Over the past two weeks since the arrival of the Dwarfling, I have been getting the Alt-itch. You know the one; it's the itch you get when your main is geared up enough that nothing but raiding drops will help and you're looking for something else to do. This feeling actually comes at a good time, since as I expected my play time has become much more restricted than before and I don't have as much time as I'd like to devote to heroics or extra raids. I hear that they're working on an ointment to cure this, but it's not ready yet and all you can do as of now is to scratch it.
So this past Sunday, I asked the Twitterati which alt I should focus on: The Dwarf Shaman or a Druid. The replies were mixed. It didn't get all that ugly, but do you ever get the feeling that if you put one hundred Druid players in the same room with one hundred Shaman players that eventually a no-holds-barred knife fight would break out? We healers are a passionate bunch, aren't we?
In the end, to nobody's surprise, the Dwarf Shammie won the day. You have read the title of this blog, right?
|Thallie, looking badass in her mismatched heirloom gear.|
Oh, and just because I'm a little nuts, I've decided to level her as restoration.
The original plan was to level her through dungeons as a healer. As an unrepentant Wrath Baby, I did not get the chance to see a lot of these dungeons at the level they were meant to be seen; either I soloed them at max level or was run through them by guildies while leveling. The desire to see these dungeons and run through them as they were meant to be seen is very strong and would be a fun way to level.
The major drawback of leveling through dungeons and the thing that is really bugging me is that I am going to miss all of the lovely new quests that Blizzard has created for us. I really enjoyed the changes to Dun Morogh and Loch Modan and I am really torn about missing a large chunk of the rest of the zones. The experience gains in dungeons are amazing and even with a mix of questing and dungeon running I'll end up out-leveling the zones extremely quickly. I've run her through three dungeons now, pretty much doing levels 14 through 21 without questing at all and in doing so I completely outleveled Loch Modan and had to dump most of the quests and move to Duskwood (also as recommended by my Twitter peeps).
Riding into Darkshire took me back, however, since I was immediately ganked by a party of level 85 asshats burning down the town. I've never understood what makes that fun, honestly.
Anyway, the low level dungeons are a lot of fun, even though there is not a great deal of healing required in them. During the Wailing Caverns run that I did on Sunday I spent more time dealing damage than I did healing, letting Earth Shield do most of the healing work. I had never been in that instance before, so it felt really good to see some "new" dungeon content.
By the way I am really a terrible DPSer. Just plain awful. "Please, Mr. Tank, take some damage so that I don't look like I'm being completely carried through this dungeon!"
I think in the end I'm going to end up doing a vast majority of dungeon leveling where I can squeeze in the time to do it. The questing will naturally come when I either don't have time to do an instance, or while I'm waiting for the dungeon finder to get a group together for me. But I just have to accept that with this plan I am not going to get the full story that is being told in each of the zones. The lore nerd in me cries as the prospect, but that's the price for quick leveling, I suppose.
How do you level your Alts? Do you prefer LFD leveling or questing? Or are Alts something that you don't have time for?
I would like to give a special shout-out to Mylindara of the Crimson Blades guild on Sargeras for helping me out with the screenshot featured in this post. I was stuck at work with no access to the wow armory and he was good enough to grab it for me. Check out his blog Cleansing Waters at http://mylindara.crimsonblades.info/.