…to blogging, but not to WoW. WoW never left me during these holidays. In fact, me and my wife were surfing between our fridge and laptops, so the game was my major activity :)
My major Gnome/Goblin roster are now finding themselves in a lull situation. What I had left off daily activities was Tortollans reputation, and now I can report just one single toon lacking the last 1500 to go. I may either grind the remains during the week, or simply wait through another 6 days for a next emissary to pop. This chapter will be effectively closed. No more world quests for them are required.
Uldir is still mercilessly greedy – I need Vectis or Zul to drop wrists for my rogue, and four toons are also running the greedy Taloc. World bosses are being more generous: every week it’s a couple of new drops.
Warfronts are still a thing. Whenever they are up, I am launching all toons to try for transmogs, pets, toys and mounts. I’ve worked out which rares I need, so it’s a merry hunt. I’ve finally closed at least one Arathi set – cloth. Also warfronts are a great source of medals – as planned I’m not grinding or track them on purpose. I want it to be a surprise when I will have an opportunity to get a mount :) Tip from holiday events: first save for the most expensive things, then get the cheaper ones.
Incursions somewhat lost a bit of their appeal after I’ve seen them all on both factions and got the achievement. But as they still give the medals, I’ll be doing them while in the new raid queues. It’s quite a fun and engaging activity – all better than sitting on your butt in Boralus or Dazar’Alor harbor.
My toons are now 365+, so they are more than ready for Dazar’Alor raid with an entry access of 350. I require no upgrades before the raid.
As you may well guess, the above described activities are merely peaks after the realm and/or warfronts resets. The core of my gameplay has been alt leveling.
What do we have so far:
Melaris the Demon Hunter – is now 114 and finished Nazmir in full with all the side questlines. For whatever reasons, it feels very long and slow.
Jagda the Dark Iron Shaman has established her Shadowmoon garrison and is now 91. I’m planning to drive her asap through the cross-sworded ‘world quests’ of Draenor.
Kargash the Mag’har Fire Mage is only in the middle of Frostfire questing and she’s already 95. I’m completing the zone in full to see the epic ending again – by then I think I will be near 100.
Leveling was fast enough already, but with the patch buff it’s simply a breeze. Vanilla was just dungeoned through, with 3-4 zones questing to help while in queues. Outland/Northrend part was spent in Northrend, likewise an enormous amount of dungeons required barely half of the initiate Tundra/Fjord questing. I didn’t even see any Cataclysm content – land in Pandaria, earn the cooking fridge and do several serene Valley quests, explore the continent and complete a hub or two of choice while waiting for Pandaria dungeons.
I’ve caught myself on the thought that Halfhill farm and Draenor garrison are a bliss. They really contribute this feeling of extra progress – building and customizing stuff in your own playground was awesome. Thus leveling in these two expansions feels great. Isn’t it the thing that we should have every next expansion? Warcraft should be not only about breaking things, but also building things :)
With artifacts being rid of its perk chart, there will be no such thing in Legion leveling, and frankly I’m not looking forward to leveling there. Likewise in BfA – all storylines played and replayed multiple times, both expansions would be a chore to complete. And yet at least BfA is current, and I’m planning to complete its lore questing in full, following my major roster’s footprints.
Anyways, I’m not far away from the top. I think it will take me exactly the time until January 30 (LFR opens), and my new toons would be ready to join the collectibles farm along with the main roster.
Rolpeplaying the ‘evil’ feels great :) Now and then I would skip the ‘heal the fallen’ quests – like nah, save yourselves. Jagda the Dark Iron would help jinyu not because she likes them, but because she hates the stupid annoying hozen and seeks to destroy them. I would choose the questlines that promise unimagined power or treasure as a reward, and likewise :) Still, my evil toons are not devoid of sympathies. For example, Kargash (of the Shattered Hand clan) would play against Iron Horde and along the noble Frostwolves… well, maybe because she also doesn’t like Thunderlords, but still.
Having things to do before raid, having fun.