Well, patch 6.0 is now less than 2 weeks away. And I’m still procrastinating. Not all of my pre-Warlords goals have been met yet, but I’m making progress.
Complete: Brawler’s Guild
Funnily enough, I ended up spending over 10k for my invite because I purchased it shortly after the Brawler’s Guild came out. Then I did a couple of bosses and didn’t touch it again until this week. I kept putting it off, thinking I’ll finish it eventually. Then 6.0 got close and we were told those achievements are becoming legacy. So I ended up banging out all 10 ranks in a couple of days, trying to go there on off hours so the queue wouldn’t be too long. I found that a queue of about 2-3 people is perfect because it gave just enough time for my cooldowns to finish. Queues of around 10 during prime time are painful.
The first 7 ranks were mostly fights that lasted about 4 seconds (yay for overgearing content). Hexos was the first real challenge. Here’s a tip: Don’t listen to a guide if it tells you to move Hexos through the maze. Concentrate on keeping yourself from being hit, NOT Hexos. Once I did this it wasn’t too bad at all. But if I could ever dream up a nightmare raid encounter, it would be everyone having to do their own personal Hexos to progress the fight. Can you imagine that? Ahoo’ru (final rank 9 boss) was the biggest challenge for me. I just had a lot of bad RNG I think. It took me about 5 or 6 attempts. Also one of those attempts was wasted because I thought I could pop Deterrence and clear out the orbs: NOPE.
Happy to have the mount and title. I’ll be too busy in Warlords to bother then I think.
Complete: Change Jewelcrafting to Leatherworking
This one was my most recent accomplishment. I decided I no longer want Jewelcrafting on the main for 6.0, so I reluctantly threw away my 6+ years of Jewelcrafting for Leatherworking. Powerleveling it was time consuming, but relatively cheap (between 5-6k).
Why switch? The profession just looks more interesting to me in Warlords. I’d rather craft armor than a ring and necklace, and getting another unique mount is cool too. The LW mount requires LW while the JC mounts do not require JC. I wasn’t convinced that crafting gems would be that big of a financial deal, especially with all the other JCs out there who will be servicing a much smaller gem market. Engineering will remain my other profession (that’ll never change).
Incomplete: 200 mounts
Currently I’m sitting pretty at 193 mounts. I meant to farm more Argent Tournament dailies over the past few months, but I skipped out on most of it. I’m starting to run out of “easy” mounts. My latest acquisition was finishing up exalted with Sha’tari Skyguard for the Nether Ray mounts. That rep has been sitting at early revered since Burning Crusade and I finally got around to finishing. That was an easy 5 mounts. Also recently got both Brewfest mounts this year, and both mushan mounts (Brawler’s Guild and the black one for 500 Bloody Coins). It should be up to 196 mounts in 6.0 since I’ll automatically get the other 3 Pandaren Phoenix colors. I could finish off the 200 with JC mounts, but that’s a bit expensive with the unavoidable vendor mat cost. Looks like 200 won’t come until Warlords, then the grind for 250 begins.
Complete: Finish up old achievements
If you can believe it, I still didn’t have the World Explorer achievement. I procrastinated on finishing up the blood elf and draenei starting zones. Finally took an hour to do that yesterday. It only took like 6 years.
Complete: Challenge Mode golds
Love the armor set, love the mounts. I knocked this one out well before we knew CM rewards were disappearing with 6.0. Looking forward to eventually unlocking the weapons transmogs in Warlords.
Complete: Garrosh heirloom
I cheated here since I got the bow on my first Garrosh normal kill. It makes leveling a bit nicer, but if you don’t get one I wouldn’t fret too much. It ends up at item level 620 when you hit 100. When you hit 100 you get a quest to complete the Proving Grounds which rewards an item level 610 bow, which isn’t terribly far behind. Heroic dungeon weapons are 630 for comparison. If you still don’t have it, you’ll get a guaranteed drop in 6.0 but then it disappears in Warlords. All 3 versions — flex, normal, and heroic — end up at 620 item level at level 100.
Incomplete: 100 Toybox items
I wanted to get a head start on the toybox achievements (there are achievements for 25, 50, 100, and 150 toys) since I don’t anticipate myself wanting to revisit old content in Warlords just for toys. I only got to about 70. Getting to 150 will be tougher than I originally thought.
Incomplete: Make room in pet stable
My stable is pretty much full up and I’m going to need to send some pets out to pasture. I’ll have to get around to this so I can tame myself some Hydras and Clefthooves once 6.0 drops, and also have room for Gara and other new pets from Draenor. Never thought 50 stable slots wouldn’t be enough!
In Progress: Level another hunter to 60
I’ve yet to use my free level 90 boost, so I’m in the middle of quickly getting another hunter up to 60 to use the boost on. I want it at 60 so the professions get maxed out. I’m thinking this hunter is going to be a miner/herbalist. He won’t do much killing. He’ll be the hunter I’ll play when I’m watching some Netflix and just want to run around mindlessly to pick flowers and mine stuff in the background. Plus, none of my other hunters have gathering professions.
Overall, I didn’t do too bad. I think I’m reasonably well prepared for the expansion.