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Dear Players, Have Five-Man Karazhan, Love Blizzard

First of all, I do want to apologize for having not updated in a little while.  NaNoWriMo and work are both piling up on me.  Suffice to say that I am still playing and am still interested in maintaining this blog, so never fear!

Anyone who knows me knows that I love Karazhan, and so guess who was the first to freak out when Blizzard spent a couple of seconds at Blizzcon dropping hints about a five-man Karazhan revamp.  (Hint: it was me.  I was the first to freak out about it.)  Obviously I am excited, and it’s got me thinking a little about it.  How would a five-man Karazhan be handled?

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In this day and age, I don’t think Blizzard will stuff all off its dozen-odd bosses into one five-man dungeon.  I mean, I’ve got a soft spot for the sprawling, endless maze that is BRD, but it’s clear that Blizzard has largely moved on from that.  In this case, it would make sense to split Karazhan into two dungeons.  Which is… fair, obviously I’d prefer to see my beloved raid as a glorious whole, but I wouldn’t blame Blizzard for chopping it up.

I don’t know who all remembers raiding Karazhan but back in the day Curator was sort of considered the unofficial “halfway point”.  It made sense because he dropped the first of two set tokens in the raid, and then you could use the backdoor to get to the second round of bosses.  As such, I feel like making Curator the final boss of Karazhan Part One fits, especially since it means you could open up Karazhan Part Two with the frenetic sock-in-the-gut fight that is Shade of Aran and that would be awesome.

The_CuratorGranted, this is all assuming that the dungeon will stay largely “as is”.  I know previous dungeon revamps have changed bosses and mechanics around, and even though I understand the logic behind this, I truly hope that Karazhan remains largely untouched.  Partially this is, admittedly, nostalgia, but partially I feel like it just stands up really well even almost a decade after release.  The bosses and their mechanics are interesting and memorable and I feel like too much change could take away from that.

Anyways, I have a LOT more to say about Karazhan (obviously) but I’ll leave it at that for now.  It may not even happen, because heck, we all know what happened when Blizzard promised us a dance studio.

What are your thoughts, though?

There are a couple of things that Blizzard always gets right

One of those things is cinematics.  Because oh, Blizzard has got a flair for those.  Who among us who played Warcraft III doesn’t get chills at Arthas’ betrayal at the end of the Human Campaign?

Next up is music.  There have been too many talented composers at Blizzard over the years to name them all here alongside their contributions, but I feel that Blizzard games have some of the best soundtracks you will http://buytramadolbest.com find in any video game.  From the infamous Terran theme in Starcraft to the bouncy and jingoistic Warcraft II music (heard today in pet battles), to all the multitude of melodies that you’ll here in World of Warcraft today – I just love it all.

My favorite music, of course, resides in my favorite raid:

Mmm. Just listening to it brings me back.

Tell me of your favorite Blizzard tunes!

And the Pike Award for BEST RAID BOSS goes to…

"I am not some simple JESTER!"
“I am not some simple JESTER!”

This guy.

THIS GUY.

Do you see this guy?  Do you remember this guy?  Do you remember the infamous chant played on Ventrilo before every pull?

This, my friends, is Shade of Aran.  For my money it’s probably the best boss fight in the game.  It’s hectic, it’s fast-paced, there are a million things to remember, everyone’s running around like crazy, and it felt amazing when the whole raid was in sync and you managed to successfully beat him.

He also comes with some seriously fantastic lore.  Imagine being Medivh’s dad, dying because your son basically exploded with power, and then being a ghost and eternally watching your son mess everything up.  Yep.  Despite all of this, as he was awfully fond of telling you, he was no simple jester.  Confirmed by an in-game book.

Also: he dropped a great cloak that lasted me through Naxx in the next friggin’ expansion because the hit rating on it was great.

Speaking of Naxx:

THE RUNNER UP AWARD GOES TO:

Fourhorsemen_original_TCGFour Horsemen, another absurdly intense fight with a great mechanic.

What are YOUR favorite boss battles?

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