The dungeon master is on the verge of breaking free from the maw. To realize his twisted vision, the villain is willing to sacrifice everything and everyone. Fighting at his side are the banshee queen Sylvanas and Anduin Wrynn, who has been serving as the Jailer's puppet of late. Anduin graces the key art of Patch 9.1: Chains of Domination as "The Fallen King".
What are Key-Arts?
Key art is an elaborate illustration that serves as an iconic lead or cover art for an expansion or patch. In the past, we've seen some impressive key art. One of these was Highlord Bolvar Fordragon leading his new Death Knight army into the Maw. The color scheme of the cover art of WoW : Shadowlands now also appears in the new key art for patch 9.1, but this time the central figure is not Bolvar, but Anduin Wrynn, who was taken to Torghast at the beginning of Shadowlands and later turned into a Death Knight by Sylvanas.
WoW: Eerily beautiful! New key art with Death Knight Anduin Wrynn (2) Source: Blizzard
The Fallen King
In the picture we see Anduin Wrynn in his cursed rune armor. His ice-cold gaze and long white hair are strongly reminiscent of Death Knight Arthas. The bone-white plate armor, the ice-blue sword Königsgram and the glowing runes are in stark contrast to the fiery hell of the Maw. Anduin stands on the bridge leading to the tower Torghast (probably directly to the Sanctum of Domination). Behind him billows the ominous shadow of the dungeon master, driving like a demon from Anduin's body. Also visible in the background are the maw-bound Val'kyr. There are nine of them, and they are probably the nine Val'kyr that Sylvanas made a pact with at the end of WotLK. We meet said ladies in the new raid Sanctum of Domination.
The interesting thing about this picture is that there is no trace of Sylvanas. We still don't know what exactly happens to the Banshee Queen at the end of the raid. Basically, her fate is sealed anyway because the dungeon master has a perfect servant in Anduin and therefore no longer needs Sylvanas. Little is known about Anduin's fate in patch 9.1 as well. He helps Zovaal conquer the remaining Seals of the Eternal. Blizzard will most likely not resolve Anduin's story in Shadowlands until patch 9.2. For example, he could become a boss enemy in the final Shadowlands raid (which doesn't necessarily mean Anduin's death).
In any case, the gloomy illustration promises a bombastic finale in the Sanctum of Domination. We are curious to see if our heroes will succeed in freeing Anduin from the dungeon master's bondage and if there is even a future for Sylvanas.Support buffed - it'll only take a minute. Thank you!
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