I’ve left this one a bit longer than planned, adulting sucks.
Managed to hit level 50 last night, only 10 more to go! I’m quite impressed by my ability to stick with one character this time around, most of my time in Vanilla was spent creating an endless army of alts which never really made it past level 20.
I’ve spent most of the past 10 levels in Scarlet Monastery and Zul’Farrak running spellcleave groups, averaging a level every 3 hours or so. I won’t bore you with the details because there aren’t many details, just mind-numbing efficiency.
I’ll be coming back to farm Zul’Farrak at level 60 though, the gold is good even with 4 other players in your group so I’d imagine it’s incredible if you’re going solo.
I have been questing a little bit in between groups, Searing Gorge has been hella fun, especially on a Sunday evening which is prime time for raiding.
There’s nothing quite like ganking a level 60 on their way to Molten Core at level 49 and then having half of their raid team exact their revenge moments later.
Ok, things are starting to get a bit slower now. I had everything planned out in the first few zones because I’d done them a million times, now there are hours at a time where I’m wandering aimlessly around looking for quests.
I’m not complaining, it’s been super fun to explore the world again, buffing random strangers as they walk by and doing some world PvP.
I promised myself that I wouldn’t get sucked into spamming Scarlet Monastery over and over again to level but once I’d done a couple of runs it was kinda hard to go back to questing. Besides, even if I wanted to level in the outside world it’s almost impossible on a high pop server at the moment, quest mobs are rarer than unicorn shit, especially in Stranglethorn Vale.
Gold wise, I’m sitting at around 15g at level 35. I’m not sure what the average wealth is usually for someone around this level but I feel like I’m a very long way off getting my mount at level 40. Short of getting super lucky with a nice BoE I think I’ll be running around on foot for the foreseeable future.
Perhaps the most painful experience of these past few levels was seeing a pair of https://classic.wowhead.com/item=14551/edgemasters-handguards listed for 20g and being just a few gold short to buy them, that could’ve paid for my level 40 mount and then some! I did the next best thing which was to let my guild know and luckily someone managed to snatch them up, so at least I made someone else’s day.
I’d hoped to make a post before now but I’ve been super busy, this is the first chance I’ve had between work and cramming as much time into Classic as possible (without catching gf aggro).
Week one has been a blast! Granted, the queue drama on the first few days was no fun but making the decision to switch from Shazzrah to Dreadmist really paid off, the community is great and I even joined a guild that has been reformed from my old Vanilla server (Evil Eye, formerly of Bloodscalp).
As per my previous post, Deathknell was insanely overpopulated in the first few hours after the server went up so I decided to leave it a day and see if it was any better the following evening.
Once I’d installed Questie and set up a playlist I was on my way. Deathknell took much longer than expected and I ended up grinding out most of level 1 – 6 because trying to tag quest mobs was near impossible with the sheer number of people around. To all you #nochanges folk, imagine how much of a shitshow this would’ve been without layering!
After crawling my way to level 6 I set out to Brill which was a lot more bearable, people were a little more spread out and it was actually useful to be able to form groups for the harder quests (I’m looking at you; The Family Crypt).
But it wasn’t long before I had the misfortune to wander too close to the Scarlet Monastery and I’m proud to say that my first death in the game was at least somewhat memorable!
The good thing about Brill is there are a couple of quests that send you to Undercity early on, which was a perfect opportunity to learn some professions. I opted for Skinning and Tailoring for now, the plan is to eventually drop Skinning for Enchanting after I’ve farmed my epic mount.
At level 12 I had to make the call between Silverpine Forest or the Barrens. One would be the easier and less crowded route but the other would have more Chuck Norris jokes. The choice was obvious:
I fucking love the Barrens, man. There’s just something about that zone that captures old school World of Warcraft more than anywhere else. It’s probably because of the sheer number of failed characters that I made back in Vanilla that never quite made it past level 20 but it just feels like home.
That’s not to say it’s perfect, there’s more than a few quests that had me running back to the exact same area to kill a slightly different variation of the same mob I’d just killed for a cloth reward with plus to strength but it’s cool, that’s part of the experience I suppose.
To speed things up a little I decided to run a few dungeons with some guildies. Ragefire Chasm wasn’t much of a challenge but there were a few pulls in Wailing Caverns that nearly had us. It’s such a nice change of pace from Retail where you can pull half a dungeon in one go, we actually had to mark packs of mobs and use our CC effectively. We also forgot that Verdan the Everliving hits like a truck, our tank died and it was left to just me and the healer to kite him and finish him off but we somehow managed it!
So after 23 hours played I’m sitting at level 22, I’m sure this is abysmally slow compared to some others but I’ve enjoyed every second!
I’ll wrap this up with a beautiful sunset I managed to capture on my way to Thunderbluff for the first time:
Wouldn’t really be a Blizzard launch day without 5 hour queues would it?
I managed to jump on one of the newer realms (Dreadmist) that went up in the past hour or so to have a look around and it’s already medium pop.
At this point I think it’s best just to log off and forget about Classic for another week or so. I’d imagine that a lot of people took this week off work to play and also by next week the tourists will be so fed up of queues and camping quest mobs that they’ll just give up.