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Instance: Utgarde Pinnacle

In my opinion the level 80 instance Utgarde Pinnacle is the hardest and most challenging dungeon so far in WoW. It’s still a lot of fun but if the teamwork isn’t as good as flawless or if the players are not heavily equipped (at least the healer and tank) you’ll most likely won’t make it. For a tank though, you can get some really great drops for all your hard work :-). The first boss (Svala Sorrowgrave) drops Svala’s Bloodied Shackles, the second (Gortok Palehoof) the Reanimated Armor and the third (Skadi the Ruthless) the Amulet of Deflected Blows. If you haven’t got any better trousers yet or if there’s nobody else who needs them, you could also get the Ancient Royal Legguards from the fourth and last boss (King Ymiron)… but they aren’t really tank material.

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Instance: Ahn’kahet (The Old Kingdom)

Once you’re done with the level 72-74 instance Azjol-Nerub you can continue straight on with the level 73-75 instance Ahn’kahet (The Old Kingdom) right next to it. This is just what my guild members and I did and in there you can also get a great tank chest drop called Battlechest of the Twilight Cult from the third boss Jedoga Shadowseeker. So for warrior tanks it’s even more worth it to visit this instance as soon as possible :-).

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Instance: Azjol-Nerub

Everyone who knows me should also know by now that I just love instances where everything looks rather organic :-). The level 72-74 instance Azjol-Nerub is just one of those dungeons. It’s really cool looking and in my opinion pretty hard. I know I know, lots of people will now immediately say: “ah you noob, I soloed this instance with my level 25 priest” or whatever but for me this instance was the hardest in Northrend so far. Of course that doesn’t mean that it’s any less fun. In fact I went there quite often already and am looking forward to the heroic mode ;-).

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Instance: Nexus

One of the first instances you’re gonna visit – once you’re in Northrend – is most likely the level 71-73 instance Nexus in the Borean Tundra. While it’s pretty cool and space-like looking I personally prefer the more organic looking instances :-). Unfortunately no boss or trash-mob in there drops any real interesting protection-warrior item :-(. The only more or less interesting drop comes from the last boss Keristrasza, Shoulderplates of the Beholder. The stamina and the socket is cool but like I said, it’s no real tank drop.

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Instance: Underbog

Just like Slave Pens the level 63-65 instance Underbog heavily reminds me about Blackfathom Deeps. Underbog is right next to Slave Pens in the Steamvaults, so that might be the reason for the resemblance ;-). This time we had a level 70 Night Elf warrior with us who just couldn’t seem to live with the fact that I stole his agro all the time… even though I was the group’s tank :P. He kept attacking the mobs before me or just attacked the ones I wasn’t tanking at the moment. Well, I guess this is something like: “my penis is bigger than yours” or something… I don’t know :D. Anyway, I still loved it and wanna thank all (except this weird little warrior) for this fantastic run again!

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Instance: Slave Pens

I know it’s been a while but don’t forget: it’s summer time :-)! Therefore I won’t be playing WoW that much anymore and even worse: I won’t have that much time to update my blog anymore ;-). But be rest assured, I’m still alive and I still love my tank Hekthor :P.

This time I wanna show you the level 62-64 instance Slave Pens in Zangarmarsh in the Outland. I really love this instance because of it’s similarity to Blackfathom Deeps. I like it if things look a bit “organic” and alive… if you know what I mean :-). Unfortunately my group could have been better for this run. We had a level 70 guy with us who constantly tried to steal the show and who didn’t quite stick to the “rules of engagement” ;-). For that reason the whole instance got a bit hectic sometimes and I really had to fight to keep the aggression on my side (as seen at Omen… I’m always the red bar). At the last boss (Quagmirran) the level 70 dude kept giving me strange suggestions/orders on how to tank him best. Well, it was my first time in this instance so I naturally listened to him. The result can be seen in the video :-). I moved him back and forth all the time while chatting with this guy to finally give me clear directions :-). What also really pissed me off was the fact that I’ve been in this instance for AT LEAST 15 times without getting the drop Bogstrok Scale Cloak from the second boss (Rokmar the Crackler). It’s such a great cloak for a tank and at the very first run a druid in my group got it instead. From there on I never had the drop again :-(.

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Instance: Blood Furnace

The level 61-63 instance Blood Furnace is a pretty cool one actually. Unfortunately I had some dorks with me again, which diminished my sense of fun and teamplay somewhat. Especially the level 70 Paladin got on my nerves. From the beginning on two friends of mine and I made clear that I was gonna tank and that we just needed some damage dealers. He wasn’t really a damage dealer but with his level 70 equipment we thought he should do fine… and he really wanted to join us. Kind as we are we invited him along… mistake! As can be seen in the video he constantly advanced before me or tried to tank the mobs off me. Well we did it anyway and had – apart for this idiot – quite fun with this instance.

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