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Doing the Unthinkable: Warrior Alt

16 Nov

Last week the Twitter WoW crowd got started on talking about legendary weapons, due to the new legendary weapons that are being released in the new patch. The conversation of people’s attempts to get them, or their reaction after successfully getting them, prompted me with a bit of an idea:

I wonder how it would feel to have a single character that owned all of the legendary weapons…EPIC!

So I did a little bit of thinking, asked a few questions there on Twitter, and did a bit of research via wowhead. Some of the legendary weapons can only be used in certain places or only last for a short amount of time once you leave the instance, so I took those items off of the list and just ignored them as I’m not about to put any effort into going for something that I can’t do anything with or that will disappear on me after I leave an instance.

There were two weapons still on the list that were specifically restricted to certain classes being able to use them, so I knew that in order to have a single character to wield all of the ones that would stick with me I had to choose between two classes: Warrior and Rogue. One of the other weapons though happened to be a staff, which immediately rules out the Rogue and left me with only one option, the Warrior.

So, as a sort of long-term side project, I intend to level up a Warrior when I have nothing else to do or feel like wasting some time in hopes of one day wielding all of the legendary weapons on the one character. My plan is to go ahead and level him up in the Prot tree, and have already done my preliminary research required to level the class with at least some idea of what I’m doing and what to expect.

Step 1: Character Creation
I already knew that he was going to be Alliance since that is my main server right now, so that cut half of the races out of the running. Out of all the races only one of them can’t be a Warrior though, and that’s the Horde’s Blood Elf, so that still left me with five options.

I took those and whittled it down a bit as follows: Screw gnomes, not a chance. Forget the Night Elves, a Warrior shouldn’t have to hide in the dark. Dwarf…not my thing. And that left me with Humans and Draenei.

Now, in the long run it doesn’t really matter what race you pick. Human Diplomacy goes a long way overall, but I have quite a few humans already. The Spacegoat doesn’t offer a whole lot, but that racial heal will certainly help a guy who likes to solo and is playing a tank that this time around is otherwise unable to heal himself.

So in the end, Spacegoat won the battle.

I needed a name, but didn’t feel particularly creative, so I stole my Horde Paladin’s name (Lexington) and modified it a bit – Lexzus.

Step 2: Pseudo-Twinking
If there’s one thing I hate about starting a new toon, it’s being broke and bagless. So after I created him I ran to the nearest town and parked myself in the inn so that I would be near the mailbox. I then logged over to my bank alt to throw some gold and some bags my way and did a quick scan for low level gear on the auction house. Nothing there really caught my eye except for a Copper Axe that any low level blacksmith can make which was being sold for 2 silver. It was white (common quality), it was cheap, and it only had a level 4 requirement.

I sent the axe over to my Mage, and the rest I sent to the Warrior. I had the Mage put a Fiery Weapon enchant on the axe and then sent it to the Warrior as well. A lot of people will say that the enchant is a waste on such a low level weapon, but first off I really don’t care since I can farm or buy the mats for it at any time, and second I made sure it was a white item so that I can pass it on to any low level toon that I roll in the future to help them level as well.

Since I’m new to the server and my highest toon here is only 71, there’s no option to send over BoA items, and I’m not about to spend the cash needed to both server transfer and faction transfer an 80 to the server. I’ll stick with my twinked out white items, thanks.

I also had a few green items that didn’t sell in the AH from a run through Deadmines, so I sent those over as well though he can’t use them until level 15 or so.

Step 3: Training
I logged back over to the Warrior, picked up his goods and then ran him into Exodar. There I found out that the space goats don’t start with axe proficiency, and the only place I can learn it is Ironforge. And in case you haven’t rolled a goat, that’s a bunch of traveling just to use a stinking weapon! But, since I knew I would have to have all of my weapons trained up anyway I went ahead and traveled to all of the major cities and got him trained in every weapon he can. In case I haven’t mentioned it already, Warriors can train every weapon except for wands (and relics), so I got all weapons opened up to me except for Polearms which requires a minimum of level 20.

The Draenei racial heal is great, but since I plan on soloing a lot of stuff I want another heal available to me, and that came in the form of the Herbalism profession which was next on my list. And since Inscription wouldn’t do anything for me in particular until way later in the game, I decided to tag Alchemy along with that so that I would have a strong supply of potions to help with the soloing as well. However, crafting professions require level 5 to learn them, so he doesn’t have it yet.

I then grabbed all of the secondary skills: Fishing, First Aid, and Cooking so that I have the option of adding them in as well. I’m not a fan of fishing, so it will probably go nowhere. FA will get raised to at least Runecloth, and Cooking we’ll just have to see where I give up on it with this toon.

Plans
I plan on leveling this guy as Prot and soloing as much content with him as I can. The lack of healing abilities and crowd control will make some things harder to do than I experienced on my Paladin, but we’ll see where I can take him.

The Warrior class still does not thrill me much at all, and it did get boring already even at level 4, so you can expect this guy to be leveled up slowly unless something happens to drastically change that. I don’t see it happening, but you never know.

I will blog about his leveling experience as it happens, as I do with any other class that I pick up.

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12 responses to “Doing the Unthinkable: Warrior Alt

  1. Nagrarok

    November 16, 2009 at 2:46 PM

    My Warrior has been at 13 for a while, kinda put it off until my Lock dings 80, which should be sometime before 2010 (only needs 3 more levels). Got BoA out the ying-yang, deciding to do it on my own server. I am contemplating getting the BoA axe or the sword. I kinda want to level him Prot, so I have another tank.

     
    • Psynister

      November 16, 2009 at 3:59 PM

      I’ve tried the Warrior four times now, and the highest I’ve ever gotten was either 8 or 10. I do remember getting the second stance on one before I quit, so whatever level that is.

      I saw @wowcynwise‘s warrior with BoA gear yesterday just absolutely tearing things up, so I know it would make leveling a whole lot easier. I really wish I had a BoA weapon at the very least so that I could use an enchant higher than Fiery and not feel bad about wasting mats that I can make some serious gold on. I don’t mind sending several stacks of Fiery scrolls to a new toon for each weapon upgrade, but I can’t justify the same for Crusader or Mongoose which would be more effective for leveling. Crusader with it’s heal is especially nice while leveling.

       
      • armagone

        November 17, 2009 at 12:34 PM

        Mongoose wouldn’t be possible on a BoA weapon, as it counts as “Level 1″ – so only Crusader. Not saying this wouldn’t be handy ;)

        I had to get hold of an Enchanter with the old +30 SP enchant for my BoA staff – wasn’t fun.

         
    • Psynister

      November 17, 2009 at 12:53 PM

      That’s true, no Mongoose on BoA. Lifestealing wouldn’t be bad either, but the Str from Crusader provides block as well, so the only thing that might potentially put it above Crusader would be the higher Proc Per Minute count of LS vs Crusader when using a fast(er) weapon. But, if I go for a slow weapon then Crusader comes out on top.

      I’ve wanted to get the +30 SP myself for a long time but can’t manage to get my hands on it. I need to get some more people rounded up to go farm it here on the new server. A few attempts on the old server yielded nothing there either, but I seem to have more luck on the alliance server, so who knows.

      I haven’t been able to hunt down someone who can do the +30 SP enchant, but I have found someone who sells scrolls of it. I asked if they had it and they said no, so I asked where they got it from and they replied “a friend”. I mentioned I’d gladly pay just as much as they sell them for on the AH, I just wanted to know where I could get a reliable source for them, and they told me to stick to the AH for it. So, I can essentially get it whenever I want, but I’m at the mercy of the AH for the prices which flows from 170g to 350g depending on the day.

       
  2. We Fly Spitfires

    November 16, 2009 at 5:31 PM

    Looking forward to reading about your leveling experience as I started a new Warrior alt a couple of weeks ago (Undead this time so I can level up as Horde which I’ve not done before). I’ve got a level 67 Draenei Warrior already but I’m actually enjoying playing the same class a second time round as this time I’m leveling as Prot whereas the first time I leveled as Fury. Prot is actually very powerful and very cool and I’m looking forward to tanking for some groups.

    I still think the Draenei is my preferred race because they look the coolest, have the best backstory and have a great PVE racial for soloing. Maybe I will switch my Undead Warrior over to Draenei once I get him to 80.

     
    • Psynister

      November 16, 2009 at 6:00 PM

      As I said, it will be a slow leveling process unless something gets me excited in the actual play experience, but I’ll keep you posted.

      After hearing Mandaril’s (or whatever his twitter name is these days) comments on leveling his as prot, I’m pretty confident that I’ll be able to get him leveled, the problem is just getting to enjoy playing the class. We’ve all got classes we like and classes we don’t, and so far Warrior is on the top of my “Don’t” list followed closely by the Death Knight.

      I like some things about the draenei, others I don’t. All in all I’m sort of in between on them. I do really like some of their quests (such as the totem quest to learn the language of…whoever they are), though I don’t really care for some other aspects of it. All in all, they’re pretty cool.

      My inner min/max’er though absolutely loves Gift of the Naaru.

       
  3. Veneretio

    November 16, 2009 at 7:00 PM

    The Legendary staff is no longer acquirable since it was only available from level 60 Naxx.

     
  4. Matojo

    November 20, 2009 at 10:09 AM

    /salute
    Good luck!

    Gift of the Naaru + Lifeblood is awesome for classes that don’t otherwise have a heal. They’ve saved my Draenei mage several times and, I’ve gotta say, Draenei fellas look very cool in plate. Lookin’ forward to these posts!

    Warriors, btw, get better after level 20. I kinda wanna level another one from scratch, but it would have to be Alliance. So tired of Horde starting zones.

     
    • Psynister

      November 20, 2009 at 10:15 AM

      With how much I’ve had just Lifeblood itself save my life, I can only imagine how much better it’s going to be with another HoT thrown in there. I like a lot of the looks that come with the Draenei. Their emotes suck horribly, but I can get beyond that since I don’t use them that often. The male’s /salute does remind me of the Bloodsport movie though, so I tend to do it a lot.

      I think the majority of all classes get a lot better at level 20. It’s actually getting to 20 in the first place that’s the problem. ;)

      It looks like we have a couple of people that are willing to come roll some new toons on the server, so maybe I’ll get a chance to level with someone else and have it go by a bit faster and easier. I think that would probably help quite a bit since I’m so often doing it solo instead.

      I will tell you from experience though, that leveling in Alliance areas after being Horde for so long was a big refresher. I was actually starting to get a bit tired with the game right before my wife decided to make the switch to Alliance and I was fully refreshed when I joined her. If you’re looking for a fresh server to roll ally, I know just the place. ;)

       
      • Matojo

        November 21, 2009 at 1:04 AM

        Haha, thanks for the offer. I’m already started on Moon Guard and the thought of stretching too thin makes me twitch a little. If I change my mind, I’ll be sure to let y’all know, though!

         

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