This is my 6th entry in the 30 days of WarCraft series of articles.
This is a really tough one to answer – especially if you consider 5 mans and raid dungeons. I suppose what I’ll do is bust this one into a two-parter – this one being my favorite WoW 5 man. I’ll add another entry for my favorite raid dungeon. 🙂
Alright… my favorite 5 man… hmmm… Well, this is still tough. I like a lot of the WoW dungeons for a variety of reasons – some of them for: scenery, the bosses, the various loot, the quests, or maybe they just remind me of a particularly fun period in my WoW gaming history.
The best I can do is narrow my choice down to three. 😉
In no particular order…
Deadmines (low-level classic version)
I love the concept of the Deadmines — a secret underground operation manned by bandits and greedy thugs, with a whole lot of piratey goodness thrown in. The enormous underground cave where the Van Cleef fight takes place is just too cool.
I didn’t run this dungeon until I was in my 40s or 50s, but I have run it a lot since. I used to be heavily into twinking, so the Deadmines were one of the dungeons I would run repeatedly to get my necessary drops. Unlike some of the other dungeon grinds, Deadmines never really got old for me.
Apart from running it with my twink toons, I have done many legit runs with low level groups. It’s a fun instance. 😀
Shadowfang Keep (low-level classic version)
SFK is another dungeon I’ve run countless times in order to farm item drops. Back in the day, the place was a veritable gold mine filled with BoE twink items — the two most notable being the Assassin’s Blade and of course, Shadowfang. Assassin’s Blade has since been nerfed, making it no longer viable for 19 rogues, but Shadowfang is still among the best-in-slot for rogues and some sword and board builds – if it even still drops, which at this time is questionable.
At any rate, I used to run SFK a ton and never really got bored with it. The place reminds me of an old horror movie – filled with ghosts, werewolves, giant bats, a huge wolf boss and a mad wizard. It’s like a bunch of old Universal horror flicks mashed into one.
Maraudon (classic version)
I enjoyed running the classic version of Maraudon, however, it also had the potential of being one of the worst dungeons to be in if you were in the wrong group. The Mara corpse runs were absolutely hideous.
I liked Maraudon for the amazing and diverse scenery, as well as the unique and plentiful boss encounters. The pool below Celebras, with the huge open skylight above, is one of the most amazing bits of environment in all of WoW — at least I think so. I used to run this dungeon with my 47-49 hunter before it was nerfed in The Shattering patch. The place used to be filled with awesome loot for the 45-49 range, and the encounters were both challenging and fun.
Although I can appreciate how they’ve chopped up some of the larger dungeons for the sake of convenience… I do really miss the way Mara used to be.
Alrighty… so those are my favorite dungeons. Which ones do you guys like?
Up next… my favorite raid dungeons…