Never deal with a dragon.

There are many things in World of Warcraft that make us come back time and time again. Friends, items, guild duties, quests, and encounters. There are magical moments in this game that bind you to it. The first time my rogue left the serenity of the Northshire abbey and ventured into the Elwynn forest, I was charmed by the details, the splendor and the overall feeling of the place. When I first saw the ocean at the bay of Menethil, I realized just how big this place really is. There are cities, villages, castles, dungeons.. and there are the monsters.

WARNING: The following text contains enough spoilers to kill a molten giant.

When the 1.9 patch was released, I travelled to the caverns of time to see what all the fuzz was about. After sneaking past the guards, I saw.. the hugest thing I ever saw. Anachronos, heir to the dragon of time. He just stood there, watching me with a mixture of curiosity and amusement in his eyes. Some folks settled out to slay him, and close before he fell, he just disappeared, proclaiming that his time has not come yet, adding yet more to his greatness. Try to imagine a Stratholme zombie just trotting away from combat – it won’t work.

Time went on, and I learned more about those great beasts, even battled and bested some, including the fearsome Onyxia. But last night, one of those creatures taught me again never to take them lightly.

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Vaelastrasz is the second boss in Blackwing Lair, right after Razorgore. And if a monster ever deserved the term boss, he does. Being able to insta-wipe a complete group with one hard breath, packed with enough life to fuel a small city and larger than an entire raid group stapled, he put up one of the most intense, long-lasting and interesting fights I ever witnessed in the game. In the end, after the 20th try, we got him down to 1% (Yes, one percent), and then our last standing fighter died, and he remained triumphant. Well, not really, considering he entered the lair just to kill his (and life’s) arch-enemy Nefarian in the name of Ragnaros, only to succumb to the corruption of the Black dragonflight.

Monsters like Vaelastrasz are why I play WoW. Not only does he have a moving, intense and deep story attached to him, he is also everything I ever trained for. The reason why I farm for hours on end to get that single piece of equipment that will push my stats more. The reason why I go on Ony/MC/ZG farming runs with my guild. So that when I meet a true and worthy opponent that cannot be simply dispatched by repeatedly using Sinister Strike with the occasional Eviscerate, Evasion or Blade Fury. A fight that takes speed, training, teamwork and a bit of luck. This time he got us, but the next time, we’ll be better prepared, and relieve him of his misery (and phat loot, of course. Can’t forget the loot. Hmm, purple goodness.)

By the way, whoever understood the title reference of this article gets a free soykaf the next time he/she is in Vienna.

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5 Comments so far

  1. Jason D- (unregistered) on April 17th, 2006 @ 9:37 pm
  2. Reo (unregistered) on April 17th, 2006 @ 9:42 pm

    Yes, exactly that would be it :) One coffee for you.


  3. Lex (unregistered) on April 17th, 2006 @ 10:11 pm

    Just wait until you see Nefarian. =)


  4. Lyman Green (unregistered) on April 18th, 2006 @ 6:33 am

    Shadowrun reference, right?
    I remember my first Shadowrun GM using that sentence the first day I started.


  5. Josh Dura (unregistered) on April 18th, 2006 @ 8:23 am

    I couldn’t agree with this article more. We just downed Vael for the first time last night as well, and it had taken us a couple 8 hour nights to figure the fight out. This is one of those fights, where wiping really doesnt get you in a bad mood. You are just happy to be there.



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