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World of Warcraft cosplayer mesmerizes as Queen Azshara at the beach

Published: 20/Sep/2020 1:55 Updated: 20/Sep/2020 2:00

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Cosplayer Sawaka has wowed World of Warcraft fans on Instagram and Reddit with her beautiful portrayal of Queen Azshara.

One of the reasons why World of Warcraft has endured for over 15 years is because its 95 million-strong player base identifies with the extensive lore of its fictional characters. Queen Azshara is one of the oldest characters in the game, and despite being evil, she is one of the most popular, too.

Queen Azshara has been alive for thousands of years. She’s courageous, charismatic, and persuasive enough even to turn an old god into her ally. She’s the epitome of power and beauty in World of Warcraft, and fans love that.

Queen Azshara World of Warcraft Cosplay
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World of Warcraft holds the record for being the most-subscribed MMORPG.

There have been many Queen Azshara cosplays over the years, but Sawaka’s is up there with the best. Not only has she nailed her look, but by shooting it at the ocean, she has fully embraced the queen of the Naga.

Her hair is pearly white and flowy, framing her face. Like other night elves, her ears stick out from her hair, too. She’s also got her accessories down, including the gold crown with a ruby-colored gemstone in the center. 

Her outfit is complemented by her lustrous yet sadistic-looking eye-makeup and blood-red lipstick. And when combined with Sawaka’s almost-glowing yellow-gold eyes, Azshara looks ethereal and unreal. Her necklace and rings complete her royal aura.

As for her clothes, her flowing dress is elegant and sophisticated, making this cosplay look identical to the fictional character. Her corset, lined with white feathers, takes the cosplay to another level as it almost makes the clothing look extra light. Not just that, but the bracers, bands and belt she wears on her arms, legs and waist show off strength and composure as if she’s ready for a fight at any time, just like Queen Azshara.

Lastly, the feature that ties it all together is her blue and purple skin, making Sawaka look like a real Night Elf. Although this is photoshopped rather than body paint, it’s done so well that it looks real.

It has already gotten 1,000 likes on Instagram and over 1,200 upvotes on Reddit, with fans calling her cosplay “amazing” and that “so accurate.” 

If you like this, check out her other cosplays, like D.Va from Overwatch to K/DA Ahri from League of Legends, to even Final Fantasy’s Tifa Lockhart. She brings some of the most popular video game characters to life every time.

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WoW cosplayer’s impressive Sylvanas gets Blizzard’s seal of approval

Published: 27/Oct/2020 12:25 Updated: 27/Oct/2020 12:37

by Lauren Bergin

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One of the most iconic characters of the World of Warcraft franchise is Sylvanas Windrunner, the infamous banshee seen in the Shadowlands trailer. A cosplay by Cinderys injects some new life into the famous undead warrior. 

With the pre-patch World of Warcraft: Shadowlands launching on the 13 October, the buzz surrounding the game’s newest installment is beginning to rise. As we draw ever closer to release, there’ll likely be a host of new Shadowlands content to keep us occupied.

The events of Shadowlands take place after the Battle for Azaroth, and see players travel deep into the Shadowlands to thwart their undead nemesis; fan-favorite archer turned banshee Sylvanas Windrunner. The Shadowlands themselves have come to represent the game’s equivalent of the afterlife, and while intriguing, are clearly home to a plethora of new, dangerous enemies.

However, Parisian cosplayer Cinderys (Sonia Grillet) has helped to blur the veil between the real world and the WoW universe by creating a stunning cosplay rendition of the Shadowlands antagonist.

Becoming the Banshee Queen

At first glance, Cinderys could easily be Sylvanas – or at least an illustration of her. Framed against the murky background of the Shadowlands, Cinderys is adorned in corrupted high eleven armor sporting Sylvanas’ masterfully crafted longbow. Ash blond hair cascades down her shoulders, providing some welcome respite to the dark, shadowy surroundings. However, getting to this point clearly wasn’t easy.

In a series of WIP photos, Cinderys shows the step by step process that led to the creation of the iconic Dark Lady, with one image showing the incomplete bust piece that lies at the center of Sylvanas’ armor.

A second photograph shows some of the behind the scenes work that went into the iconic longbow. With the finalized product sitting next to a blueprint of how to build it, it’s proof of just how much work has gone into the creation of the famous weapon.

Hail to the queen

With 3,000 likes on the image alone, Cinderys cosplay certainly attracted attention. The cosplay queen shared a post on Instagram showing the Blizzard liked the tweet of Cinderys as Sylvanas. Cinderys’ excitement is infectious; seeing Blizzard respond to her cosplays caused a wave of appreciative fan comments and support.


Just in time for spooky season, Cinderys proves that even in these wild times we can dress up and lose ourselves a little. Sometimes it’s time to be queen, so it’s worth taking a leaf out of Cinderys’ book and putting some effort into our passions. After all, we have all the time in the world.