• May 28, 2023

Tonight (July 8, 2020) at the WoW Shadowlands Summit, we can expect a big update on the upcoming expansion. Lead Game Designer Ion Hazzikostas and co. will present us some new info about the upcoming expansion. But what exactly awaits us? We speculate

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whole thing will take place at 6:00 p.m. on the World of Warcraft channels on Twitch and YouTube.

Start of the beta

Many youtubers and streamers assume that the beta of Shadowlands will be announced at the end of the event. If not, at least the date for the start of the beta phase should be announced.

Start date for Shadowlands

If the beta phase gets rolling, the developers should slowly but surely come around the corner with a release date for WoW (buy now 14,99 € ) Shadowlands. In the case of Battle for Azeroth, Blizzard announced about four months before release when BfA would be released. Assuming Shadowlands really will be ready this year, there's not quite as much time left to announce a release date. In the same time frame (four months before release) it was also announced how the physical version of the Collectors Edition would be handled.

Shadowlands pre-event

About four to eight weeks before the actual launch of the expansion, the pre-event takes place in WoW, which gets us in the mood for the upcoming addon. We might get a date and a visual foretaste of this event.

Another feast for the eyes (Shadowlands cinematic)

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Speaking of visual foreshadowing, the epic cinematic trailer featuring Bolvar fighting Sylvanas has already told us how the transition between Azeroth and the Shadowlands will occur. With the announcement of a release date, we could be in for another bombastic Shadowlands cinematic.

Preview of the Maw

Apart from speculations about the release date, there might be some tangible information about new game content. Meanwhile, all four level areas of Shadowlands are playable, even if a bunch of side quests are still missing. The Maw will be the endgame area and has not been presented yet (except for a few visits by Exploiter). Maybe in the same breath we'll learn something about how the developers envision the endgame of WoW Shadowlands.

More info about the pacts

WoW: Beta? Pre-Event? What can we expect in the Shadowlands stream? (2) Source: wowhead.com If you're familiar with the pact abilities for the first time, as well as the details of the matching talent tree (Soulbinds) and its special features, you'll be overwhelmed with information at first. Perhaps the developers will summarize the system once again and unlock the pact campaign for the alpha (or then beta), which will bring us closer to our new allies.

Path of Ascension - the Colosseum of the Kyrians

As Vanion reports, a new version of the Battle Guild of sorts awaits us in the form of Path of Ascension. So far, there has been little to no coverage of this feature, which delivers quite a bit of new game content.

Raid Preview at Castle Nathria

Ten bosses, including a familiar protagonist from The Burning Crusade, await us in one of the first Shadowland raids Castle Nathria in Revendreth. There is already some datamining info about the castle, after the event we could explore the new raid for the first time. Of course, we could also imagine more dungeons.

More Lore Snippets

Datamining and findings in the Shadowlands alpha already point to some interesting events and reunions with familiar characters. Especially the big lore info about Sylvanas or even the Jailer are still pending, though. It might be a bit too early to spoil the community, but we heavily expect to learn more about the story after the Shadowlands stream.

Crafting, Classes & More

Unless the Shadowlands stream is completely dominated by beta releases and other dates, we'll likely hear a summary and/or update on the evolution of classes, professions, and other content that affects our characters in the Shadowlands, in addition to an overview of how the pacts and souldbinds work. Maybe we'll also learn more about our special Legendaries and their abilities, which so far have only partially come to light via datamining.

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