World of Warcraft

WoW Shadowlands expansion details revealed: new Raids, Covenants & more

Published: 8/Jul/2020 21:30 Updated: 9/Jul/2020 12:02

by Bill Cooney

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Blizzard devs officially announced when we could expect to see a beta for the WoW Shadowlands expansion, and went into new details about the upcoming content, mechanics, dungeons, raids and more that will be included.

World of Warcraft players finally got another developer update from Blizzard on the game’s upcoming Shadowlands expansion during an hour-long live stream on July 8, which was originally scheduled for a month earlier, but was pushed back due to current events.

Arguably the biggest news of the live stream was the announcement of when Shadowlands would be entering open beta, allowing WoW players who have beta testing enabled to try out parts of the new expansion for themselves.

John Hight, WoW’s executive producer, informed us during the July 8 stream that beta would begin “sometime next week,” which most likely means it will go live on Tuesday, July 14, since Tuesday is the most common day for WoW and Blizzard games in general to see updates.

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Night Fae are one of the four Covenants that will be available to players in Shadowlands.

Unfortunately, we didn’t get an exact release date for Shadowlands during the stream – but in classic Blizzard fashion, Hight assured us that “WoW Shadowlands will be releasing sometime this fall, even if we have to ship it from home.”

In addition to the beta details and release date tease, we also got a zeppelin-load of information about the expansion’s new Covenant system from WoW game director Ion Hazzikostas. Covenants are the four powerful factions that rule over the Shadowlands, and players will have to choose one to side with once they hit the max level cap and reach the endgame. These are the Kyrian, Venthyr, Necrolords and Night Fae.

Each Covenant will provide their respective players with a ton of exclusive content and gameplay options, including Soulbinds, which are basically additional, highly customizable talent trees players can switch up fairly easily and cheaply. As you gain power in your Covenant, you’ll work your way through and unlock other soulbinds that fit your playstyle, giving you access to special abilities, utilities, passives and more.

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Kyrian is another of the four Covenants that will be available in Shadowlands.

The stream likewise shared a wealth of in-depth information about how Covenants will work, and how Shadowlands is shaping up to be the most ambitious and customizable WoW expansion in recent years.

Unfortunately, we don’t have room to cover every single detail that was discussed, but if you want to learn more about how Shadowlands will work, we definitely recommend checking out the full Twitch VOD.

One last important note – if you want a chance at participating in the beta next week, you need to sign up. All you have to do is log into Battle.net, and head to the Shadowlands site and click the “opt-in” button at top. After that, it’s a matter of waiting for that magical email telling you you’re in.

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.

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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!