Here's all the info you need to play World of Warcraft's new Shadowlands expansion


In just under five minutes

World of Warcraft‘s next expansion is coming on Monday. For some people, this is basically how they’re going to be spending a lot of their free time in the next two years. For the rest of you, you can probably roll your eyes right now or get semi-excited at the prospect of jumping into a new expansion, then leaving.

For everyone who is playing, Blizzard just put out a new “survival guide” for Shadowlands, and it’s actually pretty informative. Clocking in at just under five minutes, the clip serves as a quick rundown of what to expect from the expansion. The big draw is the quick recap of the “Covenants”: a mechanic that you’ll encounter at max level that lets you pledge to certain in-game lore organizations.

These grant abilities, access to specific locations, and the soul binding system: which is basically a revamp of the same expansion-specific “skill tree” thing we’ve seen for a while. It also briefly hits on the adventure challenge dungeon angle: which seems a much more expanded island expedition system from Battle for Azeroththat got old fast.

Expect our review in progress a little after the expansion hits!

As a reminder, the global launch time will be 3PM PT in the US.

Here are the basic tenets of the expansion: