It’s no real secret that my favorite raid in the entire game is Karazhan. But what’s my second favorite?
Now, I never did do the level 60 version, so my experience with Naxx comes from Wrath of the Lich King. And friends, I know it’s hard to believe now because years later I think most people consider WotLK to be one of the major high points of WoW (if not the high point), but I tell you what, at the time there was a LOT of griping about the expansion and this raid in particular. See, Wrath launched with three raids. Two of them could be done in like twenty minutes, and the third was Naxx. So everyone spent months in Naxx and everyone got tired of it.
Except for me!
Look at these bosses. I just love them all. Want one of the greatest boss encounters in the entire game? Here’s Four Horsemen. Want to test your DPS on a Patchwerk fight? Well I’ve got some great news for you, this is where the term Patchwerk fight came from! Want to Safety Dance? Say hello to Heigan. Want Warcraft 3 lore goodness? Kel’Thuzad and Sapphiron are right here!
Everything about this raid is great. I love the design in its simplicity and elegance. And you know, I was never too big into the 2spooky Halloween aesthetic, but if you’re gonna do it, this is how you do it.
Oh, also, Mr. Bigglesworth. The most important part of the raid, bar none.
So yes, Naxxramas. Learn to love it if you don’t already, because it’s just fantastic.
PIKE’S VERDICT: 9/10
P.S. I also did this raid on my druid and two-healing Patchwerk (on ten man) was the most intense fight of my life.