HARDCORE RAIDING IN WOW CLASSIC: WHAT TO EXPECT
So you’ve decided to play WoW Classic for the first time—or maybe return to it after a long hiatus. Good! And now that you’re back, you naturally want to do some raiding. Well, it’s nice that you have a goal in mind, but how about an introductory lesson (if you’re a newcomer) or a refresher (if you’re a returnee) first? To make sure you do well in your future raids from the past, here are a few tips that will help you out.
A Lesson on the Trinity
Be it in real life or games, it’s important to determine what role you’ll be playing as. This certainly rings true during a raid. In an MMO like WoW Classic, there’s this mechanic known as the “Holy Trinity” when it comes to roles, namely Healer, Tank, and DPS, or Damage Per Second. Their names are pretty much self-explanatory, so you already know what you have to do.
If you’re a complete beginner, you have to learn to master the nuances of your class. For the DPS, it’s fairly easier, as all you need to do is pump up your damage and know when to not attack. For the healer, you have to discern when the most opportune time is to lay your healing hand upon your comrades. This doesn’t mean simply spamming health to make sure nobody dies, mind you. Instead, it’s all about balancing healing and mana consumption. Lastly, for the tank, you need to learn how to generate and sustain aggro, as well as how to cast the right spells at the right time to mitigate the damage you receive in the thick of battle.
On the other hand, if you’re a returning player, then congratulations; you already know what to do. In fact, you should be the one teaching these newbies!
Like Adam and Eve
Now onto the specifics: the World of Warcraft classic raids themselves. These raids are essential if you happen to be a first-timer. And if, on the other hand, you’re an old-timer, it’s a memory-refresher with a tinge of sweet nostalgia.
Let’s begin with the first two raids that have been in the game since its initial release: Onyxia’s Lair and Molten Core. The former, despite being only a short single-boss raid, is not only handsomely rewarding to those looking for WoW gold, but also iconic, as it served as a foundation for many dragon encounters. The latter, on the other hand, is where you’ll be fighting the elemental boss Ragnaros the Firelord. It’s also notorious for being the most difficult raid in Wow. Well, until Blackwing Lair, that is.
Just Blackwinging It
Since we already mentioned it, we might as well talk about Blackwing Lair next. Located at the top of Blackrock Spire, this raid is what dethroned Molten Core as the most difficult of all when it was released during Patch 1.7. Once again, you’ll be facing with Ragnaros the Firelord in a final battle to end his reign of terror once and for all. As you can see, the raid’s mechanics is definitely supported by the lore, so it’s no surprise why WoW was the premier MMORPG of its time.
While we’re still at Blackwing Lair, here’s one thing to take note of: you can save much time getting to Blackwing Lair by finishing the Blackhand’s Command quest. This way, you can go directly to Blackwing Lair instead of having to climb Blackwing Spire every single time.
Life Begins at 40-Man Raids
Another famous WoW classic raid is Zul’Gurub, the original and the famous 40-man troll raid. With 10 bosses, the last one being Hakkar the Soulflayer himself, lots of fun, frustration, challenges, and accomplishment were had by all. Not to mention loads of reputation for the Zandalar tribe!
Last but definitely not least is Naxxramas, which is where you’ll finally face the Lich King’s most powerful minion, the legendary Kel’Thuzard. It’s the last 40-man raid to be added in Classic, and for good reason, as it’s fairly difficult. On top of that, it amps the creative factor as participants may choose their path towards the final lair.
WoW’s more recent PVE content are indeed tougher; there’s no denying that. However, that doesn’t make Azeroth’s older raids unworthy of a visit. In fact, to fully understand why today’s raids are hella tough, you need to look back to those of the past.