I've been busy with different in-game activities since Legion release. I should admit I like this expansion more than
any other. As I already did many things in Legion I wanted to do I now have more time to post things and thoughts :)
I must start with Ashbringer, the dream of many vanilla paladins. It's been a legend, rumors, speculations and alike.
If you never play vanilla it might be hard to explain (though I will try). Please read a very nice article
Ashbringer on Wowpedia beforehand.
Paladins were weak in vanilla, none of its class role was good for group/raid gameplay though we shine in solo PvE content.
A speculation between paladins was that there is the unique legendary sword that will make us the best DPS in game. That sword
is extremely hard to get but it is so amazing that all palies were dreaming about it.
I was in a hard-core raiding guild, Shinigami, on US server Dunemaul, and my main was retribution paladin Mikerelder.
Our guild started raiding late but we were progressing rapidly and soon
enough MC and BWL were conquered. There was only one more guild which cleared AQ40 (and broke soon after). I should admit
Shinigami killed C'Thun only 3 times - AQ40 required much more than average raider could deliver. As you might know, Blizzard
didn't expect such a great success of World of Warcraft so they didn't have any plans for something which we know today as
expansion. Instead they released the extreme raid, known as Naxxramas.
Only a few guilds in the world were able to clear it in vanilla. Shingami wasn't one of those. We killed only 4 or 5 first bosses
and were not even close to 4 horsemen. But I knew that those few guilds that were extreme hard-core raiders got
an item, Corrupted Ashbringer, which dropped from 4 horsemen and started a questline. Unfortunately, on completion that one
there were no Ashbringer as a reward and no continuation quest or alike. At that time nobody knew how real Ashbringer could be received.
As we know today Ashbringer as a real weapon didn't exist in vanilla. I could speculate and say that the developer of this
questline/chain left the company and Ashbringer was forgotten (that happened to many things we saw in vanilla which had no logical end).
My main here, on EU Ghostlands, is DK, but as soon as I discovered that Ashbringer will be a hidden artifact for retardins I
put it in my urgent "to-do list" in Legion. So my paly has been leveled up soon after DK and my Ashbringer hunt began.
Well, Blizzard created the great "storyline" for Ashbringer hidden artifact appearence, practically implementing all rumors that
did exist at vanilla time (read this wonderful
article for the full story and pls notice its date - 2010 year). It includes getting a head of Nefarian (BWL final boss),
2 parts of Nat's fishing book, visitng Dire Maul (though there is no more shortcut to the Library), travelling all over old Azeroth
world, long wait for rare spawn (I was lucky and got help from other paly from another server where it spawned) and then
endless fishing (I was lucky again and got my item after "only" 946 catches while people report 8000+ catches before they got
theirs). Special note to those who complain that getting this artifact look is extremely hard - you guys never played vanilla :))
All in all, that was the best remembrance of my belowed original World of Warcraft, aka vanilla, where life was hard,
efforts were endless but epics were epic :) And my paly got it! I'm really happy and appreciate what Blizzard did to satisfy
MC veterans like myself...