In today’s episode of Chat Bubbles, we want to know what is your greatest MMO achievement.
Many of us have been playing MMOs for years and we’ve probably collected a laundry list of accomplishments that will stay in our memory banks for decades to come. It could be something you earned by yourself or an obstacle overcome with your guild. What is that one thing that was the most difficult, took the longest, or gave you the biggest rush to overcome?
Is reaching maximum level on your first MMO character a memory you’ll not soon forget? Was being the last one in your PvP team standing in an important match something that is still talked about by your friends today? What about the weeks you spent battling the same raid boss only to finally taste victory because of something awesome you did? Those are the stories we want to hear today.
While overcoming the Mad King’s Clocktower jumping puzzle in Guild Wars 2 certainly ranks high on my personal list of awesome MMO achivements, I think that my finest moment comes from my years of raiding in World of Warcraft. As I describe in the video above, my guild had a really tough time with Kael’thas, the final boss in The Eye in Tempest Keep. After a month of not making progress, Blizzard allowed players to skip ahead to the next tier of content without defeating him.
I didn’t want to skip him, but the morale of my guild was low and they wanted to check out fresh bosses (and loot) from Black Temple and Mount Hyjal. But like Captain Ahab, I couldn’t get the white whale out of my mind. Months later, I asked my guild to dedicate an entire raid week to nothing but attempts on Kael’thas. Some people liked the idea, others hated it. I had four raids to take out my nemesis and after the third night, it looked like my personal quest for vengeance was a huge mistake.
On the final night of our Kael’thas week, we showed some sparks of progress in the complicated five phase encounter. But we were running out of time. I was sure if we had another week to work on it, we would get him down for sure, but the guild wanted to get back to the newer dungeons. The end time for our raid came and it was just about time to throw in the towel when I said the famous words, “Last attempt of the night.”
Well, as you can probably guess, magic happened and we were able to defeat Kael’thas despite never seeing the fifth phase of that fight before. On the very last attempt of the very last night, Captain Ahab killed his white whale. I felt such a great sense of relief, pride, and adrenaline all at once and it’s a memory that I’ll cherish for the rest of my life.
Now it’s your turn. What experiences have you had that you’ll never forget? Was it acquiring a legendary item or collection of rare mounts? Was it hitting a milestone in gold earned from your efforts on the auction house? Have you soloed a boss that others said was impossible? Hit me with your best MMO achievements and stories in the comments section below.
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