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11-23-2009 @ 10:31AM
Five years ago, I sat in a Wal-Mart at midnight waiting for this new MMORPG based on the Warcraft universe. My best friend and I were sure that the game would be popular, so we showed up two hours early to stand in line, on my birthday. We were the only ones who showed up.We went home, more excited than we'd been for a while, opened our boxes (my friend bought a collector's edition,) logged in, and we've been playing ever since.My paladin has been with me ever since that day, through the race to beat MC (We were on Shattered Hand, one of the top servers at launch,) lazy days 40-manning it through Molten Core, the introduction of ZG, the Hakkari plague, Burning Crusade (still got my tabard from the opening event,) tanking Kara, the introduction of dailies, The Zombie Invasion, Wrath, up to today.Things I remember:When crafted items meant something, then didn't, then did again.When maximum sized raids of Horde and Alliance would duke it out for Doom Lord Kazzak. (and the nerfs that accompanied it)When Mara was patched in (yes, it was a patch.)When Dire Maul was patched in, and everyone was soooo happy that we had another 3 end-game 5-mans to run (Up from the 4 at the time.)When warlocks were the scariest guys on two legs (and Doomgards killed a person when you summoned them)When all of those places in the old world that were full of Elites got nerfed.Furbolg rep.I continue to play to this day, and likely will play long into the future. LONG LIVE WORLD OF WARCRAFT.
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