Some quick thoughts before the jump…
- The Blood Elf noob zones are amazingly well designed. They have continuity, great quest synergy and are beautiful and full of unique flavor.
- Starting over from scratch is tough to get used to. I ran out of cash because I trained all of the weapon skills at L10, forgetting that I still have to pinch pennies. Compared to my Twink alliance alt that I started for the 10-19 battlegrounds, who had 2000 gold sitting in her mailbox when she got to the very first mailbox in Goldshire.
- Warcraft, with all of its many flaws is still an amazing game, and nothing can compare to the incredible population levels available in every zone. Many games have whole swaths of territory vacant after the first leveling rush passes, but no matter your level, you can always find others in WoW, no matter where you are or what you are working on.
We have started over on Shattered Hand. I wanted to stay in the Ruin Battlegroup, so that I could still bump into my old friends and from Magtheridon inside the BGs. Also, there is a long list of people who really need to get ganked, but their being on the same faction got in the way of it before.
We have been cruising through the quests and levels around Silvermoon City and in the Ghostlands, and finished the night last night close to L18. I am playing a Paladin named Cyndre and my wife is playing a Warlock named Narielle. She keeps commenting on how utterly amazing and fun the Warlock class is, which comes as no surprise to me after three years playing the class as my main. I am enjoying the Paladin, and frankly, this combination is grossly overpowered for the level. Presumably, that will be the case straight through, and that class combo in the Arenas is very strong.
The other project I have started working on, is a Twink rogue to play in the 10-19 battlegrounds bracket. I rolled a female human on my old server, Magtheridon named Cyndrea. I mailed her 2000 gold to get started and quickly leveled past the Northshire Abbey zone and went straight to Stormwind. I purchased a number of very nice items for the L19 cap, grossly overpaying to the delight of some lucky salesperson. 400 gold later, I had cllected about 80% of the items I would need for my final build.
Last night I finished leveling to 10, started the Van Cleef questline to eventually get the Tunic of Westfall, but was stopped short after the third quest due to a level restriction. I will return to that when she gets to 14. I decided to try a speed run through the Deadmines, so I logged my L70 Warrior, Sunzu, on and put her on auto-follow, and destroyed the instance in about 30 minutes. In the end, all three nice rogue daggers dropped, including Cruel Barb, which will compliment the Shadow Fang that I bought.
Tonight, I plan to do a speed run to the murlock boss in Wailing Caverns for the shoulders, and then I have gathered every drop I need. Once I get to L16, its back to Deadmines to finish that quest line, and then my final task is to complete the ‘Unsent Letter’ quest line to get the Seal of Wrynn. After that my Warlock will enchant everything, i’ll finish leveling and start the slaughter.