugnaut View Post
    Can't fly between zones, so I'm guessing they will implement some sorta debuff that kills you, considering that you CAN glide between zones atm.
    I cannot fathom even now how I am supposed to care at all about the 'Jailor' he is literally a random who popped up and is 'evil' and I just don't... care.
  1. Argorwal's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Sorrowseer View Post
    I cannot fathom even now how I am supposed to care at all about the 'Jailor' he is literally a random who popped up and is 'evil' and I just don't... care.
    Every character starts as a “random” that pops up.
  1. Rustedsaint's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Wekko View Post
    "The Archon survives her wound. They tried to show this by having her hand move after the event in the trailer."

    But why?
    The archon has voice lines from the spire dungeon that suggests the realms go to pieces once the creator of the realm dies.
    So the jailer probably spared her to prevent bastion from crumbling cause he wants the kyrian to continue dumping souls at the broken arbiter, or to bolster his forces from the disillusioned.
  1. Sorrowseer's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Argorwal View Post
    Every character starts as a “random” that pops up.
    Sure thats a great way to generalise it, this is blatantly different though.

    Its the central character to the entire expansion and unlike all previous expansions which had build up, this did not.
  1. Raugnaut's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Sorrowseer View Post
    I cannot fathom even now how I am supposed to care at all about the 'Jailor' he is literally a random who popped up and is 'evil' and I just don't... care.
    Mate you may want to check what you are quoting. I'm talking about flying between zones, NOT the Jailor, who I only give a bit of brownie points to for Sparta-ing Baine off a cliff.
  1. Darknessvamp's Avatar
    The relationship between the Jailer, Sylvanas, and Anduin is the core of Shadowlands' story.
    Shame it's the least explored or elaborated on thing in the expansion.

    The Jailer was looking for Anduin because they needed a hero with his qualities to get an audience with the Archon in Bastion.
    lol what. They can't be serious. He doesn't do anything to get an audience, the player character working with the Kyrians grants him that audience. They just keep asspulling and it keeps getting worse.

    The Archon survives her wound. They tried to show this by having her hand move after the event in the trailer.
    *Insert but why meme* Can't have any form of stakes can we? Terribly communicated btw as it looks like a final twitch before death with the hard cut. "Oh but that bugged kill from that one dungeon shows she wipes the zone on death" Considering it's a leftover and unused dungeon boss fight fail mechanic that was only triggered by bugged interaction, I doubt it's meant to be seen as a confirmed thing that would actually happen.

    The voice actor's performance for Sire Denathrius caused Steve to want to keep him alive. This is why he is trapped at the end of the raid instead of killed.
    Danuser is a terrible writer. Don't plan something for your villain other than death, hear the VA work, decide he should just live for the contrived reason you like listening to how someone talks. How can anyone expect:
    The confrontation with Sylvanas at the end of Sanctum of Domination will be one of the most epic raid moments in raiding history.
    With this sort of big brain scribbler on the team.
    Time doesn't really mean anything in the realm of death as it's eternity.
    That's not how time works.

    Surprised they didn't mention nu Stygia, the currency to grind for Ve'nari next patch.

    Also
    You cannot fly directly from zone to zone. You will still need to use the a flight path to enter a zone.
    Why don't you just put flight portals between zones? Or better yet let people fly in Oribos so they can fly back there and out to the other zones if you have to be so asinine about it.
    Also lol at no flying in the Maw but the Kyrians and a flying Necropolis are A Ok. Especially with the whole quest line to deal with the Eye of the Jailer to make it easier to operate in the zone, seems like it would be a great way to eventually allow flying but nope.
  1. demonik's Avatar
    The only thing that worries me is the new zone is in the maw right? And even though it seems like we'll be able to spend more time in the maw it will still be limited to a certain amount of time. If that's the case then our access to the new zone will be limited and that sounds terrible.What also sounds kinda bad is making players do a daily in the new zone just to get more time to quest more in the new zone/maw. Its odd to give players limited access to a new area, especially when the new area is a big feature of the new patch.
  1. SerratedEdge252's Avatar
    "The confrontation with Sylvanas at the end of Sanctum of Domination will be one of the most epic raid moments in raiding history."

    Perfect, let us absolutely erase her from existence lmao.
  1. Doffen's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Edward Wu View Post
    There's a person in that chatroom breathing into the mic and it sounds like they are dying of Covid.
    Yeah, I had to turn it off. That was annoying, unfortunately.
  1. hyphnos's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by demonik View Post
    The only thing that worries me is the new zone is in the maw right? And even though it seems like we'll be able to spend more time in the maw it will still be limited to a certain amount of time. If that's the case then our access to the new zone will be limited and that sounds terrible.What also sounds kinda bad is making players do a daily in the new zone just to get more time to quest more in the new zone/maw. Its odd to give players limited access to a new area, especially when the new area is a big feature of the new patch.
    oh no worries, they mentioned some "discovery" we will make over (time gating) to negate the eye debuff

    so basically you get to grind in the shit that is the maw so you can make it slightly less shit until it's just the usual patched in flight-free crap
  1. Thetruth1400's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Edward Wu View Post
    There's a person in that chatroom breathing into the mic and it sounds like they are dying of Covid.
    I think it was Holly basically lapping her mouth the entire time that bothered me the most. Sounded like someone just sitting there eating a peach the entire time while other people were talking.
  1. Alkizon's Avatar
    Hmm, they lost me here:
    Layering will be used much in the same way for Classic's launch.

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