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10-21-2010 @ 8:44PM
I have two. The first is waaaay back when I got my first trial account. I had tried a Tauren over at my friend's house, but I decided to try something different on my own. I rolled a Night Elf druid. Playing my Tauren I kind of just assumed that all of the starting areas were like Mulgore: flat, open plains with herds of mobs to kill. Being enveloped in the quiet beauty of Teldrassil was quite an experience. I remember finding the little lake with all of the moon lilies around it. I was completely overwhelmed. I remember taking a lot of screen shots when I first started playing, but I know that one was the first.My second moment comes years later. I had given the game a break for awhile due to monetary concerns, and I had never really gotten past about level 30 with any character. I decided to dive back in with both feet and made a blood elf priest. I'm a bit of a blockheaded purist, so I decided to level in the holy spec. This is before LFD, and I was leveling on one of the lowest-population servers in the game. I spent a loooong time questing, but I always had one eye on the LFG interface, and when I could actually get a group together to run a dungeon, it was a treat. Even un-favorites like Gnomeregan and Mauradon were incredible fun to me back then. So I remember the first time I ran Zul'Farak. (My talent spec then would probably make me cringe; I had no idea Meditation even existed.) I remember getting to the top of the stairs at the end and seeing the vast horde of enemies gathered at the bottom. The tank yells, "Alright, I'm going for it!" and just plunges in. (I don't think any of us had any idea you could just wait for them to come at you a few at a time.) I had never healed anything like it, and it was positively exhilarating: the tank's HP bar would careen toward zero, and then my big heal would go off and he'd be back to full! I went OOM and burned a potion, Arcane Torrent and every possible damn thing I had to keep the tank up. When the dust settled, two of the DPS were dead, I was totally out of mana and low on HP, and the tank was just laughing out loud with amazement. Sure, there are raid pulls that are way bigger or more epic than that, but I felt ten feet tall that day; I had kept the tank alive through THAT.
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