Everything that’s coming in WoW Shadowlands patch 9.1
Patch 9.1: The Chains of Domination, the first major content patch of Shadowlands, promises plenty of improvements and new content for players to enjoy. Continuing the pattern of the last couple expansions, patch 9.1 brings a new zone, a new raid, and a new mega-dungeon, while also expanding options for PVPers and extending the Covenant Campaigns — which will reward us with flying!
So what exactly will we encounter as we explore the new patch? This is all of the patch 9.1 content we know about so far.
Covenant campaigns continue as we invade the Maw
There’s a lot of Covenant content in this patch. In addition to the extended campaign, Renown will increase by an additional 40 ranks, and will likely be tied to Covenant progression, just like it is now. As we advance the story, the four Covenants will unite and start bringing the fight to the Jailer in the Maw. In exchange for our aid we’ll unlock new Covenant cosmetic outfits and mounts.
When we complete the campaign, we’ll also be able to fly in the original four Shadowlands zones, though we’re not currently sure when flying will unlock. There have been contradictory comments from the developers on the flying timeline, but hopefully it won’t take too long.
The Maw gets a new zone and some quality of life improvements
As the Covenants head into the Maw, we’ll encounter our first new Shadowlands zone: Korthia, a daily quest hub that promises to delve into the lore of the First Ones and the leaders of the Shadowlands. Korthia’s arrival in the Maw will also help players overcome two of its biggest obstacles: lack of mounts and the Eye of the Jailer. While we don’t have all the details yet, it’s expected that mounting will become available early on as we explore Korthia, and we’ll be able to “cleanse” ourselves of the Eye of the Jailer via a side quest chain at some point as well.
All told, the Maw is going to be a lot less oppressive for players in 9.1.
Lots of group content, with a new raid, new dungeon, and new Torghast
Torghast will be getting some updates as well, with a brand new wing to climb as well as some highly desirable quality of life changes. The Tower of the Damned is also the setting for the Sanctum of Domination raid, the new 10-boss raid coming in 9.1. This raid features some old enemies — including Kel’Thuzad and the Tarragrue — and is capped off with a fight against Sylvanas Windrunner, the whole reason we’re in the Shadowlands to begin with. While we’re not fighting the Jailer yet, an assault on his major prison will not go unnoticed and will be sure to have serious repercussions down the line.
The other major new group content arriving with patch 9.1 is Tazavesh, the Veiled Market, a Broker-themed mega-dungeon with 8 bosses — including the Infinite Pirate Dragon — that will only be available in Mythic difficulty at launch. Rewards for completing this heist-like dungeon include a mount (not the Infinite Pirate Dragon, sadly) and some cute pets.
For those playing Mythic+ dungeons, Season 2 will start with the arrival of 9.1, bringing a new “domination-themed” affix and increased item level rewards. Players who complete the Season 2 Keystone Master achievement will get a recolored version of the Sintouched Deathwalker.
Updated PVP talents and new rewards
For those who prefer to fight other players rather than the villains of the story, PVP will be getting some new content in 9.1 as well with the arrival of Season 2. PVP talents will be getting a refresh, focusing on improving those that are rarely used. And as usual there will be two new mount rewards, with Gladiators getting a recolor of the Season 1 Soul Eater mount and other PVPers unlocking the Vicious Gorm mounts pictured above.
There’s a lot of new content coming in 9.1 that should appeal to all players. Stay tuned to Blizzardwatch.com for more information as we get closer to the patch release day.
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