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Episode #47: Mission: 11 Level 90s When Warlords Drops

16 Jan

If I’m highly inebriated, I MIGHT boost a gnome warlock to 90

Click below for the audio segment:

You know those behemoth projects at home or work that seem insurmountable? The ones that seem likely to be completed after a man walks on Mars, or after Miley Cyrus stops begging for attention? Well, they say (project management professionals? I dunno) the best way to accomplish said goal is to break it down into it’s smallest parts and work on them one at a time with shorter individual time goals.

One goal that I’ve always had out on the horizon is to have all 11 classes at max level, and considering that I’ve been on a long hiatus from raiding, now might be the perfect time. Now, before you scoff at me, I already have 4 level 90s, and the other 7 are at level 81 or higher. To bend the goal a bit in my direction, I’m restating the goal as “11 level 90s when Warlords drops.” In this way, I can park a level 81 and boost him to 90 after the expansion launches, shaving 9 levels off my goal.

To break it down into its smallest parts, I need 34 levels (I currently have levels: 87, 86, 85, 85, 83, 81) to attain. Considering that every expansion has launched between September 25 (MoP) and January 16 (BC), I predict that WoD will not be released prior to late September. More likely, I think it will launch in the fall to winter time. Consider this: the time between beta and release has increased with every expansion:

  • Burning Crusade: Beta started 10/13/06 and launched 1/16/07 (3 months and 3 days)
  • Wrath of the Lich King: Beta started 7/17/08 and launched 11/13/08 (3 months and 26 days)
  • Cataclysm: Beta started 6/30/10 and launched 12/7/10 (5 months and 7 days)
  • Mists of Pandaria: Beta started 3/21/12 and launched 9/25/12 (6 months and 4 days)

This is not to say that it’s a guarantee that Warlords will have an even longer gap, but it’s probably safe to say that it won’t be much shorter than MoP, so 6 months at the earliest. Even if the beta dropped this week, it’d be late July before the expansion launches. Obviously that’s not the case, as we’re probably 2-3 months from beta, meaning launch won’t happen until September or October at the earliest.

So, back to my math. If I need to gain 34 levels across 6 toons, I can set a modest goal of one level per week. At that rate, I would finish by the first week of September. However, if my leveling rate is higher than expected, or the expansion is delayed into November, then I can throw on the extra 9 levels and finish all 7 toons by early November and save my level 90 boost for perhaps, an Alliance gnome warlock?

Ick, never mind. I’ll save the boost for my daughter, I suppose.

I am tracking my progress online, and you can view it here:




Will MoP Get More Alt-Friendly?

26 Feb


I have fun raiding, acquiring gear and rep on my main, but I also had fun doing it on my alts. My main was always better geared than my alts, but that gap was much narrower than it is in Mists of Pandaria. While I understand the philosophy of how Blizzard is handling alts in MoP, I personally enjoyed my alts more in Wrath and Cataclysm. Now, I can barely log onto an alt because of the time it takes to grind reputation, farm (literally) and raid on my main, and the fact that I know I can’t level more than 30 minutes a week on any given alt. We’re not even talking about touching pet battle or going on transmog runs!!

After 5 months in Cataclysm, I had 7 level 85s with about the same amount of playing time as I have today (6-10 hrs/week). After 5 months in MoP, I have one 90, and those other 6 alts are still sitting at 85 (disclosure, I RaF-boosted a Panda monk to 81 and leveled him to 85)…I haven’t been able to touch them.

As someone with limited playing time, I long for the days that I could quickly gear up an alt and experience a raid from a caster or healer point of view (frost DK is my raiding main). However, it’s not keeping me from the game, or is it a major complaint, just a disappointment, really. I still thoroughly enjoy MoP on my main, as my “main dish,” but I miss all of the alt “sides” that I used to be able to enjoy.

I personally would like to see an “alt leveling perk” system for every level 90 toon that you have. I’m not sure of the actual buff levels here, but maybe now that I have one 90, Blizzard could give me a permanent 25% leveling experience boost to all other toons on my account, and every additional 90 would boost my account an additional 5-10%. I would also like to see some of the reputation grinds lowered even more than it is currently (100% bonus to all server toons when you purchase a faction commendation at revered). I guess I’m a bit put off by doing even half of the same rep grind over again.

I’ve been playing WoW continuously since October 2006, but I will never be that player that claims to have walked uphill in the fel-tainted snow both ways to the auction house, I don’t care if things are easier for the newer players!

Do you like the way Blizzard has dealt with alts this expansion? Are you happy it’s not easier to level and gear up alts? Or, do you wish it was a bit easier to level and gear alts because that’s what you enjoy? Could Blizzard award leveling speed perks to alts for every 90 you have?



RAF Update!

22 Jul

Hey all! Hope you got to hear my last segment on “The Instance” about the Firelands dailies! Unfortunately life has gotten in the way of producing a segment for today’s show. My daughter’s at camp, I’ve been diving a lot, and I was honored to be selected to play in my baseball league’s all-star game a couple nights ago (not bad for a 37 yr old!).

I’m still a few days away from unlocking the Molten Front vendors. I have 10 orbs saved up to immediately craft some 365 gear for me, but since that time, I finally have equipped 359 in every slot. I’m not sure it’s worth expense, or rather, missing out at the potential income of crafting and SELLING the 365 gear…especially the weapons. Could be a quick 20-30k or more. Not much to gain for 6 item levels in my own gear.

I haven’t had much time to dungeon (nor desire), but I have hopped back on my Warrior/Priest dual boxing RAF team. They hit 40 last night, and they are at 13 hours played. That also includes a couple of hours just tweaking my ISboxer settings. Last night was smooth grinding. Just skipped the collection quests, focused on the kill/target quests, and I went from 30-40 in 2.5 hours last night. And remember, that’s for 2 toons, not 1, and I’ll be able to grant 40 levels to another level 40 character once these hit 80. Both toons are guilded, so that’s a 10% mount speed increase and another 10% leveling speed boost, on top of all the heirloom gear and RAF boosting. Typically 3-4 quests completed equate to a full level. It’s almost unfair.

Off to 1k Needles and Tanaris for another quick 10 levels….

EDIT: I posted this one hour ago. Since then I’ve gained 4 levels on both toons…sheesh….


10 Jul

Orc Warrior and BE priest...love?

So, with the expansion of Recruit a Friend to level 80, AND 4.1 patch’s ability to send heirloom items to other accounts on the same Battle.net account, I decided I’d go ahead and level my level 10 warrior bank alt and a priest to boost my level 48 hunter.

I first thought I’d do what’s easier…level dual shadow priests. The reason is that it’s easier to dual-box the same class. However, I have a level 10 bank alt warrior. He’s been with me for 5 years. I feel bad for him. So….I mailed my clothie heirlooms to my newly created second account (on my battle.net account, which is a new feature of patch 4.1) and of course, my warrior already had all the heirlooms (okay, leather chest, shoot me).

Also, even though it will probably take me a little longer to dual box a tank/healer duo, with a server transfer, I won’t have to dual box a second pair (unless I’m that psychotic). I have a level 48 hunter and 77 shammy, so when my priest hits 80, I can grant 32 levels to my hunter and 3 levels to my shammy to get them both to 80 (yeah, 5 wasted granted levels). I’ll pay $25 for that luxury.

I’ll try and update how the progress is going. I have 90 days to benefit from the triple xp, but if levels 10-25 are any indication, it will rock. I went from 10-25 on BOTH toons in just 3.5 hours. And that included a bunch of monkeying around with addons, macros, etc. I did 2 dungeon runs after level 15 and each run gave me 5 levels (3 at the end of each due to a massive xp gain).

I think I’ll take that.


Where’s all that Cataclysm farming gold durnit?!!!

8 Dec

First of all, it’s been over 2 months since I’ve posted…I won’t get into the details in this blog, but work and family have been over-bearing, hey this blog is about balancing family life with gaming (but not necessarily blogging?!)

So, it’s been about 44 hours since Cataclysm launched here in the US, and I was ready and waiting. No, I didn’t flip anything like many bloggers I’ve been keeping up with, nor did I stockpile vast quantities of leveling mats and goods (Netherweave bags anyone?). However, I did take some advice from Kaliope’s Crafting Tome to get mining to 525 ASAP and hopefully turning a HUGE profit. Even the “experts” all agreed that farming the first week or two of the expansion would reap huge stockpiles of gold for those who chose to do so. How wrong they all were?! (at least in the first 36 hours). There are many bloggers out there commiserating and a bit depressed about the weak returns. At least I didn’t invest capital into flipping or large quantities of crafting goods, because I would be sitting on a ton and losing my shirt!

Back to mining: I took Kaliope’s advice and camped in Northrend after getting the mining glove enchant, purchasing Master Riding for 310 speed and then respecced frost to grab “On a Pale Horse,” which gives my toon an additional 20% mounted speed, much like a paladin’s Crusader Aura. That would effectively put me at 372% flying speed! After a frustrating 25 minutes of trying to login on launch night (to be expected, of course), I finally appeared in Dalaran. My trusty tauren DK was parked in front of the mining trainer, where I quickly picked up Grand Illustrious Mining, grabbed the same for blacksmithing, then headed to Krauss’ Landing to get Old World Flying for later. I then flew routes around Icecrown, Wintergrasp, and Shalozar Basin until I got to 470 mining skill (took about 15 minutes total). It was beautiful because there was no competition for ore in Northrend at that point. I then deathgated to Ebon Hold, mounted up, and flew south to Twilight Highlands to farm Elementium Ore, which requires 475 skill (remember my +5 mining glove enchant?). This served the great purpose of efficiency and lack of competition. I didn’t see another toon for the first hour in TH! I eventually saw several, but I had my pickings. I began to have visions of a realm first, but I ended up missing it by a paltry 15 minutes (thanks login server boss!). That’s ok, I was there to MAKE GOLD DARNIT! After reaching the mining cap, I just farmed Elementium, Rich Elementium, and Pyrite Nodes. In approximately 4 hours of farming, I netted 979 elementium ore, 79 pyrite ore, 6 rare gems, about 20 green gems, and about 200 volatiles (fire, water, earth).

Now is when I tell you how my visions of extreme riches came crashing down.

About an hour into farming, I had about 250 elementium ore. At that point I noticed someone spamming trade that they would pay 300 g per stack of elementium ore. I scoffed at it; literally laughed out loud at my screen at that preposterous offer! Oh how I wish I c0uld turn back time to jump on that offer. See, after I farmed up nearly 50 stacks of the stuff, I hit the AH to post, but not flood, the market with my mats for many riches, or so I thought. Elementium at that point was going for 90g/ore, translating into 1,800g/stack!! Even Basil B. himself thought ore could be going for 1-3k/stack in the first few days. So, I posted and went to bed for about an hour.

After dropping my kid off at school and an hour commute to work, I check my mobile armory AH and discovered that the price of elementium was quickly plummeting! I quickly canceled and reposted and did so throughout the day. The only saving grace is that I did end up selling 4 stacks at 600 g/stack, about twice that trade channel offer. After that, I cried. Everything plummeted below for what that initial offer was, and all within 18 hours of launch!!!! I sold another 10 stacks at 180g/stack, but since haven’t sold a lick. The undercutters are too fast. As of this post, we are 44 hours after launch, and the current lowest price on my AH is 2.9 g/ore or g/stack. The price is almost at it’s floor!! How do I know this? Well, others have been smart to forecast this, as jewelcrafting comes into effect:

From Wow Insider, “Cut green gems vendor for 9g. Prospecting and vendoring alone will set a minimum vendor value on a stack of ore, depending on the prospecting average yield. For example: If a stack of ore on average gives us six green gems, these gems can be cut and vendored for 9g each, which means you will only ever find ore for less than 54g if a jewelcrafter hasn’t logged in since it was posted.”

Looking at the Undermine Journal confirms a flooding of the market. Here are two graphs 40 hours into the expansion:

The top graph shows market price. You can see the rapid decline to it’s 6pm, day 2 value of 3.58 g. The bottom graph is the number of elementium ore available…over 5,200!!

Apparently everyone had the same idea!

Despite the lower-than-expected gold making, I have still made over 5.7k gold by selling Cataclysm ore, gems, and volatiles…all in about 4 hours of farming for over 1k gold per hour. PLUS, I still am sitting on 800 elementium ore left over. I know, I know, you’re probably screaming at me to just dump that too…it’s pure gold, right? Well, that’s true, but if the floor indeed holds at 54 g/stack, and it’s at 58 g/stack right now, I may just keep the ore to level my blacksmithing instead of making a small margin to reinvest into purchasing these same mats for leveling 3 weeks from now.

I will still keep a close eye on the market as I start leveling my main to 85…it’s always possible that there was an initial flood that will temper off into a moderate rise in market price, significantly above the gem vendor floor of 54g/stack.

Of course, I’ve been wrong before!