things get murky around L74 onwards

starting northrend

the starting path in northrend is clear: do a bit of HF and run UK, pop over to BT and do all the coldarra quests so that when you run Nexus, you can finish up all the chain quests. then its back to HF for the ka’luak quests in kamagua and scalawag point. and you’d be around L72/73. what next?

continuing northrend

if you followed on from kamagua, you’d be in moa’ki harbor (dragonblight). and now you have a whole set of options. you can pop over to star’s rest. or take a bird to wintergarde keep, or fly over to wyrmrest temple (do the quests there for wyrmrest rep). you can even fly into grizzly hills (amberpine lodge) and work on quests there.

for me, if i have a gatherer toon, i’d queue LFG and farm mats (they level your gathering skill as well as give xp). if not, i prefer to either tank or heal in a dungeon. but if i am playing a non-gatherer dps toon, then i would prefer to do rep related questing. so it would be wyrmrest temple for me.

using dalaran as base

at the same time, i would start to base all my toons in dalaran. even when there are no more portals to azeroth main cities. that’s not an issue, since i have a mage (Zappel and Rhoanin) on either account to port everyone back if they need to go back for class training.

why dalaran?

there are simple quests for cooking and fishing which give xp and awards. while i detest fishing and only have 1 toon specialise in it, i do cooking for all toons. dalaran is where the cooking quest npc is.

besides, dalaran is now closer to a lot of quest zones.

LFG instances

AN – Anzul-Nerub, in the Pit of Narjun

OK – Old Kingdom, same pit, slightly higher level instance than AN

VH – Violet Hold, in Dalaran

what next?

once they get to L75, they will all take the Violet Hold (VH) quest and key  in dalaran. and try and queue for it via LFG. in addition, they will most likely start to farm in Sholazar Basin (SB). as for questing, it will most likely be in Zul’drak (ZD) since there are some quests for the instance Gun’Drak (GD) there.

around L76/77, it will be time to visit Storm Peaks, and do the Sons of Hodir rep chain for shoulder enchants.

update 5th May 2010:

Persi is now L75 so i checked out the Violet Hold quest giver. the quest and key are gone. times, they are a changin’.

i was also surprised when flask of mojo and flask of big mojo are now grey/useless items (as of patch 4.1). some other stuff were also made redundant. and additional recipes for cooking can now be bought from the cooking trainer, instead of having to find the recipe vendor in god-knows-where-land.

closing in on explorer title

alcaz island. it rose out of  the sea one xpac ago.

spiritcat cleared dustwallow marsh and feralas. had a long levitate trip to cross the waters to the alcaz island which is pretty cool. a WoW friend told me it didnt exist in classic and only popped up in BC for some quest chain stuff (he told me the details, it just didnt stay in my brain).

no wonder i didnt seem to recall dustwallow marsh having any significantly large islands in the past! (spiritcat used to pop over to theramore to learn fishing from the trainer who will give u a really dumb quest to do to earn your stripes)

onyxia ignored. again

nowadays, the only reason to pop into theramore is because of onyxia. but even then, raids on her seemed to have stopped – everyone is so ICC and RS. so it is pretty sad. they took all the fun out of the original onyxia, only to have her now stuck in the marshes and no one cares about killing her anymore here too. maybe they will resurrect her in the xpac after cat. haha. this dragon has more lives than a cat!

LFG roll of the dice

very very strange. there are 12 normal dungeons, excluding the one in TOC and 3 in ICC. but it seems i get a lot of ICC runs these days. every day i queue with spiritcat i will get at least 1 ICC run, if not more. so the dice is loaded based on gear.

but i am getting used to it. getting used to not having a speed run but actually having to work for my badges. i am oso used to being last in terms of total dmg in groups. even if my dps is always 2k+

but surprisingly, i prefer ICC (even HOR if the tank and heals are good) to TOC. TOC is easier, but i hate the 1st part which requires you to mount and charge. i just dont see the point these days. cos the opponents are like mush – i just cut thru them.

i see dumb ppl

i think rankwatch will always have business. it’s still sending msg to party members that they are not using the highest ranked spells.

and dumb ppl who still stand in fire/green(poison)/white(ice) stuff and slowly die or actually die.

during a GD run 2nd boss fight, a few ppl were just standing in the purple squares and their health is dropping. but lucky for them the healer was pro.

in an oculus run, ppl were standing still in ice and dropping health, after downing the 3rd boss. must be too busy looking at who is gonna win the dream shard roll.

moodykat – 1 day later

moodykat2

got the belt, but different one. turns out Everstone can make epic tanking belt! so i got the Indestructible Plate Girdle for the same set of mats. he can make the belt of the titans for Dethnyte, who is gonna be blood dps specced. which i guess we will reverse come cat. or maybe another respec. haha.

Disowned oso made the epic tanking ring, Titanium Earthguard Ring. so juggling a bit of gemming here and there, i got the def to 535 and put the rest in stam and parry. dodge i seem to have a lot. i guess it comes from strength stat.

this time, i ran H again, but with more confidence. since after self buffs i am already 25k. with party buffs, it can go up to about 28k. it was UK, and i told the group i was new. however, someone pulled another mob to me at the start, and we wiped. as a result, the healer left and we had to queue for another. this time round, the healer was pro and we made it thru to the end very quickly. in fact, i didnt even get 1 dark smash at the end boss. er, it helped that i had a GS 5k dps warrior who basically WW mobs to death in 1 sec. as a result, i had to wait for my DND CDs. otherwise i would loose aggro almost immediately.

my next H was GD. and that was with a pro heals too. so we did that nice and fast too.

i picked up a lot of gear upgrades. so after today’s 24hr maintenance, i should be able to see what else i can switch around in terms of gear. and with a couple more runs, i might be able to get another L232 tier tanking gear.

but i couldnt have made it so quickly without the help of all my alts (from gathering mats to making the gear, gems, enchants and glyphs)

tank got vote kicked

yup, it finally happened to me, tanking as opheilia in GD. i asked group to choose between me or the huntard that pulled mobs. the group chose the huntard and kicked me out of the group.  next sec, i queued and got into a new GD group and we cleared it superfast.

in another LFG, something weird happened. pickwick (L79 lock) found a HoL group with a 5k GS hunter (probably doing it for relax since he is ICC MM spec) and thought it would be a piece of cake run. sure enough, at the start, he was already doing 4k dps. but the healer started to act oddly and the tank died twice. after that, the healer left. maybe it was a small kid playing his dad’s account and couldnt hack it.

so we thought, no biggie, lets get another healer and finish it. but damn, 10 min wait and nothing. so i told the group i’d relog my healer and queue. so the funny thing is, when i tried with fruit (L78), i didnt get the group. so i relog with spiritcat (L80) and queue (normal LFG, not H), i got back in the same group! so basically, i helped them complete the instance (healing in shadow priest spec – too lazy to switch spec for reg LFG run) and got myself 2 EoTs. but poor pickwick will have to wait another day for his daily EoTs.

a perfect day

i love it when everything goes well. last night was such a pleasant time.

i took ellonis saronite farming in SB (got her cold weather flying a couple of days ago) so i put her in LFG dps queue instead of tanking, which would be instant and she wont be able to level her mining skill. as she was flying over SB, i kinda heartpain when i saw 2 tit veins and nothing i could do about it. i managed to get her almost to max mining skill, then LFG popped up for an ok run thru OK (haha bad pun).  not good but just ok. cos the tank died in a simple mob fight (L73 pally but higher dmg than Ellonis at L75) and we wiped. but after that, no more deaths so that was ok. the tank was acting a bit weird, pulling stuff that ppl usually skip, and skipping what we usually pull (ok, that’s just once, he overshot the 1st boss. haha), i was in tanking gear for the 2nd half of the run. just in case. even though the heals was L78 pally. as long as i was in blood presence, it was ok.

even better was running Timeforfun thru UP. got 2 quests done, and xp almost hitting L80. i think i will hit L80 for him this weekend together with Gorlog. then start to worry about gear…. the dungeon was a piece of cake, although some ppl died along the way, through their eagerness to take dmg over the tank, who was top dmg. in fact, he carried the whole group. can tell when dps is bad, the 2 animals just b4 the 2nd boss fight actually got time to enrage!

took Cavelion thru an instance too, just for fun. he healed VH with a pro group but as usual, some overeager dps (ie never let tank grab loose mob first). but no one died cos cavelion is disc. disc really has some advantages over holy in quick saves.

while i was at it, i ran Darksunder thru DTK. cos he got the LFG real quick, he didnt have time to get water, so i had to port out to Dalaran for water, then back in. but after that, it was a piece of cake. so quick, i sometimes forgot to drop either the heroism for the boss fights or the fire/earth elemental.  and had to skip on skinning. *sad*

in that same mood, i ran LFG for moodykat (GD) and naturespower (HoL), before i called it a night. all the groups were nice and efficient. ok. make that SUPER efficient for naturespower’s group. the shaman was 6k GS and doing 6k dps. we killed the end boss loken so fast, there was no time for him to cast lightning nova.