Hello John, A Character Faction Change for the character “AnonymousPally” on the World of Warcraft account NOIMNOTSTHATSTUPID is now complete!
The character is now ready to enter a special faction change interface in the World of Warcraft character selection screen. Below is a summary of the transaction, which you may want to keep for your records.
World of Warcraft Account Name: ISAIDIMNOTTHATSTUPID AnonymousPally – Level 73 Dwarf Paladin on Kael’thas to change factions from Horde to Alliance Date and time payment completed: 09/03/09 02:51 PM UTC
It has begun! Phear the Pally, who shall now betray the Alliance that spawned him in order to kill in Battlegrounds! Phear, I said!
And yes, if you look at that copy/pasted email from Blizzard, you’ll see that my Dwarf changed from Horde to Alliance. I guess I got my change in before they fixed all the typos. :) Either that, or I had a Dark Iron Dwarf and didn’t even know it.
Now, here’s the deal. Let’s talk about Faction Change decisions, shall we?
$30 is a lot of money to our family. I’m sure that for some folks it’s a chuckle or guffaw, and for others it’s a deal breaker. For me, I felt that it was a lot of money, enough that it’s a real big decision. Not something to take lightly at all. But still, doable for the right benefits.
My decision to change one character from Alliance to Horde was based on several factors.
First, direct benefits of a high level toon moved as opposed to simply having fun leveling one up as normal.
A low level character is a lot of fun to play, but I’ve been playing for over four years now. I have not only grown accustomed to having a strong support network from my higher level toons, but I’ve come to resent NOT having those high level benefits. The benefits of easy gold frmo daily quests, of easy greens and cloth and gathering mats from doing run throughs and mailing them to low level alts, and of course running my dear wife’s alts through things and vice versa.
I love playing alts. I just don’t like the “Okay, I dinged, now to grind for the next 15 minutes to get enough silver to train”, and let me tell you, paying 15 gold for a single useful green upgrade is flat out not a possibility.
I hate that enough that when we had people creating low level alts on our server to join the guild, people who had only had Horde characters before and couldn’t server transfer, I sent their new low level mains 4 high capacity bags and some gold to kick their career off. It seemed to surprise them, but good lord, how can you expect someone to level all over again with nothing? Oh ick, hells no.
So yes, I love leveling, but having a single high level toon at least is, at this point, simply helping me enjoy the game the way I’ve grown accustomed to doing.
Well, what about Death Knooblets?
I DID make a Death Knooblet on Horde side to be able to help Cassie when she’d like it, and to farm in Outlands when my low level alts wanted stuff. That character is level 61, and to be honest, I think the character, a Tauren, looks AWESOME, but I dislike actually playing him. A LOT. I really, really don’t like the playstyle. Wierd, but there you go. I’ve got a mental block. And I can’t delete him, because he’s the coolest looking bastard I have on my Character List.
So, I would really like a character that is high level on Horde side to help Cassie, and also to be powerful enough to get things done and even earn Heirloom items for other toons, and get me gold and gear and yadda yadda yadda.
Second, what kind of high level to bring over?
I didn’t want to put any character over to the dark side that I had a rich, full history playing with my friends.
Windshadow my Druid, Windstar my Hunter, even Windburn my Shadow Priest, each has a very rich history playing with my friends in the guild in large group activities. Granted, my Shadow Priest hasn’t done so since Karazhan… but that doesn’t matter, Windburn raided and played with my friends a lot. There are shared experiences there. The characters have a persistent ‘life’ in my mind associated with the Alliance and Sidhe Devils.
So, a high level (70+) character that also doesn’t have a lot of shared history with friends. Someone that mostly has only ever soloed.
Third, the someone must be a badass on his own. Someone that can solo stuff well, hold multiple mobs, generally kick some butt. Maybe be able to heal or tank as well, but really, I don’t want to send my Shaman off at level 72 to try and take a level 60 through Ramparts. Someone that can shephard others through instances, even high level Outlands ones.
Finally… the character has to be self-sufficient in terms of money and materials. Someone that doesn’t need a network of crafters to keep them in the money.
This is serious, since I’ve been known to have a high level Skinner/Jewelcrafter before. Yeah, that works cheaply when you ain’t got a Leatherworker to give skins, or a Miner to provide ore.
I personally chose my level 73 Dwarf Paladin as a character that perfectly fit all the characteristics of what I wanted.
The character is a Paladin, and if I can’t bring my Druid over, that’s really the next best thing to me. All my love to Hunters, I love my own desperately, but my Paladin is already Dual Specced, and has Healing and Ret sets. Putting together a tank spec and gear won’t be that difficult, and learning to tank as a Paladin actually sounds pretty damn fun. :)
The character class can certainly fulfill the ‘helps out whatever needed’ role admirably.
My Paladin has balanced Professions already. 415+ Mining and 442 Engineering, with both Ret and Healing goggles made and on hand. That’s not too tacky, eh? Already got the best stuff I wanted done.
And finally… not only has my Paladin already gotten the Dual Spec training, but also has Flying and the Cold Weather Flying Heirloom training to tool around Northrend on a 150% speed Gryphon. He’s already got all the tools he needs to be fully self-sufficient. He doesn’t need my ‘mains’ sending him cash anytime in the future.
It’s funny… I’m really looking forward to seeing how the rest of the process goes when I log in. I’ve even got my Heirloom PvP Gun already in inventory, ready to hand to my Troll Hunter.
Now to see what it looks like when I go from short and stumpy to tall, thin, and desperately needing a sammich!