Leveling and LFD after 4.01

As you all know I love me some leveling.  I have so many alts I have had worries that I might have to delete some because I might be getting close to the 50 character cap.

Yeah I am pretty bad.

As some of you know I have been trying my damnedest to level a priest almost since I started playing WoW.  Once I get into the swing of it, something happens that stops me from continuing.  My first priest was made when Andrew got me Burning Crusade for my birthday in 2008.  Lyssiana (I happen to REALLY like the name) was a pretty little draenei priest.  At this point in time I still didn’t know much about the game.  I figured that since most my spells were holy based, I would level her holy and just smite and holy fire my way to 70.  I had every intention of making her my first healer.

Around the same time I was starting the make the push to get Millea leveled.  I was distracted with Lyssiana long enough to get her to 24 then I had to stop playing her and focus on Millea again.  She just kind of sat there and gathered dust.

Fast forward to Wrath and the LFD.  I now had 3 80s, Millea, Tatia and Fail Mage.  I had decided that I was going to level my priest.  I got her decked out in heirlooms.  I even did MC on Millea so that I could get the +30 spellpower enchant to put on the mace.  I scoured the AH and found her all manner of yummy blues and greens.  She is a JC so I made sure her rings and neck piece were the best I could make for her.

I fixed her spec and started queuing up for random dungeons as a healer.  She was going to be a holy priest.  In between dungeons (yeah she sometimes had to wait, even as a healer) she was running around hitting things with holy fire and lolsmiting.  I also was wanding a whole lot.  When I didn’t wand I had to drink.  A LOT.

That part wasn’t fun.

The dungeons weren’t all that much better.  I ran the same SM instances so many times I even got the same players.  I actually had to make a macro to stop people from being dicks.  It really didn’t work, just made a few people laugh.

One day I decided I wanted to level my horde warlock Lyssianna, the one that is now my main.  My little priest just kind of got abandoned.

Fast forward to when I server transferred Tatia.  I stripped Lyssiana of all her heirlooms and shipped them off to DT.  To this day she is still sitting in less than full gear.  Poor priesty.

When Slice transferred his priest to Alliance we decided we were going to roll lowbie Alliance toons and level as a group with our friends.  I spoke of this group in past posts.  I rolled a priest and named her Lyssianna (I told you I like this name).  Our group got to 20 (well Zari got to 22 because only leveling together is a foreign concept to him :-p) and then fell apart.  Mostly because Del has stopped playing, but also because we just never got around to finding a time that worked for everyone.  This is kind of a bummer because the group leveling was a blast.

So yet again I have another priest that got abandoned.  I now had a level 34 priest and a level 20 priest sitting gathering dust.

Shortly before 4.01 launched I decided I was going to make yet another priest.  This time I would make her on Drak.  I wasn’t going to level her with heirlooms but I WAS going to level her mostly through dungeons and PvP.  She would be a disc priest because I heard a rumor that they would get penance at level 10.  I didn’t want to level with heirlooms because I wanted to experience the excitement of getting new gear in dungeons.  When you have heirlooms, you really don’t get new gear all that often.  I decided I wasn’t going to twink her out with enchants or even make gear for her with Lyssi.  I was just going to take what I could get while I went through.

I leveled her to 10 and then waited for the patch to drop.  I think I waited like 2 days, not too long.  It took me longer to decide what her professions were going to be than it did to get to level 10.

When the patch hit I of course took care of Lyssi, Tattia, Fail Mage & the DK first.  I even took care of the baby pally.  After they were taken care of I high tailed it back to my new priest.  I have decided that she is a pretty pretty princess.  I personally think she is even prettier than Lyssi.  As a result, she will have a purple hawkstrider, a pink epic hawkstrider and only fly on her sparkle pony.  As soon as I can, I am making her a complete princess outfit.

Yes I am serious.

I had previously decided that she would be leveling as Disc.  I figured that I could pew pew things with Penance and probably do quite well.  I killed a level 21 elite as level 17, solo I might add. :D  Bubbles are OP, just sayin’.

At level 10 I queued up for a BG.  It was like the day of the patch or the day after, I can’t remember.  It was insane.  There was this level 19 frost mage, twinked out to the teeth (why he was in regular BGs instead of with twinks is beyond me; I am convinced he was just an asshole) 1 and 2 shotting everyone on the field.  You seriously couldn’t do a damn thing against him.  At one point everyone rushed him, and he killed us all.  It was pretty fucked up.  Being level 10 in the 19 bracket, I expected to die a lot, which I did.  At one point I found my way to the bushes in the middle and hid in them healing people.  The stupid water elemental from the frost mage found me and killed me though.  Fucker.

I queued up again afterwards, in the hope that it wouldn’t be THAT bad again.

It was.

I kind of gave up for the night after that.  I worked on some quests on PPP and got her into the Ghostlands.

One of the things I noticed after the patch hit was I was leveling like crazy.  I don’t know if it was just the extra XP I got from picking flowers (awesome addition btw) or if they just seriously reduced the amount of XP needed to level.  I have a feeling it is a bit of both.  I can’t imagine how quickly the leveling would go if I had heirlooms.  Hell everything would be grey before I would have a chance to even pick it up.  As it was, most quests went green pretty quickly.  Since I wanted the rep for Tranquillin I wanted to make sure I did all the quests.  I made it a habit to go do all the green quests first.  Usually by the time I finished the first batch of green quests, the yellow ones had turned green.

When I hit 15 I started queuing up for dungeons.  BTW neat thing!  You CANNOT queue for WC until you discover it.  Guess which instance I will NEVER go discover?  That’s right bitches. :D

In the beginning you (of course) get RFC over and over again.  The first group I had was a pretty decent one.  The tank had no problem holding aggro and the dps weren’t jerks.  It was a good start.  I won the bracers from the boss and got a nifty cloak from my bag.  A very good start!

I dropped group and did a couple quests.  I have noticed that I typically have anywhere from a 10 min to 20 min wait for a dungeon, as a healer.  The only thing I can think of is the lack of tanks.  I think more people will level healers vs actually leveling a tank.  It makes sense when you think about it.

The second group I got was not so great.  First of all the tank had the lowest health out of everyone, including me.  I had recently hit 17.  The tank was 15, everyone else was 16-17.  The tank chimes up with “Oh goody my first dungeon as a pally tank.”  The person with the most health was an aff lock.  This guy was an asshole.  It took me a min to realize that the warlock was in fact tanking and the pally tank was running somewhere behind me.  The warlock started picking on the pally tank and at that point I just stopped healing him.

Eventually he died and I left him there.  He said “I think the healer was afk.”  I replied “Nope I just didn’t heal you.”  At that point he said “Ok looks like I am running back.”  There was a shaman and a pally in the group, both could have rezzed him, the fact that no one did didn’t seem to phase him.  Even had I wanted to rez him I couldn’t have because they stayed in combat.  The pally tank was horrible.  Apparently they don’t get righteous fury until 16 so the dude couldn’t hold threat, even off me.  On top of that he was auto attacking one mob at a time.  It was a horrible run.  The warlock finally made it back to the group just as the tank engaged the boss, completely ignoring the fact that the other warlock (there were 2 in the group) and the shaman were still fighting adds.  The cuffs dropped again, I passed and dropped group.  I wasn’t staying with those guys any longer.

In an attempt to not get RFC again I queued up for WSG.  Guess who was in that with me? >.>  Yep Mr. Warlock himself.

*sigh*

He either didn’t recognize me or chose to ignore me.  Hell he could have put me on ignore for all I know.  It was funny to say the least.  This time I didn’t bother moving away from our base.  I stayed near the graveyard and rebuffed the newly rezzed people and attacked the alliance toons that were running out of our base.  There was an actual plan in this run and we managed to pull it off.  I was “guarding” the bear that had the flag along with a shaman.  It was actually a pretty fun time.  We kept joking in chat.  There were two Sub rogues in the group and they kept competing with each other.  At first they were fighting, but by the end they were buddies and joking about how OP ambush is.

We ended up winning that BG.  It was a refreshing change after how the last couple I was in.

I queued up for another one and did the same thing as the previous one, kind of.  I did go on the offensive a bit more on this one.  I killed around 4-5 people.  I managed to get the killing blow on 2 of them.  Penance as a dps spell is just pure win.  I ended up guarding the flag room with a kitty and we were able to defend against the alliance that kept trying to take our flag.  They all died. :D

I went back to questing for a bit.  I capped out the evening by hitting 20 and getting my mount.  I am very unhappy to say that the only thing you get at 20 is riding.  No talent point, no new spell.  Simply riding.

Slice pointed out that riding is kind of a big deal, but yeah, I was hoping for a new spell :(

Sunday I went back and queued up for dungeons.  I got Deadmines for a dungeon that was already in progress.  Apparently they had wiped on the boss right before VC and the healer left.  I zoned in to find a mage next to me and the tank and 2 other dps corpse running.  They asked if I could rez them, I said sure but couldn’t find their bodies.  The mage apparently wasn’t going to wait for the tank to come back and started pulling mobs one at a time.  One of the other dps dropped group instead of running back.  Eventually they all got back.  The mage conveniently D/Cd so I conveniently voted to kick him.  For the first time I was given the pop up window where I was able to put in a reason.  We ended up getting a kitty druid who was a really nice and helpful guy.  In fact the whole group was pretty awesome.  I managed to win the staff and the chest piece that VC drops.  Mix that in with some boots I got and PPP looked like a pirate wench.  Was rather funny.

Ahem "Argg" and somesuch

I queued up again and got a SFK run.  I had been in the middle of questing so my mana was almost out.  I tried to drink after buffing everyone but the tank was already off and running.  Each time I tried to sit and drink the tank would be off pulling another group of mobs.  I finally said “I need to get mana” and the kitty druid told the tank to keep pulling he would heal him.  The tank was horrible to start with.  I had so many mobs hitting me from putting one bubble on him.  I got pissed and said “Well looks like you don’t need me” and dropped group.  Fuck that noise.

I quested some more while waiting out my debuff then queued up again.  I got a fresh Deadmines run.  Other than people congratulating each other on level dinging, it was silent.  The shaman & the warrior seemed to be vying for who was tanking.  Once the druid hit 20 he switched from caster form to bear form.  He then started tanking as well.  The warlock (demo) had her felguard (how weird is it to see a felguard in the low level dungeons?) and he was tanking as well.  She was occasionally putting up a BoA or a corruption.  Then she would melee if a mob would get too close.  I was VERY disappointed in this warlock.

Everyone leveled at least once.  The druid leveled twice.  I snagged the gloves and the wand.  Getting gear is fun!

I did some more quests, then queued up hoping I would get SFK (I wanted the robes) and got BFD.  As soon as I zoned in I knew it was going to be one of those groups.  The warrior tank was off and running as soon as he zoned in.  There was another priest (dpsing as Disc too) a kitty druid and an arcane mage.  The mage was having issues zoning in.  The druid (her and the mage were married) let the party know, but the tank wasn’t listening.  He seriously just kept running until he had a half dozen mobs on him then would dps them down and run off to grab more mobs.  I felt like I was in an 80 heroic with an ICC heroic geared tank.  While jumping in the beginning of the dungeon I fell in the water (I fail at jumping btw) so I was a bit behind everyone else.  That is when I realized that the dpsing Disc priest was healing.  I thanked him for healing and asked him why he was dpsing as disc.  He said he forgot to switch back to his shadow spec.  I said, well you can do it now.  Did he?  Nope.

I will tell you why.

The asshole tank and the disc dpsing priest were from the same server, my server in fact.  They never stopped being in combat.  If the tank was dead (I stopped healing him at this point) the priest would stay in combat.  As you know, you cannot kick someone if you are in combat or recently leave combat.  At one point it was down until 30 seconds before I could kick him and they went back into combat.  I was pissed.  The kitty went bear at one point because the warrior really wasn’t tanking anything.  The three of us kind of stuck together.  The bear tanking, me healing and the mage dpsing while the other two were off doing whatever they were doing.  I was whispering with the bear and mage and we decided to stay in group once we were done (since there wasn’t going to be a way to kick the warrior) and just queue up together.  When the boss was killed cloth pants dropped.  The warrior needed on them in an attempt to ninja them from us.  Luckily the mage won them.  In fact the mage won every drop (it was all cloth/caster gear), it was kind of funny.

The three of us queued up again and got stockades.  The bear had never been there.  Funny considering they both had been playing for 5 years.  We got a nice hunter and shaman.  The five of us just kicked ass in the dungeon.  When the tank accidentally overpulled I kept everyone alive.  I got lots of complements on my healing.  Everyone was chatting and just having fun talking.  It was groups like these that make me wish I had a cross server friend’s list so I could queue up with them.

I managed to finish up the weekend at level 24.  I know you get your first glyphs at 25 so I was a bit bummed that I didn’t make it there.  I was so tired that I just couldn’t stay up long enough to make the push.

All in all it was a very productive weekend.  I think that the dungeons are going to be packed a bit more with the jerks than before.  So many people are taking advantage of the new spells and talents you have at lower levels and are flooding the dungeons.  While I saw more jerks than nice people, it wasn’t bad enough to fully drive me away.  I intend to take full advantage of the dungeon finder with the PPP.  I just hope the jerks will be less as I get higher up in the levels.

So far I am pretty happy with the new leveling experience.  I can’t wait to see what the future has in store :D

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. slice213
    Oct 18, 2010 @ 13:59:58

    ” I just hope the jerks will be less as I get higher up in the levels.”

    Nope they just get more annoying. :)

    Also rambling post is rambling.

    Reply

  2. zarigar
    Oct 18, 2010 @ 20:33:39

    (((abandoned humans)))

    Reply

  3. Dilynrae
    Oct 19, 2010 @ 18:57:16

    I am going to seriously enjoy watching these same douche bag tanks fall flat on their faces in Cataclysm when 99% of them think it will be the same re-hashed LK easy mode heroics. Sadly most of them will probably bitch it’s the healers fault for not keeping them alive… least till it consistently happens EVERY instance.

    Reply

  4. gravedust13
    Oct 20, 2010 @ 16:08:59

    I have only one thing to say on the subject of the DM run andthatthingis: TANK BATTTTLLLLEEE!!!! >:D

    You remember that?

    3 Tanks.
    1 Healer.
    1 random but amused green/blue DPS.

    That shit was GLORIOUS.

    Reply

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