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MrGM interviewed Frank Kowalkowski and Steve Danuser at BlizzCon and we learned more about the new Death Knight intro coming in Patch 9.0.

For more details check out our BlizzCon 2019 Content Hub!

Interview Highlights

  • We're going to see Arthas in Shadowlands.
  • The new Death Knight experience unlocks in Patch 8.3. The old Death Knight experience will still exist for the original races, but because of that sliver of time, it didn't make sense to just unlock Death Knights for Allied Races without a new intro, since they weren't around in Wrath.
  • The devs ended up creating a new sliver of time and the new Death Knight experience takes place prior to Sylvanas destroying the helm.
  • It's treated more like an Allied Races intro, it's not going to be a full-fledged experience.
  • Bolvar calls upon the new generation of Death Knights because he feels the power of death is on the rise.
  • Shadowlands will have a linear narrative arc meaning you'll need to follow the exact zone order on your main and go from Bastion -> Maldraxxus -> Ardenweald -> Revendreth. Legion and BfA were cool in terms of flexibility but lacked the sense of a structured story.
  • On alts, you will pick a Covenant and pick whatever zone you prefer to level in.

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We see that the individual islands that form Shadowlands are not connected with one another. Flying is going to work just like in past expansions, but moving between the zones is still to be determined, we're likely going to see loading screens and Argus-style teleport.

  • In each zone, you're going to work with the Covenant which oversees that zone.
  • Players will be able to try the Covenant abilities out before picking their Covenant.
  • Switching Covenants won't be trivial, it will come at a cost.
  • Alts will be able to pick their Covenant right away. Check out our alt improvements post for more details.
  • This isn't a story about faction conflict, but about coming together and saving Shadowlands; covenants don't care if you're Alliance or Horde, they need your help.
  • Heart of Azeroth Heart of Azeroth doesn't play a part in the new story, so it won't work in Shadowlands. You will still be able to use it for Timewalking.
  • Bolvar is a major character in Shadowlands. We'll learn more about his story and what the helm has done to him since he put it on back in Wrath.
  • Two dungeons are planned for each zone.
  • Tier Sets aren't coming back in Shadowlands.
  • Death Knights will start at level 10 based on the interview, not 1 as shown in the slide below.

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  • Exile's Reach (the new starting zone) is an island near Stormheim.
  • Scourge invasions are coming in the 9.0 pre-patch.

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