Alty Things; The End Of The World!

I was pleased to see the start of the pre Cata events as it meant I could get excited about the new expansion and the prospect of finally clearing 6 full bank tabs of mats out on my banker. Managed to get the rifts done on Naora on the second day, but don’t have the heart to camp spawn points at 6am again on another 6 characters. Since I only levelled to 83 on the beta, I  saw a small chunk of twilight cultist activity in Hyjal. The new quests made them seem more threatening and more real to Azeroth that just meeting them in the beta with no back story.

Not sure how they steer the horses

I’ve done the elemental invasion once so far on Naora, but I didn’t do any of the bosses as it’s 251 loot, and the only thing I can upgrade is wrist/cloak and neither of them drop.

Waiting for the first invasion in SW

I am slightly worried about the proffession levelling across the characters in Cata with the confirmation that the only place you can learn the new cap is in Twilight Highlands. I’ve made the decision to switch Naora from herbalism to engineering as I really want the benefits it can bring (Jeeves, post box etc) but to get her to max level I will need a ton of ore. The same ore I will need for gems and transmutes! I’ve currently got 2 miners at max level (paladin, dk) with rogue on the way to 80. My priority has to be levelling Naora so I’m thinking my levelling has to go like this:

Naora (herb/alch, when alch at max switch to engineering)

Mining char with epic flying (possibly 310% speed as well) Would prefer rogue for this but seems unlikely so will probably be paladin

Second mining char and also herbalism char

Enchanting/Jewelcrafting and third mining char

Everything else (third engineer, worgen)

Not having had so many max level chars last time means that this feels like a logisitical nightmare. I hate relegating my priest, whom I loved levelling, to the 4th alt to 85. I’m hoping I might find some love for the others whom I find it harder to play (DK, paladin, shaman) as I progress.

Other things worrying me about Cata:

The insane rush-to-85-now madness that effects some of my guild (sorry to say, but it’s normally the younger guys, competitive streak and all that) In WOTLK we had maybe 5-6 people who were 80 in a very short time and quickly outgeared the rest of us, and spent weeks complaining they were bored, refusing to take any new 80s thorugh heroics and generally being asshats. I think the changes to dungeon loot might mean some don’t vastly outgear the rest since we are all likely to be going into raiding in high end quest blues, dungeon gear, what little we can get through justice points and super expensive early 85 craftables.

Volatile Motes aka the most expensive things on the AH for weeks. Seems you need these bad boys for lots of levelling professions. I remember from the beta having a few stacks from just mob killing so I’m hoping to at least get by without farming, because the cat fighing over nodes will be bad enough (can’t imagine how awful this would be on a PvP server)

Questing: Yes, I have done the starting zones on the beta but the population was relatively low then. When WOTLK came out, I spent the first evening playing my DK. Probably time to roll my worgen and get her out of the starting zone. Also I really hated the jousting quest and it’s still in the game, albeit with a companion pet reward.

Healing: There’s the healing is bad team and the healing is not that bad team. General consesus seems to be that druids aren’t in the position they were in WOTLK, ie godly, but I suppose I have to remember how many changes have been made since the last expansion.

Enough doom and gloom (anyone would think I was one of those Doomsayers wandering around) and time for some random things I have been up to.

Rogue is now 52 and has experienced the many delights of the LFD tool. The most random argument I have seen so far is about the ghosts in ST that fear, and the insistence that the fear could be removed by <insert healing class> and tank disagreeing. Stuck now at my most hated level range, 50-58. I even did PvP at 50, despite being the wrong end of the bracket and actually won AB. I have never won AB on any of my other 7 characters. Trying to work my way through Felwood until 58 when I can go to Outlands again. I had hoped to get her to 80 before Cata but it does look unlikely.

Managed to down LK on 10 man and working on hc mode, with some success. Got some nice fraps of me running into a shadow trap and flying all the way across the platform ^^

My first LK Kill

Crusader title done on Naora, and am one seal short of my white hippogryph. Sad that they nerfed the gold from dailies on the very day I first do the crusader ones. /sigh

After a year, actually found a rare elite in Northrend for Northern Exposure. Then found another whilst randomly doing quests in Dragonblight.

Ended up with 4 sets of Horseman’s Reins on my shaman. That’s some weird RNG.

Deathy! Although still no proper animations.

Deathy + Letter

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