“If Attila the Hun were alive today, he’d be a drama critic.”
Patch 8.2 – Let’s Plan!
My approach will be different from yours. Let me share my intention and you can tell me if I am nuts.
My short-term goals are:
- Exploration and Reputation for Flying
- Level up Alchemy to 175
- Level up Cooking to 175
- Have fun
To reach these goals I will be playing on two characters to start, my mains. First into the fray is my Druid with healer azerite traits in balance spec, should I change them? This guy is an Herbalist and Engineer, you don’t see Engineering on my short-term goals.
Questing will find me using the perks of the last patch. I have stacks of flasks and sausage feasts. I might make some scrolls (by the way, the three buff scrolls do not get upgraded in 8.2).
As my Druid blazes the trail, the herbs picked will be funneled to my other main who has Alchemy and Engineering. Rank 1 flasks are learned at 155, Rank 2 flasks are learned at 170 and Rank 3 is from a World Quest that requires three of the flavor. If my math is right (its not) I’ll need 1500 herbs to get to Rank 3 on all four flask types. 155 to 170 is 15 steps, making three each of the four recipes is 12 steps; not too bad.
So, there does need some early attention to Alchemy because the desired Rank 3 WQs will rotate in and out. The Alchemy trainer is in Naztalar, the new zone.
Crucial to the Alchemy plan are the Tools of the Trade boiling cauldrons found scattered about the zones. The ideal is that they update to the new recipes, the worse would be they do not update and only yield old stuff, the strange might be that you can only get what you have learned. I have found zero information or speculation on this and so it is a Day One side trip to Vol’dun to find out.
At-a-glance, it appears that none of the Alchemy recipes are tied to reputation except the big one: Rank 3 Mystical Cauldron. This needs exalted in Nazjatar.
Cooking is from your trainer, so that means pick it up before you leave Boralus. The raiding feast is brutal at max cooking and exalted reputation. My intention here is to merely let the materials stack up as I quest and loot and then take a long look at it.
So: from the above I see that I’ll play normally, running about and seeing what is what and herbing along the way. Keeping an eye out for the Alchemy WQs will be important but, all in all, not too much of a burden.
The new Benthic Gear is also something to track. You loot Prismatic Manapearls. With 5 you can buy a 385 piece, with 20 more you upgrade it to 400. Then it is 10 per five step up to 430. That is how I understand it. Since my Azerite pieces are already at 420, I’ll choose to start with a big stat item like pants or boots. No weapons, rings or trinkets, of course: just stats and some odd flavoring like swim speed or a buff against certain mobs.
It looks like a pretty long haul depending on the Prismatic Manapearl drop rate. I’d guess that we’ll see a few by questing and many more from dungeons, raids and pvp. The beauty is that once you have your character tricked out, they are account-bound so you can (eventually, a long time from now) send them to your hungry Alts.
I have four characters at 120 but one is not exalted with the 7th Legion, I’m not sure if that guy can go over. That guy is an herbalist and miner and always comes late to the party.
The number three guy is my second alchemist and inscriptionist. There will be new rep contracts that require mass milling the new herb for maroon ink and, dude, the herbs will be way too precious early on. So, this guy might start doing the emissary in Naztalar only.
Engineering: I have an Engineer who is a Gnome with +15 engineering. She’s already at 160. We need exalted and 170 to make the only thing I’m interested in: Blingtron 7000. If it is a toy like the others, my other engineer should be able to use it. A girl can dream, right?
This plan puts the opportunity on my Druid to lead the way. Whatever the game design is, that is where I’ll go. I have not looked into much at all about the actual experience.
I am already worried that I’ll miss the main quest line and get lost on some side thing. If only we had color-coded exclamation marks. My ideal would be to follow the big main story arc as far as I can and then noodle about on side things. Will there be war campaign quests and where will we get them?
All in all, I’m excited to land in a new zone and play. I counted 86 new battle pets to be had, at my current 975 it will be an easy hop to the coveted 1000 uniques and the Hearthy pet.
Fishing. I like it. The two types needed for the feasts are one from each zone. I looked at the maps and saw very little water except for the obvious coast lines. Will the few pools and lakes be packed, I don’t know.
Gold making. When BfA dropped, a person in our guild fished and sold fish until she reached one million gold; then she started to quest. It can be done.
Oddly, I am the only player that I know with the AH Mount. There is a gold sink rocket ship-type mount for 500,000 gold which I can afford but: no. I’d never use it which would make it truly a sink!
I see little need for any of the Mount Equipment. My Druid can raft in travel form at full speed ahead and is an engineer with a cape-enhanced glider built it. I will wait until I find a need, I guess.
And that is that. A lot of words above that only tell you that I’ll use flasks and buff food to go questing.
Am I nuts?