Posts Tagged ‘Priest’

It’s Been a While!

Wow, has it really been a month since my last blog post? It doesn’t seem like that long, but I guess it has. So, what’s been happening? Well, as it happens, quite a bit…

 

Level 90(s)

I got my Priest to level 90 on 13th October. I did this completely solo so it took longer than I’d originally hoped, but I wasn’t going to rush things. I’ve really enjoyed questing in Pandaria and still have two zones left to finish on her. About a week later I got my second level 90; my Hunter. This time around I levelled with my wife (duo Hunters) which was pretty good fun. It helped a little having been through most of the quests before and I tried my hardest not to spoil the surprises or rush her too much.

Mists has so many daily quests on offer that one could literally send the entire day working on them. Instead we’ve decided to focus our efforts on 2-3 factions at a time (my Priest, her Hunter) and will move on once these are done. So far, we’ve hit Exalted with Tillers & Order of the Cloud Serpent and just hit Revered with The Anglers. I think we’ll probably move on to Golden Lotus and Klaxxi next and then Shado-Pan & August Celestials in another few weeks. My Hunter is also about 1/2 of the way through revered with Tillers but this is currently the only faction I’m working on with her.

Since hitting 90, I’ve stuck with a fairly relaxed play-style. My Priest has run a few of the heroics and (I think) all of the scenarios. I found that combat regen was a significant issue to begin with (especially when running the first couple of heroics) but things have gotten markedly easier as item level has increased. I finally hit the minimum requirement for LFR on Sunday so I dove right on it. Being my first time there I didn’t get much opportunity to look around but the zone (Mogu’shan Vaults) looked suitably grand. I went in blind having not done any homework or read up on the fights, I figured that I’ve been playing this game long enough that I should be able to pick things up fairly quickly and I’m happy to report I wasn’t wrong. From my perspective, the most interesting fight was probably Elegon, due to the movement and visuals, followed by Will of the Emperor, mostly because for the second (successful) attempt I decided to focus purely on the tanks (both tanks had died on the first attempt so I took this as a sign that someone should dedicate themselves to keeping them alive!) While I didn’t top the meters for heals, I wasn’t last either (4th overall for the first 3 bosses, 3rd overall for the second 3) so that’s something positive to take away, along with 6 upgrades!

 

Molten Core

I’m still doing my weekly Molten Core runs with my Paladin. On the 9th I got the Eye from Ragnaros so I wasfinally  able to complete my Sulfuras. I’ve still not got my second binging from Baron Geddon, but having Sulfuras complete helps a lot as I can now just run in, kill Baron Geddon and leave. Maybe in another 5 years I’ll get that second binding and be done with Molten Core for good!

 

Darkmoon Faire

The first Darkmoon Faire was disappointing. I’ve been doing my research every day on both scribes since the expansion began and was able to complete two decks before the end of the first faire. This took a combination of trading and buying a few cards for gold. I spent, in total, around 30k gold (herbs & cards) and ended up  selling only one of the trinkets for 70k. I’m sure I could have been more aggressive and sold the other, but I’ve not really been focused on it. The second faire is this week and I can only see prices going down. The trinkets really aren’t as amazing this expansion as they were in Cata, especially with LFR giving people access to the same or higher iLevel gear earlier.

 

Professions

Across all my alts I’ve maxed out the following professions: Alchemy (x4), Archaeology  Blacksmith, Cooking, Enchanting, Engineering, Jewelcrafting, Herbalism, Inscription (x2), Leatherworking, Mining (x2), Skinning & Tailoring. All that remains is First Aid and Fishing, both of which are getting there.

I ended up maxing out several professions on green patterns since the majority of my alts didn’t have any Spirits of Harmony as a result of this, the prize for worst/hardest profession to level is a dead-heat between Engineering and Blacksmith. Prices of ore have only just starting to come down so I ended up mining vast amounts of ore myself. In fact, I mined so much ore that both my Warrior & Rogue are close to 86 purely from mining Ghost Iron in Jade Forest. Leatherworking was considerably easier as my Hunter had plenty of Spirits to buy one of the high-level patterns.

It’s easily possible to max out Mining without ever leaving Jade Forest, Skinning you need to move on to Valley of Four Winds but I found I was unable to max Herbalism until I hit Kun-Lai Summit. The distribution of herbs also makes it harder to max Alchemy (unless you’re buying herbs) until you hit the higher zones as you need those herbs to progress.

Archaeology is super easy to level now and didn’t really take me overly long to do (in the grand-scheme of things). My Priest was only around 150 coming in to the expansion and I probably spent a couple of evenings working on it between taming pets. Cooking is a little more time consuming and while all the different “ways” are a little frustrating they do add a bit more flavour to the profession (pun fully intended).

I can’t mention cooking  without talking about farms, of which I have 7. (Currently 1x 16 plot, 1x 12 plot & 5x 4 plot). This gives me a total of 48 plots and a potential daily yield of 240 vegies (336 if I plant based on Jogu’s advice). I’ve made around 10-15k gold with absolute minimum effort selling these but prices are falling. Even so, I expect the farms to continue to be profitable for a while yet as a lot of people are still levelling their cooking and/or don’t want to play Farmville.

 

 

Hopefully, I won’t leave it so long before my next post!

Pandaria Progress – Priest (Episode 1)

Last night I decided to start my journey into Pandaria properly. After getting home I played for around 3-4 hours and started working my way through the quest lines in The Jade Forest. As I said before, I’m not in any especial rush to level so I’m taking my time, reading all quest texts and just absorbing the enormity of everything.

I don’t want to give too much away for those who haven’t started yet, but I can assure you that you’re in for a real treat when you do.

One thing that I liked about SW:ToR when I played the beta last year was the voice acting. It really added to the immersiveness of the story lines and helped you to connect with the characters. It’s something that WoW has traditionally lacked and I’m really pleased to see that Blizzard have tried to incorporate this. While not every quest is voiced, many of the key moments are and it just makes this that little bit more engaging.

The real highlight for me so far has to be the White Pawn/SI:7 chain across the first half(?) of the zone. I love Sully & Amber and the series of quests involving them nicely echo The Day that Deathwing Came, only better.

 

Professional

Wizzadora has Herbalism/Alchemy so I’ve been picking flowers as I’ve been questing. As with Gomjabbar the other day, I’ve had very little (virtually no) competion for herb spawns. During my questing I picked up around a dozen stacks of herbs (Green Tea Leaf & Rain Poppy) without going out of my way to find it. Even so, it’s slow going and I’ve only got to 572 Herbalism. Still, I’m happy with the progress considering it’s not something I’ve really been focused on. I’m somewhat less impressed with Alchemy.

When I arrived at Dawn’s Blossom I figured it would be a good time to train up my alchemy so I spoke to Ni Gentlepaw only to find that she had just 2 recipes for me that were both green… WTF?

After asking one of my guildies, it turns out that virtually every alchemy recipe needs to be “discovered” by crafing ones you already know, though this isn’t actually made clear anywhere in game (that I could see). Having done some more reading on this today wow-professions.com has (as always) a great guide on what to expect. Still, I really think that Blizzard need to make this more obvious.

The Eagle Has Landed

The Jade Forest

My first Pandaria screenshot; The Jade Forest

 

Initial thoughts

Mists went live at 8am yesterday morning. Since I (foolishly) didn’t book any time off work, I’ve not been able to play for more than a few hours last night but I feel I can sum up my initial feelings in one (very fitting) word… Wow. This is Blizzard at their absolute finest and I really am blown away by what they’ve done. Pandaria looks beautiful, full of life and exquisite little details wherever you look. The fantastic vista that Blizzard have created is perfectly complemented by a truly epic soundtrack worthy of a blockbuster movie.

Obviously I’ve known the inspiration for this expansion for a long time. I’ve seen the screenshots from Blizzcon and from the beta but none of them really do it justice. The visuals really bring to mind movies like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon or House of Flying Daggers. (The Jade Forest especially reminds me of the scenes in the bamboo forest from the latter.)

While my absolute number one WoW moment will probably remain the first time I arrived in Howling Fjord my first steps in Pandaria are a very close second. My hat is off to Blizzard for delivering on everything they promised and I’m really looking forward to being able to attack the content properly over the coming day, weeks and months.

 

First Steps

As per my plan, posted on Monday, I first took my Rogue out mining. I figured that most of the profession realm firsts are done and I’m not in any massive rush so I took my time and did a little exploring. Not being able to fly always makes the world seem bigger and The Jade Forest is certainly no exception. It took me a good 2 hours to explore the zone and there’s still a couple of areas I can’t figure out how to get to! During that time I picked up 20 stacks of Ghost Iron Ore with very little competition, maxing out mining along the way. Being 10 hours behind the first wave meant that there were less people around but it was far from deserted. I had one instance of someone “stealing” an ore node from, literally, under my feat while I was killing a mob and a couple of cases where someone beat me to a node fair and square but that was it.

I mailed all the ore I collected across to Jez and prospected it down. I didn’t get all that many blue gems, but I did get plenty of greens. Seemingly Blizzard tweaked the levelling for professions before release as I was able to get 3 points off most orange patterns and ground out 585 fairly quickly before running out of mats (for patterns that give skillups). I’m now left with the daily researches and blue quality gems to level on when I obtain more ore.

I was a little impatient with Inscription… I logged in briefly at lunch time and bought a couple of stacks of herbs off the Auction House for ~450g a stack just to get my research done. Neither scribe learned anything especially exciting (Glyph of the Cheetah and Glyph of Marking) so I didn’t bother crafting any. By the time I checked the Auction House before bed Green Tea Leaf had dropped all the way down to 23g per stack so I bought & milled 10 stacks.

 

That’s about it for now, more to follow in the coming days!

Best In Slot – Priest Tier 14

Given that things coming from the beta realms seem to be becoming more settled I decided to take a stab at working out a few Best In Slot lists heading in to Mists.

Given that I have no idea where my guild will be in terms of activity/progression, I’m going to base them on LFR being highest level of content available to me. The lists may not be fully accurate, but I think they should be fairly close based on what I’ve been able to read about the beta.

To start things off, I’m going to cover healing Priests. In future posts I’ll look at Paladins (Prot) and Hunters since these are probably going to be the classes I focus on most early in Mists.

Head

  1. Yalia’s Cowl (Valor Points)
  2. Guardian Serpent Cowl (LFR)

Neck

  1. Links of the Lucid (Valor Points, The Klaxxi)
  2. Zian’s Choker of Coalesced Shadow (LFR)

Shoulder

  1. Tenderheart Shoulders (Valor Points, Golden Lotus)
  2. Guardian Serpent Mantle (LFR)

Back

  1. Sagewhisper’s Wrap (Valor Points, Shado-Pan)
  2. Drape of Gathering Clouds (LFR)

Chest

  1. Robe of the Five Sisters (Valor Points, Golden Lotus)
  2. Guardian Serpent Robes (LFR)

Wrist

  1. Bracers of Inlaid Jade (Valor Points, The August Celestials)
  2. Darting Damselfly Cuffs (LFR)
  3. Cuffs of the Corrupted Waters (LFR)

Hands

  1. Gloves of Creation (Tailoring)
  2. Gloves of Red Feathers (Valor Points, The August Celestials)
  3. Gloves of Grasping Claws (LFR)
  4. Guardian Serpent Handwraps (LFR)

Waist

  1. Belt of Embodied Terror (LFR)
  2. Klaxxi Lash of the Seeker (Valor Points, The Klaxxi)
  3. Healer’s Belt of Final Winter (LFR)

Legs

  1. Jade Dust Leggings (LFR)
  2. Poisoncrafter’s Kilt (Valor Points, The Klaxxi)
  3. Guardian Serpent Legwraps (LFR)

Feet

  1. Storm-Sing Sandals (Valor Points, The August Celestials)
  2. Boots of the Blowing Wind (LFR)

Rings

  1. Seal of the Profane (LFR)
  2. Watersoul Signet (LFR)
  3. Leven’s Circle of Hope (Valor Points, Golden Lotus)

Trinkets

  1. Blossom of Pure Snow (Valor Points, Shado-Pan)
  2. Scroll of Revered Ancestors (Valor Points, Shado-Pan)
  3. Spirits of the Sun (LFR)
  4. Jade Courtesan Figurine (LFR)

Staves

  1. Jin’ya, Orb of the Waterspeaker (LFR)
  2. Inscribed Crane Staff (Inscription)

Maces/Daggers

  1. Kri’tak, Imperial Scepter of the Swarm (LFR)
  2. Tihan, Scepter of the Sleeping Emperor (LFR)

Off Hands

  1. Inscribed Red Fan (Inscription)

Ranged

  1. Torch of the Celestial Spark (LFR)

Gems

Food (Spirit – Way of the Steamer)

Food (Int – Way of the Pot)

Elixirs

Flasks

Return top