Honestly, I’m still completely shocked that the completely silly Ironman Challenge idea that we brewed up on Twitter all those years ago is still kicking around. Now we’ve got our brand new level 90 Immortal Ironman. For those who haven’t visited the OddCraft Archive’s Ironman page, the Immortal Ironman is the much, much, much, much, MUCH more well-known No Deaths variant of the challenge that the World of Warcraft Community came up with months after the original rules were posted. (No, I’m not still sore about this all. I swear. I’m NOT! Stop saying it. I do not protest too much. And I’m not a lady, bub… Sorry about the bub comment, Ma’am.)
But I was thinking about the Immortal Ironman version of the rules, and the past World Firsts that made it with no deaths, and I realized that there was an aspect of that whole challenge that really bothers me. Something I think kind of undermines at least what I personally sought to see with the original Ironman Challenge and one of the reasons I didn’t WANT a ‘No Death’ rule in the game.
It makes you play it safe.
The 85 Immortal Ironman? Dinged doing level 80 dailies. The 90 Immortal Ironman? Questing in Hyjal. Are you kidding me? I mean, yes. You did something amazing, hardcore, bad ass, all that. But come on people. You can’t even do it in the current expansion’s content? You could just do damn dailies over and over until you ding. That’s… borderline cowardly!
In my mind, Ironsally did it right. Ironsally went into Hyjal and Deepholm and did battle against things that were compared to trying to solo raid bosses. That is awesome. And yes, she died. But survival wasn’t the goal. Conquest – VICTORY – was the goal. And victory she achieved. She killed them. She waded into hell wearing her skivvies and emerged bloodied, beaten and victorious.
I really don’t want to diminish the victories of those who decided to undergo the Ironman Challenge with the no death rule. It’s still an amazing accomplishment. But in my mind, to play it safe is the undermine the true goal of the challenge. To face the forces of darkness with nothing but barest of essentials. To see if you could do it. To see if you can even HIT or KILL a level 85 monster at level 84 with nothing but your underwear and a wooden sword. That’s where I was going in my mind when the initial conversation on twitter took place, that’s still where the REAL challenge is in my mind.
But that’s not what the community wanted. They made the challenge they wanted. They took our framework and modified it. That’s fine. They have their champions, we have ours. But if they want a challenge. A REAL Ironman, best of the best, Ironman challenge. Allow me to offer one additional rule to pair with their hardcore ‘No Death’ one:
14. No Daily Quests.
I’m asking you to show me how ‘Iron’ you are. I’m saying drop your safety net. I think we’ve shown that Ironman is doable and Immortal Ironman is doable. Now I’m upping the ante. Show me what you have, WoW community. I’m eager to see how tough you are.