Echoes of Doom: A Look Back

I’m a couple of days late on this one, but oh well.  Today I’m going to take a quick trip down memory lane, for it was on October 14, 2008 that patch 3.0.2 Echoes of Doom was launched.  This of course was the pre-cursor to Wrath of the Lich King.

It’s hard to believe that it’s been a year already, but here we are. Some of the general highlights included,
  • The Achievement system
  • The Barber Shop
  • 51 point talents
  • Stormwind Harbor
  • In-game calendar
  • Mount and Pet changes
  • Massive nerf of existing raid bosses

Overall hunters received one of the biggest overhauls of any class, and we’ve been evolving (and in some cases devolving) ever since.

Auto shot was fixed so it wasn’t clipped by Steady Shot, which meant we could throw away our silly spam macros.  We got the awesome Kill Shot, and the not so awesome Freezing Arrow.

We got additional stable slots and pets got their talent trees.  That meant no more running around taming throw away pets just to learn a new rank of Bite.

The patch introduced exotic pets and Beast Masters smiled as the stomp, stomp, stomp of their Devilsaurs and Core Hounds literally shook the screens of anyone around them.

Speaking of Core Hounds who doesn’t remember standing in line to tame the Kurken in the cave by Azuremyst Isle, or having a go at taming Uvuros.

Of course it was also the birth of Gorilladin and the short-lived Rhino Bowling.  I remember running down to Un’Goro and taming Lightbrew, the white gorilla who fought by my side as I leveled in the snows of Northrend.

It’s been a fun and very fast moving year of this expansion, and I’m amazed at how much fun I’m continuing to have playing my hunter.  The content in Outland seemed to get old very fast, but for some reason Northrend still seems new fresh.  Maybe when I’ve pried Frostmourne from Artha’s cold dead hands will it start to get old, but I doubt it.

Happy Hunting!

2 comments

  1. Good topic for a post, really takes me back. I was still-not-quite 70 when Echoes dropped, and it was the first world-type event I witnessed, and it still makes me smile.

    P.S. When you whisped me to tell me I forgot to take my Chef's Hat off in Ony 25 a week or two ago, I didn't realize you were the same Darkbrew of the Brew Hall. Well met, and always good to see the Hunters of Drenden making their mark.

  2. Yeah that was a pretty good Ony run. If I recall you were doing decent dps with the chef's hat on.

    Oh and for anyone who may be wondering, he had the hide helmet option turned on so it was not obvious that the chef's hat was equipped.

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