World Of Warcraft Classic: The Burning Crusade has now reached the halfway point with the launch of patch 2.3. Current content in World of Warcraft Classic: The Burning Crusade consists of : The Black Temple, Mount Hyjal, and Netherwing Ledge dailies.
But this isn’t about The Burning Crusade. I, like many others have begun thinking extensively about the future of World of Warcraft Classic. The next installment in Classic naturally would be the 3rd expansion of World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King. Many players refer to it in an acronym as WotLK or just as Wrath. I’ll will be using these interchangeably throughout because honestly, why not.
Though WotLK has not been officially announced to continue the Classic servers, many within the community think it’s inevitable since many, myself included, consider Wrath of the Lich King the peak of World of Warcraft.
There are a plethora of reasons Wrath of the Lich King is my favorite expansion in World of Warcraft. I am strictly going to talk about the Raid content available in the 3rd installment of World of Warcraft, the order in which they arrive in, and my personal rankings of each.
Raids in World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King
There are 8 different raids in Wrath of the Lich King. All raids can be done as a 10man and a 25man but each shares a lockout. They are as follows, in order of release:
Naxxramas , Obsidian Sanctum, Eye of Eternity, Vault of Archavon – Patch 3.0
Ulduar – Patch 3.1
Trial of the Champion – Patch 3.2
Icecrown Citadel – Patch 3.3
The Ruby Sanctum – Patch 3.3.5
My Personal Rankings of Each Raid
#8 The Ruby Sanctum
The Ruby Sanctum is without a doubt my least favorite raid. It doesn’t fit within the story of Wrath of the Lich King, the fight is basically Sartharion with a few extra steps, and the loot isn’t even all that good.
#7 Vault of Archavon
Vault of Archavon, while it’s important an important raid throughout the expansion, I find it beyond dull. Every boss is essentially a loot piñata and the raid never lasts more than 10-20 minutes from my experience. This however, I’d imagine, is all by design. If its purpose is to kill 15-20 minutes and maybe get that lucky tier piece then it fulfills it’s function perfectly.
Even though I enjoy Naxxramas, It’s a raid that has to take a lower spot on this list solely because it’s a reused raid. It makes sense that they reused it, since most of the original World of Warcraft players never experienced Naxxramas and that it ties into the story of the expansion very well.
There’s minimal challenging points during this raid and it becomes obsolete in later patches.
#5 Eye of Eternity
Eye of Eternity is a cool raid. It’s fast(if your group is good), the fight is fun, and the loot is very good for the patch. It’s a unique fight and is always ran through the expansion because of the rare and coveted Azure Drake mount that drops. Eye of Eternity’s spot on this list is basically equal to the next entry.
#4 Obsidian Sanctum
Obsidian Sanctum is short, it’s sweet, and you can scale it’s difficulty to your raid’s liking. The fight itself is fun and the loot is great for that patch. This is one of the raid you’ll probably be running weekly no matter what.
#3 Trial of the Crusader
Probably my most controversial position on this list, ToC would be placed much lower on this list by most players within the community.
Many dislike it’s lack of trash and it’s “Arena Style” raid structure but that’s what I like about it so much. The 5 bosses in the raid fly by, but each have their own unique challenges presented. The addition of heroic mode for this raid gave players the option of giving themselves an additional challenge.
Ulduar takes the second spot on my favorites list. The fights are Unique, the lore of the raid itself is fascinating(I’m a sucker for Titans lore) and the addition of Hard-modes in a way sets a certain tone for the future of World of Wacraft.
Everytime I walk into Ulduar I feel a sense of wonder that never goes away. It’s beautifully crafted and you can feel the passion put into it’s design and it’s bosses.
#1 Icecrown Citadel
There are several reasons that Icecrown Citadel takes the crown of my favorite raid in Wrath of the Lich King. Firstly, the raid is incredible. Each boss is engaging and provides their own unique set of challenges. Even “piñata” bosses such as Warship and Festergut/Rotface are fun!
Second, ICC is what we’ve all been waiting for, literally. It’s meant to wrap up the expansion’s story cleanly and I personally thought it was a good way to end the story.
Third, the sheer difficultly. Boss fights during ICC are incredibly challenging. I still get shivers thinking about Heroic Professor Putricide progression and that overwhelming sense of accomplishment when he was finally killed the first time. This feeling of accomplishment was consistent throughout ICC, which to me, solidified not only ICC as my favorite raid, but my favorite expansion of World of Warcraft.
Let me know what you think of this list! And if you’re as hype as I am at the prospect of World of Warcraft Classic: Wrath of the Lich King!