BlizzCon 2019 is in full swing after the opening ceremonies that left everyone picking their jaws up off the floor. Blizzard‘s World of Warcraft team was happy to announce their next expansion, World of Warcraft: Shadowlands. We are getting five new zones, more customization options, and an ever changing dungeon. The cinematic trailer and features overview has its fair share of information but leaves us with so many questions.

The cinematic trailer shows Sylvanas returning the Icecrown to dethrone the current Lich King, Bolvar Fordragon. An intense battle takes place and while it looks like the frozen king himself might be able to stop her, she overpowers him and chains him down. It was in this moment I thought I was going to be disappointed. Sylvanas removes his crown and then it looks as if she is going to crown herself. However, she surprises us all and tears it apart. With this she destroys the veil between the living and the dead allowing passage between the two.

During World of Warcraft: Shadownlands, it looks as if players will be traversing to the Shadowlands to explore Bastion, Maldraxxus, Ardenweald, Revendreth, and the Maw. Each zone will feature denizens of the world living in the afterlife and their unique story lines. Players will be able to join a covenant and receive specialties exclusive to them as they level. Leveling has been adjusted as well starting with an overall squish, making max level in game 60. Advancing from level to level will feel like a real accomplishment this time around, granting the player more abilities and deter from just racing to max level once launch happens.

The newest dungeon, Torghast, Tower of the Damned, is inspired by rogue like games and will constantly be changing to challenge players. It will be great to see how the rest of the dungeons in World of Warcraft: Shadowlands will be designed. With mythic plus dungeons, it doesn’t seem likely that they will all be like this, but this is definitely a start.

Aside from the big news, we learned that players will have greater customization options for their characters. Newly created ones can do so in the creation screen and already created characters just have to visit the barber in game. We have also learned that the Panderian and allied races are now able to become Death Knights, as Bolvar needs to bolster his army against the oncoming scourge.

Blizzcon 2019 is still young, so we have all weekend to hear more news about the upcoming World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, maybe even including a release date. The current expansion World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth is playable now on PC through the launcher.

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