Last wrathful moments

Now that the shattering has happened, most people seem to be sprinting around the new old world, exploring and questing and fishing and the like. Meanwhile, I’ve been getting ready to say goodbye to Wrath of the Lich King and taking Tremble on a tour of Northrend. He’s tanked in all of the dungeons except the ICC ones (which he’ll do over the weekend, I expect), maxed his gathering skills and just the other day finally hit 80. He’s even managed a genuinely random heroic — I only realised I’d accidentally queued for heroic, not random regular, when achievements started popping halfway through the dungeon. I apologised to the group when I realised…

Anyway, through Tremble I was reminded of a few standout moments and saw a few more Northrend vistas that made me pause.

I *love* this quest. And yes, those *are* caster mail shoulders.
Cold, but beautiful
Not so much of a blight

As the only Warcraft I’ve ever known, I can’t really join in the various Wrath was great/Wrath was shit/No, Wrath was fine, it was just for n00bz-type arguments that are going in on forums and blog comments. I think I’m glad — no-one ever changes their position, so the arguments always seem to devolve into two groups of people shouting “you’re wrong AND you’re an elitist” or “you’re wrong AND you’re a nub”. Screw that.

Rather than QQing in trade (“wah no portalz/Stupid wrathbaby, we didn’t get mounts til level 703 in the old days”) we decided to go back to Ulduar hardmodes. Y’know, ‘cos Ulduar is pretty. So on Tuesday we did the hardmodes for XT, Kologarn, Assembly of Iron (fusion OUCH), Thorim, Hodir, Auriaya and Freya-the-annoying. Some of us had done some of these before, but none of us had done all of them. It was a fun evening, but I was a bit vexed that my DPS *sucked* all night long1. Thankfully other guildies were pumping out the big numbers.

Last night, I joined the healing team and we regrouped for Mimiron. The red button fight. I pushed the button.

Actually, a few of us pushed it, as we had a few unsuccessful attempts before we managed to get him down and earn our Firefighter achievements, which my stupid screenshot addon totally failed to capture *grumble*. Firefighter was the last achievement we needed to unlock Alganon.

Planetary what?
Find a place of power
Cast your eyes to the skies

It wasn’t pretty (well the encounter was pretty, but our play wasn’t) or elegant. In fact it very nearly qualified for Michael Bay status. Who cares though? For more than one member of our team, this fight was the one thing left that they really, really, *really* wanted to do, so with it done, we’re officially ready for Cataclysm.

But first, there’s still time for a few more loops of…

  1. *sigh*. I thought I had the new ret DPS thing all sorted, but I evidently forgot whatever I’d figured out. Oh well, plenty of time to relearn []

3 thoughts on “Last wrathful moments”

  1. Algalon was really a stunner, I was sad that i didn’t have more time for this boss in WotLK. Ulduar will always stand out as an instance, blizzard have really put huge effort into making this a fun, diverse raiding experience (vehicles ftw!). certainly my favourite instance in wotlk, closely followed by ICC.

    1. It’s incredibly pretty. And while I personally didn’t have the same visceral reaction to completing the fight that I did for our first LK kill, the closing RP is *superb* and gave me chills.

      Sadly I haven’t really spent *lots* of time in Ulduar, and ICC was long released when I started raiding so for all I love the variation in the design of the bosses and the environment they live in, the fights themselves don’t excite me in the same way that the ICC fights do (although Mimiron is naturally a favourite).

      Here’s hoping that the “multiple, shorter raids” ethos in Cataclysm will serve up something approaching the visual diversity that Ulduar achieved.

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