Are you still undecided whether you want to buy WoW: Shadowlands? We’ll tell you everything that needs to be considered.
The most exciting time of the year begins for fans of World of Warcraft because the new expansion Shadowlands is just around the corner. Starting November 24th, players can flock to the Shadowlands to track down Sylvanas Windrunner while thwarting the mysterious jailer’s plans.
But what do you need to know before buying Shadowlands? What should be considered before buying the extension? We’ll tell you 5 things that you should consider before buying
1. Test changes without buying
With the Shadowlands expansion, Blizzard has significantly revised the 12 classes. All characters now have more abilities than before and all specializations in a class share many spells – similar to what was the case with Vanilla back then. The play style of some classes was also adapted. Specializations like the shadow priest now play noticeably different than in the days of Battle for Azeroth.
You don’t have to buy Shadowlands to find out if the new way of playing your favorite class is still fun. You can simply take out a one-month subscription and get a taste of the game now because the class changes were already active with Patch 9.0. If you enjoy the new gameplay of your favorite class, this is a good indicator of whether the purchase of Shadowlands is worthwhile.
If you are interested in all of the class changes in detail, you can also check out the full patch notes for Patch 9.0.
More freedom, but also more coercion
In Shadowlands, players are faced with some weighty decisions. Choosing one of four pacts is just the beginning. Each pact comes with special abilities, cosmetic rewards, and even a separate campaign that defines the endgame of Shadowlands.
But don’t worry: with a little effort, the choice of the pact can be reversed and reconsidered. Nevertheless, you should consider in advance what the consequences of the decisions will be and whether you are really satisfied with them.
This is a new kind of freedom and choice that has never been seen before in World of Warcraft.
Elsewhere, however, there is more coercion. For the first time in a long time, you can’t just go out and level in an area of your choice. You have to work through a fixed order in which you tackle the zones of the Shadowlands. You start in the bastion, travel via Maldraxxus into the Ardenwald, and finally end in Revendreth. You don’t have a choice, the first character has to play the entire campaign.
Second characters can simply skip this process.
Less loot, more significant
There will be significantly less loot to get hold of in Shadowlands than in previous expansions. So you are no longer showered with loot in every dungeon and have to work longer for some items. However, this is offset by the fact that objects are less subject to random factors. Items can no longer be “war-forged”. You always know what kind of item you can get, which item level it has, and which attributes it is equipped with.
The feeling of a slot machine, in which items have to get exactly the right upgrading to be really useful, is a thing of the past.
That was a big criticism of the last additions. Loot should feel more meaningful and valuable again. Upgrades can be recognized as such directly and do not have to run through several simulations to get a result.
Which version is the right one?
If you decide to buy WoW: Shadowlands, you have to make another selection. Because which game version is the best? Is the Base Edition enough for 40 €? Do you prefer the Heroic Edition for 55 €? Or do you go “all in” and get the Epic Edition for € 75?
That depends entirely on your own needs. If you just want to have the basic game, already have a character at level 50, and are not interested in “bells and whistles”, the Base Edition is good for you.
However, if you would like to have a character upgrade to level 50 or a special transmog set, you should also take a close look at the other editions. We have an exact breakdown of all versions of Shadowlands here.
More of the known
Basically, as a buyer, you should be aware that although Shadowlands (like every expansion) offers new areas and stories, the basic gameplay has only changed little. The core activities are still the same that we have known for years.
The endgame largely consists of the already known activities:
- Raids in 4 difficulties: From the “tourist mode” LFR to the hardcore mode Mythic, there is something for everyone
- Dungeons with scaling difficulty: Dungeons continues to rely on the “Mythic +” system, in which the instances become harder and harder, but better prey beckons.
- PvP: Arenas and battlefields are back – rewards can be bought directly from the dealer.
But there are also new approaches and content such as the Torghast Tower, which always brings fresh challenges. It is doubtful, however, whether this can keep people excited long enough if one does not enjoy the other content.