Another World of Warcraft expansion ‘leak’ surfaces, this one called Shadowlands

    
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‘Tis the season for crazy — or perhaps not-so-crazy — World of Warcraft expansion rumors, apparently. Hot on the heels of a recent “leak” of an expansion named Age of Darkness, another one is making the rounds called Shadowlands.

What’s interesting with this one is that it contains what looks like an early version of a map and a semi-official looking logo. According to the purported leaked assets and details, Shadowlands will feature the rise of the Black Empire in Azeroth thanks to the machinations of N’Zoth and his cronies. This expansion concept features two main regions — the Dragon Isles and the titular Shadowlands — and a storyline that seems to be inspired by Greek mythology.

Other features on tap include the Tinkerer DPS class, a Vestiges of Power talent system, a champion system (read: recruit old heroes), and some sort of new tech to replace stat squishing.

Of course, this being an unconfirmed leak, you should treat it with a healthy dose of skepticism and use it for entertainment purposes only. Unless it turns out to be true, in which case… hm!

Source: ENUK
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Dankey Kang

Shadowbringers eh? That’s a cool name for an expansion

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Marty Woods

“Riddles in the Dark”

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Jokerchyld

I got a rumor! All these rumors are rumors.

Mordyjuice
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Mordyjuice

Didn’t I point this out last week?

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cursedseishi

Tinkerer sounds like it’ll just take all of the fun typically associated with Engineering (whenever it WAS fun in an expansion) and appropriate it for itself. And aside from stabbing yet another unnecessary knife into a profession, I find it hard to believe Blizzard can add yet another class and keep up with it.

I will say this though. Blizzard trying to pull a HARD 180 on Sylvanas’s throughline to try and paint her as a good guy the next expansion though? That totally checks with me. It’s the sort of haphazard, slapdash writing I’ve come to expect. And it also makes sense that they’d try to shove everything as far away from Battle for Azeroth, in story and in design, as they can. I can’t wait for that ending cinematic for the final raid. We’ll confront Sylvanas, beaten and ready to fall, cursing us for not understanding just what it was she was trying to accomplish and bla-blah-bladdablah… Helya intervenes, saves her and then things start to fall apart as big bad begins to make itself known.

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TomTurtle

I can only hope these “leaks” about Sylvanas being helpful all along are wrong.

I think this “leak” only gained more traction than others because someone went to the effort of creating something visual to grab people’s attention. It’s funny that people think it’s real since it was “photographed”. If nothing else, these “leak” creators are getting better at emulating this kind of information.

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PepinoCantador

I’m actually hoping the next expansion is something old gods-y. If they nail it thematically it would be amazing. I haven’t really been huge on the atmosphere of a lot of recent WoW, so this could be a big draw for me.

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Malcolm Swoboda

Tinkerer, aka the time I really join the game :P (if I don’t have to be Gnome).

I imagine Champions wouldn’t necessarily be alive, but dead/recorded remnant versions of characters.

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David Blair

Tinker Murloc.

Dani Reasor
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Dani Reasor

Protecting the realm of the dead from an invasion by the Old Gods would actually be a decent expansion idea, full of potential to take the story some place new, resolve old plot threads surrounding Sylvanas, and bring back old enemies for nostalgia’s sake. (Kael’thas could finally say that the Sunwell was just a setback, for one.)

There are good odds that the real 9.0 expansion won’t be nearly this creative, and it’s a shame.

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Retrovertigo

Obligatory “Become the Champion of Darkness”.