Today during the Opening Ceremony for BlizzConline (AKA digital BlizzCon), the next major World of Warcraft: Shadowlands update was revealed – Chains of Domination. Otherwise know as Patch 9.1, the Shadowlands Chains of Domination patch will introduce a new endgame zone to the World of Warcraft expansion, another ten-boss raid, a “mega-dungeon”, and flying in Shadowlands zones (the Maw excluded).
Warning: spoilers for World of Warcraft: Shadowlands below.
WoW: Shadowlands “Chains of Domination” will see players thwarting the Jailer’s nefarious scheme and uniting the Covenants.
Following the death of the totally proper bastard Sire Denathrius, players will need to race the Jailer to uncover a powerful secret by invading the new Shadowlands “Chains of Domination” zone, Korthia. We’ll have to unite the Covenants to even stand a chance, so you’ll probably want to clear whatever Covenant story quests you have left prior to Patch 9.1’s launch.
There will also be a new ten-boss raid within Torghast – the Sanctum of Domination – and it appears former boy-king of the Alliance Anduin Wrynn (now vessel for the Jailer) will feature as one of the bosses, as will Sylvanas (if we kill her or redeem her is a mystery we’ll have to figure out come Patch 9.1). There will also be a “mega-dungeon”, Tazavesh, PvP Season 2, flying in the regular Shadowlands zones, new Covenant Soulbinds and Conduits, and of course gear to farm. You can read more in the press release below.
“The traitorous Sire Denathrius has been defeated . . . but the power of the Maw still grows. In Chains of Domination™, the upcoming first major content update for World of Warcraft®: Shadowlands, players will delve into new depths of the Jailer’s hopeless domain, seeking to understand the true nature of his malignant plans. Backed by the renewed might of the four Covenants, the champions of the Horde and the Alliance will take the fight for the Shadowlands to the seat of the Jailer’s power. But the Banished One has a terrible new champion in his service—a cruel instrument of despair conscripted by Sylvanas Windrunner, capable of instilling dread into the hearts of Azeroth’s heroes like no creature of the Shadowlands.
Discover the Mysteries of Korthia – The Jailer is searching for the key to fulfill his twisted designs—and he has pulled a fragment of a long-lost domain into the Maw itself to find it. Seek answers in ancient Korthia, the City of Secrets, and engage in new quests and outdoor activities.
The Covenants Strike Back – With the strength of the kyrian, night fae, necrolords, and venthyr restored, embark on a campaign to unite the four covenants—and together, launch an assault against the Jailer in his home territory.
Raid the Sanctum of Domination – Brave treacherous, unexplored reaches of Torghast in a new 10-boss raid: the Sanctum of Domination. Encounter the true Eye of the Jailer, turn the tide against the Tarragrue, and come face-to-face with the Banshee Queen herself in a fateful confrontation.
New Mega-dungeon – Tazavesh, the Veiled Market—Gather your party and discover exotic wares and strange creatures in an eight-boss Mythic mega-dungeon set in a bazaar of the mysterious Brokers, and culminating in a high-stakes heist to steal powerful artifacts from Azeroth.
And More – Gear up for Shadowlands Raid, Dungeon, and PvP Season 2, with a seasonal Mythic Keystone dungeon affix themed around the Jailer’s power; don new Covenant cosmetic armor sets that any class can wear; expand the powers of your Soulbinds and Conduits; add new mounts and pets to your menagerie; Unlock flying in the Covenants’ four domains; and much more.”