Not gone, still here

Checking this blog, I noticed that I hadn't posted anything in over 6 months now. So how about a quick update to dust things off. 

In all the (14+) years, I've played WoW there are actually a couple of classes that I've never played and even more that have never made it to max level. While under the Winds of Wisdom buff, I've decided to play through a few of the other classes. 

First off was to finish leveling a paladin on my current server. Eraalii (in honor of friend's mage "Oh Really? Ya") was a fun class to go back and revisit. She was my BFA boost and my first allied race (light forged draneii). I had forgotten how much fun tanking was, especially while wearing all heirlooms in those early dungeons. "Hold on let me pull a large pack, we got this". 

Next, I finally gave in to the aesthetic of the Worgen heritage armor and leveled a Worgen mage. Erleoniance (the random name generator gave me that one, "Erl" + "brilliance") leveled almost exclusively via questing, following AAP rather blindly. I say it took 4 days to level her to max, but that is skewed because once I went AFK and she died but WoW didn't log me out, so I was at the spirit healer overnight. She has been max for about 3 weeks now, has reached the pseudo max ilevel of 430 via some heroic dungeons, lfr, and emissary quests. Sadly, she still isn't exalted with WorgenTown Gilneas, so she still doesn't have the heritage armor (even with the tabard). A few more heroic dungeons are required.

  Right now, I am leveling an arms warrior. Erlander is full-blooded Kul-Tiran. It's fun watching this large, lumbering KT charge into battle and start swinging that gigantic ax around. I couldn't imagine the visual of any smaller class doing the job. Gnome warrior? "roaarr" LOL What I do love about playing a KT, is that he already has the Boralus portal open to him. At level 108, I might consider porting over and tempting fate to see how he does at mining and questing. That will be a few more days as he's just starting in WoD content. According to AAP that's open your garrison and open a bunch of treasure boxes. 

Coming up next? The emissary quests came up for Voldunai and Elkagorasa finished off the last 2,000 rep needed to reach exalted. I now have a tiny shaman (Ejinji) that I am leveling up through Orgrimmar concurrently. (Rested bonus flipping) I loved some of the fur coloration options for this tiny race. I had chosen to go topless so that you could see his fur. 

Ejinji - Vulperan Shaman

Next, my alliance warlock is only about 3000 rep away from exalted with the Rustbolt Rebellion, so maybe a mechagnome? This will definitely be a slower process as it's less than 1000 per day?  Maybe it's about time to pre-purchase the Shadowlands expac so I can level a death knight m-gnome?! 

eBot - Mechagnome DK

If there is still time, I will consider finishing off one of my not-yet-max level characters. My panda monk with his dual-wield hammers or the night-elf druid (so she can equip the eye customization) sitting at 88 maybe? Or maybe I'll start over again, as it's only playing out to be a couple hours of playtime. Crap, am I turning into an altoholic? 

Have you bought the Shadowlands expansion? I am seriously considering purchasing the basic edition. The boost, the big item in the second package, isn't a serious draw for me. We're going to max level 60 in 6-ish months. I am finding the leveling from 1-120 under the 100% xp boost comfortable. Mathematically, the 100% XP boost is equivalent to leveling half the number of levels. The mount is shiny but I am a little bit over that atm. Have too many mounts to have a favorite. The game-time in the best package is shiny and I'd seriously consider it if included in the middle-tier, not the top tier price at almost 2x the cost. 

Question: When the max level is 60, what will happen to my heirloom gear? Will they all disappear as we don't need the bonus XP? Will the 0-60 heirloom convert to a 0-30 heirloom? Will I just get a big refund check for the 60-110 heirloom upgrades that I've purchased? 

From a leveling perspective, I wouldn't suggest upgrading your heirlooms beyond 100. Consider artifact gear and legendaries that drop in Legion and the three AZ slots, plus the shiny new neck you equip in BFA, you'd only waste the gold. Just pay for upgrading your legs, trinkets, and rings if you want to keep running them. 

Erlenmyer, my hunter, has been smashing it gearing. Ok, he's only 457, with stuff in his bags bringing him to a 465, but it still feels powerful. Soloing a full horrific vision with one mask has been easy-peasy. I am considering adding a second or third mask soon. Dark Imagination (cue creepy Willy Wonka remix linked above) was super easy as it only triggers when below 50% sanity and with the tree 80% filled, he's hardly ever that low. I used my first orb going into Thrall's fight because I figured I should. 

AOTC has been achieved. RL friend was able to bring me into a coveted spot in a friends & family heroic run with his mythic progression guild. I was happy to not die on 3 of the bosses! Happily, they didn't kick me before reaching the N'zoth.  

2020 has been one big April Fools. No Blizz jokes. No fun. One of the few happy moments has been listening to upbeat, happy music. Electro-swing is that genre of music. It's one of those rabbit hole moments on Youtube when you find a video you like, then keep following it until you start fixating. Spotify playlists; youtube music

Interesting Ideas for 4/1.
  • WoW for Switch goes mainstream. Enjoy all raiding from the sofa, fishing from the kitchen, and mining while in the restroom. WoW on your Nintendo Switch is the most versatile option for playing World of Warcraft. [WoW for Switch is not mobile play, must be connected to WiFi. Need new Switch 2020 in order to support gameplay. Mouse and keyboard sold separately.]
  • AC Cross-over: Along with mining, and herbalism, WoW will be adding bug collecting. Specimens can be turned in to a new NPC, Owlsie, found near the heirloom vendors in Ironforge or Undercity.
  • Using this new class token, all hunters can now ride tamed pets, not just Haiti. Warlocks can mount their own minions. (still working out how Imps can carry their boss). 
  • Mercenary modes extended beyond the BG/Battle for Dazaralor. Living on a highly unbalanced server is never fun, now enable mercenary mode while questing so that you can level on that opposite faction. Have a horde toon and want to raid with your Alliance guild? Turn on Mercenary mode so that they can invite you. 
  • Phantasmal armor kits are now for sale on the Blizzard store. These $2 armor mods turn any set ghostly so that you can still see your DH's mythic raid set plus the glowing tattoos through the armor. Must buy the appropriate armor class (cloth, leather, mail, plate) for your toon. 


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