John Hight: Hello, everyone. Thanks for joining us today. No matter where you are, World of Warcraft unites us all. Whether you’re exploring the Shadowlands, Classic Azeroth, or another part of the Blizzard universe, I’m glad you could make it because we’ve got a lot of good stuff to show you. But first, let’s start with some Covenant pride: Kyrian, take flight! Night Fae, let the hunt begin! Necrolords, to war! Venthyr, let’s party!

The world is thrown a lot at us since the last BlizzCon, and the thing that’s really kept everyone going on the WoW team has been connecting with all of you. The bonds we forge with our guilds, and family, and friends in WoW, are powerful and real.

As WoW enters its 16th year, and Blizzard celebrates its 30th anniversary, we’re so greatful to have the most dedicated and friendly communities in gaming. Let’s recap the events in Azeroth.

WoW Classic. We fought an endless battle for Southshore and Tarren Mill. We banded together and opened the Gates of Ahn’Qiraj and joined forces to take down Kel’Thuzad in his floating Citadel of Naxxramas.

In Shadowlands, we helped our covenant recover from the anima drought brought on by Sire Denathrius, master of the Venthyr, and traitor to the Pantheon of Death.

We survived the Halls of Torghast, and crafted legendary gear and our efforts to expel Denathrius from his castle lair; but innocent souls are still wrongfully being sent to The Maw.

They face an eternity of torment and heroes like Anduin remain chained in its depths. The jailer continues to grow in power. He’s preparing to break free from The Maw and complete his plan to unmake the entire Warcraft universe. And Sylvanas, you may be wondering what she’s been up to all this time.

Today, we’re excited to unveil our first major content update for Shadowlands: Chains of Domination.

Anduin: Look around you. What makes you believe you’re not just a weapon to achieve his ends.

Sylvanas Enough! Join our cause or be made to serve.

Anduin: Right now, you hold all the power. Make your choice, Sylvanas Windrunner.

Thenios: Despite all our efforts, The Maw continues to grow. What if Denathrius’s treachery is irreparable? The Primus is lost, and Bastion cannot save the Shadowlands alone. None of this should have happened. Perhaps the Winter Queen could–

Kleia: My archon a living soul seeks an audience.

Kyrestia the Firstborne: A mortal?

Kleia: A King. By all our measures… one who has spent his life striving for justice. One who would give anything to serve his people. One whose hart… is true.

Kyrestia the Firstborne: Very well. He may approach. Step forward. My ascendant have spoken of you. The King held captive in the Maw.

Anduin: That prison could not hold me forever.

Kyrestia the Firstborne: Why have you come to Bastion?

Anduin: You have a key… that I need.

Kyrestia the Firstborne: You… will release this soul from your grasp!

Anduin/Jailer: No, he is bound to me… just as you once sought to bind your own brother!

Jailer: The vessel performed its part flawlessly. Three keys remain. Then they will see… Death was never meant to be chained.

John Hight: That is so intense. I know you probably have a lot of questions about what you just saw, and what it means for the next stage of your Shadowlands journey. Later today, my teammates Ion and Jeremy will be telling you more about Chains of Domination in our Shadowlands update. Please check out the World of Warcraft channel to find out more.

Next, I’m excited to share our upcoming World of Warcraft charity pet program. We’ve heard a lot from our community about how much they love these pets and the opportunity to give to a good cause along with ideas to make the program even better. So during this upcoming campaign, you’ll be able to donate whatever amount you wish to directly support our chosen charity.

Once donations reach our goal, everyone playing World of Warcraft will get a pet for their collection as a thank you. Whether you were able to contribute personally or not. And to make this a fun challenge, if we reach a stretch goal, everyone gets a second pet too. And here they are. The first pet is Bananas. Literally. He was originally available to a select few back in Burning Crusade era.

So we’re excited to give everyone a chance to adopt him; and if we reach a stretch goal, you’ll also get Daisy the Sloth. She’s an all-new pet who will hang around your neck when you need a hug.

Your donations during this campaign will go to support the medical humanitarian organization: Doctors Without Borders — also known by their French name Medecins Sans Frontieres, or MSF.

They’re an amazing group doing important work around the world. We’re grateful to have such a generous community and we hope you’ll help support this worthy cause. We’ll be sharing the details about the charity pet program on the World of Warcraft website soon. So we’ve talked quite a bit about Shadowlands…

Classic players… now it’s your turn. It’s my pleasure to hand off to my teammate: Holly Longdale. She’s a long time WoW player, a veteran MMO developer, and she’s going to tell us what’s in store for WoW Classic.


1. Intro2. Chains of Domination3. Burning Crusade Classic
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