No Touchie Karazhan

“The Menagerie is for guests only.”

Karazhan.  World of Warcraft’s first 10-man dungeon and my personal favourite to this day.  Every character I have goes through Kara once they’re 70 or higher.  It’s like a rite of passage.  Go through the elegant tower and come out truly as one of my own.  But, I might not have that rite for much longer.

I’ll preface things by saying this is purely based on a miniscule nugget or two of information and there is nothing to truly warrant my fears as of yet.  Data mining suggests something about changing Karazhan.  Now, there’s no mention in any detail as to what that infers.  It could simply speak to the story of Warlords of Draenor and that at some point there’s something about the tower that changes.  Perhaps a single player phasing scenario that involves it.  Or, because of Kara’s connection to space and time, Medivh’s old home could be undergoing a significant overhaul both in terms of story and in gameplay.

The latter is what concerns me.  I don’t want the raid updated for 90-100, with changes.  Unless it’s a completely separate raid.  The original is so unique, to this day, that it needs to be left alone and preserved.  Don’t just “update” it.  Sure, you can put in an alternate level 100 raid that sees the tower change for whatever reason.  I’m perfectly fine with that.  I’d go in and check it out as well.  But my problem with wanting to do that with the current incarnation is that it’s pretty much just lazy, and would remove an iconic player experience.

Like I said, this is pure speculation, and many people are also suggesting changes are coming to Karazhan.  This is based on said little pieces of information.  Concern could be all for naught, or it could amount to something more.  I have a number of scenarios in my head where I feel Kara could be great for an end-game instance or raid as a backdoor to the parallel reality, or a cog in the overall story.  I’m ok with these things.  These things pay no harm to level 70 Karazhan.

7 thoughts on “No Touchie Karazhan

  1. tomeoftheancient November 18, 2013 / 1:06 pm

    Geez, scary. I love going in there, I’d hate to not be able to visit whenever I want to and have a go at that horse and watch the dancers.

    • JD Kenada November 18, 2013 / 1:33 pm

      Let’s not forget the opera either.

  2. kamaliaetalia November 18, 2013 / 1:51 pm

    Ditto, ditto. They can use phasing or scenarios or whatnot to mess around with Karazhan, sure, but they better leave the original level 70 version accessible just as it is.

    • JD Kenada November 18, 2013 / 1:52 pm

      I’m glad I’m not the only one who feels this way.

  3. Erinys November 18, 2013 / 2:23 pm

    I wondered if in order to return to the past, the quest line or at least the phased questing prior to seeing ourselves on Draenor would involve paying a visit to Karazhan. I wouldn’t mind popping in to visit without the cobwebs but I’d hate to see it rehashed or redesigned in anyway.

    • JD Kenada November 18, 2013 / 8:19 pm

      I think an alternate where it’s familiar yet different would be fine. I just don’t want the original messed with. I’m not sure whether or not that includes the inhabitants though.

  4. shorylShoryl November 18, 2013 / 5:36 pm

    I’m with everyone here, and I will add that because of those nuggets, a good chunk of my goofing off time in Azeroth is going to be pet and mount hunting. I think it would be awesome to have Karazahn’s former glory created in an overlay (perhaps gotten to via a portal from Draenor?) but I know I love it!

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