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WoW Classic Burning Crusade, Shadowlands' Major Content Patch Leaked Ahead Of BlizzConline

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BlizzConline 2021 is kicking off tomorrow, but we already know a fair bit of what's coming with World of Warcraft, thanks to some leaks as spotted by WoWHead. The leaks detail the upcoming patch for World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, titled Chains of Domination, as well as the next major update for WoW Classic: Burning Crusade.

World of Warcraft Classic is getting Burning Crusade Classic, transporting players back to 2007. Players will once again take on the Burning Legion, heading towards an area called the Outland. The leak details what players can expect from the Classic version of the MMO expansion, bringing the Blood Elves to the Horde as well as the Draenei to the Alliance. 

Additionally, coming with Burning Crusade Classic is the ability to progress your characters to the Burning Crusade era, or keep playing the original WoW Classic on new Classic Era servers. How exactly this will work is unclear based on the leaks, but this is likely something that will be expanded upon during BlizzConline this weekend.

World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade Classic will also release in batches, much like Classic itself, so there won't be a way to just push through the expansion quickly. Additionally, Burning Crusade Classic will not cost anything extra for subscribers.

Also leaked is the next major content update for the current version of the mainline World of Warcraft experience, Shadowlands. Called Chains of Domination, the next content update picks up after the events of the expansion, players will continue to investigate the Jailer's plans in the new storyline. Coming with Chains of Domination, players will be able to jump into a new 10-boss raid, the Sanctum of Domination, eventually coming face to face with the Banshee Queen herself.

Covenants are expanded upon as well, as players in Shadowlands will start to unite the four different covenenats in the story to take on the Jailer himself. A new Mega-Dungeon is also detailed, Tazavesh, the Veiled Market. This new 8-boss Mythic dungeon is set in a bazaar, which sees players taking part in a "heist to stel powerful artifacts from Azeroth."

There isn't a date in the leaks for either of the two major releases, just simply "2021," but it might be safe to say we'll hear more this weekend at BlizzConline.


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Joseph Bradford

Joseph has been writing or podcasting about games in some form since about 2012. Having written for multiple major outlets such as IGN, Playboy, and more, Joseph started writing for MMORPG in 2015. When he's not writing or talking about games, you can typically find him hanging out with his 10-year old or playing Magic: The Gathering with his family. Also, don't get him started on why Balrogs *don't* have wings. You can find him on Twitter @LotrLore