Zul'Aman Timed Run: Greatest Thing Ever
The instance was released 10 months ago and I still find it exciting to clear and challenging to work towards that last timed chest. When we got the 3rd chest for the first time in our guild I went bananas. I was as excited for that as I was for our first Zul'Jin kill.
While ZJ and clearing the instance is a goal, there remains another goal: the bear mount. So despite having cleared ZA we have not mastered it and so we have not captured the trophy of ZA mastery. And that is the ultimate goal; not just the mount but the complete mastery of the instance. That is the brilliance of the instance: despite having it on farm, we still have more to accomplish in there.
To give you an idea of how far we’ve look at the timeline of ZA in our guild:
• 11/16/07 – Nalorakk gets skinned
• 11/30/07 – Akil’zon gets killed
• 12/7/07 – Halazzi gets hated on
• 2/2/08 – Jan’alai gets jacked
• 2/4/08 – Hexx Lord Malacrass? Done.
• 3/11/08 – Zul’Jin loses his other arm and we get to experience the lovely music of ZA for the first time
• 6/5/08 – We crack open the 3rd timed chest
It took us four months to get our first full clear. It took another three months to get from 2 to 3 timed chests. Three months of shaving off time, minute by minute. It has been nearly 3 months since first getting that 3rd timed chest and we still have 5 more minutes to take off the run to get the 4th chest.
In the same time frame our guild went from wet-behind-the-ears in SSC to being 4/9 in BT. We are plowing through Black Temple in 25 man content and have not yet mastered the ZA challenge. The challenge is why I keep coming back to ZA and why I love it.
To me, ZA is pure awesomeness.