Zul’Gurub and Cataclysm
If there is anyone out there who hasn’t finished Zul’Gurub yet for their achievements or posterity (or those stupid mounts that never ever ever drop), now is your last chance because when Cataclysm goes live, it will no longer exist as a raid instance and will instead be a quest hub in Northern Stranglethorn.
You know, I was a little disappointed that a troll raid instance wasn’t added into Wrath of the Lich King. Both Zul’Gurub and Zul’Aman are two of my favorite instances in the game. It’s a vibrant zone with both challenging and interesting raid encounters. I remember it being so contrasting as a raid instance. It was colorful and open where Molten Core was constrictive and uniform. Back in the day, the loot and reputations rewards were pretty decent as well. It was one of those instances that I would continue to clear weekly without really getting that tired of.
It’s kind of a shame that it’s being dropped but I’m really looking forward to seeing what they did with it as a quest hub. I am sure that they will even drop a few nods to the “good old days” into that particular storyline. And hey, now that it’s more accessible, maybe everyone will once again have a chance to putz around Zul’Gurub meaningfully instead of just skipping over it to power level through the 60s. And who knows, maybe another Zul’X raid will be added in at some point.