Leveling Trivia: Propelling Through Pandaria

Once you take your toons through the long and tedious 20 levels of Outland/Northrend, you step in the magnificent world of later expansions leveling.

My allied toons simply swooshed through it during weekend. Mark you, it was not even the full leveling days: the weather is nice and warm, so the major Saturday timing was devoted to walking, having a party with friends and whatnot. Still I brought Jammu and Arkeona to their Draenor Garrison, and Kalaari is at her 84 now.

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The questing is plenty and non-linear – you have Pandaria and Cataclysm to choose from. My obligatory part is the Halfhill thing – it’s very quick and rewarding considering experience, plus after 85 you get those introduction cooking quests which grant you 10 tokens -> food fridge bag.

Otherwise, Jammu chose to do some initiate Jade Forest, and then she switched to completing the whole Twilight Highlands – Horde part. I haven’t seen the storyline yet, and it’s quite different from the Alliance. To my liking, Alliance does a perfect questing job throughout the zone, they even have their version of Romeo/Juliet in Wildhammer camp. The Horde does an excellent zone introduction with Dragonmaw clan, way more exciting than Alliance, but then they deflate significantly, and their personal part throughout the zone is outright boring. Still, it brought Jammu exactly to 90.

Arkeona did 2/3 of Vash’jir – when they propel you up there for a gulp of fresh air, you don’t want to return back :) Few bits of Halfhill and Kun Lai made her 90, along with frantic dungeon queueing.

By the way, it’s nice to have a water mount choice besides the sea horse:

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You don’t want to ignore exploration – while waiting for dungeon queues, I also fly and open the maps of the current expansion. Your common flight around every Pandaria zone grants you a whole level!

Dungeons were brutal. In Cataclysm/Pandaria you really have to follow the boss tactics (and learn them), so wipes were not uncommon. Your success totally depends on the ability – and desire – of your group to learn, otherwise it’s hell on earth. I’ve seen the dungeons which we swiped through in a single breath, and I’ve seen the dungeons with 7 tries of the last boss. As always, the coolest ones were where people wiped, discussed, and were persistent enough not to rage quit (blaming everyone else ofc), but to learn and execute the strategy to win. Kalaari’s The Vortex Pinnacle was a mere pleasure as such – despite 5 wipes along the way, we did beat it, and we were so pleased with the experience and the group members.

Shall I do more dungeons with her? By all means.

My leveling is now closing to an end, the Draenor and Broken Isles are as quick as possible.

P.S. 100% Legion quest achivements:

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Big Project: Archaeology of Pandaria

My next Big Project came to an end: I have collected the last pristine object, the rarest Mantid banner, and completed all achievements!

Archaeology of Pandaria consists of three big parts.

    1. You must collect all the types of objects, but you complete it pretty soon. That was done way ago.
    2. You must collect 20 of each object. That’s pretty hard only in the last step. When you’re just started or crawling in the middle, whichever object you dig out goes into achievement. Then by the end you start having full collections, so each new item you don’t need already feels like a vain item. Still, if your next ‘project’ is what you need, then you’re sure that when you complete it, it will count towards the achievements. And ‘vain items’ could be packed and exchanged in Ashran for earlier projects (night elf, dwarfs etc.), pandarian projects – which helps much, or draenor archaeology garrison missions.
    3. The third and the last step are all the same objects, but of pristine quality – one of each kind. It gives you a quest when you can place it in a special show-off room. Of course you collect most pristine objects while hunting for your 20-batches, but still. That is hell of a hunt, because not only you need the right object to proc, but you need it to be pristine as well. I have collected 32 pandaren teapots, for example, before I got a pristine one.

Completing this, you get yourself a personal museum – that’s the greatest idea ever. We need more things like that, so that you achievements were exposed somewhere, if not for everyone, but for yourself.

And so, I have completed my room :)

I thought it could be useful to give some stats of how many objects I collected to complete all the achievements. I won’t bother you with object names, but will simply share the numbers:

Pandaren: 10 objects = 21-31-41-34-32-24-29-28-31-42
Mogu: 10 objects = 27-40-37-30-38-28-32-32-32-30
Mantid: 8 objects = 26-32-31-48-43-37-41-54

That was RNG for me. Of course, it would work better or worse for you, but statistics show that we must count for 30-35 objects to do the trick.

Draenor Archaeology – next!

Farewell, Halfhill – Sunsong Ranch and Tillers

On weekend while looking for group for final LFR runs I also finished the complete Best Friends Tiller journey for all of my 10 chars. It was actually a fun ride, required plenty of cooking, not missing dailies and flying around the farmlands for dark soil blobs that grant you extra rep :=) Not the worst time-spending while waiting for raids. And daillies also granted me some warforged seals.

Let’s say farewell to the guys in person and see what they brought to your farm :=)

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Gina Mudclaw

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Farewell, Halfhill – The Ironpaws!

We now say farewell to Pandaria, and as you probably liked the Sunsong Ranch and Halfhill like I did, I suggest to say goodbye to the Pandaren there in person. And here we’re also recalling what we did for them and expressing your attitudes:=)

The first post will be about your cooking guides –

THE IRONPAWS

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Yan Ironpaw – Master of the Steamer

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Your Farewell Raiding Week

Well, there’s a week until Warlords of Draenor – so the last chance to get some gear with SoO starts… now! People say that there’s no need to run one more raid – as in a week you’ll get some quest greens better than raiding gear, but what the hell :=) I still need set pieces, at least for the sake of mogging :=)

And while you’re probably queueing for the last farewell run (as I will do today after work), I suggest to recollect your attitude to the already-hated (or loved) snouts and faces of the SoO bosses :=)

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Take A Carrot From A Donkey?

I must admit that I like all this Epic Cloak thing in the end of all.

No! I’m still not doing it for any of my chars, but here’s the point: it’s a carrot that attracts many people into LFRs and lets me find the groups for raiding.

I suppose if the Epic Cloak thing would have been dismissed with latest patch, it would be very, very, very hard to queue up succesfully and find a group. Yes, people still want to dress up in SoO, but I suppose it would be way harder.

Let’s see an example: before patch, Valor points did matter. So I could find a group for dungeon or scenario in no time. Now – it’s almost impossible, because Valor-carrot is gone, and no one wants to do dungeons and scenarios anymore.

Rottenshield queued up and successfully found and did 2 raids yesterday. At the same time she queued up for dungeons (because she needs bonus reputation with Celestials). You know what? 2 hours of waiting, and NO dungeon group was found,

So bless the carrots :) they prove useful even if you don’t need them yourself.