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?