Not shaken, not stirred – scrambled.
My Rogue on Alliance side reached level 62 a few days ago.
This was cause for some giggling, as I equipped my Engineering Goggles, the Deathblow X11. Which really should be the name of a sports car that footballers would drive too fast in Europe.
You see, I equipped the new epic goggles… removing the previous epic Gnomish Battle Goggles.
The leetness is making me giggle whenever I log in.
On most alts, I mess around a bit, but rarely do I care what gear I’ve got as I level. I haven’t cared about leveling gear progression planning since I leveled my second ever character, my Hunter, ages and ages ago in Vanilla WoW.
Back then, I spent hours planning out the progression of Blue (Rare) quality weapon upgrades, bouncing from Bows to Guns and back again depending on the level range, all the way to 60.
Lil Timmy’s Peashooter, the Hi-tech Supergun, debating the merits of Ironweaver vs Glass Shooter, all the wonderful BoE possibilities in each leveling range I wanted to choose from. I did my best to plan out a new weapon to hunt down to changeover to about each 5 to 7 levels.
What, armor? I was a Hunter, what did I care about armor? Slap any silly old thing on, I don’t need armor, that’s what traps and my kitty were for!
Ahhh, don’t bullshit me, sometimes you get more fun out of thinking and planning what you intend to do, and what gear you intend to look for, and where it drops from, than you do from playing the game. It’s okay, you can admit it.
I prowled the Auction House like a fiend for those shiny new upgrades, but my true lust was reserved for scoring the ultimate BoE prize, the perfect weapon for my gun toting Hunter badass… the Dwarven Hand Cannon.
It was big. It was bad. It was EPIC.
Well, it wasn’t that big, really. Kinda small. When they said it was Dwarven, you thought they meant that’s who made it. Nope. It’s an itty bitty little gun.
And it wasn’t that badass, either. Sometimes you had a chance to get flaming balls. Whoo. Hell, Jong has those every weekend. I hear he has a big problem when he eats while he dances, too.
But did I mention it was, like, EPIC? It was a PURPLE, man! WOOOOOO!!!!!!
No, this post is not going to descend into any more “back in the day” nostalgia stuff. That’ll do for now.
The point is, it’s been years since I’ve gone really hog wild over gear planning for alts at any time before max level.
Until, that is, my Rogue.
My Rogue is one of those alts that never seemed destined for playtime.
She had a great name I didn’t want to lose, she looked like a hot Buffy the Vampire Slayer in tight leather, I’d leveled her AND her Engineering up high enough that I felt it’d be stupid to delete her, but I’d lost interest in playing what was, and let’s be honest, a Feral Druid that can’t self heal or tank.
Stealth, check, good melee DPS, check, fun abilities like stuns and stuff, check.
Tanking an instance in the future for friends…. not so much. Healing someday for fast queue times? Ummm… no.
Hell, I already HAD a max level stealthy melee DPS. If I wanted to go ninja some bastard, I could go kitty form and eat peoples. Right?
But then… a few weeks ago, I had an epiphany (type 2).
There was a reason to level my Rogue… Rogue armor sets look cool.
Well, that’s all it took. I had a mission in life. To level my Rogue to the point she could solo level 60 instances, and begin to collect the Shadowcraft pieces in order to build what is, for me, the absolute best looking armor set in the entire game; the Darkmantle set.
I’d never attempted it before. To build a complete class appropriate Dungeon Set 1, then upgrade ALL of it to the Dungeon Set 2 by following the insane quest chains, instance procedures, and hoop jumping.
After all, as I mentioned before, my Hunter’s attitutude to armor was ‘piffle’, and my Druid… ahh, my Druid.
My Druid collected the Dungeon Set 1 Shadowcraft set. I was Feral. It was the perfect Feral Druid set.
But those bastards at Blizzard… did they admit Druids were allowed to do anything other than heal? HELL no! No, our set that WE got to upgrade to Dungeon Set 2 was the Feralheart Raiment.
Sure, there is a mix of stats there now (and I sure as heck don’t remember them being that nice to hybrid specs; I think it got tweaked) but it didn’t come close to being yummy for a dedicated kitty/bear. Not like Shadowcraft did.
So. Feralheart? Bah.
But my Rogue… hmmm. I could actually DO it. I could fill out Shadowcraft and get Darkmantle. MmmmMMMmmmm.
So, my Rogue went from 43 to 62 pretty darn fast, thanks to chain quests and a friends’ sudden interest in getting Argent Dawn rep on their level 80 main.
“Want to run Scholomance and Stratholme Undead a few times?”
Who, me? Want multiple fast runs through Scholo? Whyever would I want that?
I dinged 60, and I thought I was pretty badass.
I had three pieces of Shadowcraft already, the Bracers, Boots and Belt. Those Gloves never seem to show up on our AH.
I had my epic Gnomish Battle Goggles.
I had the inevitable Heirloom Shoulders, Chest, dual trinkets, dual daggers (with +15 Agi enchant), and a bad attitude.
I felt pretty righteous.
Hell, I even had my Engineering leveled to 375 max already. Sure, I couldn’t actually train to the ultimate level until I hit level 65, but here I am at 60 able to use the Dalaran engineering Auction House, able to make my own Deathblow X11 Goggles, use the Gnomish Army Knife to rez people… yep. Badass.
Then I dropped into my bank to offload some stuff.
There, in my bank, lying there for God only knows how many months, was a pair of Bracers.
oooh! i can has moar epics!
I think I picked them up from a Molton Core run eons ago, and just tucked them away for “someday”.
Someday has come at last… but wait! What other goodies are just lying out there to be picked up?
I rooted around, and remembered another of my ancient goals for my Rogue.
I wanted my Human Buffy the Vampire Slayer Rogue ninja to ride a special mount. The Black PvP Kitty mount.
Don’t I recall in a recent patch that you could now buy PvP mounts with straight honor?
Why, yes I do!
Hold on there a second… furthermore, they changed things so that Stone Keeper’s Shards could be sold, 30 a batch, in exchange for a Wintergrasp Commendation. And Wintergrasp Commendations, when used, grant the user 2000 Honor a pop!
And they’re Bind on Account faction transferrable.
I know they did this, I traded some Stone Keeper’s Shards in for Commendations just a little while back to buy some PvP rings and necklaces for my super lowbie Orc Warrior alt.
Do I… Do I have any of those left?
Omigod… I have a shitload.
Which, for those in the audience that might not be familiar with the term, is ranked accordingly in terms of counting enemy targets; one, a couple, a few, several, a bunch, lots, a shitload, THAT’S IT WE’RE SCREWED. (For those of you truly salty, you know the word ‘screwed’ gets replaced with something else if ever actually used.)
Quick, send those Commendations to my Rogue, STAT!
Five minutes later, instant mount gratification. The Reins of the Black War Tiger are mine, for a measly 50,000 honor.
Looking good, Billy Ray! Feeling good, Lewis!
But wait, there’s more.
As I stand there in Stormwind, in front of the PvP mount vendor, I glance over at that rarely used door that leads to all the PvP vendors.
Mayhap there might be something else inside upon which I can spend all this honor that’s burning a hole in my pocket?
I peek inside, and see right there by the door two vendors, listed as ‘Legacy Armor Quartermaster’ and ‘Legacy Weapon Quartermaster’.
Now what might THAT be?
Why, lookie lookie thar. That be the old PvP level 60 Field Marshal set of gear.
Holy shit… it’s dirt cheap, too.
And on Alliance side, I had more than enough Stone Keeper’s Shards to easily buy enough Commendations to get all three other pieces as well! Wow! How cool! I might even get the two big ugly swords!
How awesome would that look for my “cruising Ironforge shopping in the AH” set?
So, all that was left was to wait for Alliance to win Wintergrasp, and off I’d go to get those Commendations.
Yep. Just gotta wait for Wintergrasp.
All I gotta do.
Just gotta get that win.
Okay, for the love of God, since when did the Horde on Kael’thas declare the Alliance to be their bitches and just flat out decided to OWN Wintergrasp?
Everything I have related happened, mostly, on Friday.
I have since waited, oh so patiently, checking nearly hourly except when sleeping or at work, for Alliance to, miracle of miracles, have Wintergrasp.
All I wanted was to be able to cap this post with a wicked evil-looking screenshot.
Instead, my fascination with the utter hegemony of Horde Wintergrasp mastery grows by the hour.
How do they do it? How in the world have the Horde on Kael’thas set themselves up as the supreme rulers of those frozen wintry reaches?
At what point will the Alliance finally say, “Hey, we’d like free epics from VoA too… this is bullshit, let’s get ‘em!”
It’s awe inspiring.
It’s a pain in the ass is what it is, but applause where applause is due, the Horde PvPers on Kael’thas are badass by the only definition that has meaning in the game… they have denied the Alliance a chance at raiding for epics for 5 days straight.
Hat’s off to you, folks, that’s amazing.
I’m certainly not going to complain about it… I am far more interested in playing my Rogue than in fighting in Wintergrasp for an Alliance victory every two hours. I’ll take the hit; I’ve done nothing to help make a victory happen.
It’s not like I want to USE that Field Marshal gear to PvP, either. It represents a pretty set that you don’t see very much anymore, and that I would wear in honor of my wife’s cousin Jason, the best and baddest assed PvPer I know, a man who actually EARNED the Horde side High Warlord title back when 60 was the cap, and it was the hardest possible PvP challenge in the existence of the game. And the most grueling.
I already look at the pieces I have, and think back to my own attempts at PvP in Vanilla WoW in the old days with the honor/kill rules with the ranks, the sliding scale, and the individual player ranking charts broken down on the Worldofwarcraft.com website updated weekly.
That’s right. This post went from a nostalgic look at alts and gear progression, to current alts and a rediscovery of gear sets and progression, and back to nostalgia.
Cosidering the server is still down, and I can’t check to see if Wintergrasp is up so I can buy the rest of my set…
DEAL WITH IT!