Preparing for MoP and monk leveling

There is only one and a half week left until Mists of Pandaria release. I’ve already preordered the game from my local game store and will be there at their midnight opening. I’m in no rush to be the first to level up, but of course I want to be able to play that night.

I’m not going to reroll, but I think I’ll level a monk at release, at least to level 85 and then switch to my druid, mostly because think monk is an interesting and fun class and because my bf is going to reroll a monk and it would be nice if we could play together.

I know most people who are leveling monks at release are planning on leveling by questing, but I find questing so boring so we thought we’d level by instances if the queue is good, also because I’d like to try to level as Mistweaver and he’d like to level as Brewmaster. So we’ve already leveled a bit on the beta, been trying to choose race and which zone to start in and where to continue and when untill we get to 15 and are able to queue for dungeons. We won’t level pandarians cause there will be so crowded, imagine both Horde and Alliance, in the start zone. And there is no mailbox there so we won’t be able to send any heirlooms or join a guild. So I’m thinking tauren, mostly because I love taurens and they look cute and funny, so not choosing for the racial.

We tried leveling together in one zone by doing quests which was slow, took us about 2 hours to get to level 15 including moving to the same zone. Then we tried leveling by ourselves in our own start zone which went faster but we ran out of good quests in the end and spend more time running between the quest area and the quest giver, so it was optimal. We then decided we’d only quest to level 9 in the start zone and then move to a 10-20 zone where you can actually start at level 9 and with heirlooms you won’t have trouble getting through the quests. Questing together to level 15 went fine, it didn’t take that long but it wasn’t exactly fast either and I guess it’ll be slower on live cause there will be more people doing the same quests.

Then we read around on the internet about people leveling 1-10 insanely fast and we couldn’t see how they had done it, before they wrote they’d been grinding mobs all the way, so we decided to test it out. We spend around 30 minutes on 1-10 which is 1 1/2 hour less than by questing. So we’ve finally decided we’ll grind mobs up to level 9, then move to a level 10-20 zone, maybe do a few quests and then grind more mobs till level 15.

I’ve also made a map of where I’m planning to go and marked of rare mobs just incase since they give extra experience.

The plan is:

  • Create a monk with the already chosen and reserved name
  • Send heirlooms, bags and other items
  • Log in on monk
  • Get invited to the guild
  • Equip all items and we’re ready to go
  • Grind mobs in the start area of the starting zone until level 4-5
  • Move to the next part of the starting zone and grind more mobs
  • Follow the route on the map I made
  • Fly to Orgrimmar on level 9
  • Set heartstone in Valley of Honor
  • Go to Azshara and do the first quests outside the gate
  • Take the rocket way to the southernmost station
  • Grind mobs until level 15
  • Heartstone to Orgrimmar
  • Visit trainer and bank
  • Send more items
  • Ready for dungeons!

I’ve also made a list of things I need to fix before the launch.

To do list:

  • Farm mats for leveling professions on monk
  • Level herbalism on my warlock and farm mats for glyphs
  • Kill mount bosses: Tempest Keep, Onyxia, Eye of Eternity, Zul Gurub, Vault of Archavon, Deathwing heroic, Ragnaros heroic
  • Clean out bank and bags on different characters
  • Craft weightstones
  • Prepare heirlooms with enchants, pots, food etc for the monk
  • Craft leg enchants and maybe a few gems
  • Come up with a good name and reserve it
  • Clean off the computer, mouse, headset, Nostromo and desk
  • Scan computer for viruses etc

I’ve gathered, bought and crafted a bunch of items for the monk but I’m not sure if I’ve got everything I need. I’ve seen some people’s screenshots of their bank etc and they’ve got shitloads of everything.

Here is what I’ve got so far:

  • Heirlooms for DPS and healing with enchants
    • Venerable Mass of McGowan x2 with +15 agility and Dignified Headmaster’s Charge with +22 intellect
    • Stained Shadowcraft Cap and Preened Tribal War Feathers
    • Stained Shadowcraft Spaulders and Preened Ironfeather Shoulders
    • Stained Shadowcraft Tunic and Preened Ironfeather Breastplate
    • Inherited Cape of the Black Baron with +8 agility and +8 dodge and Ancient Bloodmoon Cloak with +70 armor
    • Swift Hand of Justice x2 and Discerning Eye of the Beast x2
  • Reowned Guild Tabard
  • Wizard Oils
  • Swimspeed Potion
  • Swiftness Potion
  • Mana Potions for all levels
  • Elixir of Wisdom
  • Elixir of Greater Intellect
  • Elixir of Water Walking
  • Elixir of the Sages
  • Adept’s Elixir
  • Spellpower Elixir
  • Flask of the Frost Wyrm
  • Flask of Pure Mojo
  • Flask of Draconic Mind
  • Adventurer’s Journal
  • Runescroll of Fortitude
  • Food buffs and water
  • Bags for inventory and bank
  • Enchant Boots – Minor Speed and some stacks of other useful enchants for boots, gloves and bracers
  • Rings and necks for different levels
  • Other green items for use on early levels
  • Weapon for level 81
  • Glyphs
  • Vicious set for level 85
  • Darkbrand set for level 80-83

I’ve also organized all items so I know what I’m going to send right away and what I’m going to send later. I’ve gathered all profession items on one character so they’re ready. I’ve chosen engineering and enchanting, but I won’t level them right away of course but wait till I’m done leveling.

So I think I’ve got the most important things, or can you come up with anything I’ve forgotten? And what are you going to do at release?

Balance druid gear list – MoP

Updated list here

So I got inspired by Saz who made a list of enhancement shaman gear and decided to spend some time in the beta and then create my own list of balance druid gear.

This is a list of pre-raid gear for level 90 balance druids but it might also work well for restoration druids and mistweaver monks as they use the same gear.

It’s still work in progress, so I will update it if anything changes or if there is more to add.

Factions

The August Celestials

Honored

Revered

Shado-Pan

Honored

Revered

The Klaxxi

Honored

Revered

Exalted

Golden Lotus

Honored

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Dungeons

Gate of the Setting Sun

Mogu’shan Palace

Scarlet Halls

Scarlet Monastery

Scholomance

Shado-Pan Monastery

Siege of Niuzao Temple

Stormstout Brewery

Temple of the Jade Serpent

Professions

Leatherworking