So I’m almost done with Outlands for the 7th or 8th time? I can’t actually believe that I’ve done Hellfire Peninsula so many times, no other zone has occupied so much of all of my toons attention. But I’m not here to talk about leveling in Outlands, I’m here to talk about the gems of dungeons in the Outlands.
Who can forget Ramparts? No one. Everyone has done it. In fact, I would place a safe pet on it being one of the only ones that people still run on their journey through the Outlands with upcoming toons. With death knights almost always tanking that place and a general upgrade to AOEtanking, it makes that place a little more tank-friendly, but you still have to watch out for those blasted hound masters. It’s a fun and relatively quick dungeon, with some very nice upgrades for those recently dinged 60s.
Last night I revisited Ramparts on my healy druid. It was an all guild run and it went amazingly smooth. Although aside from Roz getting new boots, we were unlucky withthe drops. We followed it up with Blood Furnace and Slave Pens. Those first few dungeons were classic and are now practically ingrained in my memory. I wonder if I could do a play by play in my head. Sibelius being a healy druid, has tried to level almost exclusively through the Outlands via dungeons. Even running those first three starter dungeons at level 66 last night ended up giving him one more level just from mob kills. That’s pretty sweet.
Tonight there might be more dungeons…the Outlands had a fair amount of dungeons. 3 in Hellfire, 3 in Zangar, 4 in Terrokar, 3 in Netherstorm and 1 out in the Isle of Quel. 14 in total. But since Lich King has been released I’d bet that Shattered Halls, Shadow Labs, and Arcatraz, Botanica, and Mechanar never get visited. The later three especially since you need a flying mount to get there.
Every time I heal a dungeon on Sibelius, I’m reminded how fun those Outland dungeons were, they are refreshing compared to another run of Utguarde Pinnacle or Drak’Thar Keep. Those places were fresh and new, but now get a little old on each toon that I head through Northrend. So heading back to Outlands was refreshing even though some of those places it’s the 7th character I’m taking through there!
I think at the moment, some of the most fun instances of the Outlands are the ones that are not being visited. Botanicawas a great instance. Sure it was a little long sometimes with the trash, but it was still one of my favorites to run. Mechanarwas also quite fun, who can forget the general with her nasty fire elementals. Did anyone ever do her on heroic? Shadow labs was also amazingly fun though some of the pulls were horrible. The boss fights were great with the AOEmind control and Murmur’s touch. I’m hoping that with Sibelius and the guild that I’ll get to experience these dungeons again, perhaps now for the last time. It’s great for new players to see these places as well. And of course for them to see Karazhan too. I love when you get to those bosses in Utguarde Keep and someone says “It’s like Romeo and Juliet from Opera, down them at the same time” but if you’ve never been in Karazhan, you’re probably like, what the F does this have to do with Shakespeare?
Hopefully some more screenshots coming up from dungeons in the Outlands, a memoir perhaps as we get our next group of Crits and Gigglers up to 70.