The+Gates+of+Ahn%27QirajThe Gates of Ahn'Qiraj

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The Gates of Ahn'Qiraj will house two massive. unique dungeons - the Ruins of Ahn'Qiraj. a 20 -man raid dungeon. and the Temple of Ahn'Qiraj. a 40-man raid dungeon. As players delve deeper into the mysteries of Ahn'Qiraj. they will discover revelations of the Silithid infestation and their shadowy masters. the Qiraji. Players will have to complete a world event of massive proportions before they can open the Gates of Ahn'Qiraj on their realm.
Patch 1.9

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The most satisfying memory I ever had w/WoW was 40man pugging the 10hr war in Silithus (followed closely by the Zombie invasion pre-WOTLK). The lag was horrendous for the first 4hrs or so, while the opening of the gates themselves was a slideshow. Didn't matter. Several weeks of realm-wide effort led to a still-shot of as yet unforeseen, giant, armored, 2-legged cockroaches menacingly perched upon the walls. I managed to catch a glimpse of some chat text before the realm collapsed, "I'm scared!" (classic!!).

For the next 10hrs, on through the early morning, those of us sensible enough to recognize the AQ dungeons will be there forever while this world event war will not - raped and pillaged the dunes for sick rewards and unending action vs armies of mobs we'd never seen before ("Roachman" moving at incomparable speeds). It didn't matter that I was moving in quicksand those first few hrs - the world had erupted and we were immersed in something wholly unpredictable and adrenaline inducing. All culminating in a mass NPC march to the walls where enormous Egyptian Dogmen stomped upon 100 of us like campfire tinder.

The scale of patch 1.9 was so beyond epic that an earnest population made it impossible to implement error free. We'd never seen anything like it - and never would again (until the Zombie event, which I thought brilliantly done... save it's anticlimactic, seemingly QQ induced end).

Here's hoping they've worked out the kinks and the tech is there to support more truly visceral world altering events such as the AQ patch. I'm expecting big things for Cataclysm...
Forque, on October 23, 2009 08:24:45 (edited 2 times) Reply
Gunstrak, on October 23, 2009 08:59:54 Reply
Bobrock, on October 23, 2009 10:53:03 Reply
The opening of the gates of Ahn'Qiraj was very memorable for me. I was level 40ish (on my first toon and a major noob at that) and I had a group set up to run Uldaman. We kept trying to summon our 5th group member but she kept dying. She claimed these big Egyptian mobs were killing her in Feathermoon Isle. Course, I thought she was full of it. Well, that was until we dispatched our entire guild to Feathermoon Isle and found out for ourselves. We died over and over fighting the AQ mobs, but it was a lot of fun -- one of my favorite wow memories.
Kenders827, on October 23, 2009 11:02:48 Reply

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