Yep, Tome of the Tranquil Mind. The consumable that you have to use when you want to swap specs. Without it, you have to be somewhere in a rested XP area (city, inn) to make the change. A beneficial item to have for raiding, running dungeons, or hell even for questing.
According to The Undermine Journal, these things sell on the AH for roughly 200g each. Your mileage may vary of course, but as of right now the average price is 200g. Other than the handful you get when you complete the New Dalaran quest at the start of the Legion expansion, the only other way to get them is to buy them off the AH or have a character with Inscription that can make them.
So what does this have to do with making gold with Class Trial characters? Allow me to explain:
- Create a new character, and select Class Trial. You’ll start with a fresh (temporary) level 100 character.
- After running through the brief tutorial, you will be sent to the Broken Shore scenario. Once there, leave the instance.
- You will appear in front of a quest-giver who tries to give you the option to enter the scenario. There’s also an option to skip the instance, which results in you being sent directly to New Dalaran.
- Once you spawn in New Dalaran, hand in your quest to the dude in front of you. He will reward you with the Dalaran Hearthstone and five Tomes of the Tranquil Mind.
- Go to the mailbox, mail the Tomes to a bank alt or another character. Log off, delete the character, rinse and repeat.
With this method, you can either load up with stacks of Tomes for free, or sell them on the AH. That’s roughly 1000g on the AH for maybe ten minutes of work.
Not too shabby, and oh so sneaky.
Legion is one busy expansion.
Without a doubt, there’s plenty to do. For me, the trick comes with balancing advancing my main, and farming stuff to sell on my alts. This was a lesson learned the hard way, when I took my first alt to 110 to unlock his full Blacksmithing potential, just as smithing took a bit of a dive. It was hard to say whether the risk was worth the reward, but what I did know was that I wasn’t in any hurry to push another character to 110.
Gold, though. I like gold. Love is a strong word, but I can say that I’m definitely in “like” with gold. So, me being me, I started looking for the best way to optimize my gold-making without taking too much time away from my main.
The answer, oddly enough, was twinking.
There have been a number of YouTube videos made discussing how some people were actually soloing Legion dungeons at 101. How? By twinking their character. For those not in the know, “twinking” means equipping a character with gear that far exceeds his level. For the longest time, twinking just wasn’t viable at higher levels. But with the zone scaling in Legion, the process once again had potential.
I had a Demon Hunter that I was using as my Skinner. I actually locked his XP at 100, and he was tearing up mobs. I had another Warrior at 100 who was my Tailo/Herbalist. I decided that I would put the Warrior back in his Garrison where he could continue to make Hexweave bags. The DH would pick up Herbalism, enable XP, and pull double gathering duty until he dinged 101. Then I would lock his XP again, twink him, and see if it made a difference.
The experiment went like this – pick up some gear that could A) be equipped at 101, and B) had an iLevel of 780 or higher. I picked up a few pieces, geared up, and hoped it was going to make a difference.
Turns out it did.
I wasn’t planning on spending hours herbing and skinning. Luckily I found a route where I could pull double duty. The gear was good enough that I could burn down everything in my path, quickly loading up on herbs and skins. I donated some of those mats to my guild, and put the rest up to sell. Gold, baby. Cha-ching.
What does the future hold for the DH? Well I can tell you that he’s not going to see 110 anytime soon. I’m on a low pop server, so there’s not a pile of twink gear on the AH. But I’m going to keep an eye out, and fingers crossed I’ll have enough gold to upgrade his gear as it becomes available. It’s fun to feel so OP, and if I can make some gold while I’m kicking that ass, all the better.
Twinking. It’s come a long way from the Level 19 BG’s, baby.
Let me backtrack a second. In Warlords of Draenor, I had over twenty characters at max level. The leveling experience in WoD had the potential to be very, very fast. There was really no drawback in racing to 100 except for gear not keeping up, but if you upgraded your heirlooms to cap out at 100 they’d keep up with you until you could pick up a few pieces. So gear was kinda a penalty.
That, and flying.
The implementation of flying was what made many people backtrack over old content until they had repped up enough, or completed enough quests, or explored enough of the new content. People were upset, but they did it. And Blizzard let them know that they’d probably have to do it all over again in Legion.
You’d figure I’d learn.
My Pandaren Warrior was insanely easy to level. First, because he was a Pandaren he had double the normal rested XP as other races. I’m not sure how that worked exactly, but what I do know is that from 100 to 110, I was never OUT of rested XP. That was pretty sweet.
Second, I leveled him as a Protection warrior. At 102 he picked up his Arms artifact weapon, and I dumped all my artifact points into it. Still, even with what would be considered an underpowered artifact, from 100 to 11o I died a grand total of TWICE. Both were due to being drunk with indestructibility. I died more than twice during my first World Quest as an Arms warrior. Much, much more.
Third, I leveled using the Legion Companion app. I had followers running the XP missions when I was at work. Each successful mission netted me an entire bubble of XP. That’s actually how I dinged 110. I completed a mission on the app, logged in a little later in the day, and I was 110. How about that?
I’d already been through most of the content on my DK, and my Warrior was going to be my profession mule. He was all about the Mining and Blacksmithing, both of which don’t really kick in as far as making serious gold until 110. I’m greedy like that, so the push was on to cap him.
Dinging 110 was somewhat satisfying until I started finishing class hall quests and found myself rewarded with followers who were 103. Clearly, I had some work to do, like:
- Gear. Much like during the WoD crunch, much of my Warrior’s gear fell behind. He had some quest rewards that brought his iLevel up, but when I had to enter a dungeon as part of the Blacksmithing questline I didn’t have the iLevel to get in. I had to go to the AH and buy a bunch of 780 gear just to finish a quest.
- Rep. World Quests related to professions were going to be beneficial at end game. Unfortunately, because I blitzed through only a couple of zones I found myself lacking the Friendly reputation with a few factions. I had to go back, start over at 110, and go through quests until I hit Friendly with the faction in question. Then off to another zone, rinse and repeat.
Leveling in Legion is more about being efficient than it is about being fast. Truth is, you’re going to have to visit every zone if you’re interested in World Quests. You’re going to have to finish every zone, or at least to the point where you receive the dungeon quest for the zone, if you want to fly.
As the Pandarens say, “Slow down.”
(Editor’s Note – I realize the irony of a post warning against leveling quickly, right after a post discussing the quickest way to level. Relax and follow what you will.)
It’s been a little over a week since Legion went live. Fragnance needed just over five hours to reach 110, and good for him. Others took a bit longer but many have already dinged 110, including myself.
One down, twenty more to go!
To quote the great Will Smith, “Aw Hell Naw.”
Before I go any further, I’ll just say this about Legion. I really like the storyline, and in-game storytelling is usually not what I’m about. I’m not a lore guy, and I only read maybe 20% of the quest text that I’m given. But there have been times during my Legion questing experience when I actually stopped and thought to myself that it’s a good thing I’ve got an alt coming through this content because I might want to read some of this the next go round.
That being said, sometimes you just wanna get to the end. The game starts at endgame for many, and they don’t care how they get there. They just want to get there, like, yesterday.
So how does one get to 110, like, yesterday?
Brace yourself, jabroni. I have some good news and some bad news.
First, the bad news. There’s no subtle mechanic to game that’ll get you to max level. No “Bonus Objectives” or XP potions like there was in WoD. Fragnance did it through optimized questing and select dungeon running. That’s pretty much how you’ll do it too.
Now for some good news – I have not one, not two, but THREE methods for getting to 110 as fast as possible.
Method One – Bellular put together a video that outlines a good, strategic route for MAX GAINZ!
Method Two – Umren has some powerful tips for getting through the content in the most efficient way possible. Efficient = fast, and fast = good AM I RITE!
Umren mentions the Emerald Wind toy, which I did not know about but will be dropping everything and getting this POST-HASTE! Oldbess goes into a little more detail about this toy, and mentions another one that will get you Flying in Legion before they release flying in Legion. Look, just watch the video.
Method Three – You might notice that there isn’t a video here. Technically you are correct. What there is, though, is a link to a website. Don’t panic, there’s nothing shady about this site. What it does, is provide you with a detailed walkthrough on 100-110. It tells you what quests to do, when to do them, and provides videos to clarify certain aspects of some of the quests. I actually used this, and I found some of the explanations very helpful.
The website is Guide me Senpai, and you can check it out by clicking HERE!
So there you are. Leveling tips. Now get in the ring of grind, and get it done.
… And Rokkspawn makes my 20th character at Level 100. What the Hell is wrong with me!
I can’t explain why I needed to level another character to 100. Faulty wiring in my head, OCD issues, I have no idea. I’d tried using the Legion Invasions to level a Pandaren Warrior, but after taking him from 61 to 78 I just couldn’t do it anymore. I didn’t have a Demon Hunter on this particular server, so I thought I’d give it a try.
In two hours, I’d leveled him from 98-100, got him a few pieces of Invasion gear, got a Level 2 garrison, and started some buildings. Not sure I’m going to need to get the garrison to Level 3. But I did start the ball rolling.
Now I’m not very focused on going far with my garrison since Legion drops in just under two weeks. I wouldn’t mind getting some use out of my follower missions. The best way to do that is by getting a bunch of followers. But how does one go about doing something like that? Once again, MadSeason comes up big with a video outlining an easy way to pick up 16 garrison followers in about two hours.
Check it out, and consider yourself educated. Now go start that garrison that you’re probably going to abandon in a couple of weeks!