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9-01-2010 @ 12:04PM
ZG was, for many of us who have played the game since the start but didn't raid in vanilla, the only realistic chance to see an epic item. It would typically be a Saturday morning in 2006 when alts of people who were in "BWL guilds" got antsy for some action and threw together a run of ZG. Early on, it was pretty hard to coordinate a pug in ZG - keep in mind, you didn't have targets to mark, there was no DBM, no Omen, none of the voice communication tools (people were hesitent to download teamspeak for a pug). So you'd be going in there and the tank would have about 3800 health, arms spec, and maybe get down the first few bosses. But it was awesome because those bosses dropped EPICS. That's right, there was a time when a person in a full set of blues meant something. It meant you had worked hard and diligently farmed instances until your set dropped. But if you sprinkled in 1-2 epics it really made you shine. Much of this has been devalued due to the fact that now you can get an alt a 5400 gear score in about 2 weeks effort, with no guaranatee that you learned anything along the way. So I guess the loss of ZG for me is more of a psychological loss of the game as it was and not so much a practical loss as in "what? I can't run ZG any more?" (since I rarely go back). I like the idea of bringing it back as a 5-man, though, it could be an awesome heroic instance to insert some time mid-expansion.
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