friv – World of Warcraft’s next expansion, Warlords of Draenor was revealed at BlizzCon this weekend and we got the chance to go hands-on with the expansion at the show. With Level 100 on the horizon, a few of us at IGN wanted to take a stroll down memory lane to relive some of our favorite moments adventuring through Azeroth. Hop on your Netherdrake and take a look.
I remember when Zul’Gurub was first added to the game, and I set eyes on the Swift Razzashi Raptor for the first time. As a member of the Alliance, the notion of riding my very own dinosaur was too exciting. The fact it was green only made things better. Sadly, despite months of raiding ZG and returning to it frequently after the level cap was raised, I never saw it drop, let alone got a chance to roll on it.
Finally, when Cataclysm rolled around, it was announced ZG was to be removed from the game. As a last ditch attempt I decided to go through the instance the day before it vanished forever, to see if I could get lucky. The only person I could find to accompany on my quest was a compulsive liar from my guild. He played a Warrior and was about 14.
Within five minutes of grouping with him I was questioning how wise this decision was. As it turns out? Very. We made swift progress through the instance and took down the relevant boss… only to see the raptor mount drop. I can’t quite put into words the emotions I felt: elation at seeing it drop, disbelief that it had happened at the last possible moment, fear that I could lose to that jerk Warrior… thankfully, it was over in a flash. I won the mount and have sat proudly astride it ever since.
Is there anything cooler than seeing an epic boss for the first time? Well, yeah. Killing it. My proudest WoW moments generally revolve around taking down bosses, especially the big ones towards the end of an expansion. Getting Archimonde down in Hyjal Summit in Burning Crusade and killing Arthas in WotLK were both incredibly satisfying after chipping away at them for months.
Even killing Lei Shen ahead of the curve recently was a huge accomplishment, and one I’m especially pleased with since I did it with my closest group of friends. I’m still amazed that after playing World of Warcraft for almost nine years now that every time I kill a hard boss I get the same feeling of exhilaration. As long as that loot keeps dropping, I’ll be in the raid ready to go. If you enjoy playing other free online friv games ( juegos friv ) then have a look at this cool website, they also have a cool dress up games category.
Flying to Washington state to spend time with friends I hadn’t seen in years. The friend I stayed with just played WoW the whole time.
It’s tough to pick the most memorable moment from my World of Warcraft, but the one that instantly comes to mind is from Burning Crusade. It was 2AM on a Thursday night and like other caffeine-infused college aged gamers, I was sitting in Shattrath doing absolutely nothing. I was just about to log off for the night when suddenly general chat started buzzing:
Azuregos, a randomly spawning world boss, had appeared in Azshara and evidently the Horde was already en route with a raid group to take her down. Now, I don’t know how it works nowadays, but back then if your opposition was trying to kill a raid boss you were obligated to try and wipe them in any way possible. So, I jumped into a small raid group with randoms and headed out there to ruin the Horde’s night.
The Horde had a full raid group, and we knew we’d never be able to wipe them in a straight up fight. We had to be clever. Azuregos has this ability where every once in a while she teleports the entire raid right to her and in doing so wipes the aggro table for everyone she teleported. The raid has to make sure they’re within the teleport range and not attacking after being teleported so that the tank can re-gain aggro.
It was this tactic that we decided to exploit. Ten seconds before Azuregos was going to teleport the raid, my raid (we’d been hiding in the forest) descended upon the Horde raid doing our best to distract their DPS while our most geared out hunter ran right by the Horde tank. He jumped off the enormous cliff behind Azuregos, dismounted, and used distracting shot on the dragon, temporarily drawing aggro off the Horde tank and causing the dragon to come running after him as he plummeted to his death.
Right at that second, Azuregos teleported the entire Horde raid to her and all forty of them fell thousands of feet to their death. It was the most glorious wipe I’ve ever seen, and well worth my repair bill.