Little blue goblin grows up
Once upon a time there was a little blue goblin. He was a warlock, despite the fact that other warlock players drove me bonkers. So much so that they got their own “warlock hate” tags.
Last time he had just completed Outland and was on the verge of Northrend.
Now he is ready for Pandaland. How the heck did that happen?
We can thank heirloom gear, increased guild XP and whatever nerfs Blizz did to those pre-Panda levels.
Zhari did not set one single goblin foot into Northrend. It was all dungeon finder with a smattering of cooking & fishing dailies. I know I’ve mentioned this before, but thank you to whoever put all the dungeon quests inside each instance. No more slogging around outside working on questlines to open stuff up. Just kill, collect rewards and move on.
Right before last weekend–Thursday? I think–he was ready for Cata. He didn’t quite have the ilevel to get into stuff and the AH was full of nothing but tumbleweeds, so I had to start actually questing.
I had barely stepped foot into Mount Hyjal when the gnome mage came. Oh yeah, PvP. Forgot about that. I stayed there long enough to take the mole machine to Blackrock Cavern, then did a little bit of Vash’jir until my ilevel was high enough. Then it was back to the dungeons.
That became the theme for the rest of the weekend. I would queue up, start to quest, then get called in and level up. The queue times for the early Cata dungeons was surprisingly quick.
In Deepholm I only quested enough to get to the flying airship. I Uldum all I did was break out of the cage and get the prince back to his city. That’s it. At 84 the last 3 Cata dungeons opened up. That’s when the queue time went bonkers ridiculous.
I got Grim Batol fairly quickly. Then waited and waited and waited. I actually had to log out to go do something else, then when I came back it was more waiting. Oh well, I’ll play around in Twilight Highlands.
Sidenote: it’s Darkmoon Faire time, which means time for the merry-go-round of alts to work them through that. It also means checking on the various mail I have floating between toons before it expires out. That is where I found ilevel 400 SP trinket and dagger that was being passed around…which had a minimum level of 80 to use. I could have had my warlock using that 4 levels ago. Sonofa—!
At around 90% through level 84 an instance finally popped. It only took an hour and a half of waiting. Halls of Origination. This is the dungeon I like when I’m leveling and gearing up but hated as a heroic. And since I was so close to 85 already I really didn’t want to do it.
But don’t accuse the little blue goblin of not being a team player. The new trinket and dagger boosted his dps hilariously. It’s rare that I can be doing almost half of the damage by myself. I felt a little bit like Zug or Adoe.
Too bad you can’t steamroll past some mechanics. Like people not dropping down and releasing the levers for that first boss. It was kind of amusing to watch the dps just stand there attacking him while his shield was up. Bless their hearts. All I have to say is thank goodness for that lock portal.
When we got up to that upper level they headed straight for Raj. I could have mentioned there were other bosses around, but right at the trash before the end boss I dinged 85. Then we killed the boss. Then someone said they thought there were other bosses there.
That was when I left.
So my little blue warlock has caught up with most of the other big kids. It’s weird that he’s now at the same point as some of my other toons that I’ve had for much longer. Just one weekend to get through Cata.
And-I say it with caution-it might not be so bad to do the MoP stuff with him. We’ll see. I’ll have to actually venture out into the world and do quests now. No more running instance for quick XP.
Probably most sad of all, is that he slowly got a little less blue as he phased out his BoA gear. I could probably mog his stuff but I think it will be fun to see how he looks now with current gear. One of my favorite parts in taking a non-raiding toon through new content is how now all the gear will be an upgrade. He won’t have old content epics that would keep up with the first few levels of gear.
Just that makes me think I might enjoy playing the warlock a little bit longer.
(He’s going to become the new main, isn’t he?)