Maw Updates in Patch 9.1 Chains of Domination
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
With the nefarious traitor Sire Denathrius dealt with and his stolen anima returned to its rightful owners, the covenants and you are now ready to take on the Jailer himself in the upcoming content update, Chains of Domination.

A HIDDEN WONDER

As part of his ongoing schemes, the Jailer has located a long-lost domain of the Shadowlands—Korthia, the City of Secrets—and dragged it from the hidden byways of the In-Between into the Maw. In this new area, you’ll team up with the covenants under a unified banner to fight against the endless forces of the Jailer, and work to uncover what obscurities he seeks in this forgotten realm.

The prophecies of Korthia foretold of the day when one who walked the Maw would save the Shadowlands from disaster. Perhaps this is that day.


Korthia's Inhabitants

Fearsome wildlife roams Korthia, hardened from eons of adaptation. Be on your guard as you explore this primordial land.


Ravenous Scavenger
Insatiable hunger drives these creatures to relentlessly pursue their next quarry, either by stealing scraps from other creatures or devouring hapless prey that cross their paths.


Shardhide Mauler
Enveloped in calloused hides and armed with vicious claws, these lumbering beasts ferociously fight any who encroach on their territory.


Korthian Attendants
Related to the attendants who preside in Oribos, this long-lost cartel serves to protect the Shadowland’s most ancient secrets.


Frenzied Razorwing
Solitary predators, razorwings are feared for their grisly hunting tactics: they swoop down on a target and savagely eviscerate unsuspecting prey.


Hungering Mite
Riddling the skies of Korthia, these aberrations swarm targets and drain them of their life-essence.


Korthian Gromit
These docile creatures gracefully hop through the ruins of Korthia, avoiding predators as they forage for food. When threatened, they lash out with whip-like tongues.

COVENANT ASSAULTS

Return to the Maw with the restored strength of the kyrian, necrolords, night fae, and venthyr and together strike back at the Jailer in Covenant Assaults. Twice a week, you can help the covenants’ forces fight the Maw’s monstrosities. Each Assault is led by one covenant and assisted in part by a second covenant, both of which need your help to complete four quests on the battlefront to take over key locations within the Maw. Successfully completing the onslaught will reward you with reputation for the leading covenant, the assisting faction, and the new covenant coalition, Death’s Advance. You’ll also receive a War Chest filled with Stygia and Soul Cinders, a currency used to further upgrade your legendary items. It may also contain mounts, legendary crafting materials, or equipment.

DEATH’S ADVANCE

At the forefront of the fight for the Shadowlands are the covenants’ champions you met along the way while leveling and questing. Visitors from the covenants change daily, and each will offer you repeatable quests. Turning in dailies will reward you with reputation for the new Death’s Advance faction. You’ll also earn reputation from the quest giver’s associated covenant (e.g. venthyr visitors will grant Court of Harvesters rep).

For your contributions to the Death’s Advance’s cause, you’ll gain their favor and will be able to purchase several cosmetic rewards, including covenant armor appearance sets.

THE ARCHIVIST’S CODEX

Korthian attendants have committed their existence to researching relics from across the Shadowlands. Led by their Archivist, they are dedicated to recovering the relics scattered across Korthia in the wake of the mawsworn invasion. Aid their cause by returning any Relic Fragments you find to Archivist Roh-Suir in return for The Archivist’s Codex faction reputation and a new currency, Catalogued Research. You can exchange Catalogued Research for a variety of rewards including Conduit and equipment upgrades, a flying mount, and a cosmetic appearance for your cloak.

MOUNT UP IN THE MAW

Disrupting the Jailer will weaken his hold in the Maw and bolster the confidence of your mounts to let you ride them into battle. To saddle up on your trusty steed in this ominous realm, you’ll first need to complete the introductory storyline to Korthia. Once you complete the quest, you’ll receive The True Maw Walker reward, which allows you to summon and ride all ground mounts in The Maw and Korthia on the character who earned it.


BLIND THE JAILER’S EYE

During your journey through the Chains of Domination storyline, you’ll be able to diminish the dangers of this desolate realm during the “Focusing the Eye” quest, which permanently removes the Eye of the Jailer effect. With the eye no longer tracking your every move, you can freely roam the Maw without penalty and stay in this forbidden place for as long as you please.

DELVE INTO DESMOTAERON

Along with exploring Korthia, you can now traverse the previously inaccessible terrain in the Maw, Desmotaeron. This land withers under the shadowy palm of Helya herself, where she tortures souls as her contribution to the Jailer’s schemes. It is here that you’ll also find the entrance of the new 10-boss raid, Sanctum of Domination.

NEW EVENT: TORMENTORS OF TORGHAST

While eradicating the Maw of the Jailer’s forces, his conniving lieutenant Kel’Thuzad will occasionally dispatch Tormentors to maintain their icy grip over the Maw. Slay Mawsworn minions to draw out these powerful adversaries that will stop at nothing to pulverize you into a pile stygia. Defeating a Tormentor will reward you with a Tormentor’s Cache brimming with Soul Cinders and can also contain powerful equipment as well as a Bahmethra Chain Link. Binding enough of these chain links will allow you to summon an eerie mount, the Hand of Bahmethra.

We look forward to sharing more information as development continues, and we hope this preview prepares you for the Maw and all it has to offer.

Rewards and mechanics are still in development and subject to change, so be sure to check back for periodic updates on worldofwarcraft.com as we approach the release of Chains of Domination.
This article was originally published in forum thread: Maw Updates in Patch 9.1 Chains of Domination started by Lumy View original post
Comments 54 Comments
  1. enigma77's Avatar
    Yeah but when?
  1. Pebrocks The Warlock's Avatar
    First thing I'm doing after the intro is hunt and grind for that Hand of Bahmethra.
  1. Arafal's Avatar
    Still. No. Release. Date.
  1. uncl55's Avatar
    The fucking date? Are serious!
  1. Nyel's Avatar
    Guess June 29 looks likely with this preview.
  1. Phaelia's Avatar
    I wish they’d at least acknowledge the wait time has stagnated this game. I don’t want a rushed product either but I find myself rarely logging in
  1. donomito's Avatar
    game is dead, move on to other games folks.
  1. Argorwal's Avatar
    With this info my guess is 6/29.

    Will probably get a build tomorrow labeled release candidate and the 2 week PvP warning.
  1. Steelcryo's Avatar
    Is the quest line to stop the flow of anima to the maw and return it to the covenants already in and I missed it or is that coming in 9.1? I've not played for a while, so not entirely sure.

    Also I love how in TBC we just bought flying when we hit max level, then they added pathfinder to unlock flying, then pathfinder in the X.1 patch and it's complete a quest in the X.1 patch to unlock being able to use your ground mounts again. Just me that thinks it was a stupid decision to disallow even ground mounts in the first place?
  1. bagina's Avatar
    Still not over the fact that Korthia is just a slice of Ardenweald with some Oribos blocks thrown here and there. Lol. A "city"? Bitch, where? Doesn't help the lighting is butt ugly too. That yellow hue is vomit worthy.
  1. Pebrocks The Warlock's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Steelcryo View Post
    Is the quest line to stop the flow of anima to the maw and return it to the covenants already in and I missed it or is that coming in 9.1? I've not played for a while, so not entirely sure.
    It happened during the raid, I think after killing Lady Inerva Darkvein.
  1. apelsinjuice's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Argorwal View Post
    With this info my guess is 6/29.

    Will probably get a build tomorrow labeled release candidate and the 2 week PvP warning.
    thats what it looks like
  1. Kraku's Avatar
    Al the wowtubers are looking at ff14 right now. Hell even asmongold is gonna play it. Just let wow die at this point and make them make WoW: Reforged or WoW 2
  1. Pebrocks The Warlock's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Kraku View Post
    Al the wowtubers are looking at ff14 right now. Hell even asmongold is gonna play it. Just let wow die at this point and make them make WoW: Reforged or WoW 2
    I seriously can't imagine ever going to a game's fansite and telling everyone to stop playing. That's beyond my understanding.
  1. McNeil's Avatar
    More time spend in the Maw...... oh dear
  1. Biggles Worth's Avatar
    HeyGuys, I heard you like the Maw.
  1. thunderdragon2's Avatar
    still no release date...sigh
  1. Frozenbeef's Avatar
    so..like 2021 or...?
  1. Bwonsamdi the Dead's Avatar
    Yeah I think either the end of June, or first week of July is looking likely for the release date
  1. Azerox's Avatar
    Like we care anymore , we need a date and a time. Bs.

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