Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Level 100 #23, #24 and #25 are done...#26 in progress

So it's been a while since I've posted because I feel like there hasn't been much to talk about.  I'm running 5 toons through daily emissaries now (warlock, hunter, paladin, druid and death knight) trying to get all their weapons to 75.  Will probably only run the warlock through Antorus LFR as it opens.

I'm also starting to look at finishing leveling the various professions.  At the moment, I have all the gathering professions at max level and also both tailoring and enchanting, but that's it.  Jewelcrafting, Leatherworking, Blacksmithing, Inscription, Alchemy and Engineering still need some love.  Inscription and Engineering are the farthest behind with me literally having done nothing on those.

So I'll start leveraging the Darkmoon Faire when I can (should have been doing that all along, darn it), and may work on finishing all of those up.

On the leveling front, things continue to move briskly.  I finished three more toons since the last time I posted about it here.  I did the paladin purely as prot, then Havoc Demon Hunter and then most recently a third warlock (leveled as Destro).  Leveling time for all of those was pretty consistently right at 9 hours played.  I'm working on the third hunter now, and leveling as beast mastery, just because I love it so much.

After the hunter, I'm going to do a third druid.  This one will be leveled as guardian, just because I've never done that.  After that, it'll be a rogue, and that'll be the last of my existing 100's.  Beyond that I have got a shaman sitting in the 80's somewhere, and it's probably fine to work on that without spoiling the scaling changes coming with 7.3.5 (assuming that doesn't drop by the time I get to the shaman).



Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Initial Reactions to the New Expansion

So after watching some of the Warcraft news coming out of Blizzcon, my initial thoughts was that there wasn't a whole lot for me to write about.  And I said as much on Twitter, and then started to say more...at which point it became apparent that there was a bit of a blog post there.

So let me start by saying that I've always enjoyed PvP.  It's never been a huge thing for me, and I tend to generally avoid PvP servers, but I've got almost 100,000 HK's on Joar and I have had a character parked on a PvP server just for the fantastic world PvP on that server.

Sometime in the last few expansions, it feels like PvP sort of died, and was something I stopped doing.  But the idea of reinvigorating it isn't something I'm opposed to.  It's just different from what I have been doing.

So the idea of scrapping the whole artifact weapon system and scrapping class halls seems fine.  The process of grinding Artifact Power and Resources seemed to get a lot of complaints, so I don't necessarily mind them getting rid of that.  Although it seems like I'm going to be grinding Azerite instead?  I'll reserve judgment on the new Heart of Azeroth thing until I see more details on how it's going to work.

The other thing that has really peaked my interest in the new expansion is the concept of Warfronts.  Wintergrasp was always one of my favorite things in game during Wrath, so something that brings back some of the flavor of that is something that I'll definitely look forward to.

Some of the really interesting news from my perspective was around streamlining the leveling process.  Being able to choose between Outland and Northrend for 60-80 and then between Cata and MOP for 80-100 both feel like really interesting options for mixing things up for new leveling.  I'm not sure why Draenor seems to have gotten left off of those lists, because the one thing that I did think worked pretty well in Draenor was the leveling process.  I actually wouldn't mind if we had the option to choose between Draenor and Broken Isles for the 100-110 portion.

The allied races are also something that I'm particularly excited about, as I'll likely start working on all six of those once I unlock the quests.  So between streamlining the leveling experience and allied races, there's definitely enough there to keep me in the game and doing my leveling thing.  Oh, and if we might be getting more than 50 character slots?  Well, that would be fine with me too.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Ding! Level 110 #22 Is Done

The monk is done.  Leveled him entirely as Brewmaster and never once looked back.  Found the spec to be pretty smooth and easy for leveling.  Consistent with every other class, getting to 101 with heirlooms seems to present the most challenge because the initial heirloom scaling at 100 is completely out of whack, but once you hit 101, everything becomes much easier.

Also finished the Arms Warrior since the last update, which I also really liked, and the priest.  Much like the first time Horde-side on the priest, I never did find a spec that I really liked.  Leveling as holy worked surprisingly well and honestly would have been fine just doing that the whole way.  I did end up switching to shadow at some point, but never felt really that great about it.

Working on the paladin as protection now, and then the demon hunter will be last to give me a full set of alliance toons of each class.  Then we'll start on the 3rd class set, which is another Horde set.  There's only 4 toons in that set currently sitting at 100 (hunter, warlock, druid and rogue), so it'll be further to go to get that full set of 12 to 110.  Although with the next expansion announcement still not here, there may be time.



Thursday, September 14, 2017

Initial Thoughts on 7.3

So I've been trying to gather thoughts for this blog post for a while now because I wanted to get my initial thoughts down on patch 7.3.  We're now in the third week of the patch, and I'm still not sure what I think.  We've got two new factions to grind rep with, and a bunch of new world quests, and several new currencies that I have to figure out exactly what the hell they're for, and a tiny bit of new profession stuff, but overall, I've been pretty underwhelmed.

So here are the positives.  I really have enjoyed the story line from the first three weeks.  Although now that that story line is over, I'm not sure what else I have to look forward to for the foreseeable future.  I also really like the new dungeon, although I'll be damned if I can figure out why the queue's for it are running 30 minutes and more.

I like the Star Trek teleporter system (beam me up, Scotty!)  On the rep grind, I'm glad we have emissary quests to contribute to the rep on the new factions, although I'm not entirely sure, other than the Argus Flight Whistle, what I'm really trying to get to exalted for, other than to say I've done it.  I sure as hell am not paying 500,000g for a new mount.  The collection of mounts from Argussian Reach are cheap enough that I'll buy them, so that's something I guess.  Gating the Flight Whistle behind the hardest to get rep faction is a giant pain in the ass, and if that thing doesn't apply account-wide, I'm going to have a breakdown.

I'm not sure I'm all that interested in doing a bunch of world quests, just to do them, on mobs with insanely large health pools in areas that aren't particularly easy to get in and out of.

Right now, I'm running it on two characters - my warlock and my hunter, and that's about all I have the patience for.

I guess I'm reserving judgment on the Netherlight Crucible.  I'm not really interested in the best possible tree or min-maxing anything, so if you're willing to give me extra abilities or power and let me pick what I want, I guess that's okay.  I don't really care.  I don't have time for that anymore.  But if you're handing out free pie, I'll eat it.

So that's about it for 7.3  I may run an extra toon or two through eventually.  In the meantime, I managed to get toon #20 to 110 - my alliance priest.  I'm now working on alliance arms warrior.  After that will be monk.



Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Ding! Level 110 #18.

So I finished getting the enhancement shaman to 110 yesterday.  In general a very enjoyable class to level.  I also did a little PvP this time while leveling.  My original feel while looking at the XP per hour data told me that it wasn't slowing me down much, but the final time to 110 tells a slightly different story.

For this toon, I came in at 10 hours and 26 minutes, compared to basically everyone else since heirlooms were released coming in around 9 hours and 15 minutes.  But that extra hour is probably a small price to pay for a little bit of variety in the process.

Overall this toon felt pretty smooth through the whole process.  I also did Valsharah and Stormheim this time instead of my normal routine of Aszuna and Highmountain, so that also could have impacted the leveling time.

Next up will be Outlaw rogue, followed by priest.  I'm a little torn on priest.  For my Horde priest, I started off leveling as Disc, but found I didn't really enjoy it that much, so switched to shadow and found that worked much better for me.

I don't think there is a viable way to level while questing as holy, and I'm not quite crazy enough to level a toon completely through dungeons (or am I?...hmmm...)

So I guess we'll see.

The artifact quest line for Outlaw was pretty decent and so we're off to the races on the next toon.



Monday, July 31, 2017

Another 110, and the Impact of Heirlooms on Leveling Time

So I managed to finish up my feral druid last week, making my 16th level 110 of this expansion.  Feral was fun, and like most of the toons that I've been leveling with heirlooms, seemed to get progressively easier as the leveling process went on.

The addition of heirlooms have knocked quite a bit off of the leveling time, dropping it from an average of around 16 hours or so to right around 9 hours for the last couple of toons leveled with heirlooms.

That's pretty consistent with where things were at this point in Warlords as well.

Up next is frost mage, followed by enhancement shaman.  I'm going to try doing more dungeons with the frost mage just to see what the impact is on leveling time.   Indications are that it will take longer that way, but I'm curious as to how much longer.

Beyond that, I'm continuing to run world quests on the warlock for reasons that I don't entirely understand.  I keep switching back between affliction and destruction, but both are fully maxed at this point, but so not sure it really matters that much.

That's about all the update for now.



Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Two More Level 110's

So almost within a day or two of my last blog post about giving up on the warrior class mount, I managed to get it.  I had a bunch of Broken Shore shards, so went and upgraded a few pieces of gear, and then just got "lucky" with the interrupts on the first boss.  The other bosses in the scenario gave me no difficulty at all, so the warrior class mount was mine!

I also managed to finish leveling two more toons to 110 - the unholy death knight and the survival hunter.  The interesting thing that I'm finding with heirloom scaling is that it gets significantly easier the farther along you get to 110, which seems odd.

Once hitting max level on the hunter, I switched him over to MM and am working on gearing him up a bit.

Next up is the feral druid and after that we're going to do frost mage, then enhancement shaman.

I've continued to run world quests on the warlock just to finish upgrading all his legendaries and to also get Concordance on a second weapon.  I've stopped on the hunter, but may pick up another toon to start doing world quests on if I get tired of doing the warlock.  Not sure who that might be yet though.

So far, LFR has been pretty easy on everyone.  I've been running it on both warlock and hunter and other than some groups having some confusion over which way to go to get to Mistress, everything seems to proceed relatively smoothly.



Friday, June 30, 2017

Back to Leveling

So the class mounts are done.  Or at least most of them are.  Because warrior is my least favorite character (no judgment at all to those of you that love warrior - it's just never been a class that I've gotten the feel for), I can not for the life of me get through the Trial of Rage scenario to get the class mount.  That first guy with his Rampage and his totems gets me every time.

But that's okay.  I got the other 11.  And I'll come back and try again every now and then.  Eventually, I'll outgear the thing and it'll be mine.

So I've unlocked Concordance on the warlock and the hunter and running them through Tomb as it opens, so for now, I'm back to leveling.

I'm working on the alliance death knight at the moment.  I'm leveling him as unholy, which hasn't been my 100% favorite so far, but I'm sticking with it.

He's sitting at level 105 and working his way through Highmountain.  I want to try to get in some of Stormheim on him as well because I totally forgot to do that zone on the warlock, and I believe that's the only zone where the alliance content differs a little bit from the Horde.

Up next will be the alliance hunter, who I plan to level as survival, because I've not played that spec at all yet.



Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Class Mountapalooza

So the edge of your seat, riveting story line that was the Broken Shore campaign (/sarcasm) is now complete, and class mounts are now available all around.

I managed to get three right away as I'd been working all three toons through the steps of Breaching the Tomb.

While Blizzard appears to have outsourced the development of the Broken Shore story line to a Roomba with a pen taped to it, they've done a much better job with the quests for each class to obtain the actual mount.  I won't include any actual spoilers here, but at this point, I've done hunter, warlock and death knight and so far the hunter is my favorite.

The warlock one was a much bigger pain in the ass, so I'm not sure why there is such disparity in level of effort to obtain each mount.

I also like the death knight one!

So now I've decided I need them all, so I'm working all my Horde toons through the process of completing the aforementioned fabulous Broken Shore quest chain.

At this point, the remaining 9 toons are all through the Marks of Sentinax stage and 8 of the 9 are working on the 12 world quest portion.

My demon hunter is just waiting for the servers to come up today so he can collect his completed mission for the last part and then run off to do the demon hunter quest.

I think the ones that I'm least interested in are probably paladin and mage, so those are the last two that I'm running through.  Shaman is up next after the demon hunter.  As much as I've hated that character this expansion, the shaman class mount is really unique and I must have!

So that's it for this week.  Once all of those are done, we'll be running Joar and / or my hunter through Tomb once it opens, and then we'll probably go back to leveling the alliance portion of the empire.



Tuesday, June 6, 2017

The First Alliance Toon of the Expansion is Done

I managed to finally hit 110 on my first alliance toon of the expansion, so yeah, go me.  The death knight is up next, but now seeing that heirlooms will be scaling to 110 starting with the next patch, I will probably just wait at this point.

In the meantime, I'm working on getting to the Concordance trait on 2 or 3 toons as well as finishing up the Broken Shore quest line on 2 or 3 toons as well.  This is proving to be a bit of a challenge on my death knight, because I hadn't actually done anything to gear up his various followers, so he doesn't actually have any Broken Shore Order Hall Missions available.

So we're gearing up a follower or two and we'll see if that shakes a mission loose to complete.

My warrior is the only toon that isn't gear enough to do Nighthold LFR at this point, although I'm not really enjoying melee much this expansion (which is a continuing theme from Draenor), so I'm not sure I care.  The warrior is also the only toon that doesn't have a legendary at this point, so I'll likely just keep doing emissary quests to try to get one to drop.

Finally, I've been doing some healing in Nighthold LFR on both the paladin and the druid, just to give it a try.  I've been a little sad to discover that Vuh'do appears to be too glitchy for me to use.  Not sure if it's how it interacts with other addons that I use, but the frames seem to change around mid-raid, making it impossible to use.  I've never been a big HealBot fan, so I'm going to give Grid and Clique a try.

I also thought this was a good opportunity to try my shaman as resto since I haven't been a big fan of elemental this expansion, so I went through and grabbed the artifact weapon for resto.  So I might give him a dash through Nighthold once the servers come back up later today just to see how that feels.

I've also never done healing on the monk and I may give that a try just to see.

So that's what's on the list for now.

  • Continue to do daily emissary quests on warlock and hunter, working towards the Concordance trait.
  • Do daily emissary quests and/or Nighthold LFR on the warrior until the poor little bloke finally gets a legendary.
  • Try out both resto shaman and monk healing (Mistweaver? - see, really know nothing about it)
  • Finish Broken Shore quest line on the DK - need to get a Broken Shore quest to pop on the Order Hall mission board.
  • Dive into whatever this weeks' installment of the Broken Shore quest line is going to be.
Not sure if we'll be able start actively working on class mounts this week or not, but if so, that'll be a definite focus.



Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Extra Artifact Traits Unlocked All Around

Well, that's all done.  I managed to finish not only unlocking the Broken Shore, but also the extra artifact traits on all twelve max level toons.  Why, you may ask?  I have no idea.

I'm also diligently working through each week's new installment of "content" on 3 different toons - my warlock, hunter and death knight.  Sadly, I pretty accurately called this week's installment.

OK, so it was only 3 instead of 10.  If next's weeks is the 1,000 Legionfall War Supply thing I'll be anxiously awaiting a check from Blizzard.

I'm continuing to work through emissary quests and all that on both the warlock and the hunter.  And yes, I have no idea why.  I guess I'd like to unlock the fancy Concordance thing on at least a couple of toons, just to see how it works.

Lastly, I've gone back to starting to level my alliance toons.  My warlock is sitting at level 107 and is finishing up Val'Sharah, before heading to Highmountain.  Using the Legion invasions as provided quite a boost to the leveling path.

I started the warlock as demonology, but found I really wasn't enjoying it very much, so have switched him over to  destruction.

Next up after the warlock will be the death knight, who I intend to level as unholy.



Level 100 #23, #24 and #25 are done...#26 in progress

So it's been a while since I've posted because I feel like there hasn't been much to talk about.  I'm running 5 toons throug...