Opening of the Gates
Bandits, it's Poj--official eyewitness reporter for
the guild at the Gates of Ahn'Qiraj! What
follows is a blow-by-blow (literally) account of the
opening of the gates of Ahn'Qiraj, as I witnessed it
and documented it. I wish I had taken more
screenshots, but hindsight is always 20/20. I
wasn't thinking of making a recap at the time, but
it seems like a good idea now that everything's all
over. Anyway, here goes my account:
suppose my interest in the Gates started a bit
earlier, when I first heard about the event.
Being a self-proclaimed PvE noob, I figured I should
go on site and find out what exactly this gate thing
was all about.
Dude, I could totally open that thing all by
Then again, I might need some help :(
matter. At least now I knew Plinko and I
didn't have much of a chance of blasting it open on
our own. Not even
zoom zoom zoom zoom..... two weeks pass before I
think about the gate again. I donated a fair
amount of mining/cooking crap to the war effort, and
I got my PvP on. Then, one day, I read
did we just finish the turn in stuf"
in Orgrimmar general chat. Hooray! The
war effort was finally done!
more days passed, and the day before the gate opened
I just happened by chance to be questing for phat
epix in Silithus. I logged out in the inn in
of course, so that I could receive my *rest
experience bonus*. When I log on the next day,
the inn is JAMMED and there's a dwarf sleeping next
to me. They way overbooked, I guess.
Unfortunately, I didn't get a screen shot of how
many people were at the inn. This is an
artist's rendition, where every black dot = 10 to
100 people. Almost 100% accurate.
seconds after I log on, literally everyone at
the inn got on their mount and started running!
Running toward the gate!! I didn't know what
else to do, so I started running as well! My
kodo was so excited!!
might be worth a mention that while all this was
going on, the lag was simply incredible. I
didn't capture it, but almost eveyone shown in the
above picture appeared to continue running
straight into that cliff. Of course, Silithus
general chat was full of wonderful, conscientious
AREN'T NEEDED HERE, GET OUT!!"
I'm Poj, Supreme Taco of the Burrito Bandits!
Of course I'm needed here! Onward I ran.
About five seconds later, the server crashed.
minutes passed, and finally I was able to log in
again. Weirdly enough, everyone had been
ported back to the inn again. I guess mounted
travel doesn't count when the server can't keep
track of everyone. Regardless, I shrugged it
off and did what any dedicated tourist would do--I
got back on my mount and tried it again.
Everyone else had the same plan.
story short, I had to do this three whole times
before I was able to even make it to the gate.
The server kept crashing, and I had to start over at
the inn every time.
finally, I got to the gate!
gates were crowded! Who would have thought?
I was getting 2 frames per second when this picture
was taken. Even if I had been able to
recognize anybody in this crowd (which I couldn't,
was too choppy), I wouldn't have been able to move
over toward them. This was about as good as my
view was going to get.
Suddenly, all sorts of crazy text started zooming
across my chat log. Various important NPCs
were yelling at each other, and then......
This is a flash of light! It was apparently
Forik, a rogue of <The Evil Empire> that opened the
gate, but I got to see neither the hitting of the
gong or his actual name. Rats :(
gate burst open and huge dog-things (Colossal
Anubisath Warbringers, if you're one of those "just
the facts people") started running out into the
crowd of awaiting spectators. The fighting
lasted all of 5 courageous seconds, and then the
server vomited up its intestines. I wasn't
able to log on again for another hour or so. I
was able to get this before the server crashed:
the rest of the day (after I could log on) scouting
the world for the huge crystals that had spawned,
and doing PvP.
very serious about our PvP!
after the above shot was taken, I flew to Silithus
again to see the final stages of the world event.
I was excited, because we were finally going to see
those awesome elite armies in Silithus kick some
above is a picture of the armies kicking
"preliminary ass". I'm the one in the
foreground, sizing up those Tauren marksmen.
followed the big army to the Gate, where lots more
NPC yelling insued. It was pretty spectacular
to see all those awesome NPCs standing there ready
suspense was killing me!
happened next seemed to me pretty similar to what
had happened earlier with the opening of the
gate.... minus the crash. Throngs of Colossal
Anubisath Warbringers poured out into the army of
onlookers and NPCs. I don't know how many of
them there were that spawned, but they came in waves
and I thought for a while that they would go on
forever. I was in a puny little 4 man raid,
but we were actually able to tag 2 of these things
before they died. Our loot: about 4g per
head, and a couple of potions. All of the gold
went toward armor repairs afterwards, from dying so
much. The lag wasn't actually do bad during
all of this.... movement was fairly normal, cast
times were just ridiculously slow.
record, these Warbringers make pretty much the most
annoying sound on the planet. Sort of a "growlth!"
sound. They made it every 2 seconds, and there
were about 2342938749 of them. I had to turn
my sound off after a while. This screenshot
was taken shortly after I lost Plinko to a
that pretty much sums up my AQ experience!
Luckily, the whole thing ended before server
maintenance, so I was able to see pretty much all of
it. Again, sorry for lack of screen shots.
I did what I could.
has been Poj, reporting directly to you from AQ.
Next time there's a server event, expect me to be
there. With a camera.