The Daily Grind: What’s your favorite World of Warcraft memory?

    
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Eleven years is a long time to cast one’s recollection lines back into the memory pool, but several moments from the initial launch of World of Warcraft remain firmly embedded in my mind. I’ll always remember the chaos of those initial weeks, my first steps as a Dwarf Hunter, and the joy that this game I’d been anticipating for three years was finally here.

Over the next four years, I would rack up a lot of terrific memories from the game. I’ll always be fond of my guildmates and their antics. I won’t forget how questing used to be before the hub system came into vogue. I’ll always laugh at that time that a friend put me on auto-follow and I jumped off a cliff and instantly transformed my Druid into her flying form.

So what is your favorite World of Warcraft memory from the past 11 years?

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Kalranya
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Kalranya

Early Vanilla, Tarren Mill vs. Southshore. Back in the days before battlegrounds, before arenas, before PvP rewards and all of that drek. Back when the only reason to fight was the sheer joy of competition, and when the battle raged across Hillsbrad for days on end. Back when mounts were expensive, and the highest levels you were likely to encounter on the field were late-40s, maybe a level 50 if you were lucky.

There was one day, in particular. I had just, finally, gotten my first mount, and I was one of a handful of people defending Southshore that night who had one, of about fifty players total. We got to talking, and came up with a plan. We’d been slowly losing ground all day, had been pushed back to the tower just north of the town. One of our Rogues had managed to sneak across the battlefield and near to the edge of Tarren Mill, and found it almost completely undefended.

Those of us with mounts were to make a wide flank around the battle and hit TM from behind, hopefully drawing Horde defenders away from the main battle. When we did so, we had nearly three dozen additional players waiting at Refuge Pointe and Menethil to join the fight and hopefully turn the tide. Our target was the Horde Flight Master.

Being the only Hunter in the mounted force, the task fell to me to engage and kite away the guards, and I had one of our two Priests assigned to keep me upright at all costs in doing so. The other players, three Rogues, a Paladin and the second Priest, if I remember correctly, were going to drive at the Flight Master, taking out any other players or NPCs along the way.

We circled far to the west, hugging the edge of the zone, up around the Fields and past Lordamere, then skirting along the southern edge of the Alterac mountains almost to Sofera’s Naze before we finally turned south. 

We made it nearly the entire way, as far as I could tell, undetected. A lone Shaman questing in the area nearly spoiled it, but fortunately we were able to silence him quickly and, by the time he got a message off, we were on the town’s doorstep.

It worked beautifully. We struck the town hard and fast, and within a few minutes the Flight Master lay dead at the feet of one of our Rogues. Not thirty seconds after he fell, the Horde reinforcements rolled in, fifteen or twenty of them out looking for revenge. But at the same time, our own reinforcements were beginning to arrive in Southshore.

What followed was an hour of the most intense, fast-paced fighting I’ve ever seen in an MMO before or since. Caught with their lines wavering as some of the Horde fell back to defend the town, their assault on Southshore lost momentum, and we began to push them back, even as my strike team kept pressure on the town itself, harassing respawns and new arrivals, preventing them from joining the main fight.

Eventually, we broke them. We managed to keep their Flight Master dead, so the Horde in the area were forced to either flee on foot with Rogues and Hunters striking from Refuge Pointe harrying them all the way back to Hammerfall, hearth out if they weren’t bound to TM, or simply log out dead and try their luck later.

We owned Tarren Mill for the next two days, before a well-organized Guild finally managed to retake it from us. 

Those were glorious times. No loot, no Rep… nothing but pride on the line. I’ve never experienced anything quite like it in an MMO again, and I probably never will. The days of that kind of emergent gameplay are, I think, over, thanks in no small part to WoW itself. And that’s too bad, because those of us who were there, will always remember it. 

For honor. For victory. For the Alliance! FOR SOUTHSHORE!!!

Dope_Danny
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Dope_Danny

OH DUH

I forgot, ironically i guess, The Wrath Launch night was one of Englands coldest nights in history. Went to the game stores midnight launch and everywhere was all ice, the rivers were frozen solid and nothing in the air but blistering winds. Hell of a way to start a trip to Northrend. Especially with like 100 people are the store in the back end of nowhere.
Sadly only ten for cataclysm and according to a friend who worked there 1 person for mists and nobody for warlords. Times changed i guess.

Dope_Danny
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Dope_Danny

Man thats a tough one. A few spring to mind like running into stitches for the first time on my babby dorf pally i corpse ran the hardway from IF to SW at lvl.12 as holy back in the day. Running into Mauradin in Wrath and having all my friends who didnt play WC3 asking why i was going “WHAT THE SHIT?!?” on TS, being one of the few people not nuclear level butthurt over the couple of days of zombie invasion at the end of the wrath event. Going from SW with a party that formed in general to SFK in Silverpine for the first time and downing onyxia for the only part of the judgement set i ever got at the time and so much more.

The most recent would be completing the final mists of pandaria quest. Standing in the vale watching the celestials show up, the ghost of shaohao plant a sapling and get the end of the ‘what is worth fighting for?’ question from the trailer was a much more poignant and impactful moment for me after all those years than i think they actually intended. I honestly never enjoyed WoW as much again after that and i wonder if it was all just because warlords was such a bad expansion and not also maybe that it was such a fitting ‘end’ for my original main that it took all the wind out of the sails of another big bad/ancient evil/generic corruption style threat ever showing up after.

Derping_Dave
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Derping_Dave

Reverent Guild Thunderhorn
Getting a higher level Guildy to “tank” dinosaurs for us lowbies, MC going from wiping on the first two giants to eventually having it on farm, laughing at our Mage Officer when we finally had our first boss kill in MC and his item dropped but he had fallen asleep at the keyboard and it went to next in line. Bringing in my Lock into MC before I was max level so the guild could continue killing bosses (keeping banish up). My Lock Officer making it mandatory to try and kill Guild officers by summoning them over cliffs or in deep water (before it was removed). All the Mage portal trolls at the end of Raiding we learned eventually not to blindly click :)
Helping Guildies in WotLK on my DK tank in dungeons and flying the wrong direction to the next dungeon and running across and then successfully getting the Time Lost Protodrake. A massive Rogue and Druid invasion into OG back in vanilla and shutting down the Horde capital till we got bored. Many other fond memories.
Most importantly having fun with a great group of people, my friends, my online Family. I didn’t play much of WoD and miss them dearly, I shall return…
ShadyLady, Frankenbury, Gnometanks…. Reverent Guild member on Thunderhorn

MikedotFoster
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MikedotFoster

I’m  a little late on this, but I have a pretty big one I think:

My favorite WoW memory is easily getting hired by Blizzard to work as a GM. I was already obsessed with the game (I started a few months after launch but this wasn’t until post-BC), and had been checking the job boards pretty regularly to see if there was anything, ANYTHING open at the studio that I might be qualified to do. I lucked out with the GM role — it was nearby (support is in Austin), low-qualification (like me), and they needed people.

Working on WoW helped me build an expertise and skillset that led to freelancing, which lead to working at Massively, which lead to working at Riot (where I am now). Without falling in love with WoW, I don’t even know where I’d be in life.

evolv_monbly
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evolv_monbly

Yeah wow is the only game I ever did this for as well. Sad thing is it’ll probably never happen again anywhere. Outside of concerts, I’ve never had this experience anywhere else I don’t think

evolv_monbly
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evolv_monbly

Min/max mentality kills games for me.

Cyroselle
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Cyroselle

Traveling on my Affliction ‘Lock Shinhaquro with my ‘Shadowtank’ priest friend Kalmerea on the Daggerspine PVP server randomly PKing other 60s, and occasionally starting longer more drawn out fights out in the middle of nowhere, getting our asses kicked sometimes and laughing about it.
It’s been so long since then, but I feel like even if I did go back to that game, there’d be nothing to go back to.

Hurbster
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Hurbster

Going back in time to Southshore and getting that sweet, sweet hat.

zotohime80
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zotohime80

Back in Vanilla my hubby (Prot Warrior) and I (Holy Priest) used to 2 man BRD, we had no epics at all only our blue level 60 sets and blue weapons from level 60 dungeons. We got so good at it that our guild had us lead guildies through the BRD section of the Onyxia Quest chain. 
Our first Ragnaros kill was pretty awesome, I felt really bad for our upstairs neighbors cause I screamed pretty loudly when he bit the dust. 
During our very first 10 man Sapphiron kill, everyone (including my hubby! =P)  but myself and the tank (a Paladin) were left standing, It took awhile but he slowly took the last 3% off her life bar while I healed him and dotted her. I felt like a super hero when she hit the floor. 

I have so many fantastic memories from my 10 years of playing WoW but those are three that we still talk about and tell others about when WoW comes up in conversations.