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WoW Leveling Pre-Shadowlands

Well here we are. The World (of Warcraft) has changed once again. Shadowlands is coming… eventually. But in the meantime, we as players can take this time to adapt to Patch 9.0. This means changes to class skills, talents, and dealing with the level squish from 120 to 50.

With the squish comes certain benefits. This might not be a bad time to level up some alts. By all accounts, leveling now is much quicker than before. Bellular (@BellularGaming on Twitter) over at Bellular Gaming cranked out this video to explain just what the Hell happened, how the Hell to level, and where the Hell to do it.

Needless to say, I’m looking forward to leveling a few more alts.

Hell no.

Order Hall Goldmaking

My Grandpappy used to say – “Fucking Goblins keep stealing my lucky underwear!” He also used to say, “When life hands you lemons, kick him in the bollocks.”

Grandpappy was a unique duck.

Still, if you sifted through the madness you could salvage a kernel of wisdom. Like the lemon thing. Make the most of a situation, or something like that.

My work schedule last week was atrocious. I was covering for a co-worker, so I ended up working six nights in a row. That meant that not only was I a barely functioning zombie with blood consisting of 20% coffee, but I wouldn’t have very much time to play World of Warcraft. My non-work waking hours, few as they were, would be spent with actual people doing actual things.  Life can be busy like that.

Last Monday before I started work, I was at the gym trying to sweat some life back into me while running on the treadmill. Soaked in my sweaty shame, I came across this Youtube video from Bellular – How to use the Order Hall to make some easy gold. Like, a lot of gold.

 

 

I was intrigued. Most of my Order Halls were functional enough to run like the video suggested. I did use the catchup mechanic and bought the armor tokens for a few of my Order Hall Champions. Once everyone was sitting at 880 iLevel, I spread some resources around to everyone and set things in motion. I decided I’d try this for a week, from server reset to server reset. I’d do this with the five characters I had on my Horde server, using the mobile app to check on their missions while I was at work. I would only run gold missions, or armor missions to boost any Champion who was not yet at 900 iLevel. When resources ran low, I would log into the game for a few minutes to redistribute bloods to resources. I’d pop in, snap a few screenshots, and log out. I didn’t farm, didn’t sell on the auction house at all. I also didn’t pay attention to how much gold was on each character until the week of testing was done.

Today was the magic day. I would see just how much gold my five characters made with almost next to no playtime.  I logged in and transferred all the gold to one character so I could see the results.

The grand total: 75,092 gold.

I was a little shocked, and a little more impressed. Granted, the gold missions were more plentiful on the two characters with more epic followers. But even the characters who has mostly blue level followers still managed to make anywhere from 5-8k each. Prior to this, I was making my gold by selling Hexweave Bags on the AH. But the Order Hall seemed much more lucrative without sinking a whole bunch of time into it.

Naturally it’s not as easy as it sounds. Like Warlords of Draenor’s Garrison gold factories, it took a great deal of setup before they became profitable. Order Halls are much the same. You need the Champions, the gear, and the missions for it to pay off. Maybe this past week was just a run of good luck. Maybe I couldn’t repeat those results.

So I decided to try it again.

I wanted to compare the Order Hall results with my previous passive gold-making technique with Hexweave Bags. I have four tailors on my Alliance server, and one character  with a fleshed out Order Hall. On the Horde side, I will run the Order Halls again. In another week, I will compare the results and see what the results are. Will the old lazy style bring in more gold? Will the Order Hall method pay off again? I will find out in a week!

In any case, I think I’ll have a WoW Token waiting for me at the end of this.

Fast Leveling in Legion

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It’s been a little over a week since Legion went live. Fragnance needed just over five hours to reach 110, and good for him. Others took a bit longer but many have already dinged 110, including myself.

One down, twenty more to go!

To quote the great Will Smith, “Aw Hell Naw.”

Before I go any further, I’ll just say this about Legion. I really like the storyline, and in-game storytelling is usually not what I’m about. I’m not a lore guy, and I only read maybe 20% of the quest text that I’m given. But there have been times during my Legion questing experience when I actually stopped and thought to myself that it’s a good thing I’ve got an alt coming through this content because I might want to read some of this the next go round.

That being said, sometimes you just wanna get to the end. The game starts at endgame for many, and they don’t care how they get there. They just want to get there, like, yesterday.

So how does one get to 110, like, yesterday?

Brace yourself, jabroni. I have some good news and some bad news.

First, the bad news. There’s no subtle mechanic to game that’ll get you to max level. No “Bonus Objectives” or XP potions like there was in WoD. Fragnance did it through optimized questing and select dungeon running. That’s pretty much how you’ll do it too.

Now for some good news – I have not one, not two, but THREE methods for getting to 110 as fast as possible.

Method OneBellular put together a video that outlines a good, strategic route for MAX GAINZ!

Method TwoUmren has some powerful tips for getting through the content in the most efficient way possible. Efficient = fast, and fast = good AM I RITE!

Umren mentions the Emerald Wind toy, which I did not know about but will be dropping everything and getting this POST-HASTE! Oldbess goes into a little more detail about this toy, and mentions another one that will get you Flying in Legion before they release flying in Legion. Look, just watch the video.

Method Three – You might notice that there isn’t a video here. Technically you are correct. What there is, though, is a link to a website. Don’t panic, there’s nothing shady about this site. What it does, is provide you with a detailed walkthrough on 100-110. It tells you what quests to do, when to do them, and provides videos to clarify certain aspects of some of the quests.  I actually used this, and I found some of the explanations very helpful.

The website is Guide me Senpai,  and you can check it out by clicking HERE!

So there you are. Leveling tips. Now get in the ring of grind, and get it done.

Old Raid Gold Nerf in Legion

End of June already! This year is flying by, outside of WoW. Inside the Warcraft, there is neither much warring nor crafting. Things are slow, is what I’m saying.

Making gold is always a thing, and having recently hitting gold cap myself I’ve found a few ways to earn some scratch. One way was the old favorite, running raid content from previous expansions.

Blizzard, being aware of all things at all times, did two things in Legion that bothered me a little. The first was that they raised the gold cap to just under ten million gold (really?! I, like, just got here!) The second thing they did was nerf raid farming . See what Bellular has to say about it below.

 

 

Leveling in Legion

Well crap.

I have what you might call a love/hate relationship with leveling characters in World of Warcraft.

“But aren’t you the same guy who has leveled fifteen characters to 100 already?”

Sixteen, actually. And I’m not sure if there will be a seventeenth. Still, that’s a whole lot of levels. Say what you want about Warlords of Draenor, but they definitely made the leveling process fairly painless. In fact, given the right mix of XP potions and heirloom, you can bang out the last ten levels in under two hours.

But it hasn’t always been that simple. Leveling in Mists of Pandaria, for me, was about as much fun as plucking sphincter hairs. In fact, I’d rather pluck butt-fur than level through MoP. I only managed a small handful of characters through the content when it was current, and the only reason I managed that many was due to Zygor Leveling Guides (cheap plug Zygor, you’re welcome). Just the thought of leveling through MoP gave me a literal headache. Mists, as much as I enjoyed the expansion as a whole, aggravated me so much that I unsubbed for a year.

Legion boasts a somewhat modified leveling process. Zones will scale with the character, making every zone viable for leveling.  But Blizzard has taken good concepts in the past and turned them into lumpy poo.  So how is Legion leveling looking in lalpha  alpha? Bellular gave it a try and here’s what he had to say.