As I knew would be the case, Cataclysm’s release and the massive changes to all of the classes has put me in a huge leveling craze. I’ve leveled my “main” characters, the one’s that had been at 80 for months during Wrath, and I’ve done a lot of rerolling of my remaining mid-level characters and also a lot of rolling new toons.
My intentions going into Cataclysm were to strictly stick to leveling brand new toons so that I could explore all of the new zones, check out the completed versions of all of the new racial starting zones, and experience the classes with their new talent trees. For the most part I stuck with that, though I haven’t done nearly as much exploration into refinished zones as I had planned, and I’ve spend way more time on my high levels than I ever anticipated.
As usual though, I have to fill your screen with other bits of slightly relevant information before I get to the point of this post. So go ahead and carry on reading, the titles give a fair description of what each section is about.
Psynister Breaks His Intentions
After playing around on a number of new toons I ended up leveling my Druid (Balance/Resto) to 85. The main reason, initially, that I did this was to check out the new high level zones a bit and level my professions (Herb/Inscription), and then I stumbled onto Deepholm and the insane number of herb nodes there and I went farm-crazy. Hundreds upon hundreds of herbs were mine to collect and they were everywhere It was insane seeing up to 9 herb nodes on my minimap at a time, and I loved it. At least until it got nerfed.
Once I had my Inscription maxed though I couldn’t just pass up the opportunity to level other professions and that led to me focusing on my high levels far more than any others, especially with the professions node nerfs that hit right in the middle of me doing all of that. Professions took priority over leveling for a while and that led to making gold.
My Mage came next so I powered his Alchemy from the herbs I hadn’t milled yet, and then I got started on powering his Enchanting when I suddenly ran out of mats and just didn’t want to spend that kind of gold on mats in the AH. I know that the easiest way to get those mats though is to hit up a Jewelcrafter (my wife), so I switched over to my 80 Death Knight (Miner, Blacksmith).
I started leveling him so that he could mine ore so that I could have my wife prospect it and turn it into jewelry and fist weapons. I then decided his Blacksmithing wasn’t worth the investment so I swapped him over to Skinning instead and got it to 525 in no time. I got my ore and was sending it over and making a lot of progress. The Mage’s enchanting hit 525 and I was making some great money selling the blue quality items that my wife was making for me.
My Alchemy was bringing in good money from transmutes so I decided to drop the 525 Skinning on my DK and make him an Alchemist as well. Goodbye 7,000g, I barely knew ye.
Skinning was profitable, but I could do better farming with a different toon, so I transferred my Paladin from a horde server over to my Alliance server and made him a human. He was a 525 Mining, 535 Enchanting and I knew I didn’t need the mining since the DK had that covered and there was no point in keeping the Enchanting since my Mage had it covered, so I dropped both of his professions and he became a Skinner/Tailor. He’s been a tailor before, so before you scoff at my Prot Paladin’s knitting hooks you might want to consider how much faster I can grind cloth with my extra 50% chance at cloth drops than you can…yeah, I thought you’d see it my way.
Psynister Makes a Boo Boo
I had spent a lot of gold on various things, none of it gear, and my gold had gotten really low. I managed to get it back up to around 17,000 total and then I made a stupid error on one of my addons. This error happened before I brought the Paladin over, and I think it was just before the DK switched his BS for Skinning, but I might be a little bit off. Not important to the story, though.
Auctioneer has a wonderful little feature called the Snatch List that helps you buy materials in mass by setting a price and then buying everything that’s under that price. I’ve used it for months to make a lot of gold. Once you tell it to buy everything you have to confirm every purchase by clicking the OK button, but I’d grown so familiar with it that I clicked on the Purchase All button and then just put my mouse over OK and started clicking away while I read some blog posts on the other monitor.
I glanced back in between blog posts to see how many more items I needed to buy when I saw a message flashing up on the screen, “Not enough gold. Not enough gold. Not enough gold.” My eyes went wide, my skin went pale, and I looked at my gold count: 117g.
Yeah, I set the snatch list price higher than I had intended to and instead of spending a couple thousand on a few stacks, I blew all 17,000g on Obsidium Ore for prices WAY over what it was worth.
I’m not going to lie, I didn’t make that money back. I made about 12k back over time, but I still didn’t have my Mage’s enchanting maxed just yet and I still had to buy all of the extra recipes from TH as well. I also gave a lot of enchanting mats to my wife so that she could level her enchanting as well. Did I get my money’s worth? Well, probably. But I didn’t get the money back.
I consider that to be the dumbest mistake I’ve ever made in my WoW career. The addon did exactly what I told it to, I just didn’t bother watching what it was doing and instead just click-click-click’ed my way to bankruptcy. I recovered well enough, all things considered, but it was still a dumb mistake.
Psynister Finally Levels Alts
After getting back on my feet a bit, all professions maxed across all toons, I decided I had had enough of making a fool of myself and got back on track with my original plan of leveling alts.
I’ll be honest with you here, I don’t even remember all of the alts that I’ve rolled since Cataclysm went live a month and a half ago. I do know that I have leveled every class to some extent since the expansion went live, but I’ve rolled so many I couldn’t give you an honest count as some classes I’ve even rolled and rerolled multiple times already.
I wasn’t expecting any changes to the Death Knight starting area since it was Wrath content, and that’s just what happened – no changes to the experience. I did find that I still love the Frost tree more than the others, but oddly I found that I don’t care much for playing Unholy anymore. I’m not sure what it is really, it just feels a little off. I have a Blood offspec on my 84.3 DK, but I haven’t really played with it much yet.
I’ve done a lot of playing around with different low level Druids in this expansion, but they just aren’t holding my interest very well at all right now. I’m having fun on my 85 Druid still, but leveling the new ones just isn’t happening. I’ve started to level four that I can think of right away, but I don’t think any of them made it to level 20 before they got deleted.
I’ve had a lot more fun than ever before with the Hunter class, but something always comes up that makes me lose interest for a couple of weeks and then I just can’t get back into them. I reached a new personal record for Hunter leveling of 32, but I’m just not feeling it. I like the new Hunter a lot, but it just doesn’t seem to be able to hold my interest long enough just yet. I’ll give it another shot once the craze starts to wear off a bit though.
The Mage still continues to be one of my favorite classes, and my wife and I have both done a lot with Mages since the expansion was released. They did an excellent job of making low level Mages feel a lot more powerful and far less boring than they once were and my wife has really enjoyed playing one for the first time. We both created Recruit A Friend accounts with the expansion so that we could both get the rocket mount to fly each other around on, and most of the toons she’s leveled on the RAF accounts have been Mages because she just enjoys them that much. High level Magery is fun right now too, though I’ve set Arcane aside for the time being as I’m having a blast with both Fire and Frost.
And out of nowhere, the Paladin has reemerged as my favorite class to play. When I do get back around to feeling like spending a lot of time with high level toons, there’s a good chance I’m going to be a Paladin tank. I haven’t decided on the offspec just yet, though I’m leaning towards Holy. I know Prot inside and out, and I’m fairly comfortable with Ret, but I think I’d rather him roll a tank/heals setup. I love how well Blizzard changed the Paladin leveling experience; they’ve really done a fantastic job of turning boring into a blast.
Right now I am focusing on a Priest because I really want to level one and I’m getting a ton of questions and comments from readers regarding Priests. Shadow is the hot topic and Shadow is having a lot of problems right now in the leveling process, primarily in the way of mana. I’ve had five different Priests so far in this expansion, rerolling a lot to try different specs and different approaches, but this time I’m going to stick with the one…as best I can. It’s a female Dwarf, so I might reroll if I just can’t stand playing the race, but otherwise I intend to take her all the way.
Rogues really aren’t doing it for me right now. I deleted my level 70 Rogue that I was putting a lot of time and effort into prior to 4.x being released, and then after it hit I just lost interest in him. I’ve tried leveling new Rogues twice now, and I made one of them a twink that I still have, but…I’m just not digging it. I think the Rogue I still have is getting deleted tonight. I don’t know what changed, but I just don’t care to play them anymore. Maybe later?
Shaman is my odd duck right now. I’m enjoying them, but I’m not. I want to play them, but I don’t. I want to roll a new one, but then I delete before logging in. I don’t know what’s going on with me and Shamans right now. I had a Resto twink that was doing fantastic, but I decided I wanted to level him instead so I got him to 20 and then stopped. I switched him to Elemental because I really want to play that, ran a few BG’s and dungeon and had a good time with him. And then I stopped again. It’s like I want to play the class when I’m not playing them, but once I start playing them I lose interest. Not giving up on this one yet though.
The Warlock keeps weaving back and forth in my list of wants and don’t wants. I have a level 14 Gnome that I rolled last week and had a ton of fun on, but I think he’s about to get deleted. I think it’s the fact that he’s a Gnome, I just don’t do well with Gnomes and I knew that before I rolled him. But still, I want to give the Warlock another shot. I’ve considered having my 80 Warlock restored, but…I don’t know, I’m not sure yet.
I’ve had a blast playing on low level Warriors this expansion, and it’s one of the few classes that I’ve actually spent some time with in all three talent trees. The only tree I’ve given a decent amount of time to is Fury, but I don’t think it’s the spec I really want to play. I’m more interested in going for a Prot Warrior than the other two specs. I did enjoy them all, though.
Psynister Pseeks Pfeedback
Alright, the three P thing didn’t really work in that title, but whatever. I’m the author here so I’ve got creative license and all that jazz. Or, something.
Anyway, I’m looking for some feedback from you all on what classes you’ve had fun leveling, or which classes you’ve struggled with. Or even the ones that you’re curious about from things you’ve heard, read or seen.
What kind of impressions have you had with leveling in this expansion, whether it’s 80-85 or any other level range.