Monday, October 13, 2008

Outland, here I come

Last night Alierah dinged* 60, making her my 3rd character to reach Outland and the 1st on the Horde side. Like Dorni, she dinged in the Eastern Plaguelands, turning in one of Tirion Fordring's quests. Leveling her so far was actually kind of nice - I even managed to completely avoid questing in Stranglethorn Vale, which is quite an achievement**.

It's not all fun, though. As expected, entering Outlands and finishing quest I'm getting some nice quest rewards with very nice stats, except for Spirit. Not that they don't have any - they do, just not as much as my "Azeroth" gear. Now, the other stats are a huge improvement - lots more Intelligence, Stamina and spell damage, but when it gets to mana regen it looks like I'll be suffering. I guess I could start using Mana Oil instead of Wizard Oil, but it really doesn't look like it'll make that big of a difference - 8 mp5 would regenerate less than 100 mana a minute, which is practically useless.

Another thing I've noticed is that mobs hit a lot harder here, to the point where my Power Word: Shield usually isn't enough, even with Improved Power Word: Shield maxed out. That means I can't just Mind Flay quietly while sitting in a bubble, so I have to figure out how to make it through fights. I guess it's a good thing we'll all be getting a free respec soon - I might want to switch around some of my talents once I figure out which spells I actually use and which talents will be more useful. With the patch supposedly coming this week, that gives me 2 days to figure it all out.

* I wonder, is it "dinged" or "dung"? /grin

** Hmm, I wonder if there's an achievement for that in WotLK...


Gaming Diva said...

Hey congrats on dinging! I'm planning on saving my talent respec until I cross over into Outland.

I noticed things in Outland hit a lot harder with my mage but after a little bit I was able to adapt. I also got gear with bonus damage and that was extremely helpful. In my fights I'm usually kiting, smite, wanding, stalling, using psychic scream if appropriate so the mob is always trying to keep up with me. It will be interesting to see whether that works in Outland or if I'll need to change my approach.

Tal said...

Thanks. =)

I was going to start messing around with new rotations last night, but the Internet decided to choke and I had a 15 second ping... I hope it'll get its act together today so I still have time before the respec. :S

Gaming Diva said...

I'll be looking forward to see what works for you. I did think about Outland and wonder how my Holy priest will handle the harder mobs. I did not have time to play too much yesterday and with WOW being down most of the day won't be playing too much today either. :-)

Tal said...

Well, in the meantime you can have a look at my latest post - your input on the "Holy" spec especially would be most welcome. :)