Twinking and Farming
Legion is one busy expansion.
Without a doubt, there’s plenty to do. For me, the trick comes with balancing advancing my main, and farming stuff to sell on my alts. This was a lesson learned the hard way, when I took my first alt to 110 to unlock his full Blacksmithing potential, just as smithing took a bit of a dive. It was hard to say whether the risk was worth the reward, but what I did know was that I wasn’t in any hurry to push another character to 110.
Gold, though. I like gold. Love is a strong word, but I can say that I’m definitely in “like” with gold. So, me being me, I started looking for the best way to optimize my gold-making without taking too much time away from my main.
The answer, oddly enough, was twinking.
There have been a number of YouTube videos made discussing how some people were actually soloing Legion dungeons at 101. How? By twinking their character. For those not in the know, “twinking” means equipping a character with gear that far exceeds his level. For the longest time, twinking just wasn’t viable at higher levels. But with the zone scaling in Legion, the process once again had potential.
I had a Demon Hunter that I was using as my Skinner. I actually locked his XP at 100, and he was tearing up mobs. I had another Warrior at 100 who was my Tailo/Herbalist. I decided that I would put the Warrior back in his Garrison where he could continue to make Hexweave bags. The DH would pick up Herbalism, enable XP, and pull double gathering duty until he dinged 101. Then I would lock his XP again, twink him, and see if it made a difference.
The experiment went like this – pick up some gear that could A) be equipped at 101, and B) had an iLevel of 780 or higher. I picked up a few pieces, geared up, and hoped it was going to make a difference.
Turns out it did.
I wasn’t planning on spending hours herbing and skinning. Luckily I found a route where I could pull double duty. The gear was good enough that I could burn down everything in my path, quickly loading up on herbs and skins. I donated some of those mats to my guild, and put the rest up to sell. Gold, baby. Cha-ching.
What does the future hold for the DH? Well I can tell you that he’s not going to see 110 anytime soon. I’m on a low pop server, so there’s not a pile of twink gear on the AH. But I’m going to keep an eye out, and fingers crossed I’ll have enough gold to upgrade his gear as it becomes available. It’s fun to feel so OP, and if I can make some gold while I’m kicking that ass, all the better.
Twinking. It’s come a long way from the Level 19 BG’s, baby.