In post the first, players get a look at the Covenant system, breaking down the four Covenants they can join, the importance of getting Renown, the features of each Covenant’s Sanctums, and the Soulbind system, which lets them form a bond with distinct Covenant NPCs for unique traits and bonuses as well as introduces a tree to add more passive buffs and enhance class and Covenant abilities via Conduits.
In post the second, players are introduced to the Maw, a location that’s all about collecting Stygia, which can then be used to purchase tools and buffs known as Cyphers to aid their survival within the Maw and Torghast, Tower of the Damned. There are also certain NPCs that, when successfully freed and brought back to a sanctum, will join a player’s Covenant. And in a very Souls-like turn, dying in the Maw will see some Stygia lost but it can be recovered if players return to their place of death.
These new preview posts are part of the full round-up of information about Shadowlands, but there’s one thing that was only recently revealed in the game’s forums: The fact that spec-restricted Artifact transmogs will now be class-wide. Hurray for customization!