Shadowlands Alpha build 35078 is actually the Beta build that fansites and streamers were invited by Blizzard Entertainment to play around July 8-9.

In this build, level 59 players who have gone through the core questline of the 4 zones are greeted with a quest in Oribos by Bolvar Fordragon.

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Players who recently purchased the World of Warcraft 6-Month Subscription can now open the Blizzard Launcher to claim a free Shadowlands Steamscale Incinerator mount.

Make sure to click the Gift icon next to the Lightbulb icon to the left of your account name (located near the top-right corner of the Blizzard Launcher), then click CLAIM.

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Alongside my coverage of the Shadowlands event server, I was able to take part in a group interview with Ion Hazzikostas about the expansion and WoW in general. The interview went, round robin style, from one person to the next until we ran out of time. I ended up being able to ask three questions. While there was some very juicy information revealed from others’ questions, I don’t want to steal anyone’s thunder. I’ll let those parties share those answers on their own time.

Here are the transcripts for the three questions I asked Ion and his answers.

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Yesterday, I had the chance to play on an event server for the initial build of the the upcoming Shadowlands beta, featuring The Maw and the venthyr covenant. I’ve decided to split up the many pictures I took into multiple articles based on theme. Here are some random other updates to be found on the event build.

Oribos received a few cosmetic updates. There are now tons of broker camps surrounding the city, but they lack NPCs. Sometimes guards walk past and stare at the empty camps for a moment, then resume their patrol.

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Yesterday, I had the chance to play on an event server for the initial build of the upcoming Shadowlands beta, featuring The Maw and the venthyr covenant. I’ve decided to split up the many pictures I took into multiple articles based on theme. This time, we’ll look at the venthyr covenant.

Your journey begins with Prince Renathal, leader of the resistance against Sire Denathrius, welcoming in you to the covenant. There’s also a hint of intrigue and the suggestion that Renathal’s motives aren’t as pure as they seem.

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Yesterday, I had the chance to play on an event server for the initial build of the upcoming Shadowlands beta, featuring The Maw and the venthyr covenant. I’ve decided to split up the many pictures I took into multiple articles based on theme. First up, let’s take a look at The Maw.

Unlike the other Shadowlands zones, players enter The Maw by jumping into the flow of souls at the center of Oribos. There are no flight paths or inns in The Maw, this is the only way to get in.

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The Sanguine Depths dungeon is located in Revendreth toward the north-center edge of the map.

This is where all the anima siphoned from all other zones of the Shadowlands is collected, then redirected toward The Maw to empower the Jailer.

Below you can read the transcript of all dialogue text broadcast during the dungeon.

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The Spires of Ascension dungeon is located near the Elysian Hold in Bastion.

The dialogue text transcribed here reveals details about Kyrestia the Firstborne, Devos the Paragon of Loyalty, The Arbiter, The Jailer, and even Uther.

Devos seeks to change the path of the Kyrian. The Kyrian path forces the denizens of Bastion to erase the memories of their past, their loved ones for the service of The Arbiter. The Kyrian are brainwashed.

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