Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Character Progression

Last time we talked, my warrior was Level 68, on a Thursday. He was Level 80 the following Sunday morning.

After a single week, he's already successfully main-tanked the first four bosses of Icecrown Citadel. Not bad at all.

At the time of writing, his gearscore is 4700, with another jump expected quite shortly (replacing blue 200 and 219 rings with 245 and 251 Rings). Gearscore absolutely sucks, but it remains the simplest way to articulate how geared a character is.

The playstyle is quite enjoyable aside from the RSI-inducing Heroic Strike/Cleave mashfest. I'm very glad to hear that these abilities will be changed in 4.0. All in all, I can say with sincere confidence that Hardcode is very likely to be my main in Cataclysm.

Which brings me to the purpose of this post; Character progression. My approach to Hardcode's progression is a list of "things to do before Cataclysm", which I'd like to share with you.

Stuff to do before Cataclysm
  • Choose and max-level two professions
  • Set up my bank (20-slot bags everywhere, trade bags where appropriate)
  • Achieve Exalted reputation with all Horde factions (via Argent Tournament)
  • Achieve Exalted reputation with Netherwing faction
  • Obtain the Reins of the Raven Lord
  • Obtain an Argent Squire Bank
  • Obtain a 310% flying mount (most likely Iron-bound Proto-drake)
  • Get the explorer achievements
  • Get all Azeroth and Burning Crusade Raid & Dungeon achievements
  • Get Keymaster achievement
  • Amass significant wealth (50,000 gold is my target)
I'll remind you of the context here; this is my ninth Level 80 character. I have achieved most of these feats on numerous characters previously but if Hardcode is to become my main, he will need to grind these out. All nine of my characters have epic flying too; my kingdom for the ability to refund 6-7 of those (~30,000 gold)!

On Professions

I've still made no progress on selecting professions for cataclysm. It looks as though I'll be roped in to Mining/Blacksmithing as no other guild member plans to take a Blacksmith into Cataclysm. This leaves a gap as we only have one Jewelcrafter and he's focusing on caster gems. In a perfect world, I'd opt for Blacksmithing/Jewelcrafting so as to maximize both my personal and guild benefits, but it would be far too expensive to maintain.

Obligatory Questions to the Readers

What are your plans pre-cataclysm? What professions would you suggest?


  1. Plopped my plans in a page because there's so much! Things like Loremaster, Tiger Mount, save gold to buy Mammoths, bike, etc. and have some to take over when I transfer, and raid a bit.

    Personally I'd go with the professions you'd prefer to use, as you never know what might happen in the future. I'd probably take mining with it, so that it's less expensive and gathering profs are pretty great, but if you'd rather take JC over BS then do so ^^

  2. Loremaster and RNG mounts are in a different list (called Nice-to-have) as I doubt that I'll realistically achieve them before Catacylsm hits.

    Honestly, the main one for me is Kingslayer - our guild simply must down Arthas while he's fresh!

    I hear you on professions, but as the GM, Raid Leader and Main Tank of a guild, I do need to weigh up the personal benefits against the guild benefits. If there is no blacksmith, we're going to have to pay for PVP gear, weapons, etc.

    Thanks though, I appreciate your perspective! I'm still undecided...