Not too long ago Blizzard announced that they would be doing a couple of special events in World of Warcraft to celebrate its 10 year anniversary! Both of which hit me right in the nostalgia on initial announcement, then once the news had settled in slightly I realised that I won’t be able to get the nostalgia feelings of old in this new update.
For the PvE crowd, we have an updated Molten Core for max level players to complete in a special 40man LFR and banishing the Firelord back into his domain will net you the Core Hound mount. It’s unknown if this new MC will replace the old one, like Onyxia’s treatment, or if Blizzard just keep it in the raid finder tool for us to explore, while still having easy access for those that are still farming pets, reputation, transmog or legendaries of years past. I’m also assuming that it’s going to have the tactics of old (though I hope that fire resistance gear isn’t required, or for bosses like Raggy to be fire immune), so my first holdup about this update are LFR trolls that will blow the raid up with Geddon’s bomb. They might neuter the damage and healing requirement enough so that you don’t have to tank/CC the extra adds that come with multiple bosses, and end up just sticking the off tank on them and either AOEing them down or ignoring them and just zerging the boss. Admittedly it’s hard to neuter a raid that could be done with 25%+ of the raid AFK when it was current content, but it’s not going to hit that nostalgia feel when I go into it to grab my Core Hound to match the adorable Molten Corgi pet from the anniversary.
For those that are nostalgic about the PvP scene, we finally get an update to the datamined Troll Raid 2 that was briefly available for war games in the beta. For this, we get a brand new battleground reminiscent of the old Southshore vs Tarren Mill skirmishes that took place before battlegrounds were implemented and easy to access. Admittedly Doomhammer back in the day focused more on Crossroads invasions, but we did see our fair share of battles for Hillsbrad. This updated version is a 100 vs 100 battleground in an all-out deathmatch available for a short time during the anniversary events, and while I did think how awesome it sounded, I remembered why I loved world PvP back in the day.
It was spontaneous – a low level would be ganked while questing, he’d ask in guild for backup. The ganker then goes and grabs backup for himself, and sure enough trade chat of Ironforge and Orgrimmar would be calling LFM to attack Southshore/Tarren Mill, and you’d get a whole assortment of levels ranging from 30-60, in multiple teams and having a constant push for control of Hillsbrad Tower – in addition to not knowing how many people the other faction had accumulated. Another factor I loved back then is that you knew who the PVPers were back then. Even though I haven’t seen much of them since battlegrounds went cross-realm, old-timer names such as Silvertotem or Ick were Horde to be afraid of on our realm, and these are names from 8 or 9 years ago! Unlike in this new incarnation as well, there was no real “we beat you, let’s go eat chicken” as the battle just kind of dissipated when more and more people had to leave for whatever reason. Attacking the towns themselves was raid-wiping, not to mention the slim chance of getting dishonorable kills and tanking your PvP standing like hell. So most of the time it would be fighting over the mid tower and then just dispersing slowly until it became 5v5 and you had to go raid.
This new version features none of those nostagia hits for me. At the end of the day, it’s just going to be 100 people spamming “inv” and then smashing into 100 other equal-levelled people. It might be more of a challenge when you can’t pick off the lowbies in one shot, but it’s also less rewarding to know that you only managed to pick up 30 or so people against their two full raid teams, and manage to trick or outsmart them to gain the upper hand for a few minutes.
Rant over anyway – it’ll be nice to see these maps of old being used for current content once again that you don’t solo, but for me it’s just not hitting my nostalgia in the right places unfortunately. I’ll likely be checking them out, particularly to get myself a new mount, but I don’t think I’ll be farming it too much for the duration of the event. We’ll be finding out later today on when the release date for Warlords is, and we’ll find out if these anniversary events will be level 90 or 100 endeavours. I’m going to lean slightly more on it being at least post-6.0, if not in Warlords itself, purely because of the map for the Southshore vs Tarren Mill battleground being in the Warlords files from its original misleading name of being called Troll Raid 2. With the anniversary itself being November 22nd, let’s hope that the release date is at least a month before their last target of on or before Dec 2oth!