Well done for clearing out your bags, I'm proud of you. As a rule I like to 'draw a line' under each departing Expansion by ensuring I've maxxed out my Reputations with the guys I won't be staring at every day when it arrives. As some of these grinds were pretty much essential because of the gear that was tied to them at launch (especially mounts) this might well be an easier task than it has been in previous years. Achievements this time around however are far more complicated, simply because of the sheer number of 'things to do' that this Expansion has presented us with as players. In fact this is an ideal opportunity to sit down and take a long, hard look at yourself and makes some decisions on what you play, and what gets put away.
|It happened to ZG and ZA... and look at them now... ^^|
At the close of any expansion, stuff inevitably gets messed with, as has been the way for the last nine years. This time around, we are likely to see changes of the like we've not experienced since we went from Vanilla to TBC. That is likely to include at least some of the following:
- MAJOR changes to how 'lower' instances work, including level back-scaling (go look at this MMO post for more details, this is now confirmed to exist in the data files.)
- Linked to the above, expect to see a complete rework of how gear is itemised.
- Possible changes to character models and armour skins.
- Certain grinds/achievements may be changed/locked/converted to Feats of Strength.
- Other areas may get redesigned/re-engineered to accommodate new content.
- Many items may vanish forever.
Once we have a better idea of what's happening thanks to Blizzcon we can start a more decisive planning regime: this week, my plan is to sit with pencil and paper, look at my Main and decide what is doable and what gets left at the wayside. This may seem quite premature under the circumstances (after all WE DON'T EVEN KNOW THERE'S AN EXPANSION) but what you need to consider is the speed at which patches have been deployed. I don't see us having months and months of being able to sit back and mog every alt while we wait for new content, after all. This going to happen big, and fast, and we need to be thinking ahead.
|Tabards to get their own storage area? YES PLEASE.|
Reputation has undergone a huge shift this Expansion (something I'd expect to change in the next, as it happens, but that's a discussion for another day) so if you want to make sure you've maxxed reputations this time around, your options are distinctly different from previously. You'll need to go back to old quest hubs for some (5.2 and 5.3 especially) and you will be forced into 10/25/LFR for others. If you want your Faction reps, that's Dailies too, but that might well be useful for alts later on (assuming that we can quest stack as has been the case previously.) Again, this is something to add to your list when you make it, because it may involve co-ordination with methods of gameplay that can be maximised by the times you do them. For instance, historically doing LFR earlier in the week at peak times will give you the largest possible player base from which to pull team-mates and therefore may well be quicker and easier as a result. However, your experience may vary.
There's also a number of quick ways to help increase rep using drops in the world: Zandalari Scouts and Warbringers drop 'tokens' for rep gains and are far less farmed than they were when launched in 5. 2 (but that IS going to change so get yourself orgainised now) and if you farm Mogu in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms, they'll drop you Guo Lai Cache Keys (my guide is here) which will allow you access to tokens to raise your Golden Lotus rep. Plus, if you never did all your quests before hitting 90, many of those in areas like the Dread Wastes and Townlong Steppes will grant rep, with the added monus of extra gold and items to DE/sell as a bonus. The key here is setting realistic goals with the timescales you have available to you. It may well be easier to go back after the Expansion hits to do some of these, but for many there is no guarantee you'll be able to queue for LFR and get the people you need. The key is knowing your capabilities, and to start planning well in advance.