We hadn’t really made a plan after the previous week’s diversion into Dire Maul East. However, we had made it through successfully, had the key to get into the rest of the complex, and were looking for something to do, so we decided to carry on in Feralas.
Skronk said that Dire Maul North was the next destination, and I honestly couldn’t recall. The high end of the level range is packed with dungeons and they are something of a blur in my brain all these years down the road. Our group for the afternoon was:
- Viniki – level 58 gnome warrior
- Skronk – level 58 dwarf priest
- Moronae – level 58 night elf druid
- Ula – level 58 gnome mage
But before we went to Feralas we had a bit of leftover business to which to attend. In Dire Maul East we picked up those gems after the final boss and brought them to Moonglade to jump start a quest.
On our way to the instance we decided to wrap that up, which required a trip to Silithus. Since we had not been there before, we flew into Un’Goro Crater and took the path into Silithus.
Actually, I had gone ahead over the course of the week and completed the quest as it had a shield upgrade for me. That meant I knew the way to where we needed to go.
Alone it was a bit of a pain to get myself into the building where the chest you need to collect is. As a group we rolled through pretty quickly.
From there we ran back to the alliance camp in the zone, picked up the flight point, and flew back up to Feathermoon in Feralas. The boat was, once again, just in time for us and we were soon within the Dire Maul compound. This time we headed to the back of the main open area, the north end, to the door. It was locked, but we had the key.
Once in and setup, we got off to a pretty strong start. We managed to work our way around the open main area and get to the steps to pull Guard Mol’Dar without aggroing any of the packs of hounds that are down there with him.
He was an straightforward fight, as was Stomper Kreeg after him, though the drunk effect from fighting Kreeg stuck with me for a good long while after the icon for it went away. I was weaving about as I ran, which wasn’t an opportune thing to have happen as things started to get a bit thick on the ground for us.
We were attempting to make our way to Guard Fengus and his chest, which has another key, but the groups of mobs on the way were very close together, with wanderers moving in between. This was made more difficult by the fact that the mobs in Dire Maul North were a couple levels higher than those in the east, ranging from 58 to 60, which made their aggro radius tricky to watch. Honestly, the aggro radius for the mobs there seemed to be extra wide, though maybe the size of ogres distorted my perception. But at times I would edge into range to shoot one for a pull and find that I had already had them with proximity aggro.
Still, we managed to thread our way through, knocking out groups we needed to as we moved and bypassing the rest, until we were able to pull Guard Fengus off to a safe corner. Well, it seemed safe until that add wandered up. Still, we won, though Moronae went down in the fight. Time for the first ress.
But we got him and got the key and were headed into the deeps of the instance, which was when things started to get a bit hairy.
We were fighting the first group on the way in when an Eye of Kilrog floated up on the group. I said something like, “I think we need to kill that… fast” but we were already engaged in a fight and did not get it in time. The Eye of Kilrog opened up a portal and two Netherwalkers hopped out and joined the fight against us. They were both level 60 and basically kicked the crap out of us before we could get our act together.
That meant a release and run back. We got back in the instance and threaded our way back to the Netherwalkers who, conveniently, stayed where we left them, far enough from the remains of the group we had been fighting that we could take them on their own.
We were able to take them and move on down into the main room, avoiding further mishap with fights. We managed to pull Guard Slip’kik away from the other mobs on his patrol path and take him down.
Up to this point I haven’t mentioned drops from the bosses mostly because we were getting rooked on the RNG. Mail every single time, despite the fact that the loot table had some nice items in there. There were some upgraded shoulders I would have like had as a possibility. But we were denied every time.
We spoke with Knot Thimblejack about his quest, but didn’t have the materials… no planning here… so decided to skip on past that.
And after that the road got pretty rough for us. There were a series of groups around the ramp that led up to the next level. Something about that ramp tickled some memory in the back of my brain, something negative, but we carried on. On pulling one group we got them around the corner only to have an Eye of Kilrog come up behind us and go unnoticed until it was too late. Another wipe.
On the way back a patrolling Ogre managed to get the better of Moronae and I, though Ula and Skronk managed to finish him off, so Skronk was able to ress the two of us so we could carry on.
The patrol had banish Skronk and I was a millisecond late on my health potion. It was not a good look.
We came back and managed to clear the bottom of the ramp, but in attempting to clear the area at the top of the ramp we ended up with another Eye of Kilrog attack that wiped us again.
Honestly, we were killing about half of the Eye of Kilrog patrols as soon as they showed up, but you just have to get one mid-fight when you’re busy and things can get quickly out of control.
We were also starting to notice some really odd draw distance issues. The mobs on the platform at the top of the ramp were fading in and out of visibility even though we seemed to be plenty close to them. I know there have been some other draw distance issues in WoW Classic before, but here we were dealing with things on the edge of aggro range popping in and out our sight. We managed, but it was odd.
We pushed on and cleared the platform and made it up the next ramp, thwarting an Eye of Kilrog along the way. We found we could bypass most of the mobs on the next platform and were able to get in and up the hall to within sight of Captain Kromcrush, the next to last boss.
We had to deal with one more group. Unfortunately that got out of hand… that banish is a killer at the wrong moment… and we ended up wiping in the hallway.
You can see behind us some of the groups we were able to bypass.
Still, we got one guy down and were so close to the captain, so we ran back to the instance again. But when we got there, we found we had been long enough that the instance had started to respawn. We got a patrol right in front of us, but past him groups were appearing again.
We were looking at the need to fight our way through at least half of what we had cleared on the first pass through. That wasn’t going to happen, so we called it. Ula opened a portal to Darnassus for us to put us near a flight point. Those that had not turned in the quest we started out with were able to fly off and turn it in, reaping the reward. We’re all starting to get close to 59, so it might be a little easier once we cross that number.