Your leveling gameplan for Mists of Pandaria

As I write this post, its less than 24 hrs before Mists of Pandaria is unleashed.  If you have been distracted playing other great releases from last week like Borderlands 2 or Torchlight 2, you may have forgotten to prepare for release day tomorrow.  This is not a post about going for a realm first achievement, but about simple preparations to ensure you have a smooth and enjoyable launch.

Pre-game plans

Here are some things you can do before the launch:

  1. Log into the game early – There is no need to relog when Mists of Pandaria launches, so its important to log in early to avoid log in troubles right at the launch.
  2. Make sure your addons are updated and working –  There will be no patch for the launch, so make sure you have all your favorite addons ready to go.
  3. Clear out your bank and bags –  You are going to need lots of space while leveling, so now is the time to clear out any junk you won’t need.  Sift through all your gear and put anything you like into the bank or void storage and vendor the rest.  Toss out off-set gear if you don’t plan to level with that spec.  That gear will be obsolete by the time you hit level 90.  Other candidate for the trash are old food, bandages and potions which will be outclassed very quickly.
  4. Respec for leveling – Leveling talents and glyphs are often very different for leveling.  Self heals and speed boosts are little things that will make leveling smoother.  You won’t be doing 6 minute boss fights so short cooldowns will be more useful than a more powerful long CD ability.

Launch plans

As soon as MoP launches, the temptation will be to rush off to the new land, but here are a few things worth doing right before that:

  1. Visit your profession trainers and learn the new Zen level of each profession – You don’t want to waste potential skill points when leveling through Pandaria when skinning a mob or mining a node because you forgot to train.
  2. Use cataclysm materials to gain skill points – For most professions, you can get a few more skill points from cataclysm recipes, which could be cheaper than using the new MoP materials.
  3. Turn in any completed daily quests you may have saved up – Its not going to be a huge XP boost, but every bit helps.
  4. Learn Pet Training – While most of the tameable critters in Pandaria will be lvl 24 or higher, its nice to have the skill for a quick diversion when leveling.

End of the day plans

At the end of the first day, there are a few more things you can do to make your next session more efficient:

  1. Mail off all materials you aren’t going to use immediately – Keeping your bag space free means a quicker start in your next session.  Mail off greens to your enchanter, cloth to your tailor and everything thing else to a alt.
  2. Travel to the Shrine in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms – Its just a quick 10 – 15 min trip to ride to the Shrine in the Vale.  It is the new hub city for the expansion and contains a bank, inn and portals to all major cities, the best place to set your new hearthstone.
  3. Bonus: Start farming at Halfhill – Leveling cooking will take lots of vegetables gained from farming, you can start as early as 85 with just four plots.  Worth the effort if you have time.

I hope you found something useful to add to your MoP launch gameplan.  Above all else remember to have a good time and be ready to adapt to any unforeseen server outages or gameplay quirks.

Preparing for Cataclysm

With less than a week to the Cataclysm launch, what steps are you taking to prepare yourself for the expansion?  I’ve taken the time to prepare both in-game and out of the game for the expansion.  How does your checklist compare to mine?  Find out after the break.

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Cyn’s Guide to Using Level 1 Characters with the Remote Auction House (via Cynwise’s Battlefield Manual)

While I don’t use a low level alt as a banker, and thus did not have a problem using the Iphone app, I have heard of players complaining about this very issue. This is a very detailed step-by-step guide to using a under level 10 character with remote auctions. Now if only there was a way to use the remote auction app with multiple characters without having to change your main character each time.

Cyn's Guide to Using Level 1 Characters with the Remote Auction House The lack of Armory entries on level 1 characters has led to a lot of people thinking that you can’t use the new Remote Auction House application with level 1 bank toons. Don’t worry.  Your fabulous level 1 banker is safe.  You can still use the Remote AH with them. Here’s how. Step 1: Go to Characters. Step 2: Go to My Characters to view all of your characters, including those who don’t appear in the Armory. Step 3:  Sort by level and scroll to t … Read More

via Cynwise’s Battlefield Manual

Pimp My UI – Going Moblie Part 1

Welcome to a very special edition of Pimp my UI.  Today we are going to design a UI largely from the ground up, something I haven’t done in same time.  UIs are like owning a house, you repaint it, add extensions, move the furniture and change the art, but you build off an existing foundation.  Its hard to start off from scratch unless you have to.  Well I am getting a new laptop for gaming for a couple of trips I will be taking next month, so its time to revamp my UI for a notebook.

The key points to keep in mind will be:

1. Smaller screen and resolution.

2. Reduce addons to essentials to maximize framerate.

3.  Keep UI elements in relative positions to make the transition between UIs easy.

We’ll take a look at the first two points and decide what addons to use after the break.

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Achievement Hunter – Shortcuts for Orphan Quest Line

The Achievement Hunter is a column highlighting fun or interesting achievements in WoW and tips for completing them.

So its about half way thorugh the week and you haven’t started on the Children’s Week achievements?  Don’t panic there is still hope.  When running 10 characters through the same quests, you learn the short cuts to making it quicker.  Here’s my cheat sheet guide to the fastest way to run the alliance Stormwind and Shattrah orphan quest lines.  Guide after the break.

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