If you did not already know, BlizzConline 2021 is happening, starting tomorrow. However, it seems that Blizzard has jumped the gun in sharing its announcements, specifically for World of Warcraft. As spotted by by Wowhead, the press portal of Blizzard was discovered to contain two new press releases, one for World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade Classic and another for World of Warcraft‘s 9.1 update, Chains of Domination. Although Blizzard has taken down those links, by now, plenty of information is already out in the open. These World of Warcraft leaks are pretty significant.
Perhaps more significant is that of World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade Classic. This will bring players back into the past once more, but this time, for the MMORPG’s first expansion released in 2007. It is expected to be similar in experience to World of Warcraft Classic.
This would suggest that content such as new raids and dungeons will arrive just as it did back in the day.
The World of Warcraft leaks pointed to something interesting as well, in that players have a choice of either staying at level 60 or jump into Burning Crusade Classic. Hard choices might be in the future.
Future of Shadowlands
The other big part of the World of Warcraft leaks has to do with the next update for World of Warcraft: Shadowlands. We now know that it will be called Chains of Domination. As the BlizzConline press release states, this is a big update for the game. What we can tell is that the endgame zone of The Maw will add a new area.
Korthia, the City of Secrets, will give players more to do. The story will also be continued with Chains of Domination. As part of the 9.1 update, you will also be able to utilize your flying mounts. Travelling around will be even easier than before.
The World of Warcraft leaks also revealed the addition of both a new raid, as well as a new mega-dungeon. Imagine a regular dungeon, but way bigger. The new raid is called the Sanctum of Domination. In total, players will be going up against 10 bosses, with the final bout against none other than Sylvanas Windrunner herself. If you ever felt like getting back at one of the biggest villains in Shadowlands, here is your golden opportunity.
The mega-dungeon, on the other hand, features eight bosses, and is called Tazavesh, the Veiled Market. Judging from the description, players will be in for quite a good time. There will be exotic wares and strange creatures to be found in this bazaar of mysterious Brokers. It will all culminate in a high-stakes heist to obtain powerful artifacts from Azeroth. A caper in World of Warcraft? BlizzConline 2021 is definitely bringing the fire.
However, the different World of Warcraft leaks made no mention of any release date. Both World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade Classic and Chains of Domination are expected to hit later this year. With the 9.0.5 update scheduled for March, the money is on summer release for the Chains of Domination update.
We can expect Blizzard to show off even more regarding these two substantial updates for World of Warcraft during BlizzConline 2021. The opening ceremony will start on February 19 at 5 PM ET.