My goal right now in WOW is to level one character per class per faction to 90 and achieve World Explorer and Loremaster. I will also level each character’s primary and secondary professions to the level cap which is 600. Any additional achievements that are earned are just gravy.
One of the reasons I like to do this is to learn the ins and outs of the class mechanics. While leveling Gnasch to 90 I had to research rotations, talk to other players in-game for help on mechanics, and play around with the class. I really enjoyed doing this. I found many web-sites to help me along. WOWInsider led me to the Hunter’s Union and Mr. Robot for gearing. WOWHead became a mainstay and Noxxic was also heavily used.
I finally came upon a method to make it all work. I put together my progression matrix and followed it. What follows is the general method I have used pre Mists.
I complete almost every quest in each zone in the old world. I start out in all of the factions beginning zones. These are not part of the Loremaster Achievement but the zones are part of the World Explorer Achievement.
I try to run the zones in order but it does not always work out that way due to logistics. As an example, it is far more efficient to play through Arathi and then The Hinterlands rather than run through Arathi then go to Kalimdor to do Stonetalon. This way I can hit all the zones in a more efficient manner.
After I finish the old world I usually am about level 62. I move on to Outland, then to Northrend then back to do the Cataclysm content. What has happened in the past is that I usually ding 70 somewhere around completing Nagrand. I will then move on to Northrend leaving half of Outland unfinished. I ding 80 somewhere after running though the Boren Tundra, Howling Fjord and most of the Dragonblight. I then will move on and do all of the Cataclysm content. Finally I will come back and mop up whatever is left to net the achievements.
That is how I have done it three times now. I am going to have to revise my plan this time around. I will still run the old world in order and not move on to Outland before that is done. This time around my plan is to run Outland and Northrend completely and then move on to Cataclysm and Mists.
With DPS I very rarely run dungeons at low level. I am not a fan of dungeons and I would level too fast. In the current class scheme I will be performing all three roles. So as a tank and a healer I will have to run dungeons to learn how to perform each role. I am sure I cannot learn to heal or tank just questing. But when playing DPS I will probably skip most of the old ones.
Both Tol Barad and the Molten Front are on the progression list. I am pretty confident that I will not be running those. I have done the Molten Front 3 times for the mount (my favorite mount) and now that mounts are account wide I do not see any reason to plug away for 2-3 weeks to earn the Marks to open up the Molten Front stuff. I will just have to wait and see.
That is how I will approach the challenge. Next up will be my Gnasch’s history.