About now, most folks have heard that Blizzard’s content developers are designing all new raids in Wrath of the Lich King to be tuned for two different settings; 10 man and 25 man.
The content, we are told, will be mostly the same, the difference in rewards will be that 25 man difficulty will have better loot drops.
I love Karazhan, and the very concept of Karazhan, so I am all in favor of this.
The trick will be in how it is tuned, since Zul’Aman shows that you can tune the difficulty of a 10 man raid so it requires some serious ‘step up’ in order to get it cleared.
I know that, for me, 10 man Karazhan is a lot of fun, primarily because it can be completed in it’s entirety by a solid group of people geared exclusively from PvP, Crafted, BoE, Quest Rewards, Badges and Karazhan drops.
You do not HAVE to have a single person in the raid geared from 25 man content to run Karazhan successfully.
As long as each 10 man version can be completed without requiring gear from 25 man content, it’ll be BRILLIANT.
You can expect that you’ll need to do each one many times before being ready to move on, but hey… that’s the way it works, right?
Enough about that.
My point here, is that we are going to have the opportunity to see all the neat content in 10 man raids, without having to commit to a larger raiding guild, and a lot of people are excited that they won’t be excluded from seeing cool storyline content anymore.
But how many of you that are looking ahead, have taken the opportunity to grasp all that the game has to offer you NOW?
Let’s be honest, there is a ton of content already existing in the game, content that most current players have not seen. There are a lot of folks that started playing WoW after Burning Crusade was released. And for these players, they have never seen the frenzy of pre-BC raiding or content.
With Wrath of the Lich King months away from release, I keep hearing how players are bored. They want new things to see and do.
Well… does it have to drop shiny new purple upgrades for you to ‘bother’ doing it?
What about doing old school content?
Have you and all your friends cleared BRD? Did you ever escort Marshall Windsor (or the Horde equivalent) and find out why 9 out of 10 Pre-BC players hated BRD for the Ony attunement?
Have you, if you’re Alliance, marched slowly and proudly through Stormwind, escorting Marshall Windsor to face down a certain nefarious lady in Stormwind Keep, and seen what happens when the grand unveiling occurs?
Have you done the quests, cleared Lower Blackrock Spire, and gotten the Ring to unlock Upper Blackrock Spire?
Have you entered Upper Blackrock Spire and killed The Beast? Have you faced down General Drakkisath, completed the Ony attunement quest chain, and gotten your Drakefire Amulet?
Have you destroyed Onyxia in her lair and mounted her skull over your capital city gates?
How about going into Molten Core and seeing the majesty of Ragnaros? Or going into Blackwing Lair?
Have you ever gone into Zul’Gurub and seen the trolls, faced down some of those freaky bosses, and tried to get your mages the Turtle polymorph spell?
Have you ever seen the inside of Ahn’Qiraj? Or Naxxramas before they change it (although this requires a bit of attunement… but then again… if you get attuned now for Naxx, will it carry over for when it gets re-released? Hmmm?)
If you are clearing Karazhan, you and your friends can do all of this.
So, have you?
Have you ever assembled your guild and gone off hunting a World Dragon?
Wait, what about even older content, done in a different way?
Many people, while leveling, skip older instances with bad reputations, like Gnomeregan.
Did you know that MANY of the Pre-BC instances can be done as 10 man raids?
Check this link to WoWwiki, in the “Players Advised (Max)” column the number in paranthesis is the maximum number of players that can enter an instance. Check out how many say ’10’.
Seriously. You cannot complete instance quests while in a 10 man raid, but you can enter and kill and loot.
Have you ever taken 10 people to zerg Deadmines or Gnomer?
It’s something to think about…. if you’re bored, have you really used up ALL the fun in the game? And if you have mastered it all, then have all your friends? There is a joy to be had in seeing old content through the eyes of a friend who has never been there before… adn you could be helping guide the way.
Right now, Sidhe Devils is having fun doing all the things necessary for Onyxia attunement.
We’re going to go in and get us a dragon!
A lot of us have now got UBRS keys, and we did an UBRS run Saturday morning.
It’s been over a year and a half since I’ve been in there, and it was a lot of fun.
And helping Cassie and Elystia complete the Marshall Windsor escort, and then watching over Cassie’s shoulder as she did the slow march through Stormwind was awesome.
Elystia and Cassie turned it in together, and as they followed Windsor through the streets of Stormwind, they drew a crowd of followers, JUST like in the old Pre-BC days.
And even better, when the… event… at the top of Stormwind Keep began, people up there queued for PVP joined in the fighting, just like old times. But now, people don’t get one shot by those big bad guys. And Cassie took a few down by herself and got to loot them.
Sometimes, it can be hard to remember that, before Burning Crusade, UBRS was the last instance most guilds could see, unless they were part of a 40 man raiding guild. UBRS was the Karazhan of the old world, a 10 man instance to gear folks up to face Onyxia and Zul’Gurub.
When BC came out, we leveled frantically to 70 in order to finally see something NEW that we could do with friends.
Many people got VERY tired of UBRS in the old days, ran it 20 or 200 too many times to get people Ony attuned.
But it’s been a long time, and you are no longer level 60.
Why not see what it’s like?
And hey… when you zerg Gnomeregan as a 10 man raid, make sure and say Hi to Mekgineer Thermaplugg for me!
Oh, and if you take a 10 man group of Mages into Gnomer, make sure you film it… I’d like to see the overlapping explosions.