World of Warcraft

New World of Warcraft expansion possibly leaked before BlizzCon

Published: 27/Oct/2019 21:16 Updated: 27/Oct/2019 22:00

by Scott Robertson

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Numerous leaked images have revealed a new potential expansion for World of Warcraft titled ‘Shadowlands’. This would be the seventh WoW expansion, and the first big release for retail WoW since Classic launched.

The release of World of Warcraft Classic brought lots of attention to the legendary MMORPG, while also attracting plenty of new and old players to its old school servers.

But while the future of Classic is still in question, as are the methods for how Blizzard plans to roll out Classic content, the WoW dev team hasn’t forgotten about the current retail version of the game, and new leaks have indicated that a new expansion is on its way soon.

Leaked images have revealed merch, concept art, logos, and advertisements for World of Warcraft Shadowlands. Fans are anticipating that this will be the latest expansion for WoW, and that details will be revealed at BlizzCon in November.

In the leaked image showcasing Shadowlands themed merchandise, there’s a render of Lich King Bolvar Fordragon, who took on the mantle of Lich King after the previous king, Arthas Menethil, was slain.

Blizzard / MMO ChampionThe alleged leak featuring Lich King Bolvar Fordragon

Fans quickly pointed out that the image could be fake because his eyes are blue instead of fiery red, but lore enthusiasts backed up the idea that he’s had the Lich King’s helm on so long that it’s taken over. Or, as reddit user ant0szek remarked, he could have just re-specialized to frost.

Another leak surfaced that appears to be some sort of advertisement, inviting players to “enter the Shadowlands”. In the game, the Shadowlands is the world the character sees when they have died and have yet to revive. The image reads:

“Explore the glorious land of Bastion! Meet the noble Kyrian! Discover new abilities!”

Blizzard / MMO ChampionThe alleged leaked new logo and concept art

The image prominently shows the presumed logo for the upcoming expansion, with a stark black and white design, that resembles the colorless black-and-white imagery of the in-game Shadowlands that a player sees when they die.

There’s also a mystical, ghostly blue magical castle that’s surrounded by rolling yellow-orange plains. According to some fans on reddit, this castle’s aesthetic matches that of the Sylverian Dreamer mount added to the store during the previous expansion, Battle for Azeroth.

This follows a pattern referred to as the “store mount theory” that’s based on the idea that store mounts are introduced an expansion prior to the one they can be found regularly.

At the end of the day, all that’s been released so far are unconfirmed leaks, and there’s been no official comment, only speculation. But if this BlizzCon is to be as epic as Blizzard expects and needs to be, then a new expansion would be perfect for pleasing its WoW audience.

Cosplay

World of Warcraft cosplayer rules over Bastion as amazing Kyrestia

Published: 15/Jan/2021 13:01

by Lauren Bergin

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World of Warcraft has inspired a whole collection of amazing cosplays, but one cosplayer truly brings WoW into reality with her amazing Kyrestia cosplay. 

When it comes to Blizzard’s World of Warcraft universe, there are limitless possibilities to create amazing cosplays. The huge array of iconic characters, coupled with the impressive customization for your own hero or villain, makes the title perfect for passionate fans.

We recently saw cosplayer Cinderys create an amazing Sylvanas cosplay just in time for the release of Shadowlands, which in turn managed to score her Blizzard’s seal of approval.

This time around the subject of this amazing cosplay is Sylvanas’ polar opposite, Kyrestia the Firstborne, the ruler of Bastion.

WoW Kyrestia
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Kyrestia has become one of The Ascended’s most iconic faces.

Cosplayer ascends as Kyrestia

2021 has brought with it a lot of insane cosplays, but this one is certainly one of the most memorable so far.

Artist PlexiCosplay (Plexi) has outdone herself with this beautiful transformation. Having painted herself aqua from head to toe, she can be seen adorned in Kyrestia’s iconic white and gold outfit whilst channeling the Ascended queen’s angelic nature.

What your eyes are immediately drawn to are the wings though. Mirroring the sky blue of her skin, their construction is perfect. Tipped with gold trims that tie in with her vestments and stunning recreation of the warrior’s crown, Plexi literally is Kyrestia.

Join the ranks of the Ascended! Kyrestia cosplay by PlexiCosplay from r/wow

WoW fans are stunned

Considering the wings are, according the Plexi, “15 feet long,” it’s safe to say that fans can’t miss this cosplay.

It’s the wings that have really gotten attention. One fan’s hilarious comment simply wrote: “the wind: I’m about to end this woman’s whole career,” to which Plexi responded “YOU NAILED IT.”

Another respondent was equally as humorous, writing “Kyrestia flight 77 you are cleared for takeoff, proceed to runway 4.”

All of these comments though praised this amazing cosplay, with one comment summing it up: “This blew my mind!!! I thought someone cropped the Archon out and pasted her onto some road!”

It’s safe to say that Plexi has truly embodied the fan favorite Ascended. She’s not only radiant, but emits a ‘don’t mess with me’ aura. We can’t wait to see her next WoW cosplay, as if she keeps going like she’ll be the queen of not just Bastion, but the WoW cosplay scene in no time!