Ding, 85! It didn’t take much effort yesterday to cruise to 85. I had barely begun to quest in Twilight Highlands before I hit the 85 mark, and I went straight back to Stormwind to start my gearing process.
Now begins the fun of daily dungeons, reputation farming, and profession building. Congrats to all the 85s before me, and congrats to all of you who will hit 85 in the near future!
Oh Obsidium, Where Art Thou?
Khor is a Blacksmith and Miner, and I immediately went to level blacksmithing as soon as I hit 85. My bank was full of ore (mostly Elementium), and I was going to try to powerlevel my way through to 525. Only, I came up severely short on Obsidium. I had gathered 8 stacks while leveling, as compared to the 40+ of Elementium. Traveling back to Mount Hyjal, I gathered an additional 4 stacks in a little over an hour. A long way to go…
AoE vs CC in Dungeons
The AoE debate rocks back and forth, and I am beginning to see a much clearer picture in terms of what Blizzard’s intention for AoE damage is. I’m not ready to post up everything yet, but I am close. After tackling a long, grueling Halls of Origination, CC (creature control, ex: sheep, repentance) was prominent, and I suggest every Ret Paladin start getting into a habit of CCing without being instructed.
Most tanks are not going to sit and hold your hand by giving detailed CC instructions, so be prepared to CC every pull. Figure out what other CC classes are present, and if you see them lining up in line with one mob, line yourself up in front of the other. Some tanks will mark for CC, and others won’t, so anticipate either scenario.
Reforging at 85
Reforging at 85 is something you are going to want to do pretty quickly as a Ret Paladin. However, I recommend reforging only those pieces which you plan on being around awhile, which for me means rare gear and up. So far, every piece that has had Mastery has had that stat reforged into hit rating. I am piling up the hit, and still only sitting at around 6% or so. Part of me thinks I will eventually be reforging haste to hit or expertise, at least in the beginning.
Auction House Prices
We are still in our first week of Cataclysm, and everything new in Cataclysm that has been placed in the Auction House is ridiculously overpriced. Far more so than I have ever seen in any expansion. My advice is to hold off on buying AH mats and gear for at least one more week, then see where the prices go as more players hit 85. Farm for your profession materials, and run those instances for a few weeks, then maybe we can return to the AH for some better deals.
Be Mindful of What Role You Queue For
In the beginning stages of Cataclysm, every single person is looking for gear upgrades. Bottom line: If you queue as DPS, only roll on DPS gear unless someone else doesn’t want and off-spec piece. If you queue as a tank, only roll on tank gear.
If you queue as DPS, and the tank is a plate wearer too, and you see him rolling Need on the first DPS piece you see, then all is fair in greed and war. If he or she rolls on your DPS piece, then feel free to do the same to him on tank gear. I know that’s punk, but if they are using quick tank queues to roll on DPS loot too, instead of sitting in the 25-minute queues normal DPS have to sit through, then stick it to them. You can be polite about it, but I am of the stance of not letting players abuse the queue system in these early phases where everyone needs gear.
DPS at 85 is MUCH Better
For whatever reason, hitting the level 85 plateau has made me tougher and hit harder. Maybe it is the better gear, but I am having much better 5-man DPS numbers, and questing and daily questing has become much, much easier.
Holding Off on Enchants
I’m not raiding tomorrow, so I don’t need top-end enchants just yet. Since Khor isn’t an enchanter, and my guild enchanters aren’t always available, I have to resort to the AH for enchants…which needless to say, are way overpriced. I am very comfortable using cheaper enchants (ex. haste on boots instead of hit, which was 9g to 190g comparatively). Prices and mats will go down, so don’t feel the need to rush to enchant everything to BiS just yet, unless your guild is already raiding.
Now the real work begins, and I have a ton to research. See you guys on the flip side!