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WoW Classic

WoW Classic: Kel'Thuzad strategies compared - 2006 vs 2020 - the differences

The sixth WoW Classic phase has been live since December 2, 2020 - and thus the final chapter of the popular relaunch has begun. Included: The first Scourge invasion in WoW history, new PvP content for the open world, and of course Naxxramas.

WoW Classic Naxxramas Firstkill

After the gates of the raid opened, it took less than 90 minutes for Kel'Thuzad to die for the first time. Compared to other top guilds, however, Naxxramas still proved to be no walk in the park - The Four Horsemen, Sapphiron, and Loatheb in particular proved to be a challenge for many guilds.

Differences between Kel'Thuzard 2006 and 2020

In a Reddit post, Reddit user "u/marmotzero" compared the strategy of his guild back then to the tactics of Kel'Thuzad kills today. In doing so, he said he noticed a few things that we'd like to briefly summarize for you.

World buff for the first kill

In 2006, the guild was able to get a world buff for the first time - just in time for their first Kel'Thuzad kill. At the time, according to the Reddit user, stacking world buffs wasn't really part of the strategy.

The composition of the healing classes

The guild faced off against Kel'Thuzad with 16 healing classes. These included 8 Holy Priests, 4 Holy Paladins, and 4 Restoration Druids. There is actually little difference here from Kel'Thuzad strategies in 2020 - the guild also used 16 healing classes in their World Third kill, for example.

The role of the tank

While not a single tank specialization was used in 2020, the guild in 2006 still used four Protection Warriors, which actually put all of their points into the tank talent tree.

Thunder Wrath in the Hands of...Furor Warriors.

At the time, the guild had access to two legendary Thunder Wrath weapons. However, these were not used by the Protection Warriors, but by the Furor Warriors. Furthermore, no Blademaster handguards were worn.

The Kill-Time in the change of the time

The guild's first kill took 12 minutes and 30 seconds. Measured against WoW Classic times, this would be by far the slowest kill. Currently, over 100 guilds have killed Kel'Thuzad in WoW Classic, taking between 3 and 8 minutes to do so.

Atiesh has already been used

When Kel'Thuzad had killed in 2006, they were already using Atiesh, High Staff of the Guardian. This had been possible because their first Anub-Rekhan kill had been on June 21, 2006. This means that the guild had already been in Naxxramas for five months before they were able to kill the final boss of the last Classic raid.

Have you noticed any differences?

Did you get to know Naxxramas in 2006? Or did you - like the author of this article - not face Kel'Thuzad until Wrath of the Lich King? Did you notice any differences? Let us know in the comments!

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