At the time of this post it’s 3 days, 16 hours, 35 minutes, and 56 seconds until Mists of Pandaria release. I decided that I should probably try to get my druid to 85. I’ve had the character for a very long time, but I had four other level 85 characters, and for some reason just couldn’t manage to stick with the druid long enough to level her. I’d get distracted by something else on another character, achievements, crafting, etc.

Once I hit 85 it was time to gear her up. What was the point with MOP just around the corner? Well, it’s just a personal preference of mine. Something I enjoy doing, too. So I took the lazy players method. I geared her up (to begin with) with player-crafted PvP gear, ilevel 377. My trinkets were holding me back from queuing for raids, but I was able to get into the heroic twilight dungeons. I purchased ilevel 397 wrist and feet (they’re sold for justice, and can be traded) and a cheap ilevel 359 weapon. I leveled up as feral but switched to balance and restoration even though I had never played a druid in a group or in either of those specs before.

Twilight dungeons were fairly easy, I’ve done them numerous times before and even though I was at the absolute bottom of every parse, I knew it was 100% due to my gear. The dungeons are great for loot and even for the quests offered within the zone. After running each one once, I was able to boost my ilevel to 372, and get rid of the majority of my pvp gear. This means I can queue for raids now, which I’ll be doing later tonight. There’s no way I wanted to experience LFRaid at 1am on a Thursday night. Things should be much better on a Friday night. This I’ve learned the hard way.

That brings the totals of my characters to: 85 priest (discipline/shadow), 85 shaman (enhancement/restoration), 85 warlock (Affliction/Destruction), and 85 paladin (retribution/holy). The druid doesn’t have a craft yet, and I’ll probably try to max that out before too long, simply because it’s a pleasure to have one of everything.

Aside from that bit of excitement, the guild I run ‘Dragon Flight’ also managed to inch our way to level 10. This means we can now purchase the heirloom cloaks which is a pretty big deal for us. Without the weekly caps, and with a large increase in earned experience things have been moving along quite well. It wasn’t that long ago that we were level 5, and had been for quite some time. I have grand hopes of eventually making it to level 25, but 10 is a good solid start for a guild of only 3 people.

I’m excited about MOP. Everyone has their own personal opinions about the game of course, but it’s got a number of aspects that appeal to me, and it meshes well with the other games that I play. I hope everyone has an amazing weekend, and happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!

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