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Some huge changes are coming to WoW, with its new expansion Shadowlands. From a giant level squish back to 60 to a brand new "covenant" system, check out the changes below:

While you can check out Blizz's full post on the official WoW site( ), we've listed some of the highlights from the post below:


"There are four ruling powers that control the Shadowlands, each of which is in desperate need of aid from the heroes of Azeroth and what they can bring. In exchange for help, the Covenants are willing to share a piece of their power and access to what they have to offer such as rewards, riches, and more.

When you join a Covenant at maximum level, you’ll get access to its unique Covenant Campaign. You’ll also gain two abilities specific to the Covenant—one class-specific, and one universal ability available to all Covenant members. You’ll be able to try out these abilities before you choose the Covenant you’ll ultimately join as you level, so rest assured that you’ll have a chance to put them to the test.

Each Covenant also has unique cosmetic rewards, and provides access to a sanctum that players will  be able to help restore to its former glory as a member of the Covenant. You’ll be able to upgrade structures and unlock additional content and rewards."

The Maw

"Covenant: None

This horrific prison houses the most vile and irredeemable souls in existence—ones deemed by the Arbiter to represent a threat to the Shadowlands if left free. Ruled by the enigmatic Jailer who none have ever seen—at least none have seen and lived to tell—the Maw inspires nightmares and legends even among the denizens of the Shadowlands. No one has ever escaped this vile place, and any foolish enough to venture there are never heard from again.

At maximum level, players will return to the Maw to learn more about what’s really happening in the Shadowlands and what Sylvanas and the Jailer are up to. This max-level zone is a dynamic play space designed for exploration and open-ended play—but players will quickly discover the Maw is a terrifying and highly dangerous place with few spaces safe from the Jailer’s eyes."

Alts in the Shadowlands

"For those who choose to adventure with an alternate character in Shadowlands, once you’ve completed the level-up journey with one character, you’ll be able to choose your Covenant immediately upon arriving in Oribos. This will enable you to reap the benefits of that Covenant while leveling. You’ll also be able to progress through any of the four zones in any order you wish.

Alternate characters will also be able to take part in endgame progression content such as world quests, dungeons, and Battlegrounds, allowing a lot of flexibility in how you play."

New Dungeons and Raid

"Shadowlands will launch with 8 dungeons in addition to Torghast, Tower of the Damned—4 leveling dungeons and 4 max-level dungeons.

Leveling dungeons:
  • The Necrotic Wake
  • Theater of Pain
  • Mists of Tirna Scithe
  • Halls of Atonement

Maximum-level dungeons:
  • Spires of Ascension
  • Plaguefall
  • The Other Side
  • Sanguine Depths

Castle Nathria, the first raid in Shadowlands, is a 10-boss raid set in Revendreth and ruled over by a Venthyr lord."

Leveling Updates

"World of Warcraft: Shadowlands introduces a smoother, more streamlined leveling experience. World of Warcraft—and as that continues to grow, we wanted to find a way to better pace the experience for players as they level. Over the years, we’ve found ways to speed up the leveling process, but we did so at the cost of a providing a complete experience for players, who would outpace a zone’s content and miss out on the ongoing narrative.

It’s also important for us to return to a time when every level is meaningful. This means that when you go from one level to another, you get something new such as an ability or spell, access to a dungeon, the ability to use mounts, or a new Talent tier.

We’re also updating the new-player experience to showcase more of the best World of Warcraft has to offer. New players will begin their journey in a whole new level 1–10 experience. Players will then be able to level from 10–50 in Battle For Azeroth or any expansion they wish to experience from start to finish. Finally, they’ll move on into Shadowlands, where players can go from level 50–60. This ultimately means that leveling will be faster, and players will be able to experience the complete story of an expansion while preparing to journey to the Shadowlands."

BellularGaming made a great video going over all of these leveling changes:

New Character Customization

"We’re adding even more options for you to be able to express yourself in game through your character. Each race will have their own unique options available to them whether it’s their tattoos, hairstyles, skin color, or even eye color. The undead will also be able to choose whether they show bones or not. There are a wide range of improvements coming for Shadowlands, and this is just the start of providing more options to your character creation."

Death Knights for All

"Death Knights will become available to all races, including pandaren and Allied Races, in Shadowlands. What’s more, players who pre-purchase Shadowlands will be able to make Death Knights as these races with the upcoming Visions of N’Zoth content update."

If you want to check out the panel from Blizzcon, you can watch it here:


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