- Poe man’s Rogue?
- Underpowered Mage?
- Half-baked Priest?
Squidly entered the Dark Portal for real last night.
At level 58 he was eligible for the quests and signed himself up for Ramps should a group eventuate.
The Old World is for Mugs
The questing was as easy as I remember. Being one of only a few in the zone means the respawns aren’t immediate, so you can cherry pick your mobs.
I was taking down mobs 5 levels higher with ease, even with my odd assortment of gear ranging from level 30 through to mid 50. The majority being mid 40s.
I was even surviving regular disconnections, my totems must have stayed online even when I didn’t.
The one thing I did learn 1st time round was doing level 58-60 in the old world is for mugs.
Just go to Outland and profit!
Honor Hold is under attack
I have seen Honor Hold under attack before.
Periodically the demons invade, wipe out all the NPCs, while all the player characters scramble around them.
At one point I headed into the keep and heard the sounds of battle – I have never heard that before. So, curious, I headed upstairs to where the Alliance leaders plan their attacks.
It was Tarren Mill all over again…
Level ??s wiping the floor with the NPCs and any unfortunate player character that entered the room flagged.
Then they set themselves up at the top of the stairs as some sort of welcoming committee.
Romping through the Ramparts
I got 3 runs through Ramparts with 2 groups, I healed both, only having 2 wipes… One unavoidable DC wipe and the other maybe unavoidable if I got Natures Swiftness off in time (or we didn’t pull 3 groups at once). Otherwise it was all smooth sailing, so smooth I am considering DPSing trash in future.
Not Particularly Enhanced
Anyway, back to the subject of the post. On the 1st 2 runs there was another Shaman in the group, an enhancement Shaman, but he didn’t drop his totems.
I asked him on a couple of occasions whether he was and what he was dropping. His only reply being he was… But I never saw more than my 4 totems.
So I asked him why…
They waste mana!
Mmmm, right. They enhance the performance of the whole party, meaning we take less damage and kill things quicker.
I was generally finishing each fight with a full bar, and we even had a Mage for free water. My healing stream totem was accounting for 1/2 my heals, but as far as he was concerned they were a waste of mana.
I’m interested to know what other shamans think of this…
Outland XP > Battleground XP.
Only yesterday I was telling you how awesome the BG XP is, suggesting that there is hardly any point in questing and instancing etc.
As SlikRX/Balthazario pointed out, this assumes you win. Well my experiences for the 1st couple of levels in HFP suggest that you need to mix and match your XP gathering ways.
The half dozen quests (primarily kill quests) and the 3 Ramps runs netted me 2 levels. Often mob kills were awarding me 1300+ xp.
As an added bonus, through cherry picking quests and a couple of Lucky drops, I replaced about 5 slots with Outland gear.
So if you do a quick calculation…
Squidly is now level 60!
Officially now both my 2nd highest character and only the 2nd to reach 60.
It has all happened incredibly fast, or so it feels.
Level 60 heralds a new stage in transportation for Squidly as well… thank you patch 3.2!
For only 250g Squidly now has his wings.
It’s just so natural to lift into the air and zoom over a building rather than mount up and run around it.
The only question now is whether I will wake Gnomeaggedon up from his slumber tonight, or push forward with the Squid.
Is Dual Spec short changing your skills?
Ohhh, a question for those of you with dual specs, especially if you use bartender as well…
When you get new skills, do both of your toolbars update?
I have noticed that if I train in new skills when I am in one spec, when I change specs, this other toolbar only has the old skills. This is all the worse because I have only just noticed, so rather than having version 8 of a skill, I will have version 3… Unintentional down-ranking!
Gnomer and Out, Squidly and Stout!
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