Black Temple is making a comeback this week, providing players with the opportunity to experience some of that Burning Crusade nostalgia! Limited to the Burning Crusade timewalking event, it’s available until the next weekly reset.
I first ventured into Black Temple in 2008. Back then, I was new to raiding, with only a couple of Karazhan and Zul’Aman runs as notches on my belt. For this very reason I am particularly fond of Black Temple. So when it was announced that it is returning as a timewalking raid, I was feeling both excited and old – can you believe it’s been almost ten years?!
Black Temple was also a big step up from previous content. The sheer scale of the instance felt epic, it was unlike anything I had seen before. And suddenly gear, talents and spell rotation, which I previously hadn’t paid much attention to, really mattered. It forced me to get to know my class and boss mechanics well enough to keep up with other raiders, and I think I became a better player for it!
Wanting to relive some of that nostalgia, I scoured the Group Finder for a group to join. After a lot of declined requests and joining groups only for them to disband, I could finally head into the Black Temple! In about two hours we proceeded to clear all bosses up until Illidan, but unfortunately a lot of people had to leave at that point.
Despite not finishing the entire raid, it was nice to revisit Black Temple and relive some of the memories from 2008. Although it’s nerfed compared to the original version, it definitely provided a challenge – especially the trash mobs! Hopefully, Blizzard will introduce more timewalking raids. Fingers crossed for Ulduar!
Are there any raids you would like to see return, even for just for a limited time?