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It's been a while since we visited one of the more popular and long running Shadowlands theories surrounding Sire Denathrius and the Dreadlords, but patch 9.1 delves into that, and while we don't learn absolutely everything that's going on, we do get some clarity. Spoilers ahead.
There was a new cutscene in this past week's PTR round that added the final missing piece to the story, with the final outcome of the Dreadlords "sudden" presence in the Shadowlands being shown. Now we've known about his for quite a while now from the PTR, so we'll take a look at the entire quest line being played out by LestTV, but the latest and final addition to it is in the second video below, and it slots in at the 8:28 mark of the first video.
Soooooo, there we have it. Actual in-game cutscene definitive confirmation that Denathrius was indeed behind most of the main Warcraft plot so far! What is less clear is whether the Jailer was behind him pulling the strings (which seems the most likely, as Mal'ganis refers to the "game" reaching its end soon) or if we'll get a double twist and see Denathrius survive to be the real villain going forward, even beyond Shadowlands, the one behind basically the entirety of the Warcraft story. A very interesting thing to note there is that supposedly Blizzard didn't mean for Denathrius to survive his Castle Nathria encounter, but after seeing the voice actor and character designs, decided to keep him around. But now that we know that it may have been his plan all along, perhaps those comments were mere misdirection as well?
What I'm saying is Blizzard are Dreadlords, obviously.
As you probably already know, the Chinese version of WoW is a little different, with skulls and bones (as well as gore) being censored/changed in the game due to cultural reasons. Seeing as Maldraxxus is all skull and bones, how exactly would that work in the Chinese version? As it turns out: weird.
Yuvalal in the Wowpedia discord went on a little trip and changed their local WoW to the Chinese version and took screenshots of a lot of the changes, starting with everyone's favorite, Chordy, who got quite the downgrade (but also a cool hat, so it clearly evens out):
Original, minus the crown (source), vs. Chinese version.
The standard Maldraxxus bony guys got quite the treatment, as they're now just really skinny regular folk:
The slime-folk got a milder treatment, as they just got things removed rather than added, including Margrave Stradama:
Speaking of removing things, I'd say they went a LITTLE too far with the liches:
The above seems to be a bug instead of an actual conversion, as he's pretty bony even with the ribcage removed.
And some of the contestants in the Theater of Pain look a lot more lively too:
But it's not just the residents of Maldraxxus that got the de-bonification treatment, as Sindragosa put on some weight too:
The Loa couldn't escape the process either:
And then there's the just plain weird ones, with not much effort being put in at all:
And finally, there's the old-school poster boy of Chinese changes, Mr. Bonestorm himself, who looked really weird back in WotLK, but has gotten better over the years:
Big thanks to Yuvalal from the Wowpedia discord for getting all of these and to Grayvves for catching it on reddit as well!
This week's PTR changes include more PvP tweaks, a Guardian fix and a trinket nerf.
June 15 (Source)
Druid Guardian Ursine Adept ’s damage reduction now only applies to Druids in Bear Form. ITEMS AND REWARDS
Sinful Gladiator's Emblem on-use health reduced by 30%. PLAYER VERSUS PLAYER
Fixed an issue that caused many absorption spells from soulbinds, conduits, and covenant abilities to ignore the healing reduction from Dampening and Focused Assault /Brutal Assault . Priest Shadow New PvP Talent: Void Volley – Upon entering Voidform, send a slow-moving bolt of Shadow energy at a random location every 0.5 second for 3 seconds, dealing Shadow damage to all targets within 8 yards and causing them to flee in horror for 3 seconds.
You can earn some extra Valor by helping others in Chains of Domination.
Blizzard yesterday posted a preview of the new scoring system for Mythic+. An interesting bit that you might have missed includes information about bonus Valor Points for all players if anyone in the group improves their rating on a run.
As an additional bonus to the group, if anyone in the group improves their rating on a run, everyone will earn bonus Valor Points, so don’t be shy about helping others get a leg up while helping boost your own rating too!
This week's bonus event is Mists Timewalking, and completing 5 dungeons grants you an Item Level 200 gear piece.
Start by opening the in-game Adventure Guide (Shift + J). Click on "Start Quest" in the Bonus Event Timewalking category. The weekly quest requires you to complete 5 Timewalking dungeons to receive 1 Cache of Nathrian Treasures, which contains a piece of Item Level 200 gear from Normal difficulty Castle Nathria.
Timewalking dungeons drop Item Level 158 loot. Don't forget to equip your Heart of Azeroth and Azerite Gear for a DPS boost in Timewalking. Also, don't forget to buy MoP reputation tokens that become available from the individual factions if you want to reach Exalted as soon as possible. Mistweaver Xia, the Timewalking Vendor, is located on the Timeless Isle. She will take your hard-earned Timewarped Badges in exchange for various items that include: Yu'lei, Daughter of Jade mount 2 pets—Infinite Hatchling (dragonkin) and Paradox Spirit (aquatic) Reputation Tokens for all major Pandaria factions and friendship items 2 Toys—Adopted Puppy Crate and Portable Yak Wash Chilled Satchel of Vegetables, to help chefs who've missed out on Pandaren cuisine Updated equipment selections from Pandaria factions Item Level 138 gear.