Tuesday, July 02, 2013

First Steps

Starting Again. Again ^^

As I promised last week, I'm going to try and get myself a little better organised in-game. To that end, I have a list, of sorts, comprising the stuff I'd like to try and at least make an effort towards in the weeks leading up to 5.4. This is of course, only the tip of the Mother of All Icebergs, and it makes me realise just how much there is to do that I *could* be doing in-game at any one point with multiple characters, not just the one. As has been the case on numerous occasions, the trick must be not to try and do too much at one, to organise myself in a sensible and rational fashion, and to transpose as much of what I need to do into a visual format to help me prompt myself when I am online. As a result the above list is only of limited usefulness. What it does make clear however is that 5.4 is going to split into two distinct prongs of attack: keeping P at optimal usefulness, whilst at the same time maximising Professions so I'm not spending money I don't need to at a Virtual AH where prices (I suspect) will become a lot more expensive than they have been for some time.

Because I have no idea how volatile the AH market will be, I feel I need to stockpile. Looking at Trade in game last night, I am clearly not alone in this regard: I counted several people pushing for CoD raw material sales. I'll be wanting a lot of cloth, leather and ore, plus herbs, so I'm going to stop selling whatever I farm until 5.4 drops and bankalts will become storage mules. Money therefore can come from levelling the Lock, Mage and Monk and I'll not bother equipping anyone else until the changes to Valor and Justice vendors are live. From yesterday's patch notes, those changes are quite significant:

  • Epic quality (purple) Valor items sold by the Shado-Pan Assault now have their reputation requirements reduced to Friendly or below, and have their Valor Point cost reduced by 34%.

  • Epic quality (purple) Valor items sold by all other Mists of Pandaria faction quartermasters no longer have reputation requirements, and will now cost Justice Points instead of Valor.

  • Rare quality (blue) items have their Justice Point cost reduced by 75%.

  • No changes for items that require an Exalted reputation.

This will be a massive boost for recently-dinged 90's so the temptation is to simply drag people there and leave them to take advantage of the changes when 5.4 goes live.

Then there are the 37 Battle Pets not yet mine including the Beasts of Fable rewards. This will require some levelling of the weaker families in my stable and (I suspect) some specific pets boosted to 25 to help complete that. Ideally I'd like to try and do this before 5.4, but the biggest single logistic to this is time. I'm also aware that at least one pet that drop from mobs in the Throne happens in Durumu's wing, so it will be time to suck in the gut tomorrow and do that as early as possible. As there's also a chance to pick up a bow from Gok Wan Iron Qon I should probably focus on those three wings of ToT, and then use the Barrens weekly to sweep up the extra VP (and the massive amount of cloth and leather that drop there) Ironically this is the bit of my plan I am lest looking forward to. Farming and faffing is always a joy, so maybe if I get the horrible LFR out of the way early things will improve as the week goes on. I can but hope.

There is also other useful gubbins like the Daily Pet Trainers quest (stones, bandages), fishing in the Vale (before the water vanishes altogether) and the Daily Transmute circuit, but for that I will need some raw materials. Therefore, this week I will be mostly gathering until my eyes bleed. So, if you will excuse me...


Jojo said...

I still havent got all the Beasts of Fable and Pandaren Spirit reward pets which I really need to do before the patch. Not to mention leveling my engineer to stand a chance at making the Sky Golem!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this. I had read the patch notes and was afeared I was misunderstanding in the bout of manic hand-clapping 'HOW many of my alts are going to be geared!?' hysteria which descended. Cheers!

Have just excitedly jabbered all this at Kiki, initially to her mild bemusement. Then she got it and it has spurred her on even more too after (whisper it) a sustained period of playing herself rather than listening to me moan about how saying 'hello' and 'thanks' in LFR feels atavistic.

Can. Not. Wait.

For this.

And flex.

Also, proving grounds!

See you in game in a few...