Unlike many other folks, I am not heading out to stand in line to obtain my copy of Wrath at Midnight tonight. We probably have 5 midnight signings in a 30-mile radius, btw. I am just not a standing-in-line-for-4-hours kind of a person. We did actually get in the car and head out for the Midnight release of Burning Crusade. But by 11:00 p.m., when we arrived, there were already 300-400 people in line. We went home and picked up our copy of the expansion early the next morning.
Thanks to last night’s unexpected downtime, and today’s maintenance that was supposed to be completed no later than 50 minutes ago, I have not done the few last minute things I wanted to do for my characters to get them ready for Northrend on Thursday. However, unlike Thrall, I’ve got a map for my invasion that includes Northrend:
Move all of my 70s to their chosen starting area before logging out tonight. Alliance side this means half at Menethil Harbor amd half at Stormwind Harbor. Horde-side, Undercity. I like to hedge my bets.
Take Too Many Annas’ suggestion and turn off YELL in my chat panel to help save my sanity. To turn off /yell right clicking on the general tab of your chat window, go to settings, and uncheck the box next to Yell. This will filter out annying players yelling YOUR MOM…but you’ll still hear NPC yells.
Grab good quality water x80 for all 70s (-the mage) from IF/SW/UC.
Double-check they have a 20-stack of their two favorite elixirs. If not, make them on the alchemist.
Get the screenshot folder organized — there’s gonna be a lot of neat stuff to see and many pix to snap.
Once I get to Northrend I have 2 top priorities:
Train up all professions on all 5 toons. This includes cooking and fishing.
The mage will be recalling to Shatt as soon as she trains her alchemy so she can grab a last few skill points from old world herbs while making my toons their flask of choice.
My druid’s bank is full. It’s always been full. There are her 35 vanity pets, the miscellaneous quest items…the full sets of Tier 1 and Tier 2 gear she can’t bear to part with, the boomkin set she totes around with her…
I’ve gotten a lot of grief from guildies and friends over my packrattyness. “You’re never going to want to wear any of that again”, they say. “That crap is taking up all your bank slots”, etc. But truth be told, I didn’t just keep the clothes around to play dress up — I also kept them as mementos from my early days raiding. I mean, after all the bad luck I had pursuing [Will of Arlokk], I just can’t shard it now can I?
As it turns out, Blizzard is rewarding packrats like me in two ways when the patch lands today:
My plentiful mounts and vanity pets will become spells, freeing up 2 bags
All the “crap” in my bank that dropped off final raid bosses will be proof of my killing them for their associated achievements
Unfortunately, I didn’t save much that dropped for my main in heroic dungeons– she usually had better gear from raiding than anything that could drop for her in them. I have a feeling though that after the patch we will see some renewed interest in heroics, for the achievement factor.
Today’s post-work WoW agenda: Level inscription. Learn all mounts/vanity pets as spells. Reorganize contents of newly thinned-out banks. Retrain everyone.
When it comes to picking factions to grind, I keep in mind a few variables: gear I can use for a specific character, supporting recipes for their professions, and vanity pets. I mean, would I have ground out Sporeggar rep to Exalted had there not been a [Tiny Sporebat]? No way!
With that criteria in mind, I made a list of the Wrath of the Lich King factions known to have reputation-based rewards.
The above factions with a * allow you to purchase a tabard at Friendly. When worn in a dungeon, that tabard allows you to earn rep with that faction, regardless of the reputation associated with the dungeon in which you are fighting. A nice way to encourage folks to branch out into a variety of dungeons, rather than living for a month in one just for grinding rep.
The biggest surprise to me after reviewing all the reputation rewards was the lack of Blacksmithing, Alchemy, and Enchanting recipes from faction grinds. I'd gotten quite used to making my druid enchanter chase after a variety of factions to round out her enchanting repertoire.
Details on specific faction rewards after the cut.
Be sure to check out the Banana Shoulders-produced "Siha’s Inscription Guide" linked to therein and go cry. I am not sure where I can stuff any more herbs before my Scribe-to-be’s bank explodes. Her recommended shopping list is a little more than what I have on hand right now:
150x Earthroot, Peacebloom, or Silverleaf (DONE)
100x Briarthorn, Bruiseweed, Mageroyal, Stranglekelp, or Swiftthistle (DONE)
285x Grave Moss, Kingsblood, Liferoot, or Wild Steelbloom (NEED 40)
270x Fadeleaf, Goldthorn, Khadgar’s Whisker, or Wintersbite (NEED 50)
Although it's not as awesome as "Iron Chef" you can earn a "Chef" title from achievements after Wrath of the Lich King launches. To earn the title, you need to complete all of the following cooking achievements:
Grand Master cook
The Cake Is Not A Lie
Kickin' It Up a Notch
The Northrend Gourmet
Second That Emotion
Our Daily Bread (differs for horde and alliance)
Captain Rumsey's Lager
The Outland Gourmet
Read on for details on each achievement's criteria.