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You know something I’m loving about Legion? That lots of the people whose commentary on WoW I like to read are just “lollygagging along” (as Amateur Azerothian puts it), taking their time, exploring and enjoying the world that the devs have created for us, and having immense amounts of fun doing it. Even the folks on my blogroll who are already level 110 didn’t just blitz to it. Perhaps we’re finally taking the advice of the Pandaren to heart.

Kamalia is now level 107 and BTH is 108. We duoed Darkheart Thicket last night. The trash seemed harder than the bosses, but I think that was again because there were only two of us. We wiped once on the trash because we overpulled. Some more people would have helped with the loads of interrupts and generally burning things down faster. The bosses, though… even though our Tank-n-Healer DPS was really slow, the evidence of two dungeons suggests that this expansion seems to just loooove ground effects, and keeping two people out of them was a lot easier than keeping five would have been. I was starting to get down to the bottom of my mana pool by the end of the boss fights, though.

I took some time to do the quest series in my Order Hall campaign that I’d been putting off and was rewarded with the achievement for completing the first chapter. That quest chain took me back to another beautiful Cataclysm location, the Vortex Pinnacle. I’m looking forward to finding out where the next stage of the Order Hall campagin will take me, once I’ve finished up the Follower missions that were spawned by completing the last stage.

I’m not feeling any great rush to get Kamalia to level 110 — though I’m hearing wonderful things about Suramar and World Quests — because I want to especially take my time questing through and thoroughly exploring Highmountain.

I’m getting keen to start leveling some alts and seeing their Artifact and Order Hall stories, though. It feels a little silly to admit this, but part of my desire to level alts comes from seeing all the rest of my characters flagged with “Requires at least one Champion” when I log into the Legion Companion app on my phone.

The Demon Hunter should get to Exalted with the Shado-Pan tomorrow. Then she’ll be ready to head out to the Broken Isles and beat up some demons with Marius and Tehd (those dudes, by the way, are hilarious).

The Mages, meanwhile, are bogged down in legacy content.

The Alliance Mage has been camping Heroic Trial of the Champion in Icecrown for the past couple of weeks, trying to get the Peacekeeper Blade for a couple of Mog ideas. I want to do at least one of those Mog ideas with a Horde character, so unfortunately just grabbing the Gnomeregan Bonechopper with spare Champion’s Seals won’t do the trick — I did that first, and my Horde characters who use 1H swords can’t even see it in their Appearances collection. My Horde characters can see the Peacekeeper Blade when they filter for uncollected appearances, but I’m unclear on whether they’d be able to loot the item from the dungeon — if I’m remembering correctly, only Alliance characters could obtain it when the dungeon was first released. Anyhow, if the darn thing would drop for her, then the Alliance Mage could go to New Dalaran, too.

The Horde Mage decided in the last few weeks of Warlords that she needs a Jeweled Fishing Pole before she goes to the Broken Isles. I don’t know what she’ll do with it, other than look fancy when she does the Darkmoon Faire fishing quest each month, but she insisted that she was tired of saying “I’ll come back for that later”. That thing has a low, low drop rate, however, so even though she’s been doing the Old Dalaran and Thunder Bluff fishing dailies as often as I rememeber to do them, she hasn’t yet gotten it. So it might be awhile before she goes to New Dalaran.

I’d been thinking that I’d take my one-spec characters to the Broken Isles before any of my multi-spec characters, but when the Horde Mage got a Bone Fishing Pole and didn’t want it, the Death Knight suddenly decided that she wanted one. So now she’s hanging out in Thunder Bluff (not having a super spiffy personal teleport-to-any-continent-in-the-world ability, she’s not bothering with the Old Dalaran fishing dailies) and is likely to be there for quite some time before she achieves her objective.

So who will be my third character out to the Broken Isles, after Kam and the Demon Hunter? The Rogue and the Warlock are the other characters on the one-spec list, but it’ll probably end up being the Druid. Watching BTH bop around in the Druid Order Hall is making me want to go do Druid stuff myself.

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Much like I did at the end of Mists, I want to pause for a moment to reflect on what my characters accomplished during Warlords. I leveled 15 16 characters to 100 — all 1112 (counting the Demon Hunter) classes as Horde, plus one Alliance Mage, plus Horde doubles of Death Knight, Shaman, and Monk. Almost as soon as I’d finished leveling them, however, I decided to Retire my Horde doubles.

Although the Garrison wasn’t nearly as customizable as we might have hoped, it still offered some latitude for expressing personal preferences to differentiate amongst my characters. Certain buildings were so useful, though, that the differences mostly came down to building the correct small building for each character’s individual crafting profession and occasional variations in medium and large building choices. For the sake of convenience, I kept their general Garrison layouts very similar.


Although there are no active Lumber Mills in my characters’ final Garrison choices, various characters did have Lumber Mills at one stage or another of their progression through the expansion.

Another important way to differentiate my characters’ Garrisons arrived with the Jukebox in Patch 6.1. When I went AFK for a few minutes, the tune playing in the background reminded me which character I was logged in with when I came back. Depending on how much they’d cared about capital city rep in previous expansions, some characters were also able to choose different guards. And then of course there were the Followers…

KAMALIA
Guards: Thunder Bluff
Jukebox: Thunder Bluff, Mulgore Plains
Ideal Garrison Staff: Yepa, Rizei, Tadi, Shappa, Lonan (Tauren Shaman); Leorajh, Geyah, Lokra, Kal’gor, Kaz (zone/quest Shaman); Utona, Unkala, Raitea, Fazerra, Kieu, Reena, Soozee, Moxy (inn recruit female Shaman)

KETURA
Guards: Sen’jin
Jukebox: Zul’Gurub Voodoo, the Zandalari
Ideal Garrison Staff: Fawne, Kwahu, Hara’len, Kaama (Tauren Hunters); Pleasure Bot 8000, Ziri’ak (Mechanicals); Rala, Mulverick, Rokash, Penny, Velonara, Nat, Harrison (zone/quest Hunters — Harrison may technically be a Rogue, but he carries a gun, so that makes him an honorary Hunter); Karga, Rumelda, Kew, Vala, Mychele, Mokuja, Abigail, Samantha, Coggeye (inn recruit female Hunters); Aesin (inn recruit male Blood Elf Hunter)

KATEWATHA
Guards: Huojin Pandaren/Shado-Pan
Jukebox: Way of the Monk, Song of Liu Lang
Ideal Garrison Staff: Yiska, Toega (Tauren Monks); Fen Tao, Bruto (zone/quest Monks); Lin, Kang, Ken-Ken, Ashyo, Xiao (inn recruit Pandaria Monk Buddies!); Su-Lai, Xue, Haomi, Nuan, Fo Sho, Xen, Len Shu (inn recruit Pandaren Monks); Tizare, Lara, Lucy, Yu’un, Favra (inn recruit female Monks); Velandros (inn recruit male Blood Elf Monk)

KREGGA
Guards: Ebon Blade
Jukebox: Mountains, Ghost
Ideal Garrison Staff: Kilga, Tipa, Kaasa, Tigar (Tauren Death Knights); Xuk, Ahm (Ghosts); Kaz, Bruto, Xuk, Cacklebone (Laughing Skull Orcs); Gibb, Abu’gar (zone/quest Death Knights); Vivianne, Ulna, Barov, Velonara (zone/quest Forsaken); Gie, Sylvie, Arachni, Morticia, Rike, Torwa, Nerwalla, Heyzzle (inn recruit female Death Knights)

KERISA
Jukebox: Magic
Ideal Garrison Staff: Ishaal, Kurekk, Rukaryx, Vayx (Arakkoa); Leorajh, Goldmane, Pallas (Saberon); Phylarch (Botani); Choluna (zone/quest Druid); Matoclaw, Genah, Kuma, Haumeja, Cadi, Tama, Goahn, Magrum, Tapa, Tholo, Atohi, Muaha, Humak, Iye (Tauren Druids); Jakala (inn recruit female Troll Druid)

KEIJA
Guards: Thunder Bluff
Jukebox: Mountains of Thunder
Ideal Garrison Staff: Kanuama, Karn, Gaho, Maska (Tauren Warriors); Olin, Morketh, Lantresor, Tormmok, Blook, Ahm (zone/quest Warriors); Geyah, Lokra, Kal’gor, Karg, Na’shra, Mulverick, Ka’la (Frostwolf Orcs); Bim’ini, Xuan, Motina, Gazra, Olivia, Allison, Eula, Rizza, Annix, Myra (inn recruit female Warriors)

KAELINDA
Guards: Silvermoon/Sunreavers
Jukebox: Silvermoon, Lament of the Highborne
Ideal Garrison Staff: Dawn, Chillbreeze, Vella, Taela, Marius (Blood Elf Mages); Krelas, Vivianne, Vargoth (zone/quest Mages); Kaz (because she’s a pyro); Tuulani (because Kaelinda likes the Draenei); Candice, Noel, Kral’girz, Shoka, Jukka, Awarri, Pele’zol, Kaz’hiki, Nuku’te (inn recruit female Mages); Tuan (inn recruit male Pandaren Mage)

KARAELIA
Guards: Silvermoon/Sunreavers
Jukebox: Argent Tournament
Ideal Garrison Staff: Layla, Ariia, Hannya, Faala, Naana, Skah, Sahale, Lusio, Tawa, Kaiel (Tauren Paladins); Tuulani (because of Liadrin at Auchindoun); Seleriel, Auriel, Besandran, Opheron, Artemisia, Salanar, Merhean, Zance, Tas’ril, Argonis, Lan’Veros (Blood Elf Paladins); Soulare (Human Paladin)

KAOHANA
Jukebox: Faerie Dragon
Ideal Garrison Staff: Enola, Yaalo, Ahote (Tauren Priests); Ulna, Tuulani (zone/quest Priests); Priscilla, Phaedra, Arienne, Hayli, Pikake, Takmoa, Marara, Vyse, Handel, Harley, Ruthia, Kenzi (inn recruit female Priests); Zuo (inn recruit male Pandaren Priest)

KALANEIA
Jukebox: Black Temple
Ideal Garrison Staff: Cheri, Soulblaze, Vera V, Nadia, Kerraleon (Blood Elf Warlocks); Aeda (zone/quest Warlock); Krelas, Vivianne, Kaz (because they’re pyros); Veka’kai, Natalie, Simone, Shade, Nethraza, Arga, Deena (inn recruit female Warlocks)

KELISANNA
Jukebox: Totems of the Grizzlemaw, Rescue the Warchief (Lost Isles)
Ideal Garrison Staff: Ariiya, Alia, Vivalia, Vaal’kelthos (Blood Elf Rogues); Ka’la, Dagg, Harrison, Kimzee (zone/quest Rogues); Kimzee, Penny, Felblast, Goodwell (zone/quest Goblins); Velonara (because poisons are a Rogue thing); Kablouie, Pinkee, Qwilla, Grelwaz, Zaelatha, Lai, Ella, Vera H (inn recruit female Rogues)

KAYLYNDA
Jukebox: Shalandis Isle, Cold Mountain
Ideal Garrison Staff: Serena, Vargoth, Millhouse (zone/quest Mages); Fiona, Rulkan (because they’re awesome); Chel, Erdanii, Kaalya, Tuulani, Onaala, Illona, Miall (zone/quest female Draenei); Rebecca, Becky, Araspeth, Tessa, Bloodrose, Scrapsy, Mysandra, Danaeris, Reina, Caerania, Seona, Alessia, Haana (inn recruit female Mages)

You would think that with this goal of making each character’s Garrison into a sort of proto-Order Hall for her Class in mind, I’d have made a list of which Followers each character specifically needed to recruit soon after the beginning of Warlords, but no, I didn’t do it until a couple of weeks before Patch 7.0. Thus, Kamalia was so focused on trying to recruit all the Tauren Followers that she often turned down Followers that she should have hired (ie Shamans that weren’t Tauren). Even if every character gets a Follower whom she actually wants to hire every week from now on, it will take me about four more months of visiting my Garrisons at least once a week just to recruit new Followers at the Inn to completely perfect my characters’ Garrison staffing.

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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…

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I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m starting to get really itchy for the pre-patch to arrive. Of course I’m looking forward to the questline — which I will probably do with Kamalia, then my two Mages, and then with other alts as I have time and energy — and the unfolding lore reveals and so forth. What I’m anxiously awaiting, though, is the inventory cleanup and Garrison wind-down that the patch will bring.

I’ve already got what I need to do on the evening before the patch drops all planned out:
*Bring in all Followers and don’t send them out again that night
*Trade all Garrison Resources for gold
*Turn in Primal Spirits for Savage Blood and dump them in the Guild Bank, just in case I want/need to craft a Warlords item in the future
*Open up Big Crates of Salvage, put stuff I do want for Transmogrification in the mail as a temporary storage, and vendor stuff I don’t want for Transmogrification — I seem to recall reading that Salvage Crates obtained before the patch will be unchanged after the patch, but I don’t want to risk my accumulated crates turning into junk
*Move alts who are Retiring to capital cities

Then on Patch Day itself (and probably for the next several days) I will be systematically logging on with each of my characters in turn (including the low-level toons that I haven’t actually played for two or three years), loading their clothing inventories into the Wardrobe, binding all the stuff I’ve been hoarding all these years, and vendoring just about everything once it’s bound. After that’s done, then I can jump into the actual patch content

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the clock is ticking…

So the pre-patch is on the PTR, eh? Well, then, I guess it’s time to check in on how my characters are doing with their Warlords goals.

I am almost done with my massive “Savage Blood” (Warlords-crafted items) transmogrification project. I finally have all the items crafted, so now it’s mostly down to finding time and figuring out good places for screenshot sessions, then processing the pictures. I hope to get it all wrapped up and published during July.

The Druid is steadily working through the 6.0 Garrison Campaign. Checking the achievement tracker for the thing, with this week’s episode, I have completed 8/12 and will now be heading into the home stretch of the four episodes about Azuka Bladefury that always go in the same order. So I might be able to finish that up before the pre-patch drops (depending, of course, on when it does arrive).

The Druid went to Tanaan. When she got to Honored with Vol’jin’s Headhunters and the Saberstalkers, she burned the small pile of Medallions of the Legion that Kamalia’s followers had collected to get to Honored with the Order of the Awakened, too. The followers she wanted thus recruited, she hasn’t been back. She tried to kill the rare who drops the glyph technique I wanted… but it is an elite and it wiped the floor with her. So I looked for the glyph on the AH and discovered that not only was someone selling it for cheap, they were selling it for less than the price of the one Felblight required to make it! So I just bought a Glyph of Ascendance for Kamalia.

Then I decided to take the Alliance Mage to Tanaan, because I wanted to see how the dialog of the introductory quest series differs between the factions. So I now have Shipyards running with the Alliance Mage to maybe get an item or two of HFC cloth, with the Druid for HFC leather, with Kamalia for HFC mail, and with the Warrior for HFC plate. My other characters are all completely ignoring Tanaan and the Shipyard.

I also ran the Alliance Mage through the first of the Isle of Thunder solo scenarios. One of these days I need to sit down and finish the solo scenarios — and then I’ll probably just burn rep tokens to get her to Exalted with the Kirin Tor Offensive. I collected a big pile of Sunreaver Onslaught tokens while doing the Isle of Thunder with various Horde alts; because they are BoA, I sent one to the Alliance Mage as an experiment and was pleased to see that it converted to a Kirin Tor Offensive token when she took it out of the mailbox.

The Monk grabbed a Huojin tabard, picked a Wrath Heroic to farm, and cleared it every day until she reached Exalted with the Pandaren. The mog item that had been my reason for choosing that dungeon didn’t drop while I was farming the place for rep, but I haven’t bothered to keep farming the dungeon for the item since she got the Pandaren guards for her Garrison.

Most of my alts have only the Amulet of Rukhmar left to obtain before Harrison will join their Garrison staff. After I’ve finished that project, my next priority will probably be chipping away at the Laughing Skull rep grind with the Death Knight. In theory, I’m also working on the Sha’tari Defense rep grind with the Alliance Mage, but uuuuuugggh I hate pure grinding reps and the fact that that one starts at neutral is just so discouraging to me.

The Hunter has been working on the mount training quests here and there. I think I’ll probably be able to get her Stable upgraded to level 3 by the time Legion launches, but I might not have gotten around to doing the mounted combat challenges for the “Stable Master” title.

The Hunter is also curating her collection of pets in anticipation of the Dire Stable that will be coming in Legion and fretting about how there are more pets that she’d like to tame than she has empty spots in her stable (let alone leaving an empty spot or two for a kodo and a mechanical pet).

And I’d really like to find some time to do the Green Fire quest chain with the Warlock. I’ve chosen the “Black Temple” track for her jukebox because I know that the final scenario of the Green Fire chain takes place there. I’ve discovered that I’m really quite fond of my Warlock because for all that I’m not keen on the lore aspects of Warlocks, the gameplay of a Destro ‘Lock sure is fun!

My summer class has been competing pretty intensely for my time and attention. I often bring work home with me, and if I try to do both work and WoW in the same evening, I end up staying up to 2 or 3 am… Plus, I was out of town last week for the first of the teaching workshops I got into and I will be out of town again for the second one next week. I left my play computer behind for the first workshop and will probably leave it behind for the second one as well. It was actually rather nice to have a break from the pressure of profession CDs and mission/shipyard tables.

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alt exhaustion

One of the questions in the Blizzard Watch Queue this morning was, “How many alts are you going to play in Legion?”

A few weeks ago, I would have answered, “sixteen — one of each class as Horde, plus my Alliance Mage, plus Horde doubles of Shaman, Monk, and Druid”.

After this month’s leveling extravaganza, I’m thinking that I don’t really want to try to manage any more than thirteen characters in Legion: one of each of the twelve classes as Horde, plus my Alliance Mage.

In the week between my big leveling spree and last weekend when I got the last two of the “one of each class” set leveled, I would sit at my computer desk looking at my Garrison progress chart and my other alt-tracking spreadsheets and just feel tired. Worn out. So tired of the zone opening questlines that everyone had to do to unlock their Outpost bonuses and followers. So tired of Pinchwhistle Point. So tired of busting Solog Roark out of the Iron Docks.

Back in the day, I rolled secondary characters of various classes either to experience the third specialization of the class without having to spend a lot of time and gold switching back and forth between specs or because I had more Transmogrification ideas for that class than one character’s inventory could handle — or both. Legion addresses both of those problems with making all specs always available and the Wardrobe. I’ve been saying that I’m going to carry forward my doubles of Shaman, Monk, and Druid because it would feel too wierd to play their designated specs with my primary characters of those classes… but then I as I looked at my Garrison worksheets and thought about doing the Order Hall stuff for the same class twice, I felt tired already. I thought, “you know what, it wouldn’t be all that wierd to play Kam as Enhancement, or Kate as Brewmaster*, or Kerisa as Feral.” I’m thinking, therefore, that I’m going to retire my secondary Shaman, Monk, and Druid** along with the Underpowered Death Knight — leave them at level 100, and you’ll see them occasionally when I have a Transmogrification kit idea that uses all pre-Legion gear for which I think one of them would be the best model.

Legion‘s focus on class-specific experiences will be both less exhausting and more exhausting for my altoholic self. Each character having a more unique, distinctive experience will be less exhausting in the sense of the content becoming tediously repetitive. Each character having a more unique, distinctive experience will be more exhausting because there will be so much more stuff that I’ll feel like I ought to do and want to do.

Sometimes I contemplate the idea that I’d probably get less tired of the content by the time I get through leveling all of the classes — and I do enjoy playing with the different playstyles of each class — if I gave myself more variety by playing only the classes that Tauren can be as Horde and all the classes that Tauren can’t be as Alliance. I have thought often enough about faction-changing the Rogue and the Warlock to know that if I did, they’d both become Humans — the Rogue because her blonde ponytail and freckles are more important to her being herself than being an Elf is, and the Warlock because of Cynwise and Cimmeria. I always end up thinking, though, about how I love my Blood Elf Mage too much to retire her, how Blood Elves have cooler stealth animations than Humans do, how Humans don’t have access to the right haircut for my Warlock***, and how I’d be bugged by not having all of my “one of each class” set on the same faction so they can all be in the same guild, and I don’t do it.

And how many alts will I really play in Legion? Kamalia will go first because she always goes first, and it really would feel wierd and wrong to let someone else go first. I’m not going to try to predict who will go next. It will be whomever I most want to play with in the moment. The others will follow along as I have time and interest. Maybe I’ll repeat the feat of getting a character of each class to the level cap for a third time, or maybe we’ll actually manage to either conceive or adopt (or both!) and I’ll drop off of the face of Azeroth for most of the expansion.

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* In fact, at the moment, I am enjoying Brewmaster Monk so much more than Windwalker Monk that I’m considering doing the Brewmaster Artifact first.

** The secondary Druid will probably still get the Boost whenever I manage to finish playing her through Outland. I have her RP-flagged as a Highmountain Tauren, so she might also pick up the Feral Artifact and play through the Highmountain zone before she actually, completely, finally retires — but I’m going to try to allow myself to not be in any hurry to do any of those things.

*** What this really all boils down to is that my two favorite races in the game, Tauren and Blood Elves, both happen to be Horde. And with Demon Hunters coming on the scene, well… Night Elves are fun to draw, but I just can’t get into playing as one. I’d rather be a Sin’dorei Demon Hunter than a Kaldorei Demon Hunter.

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With only the Warlock and the Rogue remaining, I knew that I wouldn’t want to wait long to get them up to level 100. All the little boxes in my Warlords Garrison progress spreadsheet needed to get filled in.


With my Rogue, I used an Elixir of the Rapid Mind in the “recommended” way — I went through a few of the bonus objectives in Talador and most of the bonus objectives in Gorgrond and completed everything but one kill or object interaction. Then just before pulling the last kill of the last bonus objective area, I popped the Elixir and ran back through them all, hitting that last kill or interaction, to get lots of XP very very quickly.

I wanted to get all that leveling done this month, and I did. *whew!*

All of them are now busily collecting class gear sets from their salvage yards and acquiring relics for Harrison Jones and hiring follwers to fit a theme from the Inn and making as much money as they can from Treasure missions A few of my characters have additional things they’d like to do in Draenor. These are not necessarily objectives I intend to complete before Legion launches. I’d like to complete each character’s Warlords goals before she heads out to the Broken Shore, though.

KAMALIA: go fishing now and then to keep Alchemists stocked with Crescent Saberfish and to collect lunkers with which to eventually get the Sea Calf pet

Kerisa (Druid): Garrison Campaign so she can recruit Choluna; Tanaan Jungle for followers from factions there and for Ascendance minor glyph technique that drops from a rare there

Kaylynda (Alliance Mage): Sha’tari Defense rep grind so she can recruit Vindicator Heluun

Ketura (Hunter): mount training quests & mounted combat challenges for level 3 Stables and Stable Master title

Kregga (Death Knight): Laughing Skull Orc rep grind — the Skulls’ attitude toward death amuses her, and I think it might be fun to make a Mog for her with the blue version of the cosmetic helm

Kalaneia (Warlock): Steamwheedle Preservation Society rep grind and Patch 6.2 Garrison Campaign because Warlock followers

Kaelinda (Horde Mage): considering doing Tanaan Jungle and leveling up her Shipyard to 3 for a chance at HFC raid stuffs for Teh Moggingage

And a few of them have some past-expansion objectives, too…

Kaylynda: Kirin Tor Offensive rep on the Isle of Thunder for that pretty violet and white tabard

Kalaneia: Green Fire quest chain

Katewatha (Monk): Huojin Pandaren rep by farming old dungeons with tabard so she can get Pandaren Garrison guards

You’ll notice that these are all things that can be done solo. Partly this is because I didn’t really like any of the Warlords dungeons running them as a healer with Kamalia. Partly this is because of the Silver Proving Grounds barrier — not that I think I couldn’t do it, more that I don’t want to spend the time figuring out how to do it with every class. And part of it might be that maybe I burned myself out on doing group content with multiple alts when I was LFRing with all of my healers during Mists. Together, these factors have very effectively shut down my motivation to do Warlords group content.

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