The Warglaives of Azzinoth: A 10 Year Grind ⚔️

Okay, so, this isn’t what you may think it is. In fact, it’s probably the very last thing that you might expect to read after reviewing the title of this blog post.

But, it is what it is.

Today, finally, after 10+ years… I have completed the two-part set of the legendary Twin Blades of Azzinoth, consisting of a Main-Hand and Off-Hand sword.

Achievement Unlocked!

As you can see, I’ve gotten the rare achievement on this day, August 12th of 2017. The thing is, as I mentioned, I started trying to obtain these weapons since January of 2007.

Yes, 10 years. Every single week when the dungeon locks reset I’d find a team (or later solo the raid) and battle my way through 9 epic bosses and tons of mob trash for a chance that either one would drop.

Apparently the drop rate % is around 5% which I find surprisingly high. In the last 10 years I’ve gotten the off-hand weapon twice and finally the main-hand today.

Main Hand: Warglaive of Azzinoth!
Off Hand: Warglaive of Azzinoth

Here’s a full shot in all their glory:

Ardens: The Full Set!

So, here’s the thing… I don’t even run with a sword-spec Rogue. I’ve been daggers since vanilla, so, this was a total vanity project. I just wanted to get the achievement, really nothing more than that.

And so week after week after week after week I found time to run the full raid for a chance to see if Illidan Stormrage (“The Betrayer”) would give toss me a freakin’ bone.

So, what does this mean? Well, it means that I no longer have to run The Black Temple. Ever. It also means that I get to personally enjoy the fact that I’ve done something that very few people have done.

In fact, I can only imagine the amount of folks who have tried and attempted and who just, ultimately, gave up on the quest to own both of these blades.

What does this say about me? I think you could say that I’m persistent or stubborn or a few other words like that and although I appreciate that I don’t actually feel that way.

Looking so good when sheathed.

In fact, I have been playing the Warcraft franchise since 1994 and the World of Warcraft series since 2004. 23 years of enjoyment and fun and… if I’m to be honest, a little skill-building as well.

Consequently, I’d feel like I was exercising persistence if I didn’t always enjoy what I was doing, but, the reality is that I’ve had such a good time with this game for so long that it just feels like another part of the journey and experience.

So, I shouldn’t get any more credit than what I’m honestly due: I just like doing X, Y, and Z and I continue to grind on them because I enjoy them. I wouldn’t do that if I didn’t, naturally.

A final thought might be this: I think much of my life is essentially characterized by this model of behavior. My work as a writer, as a software programmer, as a professional, and even as a relational person in the context of a few specific types of relationships, like being a dad and a husband are all simply a commitment to something that I enjoy and love.

There’s nothing magical (unlike WoW!) about this or special but simply a decision that I made a while ago to invest certain amounts of time and energy and even financial resources. That’s all.

Something to marinate on, I suppose.

But, for now, I’m just going to enjoy these two virtual weapons and walk around Outlands enjoying the mythical world that the game creators built and imagining what it would have been like to have both of these shortly after The Burning Crusade was released in January of 2007.

I would have been such a badass. … … … well, I guess I am now… just 10 years behind the curve. That’s okay. No problems there.

👍🏼 👏🏼 🔥 💣 😂


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