vampi turned 85 so that’s it for khaz toons

i finally levelled vampi up. now it’s only bart toons, all 80+.

i might level a pandaran hunter if the race is available next week…. hope so!

all the instancing i have been doing, most have been vomit blood type.

either ppl pulling when i am tank, which i am fine, but when i am still having to kill mobs b4 the boss and they pull the boss, that is a bit too much to take.

or ppl who dont know their duty as dps – to cc, or keep adds off healer. or just plain dont know the instance and definitely cant do a corpse run.

but when i get a real good group, it’s a breeze and it’s what makes it worth it, doing random LFGs.

leftindadark is 85 and has enuf gear to go H twilight 5-mans

dinged early this week, and with the JPs from dungeoning from the start of LFG, he got the iLvl 378 chest. and then bought a bunch of 377 PVP gear to skip the normal 85 dungeons into H mode.

finally, after a few nights of running H dungeons, he acquired enough JPs to get 2 more 378 gear – neck and wand. and at 353, he is now able to run H twilight 5-mans!

but not tonight. tonight, i rest and play diablo 3!

Firetree toons all L85

werewolfe turned 85 last night. so that completed the toons in Firetree

death knights – moodykat and dethnyte

druids – fruit

hunters – werewolfe and xense

mages – wormage and magel

paladins – davina and disowned

priests – cavelion and spiritcat

rogues – blackstealth

shamans – darksunder

warlocks – pickwick

warriors – opheilia and everstone

 

Jubei’thos – L85s

druids – naturespower

hunters – xbowstrike

mages – zappel and rhoanin

paladins – incorrigible

priests – greeni

rogues – gsauce

warlocks – persi

warriors – stormfrost

 

Khaz’goroth lowbies status

death knights – darkruby 75, sealism 68

druids – faultless 72

mages – seatle 76, wagyuburglar 68

warlocks – missmisty 80

 

levelling post patch 4.3

i play mostly alliance, so i always do it this way:

AZEROTH 1-57
1-5 or higher: race starter zones, until i can get over to stormwind (mage port, guild summon, ride a boat).
then it’s elwynn, westfall, red ridge, duskwood in that sequence. when to move over to the next zone? when the quests go green. always do yellow quests but not higher level quests (too much effort sometimes). after that, the zones are a bit more random. so i go wherever the hero call board recommends, but sticking to the Eastern kingdoms. no fun crossing continent by boat.

first off, i prefer to level with BoA gear that gives xp, and run on rested xp, and to do LFG, questing/farming only to kill time while queuing. cos LFG got group xp bonus. esp if you level a tank or healer and cant do as much dmg until you get dual spec. and i prefer to DS only on hitting level cap (why, so that your 2 sets of action bars are properly configured). so my tank and healer toons usually do very little questing. which is ok for me since i have other alts that provide them the latest and greatest gear (ok, just better than average). if you dont have gear providers, quest more. the gear they reward you is for your level (if you do yellow and not green quests)

why LFG so much?
for getting city rep. buy all the 6 tabards (stormwind, ironforge, gnomeregan, darnassus, exodar, gilneas). and wear a tabard for the LFG runs. the order in which you level the rep depends on your race and where you buy your mount/riding skills. if you buy mount from vendor not of your race, you need exalted rep. the better your rep, the cheaper the mount/training. besides, getting all 6 citiy reps to exalted gives you the ambassador title!

until i have a mount at L20 (and the upgrade to 100% speed at L40), i would base my hearth at the center of my quest zone so that i wont have to run on foot too far. once i have a mount, questing and travel is just so much easier. as a result, i keep the hearth in stormwind. just easier to drop stuff off in the bank or mail stuff, repair gear, train class and profs and do dailies for cooking and fishing

on getting to L68, take the portal to blasted lands and run into outlands. when u queue LFG, you will still get azeroth dungeons until you are L69. still, xp is xp.

OUTLANDS 58-67
- hellfire (58-60)
dont forget to train flying at L60. the faster you can fly, the less ground mobs you aggro. but now you gotta beware of horde city guards that can shoot you down from a flying mount.
- zangarmarsh (61-64)
used to do the sporeggar quests for rep and underbog quests, but now with patch 4.3, quests are inside the instance. if nothing else, do it for cenarion expedition rep.
- nagrand (65-67)
nesingwary quests, and doing rep quests with kurenai and consortium (free crappy gems on getting to Friendly)

cos with LFG and maybe include farming, you wont have too much time to do questing. i usually find myself L65 after the coilfang reservoir dungeon runs (SP and UB). after that, i seem to drop a lot into the CoT dungeon, old hillsbrad (ewww. timed dungeon run, slow thrall mount). i prefer getting the auch dungeons cos if you got a good group, its a fast run

LFG BUG?
if you havent got all your alliance main city rep to exalted yet, you wont complete it while doing LFG in outlands dungeons. regardless what you wear, the outland rep given depends on which dungeon you are doing. eg. hellfire dungeons give honor hold rep.

on getting to L68, take the boat from stormwind to borean tundra. until L69, you will still get outlands dungeons when u queue for LFG

NORTHREND 68-80
on arriving at valiance keep, get your cold weather flying trained
- BT (68-70)
with patch 4.3 dont need to do coldarra quest chains anymore for the Nexus quests, but you can still do it cos its nice and compact
- HF (70-72)
fly all the way over to howling fjord and do the chain quests on scalawag point – it gives u 2 nifty blue trinkets.
after that you have a few options – dragonblight or grizzly hills, but in general, i find that i am already L75 after getting the 2 blue trinkets.
- ZD (73-76)
why not my fave farming zone, SB? cos i dont wanna start on the rep quests, which then makes one part or another of the factions enemies. then farming in that zone becomes a hassle or else is out of bounds. however, if i am levelling a non-farming toon, then SB questing is preferred (cos bored of ZD and also faction rep has nice pets – however, i dont do enuf faction daily quests to get the pets, lol.)
- Storm Peaks (77-78)
gotta do the chain for sons of hodir rep (super pain in the ass) which starts at K3

wearing CATA GEAR in NORTHREND
if you have mains or buy from AH, you can start to be equipped from L77 in cata gear. this makes u awesome in northrend (and top dps in LFG).

- Icecrown (79)
gotta do the chain for ebon blade. actually, no. just to kill time while you level to 80 and get out of northrend!

on getting to L80, say bye bye to old xpacs and into the new!

CATA 80-85
quest or LFG?

  • LFG nets you justice points, which can buy iLvl 378 gear when you hit level cap
  • quests (esp when you complete the end of chain) nets you level appropriate blue gear. and along the way, you get to swap out your old green (or even wrath epics) gear with new green gear! they also give you cata faction rep, which you can buy blue and epic (iLvl 359) gear from the respective factions! also, factions give head and shoulder enchants

do a combo: quest for rep you need for your enchants. and run LFG to accumulate JPs to buy your latest and greatest gear.

- Vashjr or Mt Hyjal (80-81)

- Deepholm (82)

this is compulsory for therazane rep. you may end up skipping Uldum to complete this rep.

- Uldum (83)

- TH (84)

this is compulsory for the new vendors that are opened up only after you have completed the set of starter quests

 

 

 

cooking progress is slow. patch 4.3 is awesome!

cooking L350 onwards

it’s all about northrend cooking. however, on firetree and jubeithos, all my toons are already into cata cooking. which means doing cooking dailies to get the chef awards needed to buy recipes to go from 450 up to 500. so only toons on khaz are doing northrend cooking. and i havent really started on that yet. no rush since the toons are currently 70+

regarding cata cooking, the first part is to get toons who are past northrend cooking (approx 425) to hit 450. that means cooking toughened flesh. the easiest way i’ve found is to go mt hyjal, and kill stags for meat. i usually bring a skinner toon so i get skins for LW too! once they get to 450, it’s coffee time! that should level to 460. then either the monstrous claw recipe or blood shrimp recipe will get them to 475. from 475 to 500, the easiest is blood shrimp again. cos the rest of the cooking recipes require fishing (not exactly my fave form of time wasting)

so in order to collect a whole ton of blood shrimp, i have decided to complete vashjr quests on all my L85 alts. it has 2 benefits – faction and guild reps.

patch 4.3

patch 4.3 is like wrath’s icc phase. now ppl get get L378 loot from the new COT dungeons, bypassing the need to accumulate gear the hard way thru H LFG runs. of course, the catch 22 situation is, in order to be able to queue for these higher level dungeons, the gear level requirement is also upped. so long as your item level is at least 353, you can queue for it. so anyone just fresh capped from questing won’t be able to get in, cos that is just 346. you will need to buy some JP gear (assuming you ran some random LFGs while levelling and accumulated some JPs) or craft or buy off AH.

the other cool thing is the random raid finder. i havent used it myself, since i dont care to raid. and i am busy with the secondary profs of my alts. trying to get them prepped for the next xpac in 2012.

one benefit for me is that now is a lot easier to level fishing! yup, the effort has been halved. in one hour, i can get a toon from 50+ fishing, up to 175. of course, as it goes up the scale, the fishing will take longer, but still, shorter than before patch 4.3 came out. still, fishing to me is like the 2nd last thing on earth/wow to do. the last thing is arch. i’m still waiting for wow to shorten that pain first /rofl

 correction on arch

Archaeology leveling speed was also increased, now granting 5-9 fragments per dig. The number of fragments required to solve an artifact has also been decreased slightly. The Archy addon that we previously reviewed has been updated for 4.3 as well!

mission accomplished. all L84s are now capped

now, i have 23 L85s. and they all have welfare epics from brewfest and now hallow’s end. only xense has better gear cos she is played by my buddy

remaining are the khaz alts which will take a slower path to max since that is my nephew’s gaming toons.

as well as the firetree worgens, currently at L78.

brewfest: mission accomplised

i have completed my brewfest mission ahead of schedule, so for the remainder of brewfest, im gonna take it easy

mission objective #1: level for trinkets

level active alts to at least 84 in order to run coren.

to that effect, i had to properly spec some of the toons, change their gear around, as well as make them do quests instead of just queuing LFG (cos while that is fast as i have a lot of tanking/healing alts, it will make them run out of rested XP and not enuf gear for their level)

so now both warriors, Opheilia and Stormfrost, can dps as fury pretty good. doing 5k in random LFG when it happens, questing otherwise in level appropriate zones:

  • Level 82 – Deepholm
  • Level 83 – Uldum
  • Hit Level 84, stop levelling and queue for¬† coren as DPS/heal (cos cant tank)

Stormfrost@Jubei’thos was the last one to level (well, he started from Level 82) to 84 but he got lucky in his coren runs and quickly got his tanking and melee trinkets in addition to a stam trinket.

then again, it helps that this is towards the end of the festival, and everyone has all the needed trinkets

mission objective #2: get needed trinkets

4 trinkets for the getting: tank (dodge), heal, melee (AP) and castor dps

for multi-role toons like pallys and druids, i needed to get quite a few trinkets.

but the last toon to complete was Darksunder@Firetree. first, he needed to level to 84 (from L82) then he lost on the melee trinket roll at least 3 times while the rest of the time it didnt drop. so he killed coren the most. lol. lucky he queued as healer so that went pretty fast. but it was depressing to lose rolls or when its a trinket he already got.

mission objective #3: get tankard and/or dagger

the dagger is BoP so it’s pretty random, but i hoped it would drop for both rogues – Blackstealth@Firetree got it early in his runs (well, he is already L85 b4 brewfest) but Gsauce@Jubei’thos no luck cos he only levelled to 84 recently. is not an important issue hence not critical (since it depends on the luck of the daily bag) and besides, rogue can equip tankard!

tankard i got tons since i got so many toons running coren on a daily basis. i think i have at least 10? i stopped counting after the first few drops.

brewfest mounts

Earned the achievement Have Keg, Will Travel for 10 points.
Earned the feat of strength A Brew-FAST Mount.

the above 2 achievements are in the bag for the following toons:

xbowstrike@jubei’thos got the kodo, and so did cavelion@firetree

pickwick@firetree got the ram

Another toon hits level cap (thanks to brewfest daily bag LFG)

persi@jubei’thos dinged L85!

brewfest day 2

same old same old.

cant believe my luck is still as shitty as day 1.

esp when i added moodykat to the run (hit 84 last night). she got her L85 trinks but no loot.

only 1 lucky castor toon got the agi dagger again.

no mount, no L85 epic tankard!

oh well, i still got some time to try my luck, but damn AH! i see so many tankards on sale for 2k and up!

i guess tonight i get darksunder to hit 84 (last of my L83s) then i have to work on my lower level toons over the weekend.

as for the wolpertinger pet, i realise that most of my firetree toons have already got it, except for the 2 worgens wormage and werewolfe.

prof stuff are currently on hold since i am focussing on brewfest daily bag and welfare epics and pet.

brewfest day 1

right after server maintenance was over, i logged in and ran coren LFG for all my eligible toons (ie L85s and L84s)

at the end of the day, i got nothing useful from the daily bag – melee dagger for a spellcastor toon. duh

hope i have better news tomorrow.

of course, some toons have already won useful ilvl 365 epic trinkets, even some of the L84s.

on the weekend, i shall port all my toons which havent got the wolpertinger pet to IF for it.

another mission i have for brewfest is to level as many of my L80+ toons to L84 in order to get welfare epics! greeni@jubei’thos was the first lucky toon. halfway L83, i ran her thru vortex + questing in uldum. once she hit L84, i took her into coren and she picked up both dps and healing castor trinkets. initially, she lost the need roll to a lock on the healer trink. dumb lock said it’s haste! lol. even the tank said, ya, but for it to proc you need to heal! so i got it traded to greeni. so she is the super lucky toon for the day!