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Shared Topic: Questing with alts

I am leaving this until the last minute I know, but, you know…so many things to write about!!!  So this week, I bring you another topic to discuss which is also our first topic to have gone fortnightly!!!  Yes, the executive decision was made to give the blogosphere a chance to get back into the topics by spreading them a little more.  Fingers crossed this helps get people involved.

I am sure this has been done years ago perhaps, but I felt I should ask again as it is particularly relevant to me now that I am back :)

What sort of method do you use for leveling the multiple alts? Do you follow the same quest chains each time, do you avoid a certain quest section, do you only dungeon etc?? I am leveling my 5th to 90 now – from 85 and I just wondered how you guys do it??

I am not talking about the oddball leveling like just herbing to push yourself to the limit of insanity, but the more run of the mill levelling.

I have to confess, I sort of forget to buy heirloom gear for my characters, so aside from my warlock, stuck at level 23 and my hunter who has two pieces of heirloom gear, I pretty much only level with the guild bonus.

I find leveling a real struggle if I have to go through the same area – for example, my monk is now doing the Ashenvale area, which my rogue has only just started doing as well….do you think I can find the energy to log onto my monk anymore?  Nope…I need to get him across to the eastern kingdoms and quest there for something different, because I can’t even be bothered logging onto my rogue and doing it either.  Both toons are stuck at level 23ish because I am too lazy to log on and spend the time moving one to the other continent.

My higher level toons, I always try to find a different quest zone for.  My mage – of course did everything :) My druid was leveled with dungeons and herbing  (and some skinning as well just to get some xp but only if the bare minimum quests required it) I think she has only done about 200 quests in her lifetime, for leveling purposes. My warrior did Kun lai and some of towlong steppes (I think), my pally did Dread wastes – and I struggled to find a starter quest, but no way was I doing Kun Lai or steppes again :p, my Shammy has been doing kun lai – and dragging her feet about it, but again, only because  I can’t be bothered flying to dread wastes and doing those damn spider quests.  My priest will probably head to dread waste to be honest once she gets past the first few levels, but I will head to the wilds with her instead of pangs stead…so sick of that place!!

I do LFD as much as possible and generally am queuing up the second I am online, it just helps so much, especially those first couple of runs when you have quests to do and hand in.

I have found that I hate doing the same quests straight away, if I have to do it later – like a couple of months, that is fine, but when it is just one after the other, I don’t really enjoy it.  I think this time round it is worse as I have nothing to do but level alts, so all of them are getting done in pretty quick succession.  Normally I level my mage straight off the xpac and then my next toon takes months as my mage has my focus for rep, gearing, re-learning etc, I would say that I don’t really even level an alt until my mage is at a point that I can’t get anymore upgrades before raiding or anymore rep for the day.  That takes a few months at least, so the pain of leveling has somewhat diminished by then :)

 

Other particpants:

Elkagorasa

Erinys

Velgana

My warrior makes the cut!

My baby warrior is finally 90!

I have very special feelings for both my mage and my Warrior as they are the same toons I have had since Vanilla, they have gone through moves, changes and factions with me and are the only two characters I have had since then.  My priest was created in BC, and she is the next oldest toon I have.

My warrior started out as a my wait toon, back in the day before btags, when you had to be on a toon that people could see you on to get credit for DKP.  I never really leveled her all that much, I more sat around in the main cities chatting to the guildies that were waiting with me, but I could never let her languish because of that connection I forged with her.

Warrior 90

So she makes the 4th toon to 90 that I have and is now mostly decked out in Timless isle gear already, I had three pieces which I took off my pally (shoulders, legs and boots) and whilst opening chests I found braces, gloves, chest, trinket, helm and ring…not too bad for a about 40 minutes of death…yes I was getting my butt handed to me by all the rares :)  I only mention the gear because I found this achievement quite funny when I got rid of one of my rings :

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That is for superior items with a minimum of 333 in all slots…That’s where I was at gear wise trying to kill mobs on the Timeless Isles…just think about that for a moment….333!!  Crazy…that is me :)

I also laughed when I got this achievement when I landed…Clearly I have no idea how I managed to actually get to 90 doing so few quests??  I must have done dungeons for one levelling period or something??  No idea…

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Comparatively my mage has done 7946 quests according to the statitics tab :)  I love it!

So deciding what toon to level next?  Shammy who is already 85 or hunter or priest…soo undecided….

Paladin got to the top!!

Woot!  My sexy pally chick made it to 90!!  So happy about that, not only because it means I am max level with the frosties and can actually do stuff with them now, but I also scored a sweet arse achievement, which I was no even aware of previously…I wonder if there are more for getting more toons to 90…I should ask Owl, he has like 11 I think he said…complete nutter!!  I couldn’t do it…some classes are just not suitable playing companions for me :)

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My last part to 90 was spent in dungeons…strangely, Oom said he would come along and when we tried to sign up with him we couldn’t…the LFD system told me he was too high to do normals, and when Oom tried to sign up it said heroics only.  My guess it is ilevel based?  I have to look into it.  I think it is annoying that max levels can’t sign up for normal dungeons….if that is indeed the case.  So, in the end although others had offered to run some normals with me (and forgotten *cough* *cough*) it wouldn’t have mattered anyway.  I will make them pay with heroics though…”sorry I lost my taunt button???”  <insert evil MUHAHAHAHA here>.

Also hubby brought his druid back to Frosties, figured it was easier as it was already in the guild so just did a guild transfer.  He is slowly levelling, I think he is 88 he said?  I was so focused on getting to 90 I was pretty neglectful :(  But we ran some dungeons together and that helped him get some xp, so all very useful in the end.

I am terrified of having to get my gear sorted, in fact, I spent some time on the Timeless gathering more gear and I basically have a prot set (armour only) and trying to gather enough coins to buy the shield/weapon.  And I spent all the money I had gemming/chanting it up…I am pretty broke now, but thankfully I got to 90 without setting foot in most of the map, so I will just slowly start questing the areas to open up dailies and get me some money to pay for flasks/repairs.

I did create a bank alt so I can offload stuff to the AH and hopefully that will bring in some cash..but it is a slow burn on that.

I asked the Frostie GM what spec my second should be – I have no immediate plans to raid but if I am online and they are short I would rather have my toon ready for it.  Prot will be her main – always has – but he advised DPS was more an issue than heals.  So Ret she is, with her second set of almost complete timeless isle gear, I spent some time on the dummy and was hitting 32k consistently, with half ret/half prot gear, so I think I can potentially increase that without much effort once I start getting gear.  Of course I am nowhere near the hit cap, and my expertise is short of where it needs to be on either set, but I haven’t upgraded any gear yet  (not enough VP) and some of my gear is still really low level.

For reference hit needs to be 7.5% and expertise 15%  – I am apparently slightly over the hit cap…well bugger me…I was sure I was under, which means I can reforge into expertise now and get that sorted :)

 

Merry Winter Veil!

I hope everyone enjoyed whatever festivities they celebrated yesterday, the day before or even the day before that.

I logged in after getting home from lunch with the family and jumped straight onto my pally to continue the trek to 90.

Xmas guild chat was hilarious..I cannot even begin to tell you how much I was laughing…the discussion with Nok regarding haloumi was particularly delicious because I then had dreams of it that night!  Nok was quite inebriated, and although I started off as post tipsy, I was soon into a bottle of Malsmey (like port) and had done half of it by the time I went to bed.  Hubby and I tried to run a heroic with him tanking at one point and although we got through the heroic, we decided we were too pissed to be attempting that with strangers….So we called it quits on that.

Boxing day morning we jumped online pretty early because we couldn’t sleep and I managed to get  to 88:

pally level 88

Pretty happy with my effort to be honest, I am trying pretty hard to get to 90.  This current level is going to suck my will to live, but I am going to start tanking some normal runs soon I think and see how badly I do.  I really don’t know if I have my tanking mojo anymore.

I also decided to grab my presents under the tree and I was appalled at the behaviour of the alliance players…we had smoke bombs, growing mounts, people just standing on top and making it a living hell.  Here is what it looked like for me on my main server – and every server I went to with Alliance toons was similar (3 servers):

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Yet,  horde this is the image that greeted me….and I would point out there were plenty of hordies playing with the zeppelin etc, so they had grabbed their presents…:

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I swear – I am not lying I went to Org on 3 servers and they were all like that – completely empty and well behaved.  I watched many people run up, grab their presents and then run back down the hill or to the side or just away in general, I like horde…

 

I get the fuzzies

Last night I was levelling my pally, I am pretty focused on getting her to 90 as soon as I can, I would like a level 90 horde toon to do things with friends on this faction.  I was pretty amped when I logged on as I knew I only had 50% to be done to get to 87.

Ding for me! Just three more to go…88 is my worst level because it is the in between one…so I was chatting to Aza who said he would run some dungeons with me when get to the “can’t keep going” point.  I am quit excited and although I hate to impose on people I adore, I have to confess to be ever so slightly excited at the prospect of getting a couple of runs under my belt with my Frostie friends.

Pally 87

For lack of a better description, I am still starstruck by a lot of people in that guild because I have been reading about them for so long, I confess to being a bit of a groupy.  It is after all by reading Nav’s blog in the first place that I met them all.  I want to be 88 already so I can start running with them, so of course I must quest!

In my travels last night, I discovered this little mob sitting by a tree :

Ferdinand

I haven’t read the book, Ferdinand the Bull, I only know of it from the movie “The Blind Side”, which is a favourite of mine.  I was so excited to see him, I couldn’t bring myself to kill him either – he is from a children’s book after all!!  <3 Blizz right now though.

I also did one of my favourite quests – mini dragons!!!!! Yes, I will try and get a picture of this quest with all of  my toons!!

Pally dragons

Of course last but certainly not least, towards the end of the night, someone jumped online that I had been dying to see since I got back, but had managed to miss every single time I was on – thanks to battle tags though, that will never be a problem again!!  But he remembered how much I loved one of his macros…(and I believe I have posted about it before) but I was so happy to see it!!

Bunny welcome

Honestly it just makes me giggle my arse off every time! It’s a bunny…driving a tank!!!!  A BUNNY!!!  Yeah, I never said i was going to make sense!! We had a very interesting discussion about analaog vs digital and measurements from the beginning of time – and I begged him to put the entire lesson into a blog post because it was so fascinating. I want to share it without stuffing up facts…but I was amazed last night and was having so much fun!

Onward to 88 I say!!

Catch up….long post

ok, so I started blogging and then have been so addicted to the game I have done nothing but play.  So, this post will be an attempt at a full update which I can then proceed to update normally after :) There is a lot in here, so bear with  me and enjoy the amount of stuff one person can get up to in just over a month.

Starting with my druid is now 90!!!  Woot :)  I love my boomy, as my old readers would know, I have however, never been able to play boomy – even after reading, testing and practising.  I love the spec…I just suck, but that should never stop you from playing – just don’t do it when it matters :p

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My priest is now 81 – slowly getting her up, hubby and I are levelling together with his rogue.  I am enjoying playing a SP, but I do forget I have a heal button which can sometimes be very useful.  I haven’t had a change to get much past 81 as we have been busy doing dailies on our mains. I wish you got an achievement banner at every level, it would look so much better than 80!

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Of course this leads to achievement chasing with so many different quest areas and achievements associated with them.  All of these have been done with just me as a frost mage and hubby on his SP so I think we are pretty awesome for having completed so many – and some were quite challenging in lower end gear.  There was the rares on thunder isle and the rares for each type of race which were the most difficult as clothies…but only a couple took multiple attempts and that was more because of added mob respawns.

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As part of the dailies you can do achievements without even realizing what you need to actually do to defeat them :)  I did mention to hubby that perhaps we needed to kill the bloods?

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You also discover achievements that should be done because they are fun and nerve wracking at the same time – yes, 90 seconds on those pillars doesn’t seem long, until you are trying not to fall off!

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Or achievements you have no idea how you actually got….Hubby had gotten this a couple of days ago, so I had made a concerted effort to focus…but I swear – I don’t remember throwing any fire down, I was studiously laying down the oil first…I am certainly not going to say no to this though!!

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I have done most of the LFR’s at this point, but missed a couple of screenies as I didn’t have my addon running, but I only have SoO to go now!!  Even thought it took us about 8 attempts to finally get a Pinnacle of Storms LFR!!  And the second half of Mogu Shan I finally got done as well!  Woot Woot!  Some of the boss fights are fantastic…completely fantastic, others a little bland in LFR, but for the moment I am content with being in a raid again.

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Vale of eternal Sorrows (which I have been calling Shadows – fail reading there on my part, no wonder no one knows wtf I am talking about)

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Phew!!  There are going to be a couple more posts but for the moment I think I have bored you all enough!!  Such a good time in game since I have been back. Really has been so much fun!

Kill ALL THE THINGS!!!

I cannot stress how much fun I have been having in LFR!!

In the last few days I have done even more of them and I still have more to go.  I was hoping to get to through all of them before reset this week, but couldn’t quite manage it.  I admit to being chuffed everytime I finished one a new one would open.

But in all the fights I have done I have only died once due to my own stupidity.  I think that proves that a small amount of input and understanding of what you are supposed to be doing can help you immensely.  LFR may not be the full blown version but it does show that you can be prepared to do your job well and avoid what needs to be avoided.  I ran without mods except for recount just to see where I was sitting, so no omen and no deadly etc, just watching my surroundings and I confess to feeling so good about using my brain and my head to watch for things.

I enjoyed it anyway :)  Others will surely disagree.

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The one fight that killed me was the boss who summons the purple cloud of death? I was doing ok until that happened and i was down faster than…well faster than someone getting paid to…!!! The raid wiped and we went again and i survived until the second one happened, but since most of the raid had died in the first one, i was happy to have survived. I died with about 5 other people with me. I am feeling no shame about that death!

I didn’t have a clue on the hydra boss, the strat said something about using ice to kill fire but i never got a buff or debuff…so i just followed the crowd when the head died. I felt a bit ‘meh’ about that one.

I cant remember the other ones at the moment – thats terrible!!! But overall i was happy with the fights and was loving being back with other people killing stuff!

Hubby is really close to levelling so we can start doing crazy isle together!! Woot woot!!

I spent a little bit if time getting my druid to 88, and so will be getting her to 90 next – deciding is she should stay horde or not.

My thoughts so far on MoP

I am currently sitting midway into level 87 and I will honestly say – hand on heart – I am sick of levelling already. It feels long.  Really long this time. I normally don’t mind questing, but I am finding it particularly frustrating this time around.

My very quick reasons for this – is the maps are confusing and quests are spread out all over the place.  I have felt as if I have spent all day running back and forth for like 2 quests, or you find a random in a forest who has 3 quests but had you not walked past him you wouldn’t have known they were there.  I would prefer you have a map with one city in the middle and some dude hands you out 50 quests all at once, then I can just go around the map and do them in some semblence of order.  Yes – I want order!

The second issue I am having is being unable to find ways to get into quest hubs, yesterday I spent 30 minutes riding around an entire map to find an entrance that was on my map, but not when I got there. It has happened multiple times.  Yes I know it is not Blizz’s fault because I get lost, but if we sued the above solution, I wouldn’t be annoyed about it !  :p

See, very quick negatives, onto the other things!

I have run both available dungeons :

First time I ran it I got locked out of one of the boss fights because the tank ran in like a looney – although that seemed to be a theme with the runs I went on today (5 – if memory severs me correctly). I didn’t get a chance to enjoy my time in there so I really cannot comment,  I hate the first boss who requires you spend the entire fight running in a circle….what a stupid fight for people that need actually cast….stupid….

The last boss in this place, I SWEAR!!  did different things when I went in…so I am assuming there is a random element to it..it may help if I actually read the dungeon journal – I might do that tonight :p  I liked this instance, the litle elemental things are in it :) They are awesome! Bad image but you know which creatures I am talking about.

I have been taking great care to read things and just enjoy the small things that are always in the game but generally missed out on.

A guildie also found one later that said something along the lines of scratching their botom they sniffed their finger and will never do it again.  I must try and track it down, it was funny :)  I liked the Hozen, not as annoying as JaJa binks but almost!

I am having massive bag space issues as the gear I am getting all looks so awesome, I am wanting to keep it, but my void storage is completely full, so is my bank and my only options now are to go through and delete any double ups of gear – like for my tier 13 stuff I have duplicate LFR pieces that I was using for PVP etc…I can get rid of them now and that may free up some space, but for the few pieces that will get rid of, I have already gotten quite a few novelty items from quests that I can’t bear to part with like my puntable marmot.  So transmog is an issue.  I am a fully fledged addict.  I want to enter more competitions! LOL

I am having issues with my mage – my damage seems to be crap.  I tried frost with no luck – I was struggling to get the hang of it, and am now trying fire.  I seem to spend far too long killing one mob, my normal spells are hitting for less than 20k (they used to hit for almost 30k and up to 50k for a crit) - I have to investigate what changes were made, was the damage output reduced for everyone or are the mobs just that much harder to kill? I am feeling quite distraught about it.  Fire is still RNG, although I enjoy the playstyle, I was barely doing 14k on some fights and others I was hitting just over 23k….which in my mind is pathetic.  If I get a chance over the next couple of nights I will start my investigations, this will be an easy fix once I figure it out I am sure.

Overall, I am enjoying myself!  I can’t wait to get to 90!

Beavertown

Yeah, busy like beavers…you thought I was going to the gutter again didn’t you :p naught naughty readers!!!

I have barely been online this past week due to things..just random things, but things nonetheless.

Our guild got to level 10, I missed it sadly, but I was there for our level 11 ding!  YAY!

I also discovered, stupidly slow again, that there is no cap on the dailies anymore. I knew it was happening but didn’t think to check as I thought it was a MoP thing.  So I spent one day going nuts with the dailies and then haven’t done them since. I must get another couple of days done, on a couple of different toons, I want to have more money saved up for MoP.

My shammy managed to beg a couple of runs with the guild and now has enough gear to get into the twilight heroics, however, I am a little meh about playing her as enhancement…I shall see how it goes though, I am missing totems, it was what I played the class for. Apparently Elemental is the way to go!

I am certain my levelling experience through MoP will be my mage, druid, paladin, warrior.  The last two being interchangable depending on time factors etc.  In previous expacs I went nuts with my mage doing everything possible before worrying about the next, however there is no demand for that this time so I will just get them to 90 and spend time alternating on them.  Aside from raiding requirements on my mage of course :)

I will probably level a monk with the frosties so I have a healer/tanking toon over there, rather than just a tank.

I am going away this weekend as well, so will be MIA a little bit, hopefully will get online tonight for a run of some kind, and a scenario or two :)  I can’t wait to see it!!!

This is the last week in cataclysm, and I am sad and happy and excited and nervous and so many emotions.  As alway,s I get emotional when it comes to this game. I love it.  I love the world and I love the story.  I am amazed that people have created this just for my pleasure :)  I could think of nothing better than spending my days playing this game and just chilling out with my pets and dragons and oomkins :)

I can honestly say, hand on heart, that I have never had a problem with the changes or things that Blizzard do to this game.  So far, each time has been better with awesome changes and more fun.  I can’t wait for Pandaria and I am just excited to be blogging through another xpac!!

 

Raiding and my obsession.

Yes.

Obsessed.

I had not been raiding for an entire week.  ONE WEEK!  I was having withdrawals until last night when I got pulled into a full DS run by some friends :)  We did Mor’chok heroic and that was about it, the rest we ran like manics through.  I felt so good afterwards…just having been in a raid was enough to satisfy me for a few days.

As mentioned previously I am in the process of updating our guild website with all the raiding information and strats I can find for MoP.  I already have most of Mogu’shan vaults committed to memory, just the last 2 I need to work on a little more.

I have done a couple of the Heart of Fear bosses, mostly committed to memory – they look like fantastic fights!  Can’t wait! But I have done nothing about the middle raid yet.  Yes I have been slack.  But committing that many bosses to memory is hard work let me tell you :)

All this raiding information has made me literally wanting to raid.  I want the kill and I really want to see us do it – I don’t want to fail as a raid leader, I want to push people to be better and I want to be better myself.

This of course brings me to my mage.  I sucked at arcane, I am now sucking at frost and I am going to try fire at some point over the next few weeks – probably whilst levelling?  I am feeling very very uncomfortable on my mage and completely out of depth.  I was hoping a run in DS would help me practice the frost rotation and in all honesty I was pathetic.  For someone with my gear I should be kicking arse.  Is this the end of my mage?  Have I really come this far to not be able to do another xpac on her?

NO NO NO NO NO!!!!  I will not give up just because shit got hard!  If I stop playing her its because I want to…not because I can’t handle the changes!  SCREW YOU no self confidence!!  I’ll show you!!

errr….

Sorry I momentarily lost my train of thought….and it doesn’t want to come back. So I shall leave you here with my little tangent of anger at myself :)  LOL

Also found out the store I am picking up my collector’s edition from – isn’t having a midnight launch like they have every other xpac..so now I am going to just go to work on Tuesday, pick up my copy on the way home and get Wednesday off instead. No midnight launch for me :(

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