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Northrend World Map

Here’s a link to a detailed map of the new continent Northrend for everyone who might be interested in it. It was originally made by Ron Sholtis (thanks for your work) and is pretty high-res.

I just edited it a little bit to show the level-range of all zones and instances/raids as well as all flightpoints.

I’ll try to keep the map and all its information up-to-date but if you still happen to find any mistake or have any suggestions, feel free to drop a comment below :-).

Northrend World Map

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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: 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: Hellfire Ramparts

It’s been quite some time since my last instance and god knows I missed the feeling of fighting dozens of aggressive mobs and big bosses who were slamming with all their might at me :-)! The level 60-62 instance Hellfire Ramparts in Hellfire Peninsula was quite a shock to me in the beginning. Perhaps I was just not used to doing instances anymore or perhaps my party wasn’t the best out there or perhaps my equipment and my stamina wasn’t the greatest but I’m rather the opinion that those mobs were simply a lot harder than in any other instance I’ve done before. The first time I attempted completing Ramparts I died like six or seven times, four times at the last boss alone :P. In the video you can see that I defended my group-mates to my last breath… literally because I died together with him ;-). Even though the instance itself is quite small, it’s a pretty cool one which I highly recommend to anyone new to the Outland!

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Instance: Zul Farrak

The level 42-50 instance Zul Farrak isn’t the greatest I’ve been to but I liked it neverthenless. It gives you an Indiana Jones, mystical Egypt kind of feeling if you know what I mean :-). What I liked most about ZF is the part where you stand on top of the pyramid to fight against hordes of rushing mobs. That scene reminds me of Starship Troopers and the trap on this outpost where they gotta fight thousands of bugs… really great! Therefore I also decided to use the official Starship Troopers Theme song for this part in my video :-P! The end-boss-fight against “Nessie” was cool too of course but the pyramid scene beats it all ;-)!

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Instance: Maraudon

Most guys I talked with don’t really like it but I enjoyed every single visit to the level 40-52 instance Maraudon. I like the atmosphere and the fact that it’s such a huge dungeon. This of course can also be quite annoying, particularly in the beginning. During my first two runs I constantly got lost and eventually killed while wandering around looking for a way back to my group :-). For the first time since obtaining the Berserker Stance I could actually have used it this time against the probably most beautiful princess ever :-). She used a fear spell which made me flee like a coward… well, perhaps it was just the stink of her farting at me who made my character wanna flee… who knows for sure :-P?! Of course I blew my first chance to shine using the Berserker skill big time :-). I didn’t know that she was gonna fear me and therefore didn’t use the skill either. Now I know that there is an option where you can see what a your enemy is currently casting but back then I had no clue what she was doing. Fortunately we had a pretty high level Shaman with us who dealt plenty of damage in my “absence” ;-).

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Instance: Uldaman

Finally, it’s time for another instance again :-). This time I went to the level 36 – 44 instance Uldaman in Badlands. The actual instance itself wasn’t that great but the drops and particularly the bosses were really cool! Just in case you’re wondering, the video shows me in two different groups on two different days. The first minute or so contains a rather not-teamwork-like group while the rest of the video shows me in a very effective group… at least in the end. In the second group we’ve been five people at first but one seemed to be a bit immature and decided to aggro as many mobs as humanly possible ;-). After one member of my group had a “little talk” with him about his behavior the guy decided to leave us in middle of the instance. Well, we were there already so we decided to continue without him… which proved to be a very wise decision. From then on the group has been a blast and we even succeeded in killing the last super-hyper-mega-boss :P! I also got some new, cool equipment which might – in some cases – not be the most fitting warrior stuff but firstly was it better than my previous equipment and secondly was nobody there who could have used it better. I got Ironaya’s Bracers of the EagleRevelosh’s Boots of Defense, Cragfists of the Bear and Field Plate Helmet of the Bear :-)! So you might say that I’ve been quite successful whenit comes to drops this evening :P.

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