Shockwaves – Slow down and enjoy the view

Shockwaves is a column focusing on editorials on upcoming changes to WoW especially but not exclusively related to the upcoming expansion Cataclysm.

Updated: Whoops I was pretty tired when the change hit and completely mis-read the change.  I had assumed that xp from both dungeon quests and dungeon mob xp was being reduced.  As I now realize in the light of day.  It was only the dungeon quest’s xp that was reduced.  It makes a lot of what I wrote below irrelevant.  But rather than edit the article and pretend I didn’t make the mistake I am just going to leave it with this update to clarify things.

The numerous rerolls woke up to a rude awakening today with the announced hotfix reducing the amount of xp level 1-60 quests and dungeons would give.  While initially, it seems like a huge nerf, having leveled from 20+ since patch 4.01 I must say that the amount of experience from dungeons seemed excessive.  There was no real reason to level with quests when the dungeon queues were so short and xp rewards so great.  However, I haven’t tried the dungeons after they reduced the damage output in 4.03 and wonder if the one-two punch of reduced damage and xp will make dungeons a bad choice for leveling.

One of Blizzard’s goals with this change is to get players out of dungeons and back to questing and enjoying all that new content they worked on.  It’s a goal I can agree with.  When I started Maruk I did so to experience the Horde side of quests, but with the amount of dungeons I ran, I skipped most of the content while leveling and even had trouble leveling my gathering professions like mining and skinning at the same pace as my character.

Surprisingly, most of the comments for the blue post announcing this change were overwhelmingly positive.  After reading comments from posters like Karmaze who said “I went in Scholomance about half way through lvl 40, and I left 43.”  It’s easy to see how much xp was being gained.

While a true altoholic has done all the content over several times, don’t forget to see all the new content for old Azeroth, take time to smell the flowers and snag a Singing Sunflower.

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Shockwaves – Making Travel Plans

Deeprun Tram Loading Screen

Deeprun Tram Loading Screen

Shockwaves is a column focusing on editorials on upcoming changes to WoW especially but not exclusively related to the upcoming expansion Cataclysm.

While I worte a quick column about post Shattering travel yesterday I realize after experiencing it myself that there is alot left unsaid.  So here is a quick breakdown of my travel plans for working quests in both Northrend, Outlands and Azeroth on all my characters.  Hopefully this will give you some ideas when planning travel for the next week:

Nemain (Warrior)

Hearth : Set in Stormwind
To Northrend: Dalaran Ring
To Outland : SW Mage district portal

Paia (Mage)

Hearth: Set in Dalaran
To Everywhere: Teleport. (It’s cheating I know.)

Phryne (Rogue, Engineer)

Hearth : Set in Stormwind
To Northrend: Northrend wormhole generator.  (plan ahead with the 4hr timer)
To Outland: SW Mage district portal

Antagonist(Paladin)

Hearth : Set in Stormwind
To Northrend: Boat to Borean Tundra from SW Harbor
To Outland : SW Mage district portal

Gaia (Druid)

Hearth : Set in Dalaran
To Darnassus: Moonglade hearth -> Free flight to Darnassis
To Stormwind: Take boat from Darnassus
To Outland: Darnassus Temple of the Moon portal

Glissa (Hunter, Engineer)

Hearth : Set in Stormwind
To Northrend: Northrend wormhole generator.  (plan ahead with the 4hr timer)
To Outland: SW Mage district portal

Kaysa (Shaman)

Hearth: Set in Stormwind (exploit using Hearthstone and Astral Recall.  Glyph it was even more travel options.)
To Northrend: Boat to Borean Tundra from SW Harbor
To Outland: SW Mage district portal

Atropos (Deathknight)

Hearth: Set in Dalaran
To Ironforge: Deathgate portal and fly from there.
To Outland: Ironforge Mage district portal.

Alyx (Warlock)

Hearth: Set in Stormwind
To Northrend: Boat to Borean Tundra from SW Harbor
To Outland: SW Mage district portal

Candrix (Priest, Scribe)

Hearth: Set in Stormwind (Keep some extra scrolls of recall in case you need the extra hearth.)
To Northrend: Boat to Borean Tundra from SW Harbor
To Outland: SW Mage district portal

A few other conditional shortcuts not mentioned above:

– Portal to Caverns of Time from Dalaran.

– Using the Archmage shortcut to Sholazar Basin when traveling from Dalaran to Borean Tundra to catch the boat.

– Often forgotten Deeprun tram between Stormwind and Ironforge.