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WoW Shadowlands: leveling change lets players explore every expansion

Published: 2/Nov/2019 23:41 Updated: 2/Nov/2019 23:58

by Bill Cooney

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Along with the new Shadowlands expansion, World of WarCraft also announced a unique new way for players to level during BlizzCon 2019.

The latest WoW expansion, Shadowlands, was announced during the first day of BlizzCon 2019 with an epic trailer featuring fans’ dark queen Sylvanas Windrunner.

Shadowlands promises to add a ton to WoW’s already expansive lore, but will also give players a completely new way to level up their toons.

A new way to play World of WarCraft

Blizzard announced that in Shadowlands, players can choose the expansion they want to progress in from levels 10-50.

Thus, if you want to go back and battle through Wrath of the Lich King or Burning Crusade to level up your character before heading into the new zones, you can.

Leveling through a certain expansion’s storyline should get player close to level 50, and let them experience versions of WoW from days past.

Blizzard EntertainmentPlayers can head back into the Mists of Panderia if they want in Shadowlands.
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It will be interesting to see how the system works, since some WoW expansions allow players to level up more quickly than others.

Blizzard reassured players, though, “You can still outlevel dungeons and crush them for transmogs or fulfillment,” no matter what expansion they’re playing on.

Undoubtedly a new meta will arise that lets players level toons as quickly as physically possible – but the feature is nice for players who might not have gotten to experience all of WoW’s past expansions.

Shadowlands gives players a whole new zone to explore.

In the next expansion, players will explore the afterlife area known as ‘The Shadowlands,’ as well as new zones including Ardenweald, Maldraxxus, and Bastion. 

The new expansion will also feature a mechanic called Covenants, which will function similar to Order Halls introduced in Legion.

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

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

Published: 27/Nov/2020 17:58

by Lauren Bergin

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One of the most iconic characters of the World of Warcraft franchise is Sylvanas Windrunner, the main antagonist of WoW Shadowlands. A cosplay by Cinderys injects some new life into the Banshee Queen.

World of Warcraft: Shadowlands has become the biggest event in this year’s Warcraft calendar. Breaking Blizzard’s pre-sale records for the franchise’s expansion packs, it’s safe to say that fans and onlookers alike are excited about this newest chapter in the Warcraft story.

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 Queen 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.

With 3,000 likes on the image alone, Cinderys cosplay certainly attracted attention. The cosplay queen shared a post on Twitter 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.

Blizzard pick up Cinderys as their official WoW cosplayer

That’s not the only thing though. Upon Shadowlands’ release Blizzard allowed Cinderys to literally become the undead archer by making her the expansion’s official Sylvanas cosplayer. Featured alongside HartiganCosplay, Cinderys literally has become Sylvanas.

It’s amazing to see the transition that Cinderys has made in such a short space of time. From being an amazing instagram cosplayer to now being a part of Blizzard’s official marketing campaign for Shadowlands, she’s an inspiration to cosplayers everywhere. Push hard enough, and maybe one day you’ll also get to be a terrifying banshee too!