Blizzard released a sneak peek at Ulduar. Of course, not a lot of hard information, but what little was there was good. If you haven’t read about it yet, head over to WoW-Europe or MMO Champion for a quick rundown.

Concept art

Vehicle combat will return. People who dislike the Malygos and Eregos fights, prepare to dislike Ulduar too. It’s definitely going to be a gimmick fight, since we’ll be relying on the abilities of our vehicles rather than our own, but at least we’ll get bonuses based on our gear level. No more naked bossfights (Eregos, I’m looking at you, you filthy old dragon you) then, which is a bummer if you wipe a lot. Ultimately it’ll give us back some control however.

Freya, Thorim and Hodir will be making an appearance too. Well, it’s certainly nothing new that the big evil guys enslave the good guys, and make us fight them. It’s getting ever so slightly worn around the edges however. Yes, villains in WoW have a delightfully twisted humour, but perhaps we could have one of these beings remain unsullied for once? Of course, name dropping doesn’t mean they will be bosses automatically. And Blizz have had turncoat bosses before, that turned out to help the players (Majordomo Executus anybody?) in the end.

One question on many peoples minds is, will there be trash? And I think its fair to say there will be. You don’t have a dungeon without trash, even if Azjol Nerub proved that you dont need a whole lot of it. Is it a sign of things to come, a dungeon without much trash, but with long encounters along the lines of Rajaxx, Kel’Thuzad and Krik’thir the Gatewatcher? Of course, nothing is more frustrating than wiping on wave 7 of 8. But it’s yet another bit in Blizzards toolchest for instances.

One can hope that Blizzard incorporate some of the many storylines into the raid proper. The Brann fight in HoS might not be a favourite, but as far as lore goes, it’s a winner. I wouldn’t be surprised if we see Brann inside the instance, in fact I think it’s nearly a given.

Ulduar is the spiritual successor to Uldaman, the followup to the hugely frustrating Uldum quest line. It tags onto Un’Goro and Sholazar. It’s been a long time in coming, but finally we will get to see the Titan place above all others, the pinnacle of what started as a humble story of dwarves seeking their roots. Finally, it’s coming.


1 Response to “Uuuulduuaaaaar!”

  1. 1 Wai
    22/02/2009 at 21:06

    And you know the worst thing about vehicle fights? Not everyone drives on the same side of the road!

    Nice looking blog, Ki! Keep it up!

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