I know that I’m kinda late to the party with Icecrown Citadel, but I just went through it for the first time today and had a blast.Â My Hunter hit level 80 today and I began doing instances with the guild to gear up.Â It didn’t take more than one instance to get an upgrade and allow me access to the ICC 5-man dungeons of which there are three connected to each other.Â Entering the first dungeon starts a quest that takes you through the Forge of Souls where you have to mess with their operation.Â The second takes you out of the forge and into the Pit of Saron where you kill a couple bosses and try to locate the Lich King.Â After a few really cool fights and adventurous moments you finally make your way to the Halls of Reflection and meet the Lich King.
You all know me as a fan of Warcraft lore.Â It was really neat to see the story that I fell in love with in Warcraft 3 take another step forward.Â Uther makes an appearance and talks with Silvanas as she and the adventurers (that’s us) are about to jack Frostmourne.Â It’s revealed that there must always be a Lich King and that we can not kill Arthas in the Halls of Reflection; we must kill him at the Frozen Throne.Â Arthas then banishes Uther and brings forth Falric and Marwyn.Â Who are they you ask? They’re Arthas’ right hand dudes who became Death Knights and helped in the slaughter of Lordaeron and Arthas’ father.Â They’re pictured on the right walking into the throne room during that cutscene that gave us all chills many years ago.
After Falric and Marwyn are defeated in the Halls of Reflection, Arthas gets pissed and walks menicingly towards your party.Â An event begins where the party has to escape from Arthas who is essentially chasing you, albeit slowly.Â Â Knowing the story and appreciating it made it all the more terrifying to see THE LICH KING walking right towards us.Â Although it was only a 5 man dungeon and we had almost no chance of failure, there was a sense of urgency here to get the heck out of there.Â In the end, of course, we escaped by bringing down a tunnel and boarding a zeppelin.
Blizzard has done a fantastic job telling the story, even if it has been bastardized along the way.Â I’ve had my moments of rage over what WoW has done to Warcraft, and I have done my share of hating on Metzen and those involved with the direction of the story and gameplay, but the end result is so worth the wait.Â I’m really excited to see the 10 man ICC Lich King battle.Â This is the part of WoW that I’ve been waiting 4 years to see — the part we all knew was coming.Â If you’re sitting on the edge deciding whether or not it’s worth your time to check it out — and you’re a fan of Warcraft — don’t rob yourself of the experience.