Monday, January 31, 2011

One More Level

Every day, I try to do three profession dailies: Fishing and Cooking with my mage, and Jewelcrafting with my priest. So far, I have gained a few fishing skill points, vendor trash and a fishing hat; bought five or six cooking recipes; and bought two rare gem designs and saved up 15 tokens to be spent on others.

Gem cutting is a tricky business. It's hard to find time to dabble in everything I want to, and so the tokens pile up while no gold comes in from buying cuts and putting them to good use.

4.0.6 brings with it some notable professions changes:
  • The Bag of Shiny Things from the Fishing dailies will have a chance to include a rare fishing pole. That, plus the currently existing but rare Strand Crawler, will continue to make doing the dailies worthwhile.
  • Three new meta gems are being introduced. They will be rare world drops, so I would imagine the designs will go for a pretty penny and be snatched up before anyone can sneeze.
  • Minor, but important changes to some existing meta requirements will make certain metas (eg. Chaotic Shadowspirit Diamond) much more popular and BiS for certain classes.
My progress so far
Gaiwyn is level 84, 525 enchanting and 460 tailoring. I have yet to try and take advantage of being a max level enchanter and am taking my sweet time to both level to 85 and level tailoring. Archaeology has slowed down for me, but I will get there eventually.

Ilyaena is also level 84, and is 525 jewelcrafting and 525 mining. However, as a Draenei, this is not max level jc, but 10 points short; so I haven't quite got Working Around the Clock. I could be starting on Uldum this week, provided I find time to play. I look forward to healing at 85 (more on that below).

Selaena is level 83, with 517 herbalism and 485 alchemy. I intend to work my way through Deepholm to get herbs to level alchemy some more. Eventually, I will have to take advantage of transmutes. Truegold transmutes could still be quite lucrative.

On the gold-making front, I am at just under 40k, and am slowly selling enchants and glyphs. I still have a lot of things to work out (professions-wise) as well as a few things stockpiled in my guild bank, ready to be sold at the right time. Right now though, I just want to enjoy the game and get my three chosen toons to 85 with maxed professions. :)

Level 85 Holy Priest Preview
I want to heal at level 85. I have enjoyed it in every iteration since rolling my priest during the Burning Crusade expansion. I love melting faces, but I want to focus again on keeping people alive. There's just something about that sense of accomplishment when you play well as a healer and get through each challenge successfully. I don't profess to be the best healer out there, but I have never been terrible at it either.

Holy build (6/33/2) - I can't say for sure if this is what I'm after for normals and going into heroics, and I won't know until I try. But I've played around with the talents and this looks like a good holy build that incorporates both mana conservation / regeneration and utility, while making sure there is enough emphasis on Renew: a more important spell for holy priests than ever before.

Spiritmend Cowl (Tailoring)
Pendant of Elemental Balance (Vendor - Honored with The Earthen Ring)
Blight-Lifter's Mantle (Quest - Lost City of the Tol'vir)
Cloak of the Dryads (Vendor - Honored with Guardians of Hyjal)
Anraphet's Regalia (Anraphet - Halls of Origination)
Crimsonborne Bracers (Drahga Shadowburner - Grim Batol)

Roffle's Ruffly Gloves (Binds when equipped)
Truth-Seeker Belt (Quest - Stormwind City)
Narkall's Leggings (Quest - Twilight Highlands)
Hekatic Slippers (Rajh - Halls of Origination)
Veneficial Band (Lockmaw - Lost City of the Tol'vir)
Ammunae's Blessing (Vendor - Honored with Ramkahen)
Figurine - Dream Owl (Jewelcrafting)
Blood of Isiset (Isiset - Halls of Origination)

Staff of Siphoned Essences (Erudax - Grim Batol)
Scepter of Power (Setesh - Halls of Origination)
Book of Origination (Binds when equipped)
Wand of Untainted Power (Forgemaster Throngus - Grim Batol)

See it on Wowhead.


Gaiwyn of Proudmoore

Friday, January 7, 2011

Cataclysm Factions And Their Rewards

I'm back from my 18-day holiday in New Zealand. :D

Speaking of going back, I'd like to revisit the roots of this blog a little. I'm going to move away from gold-blogging and talk a bit about the Cataclysm factions and the rewards you can purchase at Honored, Revered and Exalted with each. Perhaps this will help someone with planning where to level (as that directly affects your immediate reputation with any given faction) and which tabard to wear into dungeons first.

The five PvE factions are:NB. When something is listed as healing, it implies that it is a spirit-based item and as such also benefits caster specs of the appropriate hybrid class. Items listed as caster items are preferable for caster dps specs for hybrid classes, but spirit gear should not be ruled out completely.

Guardians of Hyjal (Wowhead)
Honored - Item Level 333
Cloak of the Dryads - Healing Cloak
Galrond's Band - Strength Ring
Mountain's Mouth - Tanking Neck
Sly Fox Jerkin - Leather DPS Chest

Revered - Item Level 346
Arcanum of Hyjal - Caster / Healer Head Enchant
Acorn of the Daughter Tree - Agility Neck
Aessina-Blessed Gloves - Leather Caster Gloves
Waywatcher's Boots - Plate DPS Boots
Wilderness Legguards - Mail Healing Legs

Exalted - Item Level 359
Belt of the Ferocious Wolf - Plate DPS Belt
Cord of [the] Raven Queen - Cloth Healing Belt
Treads of Malorne - Mail DPS Boots
Wrap of the Great Turtle - Tanking Cloak

Conclusion: Good for tanks, healers and plate dps. Arcanum for casters and healers.

Ramkahen (Wowhead)
Honored - Item Level 333
Ammunae's Blessing - Healing Ring
Belt of the Stargazer - Mail DPS Belt
Drystone Greaves - Plate Healing Boots
Shroud of the Dead - Strength Cloak

Revered - Item Level 346
Arcanum of the Ramkahen - Agility DPS Head Enchant
Quicksand Belt - Leather DPS Belt
Red Rock Band - Strength Ring
Robes of Orsis - Caster Chest
Sash of Prophecy - Mail Healing Belt

Exalted - Item Level 359
Desert Walker Sandals - Caster Boots
Gift of Nadun - Strength Neck
Sandguard Bracers - Plate Tanking Wrists
Sun King's Girdle - Plate Healing Belt

Conclusion: Good for casters, plate dps and plate healers. Arcanum for agility classes.

The Earthen Ring (Wowhead)
Honored - Item Level 333
Helm of Temperance - Caster Hood
Mantle of Moss - Mail DPS Shoulders
Pendant of Elemental Balance - Healing Neck
Stone-Wrapped Greaves - Plate Tanking Legs

Revered - Item Level 346
Arcanum of the Earthen Ring - Tank Head Enchant
Cloak of Ancient Wisdom - Caster Cloak
Leggings of Clutching Roots - Leather Healing Legs
Peacemaker's Breastplate - Plate Healing Chest
Softwind Cape - Agility Cloak

Exalted - Item Level 359
Earthmender's Boots - Mail Healing Boots
Flamebloom Gloves - Caster Gloves
Signet of the Elder Council - Agility Ring
World Keeper's Gauntlets - Plate Healing Gloves

Conclusion: Good for agility dps, plate healers and casters. Arcanum for tanks.

Therazane (Wowhead)
This faction is for shoulder enchants and rings for all classes and specs. Please note that currently the shoulder enchants are Bind on Pickup, meaning you will need to raise reputation with this faction on any character that you wish to give shoulder enchants to. They will likely change to Bind to Account in a future patch.

Wildhammer Clan (Wowhead)
Honored - Item Level 333
Gloves of Aetherial Rumors - Caster Gloves
Helm of the Skyborne - Mail Healing Helm
Mantle of Wild Feathers - Leather Healing Shoulders
Swiftflight Leggings - Leather DPS Legs

Revered - Item Level 346
Arcanum of the Wildhammer - Strength Head Enchant
Band of Singing Grass - Caster Ring
Crown of Wings - Plate Tanking Helm
Gryphon Talon Gauntlets - Plate DPS Gloves
Windhome Helm - Mail DPS Helm

Exalted - Item Level 359
Belt of the Untamed - Leather Healing Belt
Gryphon Rider's Boots - Plate Tanking Boots
Lightning Flash Pendant - Caster Neck
Stormbolt Gloves - Leather DPS Gloves

Conclusion: Good for plate tanks, casters, leather dps and leather healing. Arcanum for plate dps.

Dragonmaw Clan (Wowhead)
You should know by now that I don't play Horde! Rewards are equivalent to Wildhammer Clan rewards.

That's all from me for now!


Gaiwyn of Proudmoore