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The Boost to 100

Bull100

 

I snapped. Yeah, that’s it. That’s the most logical explanation I can come up with. I mean, why else would I throw everything away and just start over?

It  all started, well, yesterday. My intent was to log in to WoW and get my chores done (don’t fool yourself, just because garrison gold missions got lobotomized doesn’t mean there aren’t still chores to do). But when I got to the character select screen, I saw it.

That damn 100. My boost. It twisted a dagger in my brain.

I’d posted numerous polls on Twitter, trying to come up with a class to use the boost on. I wanted to go Death Knight because, well, can you really have too many? In Legion that answer is yes (grinding artifacts on multiple characters will be a full time job) but in WoD? Hells no.

The more significant question was the one I always toss around. Why? Why boost another character? What was I going to do with this toon? Add him to the pile? Things had changed with the nerf to garrison treasure missions. No longer was it a benefit to have multiple characters racking up gold because, well, now there was no longer that option. Now, if you wanted those six or seven characters to make gold you had to do more than just click a few buttons. You had to USE them to DO something. That took time out of my day. Time I wasn’t willing to spend.

I was already questioning why I was going through the motions. On my Alliance server, I had a few hundred thousand gold socked away. On my Horde server, I had just over one million gold. I wasn’t raiding. I wasn’t doing anything but logging in, making gold, and logging off.

I think that’s when things went south on me.

Legion was coming out at the end of the month. Demon Hunters were going to be playable in about a week, but Legion was the goal. Was it too late in WoD to use the boost? What could I get done in a month?

I decided to find out.

I got a Tauren DK to 60 on a brand new server with no support classes. No sugar mama. Just the Big Bull, and a quickly rolled up AH toon. In hindsight, maybe I shouldn’t have picked a PVP server if I wanted to make the most of my ability to farm things for gold. Oh well.

Like I said, I got him to 60, gave him professions, and boosted him. My seventeenth Level 100 character.

And now, he will be my sole focus until Legion. No dailies on my other characters. One toon. One server. One focus. My one Horde army.

Let’s see what happens.

WoW Saved Rob Kazinsky’s Life

Rob Kazinsky, star of the upcoming Warcraft movie, has had his share of ups and downs in his career. He’s also had some rough patches in his personal life, and in this interview on Conan he discusses how World of Warcraft was the light during a period of darkness.

He also talks about how WoW helped him gain a fifty pound gut-baby, but let’s try to focus on the positive message here! The man plays a Death Knight! Pay him some respect!

Legion Unholy DK Talents and Abilities

I know this video is yesterday’s news. Literally. It just came out yesterday. But with job, and life, and job, I didn’t get a chance to sit down and look at my Youtube feed. Which is always fun, because if it wasn’t for Youtubers and Twitchers (that can’t be the right term for Twitch TV people – sounds more like someone going through drug withdrawal), there would be almost zero things to talk about in World of Warcraft.

Anyhow, Bajheera gave the Unholy DK a spin on the Legion alpha. He shares with us the talents and abilities of the Unholy DK as they stand currently. Of course this could mean nothing by the next patch. We’re talking about alpha testing here. Shit happens between alpha and live. I’d be happy if they still had an Unholy DK as an option by the time Legion goes live.

So check it out, and see what might(?) be coming for the Unholy Death Knight (maybe?)

Star Wars Transmog

Death Knight Jedi

Spellfire Longswords make great Lightsabers.

 

As you may have noticed in the past little while, I’ve been working on getting more of a Star Wars feel on some of my characters. Today, Bellular helped fuel my issues by releasing a video with some Star Wars inspired WoW Transmogs.

Check it out. Enjoy. Take notes. Start farming.

 

May The Force Transmog Be With You.

My Jedi Death Knight

Rokk Talk

Even UFC Fighters get into the Star Wars spirit.

This has been a bizarre week for me. A week of extremes, you might say. I don’t even know where these ideas came from. They just hit me out of the blue, totally at random. I can’t even come up with a viable fix for it either. Should I cut my medication dosage, increase it, or actually stop and take a look at what the precise Hell I’ve been taking every day? (Edit — Turns out it’s something called a “multi-vitamin”. Kooky, no?)

What am I going on about? For starters, I’ve now done this fifteen times.

The (leveling) Force is strong in this one.

The (leveling) Force is strong in this one.

 

At the beginning of the week, I was bitching about logging in and having no idea what to do. Sure there was the usual mindless stuff (*cough*garrisons*cough*) but there was no purpose. But my mind, like the weather, will change if you give it a minute. It was more like a day, but the next time I logged in I decided to be a man with a plan. I opted to take my main DK out for a stroll and finish off a rep grind for the Laughing Skull folk. He got his rep to Revered, which was good enough to earn him some new head gear (and new sweet transmog items for all my Horde toons when Legion comes.)

Laughing Skull Garrison, swig of beer for the working Orc. If you get the reference, you are clearly one of the cool kids.

Laughing Skull Garrison, swig of beer for the working Orc. If you get the reference, you are clearly one of the cool kids.

 

The next day, raiding crept into my head. I asked on Twitter if my system was capable of functioning in LFR would it be adequate for normal raiding. The Rokkstars came up big (both of them in fact) and gave me a resounding shrug, followed by a “yeah probably.” So I logged in with a couple of different characters and LFR Donkey Konged poor Archimonde to see how things went.  They went… well.

During a Christmas concert, while children throttled the life out of various musical instruments and sang yuletide hymns that sounded more like someone kicking a dog down a flight of stairs, I heard a knock on the door in my head.

Me: I don’t even care who this is. Thank you.

Mind: ‘Sup dude. Hey, did you know that payday is coming up and also Warlords of Draenor is still on sale?

Me: I don’t get the connection.

Mind: Well you have a second account. Activate it for a month, buy WoD for it, and boost a character to 90. Then level him up to 100 and transfer it over to your main account. It’s cheaper than buying a boost to 100.

Me: Hey, that sounds like a terrible idea. Why would I want to do the grind to 100 again?

Mind: You can level him on a new server. Become self-sufficient. It’ll give you something to do.

Me: Go home, you’re obviously drunk.

Mind: Fine. Enjoy listening to this Christmas car wreck.

I bought the expansion the next day. I can only take so much seasonal abuse.

I went Alliance because I’d spent the past two days repeatedly shoveling my driveway, and the last thing I wanted to see when I logged into WoW was more snow. I went DK because Star Wars – The Force Awakens was opening in a day or so and Death Knights make great Jedi/Sith. Asphyxiate looks like a damn Force Choke for crying out loud.

Since I was leveling him on a server without a bankroll, there would be no Elixir of the Rapid Mind to speed things along. Not that leveling was going to be slow – it just wouldn’t be a two hour job. That worked out great because it meant I’d be spending more time in every zone, and gathering more garrison resources than if I’d blitzed through it.

So as the Force Awakened, my DK reached level 100.

Death Knight Jedi

Spellfire Longswords make great Lightsabers.

 

Now to see about making gold, getting the garrison to Level 3, gearing up in Tanaan Jungle, and give some more raiding a try. All while trying to avoid spoilers for Star Wars – The Force Awakens until I can see the damn movie.