A few days ago at level 70 I decided to head over to Howling Fjord to hand in a few quests I had picked up during Utgarde Keep. I then decided to leave the Boring Borean Tundra behind for the time being and quest here. One of the very early Horde quests “Test at Sea” is actually broken at this point in time. It won’t allow you to use the quest item needed to bomb the incoming Alliance Ships (Blizzard prefers Alliance?!). After checking wowhead I realized that this quest was indeed bugged and I sent the following GM Ticket:
I thought it might be useful to show this just in case any of you find this quest to be bugged in the near future. Make sure to ask politely for the GM to complete the quest in your log and you will not miss out on the XP or the Loremaster Achievement you are after.
Outland passed me by so quickly I don’t really know what to say. By this time I was expecting to be able to moan about how much I hated the experience but it was great. The combination of having a flying mount and very little downtime meant that I sped through each zone and raked in the XP. I had memories of Outland being this horrible grind to level 68 so I could quickly escape to WOTLK content but it was quite the opposite.
Anyway I headed over to Orgrimmar to clear my bags and make sure I was completely ready for Northrend and hopped onto the next Zepplin. My destination was Warsong Hold:
I’ve always enjoyed the WOTLK quests and I look forward to starting them after I finish this post. I now need to start looking out for gear that might actually come in useful during the Undergered project. This means I need to pick which reputations to improve, which zones to visit and which dungeons to enter.
Ok as I have mentioned, I am currently in the process of leveling a new Shadow Priest. I thought I would share some really quick tips that I think are essential whilst leveling:
1. Get a wand – This should not be underrated. As a shadowpriest, you will have a lot of mana issues during the early levels and the entire process can be hell unless you have a backup. Get a wand as early as possible and maintain it. Possibly one of the most important items you will have whilst leveling.
2. Inner Fire – is awesome. Keep it up at all times or you will get pounded by any melee opposition. It has only 20 charges (unless you improve this in the discipline tree) and often needs to be refreshed.
3. Power Word Shield – is even more awesome. This spell is the difference between happy shadowpriests with full HP and unhappy shadowpriests running back to their corpse in spirit form.
4. You’re a hybrid act like it! – You have the option to heal yourself at any time if needed. Don’t get bogged down in your damage dealing and forget you can heal yourself or other party members and do a damn good job. This applies to questing and even more so to instances.
5. Psychic Scream – is a lifesaver. However use it as a last resort or if you are very confident of your surroundings. Fearing mobs can often create bigger problems when you accidentally aggro too many.
6. Dot and Run – You may look a little silly but you can easily kite mobs (or players) and maintain your instant cast DoTs on them. Let them chase you whilst you chuckle at their lack of HP. You usually need some space for this to work vs mobs but it is often a way of beating higher level or even elite mobs.
7. Mana is not your friend – Until you obtain spells such as Shadowfiend and Dispersion you will not have the best mana regen in the world. For this reason make sure you always have a stockpile of water and mana potions. They will make your life so much easier.
8. Spirit Tap – Probably one of the most important talents to pick. Get this straight away and don’t be afraid to use gear that has plenty of spirit whilst leveling. The same goes for Improved Spirit Tap. Anything that gives you mana or makes you use less of it is a definite yes!
9. Use a threat meter – Whilst in low level dungeons a decent Shadowpriest can easily run into some threat issues during instance runs. Semi decent DPS + Group healing (Vampiric embrace) may land you in some trouble. A threat meter such as Omen is always handy.
10. Enjoy it – Shadow is a great spec and should therefore be enjoyed. Try questing , running instances or battlegrounds and make sure you do what feels fun. There may be parts where you find it tough but ultimately it will improve your gameplay when you overcome each challenge.
Level 20 is great. I can move faster and fire a laser beam from my hands. Level 20 is great.
When I noticed I was less than 1 bar of XP from level 20 I decided to treat myself to a Warsong Gulch and after waiting a couple of minutes I entered and instantly won. I was actually pretty disappointed to win so quickly as it meant I was no longer level 19 and if I joined another game I would be the lowest level possible in that bracket. I quickly got over that fact when I realized I could now go and purchase my very own raptor mount and no longer have to walk everywhere. I still can’t quite get used to level 20 mounts. Back in my day… never mind.
My leveling spec so far is purely shadow and I am focusing on anything that either increases my damage or makes me more mana efficient. When hitting level 20 I get the chance to obtain the Mind Flay spell which is one that all Shadow Priests love. It does some pretty decent damage and importantly it slows your target by 50%. This is great for any kind of solo activity and lets be honest, lasers are just fun.
Check back tomorrow for some of my best advice for leveling a shadow priest!