Easily the most fun instance in the game, is Maraudon. Newer players really don’t get to feel the full experience because it’s been broken up into two separate dungeons. Back in the day it was one mammoth instance that you had to fight tooth and nail just to get into. You also had to level several times before you could complete the whole thing, at least if you were doing it properly and not getting a run through. There really was nothing like making your way through the heavily inhabited Desolace, killing centaurs along the way, only to bust down the doors of one of their holiest temples. You would weave your way through a myriad of tunnels and cliffwalks, passing over and under. If you wiped, man was it tough getting back on track. But you would do it, and go as far as you could. Then come back 1-2 levels later and do it again.
Ok, admittedly, I can’t do this anymore. No one in their right mind would put Maraudon as their favourite dungeon and if you’ve read this blog at all, there’s a good chance you already know the answer. If you’ve been a longtime reader or LBR’d with me, then you know for sure. My heart lies, and always will, within the towers of Deadwind Pass.
Karazhan is a hard instance to put into words. It can be simplified as Medivh’s playhouse, but that’s hardly fair. It was the first 10-man raid in the game, setting the stage for what would become the norm in the days following it. We still have 25-mans, but ten made things much easier for smaller guilds. But that isn’t what the appeal is. Karazhan has an elegance about it. For a place filled with demons, spiders, banshees, ghosts, and more, it’s still beautiful and classy. I’ve said it in the past, but the closest Blizzard has gotten to the appeal of Karazhan, is Ulduar and it’s significantly larger. Perhaps part of it is the lore that ties into the tower, of which there is plenty. There’s also much mystery tied in with it. Whatever it is, it pulls me back in to this very day. It’s why I still hold out hope that rumours of it being changed in Warlords does not come to pass.