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Archive for September 18, 2012
Last night it was revealed that Theramore’s Fall – one of the new scenarios – would be released a day early. The scenario is available to level 85 players for the whole week leading up to the release of Mists of Pandaria. To be eligible to queue, you’ll need to cover the 353 ilevel requirement. At level 90, it will become available again as one of many scenarios but you’ll need an ilevel of 425.
Turn the tide of the failed assault on Theramore and claim her riches! For the Horde!
Garrosh’s siege on Theramore Isle – the strongest Alliance bastion remaining on Kalimdor – has failed!
…or has it?
In the dead of night, as Theramore’s defenders huddle within their walls, a small team of capable veterans infiltrates the island, making their way amongst the docked warships of the 7th Fleet.
Their mission: To throw the Alliance forces into chaos while the Warchief’s army regroups.
Burn their ships. Butcher their flight master. Sabotage their war machines. And rescue the captured Horde spy!Taken from the Official website
As with other scenarios, this is something like a mini-dungeon which only requires three players. Much like Diablo’s playstyle, you won’t need the typical three roles as you do with other setups. The damage is not that intense so we were able to easily go through as both our main specs (tank-heals) and off-spec (ret-shadow). Not surprisingly, it was faster going in with three DPS but the queue was longer.
Scenarios were designed for quest and dungeon geared players levelling through Pandaria so people in DS gear will find the scenario easy. However, Blizz has since hotfixed the mobs so it will be a bit more challenging.
When you first enter, you’ll automatically progress through the scenario with no need to pick up any quests.
The objectives for Horde are:
- To the Waterline! – Rig powder barrels on all six ships.
- The Blastmaster – Inform Blastmaster Sparkfuse of your success.
- Gryphon, Down – Slay Baldruc and his gryphons.
- Tanks for Nothing! – Destroy Big Bessa and sabotage any unmanned tanks.
- Fly, Spy! – Slay Hedric Evencane and free Thalen Songweaver from Foothold Citadel.
This is the cutscene we’re shown at the end of our scenario but for Alliance, this is where their scenario begins. If you fly out to Theramore having done Theramore Falls, this is how it will look. For those who haven’t, it will look as normal. This post effect will only be seen until Mists goes live but will become a permanent change at a future date.
When you complete the scenario for the first time, you’ll receive a Feat of Strength for participating at level 85 – Theramore’s Fall. Thalen Songweaver will also send you a Mini Mana Bomb in the mail as a token of gratitude.
The Bag of Spoils has a chance to contain a piece of loot or some Horde Fireworks. I was lucky to receive an epic item in both my Priest and Hunter bags. On the second and third try for Cymre though, I received only fireworks. Coolidge received the helm on his second try.
Be aware that the gear and rewards from this 85 version are only available now. The 90 version will have standard scenario rewards (Valour and a chance at a dungeon blue).
As someone who’s done several of the other scenarios, I’m not surprised by how short this encounter is. But if you’re expecting this to be the pre-event like the Scourge Invasion, then you’re going to be disappointed. Blizzard themselves have already stated that this wasn’t supposed to be the world event so let’s wait and see what they have in mind over the coming days.
As a bit of hijinks, I told Cool that I wanted to check out Jaina since we didn’t have any interaction with her during the encounter.
I found her talking to Rhonin and Kalecgos at the bottom of the tower. Cool dared to me to see how close I could get. The things I do for a good shot. Only Jaina was hostile while her two companions were neutral. Although all three had no trouble forcing me into a horizontal position.
Once there I was in a great position to watch the next part of the show – Cool saying Hi to the trio.
At this point, it may have looked like Cool was lying down on the job but I think the next shot explains it perfectly.
Just look at that expression!