Alt Appreciation – Warrior Week!

This is the final installment of Lae’s alt appreciation weeks.

Class WeekI’ll be sad to see this challenge go. Re-visiting old memories, chatting about our characters and playing with transmogs. This last week, for us, ends on a “meh” toon unfortunately – Warriors.

Warriors, for me, are a no-go. I tried to level one and the only bit I liked about it was that she was a Panda. She got to level 21 and I deleted her… I really didn’t enjoy it. I can’t pinpoint why exactly, perhaps I’ll try again in a few months, but for now… I’ll be warrior-less.

As a contrast, I love my warrior!

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I levelled him really quickly and loved every minute. I think it’s bashing bad guys over the head with an axe that is really satisfying and the glyph which leaves a trail of fire behind when you charge? Awesome! I also really love the mog sets available, I’ll post about this one later in the week.

The only reason I really stopped playing it recently is because before the timeless isle went live, I got a bit stuck with gearing him up. He sits in PvP blues and hasn’t been played for a while unfortunately as I got bored with the slow gear drops. This, of course, meant I went and rolled another character – my hunter – for which I am eternally grateful.

If you don’t have a warrior already… GO ROLL ONE! They’re really fun!

Alt Appreciation – Warlock week!

Welcome back!

Class Week

Warlocks this week. Both of us have unplayed warlocks at 90. Here’s our story.

It’s fair to say that I go through phases with this toon. I played it a few months ago solidly, gearing it up and attempting that damn green fire challenge over and over and over…. and over. I used to really enjoy the warlock, but after failing on the green fire quest for weeks at a time, I got a bit bored and haven’t really been back since.

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I also really love this mog from the picture. It took me a while to grind, but I think it looks very dark and warlock-y!

My warlock is my newest 90…

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Isn’t she cute?! She’s my only worgen and I love her name so much. I loooooved the Gilneas starting zone, as it’s something I’ve only ever done twice (once when I was a complete noob), so it was fun to go back and experience it again and take my time through the quests. Have you ever just kicked back and looked at how damn beautiful it is?

I levelled her as part of a levelling project with my dear husband, and I really enjoyed playing her all the way through to 90. With a tank dedicated to serving you, it’s always easier to KILL YOUR FOES, but I found warlock survivability better than even my hunter. However, after dinging 90 and getting my transmog, I haven’t played her much.

Unfortunately, dinging 90 tied in pretty much with the start of the 5.3 patch and I really didn’t have time to gear her up. She sat in HC blues for weeks, until I outfitted her in timeless isle epics and now sits around 490 ilvl. She’s always really fun to play, setting things on fire and burning them to the ground, but I find her extremely similar to my Mage, which I play as a main. There isn’t anything too enthralling about going from your main to something really similar… in my humble opinion anyway.

I’d love to play her again, but I can’t see myself dedicating the time needed for a while… it’s good to know she’s there waiting for me though!

See you next week for the last, but not least, installment for Warriors.

Alt Appreciation – Shaman Week!

Welcome back to Alt Appreciation!

Class Week

This week is Shamans! We both have Shamans, but not an awful lot to say, so I’ll go first.

My Shaman and I have had a bit of an on-off love affair for over a year. I rolled her as a pure healer – I have never DPS’d on her and levelled purely through instances. I wanted to do this for several reasons: learning the class, experimenting with those awesome totems and to not get side tracked by using awesome lightning to kill the bad guys. She’s my only Draenei and I’ve always found it hard to mog her, nothing seems quite refined enough for her!

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Poulette was interestingly, my first 90 in MoP. We were raiding at the time and I was healing (of course), so it was a priority to get her levelled up. However, I found it really tough, there were changes and new spells and CDs which I didn’t understand, so I quickly reverted back to my Mage as a main and raider.

That said, now I’ve had some time to experiment, I do love this healer. I love using totems and I think they have lots of neat tricks up their sleeve. I know people really aren’t fans of the humble restoration shaman this expansion, but she still remains very close to my heart!

My shaman is relatively new, I levelled him with Mrs B as part of a ‘couples project’ with her Monk. I love that he’s a Panda!

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I liked leveling my shaman especially through dungeons and spamming chain lightning. Of course, owning Mrs B on the DPS was always a bonus! Since I got it to 90 i haven’t been too enthralled with it. I get bored of healing very easily so have only tried that few times. With elemental spec, I found the rotation rather boring and dislike relying on procs for DPS. I have been thinking about trying enhancement but not too sure yet.

As with anything, I suppose it’s time… and I’ve just started a new Horde DK that I’m desperate to level for some PvP pwnage! Maybe on day in the future I’ll get round to respeccing and finding some love for Burq.

Alt Appreciation – Rogue Week!

Here we are again!

Class WeekRogues, the loveable creatures with a hint of mystery.

I have a rogue. Here she is:

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I love her name, I wish I’d named my Monk that.

This rogue originally started off as a project with Mr B and 2 other friends, where we were levelling together. I created her months ago, but only started playing her when we were levelling as a group. However, after a few days (around level 60), I was having some real issues understanding the class. Why did I spend half my time standing waiting for my energy to regenerate? Which damn opener do I use from stealth? At this point, I wasn’t much of an asset to the team, spending most of my time trying to get behind the stupid mob to get out of stealth.

Let’s put it this way – I wasn’t a natural.

Half the problem, I think, was that we were levelling so quickly that I wasn’t really having time to learn the class (who said levelling served no purpose?!) and I was getting frustrated. So, I swapped to my Warlock which worked much better.

Anyway, back to the Rogue. I eventually had a think about what I wanted to do with her. In the end, I decided I really wanted to try twinking, so this is what she has become. I levelled her up the last few levels at a slower pace and I’ve started to enjoy playing her more. She’s currently a level 70 twink, outfitted in Sunwell PvE gear and she kicks ass in dungeons 😉

I’m not completely finished, but she has a lot of BiS gear now and I’m pretty pleased with it. Eventually I’d kind of like to try some PvP gear, but you all know how scared I am of those BG’s!

I’ve been playing rogue in every expansion since vanilla. I have one alliance at max level which is one of my mains, and a horde at level 85.


This rogue was my very first serious character back when I was a little newbie in 2005. It’s currently level 85 and very unloved with me not touching it since i dinged 85 back in Cata. I raided throughout vanilla on this but didn’t get that far into BWL. I had lots of fun PvPing and being part of an Assasin squad 😀 video below.

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This is rogue you know as my alter ego Mr WoW. I leveled it during Cata using the Scroll of Resurrection to level it to 80 when I returned after a break. I dabble in playing it once or twice a week doing some dungeons or the dreaded LFR to try and keep up with his gear.

I love being able to stealth and pop out the shadows to strike down my foe. My favourite spec is combat just because i like swinging my swords around, but I am thinking of trying to learn assassination if i get some daggers drop.

My biggest grievance is that in nearly 9 years the class plays nearly the same as it did when we started. It would be nice to see some more differences between the specs and maybe a return of the old evasion tanking fun.

That’s our Rogue alts done! See you next week.

Alt Appreciation – Priest Week!

Welcome back to Lae’s Alt Appreciation!

This week, it’s the humble Priest.Class Week

I first rolled a Priest as my 3rd or 4th alt (I can’t quite remember) as I thought it would be easy as it is quite similar to Mage – a caster that is. I first rolled her as Shadow Priest and I really really enjoyed it. I also took loads of screenies levelling up… probably because I was enjoying it (and shadowform) too much:


Anyway, my Priest is a NElf and is currently Holy with a Shadow offspec. I loved dotting and flaying and fearing as shadow, and I even – for once – enjoyed PvP as I found I was really quite survivable with the fears and silences. However, once I reached 90 I decided I really wanted another healer, and enjoyed Holy so much it’s stuck there since. 

Even though she’s sitting around doing very little at the moment, my Priest is the healer I take if the guild needs one in a raid – she’s ok geared and fully gemmed/enchanted and she has some awesome AoE heals with some extremely pretty spell effects. I also love her mog…

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My one and only Priest was my ‘main’ for a grand total of about a month. He is a worgen, specced Holy/Disc and my 3rd most well geared character. I do enjoy playing him, and I love the quick LFR queues (we queue together on him for that reason), but I really don’t like that he’s worgen… the hunchback mainly. However, I find healing quite boring, especially in LFR, which means I don’t really ever stick playing the Priest for long periods of time.

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I actually started levelling him during Cataclysm, just by healing dungeons. I got to about level 77 and it tailed off as I was playing my DK a lot at this time. This is when I started to become an altoholic, I was swapping characters a lot and this guy saw the worst of it I think. At the start of MoP, I was tanking on my DK and wasn’t enjoying it at all, so I swapped back to the Priest and levelled him next, my second 90.

I think as we write this post, we want to go and play our Priests a little! I really want to master the art that is Discipline healing…

Alt Appreciation – Paladin Week!

Welcome back to Alt Appreciation!

Class Week

Admittedly, neither of us have a huge amount to say about the class this week, but we’ll start with Mr B:

I’ve played Pally on and off, levelling one to level 30. Deleting it. Coming back a few months later, getting to level 60. Deleting it. I think it’s because I’ve never really got stuck into one, get bored really quick and give up.I played one at the start of BC, when Paladins were first allowed into the Horde. I’ve been wracking my brains to think of any opinions, but I’m just coming up with a blank. I know it was a healer BElf but that’s about it.

I currently have  2 Paladins: 65 Tauren called Sinadin and a level 8 whose name I can’t even remember and will be deleted shortly.On my quest to get every class to 90, I only have Paladin and Druid, neither of which I’m particularly enamoured by… which says it all really. Anyway, as a token of appreciation to possibly one of my least favourite classes, here’s a pic of that Tauren.

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A complete contrast here, but I love my Paladin! I only recently rolled her, she has less than a day played (she’s level 51, so still a baby!), but I’m enjoying it very much.  Here she is, my only Dwarf!

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I knooooow she looks like a Shaman, but I promise she’s a Pally! Those are the only healing looms she can wear so I’m kicking the stereotype 😉 I decided she would be a long term project, and I only play her when I have rested built up, I do a level or so, then leave it. I suppose the drawbacks to this is that I completely forget how to heal in the meantime, but when I do pick her up again, I enjoy how fresh it feels. It also helps that the queue for healers is usually pretty short…

I haven’t really experimented with the class yet – I haven’t tried DPS spec, other than to throw a few Denounce’s around if the group is good, and I wouldn’t dream of tanking, but I enjoy using holy light and the pretty spell effects. As a healer, it seems the class has fewer spells to throw around, I generally only use about 4 at the moment. I assume this will of course change as I level up, but I remember back to my Priest and there seemed to be an awful lot of different heals all doing the same thing.

Writing this post has made me really want to play her, but I promised myself I would run all ToT and SoO this week (legendary cloak quests, blergh) before I played alts. So much to do, so little time!

See you next week for the Priests!

Alt Appreciation – Monk Week!

You’re not going to hear a lot from me this week, unfortunately.

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That’s my Monk. He’s 90. Has been for weeks and weeks. Find it extraordinarily boring. Why don’t you use weapons to fight? What kind of witchcraft is THAT?? Look at it… it’s not even badass. Meh.

Ok well I absolutely, irrevocably, unfalteringly, ADORE my monk. LOOK HOW AWESOME SHE IS. This is Burquette, my Windwalker Monk.

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In the past year or so of playing, I have made sure to try as many different classes as possible, with different roles and different races. I’ve quite enjoyed some of them (especially healers for some reason), however… this toon is in a category all by herself. If I have a crappy day at work, or a bad DPS day on my main, or need a bit of revitalisation, I always come back to her.

Perhaps it’s the first melée character I rolled, but I find the playstyle really fun too. Jabbing here and spinning there. Talking about spinning…

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Anyway, I really enjoyed the Panda starting zone and I love the Pandaren models too. I find the Chi thing easier than the Rogue combo points to master too, and although I’m not much good at DPS, I love every minute. I really wanted to make her my main, but I play my Mage much better – probably because I know the class better – so I’m just keeping her as my main alt at the moment. I find I have pretty good survivability as well, which is definitely needed as melée playing takes a certain amount of skill and situational awareness… neither are skills that I have in abundance.

Lots of pink writing today, I have the mog shown above to share with you all later in the week, so Ciao for now!

UPDATE: you can see the full transmog post here

Alt Appreciation – Mage Week

Ahhh Mages. Most of you will know that my main is a Mage, which means I’m probably a bit biased, but she’s definitely my favourite character.

This is her:

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I first started playing WoW as I wanted to see what all the fuss was about as my husband played a lot. I didn’t have a clue what I was doing, so when he asked me what class I wanted to play, I went for the one which sounded like Harry Potter. The Gnome looked cute, and he told me being a gnome would help me out later so I went for it. I felt a bit weird playing a boy, so I went for a girl and named her my nickname that I had when I lived in France. Off I went!

At first, I had no idea what I was doing. Literally. As with all new players, I fumbled around, finding the whole experience really overwhelming. Mr B helped me a lot in those first few weeks, learning the spells and questing. By the time I was level 50 something, I signed for my first dungeon, got shouted at for being a noob and swore the whole thing off. I couldn’t stay away though, and to this day, my Mage remains the toon I feel most confident about playing; knowing the rotation really well and having the best wardrobe. Of course.

At the moment, Lou is Frost and has been for the whole of MoP. I do like arcane, but since the rotation changed my noobish brain can’t get into the new format of spells. She is my best geared, with an Ilvl of 518, but as I don’t raid, this is almost as good as I’m going to get (I haven’t upgraded many items, in preparation for the new patch) until the 5.4 patch gear hits. I do all my grinding for rep on her, as well as achievements… I find the portals really useful 😉 I roll lots of alts, but always end up coming back to the Mage.

Here is my Mage, Dumblesin. Yes, I thought the name was witty too.

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On a side note, I think the Tirisfal mage set is amazing… one of my favourite mog sets in game.

I rolled my first mage in BC when I first rolled Alliance. I raided on this toon at 70 and it was fun… for a while. This Mage has been Ally, then a Horde Undead, now back to Alliance… depending on which server I was playing on at the time.

Many years ago, I used to make youtube vids of what we got upto. Here’s one of Dumblesin, then my level 70 draenei mage named Sverta.

Since then, I have played it at every expansion at max level but never really got further than that. During MoP, I switched to Frost for the higher DPS but found the rotation really boring. Tried Fire, didn’t enjoy it at all. Arcane doesn’t seem efficient at low gear levels, and my Mage has remained unplayed since, sitting at a low ilvl of around 450.

I suppose a big part of not playing Mage that much because the wife plays hers as her main. She plays it well… and I don’t want to make her feel bad by being more awesome 😉

Actually, now I’ve watched that old video, I really want to play it! I’m going to go and farm some justice for some gear…. Thanks Lae, without this, perhaps I would never have got that feeling back!

Alt Appreciation – Hunter Week

Class Week

Welcome to hunter week!

Hunter’s are COOL! Here’s mine:

WoWScrnShot_090513_171139These are my leet views on why these are awesome…

1. you get to shoot stuff

2. pewpewpew!

3. you get to shoot stuff.

Ok, seriously now. My hunter is level 73 (as we speak) and I’m loving leveling him up. I’m doing a bit of PvE, a bit of PvP and a bit of questing. I can solo pretty much anything and, of course, Kash is pretty cool. I think, for a change, we both agree that the pet aspect of the hunter is what we love most.

I absolutely adored my hunter…

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The levelling was quick and easy, I felt invincible. The pets are blimmin’ awesome and I love collecting bows and badass transmogs. My hunter was the 2nd alt I leveled and once I figured out the pet can take a lot of hits, I just pulled and pulled and loved every minute. I collected some pretty awesome pets, loved the MoP ‘challenge tames’ and started LFR to gear her.

This is where the problems began. My DPS was shocking. Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t expect mega DPS but oh em gee this was bad. Level 90, 500ilvl and 50k DPS. I checked icy veins, AMR, asked people… everything. Nothing improved unless I was constantly multi shotting. Meh.

So, I decided to go pet hunting instead. If I’m ever feeling down, or bored with WoW, I choose a pet to go and tame and it’s a guaranteed adrenaline rush. My go-to good feeling provider. Anyway, off I went to get Kash and some Silithus rares with no problems. Then I decided to try for the most elusive one so far…Skoll. This dude had NEVER been up, not in all my time hunting. So, I parked her in Storm Peaks and sat down to wait. My usual pet hunting strategy is to pick a spot and log in whenever I can to check it. Always worked well for me as I haven’t got time to camp it traditionally. On the 5th day of checking, I decide to make a cuppa whilst hovering next to the spawn point I chose. Another hunter rocked up after half an hour or so… an Ally. I follow the unwritten rule of if there’s multiple spawn points, you don’t camp where someone else is… it’s just RUDE! But no, he sits there next to me and starts chatting. Ugh. Then…. *heart attack* up pops Skoll and he gets ninja’d right from under my nose. Since then I just can’t stomach the motivation or love for her… the DPS is crap, the pets are crap, the mog is crap, the bow from AQ40 hasn’t dropped in 8 runs….

I’m hoping I’ll find the love soon – I kinda miss her!

See you next week.

Alt Appreciation – Druid Week

It’s a new week and a new alt with Lae‘s alt appreciation week!

Class Week

As you all know, I haven’t been playing too long, so I’ve recently been experimenting by levelling lots of new classes and seeing which I like. Druids are a bit of an unknown entity really, for this reason.

I started my first druid a while ago, sticking with Boomkin as I knew more about spellcasters than anything else. This is her:

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And you know what? I hated it. I then tried healing and oh deary me! The HoTs and the DoTs… hell no. I hadn’t even started to heal at this point and having spells that didn’t DO something straight away? Completely beyond me. So, she’s stuck at level 48 and I have no intention of picking her up again.


I decided to try again, after loving my Windwalker Monk. I thought that it was a similar type of melee DPS which I knew already and the Kitty Druids just look COOL. So, here is Loupette (yes yes I know, the name would be cleverer if she was a Worgen, but nevermind!):Aviary Photo_130220907190687730And I have to say, even though she’s only level 25ish, I’m loving it so far! I’m looking forward to levelling her more and really getting to know the class.

I’ve had Druids forever in some shape or form and I’ve tried them out in all their glory. Once upon a time, I had one at level 85, but deleted him before the MoP expansion. I can’t say I’m particularly enthralled, but as I want one of every class at 90, I’m currently levelling a new Balance/Resto druid called Lazersin:


Perhaps I’m enjoying my new warrior too much to appreciate this guy at the moment… we’ll see as I level him up!

So, these are our droods, see you next week with the Hunters!