Cutting straight to the chase, we killed Ingvar the Plunderer last Saturday night.
Go us! Utgarde Keep completed!
In fact, we plowed through Utgarde Keep like… well… like we had had some practice. We took out the trash mobs and killed all the bosses on the first try. Ingvar, he’s a dead man ! Keleseth, dead! Niedermeyer, dead! Skarvald, dead!
The team for this adventure was:
73 Priest – Skronk
73 Mage – Ula
73 Warlock – Bungholio
73 Warrior – Earlthecat
74 Paladin – Vikund
And while we got through the instance in record (for us) time, our fight with Ingvar was a near run thing.
Just as we were beating Ingvar down below that last 10%, Earl and Vikund got zapped, leaving only the cloth wearing casters to take on the big boss. Fortunately, he only had a few hit points left so a final hail of magic did him in.
We collected his head for the quest that we had all been holding in our log for the last few months, took our victory picture, and then started looking for the way out. As if pretty typical of WoW instances, there is a short cut from the last boss to the exit. In Utgarde Keep the quick way out involves jumping into a large, square shaft into some water.
Just do that twice, and hope they haven’t drained the pool for cleaning, and you’re back by the entrance.
All told, we wrapped up the keep in about 90 minutes, which left us with some more time to do something. So we thought we would scout out the next instance on the agenda, The Nexus.
That meant a flight all the way across Northrend, which gave us all time to go get a snack or refresh our drink.
Once there, we had to find our way in. I ran to the first swirly zone-entrance looking thing I saw.
No, the entrance is actually down below that area. That glowing swirly appears to be just decorative for the moment.
Once we got the the actual way in, we had a choice of directions, this being one of those mult-wing instances it seems. We went left and eventually ran into some people trapped in ice.
You cannot just walk past them however. The ice seems to be there to keep them fresh… fresh to kill you! Once you get too close, they break out and attack you. You think somebody is going to be cool for once, and then they start wailing on you.
We cleared out her cronies and decided to just go after her without any pre-fight research. This turned out to be one of the best boss fights so far in Northrend. She has all sorts of crazy attacks and was throwing us all over the room in what must have been one of the most active battles we have been through in a long time.
Of course, the fact that we won made it that much better.
However, by that point the hour was getting late. We declared our reconissance into The Nexus a success and vowed to be back next Saturday.