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20 Days of WoW Blogging Challenge: Day 04 – Your best WoW memory

I’ve decided to take up the 20 Days of WoW Blogging Challenge by Saga of Spellbound to commemorate my 3 month anniversary at the end of January. I also figured it would be a good way to get the writing juices flowing and generate some content between the usual gold making posts. On with the show!

My best memory in WoW may seem like an odd one. Back when I was a fresh level 80, trying to find my place in the raiding world, I found myself one Friday night in a 10 man ICC run, I was brought in as a pug to fill an empty spot in a guild’s raiding team. We rocked through the first 3 bosses fairly quickly (Marrowgar, Lady Deathwhisper, and Gunship) and game face to face with Deathbringer Saurfang. This was my first time attempting him (and the guild hadn’t downed him yet either), and I hadn’t exactly logged a lot of hours yet raiding, but the guild leader was confident in me, and I was tanking, how much could I screw up? (Pro tip: not a lot, was an easy to tank fight.)

So we slaved and we slaved, getting closer and closer but never managing it it. We used every trick we had up our sleeve, including a clever little spell called Divine Intervention (yes, I know, a real use for that spell, cool eh?) to help game the mechanics. At one point we came so close, we realized if we had squeezed out an extra 200 DPS across the whole raid (combined) we would have down him. And yet he still stood there, mocking us. Two hours passed by, then three hours, and by the fourth hour we were all frothing at the bits, enraged by the fact that Saurfang still stood there, taunting us.

We had been at “one last attempt” for at least two hours by this point, and many of us were close to snapping. And then, finally, he went down. After four gruelling hours, we had conquered the Lower Spire in Icecrown Citadel. I tell ya, the emotions were running high at that point, and if I recall correctly, my cheer woke up several people in my household (Did I mention it was 12 o’clock at night? Whoops).

I ended up joining that guild, and I enjoyed my time with that guild (in fact, to this day, it has still been my favourite guild). I can’t help but think how different my life in WoW would be if I had not gone to this raid, as this was the guild that ultimately started me on my healing and raiding career.

I’d like to send a shout out to all members of <Aftermath> from US-Maelstrom(A)!

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Eric Dekker

Gamer. Student. Nerd. Author of The Golden Crusade. Find him on + and Twitter.