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Sylvanas Windrunner is back in WoW, but not how you expect

If you, like me, have always wanted to saunter around Azeroth in Sylvanas Windrunner's WoW WotLK armor, then I have good news - a new transmog might be coming.

Sylvanas Windrunner is back in WoW, but not how you expect: An elf woman with pale skin, glowing red eyes, and long white hair with long eyebrows grimaces as she looks off camera into a battle zone

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I’m a Sylvanas Windrunner apologist through and through when it comes to World of Warcraft. Sure, she’s an absolutely horrible person, but the MMORPG just wouldn’t be the same without her. So, imagine my face when a new datamined transmog effectively lets you roleplay as Sylvanas from before the turbulent events of WoW Shadowlands – trust me when I say, I am very, very excited.

Spotted by the wonderful folks over at Wowhead, what appears to be an upcoming armor transmog lets you channel your inner Banshee Queen in impeccable style.

Sporting those huge, skull-ridden pauldrons and heavy purple gauntlets that are so unique to her, instead of her heavier, more pointed Shadowlands armor we’re getting a Wrath of the Lich King-style blast from the past. Her chestplate is the ornate cropped leather one with ornamental hangings, and her pants are exactly the same as the WotLK model.

The pauldrons do have the WotLK feathers on them, too, and when you put the transmog on a Blood Elf model the likeness is pretty uncanny. Given I run Blood Elf Shadow Priest on my Retail account, this is probably the best news of the year for me.

A series of datamined WoW transmogs that look like Sylvanas Windrunner from World of Warcraft Wrath of the Lich King

Wowhead does caution that the armor isn’t currently bound to any spells or abilities at the moment, so where Blizzard plans to use it remains unknown. I have to remain hopeful, though, because this would be a nerd dream come true for me.

Why? Well, my first big WoW expansion was Mists of Pandaria, but I only started making enough money to buy a subscription when Shadowlands released. While Sylvanas’ part in the overarching WoW story is… not great, I fell in love with her character by going back and playing WotLK and Legion, and genuinely wish things had gone differently for her.

But enough of my reminiscing – the Dark Lady doesn’t approve of weakness. Instead, install the best WoW addons so that you’re prepared for the trails that await in WoW Dragonflight 2.0. We also have a WoW Dragonflight tier list, which is perfect for those of you who have been out for a while, but are enticed by the stunning vistas of the all-new Emerald Dream.