We know that World of Warcraft players will have a small battalion of alts to push through the content of Shadowlands. So how exactly does that work? The folks at Wowhead have compiled the currently known steps together in to one handy dandy guide just in case you’re curious but not experiencing the expansion’s beta.
First off, players will (naturally) have to follow the linear storyline that guides them through the four zones in order, but alts will get to choose their destiny once they complete the Maw introduction questline and arrive to Oribos by speaking with Fatescribe Roh-Tahl, who gives players the options of replaying the storyline or following the Threads of Fate. This second option will let players choose their Covenant immediately, skip the main story quests, and instead level up via dungeons, side quests, world quests, and bonus objectives. In order to follow this path, there are a couple of prerequisite quests to complete, including ones that lets players select their Covenant, choose which region to start in, and get level-appropriate gear.
As mentioned in the forum post that also discussed Covenant swapping matters, this Threads of Fate system is meant to give players more flexibility while gaining power for the endgame goals of alts. So at least WoW players know that they have options.