Sunday night, a bunch of us ran the last classic 5-man instances needed for the meta achievement.
We started the night in Blackrock Mountain. That's Bearstrtshot, Kiraboo, Heilandcoo, Triplesec and Minxxi, better known as Bearchanges, Dorelei, Gimmlette, Mtwohb and Barlafumble. After getting the Blackrock Depths achievement, we went on to do every other 5-man in the mountain, including getting everyone in the group their all important, "Leeeeeeeroy Jenkins" achievement, killing everyone but Bear and myself in the process. It was very spectacular and hugely entertaining.
It's not the dungeon of old. I think it took us 15 minutes to clear what needed to be cleared to get the achievement. While this is good for those who never experienced the original dungeon, there was something to be said for spending 2 hours clearing the place, assuming you knew where to go. Several of us who remember doing class quests through Sunken Temple waxed poetical about the long hours we spent in the place. Part of me would like to go back to that original dungeon just to remember it. For a long time, it was my 2nd favorite 5-man, after Scholomance. Last night, I'm very glad it took us 15 minutes.
From ST, we went to Kalimdor to the last two we needed for the meta. First stop was Zul'Farrak.
So running over the zombie troll graves doesn't wake them up anymore. Boooooo. That added an element of danger to that particular section of the instance. The 100-man stair is still there, but I'm willing to bet it's only 50 man now.
Finally, we got to Dire Maul. Speaking of instances that took days. Dire Maul, along with Upper Blackrock Spire, were introduced as mini-raids. UBRS was 15-man and DM was a 10-man event. When I began playing WOW, UBRS had been nerfed to a 10-man raid while DM was now a series of 5-mans; east, west, north and south wings. If you didn't want to do the whole of DM in one night, it takes hours to complete, even at level 90, you broke it up into pieces. To have "completed" Dire Maul, you had to down a boss in each wing and getting to those bosses often meant back tracking into other wings for stuff some other mob had. Plus, there were the doors who needed keys. So many memories.
Fortunately, for people just wanting achievements, you just have to do the north wing. That took us about 20 minutes. Udderangst (Argyll) replaced Minxxi for this run. We got to the final ogre and, boom, one achievement and one Meta.
That gives us a whopping 390 guild achievement points. More importantly, it added a good 35% toward level 25. It will be good to have that on both guilds so when you hop onto your horde, you can expect the same things, like extra xp, insta-mail and the all important mass rez, which we missed last night.
Thanks, everyone, for getting us to this important milestone. There oughtta be an achievement for one guild getting an Alliance and a Horde guilt to level 25.