So after years of prodding, my good friend Sassy has started playing WoW again! She had a trial account that previously expired, but hopefully it’ll stick this time around. We started her off as a paladin, figuring it was the most versatile and durable for a beginner. And because we’ll hopefully be able to train her as a raid healer as time goes by Took her for a tour through Eastern Kingdoms on my flying rocket this morning and managed to ding her from just exploration and picking up flight points. Will try to get through most of Kalimdor tomorrow, then get into some questing. I’ve always liked leveling new characters, so this should be pretty fun. I wonder who I should take along? I’ve got a level 11 gnome warlock who’s currently serving as my banker. Or maybe it’s time to take that new nelf mage out for a spin…?
Had a rather interesting bug this weekend…
…in which my nelf druid’s skin got mapped to my human mage’s body. And, erm, it’s not very pretty. However, I’m sure my nelf will be delighted to know that they apparently wear the same size robe, despite a huge height difference. What’s a bit of wardrobe swapping amongst friends?
My hunter is my main and the toon I most enjoy playing. Heck, she’s the one this blog’s title mostly refers to. However, as I scrolled through my older entries, I realized that I didn’t really post a lot of pictures from when she was leveling and upgrading, like I have been with my other toons. Tons of piccies of alts, but strangely few of the one that I see the most of. Not having early pics is understandable, since I didn’t even think to screencap methodically until halfway through my second toon. But I’ve had a stack of caps from since she was 70 just sitting on my puter, which I had fully intended to get around to organizing and never did. So this is my remedying that in one fell swoop.
The most recent pic of Gal and the first one where she’s decked out in full 80 epics. Finally, whee! Since she’s staying Survival until dual specs come out (because I’m too cheap to pay a respec fee on top of the 1k gold I’ll need to open up the option), Kiisa the kitty is once again her go-to pet. The more things change, the more they stay the same
Probably one of the earliest pictures I have, she’s even still wearing an old guild tabard from before we moved to Breakaway. This was around the time when the boy and I were Kara-ready but discovered that we had very low chances to actually run with the guild we’d leveled in, despite our having geared ourselves to higher-than-appropriate levels with no help from raid drops whatsoever. I believe she’s wearing her Beast Lord set here, which at the time was pretty necessary for the trap bonus. And that goofy sword is the Khorium Champion, probably her first purple piece ever and a totally inappropriate weapon meant for warriors. She desperately needed hit rating, though, and that trusty old piece of metal supplied a huge chunk of it for months. It also surprised more than a few rogues in PvP — the added strength proved quite effective in smacking down would-be assassins who were expecting me to scream and run back to shooting range. I remember a week of grinding gold for the mats, then running through Shattrath looking for a blacksmith to make it. It still holds a special place in my heart.
Welfare epics in the form of PvP Merciless Gladiator pieces started creeping in. She picked up engineering around that time as well to get the goggles, an investment that she’s still benefiting from to this very day. Headpieces are hard to come by, and any profession that guarantees a endgame-level headgear eight levels before you hit the cap is worth looking into. Trusty old Kiisa, the same cat she’s had since the starting area, looks spry as ever at 70. By the time the picture on the right was taken, she’d transferred over to Breakaway and was picking up some dungeon gear but finding that nothing was really beating some of those PvP pieces. Sadly, the sword was exchanged for a more class-appropriate Zul’Aman fist weapon.
Then Northrend came. The hair went up and a series of crazy coloring mishaps began. She got herself a rhino, Mathilda. And later, a moth named Simon. The armor didn’t really change for most of her leveling experience. She had picked up a Halberd of Desolation from Black Temple before the expansion and would get several levels of good use out of it.
At level 77, the Icier Barbed Spear from the Champion of Anguish questline finally tempted her away from the BT polearm. Wilhelm the devilsaur became her standard dungeon pet around this time as well.
Ah, the magic of dinging 80 for the first time. Only to find yourself in funny-looking blues and realizing that it’s going to take a LOT of instancing to get you back to some semblance of coolness once again. The spear from earlier got sacked in favor of the Whale-Stick Harpoon (aka the fishpoker), a reputation reward from the jolly little Tuskarrs. She also stopped experimenting with hair color and went back to her natural shade.
New shoulders! It’s funny how shoulderpads are one of the least-needed armor items, but have become some of the most obsessed-about. Those previous ones with the scrawny metal feathers were really annoying me. I was very excited when these nicer-looking ones dropped.
While wandering through Zul Drak, I came upon an alternate skin of Kiisa — it was basically the same grey leopard, only with a slightly different posture and glowing red eyes. It was love at first sight. My cat got a facelift.
A few different helmet options ensued. That first one was thoroughly goofy and I dumped it the first chance I got. I rather enjoyed the bronzed, horned mask and wish that it would have been available
later on instead of being a stepladder option on the way to epics. Combined with the purple Kirin Tor tabard, it gave the outfit a rather festive jester-like flavor.
The day King Dred’s Helm dropped and I saw what it looked like, I think I facepalmed. My poor hunter looked like she was dipped and rolled around in a mat of mud in this outfit. Sure, she was dual-wielding The Key and Greed, but no number of cool weapons could distract you from the fact that she looked like a half-melted sat-on Hershey’s Kiss. Sigh. If Outland was where the designers first discovered fluorescent colors, Northrend was where they started experimenting with how many ways they could mix those colors together until they became uniformly ugly shades of brown.
An emergency makeover session ensued. Mostly in the form of splurging a couple thousand gold to level my engineering enough so that she could wear the new set of goggles. The epic flyer would have to wait, but at least she had her dignity back. The colorful-yet-muted tones of the Ebon Blade tabard covered up the rest and went well with her hair. The dark neutrals and cool colors pulled everything together well, though definitely in a much more somber way than the previous endgame. Very befitting of Northrend. The high neck of the chestpiece ended up working to an advantage, making the pulled-back hair look fashionable. This actually ended up being one of my favorite looks.
Picked up a dagger, a two-handed sword and the T7 chestpiece. Can’t honestly remember the names of the weapons because I was changing through them so fast for a while. I remember those shoulders, though, because they would be they would be the last blues I would have for weeks. More on that later.
This particular outfit stayed around for a while, too. In fact, she’s still wearing that Wyrmrest tabard because it’s the only faction she’s not at exalted with yet. After getting the T7 chest, she went back to wearing the Polished Regimental Turtlehauberk because it looked better and the stats worked better with the new survival build she was forced to adopt with the big BM nerf.
And then another momentous occasion indeed. After downing Kel’Thuzad for the first time, the affectionately-named Bumpy Fenderbow (aka Drake-Mounted Crossbow) that she’d been using since her first few levels in Northrend finally got replaced. With a level 213 GUN. My hunter had maybe used a gun once before that, and only for a very short while. Quite a bit of confused auction-housing and crafting occurred before she was able to get the appropriate ammunition and ammunition storage device to make this upgrade usable.
That wasn’t all, though. Ol’ Kel also dropped a Staff of the Plaguehound. Since there were no druids in our group, my hunter ended up taking it for the great stats upgrades, despite that pesky little bit of expertise rating. If only there was an enchant that could change that to crit rating…
Which brings us right up to what happened last night. So like I was saying before, I pretty much had purples in every slot except the shoulders. In fact, I was starting to upgrade to heroic raid purples and still not seeing any shoulders. Due to my horrible roll luck, everybody around me was getting shoulders if nothing else. It was getting rather depressing. Then my computer broke for a week and a half and when I came back, it seemed that everybody was finishing up their tier sets and there I still was, with a pair of blue shoulders from one of the first heroic instances I ever did. Slightly disheartening? Yes. But as luck would have it, I ended up attending our heroic Naxx run last night — I was supposed to be studying instead — and after a series of wipes, a lot of strategizing amongst the priests and tanks, and quite a few trips to repair, we killed heroic Razuvious for the first time. Guess what dropped. Guess who had migrated to the top of the loot ladder during her time spend wallowing in a weeks’ computerless self-pity? Guess who squealed loud enough to break the eardrums of several small animals in the immediate vicinity?
But alas, things still weren’t quite right. The spaulders were bigger than I’d expected and in combination with the ponytail and turtleneck, ended up making my hunter look like a giraffe-necked pinhead. Alterations were in order. Thanks to the hit rating on the new piece, I was able to trade out the turtlenecked hauberk for my T7 piece. Maintaining hit rating and gaining tier bonus, check. A quick trip to the salon was in order, so that the hair could cover up the neck area, and finally, my hunter was presentable once more.
Which brings us up to date! Yay!
So due to a mixup with raiding schedules yesterday, my hunter ended up getting locked out of the Naxx run that she was supposed to attend on Sunday evening. Which was kinda stinky because I’d really hoped to get her a pair of shoulders from that run, but left the door open for another DPS to enter the picture. Another DPS which I happened to have in the form of a newly dinged balance druid. Now, I’d planned to let her cool her fluffy little heels and start gearing slowly, but with a deadline to be performing 2K+ DPS unbuffed by Sunday afternoon, that got thrown out the window pretty fast.
Auction houses were scoured. Quests were completed. Friends with professions were hit up. And although the Azerothian fashion police might cringe at the resulting ensemble, an 1.85K and rising DPS dummy test says she will definitely be up to par by Sunday. What’s she wearing, exactly? Glad you asked…
Gotta say, that Hat of Wintry Doom is really cracking me up. It’s one of the best 80 blues for casters, true, but the real appeal lies in its utter pimptasticness.
The lumpy-looking Purehorn Spaulders aren’t visually appealing, but they had very decent druid stats and were one of the few things her leatherworking was good for.
A very druidy-green Ymirjar Physician’s Robe was available late last night for a steal, so I snapped it up. It’s rare enough to find a leather robe, and the only other options were boss drops or the expensive tailoring BoE robes, which I do plan to get, but not until I can afford them.
Some Wristguards of Verdant Recovery to stop the gap until something drops from heroics or quests.
The not-so-matchy Deep Frozen Cord, yet another auction house purchase. Along with a pair of Black Duskweave Leggings made by an obliging guildy. Once again, it seems that tailoring items are being given much better caster stats than their leather counterparts, making boomkins dress like mage clones whether we want to or not.
And of course, the Chilly Slobberknocker — the staff that looks like a mace — from the Champion of Anguish questline.
She’s going with a Moonfire-Starfire-Innervate glyph combo that seems to be pretty popular with the raiders. Minor glyphs are staying resto-ish (Thorns, Rebirth, Mark of the Wild) since that we can’t always rely on having a tree around for their buffs. Now, to work out some macros…
My druid hit 80 yesterday, making her my second toon to hit the level cap. I’m feeling especially accomplished with her because she went through her Northrend leveling with no flying ability whatsoever, a self-imposed restriction due to low funds and a desire to prove that flight is a luxury, not a necessity. There was something terribly funny about a giant flightless laser chicken waddling her way through the snowy wastes and giving the middle feather to all the mocking flight-form ravens that whizzed by her.
We last saw Anoela at level 74, still in a mishmash of Outland purples that approximated DPS stats but were not even close to being as fine-tuned as her healing set was. She had just switched over to Balance the night before. Three levels later, she started to get some decent quest rewards to switch things out. She also put her hair up as a concession to the more down-and-dirty job of DPSing.
Two levels later, she’s finally started leveling her leatherworking and made herself some nice utilitarian blues in the standard drab Northrend style. This is the first time she’s worn pants since the mid-60s, and it actually is a weirdly exposed feeling after seeing her in long robes for so long. She looks almost like a rogue, except for that staff. Finally, the newly-minted 80 outfit. She only has one level-appropriate piece so far, the Reanimator’s Cloak that I horded from a previously instance on my hunter. It’s definitely time to max out her leatherworking so she can make a nice beginner epic set to venture into heroics with. Stats are in desperate need of tweaking. With 40 hit rating currently, she’ll be lucky if she hits the broad side of a kodo. Still, 80 is 80 and I’m very happy to have her there
I’ve been leveling my druid recently, to help combat the healer shortage that our guild (and most guilds, I’d wager) is feeling right now. Of course, leveling a druid as resto would still be annoying even with the new spell power changes, so she was respecced to balance the minute she landed on Northrend. Which was sad, since she’d worked so hard on her healing gear, but also cool in that it’s been ages since I’ve been able to play around with all the toys that boomkins get.
Of course, leaving resto behind meant putting on some stuff that I’d rather not think about. Thank goodness we can turn helms off, because there are some things that you just don’t want to turn around and see when you’re in a crowded room. Like that ugly-as-sin ZA caster helm there. *facepalm* And she didn’t even get another upgrade until the middle of level 74, when I finally remembered to pillage the guild bank for a pretty caster robe. She’ll be going to Dragonblight and some of the mid-level zones soon, though, so fingers crossed for a major wardrobe change in the near future.
Some of you may know that I’m a costume designer in that nebulous realm of reality. I’ve always been a huge fan of fantasy/sci-fi and have done numerous custom orders in that vein in the past, along with a few larger projects. So it’s no surprise that one of my favorite things about WoW is the constantly changing wardrobe with which you can outfit your toons — both my 70s have banks filled to bursting with novelty clothes and older armor sets.
Well, after dawdling over it for a while, I finally deleted my 16 dwarf rogue, which didn’t have a chance of being leveled for another year or so thanks to her unfortunate combination of being a dwarf and a rogue. Seriously, I tried and tried, but I couldn’t stand that toon for more than ten minutes at a time. I’m just not cut out for melee to begin with, and having to deal with bad dwarf hair as well just put me on edge. Maybe I’ll try one again when the new hairstyles are available.
But where was I? Yes, so I killed off the dwarf and rolled a blood elf priest. While I did this mostly because I wanted to be able to chat with friends Hordeside, the choice of character was purely superficial. I wanted a toon that could wear lots of pretty flowing dresses that I might later replicate for fun costuming projects sometime down the line. A blood elf clothie was pretty much the best choice. The priest might have been a concession to end-game grouping preferences, but it’s also because I actually enjoy being a healer. I’ve already played through her first 10 levels far more rapidly than I ever did on my 17 human priest (who is currently idling in Stormwind wearing a pair of hideous overalls that we shall not mention ever again), in no small part due to my wanting to rotate her through as many wardrobe changes as possible. Her perfectly textbook 9.5-head figure just shows everything off so well!
I’ve also taking to screencapping her at every significant costume change, something which I wish I had done for my two Alliance toons in the past. Somehow, I doubt this one will ever look as silly as my others did, if only because wearing robes tends to mean everything matches since all you see is one garment. Wow, Blizzard designers sure like showing skin on these girls. Which reminds me, I must take that newb shirt off of her, because it’s interfering with necklines on these robes more than I would like…