The Heirloom Conundrum

As I’m plugging away at levelling Danicarith (“Dani” – my second monk) I’ve run in to a very interesting thing.

I upgraded a couple of the older heirlooms, the chest and weapon, so they last up to level 85. As this means the XP bonus is effective up to 86, I’m wearing even more heirlooms than before now that I’ve headed off in to Pandaria (well, I snagged a new staff pretty quick, but the chest is a “new addition”).

It’s a real toss-up. Yes, the experience bonus is great. With all those heirlooms, the bonus experience is crazy high. However, the gear that drops and/or is received from quest rewards is a significant stat upgrade in comparison.

In the end, I’ve decided to just wear the heirlooms and I’ll replace them at 86 with some quest rewards that I’ve taken to hold on to in case I don’t have anything better at that point. But honestly, I think it would be interesting to see if the added stats on the Pandaria gear would actually cause a faster kill/questing speed to equal, or possibly even beat, the heirloom XP bonus.

The question has been stuck in my brain since yesterday when Dani headed off to the mist-covered lands. If you’ve ever looked in to comparing the two options, please let me know! πŸ™‚

Dani chillin with Lorewalker Cho

Dani chillin with Lorewalker Cho

I’m Hunting Wabbits

Well, okay, it was more hunting mantids rather than rabbits, I suppose – but it was still fun!

I’ve been having connection issues to Deathwing for the past couple days, so it gave me time to jump on my alliance hunter who is over on Lightbringer and really focus on her.

Last night, Cyndarith reached level 90.

 

Because she was Alliance, it also triggered another achieve that I had been wanting:

 

Levelling my hunter was just such a blast. Of all the classes I’ve levelled so far, it was very much the easiest. Just ran through and let my pets eat all the mobs! πŸ˜‰

Cyn has now proven that she was, in fact, a double agent – she’s gone Horde. She’s an adorable Pandaren hunter now! Hopefully my connection to Deathwing stabilizes soon, and I can transfer her over to be with the rest of my toons.

The Quintessential Quintet

Short post today, because it’s been a crazy week of being ill and playing WoW – but I had to put this up!

After finishing with Sari last weekend, I hopped on my monk, Linsharith, to really focus on her. Picked up in Northrend on Monday, and pushed to 80 to join up with my levelling buddy on his warrior. I had levelled her basically the entire way to 85 as Mistweaver, but last night at 86 I had some experience catching up to do (since she had no rest), so while he went to record his podcast, I got to learn how-to-Windwalker.

I got a crash course, and off I went. Holy crow, is it ever fun! After meeting up in Kun-lai again, we toyed around with our spec combination, and levelled through 87 as a DPS duo (Fury/WW). Stuff pretty much melted. Once in Townlong, though, we needed a little bit more survivability, and he tanked while I DPS’d.

Tonight, Lin became my sixth 90 (while he got is fourth – woot!!), and completed the Quintessential Quintet achievement! Nice little sidebar there – now back to the VP grind on Avi, I suppose! πŸ˜‰

 

The Plate Experience

I decided to pull Sarinith, my Death Knight, off the sidelines this weekend. Swapped in to Blood spec and off she went to explore Pandaria for herself instead of just hearing about it.

It was definitely a different levelling experience. It’s my first toon to be quite that survivable going through those zones. She did less damage, too, but that only mattered for the first couple of levels.

I will say… This is my seventh toon to go through Valley of the Four Winds at 86, and I have *never* had the kind of problems that I did with Sari. It was as though Saturday was “bored 90 PvP” day – I was getting killed repeatedly by different level 90 toons the entire time. I’ve never been so glad that 86 had so many different questing hubs as I was this time, because it gave me the option to zig-zag around the zone. I had half-finished questlines everywhere, as I waited for those people to find somewhere else to be. The instant I hit 87 I headed for the hills.

At this point, I met up with a friend who was levelling his shaman, and we were off. Ultimate role-reversal with me as the tank and him as DPS, but I actually kind of had fun with it! I had very rarely touched Blood aside from levelling, so it was a neat learning thing for me. There were a few rough spots here and there, but in the end we hit 90 without dying.

Hopped in to some heroics last night (back in lovely Frost spec). I didn’t do *amazing* DPS, but it seemed as though I was holding my own, and actually rather liked how it felt. I just might do some more with her, even though I wasn’t really “in to” her in Cata. Pretty fun!

So, adding Sari to the list of “official” alts as my fifth 90. Almost getting everyone there. πŸ™‚

Just a Little Something…

I hit 300 followers on Twitter tonight. For a random WoW player who tweets rather mish-mash stuff, a mixture of real life and WoW-related things, this is kinda cool! It’s hard to believe that 300 people see me in their Twitter feeds all the time. And boy, sometimes I tweet a LOT!

So, I figure, you know what? I can probably do something for you wonderful folks. You’ve probably come here because I tweeted about this post – but even if you didn’t, you can still benefit!

Here’s the deal: I’ve got a Lil’ K.T. pet to give away. Because I don’t want to risk missing anyone that retweets a message or anything like that (because yes, I’m still rather Twitter-stupid), entry is rather simple. If you’re interested in receiving this pet (it can be either for yourself, or you can give it away yourself – completely up to you!), just post a reply to this blog post. Either include your twitter handle in your reply, or make sure that I have some way to contact you (ie: a valid email when you post the reply) to confirm your twitter account. If you don’t already follow me (@PerpetualCaster), do it now! Β On Monday, I will take the list of folks who are following me Β and do a draw on random.org to determine who wins the pet code!

So, have at ‘er. Take the chance – win a pet!! πŸ™‚

/hugs to all of you. <3

A Terrific Trio

Well, can’t say there isn’t stuff to do in WoW right now! Where have I been? Take a look at this:

At times, I feel as though I’m sort of flitting around with zero attention span because there are so many different things to do – and all at the same time. But as I’m reaching a few “milestones” in game right now, it seemed like a good time to stop and actually get a blog post out. So, let’s update you all on what’s going on.

Luna, my druid, reached level 90 yesterday. She makes my fourth max level toon, but with two of the previous ones being shamans, she was the one who triggered the Terrific Trio achievement for me. She hoofed it (haha, she’s a Tauren) to the flight trainer at the Shrine and without hesitation purchased the ability to fly in Pandaria. That was a big goal for me: to have my herbalist able to fly. Mission accomplished!

Avi has obviously been my main focus. Rep grinds are basically complete for her, since exalted level doesn’t have much in the way of gear rewards (two quest ones, yes), so I pretty much stopped doing dailies as I hit revered with each faction. I have been continuing to do Shado-Pan dailies, because I want those kitty mounts! I should be exalted with them in three more days, and I can’t wait. There is a quest at exalted which rewards an Onyx Cloud Serpent, which I’m also looking forward to getting. πŸ™‚ There are some dailies for August Celestials that I enjoy doing, so I’ve been hitting up the Temple of the White Tiger on those days and moving that rep towards actually being complete.

Mina is slowly coming up behind her. She’s got a high enough item level to run LFR, and will be getting revered with Golden Lotus today – if the login servers start working again at least! That will open up the Shado-Pan and August Celestials dailies for her, too, so it’s even *more* stuff for her to work on. heh It’s definitely needed though, because she was coming close to hitting the 3000 VP cap without having any way to upgrade the pieces she really needed to. She’s got a neck from LFR, and both rings from Headless Horseman, so she really needed a vendor to open up and upgrade some lower ilvl pieces quickly!

Crys and Luna are both able to run heroics, and they do their Tillers farming to provide cooking mats to my other toons (who are planting Songbells for motes). For the time being, neither will do the major rep dailies, because there already isn’t enough time in the day. Or enough of my sanity to actually do that sort of thing. πŸ˜‰ 5.1 will bring in a nice change though, with the bonus to reputation. Altoholics rejoice!

Nisa, my alt priest, is 83 and moving along when there’s someone else to run with – and if we’re not working on something with a max level toon. I’m having fun with Lin, who is levelling as Mistweaver. Monk heals have such a neat feel to them, and the graphics are super pretty as well. Once things settle down, it will be nice to get her to 90 and get the feel for that gameplay.

OH! And this was finally the year when I got the Headless Horseman mount. Running the daily on all three toons who could do it, every day, I slipped in under the wire with just a few days to spare. It couldn’t have happened in a better pug, either. They were cheering and congratulating me, and it made that moment even more awesome. I love people like that.

So that about sums up where all MY time has been spent… How about you? Are you working on alts or solely playing on a main toon? Whatever you’re doing, I hope you’re having tons of fun!

Get Ready for Mists!

Mists of Pandaria launch is swiftly approaching, and the majority of players are on the edge of their seats waiting for the new content to arrive.

We’ve all been working on in-game expansion prep for the last while, whether it’s maxing out some professions, finishing up an alt, or any other stuff on your own personal check-list. But are you – the person – ready to enter Pandaria?

For those people who are planning to rush towards 90, there is definitely some real life planning that goes in to doing so. It means altered sleep schedules, easy food, and provisions for responsibilities. When Cata launched, that morning was garbage day at my house – thinking of that ahead of time meant that everything was simply put out early so I didn’t forget about it while I was go-go in game working to 85.

I won’t be online when Mists goes live, I’ll be sleeping. I can only get away with being away from work for about three days in a row, so I made the call to start my time off on Wednesday. That way, I have five straight days available to get my toons in to Pandaria, while not having to worry about little things like getting enough sleep. πŸ˜‰

I’m planning to get my priest to 90 ASAP after I log in Tuesday afternoon, so this seemed like an ideal time to re-arrange my living room like I’ve been wanting to do for a while. I wanted to get my computer back underneath a hanging lamp in my living room, so that I can have a better lit area to sit in as well as be next to the window for some fresh air. Yesterday, I made that happen. Ideal computer set up: check!

I made sure that I have bread and peanut butter. Monday evening will see me making sandwiches to pack up and put in the fridge so there is easy, fast access to food.

One of my most important arrangements, though – and this is something I learned from doing the Cata rush – is that my two youngest dogs will be going to stay with my mom for those few days. They are so energetic, on the move, and eager to interact with me that they (understandably) would be driven nuts by this kind of marathon gaming session. My two older dogs don’t care. Heck, one of Russ’ favourite activities is “finding blankets to sleep under.” So the older guys will be staying home with me, but the other rascals will have their own mini-holiday. πŸ™‚

All in all, I feel like I’m set, both in game and out, to jump right in to Pandaria. The order of toons I’m going to level will depend entirely on how long it takes Avi to reach 90. I’d like to do Luna second, so that she can level her herbalism, but I’ve got to get Mina levelled up too. So it’s currently a toss up between druid or shaman to be my second 90 – but I guess we’ll see soon enough!

Are you ready for this new adventure? Anything special that you’re doing for the start of the expansion?