Playing Catch Up

So I have a bit of a dirty secret, I haven’t really been playing World of Warcraft since before Mists of Pandaria hit. I mean, it took me forever to get a level 90 (not a lot of game time, just a lot of calendar time) and when I did hit 90 I just kind of forgot about doing anything. I’ve mostly been focusing on gold making.

I’ve been working on changing that though. As I mentioned a few days ago, I levelled up a pair of characters through Recruit-a-Friend, and used level gifts to bring a monk I had been playing back in October up to level 80 as well (that character is now at level 86 and counting). I’ve started my attention back on my druid though, my namesake Xsinthis. While I did the 85-90 levelling process as feral, healing is my passion so I bought a bunch of gear for restoration and set myself to relearn the spec.

That’s kind of where I forgot him last fall, I never really got around to playing my druid at all end-game. So this weekend I picked it back up, and even finished my first Mists of Pandaria heroic on him! I decided if I want to find myself a new guild (all my characters are in guilds, but I’m not really in a guild if that makes any sense) to get the social benefits, I’m going to have to make myself wanted. Plus, I figured once I got myself back into the game proper I’d be more interested in the game again. So, I set out to become a functioning member of World of Warcraft society again. As I was writing this the guild master for the last guild I was last really in logged in, so I suppose I’ll be sticking with this guild assuming it gets it’s feet back off the ground. Either way I still want to be useful.

One thing I’m going to miss is having nice, clean, organized bags. I mean seriously, look how cluttered my bags are now.

cluttered bags

Tillers and Cooking

Before I even hit 90 on my Druid I started up my Sunsong Ranch, but since I wasn’t 90 yet I couldn’t work on my reputation towards the Tillers and expanding my farm. Since the only thing the farm was good for at that point was for food, and obviously I wasn’t worried about cooking yet, it fell into disuse. Once I hit 90 I did a day or two of farming, but again it fell into disuse.

Apparently crops can die by the way, found that out the hard way.

So part one of my project to get back into the game this weekend was working on my farm. I spent a few days planting and collecting crops and doing dailies, and I’ve finally opened up the next four plots of my farm, for a grand total of eight plots at my disposal. Not much, nothing exciting yet (man, that rain barrel is useless), but it’s mine.

While I was there I did my cooking dailies dutifully, picking up Ironpaw Tokens here and there. I realized though that if I want to get raiding again, I’m going to need to learn how to cook. Unfortunately my druid wasn’t my cook back in Wrath of the Lich King and Cataclysm, so I had to start from scratch. Luckily Blizzard added shortcuts to bring you up to 525 cooking, so a few trips to the Auction House to get some fish and some purchases from a vendor and I was ready to tackle Zen cooking in no time.

Since I’m planning on healing with my Druid, I went with Way of the Steamer which offers a boost to Spirit. After a quick trip to the Auction House again (I’m really glad I’m an Engineer and didn’t have to go back to Stormwind) I had 600 skill in Way of the Steamer. Decided not to pick up any of the other Ways just yet, will wait until later to get those.

Dailies and Operation: Shieldwall

So on my quest to becoming a responsible player I realized I needed to start doing dailies. My God, you guys weren’t kidding when you said there were a lot of dailies.There were simply too many dailies and quests awaiting me, so I went with the Golden Lotus. Why? Not sure. With the amount of time and energy this will take I should probably be smarter and prioritize which factions I work on first. That’s what I’ll do today I guess, see which factions benefit me the most.

I decided to check out this whole new patch 5.1 experience and quests people were talking about, I’m Alliance so it was Operation: Shieldwall for me. I actually found the backstory interesting, one of the first times I’ve actually payed attention to quests, maybe there is a lore nerd buried deep inside of me. The Alliance landing cinematic was exciting, I don’t know why I enjoyed it so much, but the might of the Alliance moving in was thrilling to watch.

I did the Scenario for the quest line (took me a bit to figure it out, apparently you just have to queue for a random one and it’ll do it) but I stopped after that, I wasn’t quite prepared for the dailies I was offered. I don’t know if I was doing something wrong but I could not kill most of the mobs in that cave. I’ll probably go back when I’ve got some better feral gear. Speaking of which…

Gearing Up

As I mentioned before I levelled as Feral, but will be main spec’ing Restoration, so my gear is in an odd state now. Solo content is tricky because my feral gear hasn’t gotten any love since I hit level 90, and healing was tricky at the beginning cause I had to build a brand spanking new gear set for it. I’ve got most of the kinks ironed out for healing now, been running some Heroics. The upgrade path is going to be a pain though, I’m about 20 iLvls to low for Looking for Raid, and even if I Valor cap for the week (unlikely) I’ll have to do a whole other week to get enough Valor to get an upgrade, assuming I can purchase one by then what with all these reputation requirements. Did I mentioned the Justice vendors are near useless? At best they offer 8 item level upgrades over my current stuff. I know see why everyone has been complaining with Mists of Pandaria.

Oh well, onwards and forwards I guess.

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Eric Dekker

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  1. Nev

    yay! Glad to see you back in game hon, look forward to more posts too :P

    As for dailies – yup, there are loads but I ain’t rushing for sure! I think Golden Lotus is probably the best first choice though – it opens up the Shado-Pan & August Celestials. After that it kinda depends on your professions & what gear you want. I did a bit of a summary post a while back <a href="http://ahaddict.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/mists-of-pandaria-level-90-what-to-do.html"what to do at 90 might help a bit :)

    1. Eric Dekker

      Thanks, I’ll check it out!

  2. Nev

    oops! that didn’t quite work lol

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