Remember when Wrath was all shiny and new? The first time your main had been to the capital city in a few years, because Shattrath had it all (except an auction house–and we know that you have a bank alt for that). This week’s Blog Azeroth shared topic, suggested by Relevart, asks us to examine the best of what Wrath of the Lich King had to offer.
Since I tend to be on the long-winded side, I couldn’t limit myself to a single stellar point, so below are five of my favorite things from Wrath of the Lich King.
That’s right, a reputation mount. Not even a very difficult one to achieve requiring Exalted with the Wyrmrest Accord and a measly 1600 gold in your pocket. However, on my first trip across the frozen tundra of Dragonblight, I /squeeed like a proper dragon fan-girl when I saw I could own a dragon that looked so…. dragon-esque. And it’s red. This is the first mount I have ever actively pursued in the game, and it is still Aliera’s primary flyer.
Warsong Hold was not actually my first stop on my way into Northrend, I went through Vengeance Landing in Howling Fjord. However, this is a Horde outpost in all its stellar glory, stripped down compared to the urban Ogrimmar, but still more substantial than say, Splintertree Post. I’ll admit, I got lost trying to find my way to the flightmaster. I might have even fallen down the elevator shaft. Still one of the best conceptualized cities in the game, and definitely a top-pick for Northrend.
I’m allowed to have two right? I’m getting a nod from the peanut factory. That makes it a go 😛
While you might expect me to say Wrathgate, to me, Wrathgate’s crowning glory is the awesome cinematic. The quests leading up to that cinematic didn’t enthrall and capture me, and I might have actually missed them the first time around if not for a perverse need to complete all the quests in a zone. Instead, I think the best quest-line goes to
I doubt that there is a single person who has not at least finished the starting area for the Death Knight. This was a highly planned and story-driven starter area that took you through an entire back-story in, for me, a little over an hour of play-time. I remember my first go around, standing in that shabby little hut looking down upon the former compatriot that I was ordered to kill. I ran around the building. I went back to the quest-giver. I was curious if in any way I could bypass this awful moment in my character’s story, and I realized I couldn’t–and that was the point. I was a tool of the Lich King.
And I must say, it was nice to blow those pretentious Scarlet Crusade folks sky-high. I wear their tabard as an ironic memory to this day (thanks to a lucky roll of the die that is!) However, I do have a runner-up (because I love my whimsical moments) and that quest-line is
How can you not love murlocs? I have a whole post about falling in love with this quest-line, so I won’t bore you with another rendition. I’d just like to say Mmmmmrrrrrgggglllll!
Ok, now that everyone has run it a thousand times, and we’ve been forced to listen to the long winded speech from His Royal Brattiness, it seems stale and quite boring. However, this was my dungeon of choice for testing new recruits and weeding out undesirable riff-raff in a single, uninterrupted pull of organized chaos. Awww, memories. For a paladin tank, I can’t imagine an instance designed more precisely for our shield-toting, holy wrathing selves, and I still find myself queuing for it specifically from time to time just for giggles.
Hands down one of my favorite raids of the expansion. I don’t think I’m the only one who marveled at the wonder of the teleporter, or laughed at the sheer terror of watching sheets of flame come flying around the room the first time someone pressed the shiny, cherry red button. A visual treat, and a well constructed raid experience, Ulduar will remain the highlight of this expansion for raiding in my memory book.
I could probably go along this vein for ages and ages, but I believe I’ll stop here. Wrath of the Lich King, even with its warts, was an awesome expansion. Take up Relevart’s challenge, and share your favorite things!