Passing the Time in Blackrock Depths

They don’t make instances… at least not 5 person instances… like Blackrock Depths any more.  It is a sprawling, complex instance, and there seems to be more bosses and mini-bosses running around than some instances have mobs over all.

Whether the fact that instances are no longer so wide and wild is a good thing is up for debate.  Not everybody is up for 6 hours of dungeon run fun at a single sitting.  Certainly, Blizzard’s opinion on the subject is clear.  When going into BRD as a random dungeon finder instance, you get one boss as your target and you’re done in 30 minutes or less.

I know because I did such a run in order to get Hurmoo caught up with the rest of the team.  It was the always ironic luck of the draw that my Saturday afternoon catch-up instance was also our target for Saturday night.

For our initial assault on BRD, our lineup was:

52 Orc Shaman – Earlthebat (Earlthecat)
53 Tauren Druid – Azawak (Skronk)
53 Undead Mage – Bigbutt (Bungholio)
53 Tauren Druid – Hurmoo (Vikund)
54 Blood Elf Paladin – Enaldie (Ula)

And one of the first things we had to do was die.

When we hit an instance, we like to knock off as many quests as possible, and for one of the BRD quests, Dark Iron Legacy, you need to be dead.  The quest giver, Franclorn Forgewright, is a ghost, and you need to be a ghost to interact with him.

We couldn’t find any alliance players to kill us.  We chased a high level alliance warlock around for a bit, but he didn’t want anything to do with us.  So we had to just jump in the lava then run back as ghosts.

Ghosting to Blackrock Depths

Franclorn’s quest is one of those “accept quest, read some text, turn in quest, get the real quest” setups.  One of us revived before getting the second step, so had to throw themselves in the lava again, die, run back, and finish up.

The things we do for quests.

Meanwhile, Enaldie wandered down towards the instance and killed our first boss solo.

Okay, Overmaster Pyron really isn’t a boss.  He isn’t even in the instance.  But he is a named elite just outside of the instance, and I didn’t think he was really soloable at our level.  Retribution paladins are OP!

Eventually we got ourselves together and into the instance and the prison area, the starting area of the instance.

Battle in the Detention Block

From that point, there was the usual wandering around.  BRD isn’t a one-way box canyon.  You can go the long way, or the wrong way in BRD.  We managed both at times.  Yet we slew all we came across, eventually getting to the Ring of Law to pass the BRD bar exam.

Not here to discuss torts

That got us through to some familiar places, like the Manufactory, where we found out Earl was too low level to pick up the engineering plans, and to the Grim Guzzler, a location featured as part of Brewfest, where we’re careful not to pick up somebody else’s drink by mistake, lest the whole place become aggro.

We've spent more time here than any place else in BRD

Then there was more running around.

roll stock BRD running clip

Eventually we ran down most of the quests we had on hand.  That left us far from completing the zone of course.  BRD is a multi-course meal.  We’ll have to come back for the next layer of quests.  Maybe.

But we did find we were in possession of enough reclic coffer keys to open up everything in the Black Vault, thus getting us access to the Heart of the Mountain.  That finished off one more quest and was the signal to call it a night.  So we took one last group shot out in front of the vault and then headed out to turn in some quests.

The Instance Group in BRD

As is usually the case, the experience was good and new levels were reached by everybody except Enaldie, who had experience turned off for this run.

While we have the next set of BRD quests lined up now, we will probably take a detour and go after Dire Maul instead.  It is one of the few instances we have not done at level at this point.

And after that… well, after that we’ll be getting close enough to 58 that we probably won’t spend much more time in classic Azeroth.  Our tour will be complete and we’ll start thinking about exactly how much of the Outland we want to go after.

7 thoughts on “Passing the Time in Blackrock Depths

  1. Analogue

    The ghost quest is definitely one of the coolest in WoW and IMO the precursor of phasing. Wish Blizz had done more like this in Vanilla.

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  2. Wilhelm2451 Post author

    We were wondering, as we setup talking to Franclorn, just how many people bother with this quest… or even know about this quest… these days. You have to be dead to see it. There was a time when a lot of people would have passed by him, running back after a wipe, and figured it out.

    Now, though, you barely die in old instances.

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  3. M

    I don’t think I ever ran all of BRD properly.

    I did multiple runs getting people attuned for MC. Multiple runs to the bar. Multiple runs for the Escort quest for the Onyxia chain.

    Never did the Prince/Princess.

    Its really a lvl 50-60 instance depending on which section you do.

    Always got lost.

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  4. boatorious

    BRD is really grand, especially the parts where you can really get a sense of the ‘city’. Running it recently it occurred to me that BRD should have the first raid instance, not (boring) Molten Core.

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  5. Analogue

    It also has one of the longest graveyard runs ever. Every time I go there and we wipe I dread the run back. In fact I wonder if people who know about the dead quest might not skip it (unless they wipe) just because it takes so darn long to run from the gy.

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  6. Centuri

    I can still remember the first time I was in a group that could get past that final room with the fast respawning groups of mobs and those torches you needed to light to open up the doors. It is disappointing that neither TBC nor WotLK contained a comparable instance.

    The other draw of BRD is that all of the bosses make sense. Ok I am fighting dwarves. Here is the dwarf general here is the dwarf chef, here is the dwarf valet parker. Let’s kill them all and take their stuff. Named mobs fit into their surroundings and each boss has a “reason” for being where he is.

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  7. Dee Am

    I just stumbled across your blog today through my google reader. I love your writing style and the pics of BRD. Mmmm makes me want to reload WoW on my pc and get back into the game. Trouble is my 80’s are so far behind in gear I hesitate to get back into the “you are not geared enough to run with us” Sigh!

    What is a girl to do but go back to Farmville? lol

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