A lot of us are going on 6+ years in the game now. That’s a lot of hours spent online, a lot of mobs killed, a lot of leveling done.
In all that time, I recall seeing three random world epic drops.
My first one was in the Stonetalon Mountains. I was leveling with my wife. We had killed a mob – a Fey Dragon perhaps (it was a long time ago) and a purple item dropped. At our level (mid 30′s maybe) I had never seen anyone with an epic item. It was a caster neck (gone from the game now) so my wife got it. She was quite excited.
My second one was in Burning Crusade. I was killing Twlight Serpents in Nagrand to farm Cobra Scales. Surprise! A Blade of Wizardry drops. I sold that on the auction house for 5000 gold, which, at that time, was the most gold I had ever had.
I didn’t see a random epic drop through all of Wrath that I can remember.
In Cataclysm, my wife and I were doing a daily quest in Twilight Highlands, and a random owl drops Ritssyn’s Ruinous Drape. Well, wasn’t my wife just the happiest resto druid. She gets all the good stuff. =)
How many random world epics have you found? Trash epics in raids don’t count – there is a higher drop rate for raid epics. I mean random, drop-from-some-random-thing-in-the-middle-of-nowhere epics.