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12-28-2011 @ 5:12PM
Oh, and in response to Kolyarut, I don't see how you can review the encounters in ICC that were "thematically emblematic" of the entire expansion and then dismiss all of Dragon Soul as "fighting tentacles."Morchuk is an enraged elemental - one of the major themes of the expansion.The faceless generals are direct calls to the Old Gods, the driving force behind the Twilight's Hammer and Deathwing's forces.Hagara and friends are the twisted shaman and mages of the Hammer, just like Blackhorn and his buds are the militant arm.Ultraxion is the ultimate Twilight Dragon - He IS the Hour of Twilight.Finally you get 2 fights against Deathwing, one where you bring down the massive dragon that's been scorching Azeroth for over a year, and the final where you prevent a second Cataclysm right where this whole mess started - at the heart of the Maelstrom.It's a very good call-back to all of the antagonistic forces of Cataclysm, especially when you look at it as part of the progression from Black Wing Descent -> Throne of the Four Winds -> Bastion of Twilight -> Firelands -> Dragon Soul. That's much better than WotLK where you had Eye of Eternity, Obsidium Sanctum, and Ulduar as "side" raids from the main storyline. Hell, a lot of players thought Crusader's Colosseum was a waste even though that's explicitly set-up as a prelude to the assault on ICC.
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