feeling the pressure to get to level cap now

damn, everyone and their pig-rabbit (i just did a marathon viewing of he’s beautiful, a korean drama, over the weekend) is L85 now.

i need to pick up the pace. i guess i really felt cheated when my L264 epics were replaced by greens in cataclysm. when i think back on the no. of H runs i did to get the full tier set, i could have bought tons of BoA gear instead. at least those have some re-use value. so i deflated and couldnt get myself worked up over cat even when i took 2 weeks holidays to play wow after cat came out. hell, i even detest archaeology! it is the most fucked up secondary profession. even mining and herbing is so much more functional. which idiot came up with the prof like arch? some history prof from the dustiest part of the library?

instead, i found myself enjoying playing lowbies, even toons without BoA gear. new gnomies and worgies. even normal other lowbie toons.

still, i guess my guild on firetree is probably hoping to get enough ppl to run raid soon. so i have to get SC to 85 and start chaining heroics. the jubei guild is probably already doing raids but i cant yet. since zappel is still only L84…. grrr. i guess i better stop watching dramas for a while and focus on getting my mains to where they are supposed to be.

no cat for me yet

cat may be out today, but im gonna wait for my CE version to be delivered first. ETA 9 Dec. besides, i gotta go to a shop tomorrow to buy one normal version. since i have 2 a/c.

so business as usual tonight, levelling my gnomie priest who just hit 30 and dual specced for 30g. cheap cheap!

missmisty – going for kalimdor loremaster

ok, i thought i would be working on kalimdor loremaster, but on a diff toon on a diff realm – sort of like maybe a hunter on Blackwater Raiders – Muzzleshot or Xbowstrike.

however, ever since i transferred Missmisty over to Khaz’goroth, i kinda feel responsible for her being the only L80 there, and wanna compensate a bit for stranding her in a “New Player” zone. LOL

her gear is not too bad, just under 5k GS. but she could seriously do with some upgrades. so i am going to take her on a few directions between now and cat. doing loremaster for fun. and along the way, explore kalimdor. and gearing her up for cat via random BGs and Hs.

i wanna get her the L264 wpn, she has 1k HP, so it is some way to go. but she already got a 3-0 win in WSG (not due to her, haha, the others were awesome. we had like 4 DKs so you can imagine, the horde didnt stand a chance). and to join WG every chance i get, so that if we win, she can go for VoA too!

i oso need to run a lot of H (which i can queue for while doing loremaster quests) so that i can get her the full L264 tier set.

i already re-spec her demo so that she can solo stuff with ease (not that kalimdor is going to present her any challenges) and glyphed her up. so the rest is going to be fun fun fun all the way!

im not even looking forward to cat now that i have a new mission. cos i havent really pvp in a long while. this should be fun while it lasts.

Zappel finished his Northrend Loremaster

having done that and learned how to make the deathchill cloak (L200 epic. lol), zappel is gonna sleep until cat awakens.

70 quests to go for achievement

northrend loremaster, here i come! (for zappel)

left 70 quests to do in icecrown – there is one quest that bugs me. it requires 5-man and even though zappel can solo most 5-man quests, this one is not possible, due to the cool down of the potion needed to be put into the cauldron.

still, there are other quest lines to be done. however, if i finish all and am still short because i am stuck at this one quest line, i am going to be rather mad with blizzard. cos it’s practically impossible to find ppl to do the same quest now.

as for getting ready for cat, im there. my computers have enough power to run the new xpac without issues. cos i just bought a new i5 computer for my 2nd account. so now both accounts will run on i5 computers.

LFG has become pretty insane. there aren’t many ppl who still need on the blues and epics in the normal H dungeons. some ICC H dungeons gear is still needed. it’s common to see someone hit 4 or 5k dps and carry the group. heck, zappel does that some times too. other times, he is bottom dps. haha. he gets beaten by the DKs and warriors mostly. cos they charge in, aoe, smack everyone in a couple of sec and then the mob is dead. fire mage charges in too, just a sec or two slower so less power.

200 quests to go b4 northrend loremaster

maybe zappel wont get that achievement b4 cat comes out.

still left with tons of quests in the last 2 zones of northrend – storm peaks and icecrown. ok. maybe 200 is an exaggeration, but easily 150. cos i need 51 for storm and 96 for ice.

last night i took him to run 25-man VoA and discovered that it now drops PVE gear! i won the roll for the sanctified bloodmage gloves. which can be counted as part of the bloodmage set. however, i wont be using it just yet. i need to keep 2 pieces of my L245 gear for 5% more dmg for now until i can switch to a 4 piece L264 gear (which means i need to buy 1 head or chest item – requiring 1100 JP) unfortunately, i had just spent a bit of JP for the quill trinket and night sky cloak.

so i will still be queuing a bit for H dungeons while questing and that should keep me busy until cat.

cleaning up b4 cat

lately, been doing H runs with a good pal. he logs in with a dps alt and joins one of my tank (2) or healer (3) alts and we queue LFG. we do that for about 2 hrs per night, swapping alts. good for me, good for him. he skips the long dps queue time, and i get badges for my tanks and healers which otherwise i wouldnt (i prefer to play my dps and take the long queue time to do other stuff). then we go off and do our own stuff again. we include other pals if they are online at the same time.

so what do i mean by cleaning up b4 cat?

it’s for prepping my L80s for cat, and it means:

  1. getting the cooking and FA skills up to par. (425). this is completed for toons on BWR. on firetree, magel is now doing the farming of food mats (that is why i dualspec her to be deep frost the week before)
  2. getting everstone exalted with kaluak for the fab fishing pole by doing the 3 dailies for 14 days.
  3. levelling xbowstrike fishing skill to max (he’s already got the fab fish pole – and penguin pet to boot)
  4. using everstone to hatch an oracle egg every 7 days. if its a pet it goes to one of the many alts
  5. level davina tailoring to max by making glacial bags. however, i need to get her exalted with faction to get the pattern first! i think i better get started on it this week. time is running out!
  6. farming ores with pickwick and muzzleshot to make titansteel bars
  7. completing JC dailies and doing transmuting on daily basis to get as many recipes and mats as possible. as they are being used up by the alts that get emblem gear and need epic gems
  8. accumulating as much gold as possible but not doing it specifically.

but what happens when cat arrives?

then i put the majority of my alts in cold storage while i race to the new level cap on (in the order of importance):

  1. zappel and naturespower on jubei’thos for raiding purpose
  2. spiricat and everstone on firetree
  3. timeforfun and xbowstrike on BWR

show me the money

or, you cant have your dough and cake it.

for altoholics, having gold is always an issue. you want to gift epic flying to those alts that need to fly around regularly – miners and herbalists, and even JCs to do their daily JC quest fast.

having gold means you can buy stuff off AH instead of farming it yourself too.

some ppl play the AH, but i dont have the patience for that. i usually sell off stuff i dont want myself at near bottom prices cos i dont want to keep monitoring the AH. i have other things to do. if something doesnt sell and doesnt look like its going to be sold even after a couple of listings, i either keep it for a long time (like next xpac is out, and ppl need the item again but by then no one is farming them) or else vendor/DE it if i think the item is overstocked for posterity.

so i make a little money off AH, and it helps that i dont buy the expensive stuff from AH. and i vendor trash (i pick up everything unless i dont have bag space). plus the quests and LFG, it’s a slow but sure gathering of gold. i dont have a chicken that lays golden eggs.

so whenever i splash the cash for some expensive item, like epic flying, i have to consider it carefully.

currently, i think i will need epic flying for 2 toons on BWR. Muzzleshot will need it since he is miner and engineer, but i dont know who i should buy it for on the other account.

as for firetree, there are no more major expenses until cat, so every penny i earn is saved for that rainy day in cat.

farming one thing or another

ok, i have to admit it, im a farm-aholic. with good justification (or so i think). some ppl just level to 80 without profession, but i think most ppl will do the 2 primary profs along the way or at L80 or even re-prof. cos unless its a farming prof, there is a little bit of benefit. and for someone like me with so many alts on a particular realm, i have all the profs so i can craft stuff for all and any.

however levelling a prof and putting that prof to use does require a ton of material for each prof on each alt. hence i do a lot of farming. some of it is incidental. levelling mats are usually acquired when i am levelling my alts anyway. you run along a path to a quest objective, since u are on a miner alt and a vein pops up on your mini map nearby, stop and just pick it up, and continue along your way. of course, that will never suffice. if it is some cheap stuff i can get off AH, i’d use this shortcut. however, i dont have a lot of gold (too many alts that still dont have epic flying – 5k gold), so i’d rather farm it myself. i stop questing, and just do a few runs around a zone to pick up the necessary mats. that may or may not be done with the same alt. if an alt needs to level his mining skill, then i may use him for the zone farming. but if the alt already does not need that, then i will usually bring in a higher level alt and farm the zone in faster time. high level toons dont aggro much in lower level zones.

since all my target alts are now L80, i dont do incidental stuff anymore. it’s more specific questing. for some of the rep prof rewards. and if i farm a zone specifically, it is cos some of their profs are still in need of levelling. not so much their main 2 profs. as long as i got them to 425, its good enough for cat. the effort to hit max would cost too much in mats. nevertheless, i acquired too much mats for enchanting so it was easy to hit 450 on all my ench toons. in the case of JC and alchemy, it is mandatory to hit 450 to be able to benefit from it, so i did that. for BS, as i make epic gear for the toons, i get it to max easy. inscription is oso easy to hit max, along with tailoring (making epic bags). LW is kinda stuck around 440. i didnt need the L200 epic cloaks cos i farmed L232 cloaks from the last Midsummer festival, but i might make some of the L200 epic leather gear for Blackstealth. or bags. Engineering is the worst for maxing out. i never max out engineering. i just dont see any point there. i keep it around the 440 level too. Engineering is more for some self-buffs and making bullets/arrows for hunters. haha.

thanks for the breaks, blizzard maintenance

i look forward to idle tuesday nights. when i can fully indulge in my other fave hobby – watch dvds. could be old audrey hepburn b/w movies like Love in the Afternoon, new movies like Transformers 2, war movies like The Hurt Locker, old tv serials like M.A.S.H., dorama like Jin.

But mostly, its korean dramas of late. i had finished Terroir, a modern drama about wine and Jumong, an 80+ episode historical drama of an ancient king of korea. and i loved the storyline in Terroir so much, i started to watch it a 2nd time round.

actually, i usually watch dvd after playing wow, and then i sleep. if i dont get caught up in the serials, i can sleep pretty early. but any late nights is usually due to the powerful korean dramas, since i dont raid anymore (again).

i dont raid cos my guild dont follow good time management. if the ppl commit and then dont turn up on time, and the raid gets called off much later, or else it starts 1+ hours later, i lose interest. if ppl did this at work they wont have a job the next day. but a game is just a game, and i dont want to get stressed out over a game. its not worth it.

i wont bother to look for another guild, cos the end of this xpac is approaching, and i am just looking forward to the new one. so im busy as it is with gearing my new L80s (thru LFG, as well as Ahune runs for now) and levelling the rest of my alts to hit 80 b4 cat.

and watching tons of korean drama! i already got the next one lined up. starring my 1st fave korean artiste (Her House lead actress)…