After yesterday’s post I plucked up the courage to go into a 5 man as a healer. Went for Hellfire Ramparts – a straightforward dungeon with less risk of me getting lost. Completed it twice and both times no one died. Yay. Main challenge was keeping up with the group. My Chi Torpedo is on the left hand side of my 2nd bottom action bar. You would think it was lost at sea the way my mouse hand struggles to find it. I also had no time to loot – a problem I remember from earlier days trying to heal. Luckily everyone left the dungeon at the end so I could run around in peace, loot most of what I needed and actually complete some quests. But one of the mobs with a severed hand I needed (nice) must have despawned. So I went in and did it all again. If someone wants me to get them a severed hand I get them a severed hand. Both times the groups were fine – quiet, business like, just the way I like it. Both times I pulled a group of mobs right at the start by running too enthusiastically towards the quest giver. So I probably didn’t make the best of first impressions. But I kept them alive. Overhealed like crazy of course. Panic does that to me. But it all made a nice change from invasions which I am heartily sick of (even though I love the experience and so can’t stop doing them, or at least flying to the invasion spot and tabbing out to write this blog post).
But going back to the dungeon – one thing I noticed is that the default UI and what I’ve done with my raid frames is a mess. I need to sort things out. Every time a loot roll came up it blocked my raid frame which I had placed too close to my action bar. What is the best add on to sort out your UI and make it exactly as you want including moving action bars around? And can you sort out raid frames when you’re not actually in a raid? I find I only see what it all looks like when I’m actually in there and already feeling the pressure. Finding out that this or that doesn’t work does not help with the situation. I really want to be able to customise my UI when not in battle & get it all laid out exactly as I want it. What does everyone else use?
I like the fact you no longer need tomes and dust to change your talents and specialisation. Instead you can just go off to a zzzz area to change things around. I can imagine this being more awkward in a raid though. Presumably in the past you’d carry enough mats to change whatever you needed to change whenever you needed to change it? But now you’ll have to leave the raid to get to a rest area. Presumably hearthstone out & then get summoned back. Would that work? If so that’s not too bad but obviously will take a bit more time.
In the past when selecting my talents I tended to go for the passive ones. The reason for this was not sheer laziness (although that was sometimes part of it), but more a case of wanting (needing) to keep things simple. But now that classes seem more simplified anyway I’m getting to be a bit braver with my talent choices.
There are limits though. Luxmii my shaman now has Primal Elementalist which grants her elementals Fred and Ginger (their official names) 80% increased damage and the ability to control them. Icy Veins recommends this as the best option because of its burst damage. But I’m not sure if I want to be controlling my elementals. I can barely control my main. I selected the talent the other day & brought them out to play but pretty much just left them get on with it. I’ve decided to trust them to do the right thing in any given situation. Nothing can go wrong with that approach right?
With my Pally my favourite talent is Justicar’s Vengeance which deals Holy damage to the target and heals me for the amount of damage done (double against stunned targets). But it’s been great trying out a range of talent combos, unlike previously where after picking the most passive arrangement possible I stuck with it through thick and thin. For me the new way of changing specialisations and talents has given me a flexibility I really like – although until I had the flexibility I never knew how much I wanted it.
Yesterday I tried too hard to fast track Samsara and I made myself sick. Or I might have a virus that has nothing to do with WoW of course. Either way I did not feel well yesterday evening and the thought of all those Legion mobs, red health bars, swarms of players etc made me feel exhausted and queasy. So what do I do this morning – I logged on to do another invasion. On a positive note I do feel a bit better this morning (although my back is in agony from the way I slept and my teeth are aching from grinding them throughout the night – oh for a restful night’s sleep).
But anyway due to yesterday’s WoW collapse Samsara is only level 40. I read Belghast’s post yesterday which says it took 49 invasions to go from level 53 to 100 in full heirlooms. I am only level 40 & only have 3 heirlooms (although can get the Zen Pilgrimmage buff). I’m probably looking at about 60 odd invasions right? I don’t think I have it in me. It’s just too repetitive now. And I know invasions are not designed for fast tracking alts – they are for gearing your max characters ready for Legion. And with one of my max characters that’s exactly what I’ve not done – I haven’t brought Frip the Druid out to play once. I haven’t tested out how her class plays with all the changes. She’s still blissfully unaware of the invasions and pottering around in her garrison. I forget her item level but it’s not great so if I do play her in Legion she’s going to have a tough time starting out. But I just don’t want to do invasions for the boxes. If I can face them I want to use them to level alts. Samsara specifically now. I only rolled her a few days & now my only objective is to get her to 100. My head aches. And as for poor Beanie the hunter …who’s she again? My priorities have changed so much within the month of August alone. I’m like a child in a sweet shop. And I’ve made myself sick.
I have no idea how long it would take someone to power level from 1 – 100 without invasions and with maybe just 2-3 heirlooms? But I’m going to see if I can level my new Horde monk Samsara from 1-100 before the end of August taking the invasion route. I currently have an Alliance Druid, Shaman, Priest and Paladin at 100. This means I have a good selection of range/melee damage dealers and healers to choose from across Argent Dawn EU and Darkspear EU. But my highest Horde (not including my 99 Demon Hunter- still not finished the starting zone for her yet) is a Warlock in the late 60s or 70 (can’t remember) and I would like a max Horde that I have the option of playing either as damage or as healer for our new Horde guild The Slapdash Squad. So going to try and power level Samsara via invasions.
Started her this week and after a few false starts (thought I could do an invasion as level 1 so asked husband to drive her from Sunstrider Isle to Tarren Mill on one of his higher Horde characters. She levelled to about 5 doing this but couldn’t actually see the invasion. You have to be 10). I then went to Brill to do some quests but after 5 minutes there recklessly hearthstoned back to the Blood Elf starting area to do the quests there, but quickly get bored of that and flew back to Brill (WoW attention deficit disorder). Did some quests there until I dinged 10 and then went to Tarren Mill. After doing a ton of invasions in Tarren Mill and the Barrens I am now ….36! After one morning. Awesome.
Streamed some of this on my Twitch channel and had some help from someone in the chat room who advised me to play through the first two stages of an invasion then log out/log back on to restart the invasion. I did this a few times but of course that way you don’t fight the big boss and don’t get any boxes. And it gets boring. But until I get flight its hard travelling to some of the different areas. It’s hard riding to the easier ones too – if you’re me. I rode all the way from Northern Barrens to Azshara and stumbled across what I thought was a brand new city – turns out it Orgrimmar. Which I could have flown to. My sense of direction EVEN WHEN LOOKING AT A MAP is ridiculous.
I’m now in Tarren Mill. Just completed one invasion and went up two levels. Waiting for Northern Barrens or Azshara to restart or Tarren Mill to roll around again. Can’t think how I can get a low level Horde to Westfall, Dun Morogh or Tanaris so will have to leave those . One good thing as a Monk is Zen Pilgrimmage which seems to be a way to get back to the Barrens while keeping my Hearthstone set to Tarren Mill. Plus the experience boost is awesome. I’m struggling with melee. I need a mod that shouts loudly at me when I’m facing the wrong way. I have the camera pulled out so far I can hardly pick myself out in the crowd but I need to do this so I can see what I’m fighting. I’ve never been comfortable meleeing in a crowd (ask anyone in work). What I really want is try out some monk healing in a 5 man but too nervous for that. Plus not sure if anyone is even running dungeons at the moment. So will just keep on the invasion track, get to 100, and then have a Horde monk healer that I can use in LFR. Oh it’s so good to have such an important goal in life.
Well finally my first ever WoW character, my Pally Terema, is max level. She is my third level 100 (I know – only 3 – I need to work much harder) and definitely the one that means the most. I remember creating her, logging on and being introduced to the world of Azeroth through her eyes and experiences. I levelled her through three expansions but then, for some reason, abandoned her at 85. By then Seashell my mage was my main, I was enjoying blasting things at range (coward that I am), and I never looked back. Until now.
I’ve been enjoying getting to play Terema again. Not tried healing with her yet. That’s something I’m very interested in doing so will need to go into the Proving Grounds and see how it all works. I’ve done a little bit of healing previously on another Paladin (Androse – I was meant to be levelling her with husband’s alt The Doctor so …The Doctor Androse … a little nod to my favourite Dr Who pair). I remember doing some healing by casting judgement and putting something on one character which meant when you healed someone else that character also got healed. The rest is a blur. Clearly more research needed.
But I also need to find out how I get to Proving Grounds. I used to go from the garrison but Terema has bypassed WoD apart from doing enough quests to get the basic garrison. Not sure if she has a way to the Proving Grounds from there. I recall first going to Proving Grounds in MoP so assume there’s a way to do it from there too. It turns out the dawn of Legion has meant rediscovering old characters and learning how to play them and this has turned into a rediscovery of Azeroth itself. I need to find out where to go to do this and that and then visiting areas I’ve not been to in some time. The expansion already feels like the reinvigoration of the WoW we already have, and that’s without any of the new content we’re going to get and the journey to 110. So far I’m impressed and excited – not bad for a rainy Saturday morning.
It’s so wrong isn’t it? As I type this blog post my pally is on her way to Azshara to observe the fighting from a safe distance and then will fly down to Tanaris where she will actually do some fighting and then over to Eastern Kingdoms to observe some more and so on and so forth. Yes while at the start I was fighting hard in every single invasion I’m now flying to the area and waiting in a safe space if I have to do other things at the same time so that I don’t miss out on all this easy experience for characters I’ve long neglected and want to boost to 100. And yes I know if everyone did that in every invasion then an invasion would never end and no one would get any experience. So in my defence when I do sit down to play I go and fight toe to toe and give it my all. So I am doing my bit – sort of. And I’ve fought in many invasions while noticing lots of people standing round doing nothing. You give a bit, you take a bit right? Maybe. I can role play in my head that my character is learning vital things about the Legion as she watches from a distance and I make tea. And then it’s my turn to fight and in I go letting other people take on the recon role. Oh how we try to justify the things we know are wrong. How will I feel getting from 88 to 100 through a mix of fighting and watching invasions? Um ok I think. I’ve done the content I’m skipping on my mage and druid so it’s not as if it means I’m totally missing large chunks of the game. I’ve boosted two other characters through WoD and Legion so I’m not averse to the quick route. Any my pally has more than earned her time at 100. I started playing in BC so she had to walk until she was 40! I mean c’mon, the hardship she has endured. And if I was 100% fighting every invasion – well I’m still grinding the same thing over and over again just to get her to 100. Its a grindy boost rather than a paid one but still a fast track of sorts. And when she gets to 100 – oh how I’ll play her. She’ll probably become my main again. It’ll be her time to shine. She just needs to gain more vital intelligence by watching a few more invasions (a lot more now that they’ve reduced the experience gain) and join in when she (I) can. The road to 100 has never been so clear.
I was told yesterday that invasions can really boost lower level characters. So I jumped on my mage Seashell (95) and yes having completed an invasion found that she had a decent sized boost to her experience bar. Daughter tried with level 14 hunter and after I think about 7 invasions managed to get up to 25. She’s pleased with that. She finally has riding so no more walking (having to walk anywhere in the worth- real or Azerothian – is an experience akin to visiting the pits of hell apparently …wasn’t like that in my day of course).
So anyway this got me revisiting all my alts to see which ones I’d like to do some quick levelling on and it was interesting. I could see from the level/zone they had been abandoned in which areas of WoW I’m bored with and which class I am confused by. So Terema my Pally, first ever WoW character, had been left as an 87 in Pandaria. This was the result of extreme boredom with Pandaria as a place after thoroughly experiencing it with Seashell, and confusion with the Ret Pally rotation (too much Holy Power watching – it was never like that when I first started with Terema on WoW and I just never got to grips with the changes).
Luxmii my Shaman is stuck in early Draenor as is Seashell my mage. Having done Draenor with my Druid Frip, and not being someone who likes re-running areas too soon after completing them, I struggled getting going with those two. Plus around that time I stopped playing WoW due to real life things.
Then there’s Salno my Horde Warlock. Stuck in Northrend unable to find her way around Warsong Hold. Every time I go on Salno I just feel weary with it all. The act of being in that Hold brings on an existential crisis of some sort. It’s remarkable really. I have to log off, leaving her and demon companion weeping in the corner. However, husband has now set up his own Horde guild – The Slapdash Squad (perfectly named for my play style) so Salno might finally have a chance soon (if he organises a rescue mission to get her out of there).
There’s the original Pally Bravetank on Defias Brotherhood. I shan’t be levelling her. It’s a PvP realm and I couldn’t face doing invasions in a PvP realm. And there’s Beanie of course. Level 35 Hunter. Beanie with whom I was having so much fun last week but who hasn’t seen the light of day since the pre-Legion stuff. Beanie is a good case for the invasion boost but I was actually enjoying exploring the world with her. I want to keep Beanie as my Explorer/Loremaster character. Plus with my problems figuring out maps, boats and portals it would take me an eternity to get her anywhere.
The obvious ones for me then are Terema – my first ever character who deserves her shot at 100 and beyond, and Seashell – my main for so long who has the added advantage of portals. Since doing two invasions with Terema this morning I’m slowly figuring out the newly redesigned (again) Ret Pally rotation & looking forward to trying out Holy, so I think she’s going to be the first priority. I’m assuming invasions end when Legion arrives properly. Shame. For alt levelling alone it would be great for invasions to be around forever – or something like them. But with far less travel of course. Some things remain beyond me and efficiently travelling around the Azeroth world remains one of them – as the comments on yesterday’s post will show!
Yesterday I was finally able to complete two invasions. The first one was in Westfall. I went as Disc Priest with the idea of supporting the fight by healing everyone and basically saving the day. When I saw the chaos that is the invasion I realised that was impossible & so I continued to effectively tickle the mobs to death with my Disc Rotation. And yes I did kill things (even they seemed shocked) and I didn’t die so it scores 2 for 2 on my basic requirements. But the fights were long. Very long. That said going in my gear was 640 so it might get better as I gear up. And from Cymre’s comment on yesterday’s post I understand the Artifact will help too. So I guess I’m going to have to stick with it and wait and see. Or go insane (as per yesterday’s post).
The invasion itself was fun although there was a phase when everyone ran off to do their own thing and I felt abandoned and confused. I wasn’t sure what I should do. I ended up finding the nearest Legion group and just started fighting them – hoping I didn’t pull too many. Then another person joined me, cheered me (awww), and we started to work together (sort of). I did manage to try out atonement healing on him/her so that was good.
At the end I had some nethershards, boots and leggings and was very happy.
Second invasion was slightly different. It was in Tanaris and I wasn’t quite certain of the quickest way to get there. I hearthstoned back to Stormwind and found my hearthstone took me to Stormshield. Aargghh. Finally getting to Stormwind I flew up and down the harbour waiting for (a) the Darnassus ship and (b)wondering if there was a second ship that went anywhere useful (I’m now thinking there’s a Northrend ship which isn’t useful but that there used to be a Menethil Harbour ship?). Then I remembered the portals. I flew over to them, took a guess that Twillight Hinterlands was in Eastern Kingdoms (because obviously it’s way too hard to open a map) and portalled there, only to then decide to check the map and realise I was just in a slightly different part of Eastern Kingdoms. So I hearthstoned back (to Stormshield because I had still not remembered to change my hearthstone to Stormwind – by this time I was feeling mightily sorry for the Alliance that they have to rely on people like me in the fight against the Legion) and repeated the whole thing but this time went to Hyjal and flew down to Tanaris while in real life I got changed for work. When I came back downstairs I was in Tanaris and already had a small loot box. I joined in some of the fighting (still Disc) but this time took on more than I could handle and ended up dying several times. In a pout I stormed off to the inn to
drown my sorrows change to Shadow and by the time I meticulously sorted out my action bar and talents the invasion was over. Felt a tad guilty but less so when I saw what I had for it – more leggings and boots. Hoping I have more luck today in lots of different ways including remembering to set my hearthstone to Stormwind and now and again cracking open a map. It’s not too much to ask of myself is it?
I’m going to be in work today when things start to warm up in Azeroth so I’ve been doing a little bit of reading to see what to expect later when I finally get a chance to log in. According to Blizzard Watch invasions will occur in Azshara, Dun Morogh, Hillsbrad Foothills, Northern Barrens, Tanaris, and Westfall. There’ll be a green icon on the map to show where to go & you basically enter a world scenario. Assuming you have to be 100 for this (if you want to survive anyway).
During the invasion you have to kill the demons, lieutenants and commander, achieve certain objectives and then defeat the boss. Sounds like typical day in the office.
If you complete the invasion you get Nethershards and sometimes chests with ilevel 685/700 equipment. You can trade Nethershards at Illidari vendors in the capitals and invasion zones. I notice Blizzard Watch mentioned transmog opportunities in regard to the chests that drop and in regard to what you can buy from the Nethershards. I guess transmog is now a thing right? Beanie is still rocking her eclectic look (i.e. nothing matches and the colours ill suit her complexion) because she’s too lazy to go to a transmog. Husband swears he saw a portable transmogrifier the other day. I have never see such a thing (I don’t get out much) so I googled it and discovered the Reins of the Grand Expedition Yak. How did I ever miss this? Oh I know – never cared about transmog and will never have that much gold. But now there’s all these uber well dressed players around me and I’m starting to feel inadequate. But I’m also lazy. I need that yak. For free. In the mail when I next log in. According to the Law of Attraction this should definitely work. I’ll let you know.
It does look as if these invasions are a good way to get ilevel 700 gear (via the Nethershards). But you need to grind for it. I’m assuming iLevel 700 will be the level 100-101 gear drops that we get in Legion so I will probably just gear up via basic quest rewards. I don’t need anything too fancy in my line of work (killing boars in Elwynn). But it will be fun to do at least one of the invasions. Just to get the “Been There, Bought the T Shirt” achievement. (Is that a real achievement? It so should be.)