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.