Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Loving that Windwalker Monk, and Level 90 #10

So I managed to finish off my shaman last week, getting them to 90 right about on average at 21 hours.  So I've now started leveling my new Pandaren Monk and have managed to get him to level 44 in just a couple of days.  The experience boosts that come with the Monk class are a huge help.  Probably doesn't hurt that I have him completed kitted out in heirloom gear as well.  So if I'm doing the math right, he's getting a 50% xp boost from the monk dailies, a 25% boost from guild perks and a 50% boost from heirloom gear.  So we're flying through stuff at this point.

I also managed to finish archeology on my warlock.  The changes to that profession now with 5.1 have made that a lot easier.  It took just an hour or two to go from 485 to 600.

I'm still working on getting the Spear of Xuen for my monk.  I've done about 7 pandaren artifacts so far and no luck yet, but I'm going to keep at it.

My plan is to try to get the Monk to 90 before 5.2 drops, but we'll see if that's really possible.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Most Efficient MoP Leveling Path - It Doesn't Matter

So I just finished leveling my warrior from 85 to 90.  This time, I tried what I'll call "the really long way." This involved fully questing out the starting area zones, and not moving on to the next zone until each was done.  As a result, I ended up hitting 90 early on in Townlong Steppes rather than in Dread Wastes.

Interestingly enough, my played time from 85 to 90 for this particular character was almost exactly in line with all of my other characters, and actually toward the faster end of the range.  The warrior came out with a total played time to 90 of 20.5 hours, which makes him just slightly slower than the hybrid level and a half method that I used with the rogue, who finished at 20 hours, and toward the low end of the range of the other characters who varied from 20.5 hours to 25 hours played.

So the definitive answer in terms of what the most effective and efficient leveling path to 90 is in MoP seems to be to do whatever the heck you want.  It honestly doesn't matter.

Well played Blizzard.  Well played.

I have one more character to level to 90 before starting on my Monk and that is my Shaman.  He's getting pretty close to level 87 and is getting toward the latter portion of Valley of the Four Winds.

After that, it's going to be time to Monk things up!

Here are the played times for each of my characters that I've leveled 85-90 so far:

Warlock - 28 hours (started on launch day, so always slower)
Death Knight - 23 hours (changed as soon as leveled)
Druid - 24 hours (changed as soon as leveled)
Paladin - 25 hours (started as shockadin - probably slowed him down)
Hunter - 22 hours (changed as soon as leveled)
Rogue - 20 hours (hybrid - stay a few bars past level)
Mage - 25 hours (changed as soon as leveled)
Shadow priest - 20.5 hours (changed as soon as leveled)
Warrior - 20.5 hours (fully quested out each zone)


Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Now to Try the Really Long Way

So after the leveling results from my rogue, I've decided to do the next character, a warrior, what I'll call "the really long way".  My plan is to fully quest out the early zones.  I expect based on what I've heard from others that this will result in me actually hitting 90 somehwere in Kun Lai province, or possibly the very early sections of Townlong. 

We'll see how it goes though.

Just one more toon after this though and it's going to be monk time!