This is entry #9 in the 30 days of WarCraft series of articles.
My favorite zones…
Darkshore – I love this area probably for sentimental reasons. Venturing through Darkshore always reminds me of the best of times — the simpler times, when I was a fledgling little Night Elf huntlet, filled with wonderment, and experiencing Azeroth for the first time. Deathwing’s ripped it up pretty bad, so these days it doesn’t hold the same sentiment for me, but back in the day I always enjoyed leveling alts through there.
Ashenvale – I like Ashenvale for many of the same reasons as Darkshore, but even more so. It’s probably my favorite Kalimdor zone. This area had some really interesting quests, with loads of content variety. There were Naga, Furbolgs, cultists, elementals, bog creatures, werewolves, angry dead druids and that evil warlock guy with all his minions. Ashenvale was also a hot spot for Alliance/Horde conflict. I recall some pretty fun fights vs the horde in Astranaar. 🙂
Ashenvale was also home to one of my most sought after rare pets — Mist Howler. I scouted for him for-ev-er on my dwarf hunter. I had begun to think he was only a myth, but then one day…
Stonetalon Mountains – I’m not a huge fan of the entire zone, but I think Sun Rock Retreat is one of the greatest places in the entire game. If Blizz ever lets us buy a slice of land in the game (god forbid), I’d like to set my Orc hunter up there. It’s one of these pieces of game scenery that just makes me go aaaahhh…
Duskwood – I like the spooky atmosphere of Duskwood. I’m a fan of old horror movies, so the feel of this place really appeals to me. The quest chains involving Mor’Ladim, Stitches and Stalvan Mistmantle are a few of my favorites. I like the sprawling catacombs beneath Raven Hill Cemetary, with all of its hidden passages and so forth. There also used to be two pretty cool rares that could spawn in there — Lord Malathorn & Commander Felstrom. Malathorn used to drop a Spiked Collar, which was a pretty fun and gimmicky item for low level BGs.
Stranglethorn Vale – STV was probably the first zone that absolutely blew my mind. I was amazed at the graphics in that area. All of the waterfalls, bright foliage, the coastal scenery, the reefs, etc… and it just doesn’t get much better than Booty Bay. 🙂 Blizz did an amazing job in creating the layout and feel of Booty Bay. Being someone who enjoys all things piratey, I’d have to say Booty Bay is one of the most colorful major cities in all of WoW.
STV also reminds me of countless battles in the Gurubashi Arena. Whether it was me attempting to solo the chest with one of my twinks, or to help fellow guild mates loot their tokens, I had many a fun time there. 🙂
Hinterlands – The Hinterlands has always been a favorite zone of mine. I remember back when I had to venture there to advance my leatherworking — for the life of me, I could not figure out how to get there. For starters, I’d never even heard of the place. When I did find out where it was located, I had the damnedest time trying to find the way there. At that point in time, I had yet to start looking to outside internet resources to assist me in-game. I was still finding everything out the hard way. 😉
When I did reach the place I was not only gratified by having finally reached my destination, but also taken by the scenery and character of the place. I love: the lush rolling meadows, the woodsy feel of the place, and I like how it transitions from an alpine village to a coastal area, with lots of lakes in between.
There are a lot of nasty trolls there, as well as green sludge oozing about. Apart from that though, the place is great!
This is turning into a decent size post, so I think I may make it a multiple-parter. I’ll add additional entries for TBC, WotLK and Cataclym.
So, what are your favorite classic zones?