I mentioned in my previous post how certain raid encounters and I aren’t on speaking terms. Well we went back to Throne of the Four Winds last week and told Al’akir just exactly where he could stick his Wind Burst. I’d like to say we spanked him good and proper, but the truth of the matter is we were as much the spankee as the spanker. It really is an absolute twat of a fight but I’m definitely getting better at it, even if I’m nowhere near good enough yet. However, despite my substandard performance overall I at least nuked what needed nuking, stood (mostly) where I needed to be stood and a result…
And since Calli is Exalted with her guild, that meant she was able to purchase…
Which is nice.
It’s funny (funny peculiar not funny ha ha) how Blizz prioritise their raid bosses. Perhaps “prioritise” isn’t the right word. What I mean is, we killed Cho’gal on our second attempt the first night we saw him. He’s actually pretty much a pushover. Furthermore, I know why we’re killing Cho’gal. He appears in numerous cutscenes as you level up to 85 while questing, and there was the whole pre-Cataclyms event thing that he caused. He’s the bad guy, we have to kill him. A bit like closing the barn door after the horse has bolted, but yeah, Cho’gal must die. I get that. Al’akir on the other hand…
Al’akir? Who is he exactly?
An elemental lord like Ragnaros.
Oh ok. Why do we care?
Uh, because he drops phat lewtz?
No he doesn’t, they’re rubbish that hardly anyone wants. And he’s hard.
He’s the only boss you’ve not killed. If you kill him I’ll give you a pony.
Ok, that’s an incentive I can get behind!
So yeah, Al’akir eventually deaded, at the cost of many tears and nights of frustration. Why? Because he’s there. I’m sure there’s some lore reason buried away somewhere that explains why he’s the massive threat he is and we…. Zzzzzz. Sorry, nodded off. Blizzard are usually pretty good at this, that’s the surprising thing. I don’t get why we need to bother Al’akir, he never harmed me that I’m aware of, but I mostly don’t get why Blizzard failed to give me at least the semblance of a reason why I should care. As I said, they’re usually pretty good at this sort of thing.
Just as an example, take a look at this quest text, something we usually skip over while reading the summary at the end, guilty of it myself. On this, and I’m sure many other occasions, they’re usually worth reading. This one in particular is hilarious.
See? Hilarious. Blizzard can come up with the goods, and they usually do. But contrast that with the npc you need to escort out of Felson Keep for one of the Lol Barad dailies, you know… the one that’s really, really, really bugged. He speaks like a robot on prozac. When you contrast it with the love and imagination that’s gone into quests like the example above, or the amount of setup we got for going into the Bastion of Twilight and laying the smack down on Cho’gal, it just jars when you compare it to quests like Walk a Mile In Their Shoes or bosses like Al’akir.
Which is wierd, because as I’ve shown, Blizz can and usually do a spectacular job on this sort of thing.
Oh, what do I care? I’ve got a Sparkle Pigeon!