Today, while contemplating what lucky store is going to get my Wrath of the Lich King pre-order $, I’ve been remembering the different stages of WoW I’ve seen and the memories I’ve picked up, along with a bank full of random stuff (Hello Archmage Vargoth’s Staff), along the way.
WoW 1.0 – Launch to Expansion
Ah Vanilla WoW, when the world was shiny, new, and there was world PvP. When PvP-een was not determined by an armored drake and a title above your noggin. The days of large raids, long grinds, and a gear gap the size of the Grand Canyon. You gave me glorious days of raiding Crossroads, my first epic, and the feeling of completing the 45 minute Baron run. Not to mention the thrill of checking the PvP leaderboards every Tuesday to see if that was the day I would enter the Champions’ Hall as a Knight of the Alliance. Great friends, good guilds, and days standing around in Ironforge admiring the raiders. The good ole days. We always view them with nostalgia. Soon the lands, quests and raids of Outlands will be just memories as we start the exploration and conquering of Northrend. So what did The Burning Crusade bring?
WoW 2.0 – TBC to Arthas
The Dark Portal waits. Are you prepared? From the many free Rogue talent resets leading up to the first WoW expansion to the death of Illidan and starting the Sunwell, TBC meant a new start, a new world of epic. My rogue, like many other people’s toons, was introduced to raiding for the first time in TBC. With the Opening, came the Great Gear Reset of 2007. I’ll never forget replacing my hard won epic dagger with a green, or being the first in my guild to ding 70. The many, many, many people I helped attuned for Karazhan and moving on to the 25 man game. Defeating the hated snake hair lady, the emo prince, and the betrayer. The elevator boss, the ledge boss, and the guild killer. I’ve seen it all except Kil’jaeden, and I know I’ll go face-to-face (or sword-to-back) with The Deceiver before October. The death of PvP ranks and the birth of spendable honor points. Arena becoming the only way to obtain the best weapons in the game up to Illidan for melee classes. The fall of HARP and the rise of ShS. Rogue PvE gear again reigning supreme in a PvP setting, and the attempt to balance it. And here the community is again…poised on the edge of an expansion that’s less than two months (possibly) away.
Three years in this game. For many players, make that four to five if they were in pre-release beta. How will things change in Wrath? No one knows for sure despite the info coming out of beta. One thing is sure, however…..
I’m leveling a Paladin. 😉