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Re: Going for Realm Firsts

Postby KysenMurrin » Sun Sep 23, 2012 11:29 am

Kun Lai is proving to be the quickest and easiest levelling so far. Will finish the full zone on this one. (Except for Temple of the White Tiger, which is one combat quest and a couple chat sessions with a lot of running to get there.)

I'm really not doing great on time here - 8 hours in, almost 88. Will have mount speed, flight path speed, and bonus xp on live, plus flasks and potions, but the time its taking just feels bad. Taking breaks on the trial run so I don't burn myself out before the real one, but not sure how familiar I'll be with the final couple of zones in the end.
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Re: Going for Realm Firsts

Postby Nooska » Sun Sep 23, 2012 11:46 am

Has the "Pandaren Prisoners quest been fixed on the beta (asking those powering through Kun-Lai)
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Re: Going for Realm Firsts

Postby KysenMurrin » Sun Sep 23, 2012 12:48 pm

Not yet. Still no prisoners. Doesn't seem to be a prerequisite for anything, though, so you can complete with out.
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Re: Going for Realm Firsts

Postby Fenrìr » Sun Sep 23, 2012 1:49 pm

KysenMurrin wrote:No, that was having moved directly to Vot4W. With guild bonus, and if I'd done at least Mudmug's hut on the Chen chain, I would've been 87.

In other news, you know how Blizz has added little treasure items all over the map? Some of them have an item that vendors for 100g, some of them contain a little gold on their own... I found one in Kun ai that gave me 258,000 exp. I gather from some blue comment recently that they spawn on a single-player basis rather than randomly and there for everyone, and I think you can only get each treasure once...



I've found a couple of those as well. Was kind of surprised.

So they're player based and not server based, that's interesting.



EDIT: Also rares give double xp than a quest I noticed.
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Re: Going for Realm Firsts

Postby KysenMurrin » Sun Sep 23, 2012 1:55 pm

Yeah, I found where I read it:
Escapist interview with Ghostcrawler, last page.
The Escapist: Is there something about this expansion that you're excited about but that no one has discovered yet?

Greg Street: The features I'm most excited about are things like challenge mode that have been talked about a lot. I'd say one thing that's flown under the radar a little bit, it's not something I'm super, it's not a huge game changer, but it's a kind of cool thing is we've hidden a lot of, we call them lost treasures around the world, in the new continent and a few achievements to support it. You find these if you look behind a waterfall or fly up on the top of a mountain there might be something cool hidden up there. It could be an actual item you could use or it may just be something you can sell for gold or some kind of toy like that. We really wanted to emphasize exploration because Pandaren is such a beautiful environment.

The Escapist: Are these analogous the chests that used to dot the world?

Greg Street: Yeah, they're similar. Part of the problem with the chests was they would, players could exploit them by constantly camping it, coming back to the chests over and over again. You were constantly finding these chests that say like, two apples in them because another player had come and looted all the good stuff out of it. But the way most of these treasures work is they're per player so once you find it you'll never find that particular treasure again. Then another player can come along and find it.

So yeah, apparently some of them give xp, about double what a quest gives.


All this practice running is getting me thinking differently as I play... I'm using my cooldowns a lot more now than when I started out, and more cavalier about pulling mobs. I can't really AoE on my Shaman, though, which could put me at a disadvantage. Trying to decide what to macro my potions to. I only have about 250.

I've almost died a couple of times - once because a boomkin was mass pulling in the area and I somehow got on the aggro table and had these things I'd not touched all throwing spells at me.


Here's a question somewhere on the pessimistic side: At what point do you give up? If you see someone of your class ding a level ahead of you, is that it? How far ahead is recoverable?
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Re: Going for Realm Firsts

Postby Fenrìr » Sun Sep 23, 2012 2:31 pm

Just because someone lvl's ahead of you, doesn't mean they're going to push through. Anything can happen...they could run into a bad spree of pulling too much, getting off track on their quests or even bad RNG on gathering quests. One of the ones I'm hoping I don't run into is the Baiting the Trap one in Dread Wastes...gods that was painful. So keep pushing until you actually see the server message; don't get caught up always checking to see where other people are cause then you're likely to make a mistake or put unnecessary stress on yourself.



But yea, I know what you mean about the CD usage. I made all these pots and other consumables....need to be using them.
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Re: Going for Realm Firsts

Postby KysenMurrin » Sun Sep 23, 2012 2:33 pm

Yeah. I started out using Ghost Wolves when I had a named special mob to kill, or when I'd overpulled. Now I use it when it's off cooldown and I'm on a kill quest. Took me until today to realise I hadn't used Ascendance at all since they fixed the bug where Ghost Wolf triggered it - it made the burlap trail escorts way easier, being able to hit all the ranged Hozen attacking the caravan.
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Re: Going for Realm Firsts

Postby daishan » Sun Sep 23, 2012 11:30 pm

I'm not going for realm first or anything but would like to level quickly, are scenarios worth doing for the XP or gear at later levels?
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Re: Going for Realm Firsts

Postby Worldie » Mon Sep 24, 2012 12:37 am

Scenarios can only be done at level cap (so no exp) and reward *one* piece of gear.

Not really the best way to farm gear, mostly just a quick way to get VPs.
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Re: Going for Realm Firsts

Postby daishan » Mon Sep 24, 2012 12:47 am

Level cap /facepalm I should learn to wake up before posting.
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Re: Going for Realm Firsts

Postby KysenMurrin » Mon Sep 24, 2012 12:53 am

I woke up headachey and slightly ill this morning. Not a good sign...
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Re: Going for Realm Firsts

Postby econ21 » Mon Sep 24, 2012 12:53 am

Worldie wrote:Scenarios can only be done at level cap (so no exp) and reward *one* piece of gear.


Is it a personal chance of getting one piece of gear (i.e. LFR loot system)? If the odds are just like in Theramore, I'll pass[1]. six alts - six bags of fireworks, no gear. It didn't even seem that quick, compared to the HoTs.


[1]I think Blizzard said the drop chance was about 15% from a LFR boss.
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Re: Going for Realm Firsts

Postby Worldie » Mon Sep 24, 2012 1:10 am

I believe its 100% chance to get a heroic level blue but you can call me lier on that.
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Re: Going for Realm Firsts

Postby daishan » Mon Sep 24, 2012 1:14 am

I've done ok in the Theramore scenario, run it 4 times got 3 pieces of gear one was a spirit head for my mage, but even so not too bad.
In a full group of 3 it's fairly quick (was very quick before they buffed the mob hp), I'll do them all once after that will have to see if it's worth it.
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Re: Going for Realm Firsts

Postby degre » Mon Sep 24, 2012 2:42 am

Worldie wrote:I believe its 100% chance to get a heroic level blue but you can call me lier on that.

Incorrect.

Did quite a few scenarios on beta and is like Theramore now on live, mostly you get satchels with gold. There's to say that at least there are more scenarios and variety keeps it interesting.
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