I don’t usually pay much attention to patch notes. Just put the content in the game, and I’ll play it if I can. If there’s changes, fine. I’ll deal. I’m a grown-ass man playing a video game. It’s fine.
However, I will admit that Patch 7.2 has had some pleasant surprises for this grown-ass man. It’s taken an expansion and turned it from being very alt-unfriendly to busting out some very forgiving catch-up mechanics for alts.
Captain Fun had just reached 110, and I’d been wondering how long it would take for him to be, well, not so far behind everybody else on my character roster. Luckily for me, Bellular had recently released a video that addressed that very issue. In fact, it’s this video right here!
It’s a great step by step process in setting an alt up for success in a Patch 7.2 world. For example –
- Get the compendium from main that boosts alt to AK 20.
- Do five quests that the AK guy will have for you @ 500 resources a pop, and voila AK 25!
- Do not do any Artifact Power quests yet, tiger!
- Now go ye forth and do the Broken Shore scenario. Follow the breadcrumb quests. Khadgar will have a quest to use a tome in three different locations. Continue on the quests until they send you back to your Order Hall. Hand in your quest and be rewarded with a tome that will bump you up to Artifact Knowledge 26 (100k% bonus to AP, as opposed to the 25k% at AP 25).
- Either pick up the crafted gear (which now starts off at an iLevel of 835 rather than 815) or run some Normal/Heroic dungeons.
- Run through the Broken Shore, kill rares & farm Sentinax and get some Dauntless tokens.
- Khadgar will give you a quest for the new dungeon, Cathedral of Eternal Night, which rewards a nice relic.
- World Quest gear scales from your current iLevel, and should reward gear at around 855-865.
- World Quest Dungeons rewards 865 gear.
- Nighthold LFR should fill in any slots that are lacking.
- Three Emissary caches and dungeons should be enough to get your Artifact weapon to Rank 35.
And did it work? Well, Captain Fun went from an iLevel of around 780, to running Heroic dungeons (iLevel 825 needed) with his Artifact weapon at Rank 34. Total run time, maybe four hours.
Well played, Blizz. Well played.
Garrisons and alts go together like a peanut butter and banana sandwich.
Master Rokk here, and I have a quick tip for those of you who aren’t quite sick to death with the mini-game of Sims that we like to call World of Garrisoncraft.
I’m sure most of us have at least a couple of level 90 characters. If not, welcome back to WoW because you must have left the game about a year into Mists of Pandaria. Damn that expansion was around forever. How did people kill time if they weren’t jacking up a small army of alt characters?
Anyway, grab any of your level 90 toons that you may want to level at some point and start them off on the Draenor storyline. Run them through it until you reach the point where they have their very own garrison and a follower (you can get a second follower by doing the Ashran storyline which takes all of five minutes, and a third follower as a reward during your first few follower missions). That should have taken maybe 90 minutes to two hours. At that point, you can leave your alt and start the process again on another 90, go back to your main, or get up and do some squats. Look, do what you want with your time. I won’t judge. Just remember to come back and check on your alt from time to time, taking about five minutes to send their few followers off on missions and collecting their garrison resource cache.
You may ask why go through all this effort when you could have just left them in Panda Land? Well…
1) Your alt will get rested XP just by hanging around the garrison. Once you’re ready to start leveling them up, they’ll have a nice bonus XP buffer.
2) The garrison resource cache fills up every day with over 100 garrison resources. That gives you enough to buy a 20% XP buff potion every day. Again, when it is time to level up you can grab several of these things to speed up the process.
3) Your alt may only have 2-3 followers, but over time their mission rewards will add up. We’re talking rewards like XP for the alt, a chunk of gold, garrison resources, and gear for both the alt and the followers.
And there you have it. Give your alt their own place to live instead of sponging off you and your main. Let them earn their own keep without the nuisance of actually playing them.
Behind every great main there’s an army of alts being horribly neglected and abused.
Master Rokk here. Blizzard was kind enough to make the leveling process much less painful this time around. They also gave us little to do outside of raiding once we reached 100, other than knock the dust off an alt and start that ten level beating all over again. Sometimes, like a form of Stockholm Syndrome, the leveling abuse makes us more sympathetic to our secondary character. Next thing we know, that alt who used to be just a profession mule is suddenly kind of fun to play. Too bad our main is geared better, or has more garrison resources, or is just not ready to become an alt.
A proper garrison for an alt could alleviate a great deal of that.
SignsOfKelani created a video that outlines what he claims is the best garrison setup for alts. While there may be no right or wrong answer as far as garrisons go, this comes up with quite a few that seem right. So maybe there is a right answer. Let’s not get too in-depth into this. It’s for an alt. If the toon was worth that much forethought, they’d be a main.
If you’re going to have an army of second stringers, they don’t have to be geared as second stringers. Keep them ready, build their hopes up, and maybe one day they will be the character called up to run a heroic dungeon. Or raid. Or just be really geared for farming transmog gear and cloth from old content. But, like, do it really well.
This brief conversation did two things for me. First, it saved me money because I was planning on getting all my heirlooms back on one server, which meant I had to give a damn about a character to the point where I’d justify the server transfer.
Second, it made me want to find all of my heirlooms. Damn, I had a lot of heirlooms.
I don’t have the time to play characters on multiple servers, so I thought I’d kill two birds with one heavy stone. I’d go through alts on other servers, and if they didn’t have some kind of serious meaning to me I’d delete them. It was also an easy way to find heirlooms, because I’d get an error message telling me the deletion wouldn’t be allowed because the character had something in their mailbox, or they had an heirloom somewhere.
Many alts were deleted. Many heirlooms collected.
Spring cleaning, a few months too late.