I’m writing this post on February 8, 2010. My friends still don’t know that I’ve started playing World of Warcraft again. I’ve managed so far to refrain from logging in to my main character at all (highest risk of detection), choosing instead to play as my Mage. At the time of this writing he is level 55. I had hoped to be 58 and into Outlands by this point, but I’ll have to push that goal back a week or so.
Ever since reaching level 50 I’ve been spending a lot of time in Blackrock Depths, courtesy of the random dungeon finder. Typically, the groups haven’t stayed in the zone for long, choosing to zone out after clearing the prison area and killing High Interrogator Gerstahn. A couple of other times the group has also done the Ring of Law, but for the most part, the groups have seemed content to get out of the zone as quickly as possible. The other night however, I got put into a group that wanted to clear the entire zone. We ultimately didn’t make it, stopping after killing Watchman Doomgrip in the vault. It was late at that point and once one of the party members left, the group disintegrated.
It was still nice to see a lot more of the zone, which I’d rank right up towards the top of my favourite dungeons list. Everything about it feels very epic, from the size of the zone itself, to all of the bosses, and of course all of that lava, which movies and games have taught me is the hallmark of evil zones. It’s clearly not as difficult as it once was, as our group of low fifties players tore through it without much difficulty. I’ve read comments from a few years ago that talk about the difficulty of bosses like Bael’Gar (pictured above), and how you’ll need to be prepared for a “long fight”. For us, he went down in under a minute.
Once again, it would have been nice to see the zone back in its heyday, but the XP was still great, and that’s good enough for me at the moment. I gained an entire level during our extended foray into the dungeon. It would be nice to finish the entire zone at level though, I’m just not going to hold my breath on that one.