Wondering how to get ready for the WoW Shards of Domination system coming in the Shadowlands 9.1 update? We know there’s a new raid to look forward to with the launch of WoW Chains of Domination, as well as flying in many of the Shadowlands zones. But there was something else none of us expected: a new, confusing power system that’ll take plenty of time to prepare for.
There’s a lot to take in and consider, so I’ve gathered as much detail as I can to help you get ready, including what Shards of Domination are, the slots in which they can be equipped, and how Rune Words work. Here’s what we know so far about the WoW Shards of Domination system to make your transition to 9.1 seamless.
Shards of Domination are upgradable gems you’ll be able to slot into any piece of gear that has a Domination socket. This primarily drops from the Sanctum of Domination, the new raid that arrives one week after the long-awaited 9.1 patch on July 6 (July 7 in the UK/EU). Once you have equipped a Shard to a Domination socket, it grants you a passive effect to enhance your character. Shards come in three different types, and you can gain a further bonus—which only activates in specific zones—by equipping three Shards of the same type.
While that all sounds pretty simple, there are various factors you’ll need to think about. The main consideration is your legendary items. Depending on your armour type (cloth, leather, etc.), you may need to recraft one or more of your current legendaries into a different gear slot. It may be time to start doing those weekly Torghast runs again.
Also, make sure you have at least 2000 Stygia put back from the Maw quests for the new Soulfire Chisel. This is a reusable item that will let you swap your Shards with a certain activity in mind. You’ll be able to purchase this from Bonesmith Heirmir in Korthia for 2,500 Stygia, though it’s unclear whether the item will be locked behind a reputation level.
Each character can equip up to five different Shards of Domination at one time. There are several pieces of raid gear that can drop with a Domination socket, but even that’s not quite as straightforward as it might seem.
Every class can expect to see the following gear slots with Domination sockets:
But as that’s only covering three pieces of socketed gear—you can get two more. The other item slots that can drop Domination socketed raid gear will depend on the type of armour you wear. These are:
This is important because if you already have a legendary equipped in one of the five slots, you will probably need to craft a new one in an alternative slot.
You can also purchase an additional piece of armour from the Death’s Advance Quartermaster, though this will require an Honored reputation level and 2000 Stygia.
Shards of Domination come in three different types: Blood, Frost, and Unholy. Each has three effects which activate immediately.
It’s worth taking the time to see what these effects are when deciding if you want to recraft a legendary. Depending on your role and whether you’re into min-maxing, you may decide you can get away with just three or four Shards.
These are the effects we know about so far, with their base level before upgrades: