Syrcorax, my first character

Today’s Breakfast Topic on WoW Insider:

My first character: Are you still playing your first character? Is she or he a main or an alt? And how long have you been playing her or him?

My first character is Syrcorax, a male tauren warrior created on Stormscale EU in 2007. He’s always been a tauren but I’ve moved him to Kazzak where I play now. He was my main from the day I started playing in the Burning Crusade till the end of Naxxramas in Wrath of the Lich King.

I’ve leveled him up every expansion but I haven’t done very much with him in every expansion. I think I did some alt raids with him in Wrath of the Lich King and Cataclysm but only some Looking For Raids in Mists of Pandaria.

I just brought him to Draenor a few days ago and I’m planning to level him up to 100 but I’m not sure what will happen after that. He just hit level 92 and it’s been fun to play him  again after so long, I enjoy fury warrior more now than what I did back in Mists of Pandaria. I would like to try some PvP and see what it’s like because I can’t even remember the last time I did PvP as a warrior.

He might never be my main again but he’s still special to me because he was my first character, we explored Azeroth together and I have tons of great memories and screenshots to look back on.

Are you still playing your first character?

Pugging Highmaul

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It was a Tuesday evening a few weeks ago when my boyfriend and I decided to find a last-minute pug to Highmaul normal. He went on his main, the monk tank, I decided to go on my alt, resto shaman. We didn’t have high expectations because it was late Tuesday evening and by then most people have already completed the raids, so we just wanted to find a group that could manage to kill one or two bosses so we could have a chance to get some loot.

We found a group in looking for raid and joined. The first boss went down pretty quick and we continued to the next one who was easy as pie. We went on and the rest of the bosses went down on first try! Even the last one which I didn’t even know tactics for. Who would have thought. I was even lucky enough to get some upgrades.

So I’ve reached my goal of defeating all bosses on normal, but I would like to clear them all on heroic as well. I did 6/7 bosses on heroic with my guild during the Christmas holidays when they arranged a raid for both raiders and socials, I played my druid and it was really fun but much harder than normal. I’ve also tried a heroic pug on my shaman with a few guildies but it didn’t go very well, we only got to the Butcher and had some good tries but we just couldn’t do it. Resto shaman is one of my favorite classes to play in raids.

Tojo lvl 100

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My shaman, Tojo, is now level 100! I leveled as enhancement while questing and restoration in dungeons. I prefer restoration as it has been my main spec for years so it will continue to be my main spec. My boyfriend leveled his death knight with me and he has decided to be a tank, so we’re planning to get some gear through heroic dungeons so we can get into looking for raid soon. I’m a bit nervous about healing heroic dungeons because I’ve seen how much trouble some other healers have had there when I’ve done heroics on my druid, but hopefully it’s not as difficult as it looked then. My gear isn’t very good yet, I’m still using some old level 95 gear pieces but I’ll swap them out as soon as I get something better. I bought the Darkmoon/Inscription trinket Winged Hourglass to boost my item level a little.

Have you leveled up any of your alts yet?

Lysithea of the Black Harvest

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I never thought I would do this on my warlock, Lysithea, because it’s not exactly one of my most played character. To be honest I haven’t played it since I leveled it up to 90 months ago. But when I read that you will be awarded a title and a Feat of Strength achievement I thought that I might want to get that for my warlock in case I want to play it more in Warlords of Draenor.

So I decided to get it done and bought the Sealed Tome of the Lost Legion on the auction house. The only problem was my warlocks horrible gear. I don’t remember the exact item level right but it might have been around 470 as I had the blue crafted PvP set and some other pieces of blue gear I found on the auction house. I didn’t have a lot of time to run LFR to gear up so I spent some gold and bought some pieces of gear at the auction house along with the best gems and enchants which increased my item level to 495 which should be good enough to complete the quests, the scenario and defeat the boss.

The quest chain was very interesting so I’m glad I decided to do it. The scenario was a bit challenging because I didn’t remember how to play a warlock and I didn’t read up on how to do the scenario before I went in. But I got some help from my boyfriend who had already had completed it on his warlock.

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Have you completed it on your warlock?

Legendary

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I completed the legendary quest and got the cloak on my shaman a few days ago.

I was stuck on the Secrets of the First Empire quest for several months because I got bored with the game after Ash disbanded so I didn’t feel like playing a lot, and if I first decided to play I couldn’t be bothered to run Looking For Raid because the drop rate of the quest items seemed so low and the other players there were usually so bad, annoying and rude that it made me want to just press Alt F4.

But then, months later, I read about the Gaze of the Black Prince buff and I decided to complete the rest of the quest chain because I didn’t really have that much left. I don’t remember how much time I spent completing the Secrets quest, maybe a few weeks, it felt like that quest took the longest time because you had to collect 20 quest items. The Thunder Forge solo scenario with Wrathion was very fun to do again, this time as a healer. I thought it would be hard, but it was very easy. It took me a week to collect the Titan Runestones but after that the rest of the quests were very simple and quick to complete.

I’m glad that I completed the quests and got the cloak now because I read that they are removing it in Warlords in Draenor. So if you’re planning to complete the legendary quest chain on one of your characters, you better hurry up and get it done before they remove it. Wowhead has a great guide which I followed, Mists of Pandaria’s Legendary Questline Guide.

Exploring the other side

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The Horde has always been my favorite faction. I’ve only played Alliance for short time in Wrath of the Lich King when I leveled my druid Syrco to join a raiding guild on Alliance. It felt a bit wrong to be on that side because I’d always been Horde. But I stayed Alliance for Ulduar, Trial of the Crusader and Icecrown Citadel. This was also when I leveled my shaman Tojo. I went back to Horde in the end of the expansion and my druid and shaman became Horde.

I haven’t played a lot on the Alliance side since then. I only leveled a worgen mage to 85 in Cataclysm to see the worgen zone and to see what it was like being Alliance at that time, but I stopped playing it after a few hours on 85 because I didn’t have anyone to play with and went back to Horde.

I’ve wanted a max level character on Alliance for a while now because it’s so much easier to play with friends from other realms now and I haven’t leveled an Alliance in Pandaria so I would like to see what it’s like. My boyfriend and I decided to level up some characters together. We finally had some spare time to play now after the move and between work and enjoying the summer.

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So he created a night elf priest and I created a pandaren shaman. My shaman is called Polarlys which directly translates to polar light, but it means the aurora, both borealis (north) and australis (south). I chose a pandaren because I really like the pandarens and my Horde shaman is also a pandaren. I wanted to level a shaman because it’s one of my favorite classes and I’ve never leveled as enhancement so that’s what I’m doing now, but I might go resto and heal when I hit max level. We’re on Frostmane EU and would like to join a Scandinavian guild as socials.

Leveling today is so easy, with all the heirlooms, fast queue for dungeons and right now the Darkmoon Faire carousel buff which gives you 10% extra experience. We’re not playing every day, but I think we’ll level up pretty fast. If anyone of you are leveling an alliance character on EU and would like to join us for a few dungeons, let me know :D

Do you have characters on both Horde and Alliance? Which faction is your favorite and why?