Has the Tyranny of BOA Gear Ruined Alt Leveling Dungeons?

Need moar boomkins on dragons!

Philosophically, I am neither for nor against BOA gear for your alts. I have a few caster pieces, scattered across the three servers upon which I actively play. At best, on one server, I have head, shoulders, chest and cloak. On another I have weapon, chest and shoulders. Amassing a collection of alt BOAs has just not been a priority for me. I’ve put my badges/points to other uses over the years. But it feels like I’m in the minority on that, at least amongst the leveling dungeon crowd.

Frequently, I’ve been in dungeons with people sporting a full set of BOA gear, down to two trinkets. That’s fine by me. Should mean more gear for my alts who are relying on dungeon drops to improve as they go. You see, I’m a firm believer in having my alts wear what they can make or they earn from quests and dungeons. I just don’t spend gobs of cash on my alts’ leveling gear.

In years past, this approach has gone unnoticed/unremarked. But in the past month, I’ve been on the receiving end of meter spamming, vulgar comments, and being called a bad for my characters in leveling dungeons not being tricked out. Yes, I’m serious: I’ve been called a Bad for not having optimized my gear in leveling dungeons.

The most annoying was in the level 80-85 grind. Therein were positively the worst LFD people I’ve encountered thus far. Until that group I couldn’t fathom why people would drop group mid pull. Which is exactly what I did after I tired of the vulgar comments coming from the three wretched guildies who apparently trolled LFD to show everyone else how leet they were in their full sets of BOA gear and how fail everyone else is if they don’t have it.

It’s interesting to me, as someone who has spent most of her WoW time historically focused on raiding to encounter ruthless elitism amongst people leveling alts. Even when I was one of only three druids on my server, at the time, who had a full set of T2 gear, I was never compelled to go around and talk smack to other people. I was able to bask in my accomplishments and feel good about my character without putting down other people.

What is it about the current state of affairs that would compel people to become obsessed with maximizing their alts for leveling, and more importantly, to look down upon and bully others who are leveling without having that same focus? What happened to the game being whatever it is that you want to make of it? When did we get overrun by the tyranny of the BOAs?

Friday Five: Five To Dos for my Baby Druid this Weekend

  1.  Get to level 40! A faster mount will make the leveling so much faster!
  2. Stop obsessing about those last 3 leatherworking skill points. You can’t train up Leatherworking again until you hit level 50 and get to Shatt anyhow.
  3. Get a port to Dalaran to set your hearthstone in a more convenient place.
  4. Obtain the Scarlet MonasteryZF quests and see about getting a group for it (or bribe someone for a runthrough)
  5. Stop and take some screenies while terrorizing STV with that crazy shaman!

Baby druid is 36 now, and still being leveled as Boomkin. Because I am a masochist. Wait, no, that’s not it. I am just a ranged spellcaster at heart. Having a shaman leveling buddy helps though, since mana spring totem is nearby at all times, so I don’t have to drink quite every pull.

I need to dig around and find a more updated leatherworking leveling guide since WoWiki’s guide includes making the riding crop which 1) won’t sell and 2) with Primal Mights at 150g each, doesn’t really seem all that economical to me. Yes my mage could transmute them, but those old world mats aren’t cheap ether. And since you can’t use the crop past level 70, they feel like a big money sink without much return on investment. Meh.

Happy Friday!

Ding! My First Post-patch 60 Takes the Plunge…

This past Sunday, my baby mage hit 58 and you know what that means…she heeded the call to trek to Outlands. Only, it’s not quite the same epic journey you might remember it to have been. Rather than flying to Swamp of Sorrows then making the long trek by slow mount to the Dark Portal, she hopped into the convenient Dark Portal portal in Org, and hopped on her epic bony pony and ran through the portal. Once on the other side, she hopped on a gryph, went all the way to Shattrath, and set her hearth there.

It was not your old timer’s first day in Outlands. And to be honest it was sort of a letdown to have that epicness diminished by convenience. However, given that this is the sixth character I’ve taken to Outlands…the epicness, for me, at this point, is somewhat less important than getting it done already.

Thanks to her BoA chest and shoulders with their 10% XP boost a piece, and to my SO for running me through Stratholme so I could complete all my quests, Monday night I dinged 60.

Dinging 60 had been a meh experience on my last alt, an Alliance priest, during BC. It just meant I had another 10 levels to slog through to get to level cap and start raiding with her. This time was different.

The absolute first thing I did was learn my Tome of Plymorph: Rabbit, which had languished in the bank since the Easter Noblegarden week festivities. Then I ported and trained, and had the bank alt send me 700g so I could train flying and buy a wyvern. At which point I spent a solid 30 minutes flying around Hellfire Peninsula, laughing at the Fel Reavers that would not be allowed to sneak up on poor squishy me.

I’ve now also trained her skinning, herbing, and first aid, with only her cooking stalled in place thanks to a complete lack of desire on my part to farm bear meat. I can save that for another day. It matters more that I got my darn Staff of the Twin Worlds so I can stop feeling bad about the staff that shall not be named I was carrying around (hey– all those scarlets in Strat had one too so nyah!.)

It will be interesting to see how the flying (yes, I will be buying the Northrend flying BoA book) and the XP boost items affect my ability to quest my way through the next 20 levels. On the one hand I will miss the incidental trash I used to have to kill through to get to quest objectives, but on the other hand, there shouldn’t be any dying either.

Stay tuned.

The Long Road to 80…

Slowly but surely, I am still slogging along to 80. Many of the folks I previously raided with pushed to 80 in a week or so, seemingly playing 24-hours-per-day. I, on the other hand, work 40+ hours per week, which  leaves me playing nights and weekends only.

So far, the tally is:

  • 76 resto shaman
  • 74 BOOMkin
  • 71 frost mage
  • 70 shadow priest (horde and alliance)

I had intended on taking the druid to 80 first, followed by the shaman, but it became evident pretty quickly that our guild, which for Karazahn had been awash with healers, was more in need of a healer than a Boomkin. Thus, I have the 74 and the 76 instead of an 80. I am sure this is a familiar tale.

After I actually ding 80, I’ll be creating some enchanting, cooking, and jewelcrafting guides for the site.

Happy adventuring!