Blizzard recently shared a post that takes a closer look at the various Covenant Class and Signature Abilities in Shadowlands.
The covenants are described as being the four ruling powers of the Shadowlands, which players will have to pick from and dedicate themselves to one of the covenants.
- Kyrians: The denizens of Bastion, these angelic beings embrace humility and service to their order.
- Necrolords: Comprised of liches, warlords, and spies, the Necrolord Covenant calls Maldraxxus home. They make up the army that defends the Shadowlands.
- Night Fae: Guardians of nature, the Night Fae inhabit Ardenweald and shepherd beings through the cycle of life and death. It was through their aid that the demigod Cenarius was able to make his return to Azeroth during the events of the Cataclysm.
- Venthyr: Making their home in Revendreth, the vampiric Venthyr are the punishers of the unworthy, seeking to rehabilitate the sinful souls sent to them by the Arbiter.
Joining with one of these covenants will give the players powers that are unique to that covenant.
The major issue with this amongst the playerbase is balancing.
Twitch Streamer Asmongold read through the post and gave some thoughts to almost 55.000 concurrent viewers just moments after the post was published saying that players will only pick the covenant with the abilities that are simulated to be the best, and that this will bring major balancing issues to the game.
A lot of work is still left to be done and with many of the devs working from home as a result of COVID-19, time will tell whether Blizzard will be able to balance the Covenant abilities or if Asmongold will be right.