There's a case to be made that Castle Nathria isn't launching all that early.
Shadowlands has been out for a few weeks now, and the Castle Nathria raid opens this week.
The real story behind why Castle Nathria was, "Build Dracula's Castle, make it a raid.
We now know it's about a month to World of Warcraft's next expansion, Shadowlands, barring any unforeseen complications this time around.
Since we finally know the release date (again) for Shadowlands, knowing when the raid will open is the other big question.
Raid weapons have some of the coolest appearances in the game.
Castle Nathria is the seat of power for Sire Denathrius, the Vampire Lord of the Venthyr, and the first raid that players will be assaulting in Shadowlands — and raid testing is well underway in the Shadowlands beta.
Here’s what item level you’ll need to run Castle Nathria — and what item level you’ll get for downing its bosses
So you want to run Castle Nathria.
Each of the Afterlives videos included a well-known lore character from the past.
The latest Shadowlands build includes a pretty significant change to gear drops in raids: instead of weapon drops, there will be tokens you can turn in for weapons of your choice. These tokens are called Anima Spherules, and they can be turned in at your Covenant Sanctum for weapons and offhand items.