Cataclysm, and how I’m scarily prepared
In a very real sense, I am prepared. Too prepared. My little Banker has a Guild vault with enough rep items to get a fresh 68 from neutral to exalted with the Scryers, for example. This is because I know I will be leveling a Worgen up, and I want that awesome tabard on him. There’s not that much left that I want to do on Zal. He could happily retire at the end of Wrath, achievements stacked, mounts gathered, full of raiding memories. Expansions are always a new step. However, the thing with a new character that you can’t create yet, is that you can’t start working on it beforehand. You can’t just reach into the future, grab your character and grind a bit of rep when you’re bored right now. I’ve filled these times with making sure my character steps out of the starting zone with as much awesome stuff as I can provide. Amazing tabards aside, the major thing for a leveling character is Heirlooms.
Now, an heirloom set is fairly simple to gather, especially if you don’t need to spend your Triumphs on gear. You can obtain a PvE chest, PvE/PvP shoulders, PvE/PvP weapons (never offhands though, so a 2 hander is generally better) and Heirloom trinkets (the PvP ones are your get out of jail free card, and PvE are regening health or mana on kills and boosting spellpower or haste.) There is an heirloom ring, but it’s a reward from a highly competitive fishing tournament, and I don’t recommend it. You can also enchant these with no level required enchants, the best of which can be found on the appropriate WoWhead page.
The trouble is, at least with me, is I have no clue what I want to be playing in the expansion. In terms of leveling a new character, we can strike out Paladin, Death Knight and Hunter. If any of those becomes that which I wish to level, I have characters that already suit the bill. If it turns out to be Shadowpriest (which, as of this post, is my current favourite, but check back the next day and I’m sure it’ll be different) I do have an 80 shadowpriest already, but that character has bizarre proffesions, a weird history, and a name that gets me confused with Paladins a lot. (It’s Aura, and there’s nothing more confusing once you’re used to that name than hearing: ‘Turn on Fire resistance Aura!’ and me shouting back in confusion ‘Priests don’t do Fire resist!’ Good old TBC.) I’d be starting a-fresh. I’d be starting from scratch if it was any other of the classes Worgen were capable of. I want to see their starting zone, and level in the new-old-world. Even if I take one of my 80’s forward, a Worgen will still rear its head because I want to experience the content.
Considering this tendency to change my mind on class selection based on the facts revealed by Blizzard so far, recommendations from friends and raiders, and what I ate for lunch that day, it makes it very tough to pick the correct heirlooms. I’ve narrowed it down to this:
- Casters – fairly likely. The same set of heirlooms will do all specs of Mage, Warlock, Priest, Resto and Boomkin Druids. This is cloth PvE Robe and Shoulders, along with the Staff and spellpower trinkets. All enchanted and gathered so far.
- Plate DPS – a possibility. Works for the Warrior only, but I do like Warriors. I have a PvE plate Chestplate, Shoulders, two handed axe.
- Leather DPS/Tank – Highly unlikely. I don’t like energy systems, I’m not a massive fan of being in the melee unless I’m an absolute wrecking ball (see Zal’s ret spec). I have Leather heirlooms set, along with health regen trinkets and two daggers, but it’s all on Argent dawn because I transferred it there.
My shammy Calcifer also has full mail heirlooms. There’s nothing like being prepared. In terms of wasted Triumph badges that I could have spent on Gems and cut, I’m probably about 4k gold out for being this prepared. But by god, it’s nice to have a safety net.
I guess I wont know, at least for a few days, how much I’ll want to play my Paladin in the future. I’ll never delete the guy, but I can think of a few ways Blizzard could warp the way they heal to make it not my playstyle any more. In which case, I want a Worgen main, and it needs to be a goodun. If I knew what I would settle on, I’d gather profession leveling materials as well as all this. So this is me, to the extent that I can be, being prepared. Rawr.