This week I chose to focus on what was the very first raid dungeon in World of Warcraft, other than Onyxia’s Lair. Being a Vanilla veteran myself, I have fond memories of running this dungeon when I reached level 60 way back in 2005. Recently the Molten Core experience was reopened for players at level 100, to celebrate the tenth anniversary of World of Warcraft. It was a very different experience, I had several good laughs watching the players of today trying to figure the place out.

The Molten Core lies at the very bottom of Blackrock Depths. It is the heart of Blackrock Mountain and the exact spot where, long ago in a desperate bid to turn the tide of the dwarven civil war, Emperor Thaurissan summoned the elemental Firelord, Ragnaros, into the world. Though the firelord is incapable of straying far from the blazing Core, it is believed that his elemental minions command the Dark Iron dwarves, who are in the midst of creating armies out of living stone. The burning lake where Ragnaros lies sleeping acts as a rift connecting to the plane of fire, allowing the malicious elementals to pass through. Chief among Ragnaros’ agents is Majordomo Executus – for this cunning elemental is the only one capable of calling the Firelord from his slumber.

The Molten Core consists of rock and lava, with the lava forming rivers, small lakes and “lavafalls”. Other features are small volcano-like smoke vents, molten cracks in the walls and roof, occasional dark iron deposits, and the runes of warding. Most locations do not have specific names, causing the majority of the Molten Core to be called simply “The Molten Core”.

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