Day 4 on my 20 in 20 challenge, and today’s topic is Favorite Memories in WoW. I’ve got some pretty good memories in my time playing this game, from first end boss kill, farming for ages to get my friends some crafting gear, or even time spent with friends. Some of these I will end up talking in some future posts in more detail, so I will stick with the two memories I remember most that I probably won’t use as a point in future posts.
The first of my favorite memories has to do with the casual guild I was in during most of Burning Crusade, where we ran Karazhan weekly for gear and entertainment. One night we had finished raiding after Shade of Aran, everyone had left the raid to go to bed or finish up some tasks, but I stuck around to have fun in the instance. I wanted to play around with the Chess Event, since I was curious to how easy it really was. Back then there were plenty of cheats per minute, no simple AI by your team, and you could actually lose even in the 10vNPC format if you weren’t paying attention. I was playing my Night Elf Hunter, so I Feigned Death and Shadowmelded my way to the trash, 1 CD resetting while I was using the other ability. Eventually I made it, and played around with chess for 4 hours, just giving it attempts, never making it that close, but suddenly I found myself on one attempt where it was just my king vs their king, and I had less HP. Normally youd think that in that scenario, there’s just no hope for anyone trying to break out of the reach of the NPC. I ended up kiting the boss in a circle as Medihv cheated to place fire under me, caused their King to step into Medihv’s own fire. I won simply because Blackhand didn’t know not to stand in the fire.
This was pretty exciting for me, as I had never heard of anyone soloing the chess event before me. I told my cousin, who raided with me at the time, and we were extremely excited about it, joking around about how cool it was that I had managed it. However, it never occured to me how the raid would react when they came in on the next raid night and the boss was already completed. I was pretty shy and worried about telling them, so I kept quiet and didn’t tell them, it took 15 minutes of them running around confused in the chess room before I finally whispered the raid leader and told them what had happened. I had never expected to actually be able to win the event, so I felt pretty bad at the time about what had happened, and the end result was exactly as I expected. They got pretty mad at me and complained that other people could have used loot from the boss (A. we did this boss weekly and for over a year, at this point the loot is easy to obtain whenever we wanted B. Nothing good dropped on my kill, no one would have used it). They ‘Banned’ me from raiding with them for 2 weeks (cut down to 1 on ‘good behavior’ and that was pretty much the end of it. Of course, as my punishment, The Oz event was on the week I missed and Legacy dropped </3.
That was one of my favorite raiding experiences because it was the first time I did something that I thought to be impossible, and managed to actually complete it. I’ve had some more exciting raiding experiences such as my first Lich King kill and my first Heroic Ragnaros kill, but I felt those experiences wouldn’t be as exciting to talk about. The other memory I have that I believe is my favorite memory of playing WoW was during PvP on my Holy Paladin.
The first of the two favorite PvP memories was when I was in Arathi Basin with my cousin on his warrior Torxor. I was hiding under the bridge at blacksmith, with Beacon of Light on him. At that time, Beacon of Light was 100% healing transfers, 100 yard range, and went through Line of Sight. My cousin was specced Protection and was taking on at least 7 players of the Horde team. I was spamming all my biggest heals and I kept him alive for about 2 minutes while most of their team had abandoned the flags of their bases to try and end the fight, before I finally ran oom and the fight ended. Of course, for the horde there was no real victory, we had gained 600 more points than them at that point (You required 2000 to win) and the battleground ended shortly afterwards. It was by far the most exciting moment in PvP for me, knowing that 2 players were able to distract almost an entire team and give our teammates the time they needed to control the bases and win.
The second of my favorite PvP memories was a fairly short moment. In another Arathi Basin many months later, I was PvP’ing with Holy Paladin friend, Zergalicious. We both were holy, well geared, and experienced with healing together in PvP, so we knew exactly what to do and where to go to stick together. Unfortunately, two healers cannot carry a team singlehandedly, and we didn’t want to split up, so the battleground was not going well. We followed a few dps to the stables to try and back the Alliance up into their own den to give our team time to recover the other bases, however we were quickly overwhelmed and lost everyone but ourselves. Zergalicious casted her Divine Intervention on me, and after her rez she split off to help other sections of the battleground. I stayed in the bubble, as I watched 4 Alliance players spend the rest of the battleground attacking my immunity bubble, wasting the rest of the fight unable to kill me. Unfortunately it didn’t change the outcome of the match, but watching that many people attack me endlessly was pretty humorous, and we did mount at least some sort of comeback. Maybe if we had more time that one Divine Intervention could have changed the outcome of the battle.
PvP was always one of my favorite aspects of the game, but I never enjoyed the community around it. I’ve always wondered what it would be like to play on a PvP server, or try for some RBG/Arena ranks. I don’t think I would be able to stay with it that long though, I don’t like to keep PvPing for a long period of time, and I also haven’t enjoyed PvP since the end of wrath.
It’s somewhat upsetting to notice that my best memories have been from so long ago. Recently most of my time in WoW has been spent soloing old content, trying to get some old content mounts, or even leveling my new prot paladin alone through dungeons. The community is getting easier content, and in turn it is causing the community itself to put less effort into bettering itself. It’s not something I am happy about whatsoever, and I believe the game needs drastic changes to fix the issues that are harming the mentality of new players. I won’t go into details on that too much in this post, so I will save that subject for after my 20 in 20.
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