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Episode 45: Cheap-Ass Fast Leveling

8 Dec

Being cheap ain’t always stupid

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Epic Diapers #45 – Cheap-Ass-Fast Leveling

Blizzard has a pretty sexy sale going on right now, and if you’ve ever thought about getting alts up to 80 or 85 quickly and cheaply, or just fooling around with dual-boxing, now’s the time to give it a try. The Battle Chest is only $4.99. This gives you every expansion through Cataclysm, and you get 30 days of free game time, which is a $15 value in itself!

After laying down a measly 5 bucks, send your second account a recruit a friend invitation through the in-game menu.  I’d suggest dual boxing with the same class for simplicity, but that’s up to you. Next, group up your new level ones and start questing up to level 80 with your triple experience, and as an FYI, heirloom experience boosts stack as well. This is easily accomplished in less than 20 hours of gameplay, and if you do that within your free month of gametime, try as many pairs as possible before your 30 days expire. Then you can transfer your level 80 over to your main account if you don’t want to keep 2 accounts acitve, or you can let the account go dormant and wait for a transfer service sale, as it is a steep $25 normally. But before you do that, be sure you grant levels from your new account to low-level toons on your old account.

Now, while it’s true that the new expansion will give you one free boost to 90, it’s unclear if you’ll be able to purchase additional boosts, or if Blizzard will limit boosted level 90 transfers for players who buy multiple copies of the expansion. Until then, have fun dual boxing alts. Of course, it is the holiday season, so you could always buy this for your significant other so that now the both of you can fight over who gets to put the kids to bed on raid night!

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Remember, you can also hear my segments on The Instance, Rawrcast, The AIE Podcast and Convert to Raid.

Sihx

BoA Heirlooms…are they just hand me downs?

4 Dec

Choose wisely (from wowhead.com)

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Bind on Account heirloom gear is the focus for the latest audio segment. If you are an alt-oholic like me, heirlooms have been a god-send. They can stack to a maximum of a 40% boost to your leveling speed. Most max out at 35% due to the difficulty in getting the fishing derby ring (+5%). Some heirlooms don’t provide a leveling boost, but they are blue-equivalent gear, level up along with you, and don’t require repairing. Plus, you can sell even more questing/dungeon gear that you acquire, saving you significant gold along your journey.

First, you pretty much need a max-level character (although you can earn heirlooms through the argent tournament, starting at level 77). The most common way to purchase them now is with Justice Points. There is a specific heirloom vendor in each main capital city. If you have multiple alts, try and consolidate your gear across multiple alts. For example, you can use agility leather for your hunter, enhancement shaman, and feral druid. The armor bonuses aren’t crucial, especially considering the grinding time you’ll save.

You can also spend your time pulling your fingernails out by grinding seals through the argent tournament, but personally, that’s not my recommended method.

Helms and cloaks are available through your guild vendor, and require reputation and quite a bit of gold. However these pieces work from 1-85, and all other heirlooms lose their benefits at 80.

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And remember, it’s hard to balance the pew pew with the poo poo.

Sihx

Midsummer Fire Festival – An Alt’s Dream

29 Jun

Well, we’re about halfway through the WoW holiday, Midsummer Fire Festival, and it’s proven to be a very good holiday to level up and possibly equip your alts. Let’s take a peek on what you can do to add some quick XP, gold, and epic items to your alts armory.

Festival Dailies

First of all, log into all of your alts every day during the holiday and take advantage of some quick xp. You can start in any capital city, just find where the holiday NPCs are hanging around a big campfire. After the first introductory quests, there are two repeatable dailies, “Torch Tossing” and “Torch Catching.” These are fairly easy quests, unless you are a keyboard turner. Google techniques if you are having difficulties. Immediately upon completion of these quests, the daily quests will open up: “More Torch Tossing,” and “More Torch Catching.” They are the same quests except they require more braziers hit and more consecutive torches caught. These two quests can be completed every day for the duration of the holiday. My 78 mage is getting around 25k for each quest, while my 69 druid around 13k per.

There are more dailies that you can unlock, but they require some quest chains that require signficant time. Many people are reporting good gold and xp returns for desecration and honoring of fires. I personally do not have time to drag my alts all around Azeroth, Outland and Northrend, and by the xp/hr reports I’m seeing, I believe it’s more efficient to just run random dungeons and/or use James’ leveling guides. However, if you need exploration xp, are bored, want the holiday achievement, or just want something new to do, by all means, go hit up all the fires.

Lord Ahune

Level 78 alts can use the random dungeon finder to slay Lord Ahune. My 78 mage is loving this daily exercise. Not only is it a bit of nice xp, but I get two frost emblems and a satchel of chilled goods that has the chance of dropping the holiday pet and a nice 2H caster staff. The chest also can drop several varieties of cloak. I already have both caster cloaks. All items are ilevel 232, and once that wretched staff drops for me, that’s two nice pieces that I can immediately equip upon dinging 80! The queue for dps has yet to exceed 5 minutes for me.

Hitting these daily quests takes minutes and will reap nice rewards! Don’t forget to be wearing your xp-boosting heirloom gear, and if you will be out questing and killing mobs, don’t forget to dance on the ribbon pole to obtain that nifty 10% xp bonus! There are valuable buffs that you can obtain as well.