Sixteen Garrison Followers

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… 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!

The Broken Shore and Powerleveling

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It’s been about a week since Blizzard released the pre-expansion “event” involving the Broken Shore and the subsequent Invasion. Oh yeah, and Demon Hunters (if you pre-ordered Legion). People seem to be having a lot of fun with the new content.

I’m almost entirely done with it.

  • Demon Hunters – They seem fine. I’ve made one for both Alliance and Horde, DPS and Tanking. They start at 98 and by the time you finish their starting zone they’re 100. However, they have zero professions. Not even First Aid. I could see myself using one for farming old content, or if I wanted to try out a new server. The gliding is fun, double jump is… something I guess.
  • Invasion – I picked up the feat of strength where I completed six of the invasion events. I upgraded some weapons and a couple of pieces of gear before I finally decided that Legion is going to upgrade most of this for me. Buffing the Invasion weapons is fine, but I’m starting the next expansion with Artifact weapons that will surpass what I’m currently using. The Nethershards are fine for people who want the transmog, or the pet. But since neither are overly appealing to me there isn’t much use in repeating the Invasion events.
  • Leveling – Okay, maybe there is one reason that might interest me. Leveling alts, because I don’t quite have 20 characters at 100 yet and I’m defective like that. Asmongold, explain how these Invasions will enable my addiction.

 

 

 

Garrison Gold Setup in Legion

Garrisons were nerfed to the ground as far as passive gold making went. So, you might ask, is there any point in maintaining them in Legion?  I have posted a suggestion in the past, but Mad Season has gone the extra mile and created a video that outlines a very good garrison setup that should still generate some decent gold that, while not completely passive, will not take a great deal of time out of your day.

I would write more, but Demon Hunters went live today and I’m going to see if I can transmog one as Robin before he goes into the new expansion. Anyway, enjoy!

 

 

The Boost to 100

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I snapped. Yeah, that’s it. That’s the most logical explanation I can come up with. I mean, why else would I throw everything away and just start over?

It  all started, well, yesterday. My intent was to log in to WoW and get my chores done (don’t fool yourself, just because garrison gold missions got lobotomized doesn’t mean there aren’t still chores to do). But when I got to the character select screen, I saw it.

That damn 100. My boost. It twisted a dagger in my brain.

I’d posted numerous polls on Twitter, trying to come up with a class to use the boost on. I wanted to go Death Knight because, well, can you really have too many? In Legion that answer is yes (grinding artifacts on multiple characters will be a full time job) but in WoD? Hells no.

The more significant question was the one I always toss around. Why? Why boost another character? What was I going to do with this toon? Add him to the pile? Things had changed with the nerf to garrison treasure missions. No longer was it a benefit to have multiple characters racking up gold because, well, now there was no longer that option. Now, if you wanted those six or seven characters to make gold you had to do more than just click a few buttons. You had to USE them to DO something. That took time out of my day. Time I wasn’t willing to spend.

I was already questioning why I was going through the motions. On my Alliance server, I had a few hundred thousand gold socked away. On my Horde server, I had just over one million gold. I wasn’t raiding. I wasn’t doing anything but logging in, making gold, and logging off.

I think that’s when things went south on me.

Legion was coming out at the end of the month. Demon Hunters were going to be playable in about a week, but Legion was the goal. Was it too late in WoD to use the boost? What could I get done in a month?

I decided to find out.

I got a Tauren DK to 60 on a brand new server with no support classes. No sugar mama. Just the Big Bull, and a quickly rolled up AH toon. In hindsight, maybe I shouldn’t have picked a PVP server if I wanted to make the most of my ability to farm things for gold. Oh well.

Like I said, I got him to 60, gave him professions, and boosted him. My seventeenth Level 100 character.

And now, he will be my sole focus until Legion. No dailies on my other characters. One toon. One server. One focus. My one Horde army.

Let’s see what happens.

How To Play Any Class

… well, almost.

With the coming of a new expansion, Blizzard decided (as they like to do) that they were going to tweak a few classes. Only in this case, “a few” meant “all”, and “tweak” meant “turning several of them inside out”. In a couple of cases (Survival Hunter and Outlaw Rogue), they changed them to the point that they were unrecognizable from the original class. Talents in general got reworked, major glyphs were wiped from existence, and players were sent back to the drawing board, scratching their heads.

It’s a situation that can be intimidating for casual players. They want to start playing their class again, but more importantly they just don’t want to suck. Be it a LFR raid or running in a dungeon group, no one likes being that one player on Recount who, given the numbers they’re putting up, is clearly playing the game using their feet.

Ask one of these people who seem to be using their in-game abilities by shouting at their keyboard what the problem is. If you get any response at all, you’ll probably hear “I don’t take it too seriously. I just play for fun.” What this means is that they don’t want to look up optimal rotations, or any rotation for that matter. They won’t look at Icy Veins or Wowhead or Ask Mr Robot, or any website at all that might come off as intimidating to them.

This solution may seem too complicated for the uber casual, but I assure you that it isn’t. This is one of those cases where the reward far exceeds the effort. What the Hell am I talking about? I’m referring, of course, to the enhanced version of Gnome Sequencer.

What this addon does is runs through a rotational macro for a certain class. It might not get you to top the charts, but at the very least it’ll keep you functional. I used the old version of Gnome Sequencer when I leveled my Mage from 1 to 100 and ran him through LFR. I’d never played a Mage before, but I found myself doing just fine on the charts despite not being able to name even three of my abilities.

Some people may call this “cheating”. Far from it. I would rather have someone who didn’t have a hot clue what they were doing using this addon, than having them fumble through the “right” way like a chimp manhandling a brand new rock.

Kephas does a great job explaining the addon, from installation to application. Check it out, download it HERE and hopefully you find yourself a productive member of your LFR.

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