The WoW Ironman Challenge
WoW is total EZ Mode now!
…How many times have we heard that statement? How many times must we listen to how the World of Warcraft is no longer and will never be “hardcore” ever again. Personally I’m tired of the argument myself. Call me old-fashioned, but I’m nearly thirty so I’m entitled to my first old man rant now, dangit. Back in my day (which considering people still do it, I guess that means… Now?) if a game wasn’t hard enough, you didn’t complain on the forums. You MADE the game harder: time trials, pacifist clerics, and need we forget Final Fantasy white mage soloing?
This line of thinking sparked a single focused thought: “How far could you get in WoW without using green or better items and not spending talent points?” I was actually surprised when the whole thing started to build into a full-blown discussion between several people, including Psynister. Each contributing ideas of how to flesh out this concept.
The idea became to evolve and take form in what Psynister coined, “The WoW Ironman Challenge.” The rules are simple:
1. Use only white/grey items.
2. No spending talent points. No specialization at level 10. (Regular skill training is fine.)
2. No Primary or Secondary Professions other than First Aid.
3. No means of XP boosting (No Recruit-A-Friend, No Guild, and obviously no Heirlooms)
4. No consumable bonuses (food, potions, elixirs, etc) - Rogue Poisons are Okay.
5. No enchants.
6. No Groups. (Since clarification was requested: That means no dungeons, no Dungeon Finder, no battlegrounds, no anything that puts you in a group and no grouping up with people to quest or anything.)
7. No Death Knights.
8. No Glyphs
That only leaves the matter of what race and what class. Naturally, one would choose the path of least resistance (maybe a troll hunter or something) or perhaps stretch to find the most difficult combination possible (Gnome warrior?) but instead I’ve decided to let you, the readers, decide who I will play in this contest of chutzpah.
In the case of a Class/Race incompatibility, preference will go to the class and the race will be the one with the most votes that can take that class. The polls will close on
Saturday afternoon (12pm PST) Thursday Night (9pm PST) (EDIT: I changed the time because 1. I think we got most of the votes we were gonna get based on last years Warchief Election, and 2. I really really REALLY want to get started on this project), so make your voice heard. Will you make me suffer through utter brutality? Will you let me slip down easy street? Is there a class you really want to see this done with? This is your chance.
I also want to make it clear that this is not a race. I for one only play WoW some of the time. I do have a job, and a life (and by life I mean many other video games to play), so I’m not going to barrel through this and pull my hair out. This is simply a challenge mode to see how far this will go. Will I make it to 85? Will it become impossible to kill something by level 20? We will see, and you can expect to see updates of progress here on the Land of Odd as well.If you want to take the challenge yourself I encourage you to do so! Feel free to keep me updated with your own progress as I’m updating mine to you!
UPDATE: In further discussion, I realize some details got left out. So here’s some extra details: Yes, rogues can use poisons. They are a class specific thing. No, you can’t use glyphs.