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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Several weeks ago, I was given access to a copy of Overwatch: The Hero of Numbani (review here), and World of Warcraft: Shadows Rising — the Shadowlands prequel novel tie-in. Special thanks to Random House and Rogers & Cowan PMK who reached out.

I feel privileged to be able to read the novel after 87 days playing Shadowlands Alpha to understand the lore from both media.

Especially, after playing the Shadowlands Intro Questline where players participate in a ritual at The Frozen Throne to open a way into The Maw in the Shadowlands.

Reading the novel helped me fill up the gap of what led to the new expansion.

Throughout this review, I will offer minor spoilers without names in some instances, or without going into detail. So keep this in mind beyond the break below. If you want to skip the soft spoilers, but want to check out the Table of Content with chapters listed, skip to the image.

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I was surprised when I was checking my twitter feed early in the morning after 5am, and saw Laura Bailey trending — but not for the right reasons, or for something she deserved. But this needs to be heard so that this never happens again.

Laura Bailey is one of the best voice actors in the gaming industry. She voiced Jaina Proudmoore in Warcraft III, World of Warcraft, and Heroes of the Storm; Black Widow in Avengers Assemble; Kait Diaz in Gears of War 4; Chun-Li in Street Fighter V; Olympia Vale in Halo 5: Guardians; Kira Carsen in several Star Wars video games, as well as a voice actress for several TV animated series and other video games.

You will be scrolling down a long time trying to reach the bottom of her career page in IMDB. That vast has been her work as a voice actress.

Laura has 40 nominations for multiple Game and Voice Acting Awards and 17 wins. She has 34 years of experience in voice acting, even though she looks so young. You would think she has been voice acting before being born.

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The Shadowlands Alpha build 34972 was over 8GB in size. You can visit MMO-Champion or WoWHead for all the datamined stuff. I will share with you what’s discovered in-game.

COVENANT MISSIONS (GARRISON)

The Covenant Missions Table is not operational yet, and assets are work in progress, but for the first time the UI became accessible at Elysian Hold in Bastion.

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A new Warcraft III: Reforged PTR build is available for testing. This build applies several bug fixes, but as some forum members say… it doesn’t address a persistent Custom Games bug that won’t allow players to play Custom Games, no ladder, clans, or custom campaigns yet.

We’ll have to continue to wait for updates on that front. Hopefully, sooner than later. Read the PTR patch notes:

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