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Spend 2 levels in Outland or 12 in Northrend?

Need some feedback.  Wrath of the Lich King is right around the corner and I’m wondering if I should bother taking my shaman from 68 to 70.   It’s so close and shouldn’t take much time.  Then again 68 is “close enough” that I can fly the Zep to Northrend and potentially level at a faster pace and receive better rewards. So if I can make it to Northrend at level 68, why bother leveling to 70?

I already have two 70’s for dailies and the only think I can think I’d do with my shammy is farm herbs and specialize in an alchemy field (if so what?).  I doubt I’ll ever group with him and I’ve been raiding with Aurdon and PvPing with my Paladin Treana.  So PvE is covered, PvP covered, farming dailies covered….is it worth spending time leveling a few more hours and farming more herbs?  I’m truly on the fence here…could go either way…need some feedback.

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  • Tuna August 24, 2008, 12:15 pm

    Might as well leveling him up to 70 in Outland. WotLK might be just around the corner, but you have like ~2-3 months left. Plus, when the expansion hits, the starting areas in Northrend will be pretty crowded. People will be killing your mobs (killing you if you are on a PvP server), and hindering your progress.

    The extra herbs will be nice too. When leveling my alchemy when TBC hit, it used mostly lvl 58-60 herbs. It would be a good idea to stock up on some of the current high level herbs now.

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  • Softi August 24, 2008, 2:13 pm

    Get to 70 and farm farm farm those herbs. KEEP them for woltk release when people will want to level up inscription asap and will buy the herbs for stupid amounts! ;)

    Softis last blog post..Every time I log off I cry a little inside.

  • Aurdon August 24, 2008, 10:42 pm

    @Tuna yep…didn’t think of the PvP angle of how hard it will be to level even @70.

    @Softi yeah…flying around and herbing up to gouge the inscribers isn’t a 1/2 bad idea either.

  • Chu August 25, 2008, 11:07 am

    Yes, and the reason why is as follows: Leveling in a new zone through quests and mob grinding will likely net you a set amount of xp. In BC, Hellfire Peninsula had a number of quests, that when you ran out, you were forced to go to Zangarmarsh or sit and grind through a level. Now, it is possible to sit and grind out the difference, however, keep in mind that the xp needed to go from 70-71 will be much greater (scaled even higher) than from 69-70. It’s just like from 59-60 wasnt so bad but 60-61 was painful.

    Now, with each new zone, there will likely be a reputation faction. Most top end raiders will likely do the starting instances over and over again to maximize non-quest rep. This will allow them to go back and kill the quests quickly for maximum rep gains. Example: Thrallmar/Honor Hold rep to revered is a pain if you did all the quests early on and didnt do instances. If you dont get to 70, being contributory to these initial instances with your green ‘of the bandit’ gear will be painful, unless you have buddies to carry you.

    Lastly, even though there are two starting zones, if you are on a high population server, there will be a huge fight (pvp fighting as well) for mobs. You dont want to have try to fight for xp with people who are capable of killing mobs much faster than you.

    Lastly, there’s alot of time before the expansion. 2 levels should be a breeze, especially on rest xp.

  • Aurdon August 25, 2008, 11:18 am

    @chu wow…so many obvious points.

    @all I’m beginning to wonder why I even posted to begin with. Sounds like not leveling would just be ridiculous. This is why my readers are so much smarter then I.

  • Mae August 25, 2008, 7:50 pm

    I agree with the others, I think leveling in the OL would be easier than in Northrend. At least in the OL you know where you can go and what you can do to get those last two levels fairly easily. I personally stop questing at level 68 and just grind the last two levels. Then I spent the next week or so in SMV and Netherstorm doing all the quests and making a ton of gold! :P Besides, it can’t hurt to have another character to do your dailies on, right? I know if WotLK is anything like BC, everything is going to cost an arm and a leg in the beginning. I’m doing everything I can to save up every copper!

    Also, wanted to say that I like your new banner, very nice!! Sindragosa is one crazy mean looking Frost Queen! :D

    Maes last blog post..WotLK prep the cute, cuddly way!!

  • Mae August 25, 2008, 7:51 pm

    Just realized the Sindragosa banner is one of several! Again, very nice!!!

    Maes last blog post..WotLK prep the cute, cuddly way!!

  • Juggz August 25, 2008, 11:26 pm

    Definatly level to 70, I plan on staying in Outland as long as possible i still have most of netherstorm and all of SMV with quests. Hoping to hit level 72 or 3 before even going to northrend.

  • Aurdon August 26, 2008, 12:09 am

    @Mae Ha yep…decided to snap a few shots of the trailer this weekend. Think I took 4-5.

    @Juggz I don’t know how you’ll be able to restrain yourself from trying Northrend but more power to ya! Even with 2 starting zones…the WoW population has almost doubled since TBC released so I’m sure everybody will still be fighting for mobs the first week.

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  • Juggz August 26, 2008, 12:33 am

    Ive messed around in the beta a little bit thanks to my fiancee. Yah she gets an invite and i dont /cry. But at least she lets me play hers. So ill be more then satisfied by the time Wrath drops.

  • Ghank September 30, 2008, 10:45 am

    In the pre expansion patch being released any week now, they have reduced the exp needed for 60-70 to help people get to northrend faster. My opinion is to wait for that patch, then level to 70 in 30% less time. You will still have about a month or so to go after that patch hits.

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