THE LONG-AWAITED PATCH WILL BE RELEASED ON JUNE 30
Until recently, we could only guess, when release of the long-awaited patch happened. Many said that the patch is still uncompleted and not ready for release, other PTR players said that the main work has already been completed and the patch is ready for release. Game director Ion Hazzikostas also said that there will be a lot of time between the release of TBC and 9.1 Shadowlands in order to allow players to play enough, so many were waiting for patch in August. Contrary to all expectations, on June 17, in the evening, Blizzard officially announced the release date of patch 9.1, which rocked the entire gaming community. The patch will start on June 29 on US servers, June 30 - on European servers and July 1 - on Chinese servers.
THE MOST LONG-AWAITED PATCH IN WARCRAFT HISTORY
Patch 9.1 has become the most awaited patch in history, 218 days will pass from the release of patch 9.0 to the release of 9.1. During this time, the majority of players, while awaiting the release of the new update, completed all available achievements, collected top equipment, closed all raids and received the maximum rating in the arena. All of that has made new patch even more long-awaited, because there are not so many activities left in this game and it has become boring.
Citing as an example previous addons, 56 days have passed in Legion from 7.0 to 7.1, 63 days - from 5.0 to 5.1 in Pandaria and 103 days from 6.0 to 6.1 in Draenor. In almost all addons, the first global patch was released 2 or even 3-4 times earlier. Against the background of these numbers, the 9.1 release seems awfully late.
WHY HAVE THE DEVELOPERS TAKEN SO LONG ON THIS UPDATE?
The basis for such a long period of the initial update of Shadowlands were: coronavirus epidemic, the transition of project developers to a remote work type, the launch of The Burning Crusade Classic, which also contributed to the waiting period, but the long absence of major updates affects general expectations and desires of players, not reached the peak of their leveling. Nevertheless, there are less than two weeks left before the release of 9.1 and addon of many innovations to the game.
SPECIAL PATCH 9.0.5
There were no never before interim patches x.0.5 between the release of addon and the first patch. In Shadowlands, developers noticed that their system required a lot of improvements, for example, PvP was in huge demand when Mythic + was a pointless activity. For this reason, in early March, evelopers added patch 9.0.5 to make changes to game mechanics and reward systems, as well as balance abilities of covenants, legendary items and small shortcomings.
THE NEW PATCH 9.1 "CHAINS OF DOMINANCE"
Patch 9.1 will bring many changes, the new season and, of course, a continuation of the plot. It is the first global update of Shadowlands, which will add a large number of fresh novelties to the game:
- the new location "Korthia, the City of Secrets";
- new legendary abilities for covenants;
- the system of PvP talents has been changed;
- the system called «Shards of Domination»;
- the most interesting raid, consisting of 10 bosses;
- the new mega-dungeon with 8 bosses;
- the new world boss: Mor'geth in Korthia, the City of Secrets;
- changes to content, mechanics and rewards in Torghast;
- the second season of Mythic + quests and the new seasonal affix «Tormented»;
- the new Mythic + rating system;
- the second PvP season and new rewards;
- the new plot in the Covenant campaign;
- 40 additional levels of renown and new rewards for them;
- access to flights in the Dark Portal;
- also tons of new pets, mounts, toys, transmog sets and mysteries.
THE NEW LOCATION KORTHIA, THE CITY OF SECRETS
In 9.1, players will have the opportunity to explore the new location, its history and inhabitants. The Realm of Korthia is a location, which the Jailer raised from the depth of Interim, as one of the lands lost covenants, and moved to the Maw. The location will have two new factions, a plot and many activities. Also, the new location will receive a unique appearance and inhabitants, opponents, important storyline quests, so the location will be constantly saturated with different players.
THE NEW LOCAL BOSS: MOR'GETH IN KORTHIA, THE CITY OF SECRETS
In this new update, the new world boss will be added to the game – Mor’geth, Tormendor of the Damned. The boss will be located in the Desmotaeron, Maw. Defeating the boss will also be epic local quest that will appear every week.
For players, this boss will be interesting for loot that can be obtained as a reward for killing. Players will be able to get 233 ilvl equipment, which is better than the normal raid equipment, but slightly worse than the heroic raid equipment. Also, after defeating the boss, players will receive 250 Stock anima and 125 reputation points with the Death's Advance faction.
NOVELTIES IN TORGHAST: CONTENT, MECHANICS AND REWARDS
Torghast has become one of the main features of Shadowlands. The developers have combined the experience of the Mage Tower from the Legion and Horrific Visions from the BFA. Having collected comments from players since the start of addon, developers have worked on errors and prepared a number of changes in 9.1.
The number of layers in each wing has been changed from 8 to 12. The system of gems has also been introduced, which determines the quality of passage of the floor, and each new floor is unlocked by completing the previous layer with 4-5 gems. The number of gems will depend on the speed of passage, the time of strengthening and the % of activity during the passage, for example, the number of killed opponents or collected rewards. You won't be able to just go straight to the last boss. Also, the number of floors has been changed for each Layer, now 5 floors instead of 6, and bosses will be located on the 5th and 3rd floors. It is also interesting that if the player studies the talent "Adamant Vaults" and completes a layer according to the new rating system for 5 gems, then two additional floors will open for him, 6 and 7. On the 7th floor, another additional boss will appear. The Tarragrue will no longer pursue players, it is located in the raid now, and the death counter has been completely removed.
Torghast also has a new system of improvements and talents, as in the Horrific Visions of the BFA, a scaling during the passage, new tortures for passage, new rewards.
NEW COVENANT CAMPAIGNS
With update 9.1, covenants will continue to develop their storylines, but now the campaign will be general, which means that players will be able to study the story by playing only one character. The new campaign will have 9 chapters. The level of renown will also be increased from 40 to 80, which will add many rewards. Flights will be introduced into the game, which will open in the same way, having reached a certain level of renown. Covenants will receive many unique mounts, gears, new companions, talents and guides, as well as unique covenant specific legendaries.
NEW COVENANT SPECIFIC LEGENDARIES
In the patch, each class will receive 4 new universal properties for legendary items. The player will automatically receive new powers as soon as they reach the 48 level of renown as a reward for it.
CONDUITS FOR SOULBIND
The developers have not added new soulbind, but now the number of lines for conduits will be increased by 4. New lines will automatically open depending on the required level of renown of the covenant, starting from 41 to 80 levels.
THE NEW MECHANIC: SHARDS OF DOMINATION
A new mechanic called "Shards of Domination" has also been added to the game. Shards can be found in the new raid, Sanctum of Domination. They are installed in raid equipment and have two types of bonuses. Bonuses can be sets, for collecting the same type of shards and individual for each shard. These features will be of great value to players actively participating in PvE content such as raids or Mythic + dungeons.
Shards of Domination remind the old gem system, but partially modernized. Equipment will also have sockets, shards will have 3 different types, blood, frost and unholy and shards will have 5 ranks of qualities. Shards can be upgraded with a new currency, Stygian Embers, which can be obtained by killing bosses in the raid or by completing weekly quests in the Korthia location.
UNLOCKING THE FLYING ABILITY IN THE SHADOWLANDS
One of the most exciting innovations for all players is the opening of flights to the world of the Shadowlands. This time you don't have to deal with reputation farm and endless quests. To unlock flights, players only need to complete story quests and reach a certain level of covenant renown. What is nteresting, each covenant has unique flying mount models that will appeal to every player.
THE RAID WITH 10 BOSSES OF SANCTUM OF DOMINATION
Much of the history in the world of Warcraft is always based on the raid, so it is the most important innovation. A new raid will be added to the game, the Sanctum of Domination. The raid will be located in the Maw, 10 bosses will be present in the raid, and the last battle will be with the legendary personality of Warcraft, Sylvanas Windrunner. Sylvanas has become one of the most controversial heroes, no one still understands motives and ideas of this hero, no one remains indifferent to her deep history and everyone is waiting with bated breath for the denouement of his story. Also, the bittle with Sylvanas will be a key for the entire history of the Shaddowlands and Azeroth as a whole.
THE NEW SEASON OF MYTHIC + AND «TORMENTED» AFFIX
In the second season, levels of equipment that can be obtained in M + will be increased. Also, for players, as usual, will be added achievements Keystone Conqueror, Keystone Master and appropriate rewards in the form of titles and mounts. Also, M + will receive a new rating system in the game, similar to the addon from the famous service raider.io
Just like in all previous seasons, there will be a new, seasonal affix that will replace the previous one. The new affix is called "Tormented", which is very similar to affix of the 4 season BFA. During the run, players will have to fight with officers (servants of the Jailer), for the killing of which players will receive positive bonus. If players ignore such officer, he will increase power of the last boss.
THE NEW MEGA-DUNGEON WITH 8 BOSSES TAZAVESH THE VEILED MARKET
Mega-dungeons have come to us from a distant Legion, when in the first patch of the addon, a huge dungeon divided into two parts, Karazhan, was added to the game. What is interesting, it was once a raid. In BFA, they repeated this experience again, having successfully implemented mega-dungeon «Mechagon operation». These dungeons have been very well received by players, so Shadowlands is no exception. In patch 9.1, the new dungeon will be added to the game, which will be called Tazavesh the Veiled market. In the dungeon, players will have to fight 8 bosses. The dungeon will also have two types of difficulty, normal and hard mod. Also, normal and heroic difficulty will not be available for the dungeon, only mythic difficulty, mythic + in the future.
The dungeon will also become interesting for players with its history, the dungeon contains many secrets of Brokers and their hidden messages. In the process of passing, players will get acquainted with new types of Brokers, and then they will take part in a robbery and chase after a robber. What is very funny, one of the bosses will be a pirate dragon =)
THE NEW PVP-SEASON AND REWARDS
The new PvP season will also bring some changes to the game. First, there are new seasonal mounts, Vicious War Gorm, and a new mount for the title of Gladiator, Unchained Gadiators Soul Eater. Also, all equipment will receive PvP power, which will strengthen the character in battle in the arena or battlegrounds and weaken it in raids or M +. In the new season, the rating will be reset and players will again have to prove which team is the strongest. New PvP equipment and transmog sets will also be offered to players. And of course, the class balance changes that will change the meta of battles.
NEW PETS, MOUNTS, TOYS, TRANSMOG SETS AND SECRETS
As usual, many new mounts will be added to the game, what is interesting, the new type - riding hands, for example, can be obtained for the achievement "Glory of Sanctum Dominant Raider". During all activities in the game, you can get a lot of pets and various cosmetic decorations or toys, and of course a new secret for fans of riddles.