All numbers are listed based on this:
I'm going to be sharing with you why each panel is significant to me. I'll go from left to right from top to bottom. Ahem.
The day I started playing WoW. I remember why I bought the game. My best friend was actually playing it for a while and he had been pressuring me into playing with him as well. This was all 7 years ago in August. Man, it's almost going to hit 8 years soon. That's crazy. But I was instantly drawn into the game because of the theme of "Warcraft". I hadn't played any of the previous Warcraft games, but this was the first MMO I became a part of.
I hated changing zones at the beginning. I didn't know when to move on from a zone and the walking was dreadful. I was intimidated to go into the Barrens because the first mobs at the time were around 17-19. I hated those damn hyenas. They ran faster than you and would always daze you in the first 3 hits. But after I found the Crossroads, it all started to become easier. Finding where to do the quests was difficult. You really had to read to find out where you were supposed to go. That was when everyone was literally asking "Where is Mankirk's wife???" in general chat. It was followed by lots of Chuck Norris stuff. I miss that.
Wailing Caverns was the first instance I did. I was obviously too far away from Orgrimmar at the time and I wasn't thrilled with trying to walk all the way over there. And I wasn't aware warlocks could summon you, or that you could use those summoning stones. But I actually found WC by accident. I was in the oasis and found the cave, but I was chased out by the elites. Oh, and that little quest hub just above the entrance took me forever to find. I was that much of a noob. I was exposed to blue items that day. They mentioned epics to me, but I had never seen one.
This one was more about the taxi service than anything. I loved flying and watching the scenery go by. Ashenvale was one of my favorite places to level because it was a lush forest filled with who knows what. Oh, and a level 31 Sharptalon that loved to eat my face. That was nice. I got exposed to pvp around this time with Warsong Gulch. I loved pvping, but man I was terrible! I kept dying on the spot, but it's still like that to this day
I spent a lot of time pvping and trying to get my rank up. Do you guys remember when you had to constantly pvp to maintain your rank?
Ah, Stonetalon. The leveling was great here. Sun Rock Retreat was very cool and it was so much fun questing-wise. There's just something about it that makes it seem more majestic, which was what I tried to go for with this picture.
Scarlet Monastary. I can not tell you how many times I was in here. It was mostly for the tabard and the hunter blue's, but still. Don't get me wrong, the place is awesome, but I just ran those instances a few dozen times.
It was by far my favorite place in WoW. Feralas. I don't know what it was, but this place was absolutely gorgeous. It was so breathtaking at the time to level here because everything felt primitive. That's part of the reason I chose tauren was because of the tribal feeling. This was where I started to move away from what looked cool to what was good for my stats. Yes! I spent up to level 44 basing my gear off of how it looked. And yes, my dps was pretty bad at the time. It made the game feel much harder, which drove my interest even more. The game was hard and I love a challenge. That was the birth of why I enjoyed the game so much.
This was when I explored the Caverns of Time. Before the Burning Crusade, CoT was closed off and Anachronos was guarding it, making it impossible to explore at my level. However, I found some neat youtube videos where people glitched their way into the area. I tried it out and surely enough I got in. That first time in there was breathtaking. It felt so out of place, but it was so cool! I bet some of those videos are still on youtube. Might be hard to find now, but I bet they're still lingering around.
This has two significances. First, Felwood felt like Feralas, except you could see the demonic taint begin to take over. You could feel that something eerie was going on, but it hid itself, only leaving a blood trail of corrupted life that was barely getting by. The second significance.was the epic hunter bow quest at level 60. Although I wasn't able to do it at the time I was 60, when I did do it, it felt like I stepped back in time a little bit as if I was a 60 raider.
Winterspring was when I began to feel like I hit the max level. There is something about walking in the snow with all this gear and high level items that make it feel very epic. While the zone itself was rather dull with things to do, this epic feeling pushed me through. Shortly after, Burning Crusade was released.
11 and 12)
I was actually level 55 when I stepped into Outland. A few of my buddies got a warlock to summon me over there. I had made a Blood Elf and the starting area was literally infested with people that I couldn't play because of my computer getting 1fps. Yes, I had a shitty computer at the time. But I went back to leveling in Outland by just killing npc's till I hit 58.
Okay. Nagrand was awesome. It felt like an open safari with the twisting nether and a few planets in the sky. You had that sense that there was still hope for Outland, but the strain of the land was close by. We had fun in the arena there. Lot's of pvping against guildies and friends.
Shadowmoon Valley. The soundtrack for this area made your presence seem like it was the only living thing there. The rest was a dark shadow that wanted to consume you entirely. Very epic. The Ciper of the Damned questline was one of my favorites since there was a lot of lore behind the questline as well.
Karazhan, my first raid. I remember walking in there and spending 2 hours on Attumen's trash. Just as we pulled Midnight, respawns came after us. It was great. We kept wiping on every boss, but we kept making progress. Each time we got further the more curious I became since I hadn't seen any of it on MMO-Champion or anything. It was all new to me. The area right after the Curator was when I started to see just how immense this place was. It still holds in my heart as first place for best starting raid for an expansion.
Tempest Keep. We didn't normally go in here unless it was for Void Reaver, mostly known back then as Loot Reaver for how easy he was to kill. This was where it was easy if everyone gave it 110%. If you screwed over one time, we would have to wipe it. Come to think of it, the starting pull for High King Maulgar in Gruul's Lair was probably the hardest thing to pull off right. It was simply overwhelming at the start and you had to hurry and burn something down to ease the stress off the healers, who ran out of mana rather quickly.
When we killed Illidan for the first time, the guild roared in vent, our GM was crying with joy, and I got myself an awesome bow out of the run. This was when I was the best hunter in the guild in terms of damage output. I remember in Kara, 1k dps was good, but you needed to do at least 1500 dps in the Tier 6 area.
Sunwell. The best raid. It was the best because it was the hardest. We spent forever clearing the bosses. We had to carry our own corpses forward. You had to do about 3 days of dailies to make up for one raid night of repairs alone. And we did have to bring our own food and flasks. It was pretty intense. M'uru was the worst, though. At the time, he was known as the Guild Killer since some hardcore guilds couldn't kill him and they got so stressed out about it that they disbanded and fell apart. We never killed him, either. I wasn't able to kill him until the next expansion that I would see Kil'Jaeden.
Wrath of the Lich King. I had high hopes for this expansion. I expected it would be just as demanding as BC was, until it became a joke near the end. But questing was incredible. I loved Howling Fjord and Grizzly Hills the most. I definitely felt like I was intruding on the Lich King's turf, though. It was great.
20 and 21)
The Wrathgate Questline, now more memorable for those who did it since the Battle for the Undercity was removed. But seriously, I had no idea how we were going to kill the Lich King. He just swipes his sword once and a whole army is dead. Not to mention how many undead were under his control. It was just ludicrous to think we could kill him.
This mother fucker. I wanted to get the Time-Lost Proto-Drake because it was the only one I thought looked cool. God damn, he took forever to get. Speaking of him, I went exploring on WotLK's launch day and when I hit the Storm Peaks, I ran into Vyragosa actually. Makes me wonder what would have happened if I saw TLPD instead. But anywho, I spent 16 hours a day for about 3 months hunting him down. I saw him dead twice and twice alive. But man, when you saw him alive, your heart just goes crazy. It has a heart attack when you tag it, and somehow you're still alive when you kill it. I didn't sleep that night. It is my most valued item I have to this day. So yes, it does live up to its name.
I enjoyed Naxxramas, actually. I didn't experience it in vanilla obviously, but it was still very enjoyable to do at 80. It was great because those who did do it at 60 knew the fights and helped us out tremendously with our guild's progression. Sapphiron was my favorite fight. If you've done it, the intro is why.
Ulduar is WotLK's version of Karazhan. Loved this place since it reminded me what "hard" was again. I wanted a metal proto drake, but I think my favorite fight in there was Thorim. The gauntlet made you feel like you had to sprint to the end while killing everything as fast as possible.
This was when raiding started to take a shit in the dump. I wasn't really fond of the whole Argent Tournament thing since I didn't see how jousting would help me kill the Lich King. To me personally, the fights were too straight forward, but somehow people were dumb enough to stand in fire and not get out of Icehowl's path. To me, it felt easy, and it frustrated me that I was doing my job while others simply didn't care. I started to notice how nobody was cheering when a boss was killed. They became more focused on gear and upping their gearscore. By the way, gearscore has to be the WORST thing implemented in the game. Last I checked, you didn't need a heroic ICC 25 gearscore to do a Naxx 10 Undying run. Fucking stupid.
Faith in humanity was kind of restored with this patch. Halls of Reflection was hard, but people complained so hard about it. The fights were fun in the raid and very entertaining. It was great to finally bring down one of the most powerful lore figures in the game. Oh, the end cinematic was a huge plot twist because we didn't know what happened to Bolvar. I'd like to see from Blizz what has happened since he took Arthas' place.
27 and on)
When Cata hit, I raided in BWD for a while, mostly wiping on bosses and barely getting any epics. I couldn't find a good guild to be a part of with my raiding schedule either. Because of that, I lost my motivation to continue raiding. I haven't entered any raid or instance past 4.1. No Firelands and no Dragon Soul. I haven't even done the new CoT instances yet. I've only been inside End Time. So up till now, I've been working on The Seeker and doing WoW Model Edits since that is what I have found as my new entertainment since I retired. I get on WoW still, but only for those reasons. My time has ended. All that is there now is to look back and enjoy the time that I had.