This far advanced in the WoW cycle, a lot of folks are playing alts, either out of boredom, or to see the original quests and zones before Cataclysm changes things forever.

I think some of us who are playing these alts are actually making disposable characters. We’ve got completely full character slots on our main server, characters we leveled and maxed and geared and got professions built up, characters that we could never get rid of. So, to play an alt we’re left with the choice of deleting a character to make space for a new one. Should they stay or should they go now?

We know Cataclysm is bringing new races, and changed starter zones and old world areas. In order to play any of that, we’re gonna need at least one new character slot.

Who to delete? Decisions, decisions.

Assuming someone gets the boot, you’ve got one space.

So, maybe you start an alt and enjoy it, but in the back of your mind, you’ve got a little judge sitting there, analyzing each new alt, weighing them in your mind. Which ones are the most fun? Which ones are teh über awesome?

Which classes are going to make the cut, and when are you killing them so you don’t get too attached?

In the end, do you know who’s getting the axe to make room for a Worgen or Goblin? 

If you have a few open alt slots, do you ask yourself, “Who am I playing now, knowing I’d better not get too attached to ‘em, because in a few months it’s *slice* across the throat and off they go, consigned to the dustbin of history”?

You’ve got to make the most of those alting opportunities. This is the time to decide which class is the perfect choice for when you make that Worgen or Goblin, when it’s time to get serious, ’cause you ain’t gonna want to delete that one.

Since the release of WoW, the game has changed dramatically. These days, we’ve got so many opportunities to be overpowered with our alts that it’s not even funny.

You’ve got accelerated leveling from level 10 to 60, although it’s been around for so long that a lot of people have probably forgotten what it was like to have to do every quest in every zone to progress.

We’ve got Heirlooms available on top of that, Heirlooms that not only have the capability of adding another +20% to earned XP, but in effect give you Blue quality level appropriate gear for shoulder, chest and weapons.

How many of you remember leveling without Heirlooms and with original experience? As I recall, vividly, I watched the AH like a hawk for any possible upgrade every step of the way, because when you’re gonna be level 34 for a week, every little bit helps. Having a weapon that keeps pace with your level increases, keeping your base dps up all the way is huge.

What I recall the most in my own case was how different it was to level a Hunter in vanilla WoW after a melee dps, because with the Hunter’s pet keeping mobs off my ass, I was able to be a complete slacker about gear upgrades. I went from seeking armor upgrades every level to simply planning out weapon upgrades and settling for grabbing the occasional green on armor.

Not only do you have the Heirlooms to increase your power, but classes have been redesigned along the way to have solid Talent trees, Glyphs that really boost your effectiveness at level 15, and mounts are available ridiculously early.

Furthermore, Wintergrasp Commendations that grant 1000 honor each are dirt cheap at 30 Stone Keepers Shards, are Bind to Account and can be sent to your alts, and you can buy some really nice Rings, Trinkets and Necklaces for minimal honor cost are open to buy at low levels.

On top of all that, Jewelcrafters can now make Rings and Necklaces that were nonexistant in vanilla WoW at low levels.

And last but not least… with LFD in play, you can get instance runs as often as you’d like, to try and get that Blue drop that would be just perfect.

Yep, if you want to pimp your alt, it’s crazy out there.

Fine. Now that I’ve said everything that you already knew, I’ve got a question.

Since all the changes, what alt have you played recently that feels the most like an overpowered god?

  • What DPS class has felt the most like an unstoppable juggernaut of destruction?
  • What healing class has been the most ‘Thou shalt not die, for *I* watch over thee.”
  • What tanking class has felt like the most hardcore aggro-grabbing damage sponge?

I’m interested to know, because different classes click with different people, and just because I’m feeling the Mage and Warrior are pretty powerful in DPS compared to the Warlock, with the Druid somewhere in between, that doesn’t mean other people share the same opinions.

What do you think? What alt are you rolling with that’s just way too OP?

43 Responses to “Feeling like a badass?”
  1. Delve says:

    I would definitely have to say my hunter. Currently level 35, Rapacious has spent the majority of his DPS career atop the meters; generally at about 40% of overall dmg.

  2. Argon says:

    Warlocks are a little slow going at first, but once you hit 30 or so you can kill lots of mobs at once. Now in the 60s, my warlock alt can move from mob to mob, dropping 2 instant cast DoTs on each, killing an arbitary number of them, ending at full health and mana, with a little tapping in the mix. Looting the trail of corpses she leaves behind takes about as much time as killing. My shadow priest had a similar thing going, but the main shadow DoT takes a cast time, so it doesn’t feel quite as fluid.

  3. Drew says:

    [quote]Since all the changes, what alt have you played recently that feels the most like an overpowered god?

    What DPS class has felt the most like an unstoppable juggernaut of destruction?
    What healing class has been the most ‘Thou shalt not die, for *I* watch over thee.”
    What tanking class has felt like the most hardcore aggro-grabbing damage sponge?

    I actually have really, really, really enjoyed playing a low level affliction lock, and it’s almost entirely due to the heirlooms. Not the shoulders and chest piece, of course, but the Grand Staff of Jordan, a.k.a. the XXXTREME DPS STICK OF BLUDGEONING. What’s a wand? Are those my DoTs? As Lord Nelson said, “Nevermind the maneuvers, boys – always go straight at ‘em!” My lock does ridiculous melee DPS damage with that thing, even at level 21, compared with my other abilities, and after sending in my blueberry and casting a DoT or two, I almost inevitably just finish off the mob Janet Reno-style.

    Heirlooms really are pretty ridiculous. My feral druid alt just dinged 63 in Hellfire Peninsula, and I still have 20 quests in that zone to go, at least. Speaking of Outlands, I’ve always found it fun for the first couple of days, because in my opinion, Outlands is when gearing starts to matter for DPS, and when you really start to feel the difference. Prior to that time, the stats on gear, aside from DPS on weapons, offer very little additional power relative to the gains you make just through levels. When the stats really start piling on, however, you feel the difference, and I think Burning Crusade content is really when they started to get the balance and timing of gear rewards to questing and progression correct, perhaps barring the imbalance of some of the reputation gear with factions.

    I’m a player though who tends to put all my eggs into one basket, so to speak. I have toons on a few realms, but most of my playing is concentrated on one pvp realm, Horde-side, and most of that is focused on my belf paladin specced holy and ret. I only do the holiday achievement grind on her, and she’s my focus for most other achievements; My other two toons – my 63 feral druid (my first toon on the realm) and 21 affliction lock (never really played a caster before) – are mainly for variety. When Cata comes, I will most definitely start a worgen and play through the first area to enjoy the content, and definitely start a goblin (maybe a shaman?) for more permanent play experience – all that refurbished lore to experience! – but otherwise my focus will remain on my paladin.

  4. Neil says:

    Overpowered DPS: Marksman Hunter (heirloom shoulder, chest, bow, dagger x2, trinket x2). He’s in the mid-60′s now, and can rip through any at-level mob in a just few GCDs. They never even have a chance to get close.

    Overpowered healer: Disc Priest (heirloom shoulder, chest, staff, trinket x2). I leveled him in fall 2009. He was able to keep alive even the most situationally-unaware of the folks in dungeons. Shielding rather than healing is great for such situations. Also, very little can compare to the burst healing of a Borrowed Time-hasted Penance.

    Overpowered tank: Prot Paladin (heirloom shoulder, chest). I leveled her from 75 to 80 in January, with about 80% random dungeons and 20% questing. Threat was through the roof, survivability was incredible, and having a multiple-target taunt for that DPS auto-running into the next pack is fantastic.

    Runner up for overpowered DPS: Frost Death Knight (heirloom shoulder, chest, trinket x2). She’s around 75 now and is tearing up the mobs (and the damage meters!) with a pair of Savage Cobalt Slicers, and a passive 25% threat reduction keeps my tanks happy. Frost is in a /very/ good place right now :D

  5. Analogue says:

    Paladin tanking – Ret until about 40 ish and then Prot – felt so overpowered. My first tank and I never felt overwhelmed. It didn’t seem to take any effort for healers to keep me up, dps just could not pull off of me – wasn’t sure whether it was the class or the heirlooms that made it feel EZ mode. It got to be more of a struggle when I started tanking heroics and the dps pulling 5 or 6k would blow right past my threat but still, I love their toolset.

    On the other hand, I’ve been leveling a ‘lock, no heirlooms, and it just feels gimped. The damage output felt puny next to a mage until 50 ish when I respecced Demo and could effectively pet-tank-life-drain things, but even so it feels weak.

  6. slo says:

    My pally tank, for sure, felt OP every step of the way until hitting 80, when all of a sudden I was in greens/blues tanking heroics for icc geared dpsers. Now that the gear dispaarity has evened out, it is better, but doesn’t have that OP feel it did while leveling.

    I specced tank at level 35, leveled with a shaman pocket healer as my leveling partner, and it was such a blast. Questing or dungeoning, I could pull so many mobs and not have any issues with threat or health. At 80 though, paladin tanking got a bit repetitive, the 969 rotation felt constricting and boring. I am tempted to delete that toon and just level another pally (maybe try ret this time?) since it was so much fun, but my leveling friend has since stopped playing the game.

  7. Andy says:

    By your inspiration I made an orc warrior recently, likewise kitted out to the max with heirlooms, and so far (level 14) he feels a bit overpowered, with most similar-level mobs dying in 2 or 3 hits – sometimes the two hits happen at the same time so it feels like CHARGE > VICTORY RUSH > DEAD.

    My hunter (level 64) also feels kinda OP, even though he’s a) Survival spec, b) has a cat for a pet and c) has no heirlooms. I can just imagine how much of a faceroll it’d be if he was BM, had a gorilla, and was decked out in heirlooms.

    Conversely, I have a rogue, 60 or so, who despite also having all heirlooms, just cannot seem to kill hellboars a mere 1 level higher. He was my first character, and I managed to get him to 58 without too much difficulty (before starting my priest and getting her to 80, then a shaman then a DK, leaving the rogue gathering dust). Perhaps I just need to lrn2rogue.

  8. I say this in all seriousness:

    Cat
    Tree
    Bear

  9. But they aren’t alts.

  10. Ngita says:

    Dps? Probably my warrior, he went from a frail bank alt who had languished for 4 years to just being a ball of fun, having said that in pvp he still could be tuned into a blob of jelly wobbling at the knees and frozen in place by a frost mage.

    But the above describes me pretty well, I have been dinging 80 on my alts fairly often. All my alliance toons on my main server are 80 and this week I started on 1 of 2 horde toons, the other is for the chop, Not delete but he wil get to carry a load of BOA’s with him back to my first server which still has a bunch from 29-50ish. I have been feeling the itch to start a level one. something i haven’t done for at least 2 years but I must wait to Cata.

  11. Jack says:

    I’m pretty sure it’s not the class . . . just the ridiculous power of heirloom gear. But I’ve been levelling up a warrior. The plan was to go fury until level 40, then dual spec prot/fury. I’m making a tank, but wanted try fury, ’cause you know, dual wielding is soo cool. So until level 40, I’ve picked fury talents that worked well with tanking and logged into LFD as tank/dps. Of course, it was always tank, right? So I’d strap on the shield, pull smart and thunderclap/cleave spam to hold aggro and top the dps chart.

  12. Zebb says:

    I’ve been running two alts right now. My Unstoppable Tanksponge warrior, and my God of Healing priest. And oh good god are both insanely powerful in their decked out heirloom kits.

    My priest is renew-specced, with the accompanying glyph, and his delicious staff enchanted with an extra 30 SP. He’ll just spend an entire instance doing that troll voodoo dance between popping on those renews and watching them tick, tick, tick. I pretty much never have any need to cast anything else, though I do pop an occasional PoH just to show that I can.

    My warrior is a rage machine. Even with no heirloom shield available, shields are literally all over the old vanilla instances. Pop Shield Block on any decent-sized pull and then Thunderclap and cleave-spam, and all every aggro is mine forevers. And unless there’s a Blizzard-specced frost mage that stacks spellpower in the group, I’m usually tops on damage to boot. Thunderclap and Revenge both hit like a truck.

  13. Sharvhan says:

    My Tauren fury warrior is only level 23 at the moment, but I’d have to say he’s the most OP alt I’ve played with in a while. I can be in an instance with folks 3-4 levels higher than me and still top DPS. Heirloom swords, chest and shoulder, no trinkets or bow. Crusader enchants on both weapons means the buff is up nearly constantly. I mow through mobs questing and I can still throw on a shield and get 600 Revenge crits at low levels. He’s a blast to play.

  14. Kattrinsaa says:

    sadly, my alts don’t get the kind of luvin you speak of. of the ones on my main server only one (my second hunter) has one heirloom shoulder, the rest slog along with what gear i can craft/find.

    and most of my alts are on alternate servers where the only support they get in leveling is from the insta dk and the outland trash i can sell for quick gold to send back to them. it is nice to have 10-20 gold on hand at lvl 10

  15. Kattrinsaa says:

    as far as disposable characters, on my main server i have a rogue that made it to lvl 12, and a shaman at 16, neither one is long for this world and are just acting as placeholders for the time being.

  16. Necro says:

    I have to agree with Drew above. I am loving my affliction lock right now due to the heirloom armor and grand staff. I always cue dungeons, and while waiting I blast through quests with big blue out. I just send bluey stack dots .. send blue to next mob dot him up . etc .. etc. my biggest problem there is getting them to die within close proximity so I don’t have to run to loot the mobs. Mana is never an issue with life tap and siphon life , we could go on forever like that. The dungeon cues up and most people are running alts through so thyere is good people running, the tank usually grabs a bunch of mobs and everyone just AOEs em down. Mucho XP and a nice satchel with useful stuff to wear or DE.
    I also leveled a shammy healer almost exclusively with dungeon finder tool from 65-80. I only had some minor mana issues in early 70s which I worked out, very easy healing with him . I often add a lil to the dps to keep busy…. lotsa fun.
    BTW love your posts BBB

  17. Necro says:

    oops
    there are good people running*** sp lol

  18. Kaldor says:

    Baby Pally for the win, Sword and board in a Ret spec at L26, unstoppable. Healers complaining of Boredom. Heirloom sword with Crusader helps amazingly. I will give the Warrior a go in Cata to see if it is as good as Pally Tank.

  19. Sarabian says:

    Just started a mage by deleting my baby warrior. Heirloom shoulders is all he has thus far, but I might grab a staff for him.

    DPS – I don’t quite know about unstoppable, but the mage is far superior to what they were back in the day. Especially the first dozen levels – he’s 13 now. I’m having fun, but can’t wait until I can hit the randoms.

    Tank – Druid bear that is now 45. I can take damage with the best of them, put out decent DPS, and no one else even comes close to my threat. Rage management sucks, but that’s totally normal at low levels.

  20. Kilowog says:

    I recently changed servers, so I do have the space (unless I drop 100 bucks on server AND faction transfers for the two toons I still miss) but my current main, my druid, played the first 50 levels without heirlooms, until I moved both him and my rogue to the same server to play with friends, when he got shoulders and chest and sped to 80 as fast as he could. He was going so quickly I almost wanted to slow down, and if he hadn’t been THE toon I wanted to play–the rogue was the other faction–I might have done just that.

    I think for Cata I’ll ignore heirlooms, because I want to see just what itemization is out there, with the revamped zones and quests. I may cave in for an heirloom weapon, though, because those are the hardest to keep up to date.

    Of the alts I’ve messed around on lately… my druid was pretty much my juggernaut, even before he got his heirlooms at 50. I was amazed at how I could just plow through things, especially once I got the hang of healing myself. Cat form was unstoppable!! My other alts are rather untested (shammy and priest both at level 6) or not really alts (my first main, a troll hunter, who was sidelined when I went alliance for a while and is still only 63 even though I still love him very much).

    Both my priest and shammy, though, are going to be very OP, because they both have heirloom gear, and I’m waiting on the heirloom chest for my priest before I start getting him up in earnest. At least they’ll be OP provided I can play them well. I want to try leveling the priest in dungeons, and I have never played a priest in all my since-open-beta lifetime in WoW.

  21. Nightwhisp says:

    I have been just loving leveling my aggro machine, baby Warrior Tank! I laughed and laughed the other night when another player chalenged me to a duel and I declined and he responded, “Heirloom Twink.” Yep that is me, best is slot for everything at level 25 and boy does it show, don’t even think of trying to pull aggro from this girl. . . :) The only problem that I have is that I keep putting healers to sleep. . .

  22. Dave says:

    Any Alt with enchanted Heirloom gear will feel overpowered …and sooo fun :o)

    One tip for anyone starting an Alt that can use 2H Axe/Mace/Spear/Sword is to use a Counterweight to enchant it. It adds a decent amount of haste, ~50% at low levels. I used it on the truesilver 2H heirloom sword for my hunter and the haste transfers over to your bow. It’s too bad you cant use the Counterweight on staffs :*(

    I hope that blizzard will soon allow Heirlooms to be mailed Cross Server. It’s hard to delete a 70+ to start a new alt :*(

  23. Rhii says:

    OP Healer – Holy priest. I almost never have to cast more than a renew. If things get really hairy a few holy novas do the trick. And at level 52 I’m still topping the DPS meters on almost every boss fight with Holy Fire/Smite spam.

    Sometimes I rip aggro and have to bubble myself though!

  24. dorgol says:

    My experieces over a few characters:

    Rogue (7 heirlooms): Questing was OK, but not great. Dungeons weren’t much better. While I topped single target fights, AOE fests left me annoyed. Oh, and I never really “clicked” with the class. I deleted him at 43.

    Priest (5 heirlooms): My bank alt of nearly 5-years, I thought I’d give a shot at leveling. Spec’d into healing, I joined the queues. Sadly, healing in the 20s, when properly spec’d for it, is damn boring. She’s sitting at 29 after 4 levels of LFD. Maybe I’ll try again in the future.

    Death Knight (3 heirlooms): Even without the DK weapon enchant (thanks to Heirloom restrictions), this class turned out to be an absolute BLAST in groups and mildly boring while solo. I leveled exclusively as a tank from 60 to 80, clearing over 80 normal dungeons. Like someone else mentioned above, I had to drastically change my playstyle when I started heroics since people had such a huge gear gap on me. I loved every minute of leveling and gearing this guy up.

    Shaman (11 heirlooms, 2 specs): My newest project, and the first time in 5-years I’ve level beyond 25 as a Horde character. Currently I’m level 60 with an Enhancement main- and Restoration off-spec. As Enhance I’m a flurry of elemental rage, destroying enemies long before they have a chance to do any decent damage to me. As Resto I’m… mildly entertained. Healing with this class feels very familiar since I’ve been healing as a Paladin for so long. As expected, DKs are my newest complaint due to being 60 – but it isn’t opposing faction DKs ganking me, it’s same-faction DKs trying to tank. It’s so very bad.

    Overall, I’ve seen and experienced all sorts of things with the alt-world. I’ve seen heirloom geared tanks destroy everyone else’s overall damage on the meters. I’ve seen heirloom geared DPS completely fail at adding anything of worth to the group. In solo-play Heirlooms are ridiculously sick. I recently compared the Heirloom Maces on my Shaman to what I could get from an old vanilla raid – only to find I one or two upgrades at the AQ40 level!

    So here’s my answer to your three questions:

    What DPS class has felt the most like an unstoppable juggernaut of destruction? I’ve seen more Paladins at the top of meters than any other class.
    What healing class has been the most ‘Thou shalt not die, for *I* watch over thee.”? Well since I’m healing more than DPS, I really feel like the Shaman works well. On the other hand, I’ve seen priests do incredible things. There are shockingly few Paladins leveling as healers (or many not so shocking when you consider the response above).
    What tanking class has felt like the most hardcore aggro-grabbing damage sponge? Honestly, up to 60 (where I am now) all tanks feel equal when I’m healing them. The problem isn’t “wow you took a TON of damage and died!”, it’s “you failed at maintaining aggro and I couldn’t keep up 4 group members at once”. This is where the new DK tanks I’m seen really and truly fail.

  25. Manxome says:

    Frankly, I’m NOT rolling with OP alts. I could, oh yes, I could. I’ve more Stonkeeper’s Shards, Emblems and whatnot than I can figure out what to do with. (Even my non raiding alts are sporting epic gem cuts thanks to this surplus of currency.)

    Why am I not tricking out my low levels with all the goodies available? I find that unless I’m leveling specifically to get to the end game, it goes by far too fast. 20% xp? No thanks! I’ve even frozen XP gains so that the LFD tool will allow me to linger and see all the instances that are available.

    That said, I do have shoulders available for zones that are long in the tooth. I am skipping around when I just don’t want to run through such-and-such again and the trinket slot on one of the alts is filled with an heirloom.

    At 80, I’m even doing the same and forgoing emblem purchases and enjoying the fun of having drops be meaningful and actually getting something I ‘need’. I am, however, saving my emblems on those alts for an all-at-once upgrade to T9 when things feel played-out. Then maybe some Ulduar or ToC!

  26. Sukugaru says:

    It’s funny, but I’m just not clicking with any of my alts anymore, despite how OP they feel sometimes. I generally try playing them, get aggravated, and shelve them again.

    In last night’s play session I went back to early-70s combat rogue, who’s been with me since I ever started playing, and… it felt weird, and alien. How do I use Killing Spree again? Do I have the right gear? Why can’t I just have agility on gear like I used to, instead of all these confusing stats? Oh look at that, I fought an elite and I’m almost dead. But I thought I used Evasion. Self, you must be doing it wrong. But I used to always do it right, now I don’t even know what “right” even is anymore.

    I would like to go back to my Warrior and level her to the point where she can seriously be a Fury warrior – a screaming juggernaut of whirling destruction – but at the moment she’s getting pwned by orcs in Redridge. Not very OP there!

  27. Dyre42 says:

    “What DPS class has felt the most like an unstoppable juggernaut of destruction?”

    Warrior with full heirlooms, pvp gear, and enchants. At lvl 40 took on 10 lvl 38 mobs at the same time and lived to tell the tale. (Some guy rode by with 7 mobs chasing him while I was fighting 3 mobs.)

  28. Katie says:

    Pally Tanks are a beast…my level 64 Resto Druid just sits there and does nothing when one of them tanks. And I have to say, on my little Resto Druid I’ve pulled off some pretty crazy stuff that people say should’ve been a wipe..so…I don’t think she does too shabby. DPS wise atm It’s the Boomkins in heirlooms that are topping the DPS charts.

  29. Thaumaturgos says:

    I’m playing a prot warrior at present. She is an Orc. with the chest and shoulder heirlooms, the sword heirloom loaded with Crusader it just feels wrong how easy it is. Last night I tanked Uldaman at level 37, with no deaths and no aggro issues. I am not a good tank, so this is not at all down to my prowess.

    But the REAL fun bit is taking a break from LFD (cos as a tank I NEVER have down times!) and doing some questing with no sweat in areas several levels above what I should be able to do.

    Prot Warriors FTW!

  30. Stonedrake says:

    My Druid. She’s just beyond epic, and it has nothing to do with gear. She tanks packs of trash. She DPSes elites. She can lick her own wounds. In a pinch, she can lay down the ranged *BOOM!*. Absolutely the easiest class to level and play.

    That said, I’m feeling like a Shaman with enough room to set up a fire base is pretty damned near unstoppable too. Mine is only in her mid-30s, but she can take a beating, and deliver some ungodly smack — and that’s before dual wielding changes things.

    Love me some hybrid badass awesome. :D

  31. Stonedrake says:

    I should add that the Druid was outfitted with a Swift Hand of Justice, heirloom chest and heirloom shoulders. The shaman is a bit more kitted out with heirloom chest, shoulders, two swift hands of justice (though I might trade those out for the mana-regen heirloom trinkets), a bloodied Arcanite Reaper and two Venerable Masses of McGowan (all three weapons with Crusader).

    Prior to heirlooms, my only max level character was my Rogue (who always felt kind of badass even without heirlooms) and all my alts languished between level 5 and 25. It took heirlooms and the dynamic style of the Druid to make me finally level anything other than my rogue.

  32. Dan says:

    Personally thanks to Recruit-An-Account I have a grand total of two non-bank alts under level 60 out of 18 across two accounts. Very recently I’ve made the decision to level a large number of these alts past 70 now while I’ve got the time. The character which has surprised me both in power and longevity has been my shadow priest, leveling from 68 to nearly 73 in about five hours. The only break this character needed was to train at 70 (skills and epic flight). Not once did I need to stop for mana. I use the PvE shoulder and weapon heirlooms, chest, HP and MP trinkets.
    I have also been working on a second druid (a horde druid, I have an alliance druid which is my “main”), rogue, warlock, mage and shaman. Eventually I’ll add warrior and possibly death knight to the list.
    Also, a related thing on my mind, how about an heirloom boot slot item for Cataclysm?

  33. Trazer says:

    It’s been said more than once here in the comments: Paladin

    Once you get 2/2 Art of War you you will not spend more than 2 secs per mob, and never have to stop.
    The most annoying mechanic for a melee is without a doubt run-away mobs – Hammer or Wrath!

    I have been leveling in dungeons as Prot up untill dual-specs. And if you compare that to the bear I am playing around with too .. well, you can’t.
    You have snap AoE aggro already at early levels, if you miss a toon or two – fear not, you have TWO taunts at your disposal! Defensive CD’s, yup that too.
    And with a healer present, you can pull all you want and you will most likely be doing top dmg.

    While I like to be able to tank efficiently at low levels – I find it very boring never having to think about how to navigate, how to pull etc. when questing.

  34. Kooskansloos says:

    I must say i can totally relate to this post; lately i’ve been levelling my Huntard. After doing some BG’s @ 37-38-39 i noticed how OP huntards in BG’s (Actually almost stopped the XP because of the awesomeness i brought in WSG)

    So, ye: I’ll vote for huntard (Though Locks still gave me a hard time)

  35. Socks says:

    I’m down to 3 non-80 alts (not counting the bank alt) and the only one I enjoy playing is my Disc Priest. I love the whole “ounce of prevention = pound of cure” approach to healing. Mighty mighty bubbles of ass-saving goodness! I can’t always pull it out of the fire, but I’ve saved some instances where a wipe seemed inevitable, and it just makes me want to hug my priesty and love her and call her George – even if that’s not a good female troll name at all.

  36. Angie says:

    Recruit a Friend is just insane. If you can find a friend who really wants to play a lot with you, and will stay interested for a long while, it’s very worth it (and totally cheating, haha). My boyfriend played from the original WoW release up through early Wrath, then ended up losing his account to a hacker, and then just decided he would take a break from it all together. I persuaded him to make a new account, which is now bound to mine. When we’re in a party, we of course get the 300% experience. Running a single random instance will basically get us two and a half levels, depending on how long it is. We got a druid/hunter pair from level 1 to 60 in four days (the benefits stop for each character you make when they hit level 60), and then we powered up to 80 on those two in two weeks. After that, we got heirlooms (like we need more experience gain, right?), he rolled a prot tank and I made a resto shaman, and we did the same thing, except that we leveled those two strictly using the LFD system and nothing else. It’s a ton of fun, though it’s rather like running face first into a brick wall when you hit 60 and suddenly stop getting the massively boosted experience.

    I find it rather annoying sometimes when WoW veterans complain about the game being “too easy” and whatnot nowadays. What’s wrong with the game being more streamline and fun, especially when you have 80 levels to chew through? If you’re just starting, not making progress right away is discouraging. Blizzard made the changes for a reason, because they will keep users, especially new ones, interested/hooked/addicted. Who really wants to spend hours upon hours grinding like you used to have to? If I had started playing back then, that would have turned me off to the game completely. I want to progress, not feel like I’m wasting time in game while I’m wasting time in real life. That’s wasting time squared! You’d think veterans would rejoice at not having to spend a week getting from one level to the next. I’m forced to believe it must be the “I had to suffer, and you should too” mentality, which is just silly. Yes, we get it, you had to really work for it. Good for you, I respect you for it. Buts seriously, who doesn’t want a more enjoyable leveling experience? Many veterans probably wouldn’t roll many alts if it was as hard as it used to be.

  37. Ronjo I says:

    Ok I am on my second full server account. No I don’t play all of them every day. Two of them on the new server are place name holders for the Goblin AND the Worgen, yeah I swing like that play both sides. I moved a DK with heirlooms in the bag for the Worgen druid and Goblin rouge switched it to alliance so I can do Gnomer. I am set but no expansion, no Worgen to play no rouge to slice and dice with. To fill the time I go back to Slientwalker my hunter on the main server an OMG. This lil girl is taking out 36 ogre mobs at level thirty. I might have been a noob playing through Tauren Mill the first time on my druid but I died a lot there. Silent is taking out reds on a regular basis. I am having so much fun tearing through the levels I am afraid I will have another 80 all too soon and then what. Who is going to get left to molder at the Filthy Animal, flirting with the cute little troll waitress. I have a picture of the Tauren Druid buying the Tauren Shaman a drink and talking over the good old days raiding Naxx when it meant something, damit. Time marches on Someone will have to go we will have to see how the end game is on a hunter but for leveling man I am having fun again.

  38. I hate reading stuff like this because it makes me want to go level a new alt! My main server is full… and they are all 80 which makes it hard to consider deleting them. In fact unless we get additional character slots I’ll be forced to either server transfer one of my 80′s or not level a worgen at all. Which would be sad :(

    For now I’m leveling horde toons when I get really bored but otherwise have been spending a lot of time on my Hunter at 80 just destroying everything.

    If I were to delete a toon it would have to be one of the classes i’m kinda meh about like my rogue or warlock… but those classes were also hard for me to stick out and level so deleting them would destroy a lot of work on my part. On the other hand I could delete a class I love to level such as my hunter or priest… but then would also delete a lot of the memories and joys on the original toon.

    Server and faction transfer is really looking like the best option… suppose I should start saving the 55$. Course the real trick is finding another server…

  39. pawzy says:

    Hi! Fairly new reader (been reading a couple of months now) and first time poster!

    I have to admit, reading your previous post about twinking out a baby warrior with heirloom gear inspired me to make an alt of my own! I cleared out all the wintergrasp marks and triumph badges my hunter had laying around and bought the leather chest, dagger (dunno why, but dagger looked the most appealing to me), haste trinket and leather shoulders heirlooms and made myself a little feral druid twink. That was yesterday. The twink is now level 26 and I’m trying to learn this whole bear tanking business and having a blast while I do it! =)

    In bear form, I feel like a juggernaut.. until I run into a dps pally who refuses to take off righteous fury. In cat form, I gleefully slice up any and everything I set my beadly little eyes on! Healers have not had much to do when I’m tanking, so they take up dpsing ’til a heal is needed. All in all, it feels great! It’s a big change from my being a brand new player at the launch of TBC. I miss some of the wonder I had while leveling my hunter and how dungeon groups were not always crazy AOE fests. I get annoyed at dps on my druid who keep saying “gogogo!” when I’m still learning how to tank! A few people got mad and left the groups, but I’ve been developing a thicker skin with each instance I run as a tank. ^_^

  40. Reaper says:

    Most overpowered dps alt? Enhancement shaman, hands down.
    Playing a rogue main, almost any class capable of self healing feels much more convenient to begin with, combined with the homogenized damage across all classes this makes leveling to 60 a breeze on any character.
    However, once you get your hands on maelstrom weapon, spirit wolves, shamanistic rage and bloodlust/heroism to top it off, shaman become ridiculous.
    I have yet to find a quest that my fully heirloom equipped shaman can’t solo with ease.

  41. Rob says:

    IMO its much more about the player than the class, esp while leveling. People who have a clue can tear through mobs, or tank anything, or heal anything. THe game is pretty forgiving at that point (gogo shadow priest healing in 5 mans)

  42. Kauket says:

    Well, my DK’s motto is “very few things resist a two-handed axe to the face”. Even as my first character on the current server and first 80–aka, no heirlooms–I don’t think there was any point at which I wasn’t thinking, yes, this is the class I wanted all along. That first solo of Chillmaw (in blues with a few purples) put the feather in the cap.

    I’ve told some stories on another thread around here about the duo-leveling that the hubby and I do (glad you enjoyed the ramble, BBB!), and we’re working on another pair now. Bear + ele/resto shammy was pretty silly OP, but to our surprise the current ret pally + disc priest combo is just ridiculous. We’ve mowed down a dozen and a half orange mobs in under ten seconds. Thank you kind person who trained the second group into the spot we were fighting–our biggest problem is actually collecting enough mobs in one place for the shredder.

    We had initially tried ret pally + mage, but the hubby kept screaming, “Where are my healing buttons?!?” so the mage is now banking while the hubby grows a fourth (and final as there are no other options) healer to 80. I’m not sure about the ret pally, however. At least now that we’ve gotten to 50, I have more than 2 buttons to push. Maybe I’ll try some holy–what’s that sound? Oh, just the guild having hysterics.

    I’ve a shaman waiting in the wings for Cataclysm, so I’ll be doing something a little different while everyone and their mother is a worgen druid. I feel that I’d really enjoy the shaman class, but I just don’t like the Dra-how’s-that-spelled race’s body models. The females wag so very, very much when moving that I can’t look at anything else on the screen; rerolled as a male, but now I spend my time worrying that he’s just going to capsize. Unfortunately, I don’t like dwarfs’ looks/animations either. /sigh Having a character I enjoy, or at least don’t mind, watching is sadly quite important.

  43. Emily says:

    Recruit a Friend is just insane. If you can find a friend who really wants to play a lot with you, and will stay interested for a long while, it’s very worth it (and totally cheating, haha). My boyfriend played from the original WoW release up through early Wrath, then ended up losing his account to a hacker, and then just decided he would take a break from it all together. I persuaded him to make a new account, which is now bound to mine. When we’re in a party, we of course get the 300% experience. Running a single random instance will basically get us two and a half levels, depending on how long it is. We got a druid/hunter pair from level 1 to 60 in four days (the benefits stop for each character you make when they hit level 60), and then we powered up to 80 on those two in two weeks. After that, we got heirlooms (like we need more experience gain, right?), he rolled a prot tank and I made a resto shaman, and we did the same thing, except that we leveled those two strictly using the LFD system and nothing else. It’s a ton of fun, though it’s rather like running face first into a brick wall when you hit 60 and suddenly stop getting the massively boosted experience.

    I find it rather annoying sometimes when WoW veterans complain about the game being “too easy” and whatnot nowadays. What’s wrong with the game being more streamline and fun, especially when you have 80 levels to chew through? If you’re just starting, not making progress right away is discouraging. Blizzard made the changes for a reason, because they will keep users, especially new ones, interested/hooked/addicted. Who really wants to spend hours upon hours grinding like you used to have to? If I had started playing back then, that would have turned me off to the game completely. I want to progress, not feel like I’m wasting time in game while I’m wasting time in real life. That’s wasting time squared! You’d think veterans would rejoice at not having to spend a week getting from one level to the next. I’m forced to believe it must be the “I had to suffer, and you should too” mentality, which is just silly. Yes, we get it, you had to really work for it. Good for you, I respect you for it. Buts seriously, who doesn’t want a more enjoyable leveling experience? Many veterans probably wouldn’t roll many alts if it was as hard as it used to be.

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