A New Kind of Challenge: IronMan

I’m almost afraid to write this, but it’s time to reveal a secret.

I’ve been cheating on Eve. Only recently though, and for good cause. Long ago, I was a hardcore WoW player. That’s right. World of Warcraft was my jam. Starting around mid-vanilla I played expansion after expansion.. Finally hanging up my Alliance (and Horde!) insignia’s come Mists of Pandaland. I picked it up for a brief time during Warlords, and quickly put it back down until Legion, where I did the same thing. Up, down, Turn around. It’s like a boomerang. Never getting uninstalled, but never quite getting played as much anymore.

Now, I find myself craving a new challenge. (re-)Stumbling across the IronMan Challenge and it’s many varients on wowchallenges.com, I was intrigued and decided I would give it a try. I’d heard about it before, but never really given it much thought. For those of you that can’t be bothered to look this challenge up, it boils down to this: You can’t use any buffs that aren’t built-in to your class, this includes potions, scrolls, elixirs, other class buffs, healthstones if you’re not a warlock, etc. You can only use grey/white gear, and most importantly (and this is the tricky part.) you can’t die. Even if you’re already just an animated corpse to begin with. There are more specific rules, but those are the biggies.

I have already made two ill-fated attempts to get a decent foothold going.

My first attempt, an Undead Warlock named “Starlock” reached level 16 before getting roasted alive at the hands of Caretaker Smithers and his fiery lantern of death while doing the “Seek and Destroy” mission in Silverpine Forest. If you, like me, decide it might be fun to start an ironman character… do NOT challenge the likes of Caretaker Smithers. He will roast your sorry excuse for a hero quicker than you can say “What’s that smell?”.

My second attempt was somewhat more infuriating. I started an undead hunter (who has since been rage-deleted), ran through the first sets of quests until I reached the point where you take Lillian Voss, the poor living-dead-girl-in-denial, to “talk” to her father. Before entering the tower where this little scene plays out, my pet spider (named Spy-Durr) aggros one of the guards inside the tower, who promptly disappears once the interaction between Lillian Voss and her father play out. Once Lillian finishes with her father and takes off…. my spider dies out of the blue, and my HP quickly starts dropping. My attempt to run does nothing. There’s nothing to shoot at. I’m dead, and this character goes into the scrap-bin of spare body parts for the forsaken. (Or, in eve terms, is turned into a lumpy mess of gooey biomass.)

My third attempt, an Undead Priest, is currently level 5, and moving right along. This time I might have a better chance of avoiding death at the hands of the “50-shades-of-red” Crusade. Updates will come as I play. đŸ™‚

Published by: The Master Blaster

After managing to PLEX his account during the old 30 day Trial, The Master Blaster now spends his days getting involved with various shenanigans within video games, primarily Eve Online. PLEXing is the act of paying for your game time with In-game currency.


2 thoughts on “A New Kind of Challenge: IronMan”

  1. This reminds me of the ironman challenge back on the original Diablo where you had to roll up a fresh character, enter the dungeon, and only equip drops, never got back to town to sell or repair, and make your way through to defeat Diablo in one go. It was doable, but you needed some luck, because if you died you lost.

    I have to imagine the restriction to gray or white quality gear would be one of the tougher aspects. Every quest reward from about level 5 forward is going to be green or blue, as will most drops, so any gear focused class like a warrior is going to have a rough rough time.

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    1. So far, having crashed and burned (literally burned on the warlock) on two pet-centered classes, I can tell this is the challenge of challenges for Warcraft.

      1337 top-end players ain’t got nothin’ on Ironman Elites.


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