Just when you didnÂt think it could get any better, Blizzard has released a glut of World of Warcraft Rage of the Firelands info. WeÂve 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 everyoneÂs 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 doesnÂt drop fully formed and weÂre gonna have to work hard for it. After all, legendary weapons wouldnÂt be orange if they didnÂt take a lot of time, work and exasperation to create. WeÂll 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. WeÂve visited some since December and the Firelands marks our entry into the most unpleasant, RagnarosÂ 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 hadnÂt realized, World of Warcraft is all about Thrall. HeÂs loremaster Chris MetzenÂs 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 werenÂt busy enough helping out the Blue Dragons and dealing with Ragnaros, weÂve also got to find Thrall Â 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 TwilightÂs Hammer and we have to retrieve his spirit, which was cast into the four elemental planes. I imagine theyÂll 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, letÂs just say I wonÂt be running quickly to his aid but thatÂs 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 whoÂve completed the first raiding tier. Yet I canÂt help wondering if thereÂs more to both than we yet know but, with the PTR due anytime SoonÂ, IÂm sure it wonÂt be too long before we find out.