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Our friends over at MMO-Champion interviewed Michael Bybee and Patrick Magruder about Shadowlands and here's what they had to say about the upcoming expansion.

Check out our BlizzCon 2019 Content Hub for the latest news coverage!

Interview Highlights

  • The team is discussing changes to the PvP Honor system and rewards.
  • It makes sense for new and existing players to have a mount when you're sending them into Battle for Azeroth.
  • The team is still discussing level requirements for Mage portals. They don't want to take them away from you after the squish all of a sudden.
  • You can opt-out of the new leveling experience, but the zones will only scale up to the cap for that expansion.
  • Players will be scaled down in a natural way, so you're still able to solo old content with ease.
  • No stat squish is planned, it's important for players to feel powerful when they start playing the new expansion.
  • A lot of factors will come into play that influence loot in the weekly chest including your best tower run, highest Mythic+ run, PvP, and more.
  • Changing Covenants will be expensive. 
  • They're not sure if Covenant rewards should be usable by alts (transmog/mounts).
  • New Covenant rewards will be added in future Shadowlands patches.
  • Covenants won't work like reputations; there's no bar that you fill to Exalted. Instead, it's a much more evolved process that incorporates forming relationships with individuals of the Covenants through Soulbinding.
  • Instead of coming up with a new class/race, they decided to spend time on new character customization for existing races.
  • All races will get cosmetic features, not just Humans.
  • The engine team's working on taking advantage of RTX. They want to adopt new technologies like ray tracing, multithreading and DirectX 12, but at the same time, want the game to run on PCs with lower specs.
  • Torghast works pretty much like Horrific Visions in Patch 8.3. You get in there, collect items and forge your Legendaries. The tower is variable, so your runs will never be the same. As you grow in power, you will be able to delve deeper and gain better rewards.
  • Anima is the Mana of Shadowlands used to power your Covenant and improve your relationship with the Soulbinds.
  • You can change Soulbinds and the talents in their tree.
  • The team's not sure if Titanforging is going to be present in Shadowlands, they're monitoring the recently-announced Visions of N'Zoth system.
  • Tier Sets won't return in Shadowlands, because it's a Covenant-focused expansion.
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So far I'm liking a lot that is mentioned and anxious to learn more on the powering of the Covenant system along with the way gear will be introduced with this expansion.

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57 minutes ago, Stan said:

A lot of factors will come into play that influence loot in the weekly chest including your best tower run, highest Mythic+ run, PvP, and more.

Ah *filtered*... I knew it was too good to be true to lose some RNG and not have other issues...

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