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July 26th, 2006
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What was/is Blizzard thinking?!
Just a little background for those who don't play.

"Elite" is a term for monsters and NPCs that require a group of players of about the mob's level to take down. Don't bother trying to solo one unless you are several levels above it. And if you are lower level than it, you are just dead. Accept it.

"Aggro range" is the distance from a mob within which the mob will notice you and attack. This is based on your level and the monster's level. If you are a higher level than the monster, the aggro range is smaller (if you are sufficiently higher level than a mob it won't even notice you if you stand right in it's space). If you are lower level than the monster the aggro range is bigger. Perhaps a LOT bigger. (That dragonkin in the east of Ashenvale came clear across nearly a whole, fully-pulled-out radar radius to come after me. Even with that head start I still couldn't run fast enough to get away. Sheesh)


Now, the problem here is, the Sepulchur area is a lowbie undead area (levels 11-15 or so) BUT Blizzard has this wandering Elite mob of level 24 (24!) in a area where lowbies are expected to hunt for several quests. He's so much higher level you are dead almost before you know what's attacking you. And he WANDERS, which means there's nowhere safe. And his aggro range for a level 14 is LARGE. You may have been safely hunting in one spot for 10-20 minutes when suddenly "RAAARRR" you are being attacked by this wolfman.
*dead*
"fuck"

I have only leveled up a Tauren in addition to this Undead, and the Tauren lowbie area has no such hazard. I just don't know what Blizzard is/was thinking, putting that mob in there.

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From:solan_t
Date:July 26th, 2006 12:57 pm (UTC)
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It will be so sweet to be able to say "DIE you sunovabitch! DIE! DIE! DIE!"





But if he wasn't there to being with, we wouldn't want to kill him, now would we? ;)
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From:starseeking
Date:July 26th, 2006 12:55 pm (UTC)
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If it makes you feel better I finally got so mad by being killed by him I switched over to my human cleric for a week to calm down. I still wasn't calm heh.
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From:solan_t
Date:July 26th, 2006 01:00 pm (UTC)
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I am thinking of bringing in my level 30 Tauren to try for some payback, myself.
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From:solan_t
Date:July 26th, 2006 05:56 pm (UTC)
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Oh, the Alliance Outriders! Yes, I have seen them many times, actually. They just never attacked me, so I guess I just don't think of them as dangerous.
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From:solan_t
Date:July 26th, 2006 07:34 pm (UTC)
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I am thinking the lack of level disparity is the reason they never attacked me - I have positively REVELED in the teeny-tiny aggro range WoW has compared to, say, Asheron's Call, where I cut my MMPORG teeth. But the tiny aggro range of things my own level DOES make me complacent about what might be nearby (and why Son of Arugal kills me so often)
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From:solan_t
Date:July 26th, 2006 07:37 pm (UTC)
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But, yes, the numbers do make up for the lack of levels. I know I have never seriously contemplated taking them on.
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From:solan_t
Date:July 26th, 2006 06:02 pm (UTC)
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Come to think, they aren't 10+ levels higher than the players that are expected to be there, either.
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From:solan_t
Date:July 26th, 2006 06:01 pm (UTC)
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I could juuuuuust see some type of edifice in the distance. So... that's the emerald dream; I'd wondered (my son is playing with a Night Elf Hunter, so I have some background with the Alliance that way)
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From:takhisis
Date:July 26th, 2006 02:57 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I ran into a similar version of that recently. "La la la, here I am, farming happily in this 40-45 zone, happy happy WHY IS THERE AN ELITE 60+ DRAGON EATING MY HEAD."
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From:solan_t
Date:July 26th, 2006 05:58 pm (UTC)
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Exactly the feeling!
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From:xthread
Date:July 26th, 2006 03:15 pm (UTC)
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I think someone at Blizzard has some issues with salad, and they're trying to put the Fear of Arugula into you.
Which server, btw?
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From:solan_t
Date:July 26th, 2006 05:59 pm (UTC)
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*snicker*


Agrammar.
From:feonor
Date:July 27th, 2006 12:22 am (UTC)

Now that brings back memories...

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Everquest did it all the time as well. A famous place for them was in the Everfrost Mountains right outside the starting city of Hallas. It was a random level 10, 11, & 12 level undead (called Vengeful Musician, Composer, & Lutist, respectivly, IIRC) that randomly wandered the *newbie* zone... I can't think of how many times between level 1 & 15 that I heard the zone wide call of "veng alert" that signaled the newbies to run for town & the PC zone protectors to run from town. I can't describe the joy I got from the first time I killed one of them. And killed them, and killed them, and killed them... That's why the higer level chars were zone protectors; to take revenge for all their earlier deaths!
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From:emessar
Date:July 27th, 2006 03:30 am (UTC)
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Maybe WoW has decided to become a horror campaign ... everybody dies or goes insane ...


Look for Cthulhu in patch 1.18 ... or don't, he'll find you eventually ...
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From:oldwolf
Date:August 1st, 2006 11:06 pm (UTC)
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I have a taurean warrior and an undead warlock in Silverpine.

I'm on Garona. What server are you on?
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From:solan_t
Date:August 1st, 2006 11:50 pm (UTC)
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Aggramar
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