The Forgotten Zone – Icecrown

I think that Blizzard did a great job in Icecrown.  Some of the questlines are epic in feel.  The zone looks really gritty and has a great atmosphere.  The flying boats are cool, too.

And its mostly empty.

Almost everyone in my guild hit level 80 in Storm Peaks or, at latest, a handful of quests into Icecrown.  Once at 80, the race to raid begins and questing is put aside.  Have you tried to get together a group for the 5-man Icecrown quests?  I’ve tried, but have been unsuccessful.  Its too bad, because some of the quest rewards are awesome.

(note that many of those 5-man quests can be done by a group of 2 or 3, but a couple are tougher)

Its a shame that Blizzard put so much thought into the zone for so few to see.

Rogues – for pre-heroic gear try to do the questlines there to get the Severed Noose of Westwind, Shoulderpads of Fleshwerks, Bloodbane Cloak, The Darkspeaker’s Treads, Signet of Bridenbrad, and Vengance Shiv.  All of that is good enough gear to start heroics with.


4 Responses to “The Forgotten Zone – Icecrown”

  1. December 30, 2008 at 2:10 pm

    I finished off my last two levels in Icecrown, didn’t make it to Storm Peaks until 80 when I went looking for the Sons of Hodir chain. I have to agree, Icecrown is an awesome zone.

  2. 2 Knife
    December 31, 2008 at 1:22 pm

    I think part of the reason it’s so difficult to find a group is due to the extreme amount of phasing Icecrown has. “Can I get help with xxxquestxxx in xxxplacexxx” gets a response of “huh? what’s xxxplacexxx?” because it’s not “there” yet.

    The other minor annoyance (and I mean minor) is that most of the quests involve flying, typically to ridiculously out of the way places. Flying is easy with an epic flyer, but flying across an entire zone just to get another quest that says to fly to the other side of Northrend? Again, minor annoyance…I just can’t imagine doing that without an epic mount.

    Apart from getting groups there and the traveling, the quests are amazing. The first quests with the Argent Crusade literally places a war in your backyard. You get another opportunity to see The Buff in action (the only way i can describe the God buff you get on the hill, similar to the raiding Undercity one). The fight for the Shadowvault has an epic feel even though it’s noob-proof…and I’m only 45ish quests in.

  3. 3 Knife
    January 2, 2009 at 10:37 am

    So this is off topic, but only by a bit…

    I’m at work with limited Internet access and a question just dawned on me. So, your post is about how awesome Icecrown quests are, briefly touching on how 5-man quests can be done by groups of 3. I then talked about phasing and not being able to get a group because of that…

    That in consideration- let’s say you get a group together- rogue, healer, tank. Due to phasing, however, the tank can’t see the boss you and the healer have to kill. Normally this would mean you can’t do it…what about Tricks of the Trade? I cast TotT, “boss” starts beating on the tank…can he still not see the thing attacking him? I’d love to know the answer to this. It’d be interesting to try.

  4. January 2, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    It would be interesting. If I come across a chance to try it I certainly will.

    A pally in my guild went into Undercity to kill Sylvanas for the achievement. He is the only one in the raid who had not done the epic questline in Dragonblight that ends with the assault on Undercity. As a result, he saw a different version of Undercity than the rest of the raid due to phasing.

    He was not able to take part in the fight at all, but he still got credit for the achievement. Hmmm.

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