Level 67 Protection Warrior Temple of Ahn'Qiraj Solo
One of the most iconic raids in World of Warcraft, the Temple of Ahn'Qiraj did not let me into C'thun's inner chamber until I hit Level 67, at which point I was finally able to take down the Twin Emperors.
Hello fellow adventurers,
I remember the first time I entered the Temple of Ahn'Qiraj last year. A group of friends, including a max level, helped me see the raid and hopefully get some nice gear for my newly level 60 Warlock, which was my first character.
It was a truly epic experience for me that will continue to be a sticky memory in my gaming history. The Temple, the atmosphere, the music, the gigantic Qiraji guardians, the bosses, the mobs, the voice inside your head... In short, I loved everything about the raid, and since then, it has been one of my favorite places to visit with friends or alone.
Fast forward to this year (Patch 6.0 - 6.2), I did the Temple of Ahn'Qiraj raid once I hit Level 60 with Eom (my current main character), with the help of a friend and some other helpful adventurers. I stayed at Level 60 for over a month and did this raid for 4-5 times during that period. I just like the ancient Egyptian theme in general very much and I think World of Warcraft did a wonderful job with the two Ahn'Qiraj raids. Definitely looking forward to seeing more raids and environments with this theme in the game.
Once I left the Level 60 mark behind, I started to try the Classic raids as solo, now that the legacy content buff was in effect. I couldn't show much progress till Level 64, at which point I was able to clear the Ruins of Ahn'Qiraj raid. I can say that it is the simplest one among the four Classic raids.
By the way, you can also check my post about how I soloed Blackwing Lair below:
As I leveled up further, I kept trying to clear Temple of Ahn'Qiraj raid but the Twin Emperors, Emperor Vek'lor and Emperor Vek'nilash, kept offering me a good beating. I have no doubt that I would have been able to take them down had they come one by one. Vek'lor was continually healing his brother as I was focusing my attacks on Vek'nilash. My damage output was not higher than Vek'lor's healing, so it was impossible for me to finish them off. For a couple of weeks, I kept trying.
After hitting Level 67 and beating Nefarian, it was time for me to accomplish one of my personal goals, to solo all Classic raids before Level 70, therefore I focused on Temple of Ahn'Qiraj once again.
I didn't spend much time on the bosses till the Twin Emperors, as they had become easier compared to my earlier attempts, due to my improved gear. I should mention that I was not planning to do Viscidus at this run since that boss required frost damage which I didn't have.
In the Hall of the Emperors (that's what I named that hall), I engaged in fight with the Twin Emperors. As usual, I focused my attacks on Vek'nilash, his brother Vek'lor kept healing him. I lured them to one of the corners of the hall, and facing away from the corner, I continued damaging Vekni'lash. Fighting at the corner was important because he has an attack that knocks you up and back yards away which returns as increased healing to him by his brother during that lost time. So, I tried to minimize the effect of the knockbacks.
It was a long fight, the longest fight of mine I should say. Easily took more than 10 minutes. During the majority of the fight, it felt like I would not succeed because I was downing Vek'nilash's health but his brother was quickly healing him up. My only savior was to down him below a certain health level for my Execute to become available more frequently.
During the fight, Vek'nilash was fully healed by his brother a couple of times, which was actually discouraging me and telling me to give up.
I kept attacking patiently, tried my best with timing my skills, got knocked back many times but didn't give up. Towards the end of an epic battle, just at a moment where I was about to give up, I downed Vek'nilash's health below the Execute level. The rest was not so easy but the hard part was done and I was finally able to end the rule of the Twin Emperors in South Kalimdor, once and for all.
Though not as epic as beating Razorgore the Untamed in Blackwing Lair, beating the Twin Emperors still felt like a great accomplishment. The doors to the inner chambers of the temple were open now. After a moment of joy over my well deserved victory, I took a breath and continued deeper into the temple.
The biggest challenge of the raid was behind as neither Ouro nor C'Thun provided a greater challenge.
The old god, C'Thun, was waiting for me in his large chamber.
Though the fight took long, it was not as long as the Twin Emperors fight. After a couple of banishments, I was able to weaken him and put an end to all the calamities he was causing in Azeroth.
Some time after beating C'Thun, when I reached Level 68, I prepared two fast weapons with frost enchants, to confront Viscidus. Those who fought with Viscidus would know, you first need to freeze it with frost damage and once it is frozen, you need to make a certain number of melee hits within a certain time period to kill it. According to this comment on Wowhead, you need 20 frost hits to freeze it and 30 melee hits in 30 seconds to shatter it after it is frozen.
By the fall of the Twin Emperors, C'Thun and then Viscidus, my quest to clear all Classic raids before hitting Level 70 was accomplished. It was now time for me to celebrate my accomplishment on the Throne of Ahn'Qiraj :)
Leaving C'Thun and its servants behind, I started to make preparations for the first Burning Crusade raid, Magtheridon's Lair.
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