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Rolling a Death Knight… and a Demonologist

Posted in WoW Observations with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 18, 2008 by Mark Pannell

To a certain extent, I got my framerate issues straightened out. I’m pulling down around 35 FPS in highly populated areas and exceeding 65 FPS in ghost towns like, say… Ironforge. With that headache out of the way, I decided to roll a Death Knight. Sticking with the Italian naming convention, I created Predatore as a Human male DK. If your Italian is a little rusty, drop the “e” and Bob’s your uncle. Simply put, Predatore is a badass. He’s at level 58 right now and I’ve decided to hold off until level 60 to shoot him through the Dark Portal. It’s not that he couldn’t handle the mobs there right now. There’s just something deeply satisfying about plowing through Hellfire Peninsula like a steamroller.

When I first started racking up talent points, I decided to go deep into the Frost tree. It seemed to have slowing and AoE type attributes similar to a Frost Mage. But it didn’t take long for me to realize that Frost wasn’t the best soloing spec. Between some forum posts, articles on WoW Insider, and this post over at Arcane Blaster, I decided that Blood was the way to go. As of about two hours ago, Predatore is 49 points into the Blood tree.

So far, I’ve gotta say that every point was well spent. When I was specced Frost, I had to be very careful not to bite off more than I could chew. Since moving to a Blood spec, I haven’t died. Not once. To give a good basis for comparison, I was taking on mobs that were three or four levels below me in WPL when I was specced Frost. After speccing Blood, I went to the northern part of EPL and took on five level 60’s at once. I threw Mark of Blood on one of the mobs and intentionally saved him for last. When his body finally dropped and I stood before the carnage, I took a glance at my health bar. Full. I’m not kidding. I had just knocked out five mobs that were all two levels higher than me and I came away literally unscathed. This Death Knight business is gonna be a good time.

As though I didn’t have enough to do with Devv working her way to 80 and Predatore rekindling the flames of love I once felt for this game, another distraction entered the mix last night. My wife and son and I went to Target on one of those completely pointless, need to spend money for no reason trips. Since discovering a couple killer deals on the clearance endcaps, I’ve become obsessed with scouring them for deals. It’s to the point where my son and I nearly jog to the front endcaps in excitement the second we walk in the door. In his defense, he’s 3 1/2, so he’s pretty much just going along with what Daddy does. I, on the other hand, have no excuse. I just love catching bargains. At any rate, last night’s trip was no exception My first discovery were some insanely-priced PS3 and XBOX 360 games. None of the titles really gave me an adrenalin rush, so I moved to the next endcap. There I discovered Age of Conan for $19.98. Although I’ve read mixed reviews of the game and certainly didn’t need another monthly fee, I figured twenty bucks was worth it even if I didn’t wind up playing it beyond the free month that came with the game. I pay $15 a month to play WoW. My rationale was that I’d be paying $15 for one month of AoC and only $5 for the game itself.

After convincing myself that purchasing AoC was the only logical thing to do in that particular situation, I started doing a little reading. I was committed to researching all of the different character classes to determine which one would be most appealing to me. When I started playing WoW, Starman over at World of Warcast recommended that I play a Mage. I did literally no research. I just took his advice and rolled a Mage. And I don’t regret doing it.

But this time, I decided that I was going to get knee-deep in articles, blog posts, and wikis to make the most educated decision. When I actually started doing my research, I realized that all of those articles, blog posts, and wikis were a lot of words. So, rather than read all of that material, I took a quick peek at what the PvP armor looked like for the female Mage classes. Pretty sweet. Pretty… sweet. Much like my wife decided that she was a Vikings fan because she liked their uniforms, I came to the conclusion that a Mage was right for me because their PvP gear looked badass. That and, let’s be honest… a Mage is really all I know. The Demonologist class appeared to be a nice mix of a WoW Mage and Warlock, so there you go.

I haven’t actually rolled my Demonolgist yet. In fact, I haven’t even installed AoC yet. As a cruel twist of fate, I’m always scheduled off of work on Tuesdays. That usually means a lot of staring at the “Suggested Realm” screen until WoW finally comes back online. But I think my new ritaul is going to be working on my Demonologist. I will name her Devv.

Imbroglio Can Haz Frost

Posted in WoW Observations with tags , , , , , , , , on November 11, 2008 by Mark Pannell

Last night, I started doing all of the quests that I skipped in Western Plaguelands. To the best of my knowledge, I have no good reason for doing this. I say “to the best of my knowledge” because I can’t honestly recall why I wound up in WPL to begin with. I remember departing IF for WPL, playing a little… OK, a lot… of Bejeweled, then slaughtering some undead. But I’m not 100% sure why I went there to begin with. I’d like to say it was to farm Runecloth for Gnomer rep, but that hardly seems like an ideal grinding spot. Incidentally, I mistakenly took two stacks of Runecloth set aside for rep turn-ins and made bolts out of them this morning. My dog, who had been snoozing a few feet away, was abruptly awoken from his slumber by my verbal response to this realization of, “Nooooooooo!!!”

So, whilst grinding the undead of WPL, I took a cue from Devv’s Frost brethren and did the whole Frost Nova/Blizzard AoE grind. God, that was fun! At first, it was just the most logical way to knock out a bunch of mobs at once. But after a while, I came to realize that it wasn’t just efficient, it was a hell of a lot of fun. I honestly started to understand why so many Frosties were having a hard time making the transition to Fire when 3.0.3 dropped. Frost, on its most basic level, is a riot. throw in all of the goodies that I could have if I were deep into the tree and I could see where it could be downright addictive. My time as a Fire in Frost’s clothing convinced me to re-spec Imbroglio Frost. At level 21, he’s only 12 points deep into the Fire tree, so a re-spec would still provide me a good look at Frost from the ground up. I’m looking forward to leveling Frost for the next 59 levels with him to see how it compares to my experience with Devv.

I’ve never successfully written a short post. It’s at this point that I generally feel obligated to write some filler nonsense to make the post look more substantial and important. I promise you, my readers, that I will not do that this time. No sir! I’m a changed man. You won’t find a single word in this post that’s not relevant to the subject matter at hand. Not one single wor… wait. This is awkward. The end.

Patch 3.0.3, Find Out What it Means to Me

Posted in WoW Observations with tags , , , , , on November 4, 2008 by Mark Pannell

When the servers finally come back online this afternoon (God willing), Echoes of Doom will get the fixes it so badly needs. Here are the changes which will affect me the most.

Removed “A Mask for All Occassions” as criteria for the “Hallowed Be thy Name” meta achievement.

Yeah, I’m good with that. I’m assuming I’ll get the fancy schmancy little “Devv completed the Hallowed Be Thy Name Achievement” message when I log in later today. I’m kind of pumped to finally have a title. If you’re on SIlvermoon Alliance side, keep your eyes peeled for Devv The Hallowed. Word, yo.

Blast Wave: no longer receives double the intended critical strike bonus from Combustion.

Kinda figured this one was too good to be true. Well, I guess it was fun while it lasted. As long as they don’t take away my knock back animation, I’m OK with this.

Burnout: Now consumes extra mana as intended when Living Bomb gets a critical strike.

Oh yeah. I almost forgot that I took Living Bomb. Note to self: re-spec away from the bottom of the Fire tree and further into the Arcane Tree. Living Bomb is not as cool as it sounded on paper.

Living Bomb: Mana cost reduced to be the same as Arcane Explosion.. It no longer causes the caster to stand up when the final explosion occurs and it is now possible for each mage to have Living Bomb active on a target.

Reduced mana cost. Bah! Forget it. I wants me some Presence of Mind. This little dangling carrot isn’t enough for me to stay that deep in the Fire tree.

Reduced the mana cost of Fireball, Frostbolt, Frostfire Bolt, Arcane Blast, Arcane Missiles, and Arcane Explosion.

Oh… snap! This is the single most exciting development for me. I started using Fireball less in my rotation when Patch 3.0.2 dropped because it seemed so mana inefficient. If I re-spec all the way down to PoM in the Arcane tree, two Fireball crits will be the beginning of the end for whatever I’m targeting. Fireball, Fireball, instant Pyroblast, instant Pyroblast, fat lady sings. Boo-yah!

And if these fabulous prizes weren’t enough, we got some material to file under irony. The fact that the following two notes were in close proximity to one another on the list only adds to my amusement. The first listing under the “Items” category is:

The war against spelling errors continues: many items have had typos removed or their functionality clarified.

Nine bullet point below, we find:

Discerning Eye of the Besat procs should now be more obvious.

Discerning Eye of the Besat? The Besat? I wonder if they made the procs more obvious for Discerning Eye of the Beast as well. Gotta love Blizz. Anyhow, those are my thoughts this afternoon. Hope ya’ll got what you wanted out of 3.0.3.

Argent Dawn Goodies

Posted in WoW Observations with tags , , , , , , , on November 4, 2008 by Mark Pannell

On the urging of WoW Insider, I decided that I needed to get my butt in gear and start grinding some Necrotic Runes. If PvP gear is considered to be welfare epics, then the purples that the Argent Dawn are offering up are like soup kitchen epics. At 15 Necrotic Runes a piece, any newly-minted level 70 with an hour or two of free time can upgrade their green and blue shoulders and gloves to purples. Granted, I would not recommend using these bad boys as general purpose armor pieces. This isn’t PvP gear and it’s certainly not raid quality. But it’s not bad stuff for dailies. At any rate, I racked up enough Necrotic Runes to get the shoulders, the gloves, the tabard, and two trinkets. The first trinket that I grabbed set me back 40 Runes. But with it came my very own Argent Crusader, complete with mount. He/she fights by your side for some arbitrary amount of time. At the end of that time, they bubble-hearth away. Freakin’… awesome! Honestly, if the price had been 200 Runes, I would have grinded it out. Granted, your defender is only level 60, but I can’t wait to take her out to farm Runecloth.

Along the way, I picked up another Feats of Strength achievement for grabbing the Argent Dawn tabard. And speaking of tabards, my guild tabard is yet again more colorful than blank gray. While I was grinding out said Runes, I partied up with a nearby Pally who, noticing my lack of guild, invited me to his. Since I had nothing to lose, I accepted the invitation and scoped out the roster. With about 15-20 level 70’s of varied classes on a 75-man roster, I definitely took a step up from my previous guild. But like Cool Kids, The Sunset Raiders generally don’t have a large percentage of their members online at any given time. They’re not a raiding guild. They’re not quite a leveling guild. Really, they appear to be 75 guys and girls wearing the same tabard and shooting the breeze in gchat. That’s not a bad place for me to be right now. Later on down the line, I’d like to get into a more serious raiding guild. But for now, it’s nice to grab party members for quests and world events in gchat rather than having to PUG everything

On a completely different note, I had to create a second bank alt this morning. Benjamins is pretty particular about only keeping cloth in his tabs. So, Enchantress was born and assigned the task of keeing an eye on all of the armor and weapons that Ellyza can’t disenchant yet. Devv is racking up pieces that require Enchanting level 275 to DE, but Ellyza is level-capped at 225. When she gets to 275, she’ll be dropping Arcane Dust and Lesser Planar Essence like it ain’t no thing. What cracks me up is that I actually spend time to choose the race, class, look, and name of my bank alts. I could just grab the first character that pops up and name them randomly for all it matters. But I careful crafted a female Human Priest with just the right hair and named her something ridiculously cliche before sending her into Ironforge to be neglected for the rest of her life. At least Benjamins has a tuxedo. Enchantress is in her starting zone clothes. I even stripped her of her mace so she didn’t poke an eye out. Jesus, this blog has gone downhill in a hurry. I’m just gonna stop while I’m only a little bit behind. Please go check out the newest post at Critical QQ if you feel dumber for having read my entry. It deals with the Arcane tree and it’s 100% less retarded than this post.

That Was Fun, Ghetto-Hearth, Repeat

Posted in WoW Observations with tags , on October 9, 2008 by Mark Pannell

As I mentioned in my last post, I led a very bad selection of characters into Blood Furnace. Two Hunters, two Mages, and a non-tanking Warrrior can only be described as exactly what you don’t want to take into Blood Furnace. If you’re looking for a DPS-fest, look no further. But if you want to make it past the first boss without a wipe, you’ve got the wrong group.

We entered the instance and met two level 61 elite trash mobs. Our level of efficiency in dispatching them was incredible. Unfortunately, it gave us an unrealistic idea of what was to come. The first evidence of a poor long-term outlook was the fact that we all had to sit down to eat and drink… after killing two trash mobs. We worked our way to the steps in the same manner. Getting adds from bad pulls resulted in our first death, our non-tank tanking Warrior. We moved to the steps as he ran back from the Honor Hold GY. We made it up the steps with little resistence.

At the top of the steps, I accidentally pulled a mob out of a Freeze Trap with a Fireball and Kotasky kept sheeping a target under a Hunter’s Mark. She literally sheeped the mob three times as both of the hunters and their pets attacked it. With its health meter regenerating three times, it took a fair deal of mana for the rest of us to burn him down. In the interim, Horgath dinged 63. Rather than staying focused on the next group, he decided to allocate the talent point that he gained from the level up. The other hunter pulled three mobs, trapping one and pulling aggro on herself rather than her pet from the other two. Seeing the mayhem unfolding, Kotasky started casting on one of the approaching mobs before either of the hunters’ pets could hold aggro.

Ding! Ding! Ding!

Posted in WoW Observations with tags , , , on October 4, 2008 by Mark Pannell

Six days ago, I posted my first entry here. At that time, Devv was sitting at level 62 with maximum rested XP. This week, the ol’ girl and I tore through Outlands. In the process, she dinged 63, 64, 65, and now, 66. I had always heard what a grind it was to get from 60 to 70. I understand that it’s gotten a little easier in the past few months, but even recently, I’ve heard friends complain about knocking out those last ten levels. So far, I’ve gotta say that it’s been pretty quick and enjoyable. I’m sure that having a level and a half of rested XP expedited things. Which is why she’s nestled comfortably in Shattrath City at the moment.

I made a short-lived pact with myself that Devv would remain resting until the next patch is released. With a substantial reduction in the XP required to level from 60 to 70 coming soon, it made sense to hold off. But I just couldn’t keep her pent up anymore. And somehow or another, she shot up four levels in the past six days. At least now I can claim some sort of pseudo-elite status, complaining about how much easier the next group of toons has it. Heh.

If nothing else, this post should serve as a testament to the benefits of rested XP. I dinged four times without burning up everything I had. I’m sure this trick only works for questers. Grinders will burn through that rested XP in… well, a level and a half. But due to gathering 10K to 12K XP per quest and letting her rest while I was sleeping, working, and playing with my son, she still isn’t completely tapped out. And now, she’s chillin’ near the Scryers Bank. I need to get her back up into the inn. But for now, it’s better than nothing.

While eeking closer to 70 is exciting, what really got my blood flowing this week was getting Tailoring to 375/375. I’ve been sitting on exactly the right number of Bolts of Imbued Netherweave and Rune Thread to get me from 365 to 375. I was just waiting on Netherweb Spider Silk. At around 10G a piece at AH, I wasn’t about to buy my way through. When I started questing Terrokar Forest this week, the Silk started rolling in. What I forgot was that the patterns that could get me to 375 both yellow out at 370. So as Devv got the magic fingers going, I watched intently… 371, 372, 373… nothing…. 374. Doh! There was no way in hell that I was going to allow this to happen. I busted ass over to the IF AH to grab some more Arcane Dust. I had plenty of Netherweave and Netherweb Spider Silk. I just needed four more Bolts of Imbued Netherweave. Mana Loom… damnnit! A quick Teleport to Shatt and a Stormsaber ride to the Lower City and I was in business. It didn’t really occur to me what I would do if this attempt didn’t get me to 375 either. With no AH in Shatt, I’d have to go back to IF and start the whole thing over. Luckily, that didn’t happen. Her second attempt at 375 was a success.

With Devv’s Tailoring maxed out, it occurred to me that I was standing right in front of all of the specialists with 375 patterns for sale. I dropped 15G on the patterns for Primal Mooncloth Bags and the 28-slot Soul Pouches and Enchanting Bags. I started looking at the mats I’d need to craft all of these goodies. With a little more Arcane Dust, I could easily make myself a Primal Mooncloth Bag or two. Questing in Outlands and poaching the Darkmoon Faire has provided me with a nice collection of Primals. I have two 16-slot bags full of high level greens and blues that need a 225 Enchanter to disenchant into Arcane Dust and other goodies. So, let’s recap. Devv is just about out of rested XP and happily situated at level 66. Ellyza has been at 14 for a few weeks with maximum rested XP and Enchanting level-capped at 150. At level 20, she can get her Enchanting up to 225. See my next move?

Last night, Ellyza made her way back to Auberdine and started back down the questing trail. In the hour before I went to bed, she got all the way through 14 and about 65% of the way through 15. I’ll have her at 17 or 18 before I call it a night tonight. I’d like to have her at 20 within the next few days so I can get Devv some much-needed Arcane Dust, freeing up 32 bag slots in the process. With any luck, Devv will have enough rested XP to get to 67 by then. After that, she’ll be stabled in Shatt until she gets full rested XP again. While Devv is napping, Ellyza will go about leveling up her Fishing, Cooking, and First Aid. She’s the first toon I’ve ever created to really do the Secondary Professions right. All three of them are level-capped at 150/150.

The only cloud looming over my head right now is that I hate questing in Auberdine. It’s one of the reasons that I gave up on leveling Dantei. Combined with the fact that I lost interest in playing a Rogue, he’s been stuck at 20 for months now. It’ll be my third time leveling from 14 to 20 in that zone. It’s just so long and narrow that it takes forever to get from one quest to the next. Square footage-wise, I don’t think it’s any bigger than the zones before or after it. But it’s long as hell. That and the quests are so dependant on drops that seem to have the worst drop rates in the game. I think the drop rate for Netherweb Spider Silk in Terrokar Forest is better than Strider Meat in Auberdine.

But once I knock out the Auberdine quests, I’ll be at the point in the game where things start to get fun: level 20. Between learning new skills, unlocking the next set of profession content, and moving onto one of my favorite zones, Ashenvale, 20 is where I really start getting hooked again. Plus, there are little landmarks along the way that keep the grind to 70 from seeming unbearable. With the first riding mount just 10 levels away, leveling from 20 to 30 is quite enjoyable. Around 20 to 22, I’d like to go into DM and try my hand at healing. Ellyza was rolled specifially to be spec’d Holy. But what I’m finding is that it would be a lot easier to level her Shadow. I’m sure I’ll drop some serious gold changing her specs back and forth. Holy will probably remain an instance-only spec until she dings 70. Fearing shit away and running like Forrest Gump when I get into a bind is just too damned fun. Sudden end to post… now!

Why I WoW

Posted in WoW Observations with tags , , on October 1, 2008 by Mark Pannell

Before going to bed last night, I logged into multiple toons to check their mail and auctions. This morning, at 5:45 am, I left my house for work and listened to The Instance podcast on the way in. In a few short hours, five or ten avid WoW-playing coworkers will be here, ready to share their recent adventures. One of my subordinates will say that he’s finally ready for me to run his twink-in-progress through Wailing Caverns. One of my peers will make sure that I got his vacation request… beginning Thursday November 13th. One will tell me about yet another frustrating PUG that he eventually ghetto-hearthed out of. And I’ll also have to endure stories of my main being passed in levels by a Rogue that was power-leveled by the spouse of one of my other subordinates.

One of these guys is a married father of a toddler. Another is a forty-five-year-old man getting ready to go through a divorce. There’s a single guy who works two full time jobs and participates in regional and national mixed martial arts tournaments. There’s your prototypical energy drink-consuming single nerd. And finally, there’s the married mother of two. The only common thread that runs through us all is WoW.

When I first started playing, I was invited to join what everyone referred to as the “minor leagues” for one of the more respected guilds on our realm. The GM was a good guy and was on pretty regularly. But the rest of the members weren’t very active and the GB was usually empty. While questing out in Tanaris, I ran into a fellow Draenei Mage a level or two below me. She was struggling to take down a mob and her Mana Shield was about tapped out. I jumped in and finished the thing off. She asked me if I wanted to group for some quests in the area. A little later, one of her guildies joined us. It didn’t take long for us all to confess that we were getting bored with our current guilds. I half-jokingly suggested that we should start our own. The idea wasn’t met with any resistance. A few days later, the three of us ran BRD with a couple other friends. After we cleared the instance, we knew that we needed to all belong to the same guild. The next day, the Cool Kids were born.

We’re probably more of a leveling guild for now. But when the three founding members all ding 70, we’ll be partnering with Creative Anarchy to get our feet wet with some endgame content. I’m fortunate to have a four year veteran Mage to look to for advice. But in the meantime, we all do our own thing. Sometimes a few of us will hit an instance that’s in the middle of the group’s level range. Other times, we quest different areas from each other, chatting and bragging about our lucky drops and quest rewards. Kotasky loves to group. Airdrie loves to have more seasoned players escort us through instances. I love to solo. But at the end of the day, we all pool our resources in the GB, hook each other up with mats and goodies, and share our stories. The three of us, and the rest of the guild at large, all play a different flavor of the same game. The only common thread that runs through us all is WoW.

Sound familiar? Scroll up a few paragraphs. So why do I WoW? Because I feel like I belong. I was never the nerdiest kid in school. I was never the prom king. But I play and discuss WoW with people who were both of those things. And they know it. And they don’t care. So when the guy labeled “geek” growing up talks smack to the prom king in person and he takes it, then Blizzard has done its job. I’ll happily send $15 a month their way to have every social barrier that I’ve ever known broken down by a few million orcs, trolls, dwarves, and elves… even if that Utopia only exists in Azeroth.

A Little History

Posted in WoW Observations with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 25, 2008 by Mark Pannell

If you’ve discovered this site and you’re not me, I’m doing something right. And if that’s the case, I should probably give you a little something to chew on. As of this posting, I am a 33-year-old husband, father, and retail manager. I’m also a hopeless World of Warcraft addict. But this is a recent development. Read on, my friends.

The juggernaut MMORPG know as World of Warcraft has been making waves since 2004. For the better part of the four years since the game’s release, I’ve been a huge skeptic of an IP with 10 million people willingly ponying up fifteen snaps a month to wander around fantasyland. So, in early July, when one of the ever-growing population of my WoW-playing co-workers started pressuring me to play a ten day trial account, I balked at the idea. Persistent, he absolutely guaranteed me that I would be addicted within ten days. At this point, he had laid down the gauntlet. I took the trial code not out of interest but rather, to prove him wrong. At first, I stuck to my guns. I created a Troll Mage, leveled him to 5, then realized that all of my friends and co-workers on the realm were Alliance. Mother of Pearl!

After a little bit of tinkering, I decided that I wanted to be a Draenei. Of course, that meant buying the game and the expansion. As luck would have it, I had a gift card for Best Buy. What the hell, I figured. If it’s as good as everybody says, then at least I’ll have the character that I really want. If I wind up hating the game, I’m not out any “real” money. And thus, Devv, my Draenei Mage, was born. From 0-10, I wasn’t really impressed. It was repetitive, boring nonsense and I couldn’t really do any cool stuff. At level 10, I had a co-worker come get me and lead me from Exodar to Ironforge… on foot. He showed me the areas to level from 11-20, set me up at the Inn in IF, gave me 5G, then turned me loose. Somewhere between 10 and 15, my initial ten day trial expired. The addiction was starting to set in.

By the time I dinged 20, I was falling in love with the mechanics of the game. I had discovered curse.com and installed some very helpful add-ons. I might have even gone overboard at first. Aside from the aesthetics of the game, I was really starting to enjoy what a mage brought to the table. I had just learned Blink and spent about an hour Blinking into, out of, over, and past things. At the time, it was a party trick. I really didn’t “get” the game yet. I also got the gift of Teleportation. No more schlepping around on smelly boats and Hippogryphs. I joined a guild that was widely regarded as the “minor leagues” for one of the most respected guilds on the server. The members weren’t very active and those that were liked to solo. I was having fun, but I knew that there had to be more to the game.

Somewhere around level 25, the patch dropped that made mounts available at level 30. While everyone whined and moaned on Trade Chat, I silently celebrated. I really wasn’t looking forward to the grind from 25 to 40. Sometime in my early 30’s, my bank account showed over 1000G. My tailoring and mining had paid off. At 40, I started selling ports to further supplement my income. I was a gold machine! And then, Blizzard announced the Zhevra mount for Refer-A-Friend. I needed to get my hands on one of these bad boys. On a whim, I hopped in the car, ran down to Best Buy, and bought another copy of the WoW Battlechest and a 60 day game card. I came home, installed the monstrosity on my laptop, went through the necessary steps to link the accounts, and collected my Zhevra mount. I sat back with a grin on my face, admiring the icon that would become an actual mount at level 60. The smile faded as the realization set in. I was completely… and totally… addicted.

Nowadays, Devv is at level 62. I’m confident that I could have had her to 70 by now if I really wanted. But with the pre-WotLK patch coming, the XP needed to get from 60 to 70 is supposed to drop significantly. I can’t see grinding it out now when it’ll be so much easier in a month or so. Yes, I understand that statement probably makes me a noob, but guess what. I am a noob. I’ve been playing slightly less than three months. I think, by definition, a noob is exactly what I am. I’m OK with that. But I did pretty good for a noob. by the time I dinged 60, I was sitting on over 2000G. As of this writing, I’m down to just over 500G. Why? As it turns out, I’m a bit of an altaholic.

I have a level 20 Gnome Rogue named Dantei who has been camped out in IF for two months and changes professions based on the needs of my otheralts. He’s leveled five professions to 225 only to dump his skills when somebody needs something. I have a level 14 Draenei Priest named Ellyza and a level 14 Draenei Shaman named Raulduke. My fury with the Alliance’s inability to everwin BG’s in the 50-59 bracket prompted the creation of a Blood Elf Mage. Imbroglio was rolled specifically to be leveled to 59 and rack up honor and marks when the Allies just aren’t getting it done. He’s currently at level 21. Deciding to roll an eventual twink peaked my interest in the twinking process. Sitting on all that gold, I decided that I wasn’t patient enough to level a toon to 59 before I could own in BG’s. I needed that experience right now!

This is the part of the story where my bank account goes from 2000G to just over 500G. I wanted to get Devv’s tailoring to 375 before she dinged 70, so I bought an awful lot of Netherweave Cloth and Arcane Dust to facilitate this. That and my epic mount knocked me down quite a bit. But the meat and potatoes of the red ink belong to a long-haired hunter freak named Kaddisfly. He alone will be the subject of my first “official” post. Stay tuned, friends!

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