Sylvanas Windrunner, one of World of Warcraft‘s most recognizable characters, has been brought to life through a breathtaking cosplay. Nekomance, a cosplayer and model, took to Instagram to show off this great rendition of World of Warcraft‘s Banshee Queen.
This cosplay comes on the heels of an announcement on the World of Warcraft forums that the latest update, 9.1, will be coming to the Public Test Realms (PTR) by mid-April. Chains of Domination, the name of this update to World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, will likely see players come to blows with the Banshee Queen within the Sanctum of Domination.
The cosplay matches the original character with brilliance. Nekomance shines in an armor set that looks as though it was pulled straight from the game files and even sports Sylvanas Windrunner’s lengthy eyebrows. Though the cosplayer argues in the post that the character’s direction at the moment isn’t exactly the best, Sylvanas’ still has Nekomance’s love. Love or hate the High Elf, she will likely have a large role to play in World of Warcaft: Shadowlands‘ update.
Cosplay is a common path for those who want to bring to life iconic and favorite characters, and this one sets a fairly high standard. Nekomance has dozens of examples that display a similar level of detail, from Camilla from Fire Emblem to Mercy from Overwatch. The passion for the character really shines through the details of the cosplay and, even though some World of Warcraft players may not love the way Sylvanas has been written lately, they should appreciate this cosplay.
Fan passion-projects such as this one only increase the hype for the next piece of Shadowlands. It remains difficult to say whether or not Chains of Domination will meet the expectations of the fanbase but hopefully it lands on the PTR in good shape. Either way though, cosplays are generally a path for people to show their appreciation of characters and bring them to life for others to enjoy.
But it can be a bit of a shock to the system for players who have loved a character that ends up not translating well in a specific cosplay. Similar to a movie-adaptation of a book, a cosplay that doesn’t match the image from a favorite title can incite frustration. Fortunately, though, Nekomance took the time to bring Sylvanas Windrunner to life as accurately as possible. Now fans just have to hope the developers did similar justice to Sylvanas in Chains of Domination.