Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Karazhan is the new black

Who would have thought? With every Karazhan boss dropping one or two Badges of Justice and the accompanying rewards considerably augmented in patch 2.3, Blizzard has delivered a one-two punch that is making Karazhan fashionable again.

Sure, it's easier to coax your guildmates into running the daily Heroic than before with the gold reward and the extra two Badges, but it still takes between sixty and ninety minutes to clear most instances for a modest pay out of four to six badges total.

I went back to Karazhan this past weekend. We cleared half the place in a little over two hours and I received a staggering eleven Badges of Justice. I didn't do the exact math, but I suspect that a full clear would probably net you around nineteen badges, putting most of the new rewards within your grasp in approximately three weeks (less if you're a diligent heroic or ZA runner).

And did you see these rewards? They are nothing to scoff at: most of them are ilevel 128, which places them at the SSC level (the best Karazhan gear is usually in the ilevel 125 area).

By the time Wrath of the Lich King comes out, I wouldn't be surprised if a big proportion of the Outland population is decked out in high level epics without having run any endgame dungeons. And that's a good thing!

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