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Let’s see now, where am I at on my BfA bucket list?

Here’s the list, again:

1) Kinevra needs to get to 120 and do the Alliance War Campaign while there will still be enough folks in BfA LFR for there to be reasonable queue times. This is a primary goal partly for seeing the Alliance side of the story and partly for being able to recruit the Kul Tirans and roll a gorgeous curvy ringlet-haired Kul Tiran Mage.
Kinevra recently finished the Nazjatar (8.2) segment of the War Campaign. She has completed 6/8 chapters of the 8.0 Alliance War Campaign.

2) Kaelinda needs to get to 120 and get the Sin’dorei Heritage Armor.
As much as I’d like to get the Sin’dorei Heritage Armor, I’m prioritizing Kerisa and Karaelia ahead of Kaelinda for the current double XP buff because she’s a duplicate clothie, whereas leveling the other two will get me a character of each of the four armor types at level 120.

3) Kerisa needs to get to 120 so that she can wear all of the Island Expeditions stuff I’ve collected off of the AH for her and to be in position to potentially be my first Horde character to level in 9.0 (because Balance Druids, with their self-heals, are more robust than Mages).
Kerisa is currently 118; hopefully I can find enough time during the next month, around the extra workload of doing my classes online, to be able to get her to 120 before the double XP buff runs out.

4) After reaching 120 and kitting themselves up in Benthic gear (they all already have full sets of tokens awaiting them), Kinevra, Kaelinda, and Kerisa need to go smack the Jadefire Masters and Opulence around until they cough up the Phoenixfire Staff and the crown, respectively. A lesser degree of LFR priority is collecting the Uldir and Eternal Palace LFR cloth sets.
Kinevra netted the Eternal Palace gown during her Azshara run for the questchain. Now I’m trying to decide how much I want to spend time in queue for the rest of Eternal Palace to pick up other items from that set. The pieces I’m most interested in are those snazzy golden-toed shoes and the shell/fan belt, though it would be nice to have the gloves and shoulders as well.
I’ve been doing the second wing of Dazar’alor with Kinevra and burning a bonus roll token on Opulence, and while I’ve seen other people winning crowns, I’m still trying for it — and I might never see it at all, if the 1.7% drop rate on Wowhead is accurate…

5) Kamalia needs to get her Heart of Azeroth to level 70 (currently at 65) so she can see all of the dragon stories currently available, and then to whatever level is required for the additional bit(s) of dragon story that will be in 8.3.

6) Kinevra would like to collect the Darkshore Warfront set. Kerithian may not need to get to 120 if the Night Warrior customization option unlocks for her when Kinevra does the Darkshore Warfront introduction questline.
Indeed, my Night Elf Druid is now a dark-eyed Kaldorei. Kinevra hasn’t gotten out to the Darkshore Warfront to start collecting that gear yet, though.

7) Void Elf, Highmountain Tauren, Kul Tiran, Vulpera, and maaaaybe Nightborne alts will eventually want to be leveled for their Heritage Armors, but this will remain a low priority, long game project.
We’ll see if the Void Elf and Highmountain Tauren manage to get any double XP playtime after Kerisa, Karaelia, and Kaelinda have gotten to 120. I did finally get around to spending about half of Kamalia’s accumulated gold to upgrade all of my cloth and Intellect-leather Heirlooms to scale all the way to 120. Hmm, I wonder how Heirlooms will be dealt with in the new leveling paradigm for Shadowlands…?

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Kamalia and Kinevra are, so far, my lead “story experience” characters. They will be the ones who will do the greatest amount of the stuff that’s available to do at 120.

As other characters reach 120, I’ll probably do only minimal stuff with them — I’ve got plenty of Benthic tokens lying around to kit them up with, and then they can go to Nazjatar for long enough to unlock the Chamber of Heart questline to boost the Heart of Azeroth to level 50. Then maybe do enough of Nazjatar and Mechagon to get the Rank 1 Essences from those factions, maybe pursue the Crucible of Flame questline up to whatever level their other activities give them enough AP for? Maybe do WQs that award gear to collect gear appearances? Maybe farm Uldir, since those raid sets are the ones that I consider to be the most handsome and desirable out of this expansion?

Getting the Sanity Cloak to Rank 5 is all I want to accomplish out of the 8.3 content. Kinevra’s probably the one who’ll end up doing it because her gear and Heart level have surpassed Kamalia’s and I don’t think I’ll want to spend the time to get Kerisa or Karaelia geared up to do it instead.

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Looking ahead to Shadowlands, I’ll be bringing four Mages: Kaylynda for the Kyrian, Kaelinda for the Venthyr, Kaelyla for the Night Fae, and probably my yet-to-be-created Kul Tiran for the Necrolords. The example “Necrolords aren’t necessarily evil” hero soul that we’ll find in Maldraxxus being Draka, I’ve been beginning to ponder what my Kul Tiran’s backstory could be for her to be warlike/battle-hardened enough to choose that faction. Should she be a pirate lass from Tiragarde Sound? Or maybe a forest girl from Drustvar?

Kerisa — or perhaps Kasheena, if I get her leveled to 120 before Shadowlands arrives — will probably go because from what we know so far, it just seems like I ought to do the Ardenweald/Night Fae covenant story with a Druid. Karaelia will undoubtably choose Kyrian if she goes. And Kamalia, if she goes, will probably choose whichever of Kyrian or Night Fae has the armor that I find more appealing.

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My college’s Spring Break is officially next week. Classes were cancelled this week, and I should have spent the time practicing with screencasting and web-conferencing software to get ready for taking my courses online after Spring Break. Spring Fever hit me hard in the middle of the week, though, and I spent an afternoon playing Kinevra through chapters 4 – 6 of the 8.0 Alliance War Campaign and doing the Tyrande’s Vengeance questline instead of working. While doing those things, I was sitting in LFR queue for the second wing of Dazar’alor — trying for the crown, of course. Since she reached level 120 a few weeks ago, Kinevra has also achieved Friendly with both Mechagon and Nazjatar to get the Rank 1 versions of those Essences. Kinevra’s ilevel and Heart level have both surpassed Kamalia’s.

Now with Blizzard implementing double XP gain for the next month, I’m sorely tempted to finish leveling Kerisa, Kaelinda, and Karaelia to 120 instead of doing schoolwork…

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Kinevra dings 120

School has lightened up a bit, so I was able to play for awhile this evening. Kinevra had gotten very close to 120. I finished a quest chain, and DING! Now she is my second level 120, at last.

Of course, she was promptly inundated with things to do: do World Quests! Do the 9.0 War Campaign! Do the 9.1 War Campaign! Go to Nazjatar! Go to the Arathi Warfront! Go with Tyrande to reclaim Darkshore!

Although she hasn’t actually quested through much of Kul Tiras beyond Tiragarde Sound, due to the 15th Anniversary Event trivia daily XP, she’s got credit for “Loremaster of Kul Tiras” thanks to the expansion Loremaster Achievement being account-wide and Kamalia having gotten the Zuldazar version. I must admit that my motivation for questing through the rest of Kul Tiras will be severely diminished now.

What I will do first, I think, is go to Nazjatar up to the point where the quest to go to Magni for the necklace upgrade unlocks. That way, the AP rewards from the other endgame questlines will apply meaningfully to Kinevra’s necklace progression. Then I can start working through the other things in order, returning to Nazjatar after I’ve completed the 9.0 and 9.1 segments of the War Campaign.

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I was putting together a new plate outfit and the gloves I liked best for it were the ones from the Nazmir quest set. I tend to like like having matching gloves and boots.. but I didn’t yet have the Nazmir quest set boots. This wasn’t the first time I’ve wanted to use that particular set of gloves and boots — and because this coloration is red & gold, I know I’ll want them for my Blood Elf Paladin at some point or another. So I looked them up on Wowhead, and the quest chain to get them didn’t seem to be too deep into the swamp, from what I remembered from doing the zone with Kamalia. So one evening, I took my Paladin out to get those boots. It didn’t take very long at all.

Briefly, I wondered, Should I really spend playtime doing this? It doesn’t advance my primary game objectives
But I knew it would make me happy to have those boots in my collection, so I did it.
Then I thought, oh, I’ll go pick up the chestpiece, too — even if I have to quest through most of the zone to get it. But when I looked up Nazmani Warplate on Wowhead, no source was listed for the chestpiece… which means it probably drops from Azerite Armor caches from WQs at level 120. So I looked on the AH for the BOE lookalike (Torgashell) and was fortunate enough to find one for a price I could afford — but I’ll still have to level to 120 to wear it. And that will still have to wait until Kaelinda and Kaylynda and Kerisa have reached 120. Ah, well.

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One thing I’ve really appreciated about the “banding” paradigm for content from previous expansions that was introduced in Patch 7.3.5 is that it extended to Transmogrification — that one can now wear anything, including “endgame” items, from the highest level band that one has reached. That has made Mogging with the Minor Mages so much more enjoyable, even though most of them are still limited to Vanilla items.

I wonder how Transmogrification will be affected by the new leveling paradigm? Will characters in the 1-50 range now be able to wear anything from Vanilla through BfA? If so, then I might not need to do any leveling with the Minor Mages at all! Or will one only be able to wear stuff from expansions that one has actually visited? That would be okay, too — though it would become tedious, by the third or fourth alt, to have to cycle through all the expansions with Chromie just to unlock all the folios of the Wardrobe.

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One of the first things I thought of in connection with the description of the new leveling paradigm for content from previous expansions in Shadowlands was “Now I can level my Pandaren just in Pandaria!”

What other race-expansion combinations might be good thematic fits?
Night Elf or Nightborne in Legion? Yes, but if I’d ever really do it is perhaps, perhaps, perhaps.
Orc or Draenei in Warlords? Well, I’ve already got a Draenei stalled out at level 92 in Draenor, and I actually think it might be better to try to finish getting her through that content before the level squish.
Dwarf in Howling Fjord, Grizzly Hills, Storm Peaks, and Twilight Highlands? Hmm, hmm…
Troll in Stranglethorn Vale, Hinterlands, Zul Drak, and Kun Lai Summit? Yeah, yeah, I rather like that idea.
Undead in Lordaeron & Northrend? Well, yes, thematically it fits, but my Undead is not a supporter of Sylvanas’ agenda.
Worgen, Gnome, Goblin? *shrug*

So maybe in the end-of-Shadowlands lull — after I’ve completed the four Covenant Campaigns — I’ll level Kaoling. And maybe I’ll level Kikimaia, too — though a current feeling of interest in leveling a Troll could just be the influence of having been surrounded by Trolls for all of BfA, or it could be the influence of Classic because I’d rather be Troll than Undead to play a Horde Mage in Classic.

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Night Elves have such an elegance to them. Does having a high-level Night Elf Balance Druid — who uses Glyph of Stars — fulfil the desire to have a caster Night Elf, so I don’t need to level a Night Elf Mage?

Nightborne have the elegance of movement of Night Elves, and they have such a pretty tabard and I rather like their Heritage Armor… but I just don’t like their resting stance. It bugs me enough that I’m not sure that I could get into playing my Nightborne alt. The stance of Zandalari Trolls has the same relationship to the stance of Darkspear Trolls as the stance of Nightborne does to that of Night Elves, but the Zandalari Troll stance doesn’t bug me quite as much as the Nightborne stance. Somehow the placement of the feet of the Nightborne seems a little too awkwardly, uncomfortably wide to me. I had the oddest thought the other day — the stance of Nightborne men doesn’t bug me the way the stance of Nightborne women does, so what if I were to reroll my Nightborne Mage as a man — likely an Occuleth clone, ha! — to level for the Heritage Armor? (There isn’t any other race I’d preferentially play as a man rather than a woman…)

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Now that we know what 9.0 will be, it’s time to think about my priorities for the remaining duration of Battle for Azeroth.

1) Kinevra needs to get to 120 and do the Alliance War Campaign while there will still be enough folks in BfA LFR for there to be reasonable queue times. This is a primary goal partly for seeing the Alliance side of the story and partly for being able to recruit the Kul Tirans and roll a gorgeous curvy ringlet-haired Kul Tiran Mage.

2) Kaelinda needs to get to 120 and get the Sin’dorei Heritage Armor.

3) Kerisa needs to get to 120 so that she can wear all of the Island Expeditions stuff I’ve collected off of the AH for her and to be in position to potentially be my first Horde character to level in 9.0 (because Balance Druids, with their self-heals, are more robust than Mages).

4) After reaching 120 and kitting themselves up in Benthic gear (they all already have full sets of tokens awaiting them), Kinevra, Kaelinda, and Kerisa need to go smack the Jadefire Masters and Opulence around until they cough up the Phoenixfire Staff and the crown, respectively. A lesser degree of LFR priority is collecting the Uldir and Eternal Palace LFR cloth sets.

5) Kamalia needs to get her Heart of Azeroth to level 70 (currently at 65) so she can see all of the dragon stories currently available, and then to whatever level is required for the additional bit(s) of dragon story that will be in 8.3.

6) Kinevra would like to collect the Darkshore Warfront set. Kerithian may not need to get to 120 if the Night Warrior customization option unlocks for her when Kinevra does the Darkshore Warfront introduction questline.

7) Void Elf, Highmountain Tauren, Kul Tiran, Vulpera, and maaaaybe Nightborne alts will eventually want to be leveled for their Heritage Armors, but this will remain a low priority, long game project. Between limited space remaining on my account and alt fatigue, I’ve decided that I will only create additional Allied Races characters if I like the Heritage Armor of that race well enough to want to level from scratch to get it.

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Kinevra finally finished the Loremaster plotline of Tiragarde Sound. She’s left almost all of the side quests undone — the Roughriders, the Tortollans at Norwington Estate, the hunting lodge, the steam springs resort, the guard tower, the Explorer’s League camp, what else? My plan is to go through Drustvar and Stormsong Valley doing just the Loremaster questlines as well, ignoring anything that’s obviously a side quest. I’ll come back to the side quests if I haven’t reached 120 by the time I finish the Loremaster questlines.

With the War Campaign no longer being gated by 7th Legion rep, I think I’ll have Kinevra contract for the Proudmoore Admiralty first after she reaches 120 — the sooner to be able to recruit the Kul Tirans.

As much as I conceptually like playing a Mage, however, I die so much when I’m playing one of my Mages! My Balance Druids feel more robust…

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