World of Warcraft: Shadowlands’ Patch 9.1 Will Finally Let Us Fight Sylvanas
Yes, finally, it looks like we get to fight the genocidal Forsaken Horde leader Sylvanas in the next World of Warcraft: Shadowlands patch.
In a leaked document of materials intended to be announced tomorrow at BlizzCon, the details of the next major patch for Shadowlands were revealed, including its next raid and a boss that awaits players inside.
In patch 9.1, entitled Chains of Domination, the Jailer pulls a new domain into the Maw — Korthia, a long-lost city. Korthia is the stage for new quests and outdoor content in 9.1, as players endeavor to unite the four covenants of the Shadowlands to take the fight to the expansion’s ultimate Big Bad: the Jailer.
However, the Jailer has an ally on his side: former Horde leader Sylvanas Windrunner. Sylvanas awaits inside a new ten-boss dungeon located in Torghast, the Sanctum of Domination. Players will also encounter “the true eye of the jailer,” as well as a “terrible new champion” that Sylvanas has wrought — likely Alliance leader Anduin Wrynn, who she has been trying to corrupt throughout the expansion so far.
Other new content will include a new eight-boss “mega-dungeon” called Tazavesh, the Veiled Market, that features the enigmatic Brokers we’ve seen throughout Shadowlands so far. We’ll also see a new season of PvP content, a new seasonal Keystone dungeon affix, new Covenant cosmetic armor sets, and will be able to unlock flying across the four Covenant areas in Shadowlands.
The press documents do not include a release window for patch 9.1, though currently patch 9.0.5 is on the game’s Public Test Realm and expected to release soon, and 9.1 is likely to follow.
Also in the leak was the announcement that World of Warcraft: Classic would get The Burning Crusade expansion sometime later this year.
Our review of World of Warcraft: Shadowlands when it launched late last year found the expansion included “the most compelling max level experience WoW has had in many years.”
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