All eyes on Sylvanas! Blizzard has changed the model of the Banshee Queen several times. Since the beginning of World of Warcraft we have seen Sylvanas as a dark night elf, sometimes as an undead blood elf. In Wrath of Lich King, she finally got a unique outfit that strongly resembled her armor design from Warcraft 3. In keeping with their new role as warchief in WoW Legion, the developers then changed the Sylvanas model again. The graphic designers supplemented their classic ranger regalia with new elements made of leather and chains, which matched a real hunter much better than the revealing clothes before. With WoW: Shadowlands we now see a completely new Sylvanas. She is no longer a ranger, but an ally of the dungeon master, reflecting the design of her brand new armor.
There was a preview of the new model of the Dark Lady a few months ago. In the latest Beta build 34972 the developers adjusted the color of Sylvanas' skin and face again. The reworked skin tone, which is now very different from the pale color of the armor, gives Sylvana's appearance more contrast. In addition, her sharp facial features and gloomy look come through the new makeup better than the original model. But compare the old and new models by Sylvanas yourself.
In an interview with Wowhead By the way, said Ely Cannon, the Art Director of WoW (buy now for 14.54 €): Shadowlands, on the design by Sylvanas. He explained that the graphics team is always very careful when it comes to changing the look of a well-known WoW character. In the case of Sylvanas we saw a clear optical development in recent years, but their outfits have always kept their "classic core". With Shadowlands a new phase of life begins for Sylvanas and the players should see that in their new armor. The designer said specifically about the latest adjustments:
"I mean, all of these characters don't just belong to Blizzard, they belong to everyone in the community who loves Warcraft, it's a big responsibility when we change something, they retain their core character. Sylvanas should still look like Sylvanas, just in different armor. She's entered a different point of her life. One of the major things that we did want to do with her was to give her the appearance of having come into her power finally. She's no longer hiding behind being the Banshee Queen or the Dark Ranger, she is the Sylvanas we have been waiting for, and she has the armor to prove it. We know where her alliances lie for the first time. So with her, once we decided story-wise what was happening with her and where her alliances lie, the armor part was fairly easy.
The thing that becomes difficult, is that with her, the armor tone was very close to her skin tone. So one of the things we had to do was make subtle changes to the color of the armor and her skin so they had enough contrast against each other, while still fitting into her traditional color and value space. An obvious solution would have been to start changing her skin color, making it more pink or more purple, but that would go against her nature as the undead creature that she is. We have to be conscious and careful of making those choices. These characters belong to everyone and we want to make sure that we're making good choices for the whole of the community that loves and celebrates Warcraft. Sylvanas is one of the most favorite, most iconic characters of all time, loved or hated. We have to be very cautious that we're doing the right thing by Sylvanas and make sure that she looks the same while telling the next part of her story. "
More new beta models from Shadowlands
In addition to Sylvanas' model update, there are plenty of other visual delicacies from the Shadowlands beta. The highlights for us are the undead jelly kitten and the magical feathered horse from the bastion. But the other models are also impressive, right?
You can view the entire gallery with all beta finds and other color variants of the models shown here on the side of Wowhead look at.
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