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Alty Things; More Race Changes

Since Naora is gearing up reasonably well (9/12 on 25 man, 11th for 25 progression on server, two pieces of tier), I can afford to give my alts some love. The last time I blogged about them I had 1 85, an 84, an 82, 4 80s, a 75 and a level 16. Some weeks later I’m now in possession of 6 85s, 2 82’s , a 31, a 10 and a brand new level 1 hunter.

I hit 85 on my mage and quested to about halfway through TH for the guild achievement (ungrateful gits didn’t say much). I’m a bit stuck on her tailoring at 500,  despite the cloth gathering buff. My other alts hardly pick up any in comparison. Managed to max herbalism by the time I finished Deepholm. She’s gathering dust until I can decide which alt I really want to play at max. Also for some reason, she didn’t pick up a cloak to replace the heirloom one. Cloak pain like ICC all over again.

I had done a bit more on my pally and got out of Hyjal, pushed past Deepholm and into Uldum. Levelling as prot feels clunky and I imagine it would be worse were I not levelling with Celin on his BM hunter. Mining maxed (no surprises there) but blacksmithing ignored as I’ve only just hit 450 with it. I then switched to ret and hit 85 in Uldum.

I think I needed more enchanting  mats and I had begun doing the JC daily everyday so I took my priest to Vashj’ir. She blasted through the whole zone, cleared Deepholm in about 2 sessions of play and hit 85 in TH, helping dwarves (skipped Uldum, really don’t want 2 chars in the same zone – keep getting confused on pally because I did the quests on priest the day before and suchlike) I am actually very tempted to go holy at 85 because I like healing, but I haven’t healed on a priest for years. JC and enchanting maxed just these last few days which took a lot of gold and time.

I swapped my gnome for a worgen warlock because I wanted a max level worgen. It was quite strange as I didn’t change her name but I was always bit iffy about having a gnome character to begin with. She made fast progress and ended up 85 in TH as affliction (having swapped from demo at about 83)

I dusted off my DK and sent him to Hyjal. Specced frost as it was meant to be the easiest and died about 8 times in the starting part before going back to unholy. He was always, always unholy, even when it was a viable tanking spec in Wrath. I loved the idea of being an anti-paladin, spreading disease with an undead pet at my side. I think it was to add some variety to my overall alliance experience, as they are by no means the good guys, but they are the less dark and primal overall. I also decided that I could bear the male night elf model no more, so he is now a she, with electric pink hair. I was always disappointed that my male dk couldn’t have pink hair.

I specced my shaman elemental for the first time ever and sent her to Vashj’ir with Celin’s mage. Having a (fire) blast with her so far.

I also finally got out of the dreaded Northrend on my rogue. The last 5 or so levels were so completely boring and then I struggled at the start of Hyjal because I had only heirlooms and crappy blues.

The stacking guild perks plus heirlooms and rested means my baby worgen gets a level a week  just from cooking and fishing every day. I’ve spent so much time looking for spell before realising that she doesn’t get it for many levels (MOW, faeire fire etc) but she really is a machine when it comes to feral dps. I have duel specced her resto as I can’t seem to get away from healing.

For some reason I decided I don’t have enough herbalists and rolled a new lock, a dwarf this time, Camillenoire (another Clive Barker/Tortured Soul reference) I got her in the guild and although it’s weird without heirlooms, it’s not going too badly. Only died once when I took on too many troggs. I also felt like I needed an ally hunter, so Celin has rolled a draenei warrior and I have a draenei hunter, although they haven’t even been out of the starting zone.

I think I’m compelled to make more alts because I have levelled the others so fast. I expected that realistically I would perhaps have another alt at 85 by now, not 5 of them. I still can’t decide which one to play when I’m not playing Naora. I took both my priest and worgen through some normals (HOO and LCOT) but neither of them felt amazingly fun. I also had an argument with a priest healer over a staff in HOO, which left me feeling iffy about pugs again.

I’m enjoying healing and the challenges of Cata raiding (having worse gear than the other healers to boot). We’ve had a switch about with one of the paladins going shaman (we had 4 holy paladins) but I still remain the only resto druid. Last night was our first 25 man Atramedes kill, which sees us move up by one whole place on the server rank. We are also on a par with the 10 man (killed Atra on 10 man the night before!) and have been working on Cho’gall.

The only place I’m experiencing anything like burnout is in fact through playing the AH. Since the price for ore on my realm has plummeted, the competition is stiff in the gem and enchant market. The endless posting, reposting and undercutting is a never ending job some days so I’ve had to withdraw temporarily until some markets pick up again. I’m still making a good profit on flipping cheap blues and epics and the companion pet market is strong in anticipation of the new achievements in 4.2.

Finally, on a last amusing note, WE BROKE MAGMAW.

On the jumpy head phase, he went backwards instead of towards the raid, meaning no one could get near him. In the screenshot everyone is just stood around, like err, what now? Would have been a new record kill but for that 😛

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Naora’s Guide To The Stormwind Cooking And Fishing Dailies

A little while ago I wrote about race changes and added on a bit about making the levelling grind easier. Part of that was to do the daily cooking and fishing offered in one of the major cities (SW or Org) as they provide a nice xp/guild rep/faction rep boost.

As I’m doing them 9 times a day on my alliance characters (which is 18 normal dailies plus another JC and Inscription daily on 2 alts) I have written a little guide based on my own experiences.

Cooking

SW’s cooking dailies are given by Robby Flay who is located just to the left of the Stockades, near the Inscription trainer. He offers 5 dailies, with a different one each day (although it’s not uncommon to get the same one again or to not see one for a few days or even a week) The achievement for completing all 5 is Let’s Do Lunch. The rewards are cooking awards and skill points, and the amount varies from quest to quest.

All cooking quests can be accepted at level 10, and give an excellent boost to lower levels, especially if you are guilded and have rank 2 of Fast Track (requires level 6) and have heirlooms.

Orphans Like Cookies Too! – Rewards 1 award and 1 skill up

  • Min Level To Complete: 10
  • Difficulty: 3/5
  • Location: Multiple spawn points. Cooking trainers and general good vendors. Mage Quarter, Trade District, Old Town, Dwarven District inns.
  • Class Advantages: Shamans for running faster indoors with ghost wolf, druids with cat form increased movement speed. Any class that can gain a temporary movement buff. Worgens have darkflight as well.
  • Most Efficient Strategy: Vendors. At every spawning point for the sugar there is a vendor of either cooking supplies or general goods. They will stock between 1-2 sugars for 10s each and rotate through (e.g if one vendor does not have them in the merchant window, you can be sure they are on another vendor) The best way is to check a vendor before seeing if there is any sugar at the spawning points and repeat before moving on.
  • Pushed For Time?: Camp a spawn point or vendor. With the changes in the last patch, the sugar spawns faster but in multiple locations (eg upstairs and downstairs in Inns, all around the general goods store) It requires a quick eye and quicker clicking as you can be sure others are doing the same thing. Best time of day to do this quest is the early or mid morning.
  • My Preferred Route: Accept quest, check Candy vendor near quest giver. Check general store floor and vendor. If no success after those 2 vendors, head to Old Town and check the cooking supplies vendor and the basement level. Return to general store and check vendor. Check Candy vendor again. Repeat until you have all the sugars you want. Hand in.
  • Super Important Info!: You can have more than 4 sugars at any one time! You can continue to buy from the vendors (although I don’t know the limit, the sugar stacks in 20s) and they do not disappear on handing the quest in! This way you can cut down on time spent the next time the quest comes up.

Sugar spawn points (red) and my route (orange lines)

The King’s Cider – Rewards 1 award and 2 skill ups

  • Min Level To Complete: 10
  • Difficulty: 3/5*
  • Location: Underneath apple trees on the pathways of SW. Trees in all areas except Trade District.
  • Class Advantages: Druids, as you don’t have to dismount from flight form/travel form. Herbalists can track the apples on their minimap!
  • Most Efficient Strategy: Either camp a tree (quite boring) or keep moving between a few trees in a small radius.
  • Pushed For Time?: No real way to speed this up apart from camping trees near the quest giver and that’s a popular plan! Chars with ground mounts may have the advantage as by the time you get there they are likely to have respawned. Less popular areas seem to be the furthest away; Old Town and Dwarvern District. Again, it’s easier to do it early or mid morning.
  • My Preferred Route: Take quest. Go to Cathedral Square and search the tree at the top left and middle left. Go out to the canal and head up and round to the bridge over to Dwarven District – all the canals have at least one tree. Turn left in the Dwarven District and check the tree on the right (it’s a good one with normally 3 spawns) Head out the way you came and travel down along the canal into Old Town. Check the tree at the top of Old Town entrance and at the bottom by the Champion’s Hall. Go out to the left and follow the canal back up to Dwarven, retracing your route back through to the quest giver.

Some apple tree points (red) and my route (orange)

* I confess to skipping this one most times it comes up or limiting it to character who need the xp. I find it annoying and way too many ninjas.

A Fisherman’s Feast – Rewards 1 award and 1 skill up

  • Min Level To Complete: 10
  • Type Of Quest: Collection of 5 Gigantic Catfish from barrels of fish or fishing them from the SW canal
  • Difficulty: 2/5 or 1/5 depending on fishing skill
  • Location: Fish barrels spawn near any of the npcs Stormwind Fisherman, who tend to hang around on the little wooden piers or stone steps.
  • Class Advantages: Druids as you don’t have to dismount to loot. Again, herbalists can track the barrels (makes no sense!)
  • Most Efficient Strategy: A combination of camping a barrel spawn point and fishing from the canal between respawns. Low level fishers (below about 75) are going to take longer due to the amount of junk fished up.
  • Pushed For Time?: Collect all the barrels from flying around. Both the Dwarven District and Old Town have 2 spawn points either side of the keep. Not very time saving for ground mounted characters.
  • My Preferred Route: For flying I would head straight over to Dwarven and Old Town and check the 4 spawn points. Then head left, behind the keep and check the pier just before the Cata portal area. Head back going via the Cathedral Square/ SW Lake area piers and to quest giver. The barrel at the fishing quest giver is often over camped so avoid it. Otherwise if you are fishing the catfish you can fish anywhere along the canals but not the lake or the Valley of Heroes.
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Some barrel spawn points (red) and my route (orange)

Feeling Crabby? – Rewards 2 awards and 1 skill up

  • Min Level To Complete: 10
  • Difficulty: 3/5 if only for time taken and irritating camera view from the water not being quite deep enough **
  • Location: Throughout Stormwind canals
  • Class Advantages: Druids for aquatic form. Locks and Shamans for underwater breathing.
  • Most Efficient Strategy: Find a quiet area and camp a length of canal and hope you dissuade any other people from your patch. Recommend using the Swim Speed Potion from the fishing daily reward bag.
  • Pushed For Time?: Camp an area close to the quest giver (stretch of water in front or behind the Stockades)
  • My Preferred Route: Fly (or ride or run) to the furthest canal area you can. I particularly like the stretch of water just before Stormwind Lake.

** Again I do skip this one often, apart from on my druids when it’s stupidly easy.

Penny’s Pumpkin Pancakes – Rewards 1 award and 1 skill up

  • Min Level To Complete: 10
  • Difficulty: 1/5
  • Location: The field behind Olivia’s Pond, out the back of the Dwarven District.
  • Class Advantages: Druids to loot whilst mounted in form, any class or race with a speed boost.
  • Most Efficient Strategy: Pick a side of the field without another player in it and head vertically. The respawn rare is fast enough to come back on yourself.
  • Pushed For Time?: This is the quickest daily of them all – rejoice!
  • My Preferred Route: As per the most efficient strategy – stay away from other players and move in a straight line.
  • Super Important Info!: If you have an alt with a ground mount, it’s fair way to go across SW and back. My tip is to have your HS set to the Trade District and simply HS back from the pumpkin field.

Fishing

SW’s fishing dailies are given by Catherine Leland who is located on the pier in front of the Stockades, just outside the back of the Trade District. She offers 5 dailies and the achievement for completing all 5 is Fish or Cut Bait. The rewards are a Bag of Shiny Things and skill points, and the amount of points varies from quest to quest. The bag mostly contains junk, Swim Speed and Water Breathing potions, occasional items such as Strand Crawler, Fishing Hat and the recipe for Captain Rumsey’s Lager. Also very rarely (I have yet to see one), they will drop the rare fishing poles which you could get from the Dalaran dailies.

All fishing quests can be accepted at level 10.

Where items can be found or fished including crabs and catfish (cooking)

Hitting A Walleye – Rewards 1 bag and 1 skill up

  • Min Level To Complete: 10
  • Difficulty: 2/5 (for distance travelled and for low level fishing skilled characters)
  • Location: Stormwind Lake, behind the Cathedral Square, next to the Dwarven District.
  • Class Advantages: None, unless you feel like walking on water or levitating in the middle of the lake.
  • Most Efficient Strategy: On lower fishing skilled characters use lures to speed up the process. Find an area away from others so you can hear your bobber go!
  • Pushed For Time?: Not much you can do to speed this one up.
  • My Preferred Spot: Fishing at the edge of the pier by the Cathedral square or the bank at the back, looking back at SW.

Thunder Falls – Rewards 1 bag and 1 skill up

  • Min Level To Complete: 10. The mobs near the fishing area are level 9 bandits so level 10-15s might have to kill them all before they can fish in peace!
  • Difficulty: 2/5 (for distance travelled)
  • Location: Thunder Falls, which is outside of SW, on the right hand side
  • Class Advantages: None
  • Most Efficient Strategy: The hardest part can be finding a spot not occupied by someone else and getting confused over bobbers. You can go just beyond the cottage at the back where it’s quieter.
  • Pushed For Time?: Kill the bandits around you as they will still aggro an 85 and interrupt your casting. You can also HS back if you have set your HS to SW.
  • My Preferred Spot: In front of the little cottage, on a small hill.

Big Gulp – Rewards 1 bag and 1 skill up

  • Min Level To Complete: 10
  • Difficulty: Either 1/5 or 3/5 depending on RNG
  • Location: The Valley Of Heroes, the main entrance to SW
  • Class Advantages: None
  • Most Efficient Strategy: Make sure you have enough bag space for when you receive the Royal Monkfish as you need to open the fish and you can lose the locket and get junk instead by not opening it first time. You cannot have more than one loot containing fish at a time so open it as soon as you get it.
  • Pushed For Time?: Thankfully, Blizz upped the catch rate of the Monkfish and slightly decreased the chance of it containing the locket. Most characters get it within 4-5 casts and an unlucky few go through 3 or more Monkfish.
  • My Preferred Spot: Right in front of the construction crew ^^

Diggin’ For Worms – Rewards 1 bag and 2 skill ups

  • Min Level To Complete: 10
  • Difficulty: 2/5 (for distance and forgetting to use worm sometimes)
  • Location: Olivia’s Pond, out the back of the Dwarven District
  • Class Advantages: Herbalists can track the worm mounds on their minimap.
  • Most Efficient Strategy: Finding a worm can be the worst part as the ones that spawn next to the pond are often grabbed quickly. The also spawn on the small piece of land to the right and by the trees on the back right. use the worm one you loot it as there’s nothing worse than fishing for 5 minutes and cursing at the RNG before realising it’s still in your bags.
  • Pushed For Time?: Use HS to return to a part of SW closer to the quest giver
  • My Preferred Spot: Facing towards the Dwarven District

Rock Lobster – Rewards 1 bag and 1 skill up

  • Min Level To Complete: 10, but very difficult until 75+
  • Difficulty: 4/5*** (location, mob and being underwater for long time)
  • Location: SW Harbour, near the docked boats
  • Class Advantages: Druids for aquatic form. Any class that can drop combat to avoid the mob. Pet classes to deal with the mob whilst looting.
  • Most Efficient Strategy: Stick to one alcove and camp those boxes. The mob is easily dealt with at 85 but still hits hard up til about level 80. Any low levels will have to move fast or hope some higher levels are about. The water is murky so staying low both allows you to see the quest items and avoid the mob.
  • Pushed For Time?: Use the Swim Speed Potion on top of the buff given by the quest giver. Do the quest during quiet times prevents ages wasted swimming round due to slow respawns.
  • My Preferred Route: Normally the area with the wooden ramp, swimming and grabbing the ones on the outer edges.

*** Yeah I skip this too. I almost never do it unless I realise I need it for the achievement >>

Other Dailies

Jewelcrafting – 1 Jewelcrafting token, xp/rep

5 JC dailies are available with 3 cut this amount of gem quest, one item collection quest and one cover people in stardust quest.

Inscription – Forged Documents – Bag of Gold (about 9-25g per bag – random)

An item you can make daily that rewards a skill point up to about 520 and some gold. No xp/rep but nice little way of skilling up. Available from inscription level 500.

My Archeology Grind; Or Destroying Your Soul, 1 Fossil Fragment At A Time

I’m a sucker for fun things in WoW. I’ve bought the sparkle pony, the moonkin, mini KT, the lot. I’ve spent time grinding Netherwing, Kureani, Sporregar for no other reason than mounts and vanity pets. Celin has bought me the path of Cenarius, party grenades, a hippogryph pet and more recently the Etheral Portal (fancy HS!) I thought archeology would be a nice thing to do when I had time, a relaxing way of getting non combat pets and items that I could do casually.

Replaces your hearthstone and looks cool

I don’t really know how I got so addicted to it. To being with I was using it as a way of levelling up when I couldn’t do quests (at 14k per find it wasn’t too bad) and when I hit 525 I had a few rares under my belt so I kept going. I knew that my time was still limited in the evenings, although we hadn’t started raiding, and spending hours in heroics really wasn’t an option, so I sort of became fixated on Tyrande’s Favourite Doll. It’s currently on a par with the first tier of raiding stuff so I figured if I can’t get gear through dungeons why not try for this trinket? How long could it take?, I foolishly thought.

It took me 2 weeks of farming Kalimdor (some time pre 525) in order to clear the 6 other rares (including 2 150 fragment ones) and I think maybe 3 of those were after 525. I finally got the trinket on 2nd January and it was my 110th nelf solve. I reckon I put in anywhere between 2-6 hours per day. As far as I know, I’m the only person in my guild with it, although some are farming it.

I actually screamed when it finally popped up

It really did become an obsession towards the end; I kept thinking “I can’t stop, one more solve and it could be the next” I know that I did get lucky in that it was only 110 solves.

There’s no denying it’s got an incredible amount of Intellect, and the fact it’s BOA makes my casters happy. I do forget to use it to restore the 4200 mana and you have to be careful you don’t break CC. It’s also confusing when you’re on T&V in Bastion as the AOE magic debuff that hurts shares the same animation and makes people panic (especially when standing in the tank group :P)

I’ll admit even I have some problems with the grindy nature. I’ve had many ‘discussions’ with people about how you aren’t forced to do archeology after they complained about the levels of some of the rares (mail head, cloth chest etc) I think Blizz made the right decision about them not scaling with level – we already have heirlooms. As far as I’m concerned those rares weren’t even that hard to get. It’s the ones with the incredibly low chance that are causing the problem. You invest time but there’s no guarantee you will get anything useful. As time goes on and the items become less powerful as we advance in gear, I think some of the bitterness people are displaying will go away. It’s that feeling of doing a secondary profession because you need the gear that makes people angry (and to a degree contradicts my point about how you aren’t forced into doing archeology)

Definitely creepy but good for confusing people

The other secondary professions had rare rewards (chef’s hat, recipes, turtle mount) but they weren’t as needed as the epic items are now. On top of that you were doing cooking/fishing to get something else primarily so they were a bonus, not the end result. I’m thinking that Blizz will have to make more changes, besides capping fragments. Perhaps they will up the rare chance once they aren’t useful in current content?

So what was next for me? I’d got lucky with the caster ring from Tolv’ir but no recipe from the canopic jar (2 opened so far) I decided Tol’vir was the way to go, but with a 10-12% spawn rate of digsites it is incredibly difficult. After a week of straight digging in Kalimdor, I had enough and went to both Northrend and Outland to bump up my rare count.

I love how you lose your name and become Honor Guard

I’m now 16/20, with 4 rares to go until Professor. I’ve seen the realm first guy with the title but no one else so it’s kinda exciting that I’m so close.

Rares I have found:

  • Tyrande’s Favourite Doll (BOA)
  • Ring Of The Boy Emperor (BOA)
  • Bones Of Transformation
  • Wisp Amulet
  • Scarab Storm Pendant
  • Bearded Nifflevar Axe (BOA)
  • Headdress Of The First Shaman (BOA)
  • Queen’s Azshara’s Dressing Gown (BOA)
  • Fossilized Raptor (Mount)
  • Relic Of Argus
  • Arrival Of The Naaru
  • Chalice Of The Mountain Kings
  • Kal’dorei Wind Chimes
  • Druid And Priest Statue
  • Highborne Soul Mirror
  • Fossilized Hatchling

The remaining 2 dwarf rares are a definite which leaves me with 2 more, probably the nerubian rares unless I get lucky with Zin’rokh/dwarf staff/tolv’ir something. I would love the bug mount but I just can’t farm tol’vir for a few days. I think it’s the prospect of more useless fragments – 1100 fossil and almost 1000 nelf ones just from Kalimdor alone.

Recommendations For Grinding Archeology

Get Archy. Apart from the excellent feature marking previous finds of each digsite on the mini map, the boxes that allow you to see how far you are through an item and solve it without going through the arch tab is a godsend. I mainly use it because of the distance counter, which shows me when I’m far enough away to be red, yellow etc

I also recommend Professor if you are going for Diggerest. It shows you how many commons you have left to discover for each race.

Stick to a continent if you are farming specific things:

Nelf  & Tol’vir – Kalimdor

Troll & Dwarf – EK

If you simply cannot take a continent anymore, move to another. I found it good to go solve some commons I didn’t have or try for the Outland and Northrend ones.

Fragments will never, ever be underwater, despite some maps covering a large body of a lake.

Fragments should not (after the hotfix) spawn outside the site area. If your telescope is pointing you outside, it’s actually trying to nudge you along one direction or another like so:

If it’s still pointing you outside, go do another nearby digsite and come back as it resets the digsite you were working on.

Remember that it’s RNG. There’s nothing you can do to make a rare item spawn. If it’s getting you down, take a break. The digsites aren’t going anywhere and you can always come back to it another day with a different mindset.

Good luck and pray the RNG favours you!

Surely must be uncomortable, even for ladies?

Breathing New Life Into Old Alts (Also Some Tips On The Alt Grind)

I’ve been half starting new posts for the last month, then scrapping them due to the sheer volume of stuff that’s been going on. Cata, christmas, sick family, general RL crap; all of it has somehow blocked my blogging time. It’s been really hard to know what to write about again with so many options.

I went into Cataclysm with some vaguely formed plan for levelling the alt army; roughly sorted by profession (gatherers, then important crafters, then the non gatherers). Of course Naora has to come first and needed additional time devoted to gearing through dungeons/rep grinds.

It took just over a week for me to level her on a semi casual basis, and hit 85 through Archaeology. Yep, I picked up a fossil and was 85. Not very epic. Then I begun the journey of relearning to heal in the most unforgiving content I have been through since I was a fresh noob at 70 (but that’s another post entirely)

Least epic ding ever?

So alts. Still got 9 to do : /

My wonderful gathering before anything plan fell apart as the alt I had chosen to level (Lucidique – Paladin miner) became stuck in Hyjal with Celin’s hunter as he became sick and then bored with WoW. Since I had made the decision to take my melee through Hyjal and the casters through Vashj’ir I decided to start playing my mage again.

Going back a few weeks, I actually race changed her from a human to a night elf. Nothing unusual there; done a faction/sex change before. I really did feel a difference in playing her, it was like a totally different character. I actually had fun playing a mage for the first time since I can’t remember when, frostbolting things into oblivion and confusing the crap out of people when they realise you aren’t a priest (similar gear I guess)

Aya after race change. Tier looks pretty nice actually

The strangest thing is I haven’t seen another max level nelf mage on my entire server*.

I’m assuming they will exist, if for nothing else than the achievement Classy Night Elves which you need for the 8th guild bank tab voucher. I wonder if the idea of nelf mages makes people uncomfortable, after all it seems the Burning Legion wouldn’t have noticed Azeroth so soon if the Highborne hadn’t been mucking about with the arcane magics (I’m not on a RP server so maybe mine don’t care about such things) However, I think it’s more likely that people waited for Cata and went worgen instead.

I can’t say I’ve seen many of the new race/class combos at max level that came with the shattering; I met one dwarf mage on the day it happened but not seen another one since. Seen a single undead hunter in Deepholm last week. Human hunters seem more popular (we can blame South Park for this) Troll druids are everywhere. Troll locks, not so much. Lots of Dwarf shamans but that’s probably down to the choice of one race for them before (same for Tauren pallies) Tauren priests don’t seem to be common. Same for belf warriors.  Seen maybe 2 or 3 gnome priests.

I suppose it’s really down to the following:

  • Worgens/goblins way popular
  • Cost of what is mostly a cosmetic change. Most people would probably not spend real money on a race change unless it was a main character or they really, really hated the race.
  • People had space and made alts of the new combos, who are sitting at some low level

Would I race change some of my alts if I could spend the real money without guilt? Probably. I’m not really a gnome person so I’ve toyed with the idea of making her a worgen (but lose the engineering racial bonus) I kind of like my priest and shaman how they are. No alternatives for my paladin. I’m determined to keep at least one of my alts male so no changing my death knight to a lady 😦

So I am in possession of an 85, an 84 with 15% to go, an 82, 4 80s, a 75 and a level 16 worgen. This is still a lot of alts to go, and the same set of zones for all of them.

Don't have any levelling shots so here's my rogue with a parachute

Here’s a few tips for overcoming the boredom of alt levelling through the Cata zones:

  • Decide what your alt is for. Is it for gathering, crafting professions, a second raid toon, a pvp toon? You might be able to skip zones if you’re not interested in the rep rewards (eg Ramkahen) or go to zones you never bothered with before (Tol Barad) If you particularly care about having a good supply of Whiptail you might want to skip Uldum as it phases one of the best spots for that herb out after one of the quest chains. If you are an alchemist or engineer or any gatherer/gatherer prof combo you might be able to leave the Twilight Highlands alone for a bit, as there’s no recipes there (except for cogwheels and they are only for the epic helm)
  • Make a plan on how far you want to get that alt in your alloted time. It can be a percentage of level, to clear a part of a zone or to finish a quest chain (a good example are the separate pillar fragment chains in Deepholm)
  • Gathering proffs as well as archeology can give xp as well so if you are sick of quests you can get a small boost and get some mats/useless junk/epics at the same time.  This is especially easy if you are playing at unsociable hours (such as early morning and the late morning to lunch period as well as weekdays – it’s not so busy then)
  • Try and do the easy fishing and cooking dailies in SW/Org. You don’t need any skill to do them and some take about 2 minutes. For alliance do the pancakes, cookies, crystal bass, catfish and walleye. Avoid the apples, crabs, rock lobster and any that take you out of SW.
  • Do something else at the same time; listen to music, watch some tv. Most quests don’t require any thought the first time around, let alone the third or fourth.
  • It might seem stupid but I’ve been using  old flasks and food to give me a small boost (Guru’s elixir is cheap and provides a straight stat bonus, the wrath flasks are abundant) Also any cheap enchants and profession enchants can help.
  • If you’re lucky enough to be in a good sized guild, you’ve probably hit level 10 and have access to the heirloom cloaks. It’s the only thing that will work up to 85 and you can add enchants (even profession ones, although they don’t work if send it on and the alt doesn’t have the right profession)

Lastly, just 2 points to remember. Think of the gold! Questing alone can get you about 10k if you do all the zones and vendor the un-needed quest rewards. Also, you are helping your guild (if you have one), everything you do counts – from quests to gathering, from crafting to maxing out a class for each race.

*I saw one in Alterac Valley back when I was trying to get the gnome costume kill thing for Merrymaker

New Armory Has Some Dodgy Poses

After checking this thread on MMO, I was inspired to check my chars out and see how they looked (you can do this either by going to eu.battle.net/wow/en or us.battle.net/wow/en and searching for your char or logging in to the site and viewing profile.

The new armory does look shiny and nice but it really has put some of my chars in unflattering light (which you can’t change currently)

Going from most dodgy to actually an ok appropriate representation:

I will shoot fire with my one good but rigid arm

Legs spread apart like you’ve been on the world’s most uncomfortable bike ride? check. One arm appearing to be growing from ass? check. Waist twisted at such an angle it would be hard pushed to stay upright? check. Slightly suspect positioning of arm in some form of salute? check. Arm appearing to be rotated at weird angle? check.

Somehow this doesn’t say mage, it says uncomfortable yoga position.

2 handed sword... in one hand

Maybe it’s the casual air with which my nelf dk holds his enormous 2 handed sword in one hand. Maybe it’s the fact that he appears to be playing air guitar with no regard for others safety.

Melee resto dps?

I will heal you, but so help me god, if you don’t move from the fire I will beat you to death with my purple diamond carving knife.

So very angry

I once caught a gnome that was this big. It made me very angry for some reason, so I adopted a battle stance.

Insert big tankards joke here

Quick, I’m about to have bar fight, someone shine a spotlight directly on my face so you can see that I’ve been eating a bag of lemons!

Once you see it, it cannot be unseen

Looks pretty ok until you see the tabard position.  That’s right, I can dps and do pelvic thrusts AT THE SAME TIME.

Lock and paladin don’t show for me yet and neither do my horde chars.

I actually do like the new website and the design of the armory is nice. Let’s hope we can fix the poses soon.

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

Alty Things; I Used To Love Hallows End, Once

Halloween is possibly my favourite holiday of the whole year. Nothing like dressing up and having a good time, and I’ve always felt that this time of the year is a bit magical, a bit spooky. The nights are darker and the twilight lasts longer. It’s getting cold but not cold enough to make me unhappy.

I also enjoyed the WoW version of Hallow’s end. Last year since I was in hospital I missed almost 3/4 of the event which meant I didn’t do the Headless Horseman at all and only did the treat bags and some low level quests on alts. This year I’ve got 7 80s, all in need of Justice Points and I’m feeling a the onset of event boss syndrome. That is, I end up doing nothing in WoW for 2 weeks apart from running HH 7 times a day and raids. Add to that my friend, Blizzard’s RNG and you get a stressful two weeks, cursing the unfairness of the loot table. I’m not even going to mention the endless mouseover disconnect bug, although I was fairly lucky in that I was one of the least affected.

Therefore, this is how the alts and Naora are fairing so far in Hallows End.

So far only Naora and Aya have the achievement, and I really don’t have time to get it on the rest, so 2/7.

Harder than you would think, but then we are relying on RNG. Think all of them have it so 7/7 plus Iseult.

Managed through a combination of bags, HH kills and the daily. I have an extra 7 Squashlings and no idea how many helms I have because they are unique.

2/7 chars have the mount, but sadly not Naora. To add insult to injury, my shaman has the reins not once, not twice but three times. It’s pretty insane. I actually dread opening her loot filled pumpkin incase there’s a fourth set.

Seeing this makes me sad 😦

The vomiting one is easy so they’ve all done that. I remember doing some candy buckets when I was multiboxing the lock/shaman but I just don’t have time to go round them all.

Maybe it’s having so many characters that I want to get achievements on. I even find myself still logging on Aya/Naora when they have the meta just for treat bags. I don’t even know why. I’m just thankful the next few holidays in WoW have no event bosses (they do however contain PvP and going to Horde cities, which I’m not looking forward to)

I think the next week will be more HH until the event is over, levelling Iseut (38 now) and raiding, hoping to get LK down!