By the end of tier 11, I was 5/6 BWD, 2/4 BoT, and 1/2 TotFW. I completed Bastion of Twilight later in the expansion, but I never completed Blackwing Descent or Throne of the Four Winds. I was recently in a strange PUG for BWD that I was sure would fail. The leader was advertising a 25-man, but 10 minutes later he gave up and decided to make it a 10-man. We started, and things went okay. One odd thing was that I was near the top of the DPS charts. (I’m a discipline priest.)
When we reached Nefarian, people started bickering. A few people dropped group after a wipe. I repeatedly interrupted the argument to ask “where do you guys want to stand at the start” and things of that nature. Eventually I got people to start talking about something I asked and to stop focusing on the argument. I just wanted to finish the raid. Luckily we made it through, and I finished Blackwing Descent for the first time.
Nefarian’s a rather fun fight. I like that after trying not to fall in the lava in vanilla, now you end up in lava during this fight. I imagine the fight was a little more interesting when you’re the correct level. Although, I’ll admit that Nefarian took a lot longer than any other fight in the raid. I didn’t win any gear, but at least I completed the raid (and earned a couple achievements on the way)!
It took until patch 1.6.0 for Blizzard to release another raid. As I mentioned in an earlier post, this isn’t because Blizzard wasn’t releasing content. They were just more lenient about what constituted a full patch number. In the last post, I talked about the 1.5.0 – Battlegrounds trailer. It was bad.
If you watched the Assault on Blackwing Lair trailer, you’ll see that this is bad as well. I’m positive that Blizzard knew how to make good trailers at this time. They did it for previous games, and they did it for the launch of World of Warcraft. Why does this one look like amateur machinima? Why is there a jerky camera? Everything’s in-game; there’s not even any voice work. It’s probably worth noting that this patch also introduced the Darkmoon Faire, although the trailer doesn’t address it at all.
Of course, maybe it’s redeemed by the character jumping around randomly around 0:15 to 0:17 on the left! Blizzard also uses this raid to reinforce the importance of the Black Dragonflight. In fact, having multiple Black Dragonflight raids so close together probably contributed to them seeming more important than they were, because they did take a backseat for a while afterwards. It was also interesting that the first three raids (and a few dungeons) were all within Blackrock Mountain. That was an incredibly important place for a long time. Besides PVP, it was the location of endgame World of Warcraft.