The Characters behind the Character.
Over the course of my playing time, I have dabbled in most, if not all classes, largely before they made leveling more laughable than Glenn Beck’s 30 minute comedy spots on Fox News. For the characters that I play right now, they consist of a priest, a mage, a rogue and a druid.
For the longest time, I was by and by a hunter, and not just any hunter, but THE huntard. The first 3 years of my playing time in WoW was centralized around my hunter. Starting off as a complete noob, my first spec at level 60 looked something like (6/16/29 [back when 51 points was the max at lvl 60]). I thought counterattack was amazing, and I ran up to people and mobs and whacking them with my Ice Barbed Spear. I became close friends with the spirit healer in Warsong Gulch as a result, but she does make a mean risotto though. After learning the wonders of Scatter Shot, I eventually climbed the old system PvP ranks up to Marshal, and subsequently joined my first raiding guild, <Unrest>. Unrest was a west coast guild on an east coast server, which made raiding someone difficult as I continued through school. The guild was ran in large by a bunch of people who were friends in the same vicinity. We had progressed decently well, but by the time burning crusade and the death of 40 man guilds had been announced, our GM had defected to the horde, and people were generally tired, so my time to leave came as well.
On my new server, I joined a guild called <Cross of Vengeance>, and this became my home for the next three years. This guild started me on a tumultuous journey that has shaped me as a person today. I joined the guild for a few raids on AQ40 and Naxx40 before the BC content came out. We used 8 hunters in our raids. EIGHT! Any more in the group and I would have expected XxLegolasXx to make a guest appearance in our runs. Over the course of the next 3 years I became an officer, left to join another guild on the server, came back after my account was closed due to sharing, became the GM, and rebuilt the guild after the old GM left us with a skeleton, and brought us back up to #2 on the server. Towards the end of this expansion, my priest supplanted my hunter as my main. My hunter is currently sitting dormant on the Windrunner server having not been played for almost 11 months now, still rocking full base tier 10.
The Shadow Priest (mana mana)
Srsbusiness was created on the Eitrigg server and has since spent time there, on Windrunner, and on Eldre’thalas. When my priest was made back in Burning Crusade, I leveled as disc/holy. Yep, I was that badass. My ultimate goal of the time was the become a healer for heroic 5 mans in Burning Crusade, because most of our healers weren’t around for badge of justice runs at the time. Disc was still not a viable spec at the time, but divine spirit had more appeal to me than circle of healing. (Yes, I will take my 80 spirit and 80 extra spell power over that spell and 12% more effect on Gheal.) So my spec was 23/38/0, spirit with Improved Spirit. The staple of the heroic runs became myself and a paladin tank running Shattered Halls religiously. Back when Power Infusion gave 20% more spell damage as well as reducing the cost of spells by 20%, he would run through the gauntlet, grab everything in Magtheridon’s asshole and then get a PI and consecrate on top of them. Combine that with using dps gear after getting to the defense cap as well as it stacking with avenging wrath and you have the makings for a legendary nerf paladins thread. (And they did get nerfed.) Never died, never had a threat issue. The timer for execution started at 55 minutes, and we saved her with about 40 minutes left on good days.
But then of course, people got tired of the heroic runs, so my priest got shelved for a while going through Hyjal and Black Temple as best we could. Towards the end of BC. people again got hit with the burnout and doldrums, so we ended up doing Hyjal/BT/Sunwell in partnership with a family and friends guild, <We Know>. This is when I felt the lasting burnout hit from playing my hunter, and decided I would gear my priest up some before the next expansion hit, because Primal Mooncloth, with its amazing lack of stamina, wasn’t holding up too well inside BT or Sunwell, though I do believe I remember a certain time on Gurtogg Bloodboil it was sustainable, but that’s a story for another time. After gearing my priest largely through Sunwell badge rewards (I love you Timbal’s Focusing Crystal), I decided it was time to try out the shadow side of things. They had just made some recent changes to the shadow tree, including updates like:
Mind Flay now has the ability to critically strike.
Shadowform now allows your Vampiric Touch, Shadow Word: Pain and Devouring Plague to benefit from haste effects.
HOLY SHIT ON A STICK BATMAN! THIS IS EXHILARATING!
For the entirety of Wrath of The Lich King, I did the content on my priest, from the ever popular rehashing of Naxxramas, to the (arguably) the last good instance Blizzard gave the customer in Ulduar, to the two most God-Forsaken instances in ToC (where are you Reign of the Unliving), and the year-long hell of ICC. Halion wasn’t really a patch-worthy instance that I paid much attention to when they released it, heck I was being a smart ass and coming to raids in a holy dps spec, I was that bored. I didnt always dps though, on few and rare occasion I healed some bosses having little experience on how to do it; Bloodboil, Sindragosa, and a few shots in tier11 highlight the extent of my brief healing stints. (And thank God.) I should also go on to mention that my character started out as a Draenei, because Gift of the Naaru made healing those heroics really freakin’ easy. As of Cataclysm though, and through medical breakthroughs in plastic surgery, Srs is now a furry…. err…. Worgen.
Today, the above illustrated fellow resides in Apotheosis of Eldre’thalas, as one of three raiding shadow priests alongside Dahrla and Arolaide, a triumvirate of dots, dots, and MOAR dots. His handiwork lies is Alchemical and Jewelcrafting trades, and has been seen creating extra potions out of thin air!
The Magus (Seriously, why are you telling me Mage is not correct? [Aka: table pls])
My mage, Merlee, was created to alleviate boredom during my time on the Windrunner server. I had lost any desire I had to PvP on my priest, and after getting victimized by many a frost mage in duels and battlegrounds, I decided I would try my hand at one. Though the PvP aspect never came through in wrath, she still remained a fun character to play. Originally, Merlee was created at the end of the Wrath expansion, and was human, because of that sweet (and free!) PvP trinket. Since moving to Eldre’thalas she has become a night elf (for at the time PvP, and how OP is shadowmeld –> Drink). However, she has not seen much PvP action lately and has been focusing largely on the PvE aspect of being a mage. Main spec: Frost PvE(!) (2/8/31 – Frostfire Ignite) Offspec: Fire PvE (3/35/3) This the main support toon for my priest. Merlee’s home away from home is located in the
scenic desert of Uldum, where for the first part of Cataclysm she OWNED the entire oasis region with regards to whiptail. If you even though about picking that herb, it would erupt in fire and kindly tell you to gtfo Tauren Druid (seriously, gtfo tauren druid herbalists). After the delirium for creating darkmoon cards had subsided (making a total of 7 decks in all), her herbing is now more centralized in the Tol Barad region occasionally picking Azshara’s veil and Cinderbloom for volcanic potions, trips to Twilight Highlands are of rare feat as need for self supply flasks with Twilight Jasmine has become less of a necessity. This is the toon I bring to the guild’s alt runs in Firelands, BoT, BWD or Throne of the Four Winds. It is a marked change of pace, that I enjoy, from playing the shadow priest (highly reliant on damage over time) as a mage (focused more on bursting damage, reliant on procs) and I feel it sharpens my play on both characters by integrating the playstyles together. As you may have figured out, Merlee is an herbalist and scribe (NOT INSCRIPTIONIST). Which leads me into:
The Rogue (aka: hay rouge can u open dis?)
Rogue – A bandit, mercenary, outlaw, hired assassin.
Rouge – A color, a strip joint in Pre-Industrial France.
THEY ARE NOT INTERCHANGEABLE PEOPLE. Its 5 letters, no repeats, nothing. It may show up on an elementary school level spelling test even. 5 years of it is enough, please stop with the horrible butchering of this word. My rogue, Tripolar, is an Eldre’thalas native, and was designed to be a twink essentially staying in the lower levels of the PvP brackets to see how many people I could 1 shot with as much BoA gear I could stack. However, I encountered a problem on my priest, I had no way to supply myself with ore for JC, unless I wanted to constantly pay the overpriced rate on the AH.
So, after a few months sitting at 29, Tripolar became my third and final character to reach level 85. She is a miner solely to supplement my priest’s JC, and recently maxed out enchanting, just as a means to dust materials to have on hand for when I need an enchant. For all intents and purposes, I have lost interest in playing this toon at 85, the PvP aspect of the game shifts dramatically in complexity from level 29 to 85, and I don’t have the zeal to play it like I once did. This will more than likely be the first toon I stop playing altogether should that time come. The name Tripolar is derived from the internet meme “winning!” as made popular by Charlie Sheen. His famed response to the question of if he is Bipolar with: “I’m Bi-winning.” lent itself to my creative genius by creating Tripolar, because why stop at twice as much when you could have thrice the amount?! There are rants that will be coming soon about how I loathe melee and feel that rogues (and death knights) have broken the game from within through PvP.
The Druid (aka: I was bored one day)
Whats the deal with this toon you may ask? The header pretty much says it all, after countless hours of archaeology and rescuing soldiers on the Molten Front for the 80 millionth fuck time, I decided to make a druid, Dillay, because I had all of the leather BoA gear I had used on my rogue, and since I didn’t have enough JP or Honor Points to buy a significant amount of gear for another armor class, the druid became the logical choice. I don’t have enough playtime on this toon to log anything other than feral(cat) is easy as hell to level with. Except somewhere I forgot that leveling leatherworking up as a primary
profession is worse than having your mother rickroll you in public, in front of your friends, naked. So while I am now level 57, my skinning sits at a skill of 372, but my leatherworking sits at 232. This seems a bit unbalanced, or it could simply be the fact that the devs forgot we aren’t playing vanilla anymore, and MC isn’t end game. Seriously, 16 pieces of leather for a single skill up in the thick leather level range? Not even bountiful bags helped this problem out. Why? Because whenever bags procs on a skin, it gave me a thick hide and 5 extra thick hides (WHICH HAVE NO USE ANYMORE). Tune it down Blizz. Since you’ve made leveling easier, make the beginning professions too. 5-8 pieces of leather tops, so that I dont have to buy stack upon leather stack for 1 measly skill point.
And now you know the background of my characters, hope you will stay tuned for more as they progress through the game with you!