Just when you didnt think it could get any better, Blizzard has released a glut of World of Warcraft Rage of the Firelands info. Weve had everything from previews of some of the Tier 12 gear, to the new Hyjal dailies, the Firelands raid to some major spoilers about the fate of everyones favourite ex-Warchief, Thrall. Perhaps the most eagerly anticipated aspect of the Firelands patch is the new Legendary staff, Dragonwrath, Tarecgosa's Rest.
As with previous weapons, like the infamous Sulfuras, Hand of Ragnaros and, of course the more recent Shadowmourne, it doesnt drop fully formed and were gonna have to work hard for it. After all, legendary weapons wouldnt be orange if they didnt take a lot of time, work and exasperation to create. Well have to go find bits, tape them back together with magic and probably plunge it in something dangerous and dead to boot. Oh and we have to do the Firelands quite a bit as well.
I suspect we're gonna be killing this guy a lot.
Pivotal to 4.2 and Cataclysm itself are the Elemental Planes. Weve visited some since December and the Firelands marks our entry into the most unpleasant, Ragnaros domain. Not only will we need to go in there to kick his arse for the third (and hopefully) final time, we also have to go there to rescue Thrall.
In case you hadnt realized, World of Warcraft is all about Thrall. Hes loremaster Chris Metzens poster-orc and can normally be found at the center of any and every important event in recent Azerothian history. In Rage of the Firelands, as if we werent busy enough helping out the Blue Dragons and dealing with Ragnaros, weve also got to find Thrall or at least bits of his soul.
Saving Thrall is one of our big priorities in 4.2.
Blizzard is still fuzzy on the specifics but apparently he is going to be attacked by one of the Twilights Hammer and we have to retrieve his spirit, which was cast into the four elemental planes. I imagine theyll be in the keeping of a particularly large boss, like Ragnaros. Yes, this means trips to not only the Firelands but also the Abyssal Maw, Skylands and Deepholm.
This is certainly going to be one busy patch!
Epicness aside, this continued obsession with Thrall puzzles me. At least the dragon-centric quest line feels interesting and needed, as well as coming with a legendary staff-shaped bonus. Having to help Thrall, well, lets just say I wont be running quickly to his aid but thats what you get for playing Alliance.
That said, the Firelands provides a tenuous link between the Blue Dragonflight and Thrall storylines. It seems odd to have them competing with each other in the same patch, even if the Blue Dragonflight questline will only be for those hardcore raiders whove completed the first raiding tier. Yet I cant help wondering if theres more to both than we yet know but, with the PTR due anytime Soon, Im sure it wont be too long before we find out.
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