Azeroth, Revisited: Scarlet Monastery in Cataclysm
With the upcoming
expansion now going through its beta phase, I thought now would be a perfect time to take a look at some of the classic dungeons that everyone loves and see how they will be changing.
The first dungeon we're taking a look at is
. While technically only one instance, it has been split up into four wings: Graveyard, Library, Armory, and Cathedral. The four wings have seen no physical changes, but each has received a nice makeover in mob and quest locations.
Note: This is from a Horde perspective, because that's what character I had available. The Alliance version is slightly different.
WARNING: IF YOU DON'T LIKE SPOILERS OF ANY KIND, DON'T READ THIS.
As soon as you enter the instance you'll notice something strange is going on... there are
s located at the start of the instance with
. Velonara will be showing up throughout the four wings as the primary quest giver, and this time she has the quest
which requires you to kill the two bosses in this wing. After this point you'll move into the rest of the instance, which is exactly the way you left it—killing
and then finally killing
Once again when you start your trek into the Library you will be greeted by
who just happens to be stealthed at the start of the instance. Velonara has the quest
, which will have you kill both
. As you proceed through the instance, you will also come across a new friend -
- who will gladly give you the quest
, requiring you to grab a book off a shelf towards the end of the instance. From this point on the instance is the same as you remember it, with the exception of a few groups of mobs that have been removed.
You are greeted by
again, who is stationed at the entrance to the Armory with a large group of
s, and will provide another quest -
- which has you kill
. While "silently" slaughtering the Scarlet Crusade, you will meet up with our old buddy
who has the quest
- this one having you kill mobs on the way to Herod. Once again from this point on it's all the same, but thankfully some of the pulls throughout the instance have been either removed or reduced in numbers.
The "final" wing in
starts out with a long hallway filled with
at the end. It seems the forsaken are making headway towards the Cathedral proper, and Velonara has the quest
Battle for the Scarlet Monastery
, which has you kill both
. As you move into the courtyard you will notice the
s are in battle with the Scarlet Crusade and are holding back some of the mobs from attacking you. Going in a little further, you will see
standing up top in the fountain - who just so happens to have the quest
Right Under Their Noses
, where you will need to kill
in his hidden chamber at the back of the Cathedral. As with the other wings of Scarlet Monastery, the rest of the instance is pretty much unchanged other than the reduction of mobs throughout the instance.
So now that you've heard what is changing in
what do you think
? Is this a welcome change for people actually wanting to do dungeons while leveling or do you miss the old days?
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