We’re now about 3 months into the expansion and from what I can tell, the various gold making opportunities are all just about solidified and will likely remain the same for a while to come. While some of the tactics remain from Cataclysm, many of them have been changed a bit and in some ways affected drastically. While the jewelcrafting shuffle still remains in some degree, it is no longer the outstanding cash cow that it was in Cataclysmn. I was going to try and include a brief overview of each profession in this post and go into detail with following posts but I think I will just start one profession at a time. So alphabetically…first up is Alchemy! Continue reading
The group’s going on hiatus for probably a couple weeks during the holiday season. We’ve always scheduled for Thursday and Monday night each week and, as I learned last year, that leaves quite a few holidays where we take a night away from the expectation of logging in and smashing bugs, punching dragons in the face etc.
I’m actually welcoming this short break despite still wanting to play more everyday. Playing on an oceanic server while living in California means that right now, during daylight savings time, I’m starting our raids at 1:30 am and finishing at 5 am. This is generally not a problem for me since I typically work at night but it’s really not useful to be up until 6 am on average everyday when I’m not doing something purposeful with that time. I tried doing some quests on my mage this afternoon which was briefly successful until I found myself falling asleep in my chair. When I wake up in the mornings (or perhaps afternoons) I typically try to stay up and make the most of my day before having to go to work: catch up on some webpages, eat some lunch (didn’t happen), and in game I try to take care of my profession dailies at a minimum, plus some Tillers planting if I have the time. If I have lots of time I try to take care of one LFR run. The paladin still needs to run Terrace of Endless Spring and try to get the healing and dps trinkets. I’ve given up on running the priest through LFR (don’t need the gear except for the awesome trinket off sha) and the shaman is done for the week with HoF and ToES. The Druid finally reached LFR ilvl two weeks ago and hasn’t actually entered yet. I guess I’m trying to put too much on my plate AND still get things done during the holidays.
Today I logged onto the mage and decided that looked like more fun and it truly was great to learn how to play Frost just a bit better. I actually pulled up the “Core Abilities” tab on the talents menu so I could look at Frostfire Bolt and try to figure out why I wasn’t using it in my rotation ever. Well Brain Freeze only procs off of Frost Bomb. THAT’s what I’ve been missing this whole time! My kill speed jumped up dramatically and I did top dps for most of my run through Temple of the Jade Serpent. This was definitely refreshing and I only needed half of the xp to get to level 86 so a few quests and a dungeon were more than enough to ding. However I was still starting to nod off in my chair after less than an hour at it so…guess some SLEEP would be more refreshing than taking up questing on another character. OK OK I guess I don’t need my 4 set tier bonus on my paladin and shaman right away…
Well Mist of Pandaria has been out for just over two months now. Of my 6 level 85 characters at the end of Cataclysm, I immediately leveled my priest as my new main. I was, to say the least, very tired of healing on the shaman after the long time spent in Firelands and Dragon Soul coupled with their underwhelming performance in the majority of fights. In truth I had kept to the shaman with our group because, well, raid composition for one, and since I was always wanting to DPS with my enhancement spec and we lacked a hunter in our group I was free to build a pretty decent off set of gear. I still pugged my holy paladin and priest as often as possible and hands down always preferred their healing through both raids. Given the option to switch my main for the new expansion, I chose to play my priest. I might have chosen the paladin if we didn’t always have a paladin healer with us but I’m sure glad I opted for the priest so I could be a PANDA! I cannot explain the amount of joy it brought me to finally race change my character to a red furred female panda once I decided the human reputation bonus was no longer worth it because I decided that dailies must die. It was also a near mandatory change for my shaman once I had started on that character because a male draenei saying “I cannot cast that yet” etc was getting really old…I would love my paladin so much more if he too could become a Pandaren but alas, they do not know the Light. Continue reading