Patch 9.1.0

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“Chains of Domination”
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Announcement date February 19, 2021
Release date TBA
Latest version date April 21, 2021
Initial version 38394
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Patch 9.1.0: Chains of Domination is the first upcoming major content patch of Shadowlands, announced at BlizzConline on February 19, 2021.

It was pushed to the Public Test Realm on April 1 3, 2021.


February 19, 2021

The traitorous Sire Denathrius has been defeated, but the power of the Maw still grows. In Chains of Domination, the upcoming major content update for World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, players will delve into new depths of the Jailer’s hopeless domain, seeking to understand the true nature of his malignant plans. Backed by the renewed might of the four Covenants, the champions of the Horde and the Alliance will take the fight for the Shadowlands to the seat of the Jailer’s power. But the Banished One has a terrible new champion in his service—a cruel instrument of despair conscripted by Sylvanas Windrunner, capable of instilling dread into the hearts of Azeroth’s heroes like no creature of the Shadowlands.



Demon Hunter

  • Havoc
    • Demon’s Bite damage increased by 15%.
    • Demon Blades (Talent) damage increased by 15%.
    • Chaos Strike damage increased by 15%.
    • Annihilation damage increased by 15%.
    • Unbound Chaos (Talent) now increases the damage of your next Fel Rush by 500% (was 600%).


  • Balance
    • Artifactability balancedruid newmoon.png [New Moon] (Talent) now has 20 second recharge (was 25 seconds).
    • Artifactability balancedruid moonandstars.png [Solstice] (Talent) now causes Spell priest divinestar shadow2.png [Shooting Stars] to fall 200% more often (was 300%).
    • Ability druid starfall.png [Stellar Drift] (Talent) has been redesigned – Ability druid starfall.png [Starfall] damage increased by 25% and allows you to cast while moving while Starfall is active, but it has a 15 second cooldown.
    • The free Starfall from Spell arcane invocation.png [Oneth's Clear Vision] (Runecarving Power) ignores the Stellar Drift (Talent) Starfall cooldown.
    • Ability druid balanceofpower.png [Balance of All Things] (Runecarving Power) now grants 24% increased critical strike chance (was 40%) and decreases by 3% every 1 second (was 8% every 1 second).



  • Blessing of Winter from Blessing of the Seasons (Night Fae Ability) can now be applied to multiple targets simultaneously.


  • Discipline
    • Ability shaman astralshift.png [Spirit Shell] (Talent) cooldown increased to 90 seconds (was 60 seconds).
  • Holy
    • Spell holy symbolofhope.png [Symbol of Hope] has been redesigned – Bolster the morale of party or raid members within 40 yards. They each recover 60 seconds of cooldown on a major defensive ability, and they regain 12% of their missing mana over 5 seconds.


  • The shield from Spell animaardenweald buff.png [Cloaked in Shadows] (Conduit) is now 50% larger, lasts for 4 seconds (previously had no duration) and no longer decays while the Rogue is out of stealth.
  • Feint duration increased to 6 seconds (was 5 seconds).
  • Subtlety
    • Shuriken Storm (Rank 2) now also increases Shuriken Storm’s chance to critically strike by 15%.
    • Black Powder’s damage per combo point increased by 33%.
    • Black Powder (Rank 2) now causes targets with Find Weakness to suffer an additional 40% damage as Shadow (was 50%).
    • Shadow Techniques now triggers more frequently.
    • Backstab damage increased by 20%.
    • Gloomblade (Talent) damage increased by 20%.


  • Warlock sacrificial pact.png [Dark Pact]'s (Talent) additional absorb shield has been increased by 216%.
  • Destruction
  • Affliction
    • Malefic Rapture damage reduced by 18%.
    • Spell shadow curseofsargeras.png [Agony] damage increased by 20%.
    • Spell shadow shadowembrace.png [Shadow Embrace] now lasts 16 seconds (was 12 seconds) and can now only be applied to 1 target at a time.
    • Spell shadow unstableaffliction 3 purple.png [Focused Malignancy] (Conduit) effectiveness reduced by 53%.
    • Spell nzinsanity fearofdeath.png [Sacrolash's Dark Strike] (Runecarving Power) has been redesigned – Corruption damage is increased by 25% (was 15%), and each time Corruption deals damage, it extends the duration of all your Curses active on the target by 2 seconds (was Corrupted targets movement speed slowed by 50%).


  • New Covenant Campaign Chapters
  • 40 new Inv misc covenant renown.png [Renown] levels
  • Chapters 3, 4 and 5 are available in the April 21 update.


  • New Soulbind Tiers
    • All existing Soulbinds now have 4 new rows:
      • 3 new Conduit slots (1 Potency, 1 Endurance, and 1 Finesse)
      • 2 new Traits
      • 1 Capper Trait
  • Necrolord
    • Sulfuric Emission (Emeni) fear duration reduced to 3.5 seconds (was 4.5 seconds).
  • Venthyr
    • Familiar Predicaments (Nadjia the Mistblade) now reduces incoming interrupt, snare and root effects by 20% (was 25%).

Dungeons and Raids

  • New Raid: Sanctum of Domination
    • The following encounters will be available for testing on April 22:
      • Soulrender Dormazain
      • The Nine
  • New Dungeon Teleports: Hero’s Path: Shadowlands – Completing each Mythic Keystone dungeon at Level 20 on time will now grant an achievement and a teleport to the completed dungeon’s entrance. The teleport has an 8 hour cooldown that resets after completing a Mythic Keystone dungeon.

Items and Rewards

  • The Trade archaeology kaldoreiwindchimes.png [Empyreal Ordnance] trinket now puts other on-use trinkets on a 40 second cooldown when used (was 20 seconds).

Pet Battles

  • New wild pets to discover and capture in Korthia.
  • Removed the cap on the amount of pets that can be owned.

Player Versus Player

Death Knight

  • Frost


  • Balance
    • New PvP Talent: Owlkin Adept
    • Celestial Guardian (PvP Talent) has been slightly redesigned – Bear Form reduces magic damage taken from spells by 10% and you can now cast Moonfire while in Bear Form.
  • Feral
    • New PvP Talent: Wicked Claws
    • Ferocious Wound (PvP Talent) now stacks up to 2 times (was 3).
    • Rip and Tear (PvP Talent) has been removed.
  • Guardian
    • New PvP Talent: Emerald Slumber
    • Roar of the Protector (PvP Talent) has been removed.
  • Restoration
    • New PvP Talent: Keeper of the Grove


  • Spell arcane arcane02.png [Kleptomania] (PvP Talent) is now Arcane only.
  • Dampened Magic (PvP Talent) has been removed.
  • Arcane
    • New PvP Talent: Arcanosphere.
    • Spell arcane blast.png [Arcane Blast] now deals 20% more damage in PvP combat.
  • Frost


  • Mistweaver
    • New PvP Talent: Peaceweaver.
    • New PvP Talent: Spell arcane arcane04.png [Dematerialize].
    • New PvP Talent: Thunderous Tea.
    • Ability monk counteractmagic.png [Counteract Magic] (PvP Talent) has been redesigned – Each hostile Magic effect removed from a target increases the healing they receive from you by 2% for 10 seconds, stacking up to 10 times.
    • Ability monk uplift.png [Refreshing Breeze] (PvP Talent) has been redesigned – Healing done by Ability monk soothingmists.png [Soothing Mist] increases the healing of the next Ability monk expelharm.png [Expel Harm] on the target during the channel, and causes it to dispel 1 Magic, Poison, or Disease effect.
    • Monk ability transcendence.png [Eminence] (PvP Talent) has been redesigned – Spell shaman spectraltransformation.png [Transcendence: Transfer] can now be cast while stunned and its cooldown is decreased by 15 seconds if it is cast while not stunned.
    • Ability monk surgingmist.png [Surging Mist] (PvP Talent) has been removed.
    • Chrysalis (PvP Talent) cooldown reduction for Life Cocoon reduced to 30 seconds (was 40 seconds).
  • Brewmaster
    • New PvP Talent: Nimble Brew.
    • Craft: Nimble Brew (PvP Talent) has been removed.


  • New PvP Talent: Improved Mass Dispel.
  • Shadow
    • Lasting Plague (PvP Talent) has been removed.


  • Mark of the Master Assassin (Runecarving Power) duration has been reduced by 40% in PvP combat.
  • Dismantle (PvP Talent) is now available to all specializations (was Outlaw only).
  • Thick as Thieves (PvP Talent) is now available to all specializations (was Outlaw only) and now increases the targets damage by 15% (was 10%), but no longer increases the Rogue’s damage (was 10%).
  • Maneuverability (PvP Talent) now removes all roots when activated in addition to its current effect.
  • Honor Among Thieves (PvP Talent) has been removed.
  • Assassination
    • New PvP Talent: Hemotoxin.
    • Neurotoxin (PvP Talent) has been removed.
    • Intent to Kill (PvP Talent) cooldown reduction for Shadowstep increased to 90% (was 66%).
    • Mind-Numbing Poison (PvP Talent) has been removed.
  • Outlaw
    • New PvP Talent: Float Like a Butterfly
    • New PvP Talent: Enduring Brawler
    • Control is King (PvP Talent) has been redesigned – Cheap Shot grants Slice and Dice for 15 seconds and Kidney Shot restores 15 Energy per Combo Point spent.
    • Drink up me Hearties (PvP Talent) has been redesigned – Crimson Vial restores 5% additional maximum health and grants 60% of it healing to allies within 15 yards.
    • Blade Flurry damage transferred from single target attacks increased by 50% in PvP combat.
    • Boarding Party (PvP Talent) radius increased to 15 yards (was 10 yards) and duration increased to 6 seconds (was 5 seconds).
    • Take Your Cut (PvP Talent) radius increased to 15 yards (was 8 yards).
    • Cheap Tricks (PvP Talent) has ben removed.
    • Plunder Armor (PvP Talent) has been removed.
  • Subtlety
    • New PvP Talent: Distracting Mirage
    • Thief’s Bargain (PvP Talent) has been redesigned – Shadow Blades, Vanish, and Feint have 33% reduced cooldowns, but you deal 10% less damage for 6 seconds after using each ability.
    • Shadowy Duel (PvP Talent) duration reduced to 5 seconds (was 6 seconds).
    • Silhouette (PvP Talent) cooldown reduction for Shadowstep increased to 67% (was 50%).
    • Cold Blood (PvP Talent) has been removed.


  • New PvP Talent: Shadow Rift.
  • Affliction
    • Soul Shatter (PvP Talent) has been removed.


  • New PvP Talent: Fel Obelisk.
  • Achievement boss hellfire fellord.png [Call Fel Lord] (PvP Talent) now deals 200% of the caster's Spell Power per swing (was 5% of target’s maximum health). Cooldown of the ability increased to 2 minutes (was 1.5 minutes).
  • Spell fire elementaldevastation.png [Singe Magic] (PvP Talent) has been removed.
  • Destruction


  • New Runecarving Powers
    • Death Knight, Druid, Warrior and Mage have new powers available in this PTR build.
    • Some existing powers have been updated. See the Classes sections for details.
    • Druid, Rogue and Shaman have new powers available in the April 21 update.

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