Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Who Next? Anyone?

So I've been working on leveling my shaman, but he's still parked in Frostfire Ridge at the moment.  Having trouble getting up the motivation to level yet another toon at this point.

I did manage to finish the current legendary quest chain stage on my warlock and get my shiny new 690 ring.  I'm also only about 6 Abrogator stones short of also having it complete on my death knight.  The hunter isn't really all that close yet, sitting at around 40 stones.  I'm pretty confident he'll be done before Blackrock Foundry drops, at least in LFR.

My druid is now geared enough to be running LFR, but I've decided that three characters is more than enough to be working through the legendary quest chain.  I may change my mind at some point in the future, but at least for now, that's all I feel like running through.

I'm still trying to figure out who I really want to work on leveling next.  I've started on the Shaman, mostly because I want to get the level 2 Inscription Hut so he can crank out more war paints, but other than that I'm not really enjoying the leveling experience all that much at this point.  My alliance hunter just hit 99 last night, so that'll be my 5th toon to 100.  In MoP, I had my 5th toon hit level 90 within 2 1/2 months of lunch, so that would put us right around now, so I guess I'm about at the same pace.  I wasn't running LFR on nearly as many toons or doing the legendary questline on as many toons, but there was that horrifying rep grind and all those dailies, so I feel like I'm still a little bit behind.

I didn't actually get my 11th toon to 90 in MoP until almost 11 months after launch, so I have plenty of time by those standards (although that 11th toons was a monk that had to be leveled from 0).  In MoP, I managed to get my 10th toon to max level by the end of February, or 5 1/2 month after launch, which in Draenor terms would put me at the end of April.  That being said, I'm not feeling the rush this time around.  

I've been enjoying the Garrison Campaign quests on my warlock and have even been doing a few Garrison invasions just for fun.  This may finally be the expansion where I decide to settle down and just focus on a handful of toons.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Final Data on Druid Leveling

So a highly delayed DING here on the blogging front.  I hit level 100 on my 4th toon on January 18th.  As it turns out, the leveling time on this one surprised me a bit.  This is one that I had parked in his garrison in advance, accumulating leveling potions so that I could keep that xp buff up the entire time.

Now I will caveat this buy saying that my druid is almost always one of my slower classes to level.  Out of the classes that didn't start on launch day (which I always exclude, because it's always an outlier), in Cataclysm my druid was the absolute slowest of all the classes.  In MoP he was third slowest, exceeded only by the paladin (who in an unbelievably doltish move, I started to try to level as holy) and by my mage who were both about an hour slower in leveling time

Now in Draenor, I decided to try two things with the Druid.  Given the changes in the gear system, I switched to leveling as feral, which I thought would be faster than boomkin, and I made serious use of said xp potions, which I had not used on any toons before. 

The results were about 50 minutes faster than my hunter, which isn't bad, because my hunter is a beast, but about 20 minutes slower than my DK.  Unlike the previous 3 toons, I've decided I'm not going to spend any time running this guy through the legendary quest chain.  Instead, I'm going to try to gear him up through follower missions with the goal of eventually spending time in LFR.  But at least at the moment, running 3 characters through all of LFR every week seems a bit overwhelming, so I'm going to try to limit it to that.

Next up is the Shaman, my Inscriptionist, who I want to get higher level so he can produce more War Paints more effortlessly.  Because everyone else in the Joar empire is clamoring for free trinkets.  And they can be a rowdy bunch if they don't get what they want.  After that, it will likely be either the mage or my priest.


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Leveling as Feral

So I've been leveling my druid as feral and really enjoying it so far.  It does have me a bit concerned about how things are going to work at end game though.  I've almost always played the druid as purely a healer, and leveled him as boomkin.  From what I've seen, I'm not sure that I'm going to be as interested in playing as a healer this time around, but I also don't have an interest in another melee toon.  Especially since that's almost definitely what I'll end up having to do with my paladin.

So we'll see how this works once I hit 100 on him.  I might try going the healing route for the proving grounds and the first stage of the legendary just to see how that works.  Or maybe just do the legendary chain as boomkin dps and then heal once I'm in to raiding.

Leveling the druid as feral has been extremely easy though.  Lots of easily available heals along with abilities that seem to hit pretty hard makes for a nice combination.  The cat form seems to have enough survivability that even pulling multiple mobs accidentally, I never seem to need to switch into bear form for the extra.  It may be slowing me down a bit at times as I tend to just stay in cat form or travel form and dash between objectives rather than mounting up.

My strategy of replacing the Barracks with a War Mill / Dwarven Bunker while leveling also works extremely well to ease the process as the extra upgrades really seem to make a difference to the process.

So the druid is sitting at level 96 and heading for the Spires of Arak.  I've been using the garrison xp potions on this one, so we'll see if that makes much of a difference.

I've also been leveling an alliance hunter with a friend, and he's currently sitting at level 95.  I really continue to enjoy marksman hunters this expansion.  Even though I just leveled one Horde side, it really isn't getting boring for me.

Beyond that, I've now got 3 toons that have completed the first stage of the legendary questline and are working their way towards 125 Abrogator Stones.  I expect to discover any day now that Khadgar has really just been Wrathion in disguise this entire time.  The obsession with collecting stones / drop items I believe is my first clue.

After the druid, I think either the mage or shadow priest will be next up in the leveling circus.  I'll probably squeeze the monk and paladin in between casters, as I still have the shaman to get through as well.

It'll be interesting to see how many toons I can get started on the legendary questline before the next stage of it drops, presumably some time in February or March.


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 ti...