This week marks the last week of the Legion Invasion event, and with it goes the insane leveling elevator that many of us have ridden over and over. At this point I have every slot on Argent Dawn Alliance filled with level 100 characters, and over the last bit of this week I have been pushing Belghula my female Orc Warlock on The Scryers. Scryers is a linked realm with Argent Dawn and when that occurred I made the choice to roll a complete set of Hordies over there, so that I could hang out and play with friends I had other the other side of the server. The Argent Dawn community has always been an odd one, and for a period of time we had a thriving official… and later unofficial server forum. I still somewhat wish I had not killed the domain behind that forum, but at that time I thought I didn’t really want to be playing World of Warcraft anymore. In any case I have a large community of horde friends that I love dearly, but never got to play with. When I purchased Legion I ended up using my boost to create a level 100 Tauren Paladin and I even got to raid over there for a period of time… until Sundays didn’t really work that well for me. Now I am pushing up a second 100 to have a more balanced set of characters to play. Something happened and I decided that I don’t mind casters… and even really like the Warlock so that ultimately is the one I have decided to push.
Last night during the podcast I managed to get her to level 95, so it should be relatively trivial to finish off and ding 100 today. Similarly I have an Orc Deathknight waiting in the wings as well in the 60s… but I am not completely sure if I am going to push it hard or not. I would like to at a minimum get it to 80 because the Cataclysm/Panda/Warlords grind seems much faster than getting a single character through Wrath of the Lich King. I’ve talked about this in the past, but content design has changed a lot since Wrath and quest stacking was a much harder proposal back then than it is now. By quest stacking I mean gathering up a bunch of quests related to a specific area and then burning through them all at once. As far as the Cataclysm/Panda/Warlords grind… I feel like I have that one down to an artform jumping zones each time my adventure guide lights up telling me there is a new zone to jump to. The most interesting thing about the whole experience however has been seeing how folks have broken the event over their knee and abused the hell out of the system. The other day I talked a bit about the idea of resetting the event, but ultimately decided that it just made it a boring grind. Some folks however have apparently taken this process to the extreme.
Last night I was sitting in the Crossroads minding my own business and working on the event, when someone broadcast a message across general talking about an Exp Grinding party. They had auto invite scripts set up so that if someone typed 1 in chat it would throw out a raid invite. The level of organization was impressive, even to the level of asking those of us who happened to have two seated mounts to use those and give rides to the players who were on foot or on slow land mounts. From there we took a very specific route, killing what I feel was probably the optimal path through the mobs. There were several times were we paused for a second to wait for the next mob in the sequence to spawn in… or when she went off to pull one that was within range to burn them down at the same time. I cannot state how impressive this level of organization and cooperation from players actually ended up being. She shouted the next target to general so that anyone else NOT in our raid could also reap the benefit. The real coordination however was that when we finished phase three she told everyone to log out, and disbanded the party. The idea being that when everyone logged back in they would potentially be in the same Stage 1 event. I went ahead and finished out this event and moved to the next zone instead, but I have to marvel at how well that worked. In truth I don’t want to really abuse this event, because doing it legitimately provides more than enough experience and loot for my tastes. That said I guess this method probably works much faster and provides and endless supply of experience in one of the easier zones that the event is taking place.