I don’t have a strategy guide for this yet and will probably never be well-versed enough to be able to put one together. I just want to finish this so bad that I actually talk about it with non-WoW playing friends. They look a bit weird at me at first but by the time I get to explain Yogg-Saron they switch from “afro-american fella, wha?” to “mm, fuck off and die” and then they get a look of “meh, I’ll tolerate it, go on if you really want to share”.
The problem with this is that I’m a terribad storyteller when it comes to things I’m passionate of. I start at the beginning then jump off to explain what happened before the beginning. Case in point, and I’ll give you the abridged version:
“So we have to go kill this old god thing and it’s fucking epic, people say!”
“Why do you want to kill him?”
“Well he’s bad and all that good versus evil jazz…”
“Didn’t you say you were an orc? They’re bad,” said my friend that has played Warcraft 1 and 2 but not 3 because he had a shitty PC then that couldn’t meet the minimum requirements. He also played and watched LoTR and all the orcses there are undeniably bad.
“Yeah, well now we’re good. It’s complicated.”
“And the Alliance? They’re bad?”
“No, they’re good too.”
“Well aintcha fighting? Who’s bad? There’s gotta be somebody who’s bad, you know, all that good versus evil jazz.”
“Uhm, I told you it’s complicated. We’re all good, Yoggi is bad and that’s why we have to kill him.”
“You want to kill Yoggi? What in the world will happen to Boo-Boo? And why aren’t you working together if you’re all good?”
“His name is Yogg-Saron, we call him Yoggi for convenience and anecdotal reference. And we’re not working together because the Alliance can’t forgive us for what the old Horde has done.”
“Us? Wow, don’t you think you’re a bit too involved?”
At this point in the conversation I’m usually like “shut up and eat your french fries!” but because I really love the idea of Ulduar I let it drag on for a while, back and forth like that and then delved into explaining the story. I started with the whispers and then went back to explain why he is bad and why he is old and why is he imprisoned and who imprisoned him and half an hour later I realized that I hadn’t really said anything about the actual encounter which became a bit frustrating, knowing that I might never get to be enthusiastic in front of that particular friend about WoW ever again without being cut off.
Shortened story even more short, I ended up comparing Yogg-Saron to Cthulhu and I particularly remember that at some point I even went crazy monkey metaphorical and said something in the lines of “if Nietzsche is the father of Nihilism, then Lovecraft is his house. Imagine that Nihilism is tea. H.P. Lovecraft will not only be the cup but also the teahouse.” I know Nietzsche was actually anti-nihilistic but he didn’t so it worked just fine.
Now where was I going with this? Oh, yeah, I’m not good with story telling if I’m passionate about the subject. Ask me about last week’s fail PuG on any given day and I will be able to tell you who failed, how and why plus a couple of alternative solutions that might have prevented the failing. Oh, and if you do, invariably one of the two solutions would be that the one who failed wasn’t born.
Ulduar looks to me to be one of those off-beat places so out of ‘our’ WoW times that only Nozdormu might have put it together. I’m loving the vehicle fights and even though at this level of gear they’re mostly stupidly easy, the last bosses can cause you to wipe if not executing the fight properly. Dang it feels nice to not be able to brute-force everything!
I am quite unhappy with the fact that I have not managed to kill Yoggi (Boo-Boo can fuck off and DIAF for all I care) and I’m actively watching for groups that might be forming just for this. I often wonder if there are others out there that miss the flavor of one instance or raid, and if there are, what raids tickle whom.