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Monk vs Monk Leveling


My Human Monk, Merculees, has been put on hold at Level 35. He returned to Stormwind, put on his (soon to be) transmog gear, and shipped his heirlooms off to his Horde counterpart, an Orc Monk named Rokk.

That’s right, imma say it loud and proud: Finally The Rokk has come back to Azeroth.

Once upon a long time ago, I had a Death Knight (shocking, right?) named Rokk. But his people needed him or something, so he climbed in his rocket ship and rocket-server transferred. Consequently, he lost his name on both the server he left and the server he went to. Thanks to some generous GM intervention (Thanks Blizz!) I got the name back for my Orc Monk. When I first logged in on him I found a bunch of my macros were still live for the DK. Needless to say, changes were made.

Monk Rokk started off a little differently than his Human counterpart. I still wanted him to PVP, but unlike Merculees he wasn’t going to be starting off in a Call to Arms scenario (which meant no honor point or xp spike.) It was a much slower leveling grind, slogging through Battlegrounds. Which also meant he got his ticket punched much more often. But it also allowed for some great matches. Highs and lows for sure. I don’t know how some people can say one faction is more dominant than the other in BG’s. I’ve seen both sides do some stellar things, as well as some stupid things.

For yet another change of pace, Rokk quested in Eastern Kingdom rather than Kalimdor. I haven’t really leveled a Horde character on that side of the world, so as soon as he reached level 10, Rokk hopped a blimp and relocated. Again, it was a new and different grind. There were different questing storylines to experience. I was seeing zones that I hadn’t seen since before the Cataclysm, if at all.

Thanks to the Zygor Leveling Guide helping me along, Rokk thundered along to level 35 as well. Now I’m stumped. Do I continue to level my Orc Monk, or does the Human get called back up to the mound? Alliance, or Horde?


  • Human racial is great in PVP.
  • Gear looks better on Human.
  • The only Alliance character I’ve leveled was a Draenei Death Knight, so I haven’t played Alliance from 1-55 before.
  • Horde

  • Better support system (guild, my alts)
  • Green + Swoll = Win
  • Wears gear well, even better if WoD makes posture correction available.
  • Orc racial is great for damage.
  • So… who advances? Merculees or Rokk?

    Give Peace A Chance

    I... am... Merculees!

    I… am… Merculees!

    Monks. Peaceful, introspective, serene.


    Blessed with the power to destroy things with their bare hands.

    Destroy things, and people.

    Well hello, beautiful.

    I don’t know why, but for some reason I just could not get into playing the Monk class. I’d played Monks in D&D, AD&D, and was a fan of Ken and Ryu in Street Fighter. Serenity now, but violence forever. Probably not the best way to approach it, but that’s how I roll. Needless to say, I am down with what Monks bring to the table.

    A knuckle sandwich.

    A knuckle sandwich.

    There’s definitely plenty of appeal to playing a monk – new techniques, new mechanics, the ability to tank/dps/heal without too much gear swapping. After a quick search, I also found they even had more class-specific podcasts than Death Knights did. A strong multimedia representation tells alot about the leetness of a class.

    After my alt culling and accumulation of various heirloom items, I thought I would give the Monk a fair shake. I would use my two most effective leveling techniques – heirlooms and theZygor Leveling Guide – and take a Monk to Level 20. From what I’d read, that was where the Monk picked up some kind of class quest / daily quest that buffed them or something.

    Whatever. Twenty levels would be enough to see if it would be a class worth continuing with.

    I decided to go with a Human monk for two reasons. One, the Pandaren starting zone took too damn long to navigate between quests. The Human starting zone was compact, and the starter quests would be quick to knock out. Two, because my boy would be rocking The Rock’s look as Hercules (or as close as reasonably possible).

    Drawing muscles on armor is so Batman.  At least there's no nipples on it.

    Drawing muscles on armor is so Batman. At least there’s no nipples on it.

    And thus was born Merculees.

    Do you smell what the Merc is cooking?

    Do you smell what the Merc is cooking?

    From the picture, you might notice a couple of things. One, his shoulders are cloth heirloom, not leather. Second, dude is bare chested. Let me try and explain both points. The cloth heirloom is there because I needed an heirloom item a leather wearing class could use, and I didn’t have the leather shoulders. The number crunches out there will point out that the stats on a cloth item do not help a monk worth a damn, since the AC is piss poor and Int doesn’t do shInt for DPS monks. I will point out that I’m leveling to twenty, not raiding Garrosh’s panty drawer. The only stat I care about on the shoulders is the one that buffs my XP.

    As far as bare chested goes… dude’s got a wicked six pack. Why wouldn’t he want to show that off? And before you ask, no I don’t have the leather chest heirloom. I do have a cloth one, and I guess if I wanted to I could transmog it to look like something interesting instead of a robe. But like I said before, I’m only leveling to twenty. He could probably do that naked, and if I wasn’t in a hurry to reach twenty maybe he would.

    I’ve gone ten levels so far, and I admit I’m liking it more than I had in previous attempts. But we’ll see what happens in the next ten levels. Who knows, maybe the Main Monk will find himself a shirt.