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New WoW expansion ‘Shadowlands’ announced at BlizzCon

Published: 31/Oct/2019 22:24 Updated: 1/Nov/2019 19:35

by Scott Robertson

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Blizzard has revealed the newest World of Warcraft expansion Shadowlands at BlizzCon 2019.

In the next expansion, player will explore the afterlife area known as The Shadowlands, and new zones including Ardenweald, Maldraxxus, and Bastion. The new expansion will feature a mechanic called Covenants, which look somewhat similar to Order Halls introduced in Legion.

In the cinematic trailer, Sylvanas Windrunner attacks Lich King Tirion Fordragon, chains him to the ice and removes his helm. While many fans expected her to wear it herself, she instead rips it in two, opening a massive portal above them as she declares that she will set Azeroth free.

Sylvanas holds the helm of the Lich King in the cinematic trailer

The announcement lines up with data-mined references to a new Death Knight Intro In-Game Cinematic that was added in the 8.3 PTR build.

The upcoming expansion was first leaked when Shadowlands themed merchandise appeared online before the formal announcement.

A print in the Blizzard Store showcased Bolvar, the new Lich King hinting at the latest WoW antagonist.

BlizzardThe title art for the newest expansion

Another leaked advertisement inviting players to “enter the Shadowlands” also found its way on the web. In the game, “Shadowlands” is the world the character sees when they have died and have yet to revive.

In Warcraft lore, Shadowlands are a place “between worlds” that one can only roam only after death and act as the game’s version of ‘purgatory’. 

Shadowlands will be World of Warcraft’s 8th expansion and latest since Battle for Azeroth which was released in August 2018.

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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!