5 Years of WoW
22/09/2009 à 12:01
Just as the new Onyxia encounter has reminded us, WoW has now been with us for five years. :)
I was preparing the posts and patch information for 3.2.2, and I couldn't help but wax melancholy (as I am wont to do) about my time in WoW. Five years makes for a lot of memories. It's not unusual to get
after a five year relationship—and yet here we are spending all of that time with a video game.
I even took some time to go back and look through how the World of Warcraft Official Site looked back in the day—does
look familiar to anyone? Dwarf mages, old fashioned troll and human models.../sigh. Those were the days.
So in honor of WoW's 5th anniversary, I've been asking the staff about their oldest and fondest memories of WoW. I've included a number of them here, after the break. Come and see!
Back when I started, it was right before the
patch, back when I used to /bow and /salute level 60s who walked by just because I was so impressed with them for being level 60. I remember meeting a troll rogue named
while I was still in the Valley of Trials—he was handing out
Étoffe de lin
to the lowbies. He gave me some, and I was in awe. He wasn't even 60 yet, but man...he had a
—and he was deigning to come and spend time with us lowbies! I even joined his guild (The Sythegore Arm) for a while...it was my first guild. God bless you Axethrower, wherever you are.
My first character back in 2004 was an Alliance one, so what follows all happened during my early days as a Human.
The first time I ran
is definitely one of my fondest memories. I was really into it and remember being willing to spend as long as was needed to go through it. It felt so epic and challenging. I didn't care about drops, I didn't care about my spec, I was just having a really good time.
Other memorable challenges:
Morgan the Collector
(+ his 2 friends), and
at level 10-11 and finding those
You want to see my earliest WoW memory?
my earliest WoW memory.
I always loved questing in those low level zones...
. They were the first place I started learning how the play the game, and the place where I had the most fun. Does anyone know, where is
My first memory of WoW was in TBC (I know, I'm a latecomer!). I remember thinking how graceful and fluid the Draenei were, especially in comparison to the human female characters...although I admit that the thing that actually convinced me to start playing was the fact that I could have a pony. :3
If you want my fondest memory, it's a recent one: When faction changes came in, I was finally able to play with a very old and very close friend of mine. We were finally able to form a guild together, and to make plans together for the guild to slowly grow.
There was a stealthed 60 rogue on the Zep between Org and UC ganking lowbies. I jumped on with my 60 priest, MCed him, then jumped him off over fatigue water. It was likely the most amused I've ever been in-game.
Beyond that, I used to run instances as a shaman with another shaman, warrior, and mage back when the level cap was 60. We'd go into 5-mans and see if we could 4-man them with that party. I think our favorite kill to this day was the one of
Lord Alexei Barov
. It took a few attempts, but we had the patience and the desire to figure out a strat for taking him down.
What was my earliest memory of WoW? Horrid server wide loot-lag on launch day, and then our server of choice being down for 4 days. :P
I saw my friend playing a few times back in vanilla, but at the time nothing really stuck out as anything huge to me. I'd have to say the oldest memory that really
me was watching my girlfriend run through the forests of Dun Morogh, killing wolves on her gnome warrior (this was before I started playing) and just thinking how big the world must be...and not fully grasping the actual size or scale. I then had the opportunity to make a character on her brothers account, and I was hooked.
I would have to say my fondest memory was the first time I stepped into
. I had somehow been roped into an officer position of a guild and was tasked with helping lead the raid. I learned more about WoW that night than I had in the year I had been playing prior. There is nothing else in the game quite like the adrenaline rush you get when you are able to down a difficult boss for the first time.
One of the best memories I ever had back in the days of Classic WoW was earning ranks in the PvP ranking system. I have to admit it had its flaws, but it was very fun to actually work your way through the ranks. It's one of the few aspects of WoW I can think of where you actually have to work hard and maintain such effort to hold onto something--in this case, your rank. When the PvP ranking system was removed, I was saddened. I must admit I'm hoping some altered version gets added back into the game.
My earliest memory of WoW comes from the tail end of open beta. I was level 18, in Auberdine, and wanted to go exploring. I wandered south into Ashenvale and around up into Felwood. There I learned the limits of rogue stealth and became an expert in corpse running. I was hoping to find a path that led back to Darkshore from the north, and was corpse hopping through Timbermaw Hold when the servers went down and the beta ended.
Nothing compares to when I fought my first "boss". While wandering around searching for boars to kill, I came across a fellow troll, laying under a tree. After clicking on him, to discover what was the matter, I found out that my comrade-in-arms had almost been slain by a horrendous beast! With rage in my heart I climbed up the side of a crag, and at the pinnacle of the world, where sky and earth meet, thunder roared and the earth shook as I did battle with the horrendous
. For hours, we two champions gave and received dire wounds. Sarkoth's dire strength was so terrible, I was forced to imbue my weapon with the strength of the earth, even lightning called forth from my hands did nothing against his mighty exoskeleton! I was even forced to heal myself, or I knew that I would end up like my comrade far below, laying pitifully under the tree. But finally, after hours of combat, I descended from the clouds like a victorious angel with
Pince abîmée de Sarkoth
in my hands. Victory was mine.
Well, those are our stories.
What are yours?
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