Let me be the first to let you in on something. If you’re not part of a raiding guild in World of Warcraft and actively raiding, then you really aren’t playing World of Warcraft. I’m not talking about joining an established raiding guild and just sitting back and reaping in the rewards of your better equipped guild mates. There is no better WoW-related gaming experience than beating your head against the wall and finally, FINALLY seeing a boss killed for the first time as a guild.
Shockforce (my guild on Arathor) downed Prince Malchezaar for the first time last night at 1:45 AM CST.
A simple sentence, yet it does not convey the pain, angst, and sense of accomplishment that only WoW-raiding can provide. We made 13 attempts this weekend. In two days I spent over 250 gold on potions, reagents, and oils and it will take me a week to make up that loss. We’d been trying for four and a half hours Sunday evening and I just told the raid group that “this attempt is my last folks.”
A guild member was listening to us through Team Speak with his headphones off. When we all saw the Prince go down, the shouts of jubilation caused this guilidie to jump out of his seat and put his headphones on to find out what all of the raucous was about.
I’ve been in other guilds and we’ve downed the Prince before, but this was the first time for Shockforce. People that play the game and are still leveling don’t really understand what WoW is all about. That’s why I always tell people to get to level 70 as quickly as possible because all of the stuff before 70 doesn’t matter in the big picture. It is preparing you to start your Karazhan raiding, which in turn prepares you for Gruul’s lair, etc.
Gaming just doesn’t get much better than this.