The pre-patch is almost here and the excitement to leave Draenor and the Garrison behind has built to kid-on-Christmas-Eve levels. In describing it this way, I don’t mean to be derisive or to imply that I’m immune — I wrote about what I plan to do on the day before the patch comes, to get ready for it, about a week ago.
Today I want to write about what I want to do after the patch comes.
I’m glad that the devs are giving us some time to get used to the class changes before the Demon Invasions begin because that also gives me some time to finish up a few lingering Warlords content goals.
* As I’ve mentioned before, my Hunter is currently Beast Mastery, and losing her pet when she mounts up on one of the Stables mounts-in-training is a big hit to her DPS. After the patch, I’ll use a Lone Wolf Marksmanship spec to do the Black Claw of Sethe and Garn-Tooth Necklace mounted combat challenges so that she can get the Stable Master title.
* Just in the past week or two, I’ve been taking my Alliance Mage back to Tanaan to work on Lion’s Watch rep so that she can get the Packaged Ceremonial Karabor Finery clothie-only Transmogrification ensemble. Although I don’t think I’ll ever wear the complete outfit, I would like to have some of the pieces available for mix-and-match. I’ve been pleasantly surprised by Tanaan, actually — the bits of the zone that aren’t covered in fel green goo are rather lovely jungle, and the semi-directed playstyle makes it a lot more fun to me than the mostly undirected Timeless Isle was. Anyhow, Kaylynda still has about a week of bopping around in Tanaan to get up to the necessary rep level.
* I’d gotten all my primary characters fitted out with Royal Satchels in all their personal inventory slots (F8-F11) (a task that kept my Tailors busily growing Windshear Cactus at Sunsong Ranch well into Warlords) and Hexweave Bags in all their bank slots. Then I took a break from Tailoring CDs for a bit while I tried to decide whether or not I wanted to make Hexweave Bags for all their personal inventory slots, too. To help with that decision, I looked up the Tailoring bag in Legion and discovered that it will be a catch-up 24-slot bag. With that in mind, I concluded that even with the massive inventory cleanup coming in the patch, it would be worth the effort to get all my active characters fully outfitted with Hexweave Bags. So I got my Tailors going again, but they’ve still got a week or two of work left before they will have made enough bags to finish outfitting all of my current active characters and have a full set of eleven bags ready for my Demon Hunter.
After I’ve got my Transmogrification Collection sorted and am ready to dig into the new content, here’s what I want to do:
* I’m unclear on whether the gradually unfolding lore-heavy plot-bridge questline will begin as soon as the patch goes live or not until later when the Demon Invasions and Demon Hunters become available. Either way, I intend play through it at least with Kamalia and Kaylynda.
* I’m going to need to do Demon Invasions with a character of each armor type — Kamalia for mail, probably Kaylynda (though maybe Kaelinda) for cloth, either my Paladin or my Warrior for plate, and either my Druid or my Monk for leather. Each character will need to do enough to get the Transmogrification ensemble for her armor type, of course, and I’ll probably try to do enough to get all 16 of the event-exclusive weapons, too.
I’ve also been thinking about what I want to do when Legion itself launches.
One of the pre-expansion anticipation questions that’s been making the rounds of the blogosphere is “how many Artifact weapons do you plan to get?” which is a variation on the more usual “how many alts will you play in the new expansion?” question.
I’ve divvied up my active characters into one spec, two spec, and three spec groups based on how many of the specs of each class appeal to me.
One spec: Frost Death Knight, Destruction Warlock, Outlaw Rogue, Havoc Demon Hunter
Two spec: Discipline/Holy Priest, Fire/Arcane Mage (Blood Elf), Arcane/Frost Mage (Human)
Three spec: Shaman, Hunter, Warrior, Paladin, Monk, Druid (Balance/Resto/Feral)
Kamalia will level to 110 first, as she always does, and she will most likely do it in Resto as her primary spec because BTH has been saying that he thinks he’ll come back to WoW just for the leveling game part of Legion. Kaylynda has a high probability of going second, partially so I can see the Alliance side of the Broken Shore experience and partially because I’m pretty hyped about getting Aegwynn’s staff (though I’ve decided she’ll do Frost second because she’s been having a blast playing as Frost in Tanaan).
After that, I’ve been contemplating the notion of bringing up the rest of my alts in the inverse order of how interested I am in playing them long-term throughout the expansion. What I mean by this is that after Kamalia and Kaylynda have gotten started, the next characters I would start doing Legion content with would be the one-spec alts. I’d take them through the acquisition of their Artifact weapons and the establishment of their Order Halls, then set them aside. Then I’d play the two-spec alts through to level 102 and the acquisition of both of their desired Artifacts. Then I’d start working on the three-spec alts, playing each of them through to level 102 and the acquisition of all of their Artifacts. After that, I’ll play whomever I’m most interested in playing with in the moment. My thought is that doing it this way will allow me to spend most of the expansion playing with my more-favored, higher-priority characters without feeling bugged by wanting to get my less-favored, lower-priority alts at least through the acquisition of their Artifact weapons and the establishment of their Order Halls — because that would already be done. Although I’ve heard that there’s a Feat of Strength achievement for completing the Order Hall Campaign for all 12 classes, so I’ll probably end up playing them all through the entirety of their Order Hall Campaigns eventually…