01
Oct
10

Look what they are missing

Tobold made a great point about the gaps in the random dungeon system.

If you level using the LFD tool, then you’ll see most of the available instances from vanilla WoW.  However, when you get near a level cap from a previous version of the game, rather than putting you in the (formerly) high-end dungeons, the game skips forward to early dungeons from the next expansion.  So, when you get to level 58-59, instead of getting into Scholomance you’ll wind up in Hellfire Ramparts.  At level 70  instead of getting into The Botanica or Shattered Halls you’ll be placed into Utgarde Keep.

Since I leveled a character from the mid-20s through 80 exclusively with the LFD, I can attest to the gaps in the dungeon experience.  Here’s a list of instances that I was never placed in while leveling:

  • Stratholme
  • Scholomance
  • Caverns of Time: Durnholde Keep
  • Steamvault
  • Shadow Labyrinth
  • Shattered Halls
  • Caverns of Time: Black Morass
  • The Mechanar
  • The Botanica
  • The Arcatraz
  • Magister’s Terrace

Those are some iconic places in the history of WoW.  Some, like Scholomance and Stratholme and the Caverns of Time instances, are full of lore.  Others, like Shadow Labyrinth, are very memorable for their interesting fights.

Such a shame that new players will never see some of those great instances.

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3 Responses to “Look what they are missing”


  1. October 1, 2010 at 8:43 am

    I’ve gotten into Stratholme one time with LFG on a Death Knight fresh out of the starting zone. The same DK got into Arcatraz once as well, but the neither of the dungeons were completed. After the second wipe in Strath the group disbanded, and the group broke on Arcatraz before we even pulled the first trash pack.

    Similarly, I’ve only seen BRS come up once, again ending in a disband before completion, though this time it was because nobody had a clue where to go and we just gave up.

  2. 2 Key
    October 1, 2010 at 10:25 am

    I got placed in Caverns of Time: Durnholde Keep once while leveling an alt. The problem with the Caverns of Time instances is that you have to take the time to do the quest before it will even let you queue. Most players either don’t care enough to do it or don’t know about it.

    I was lucky enough to get it through the random dungeon and everyone I got grouped with had a blast in there. I really hoped to get it again before leveling out of it, but once is better than nothing.

  3. October 6, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    I totally agree about this. I was completely shocked when I got into Dire Maul the other day, and I had completely forgotten what a fun instance it was! It made me want to try out the other old endgame vanilla instances, like Scholomance and Stratholme. After 2 hours wait I gave up. I had never had more than one more person in my queue :(


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