Syrcorax lvl 100

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I started playing my warrior again in January and got him to Draenor. But he was stuck in his garrison for a while until I decided to continue to level him earlier this month. I’ve worked a lot this month so I haven’t had much time to play, so he just hit level 100 last week. I leveled together with my boyfriend who leveled his warlock. My warrior is only the third character I level through Draenor but I’m already bored with the dungeons and quests. Luckily it doesn’t take that long to get to level 100.

He has already got a full set of PvP gear from Ashran and Honor points and I’m planning to PvP a lot more. I’m not very good at playing warrior yet, especially not as arms in PvP cause I haven’t PvP as warrior for years. But it has been fun so far.

Do you have a warrior? What spec do you play and do you PvP or PvE? Any tips for me?

Moonkin in Rated Battlegrounds

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My favorite thing to do in WoW at the moment? Rated battlegrounds!

After clearing Highmaul normal and some bosses on heroic I didn’t feel like raiding anymore, because that’s what I’ve been doing for years now and I’ve always wanted to get more into PvP and rated battlegrounds. Luckily I’m not a raider anymore so I can do whatever I want. Last time I did rated battlegrounds was in Cataclysm when rated battlegrounds were introduced to the game but back then the queues were so long and it was hard to find a team unless you had high rating from arena which I didn’t have. I’m actually not a fan of arena, it might be because I suck at it and I don’t like being focused so battlegrounds are more my thing cause I can usually hide and blast down my enemies one after one without anyone noticing.

I had already geared my druid with the Primal Combatant PvP gear you purchase for honor. Gearing up for PvP are very easy these days because you have a chance to get PvP gear in the boxes you get from winning events in Ashran and from winning Ashran by defeating the opposite faction’s leader. Plus you get honor and conquest points from completing objectives and events. So I did Ashran until I had enough conquest points to buy the Primal Gladiator weapon and I spent the honor on the Primal Combatant honor gear parts I missed.

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I find rated battleground teams to join in the looking for group tool in-game. Most groups expect you to have the Primal Gladiator weapon and at least full Primal Combatant PvP gear, some might want you to have experience or rating. But there are groups for everyone. I always do at least 3 wins every week. The reason for that is that you have a chance to get a piece of Primal Gladiator gear from the 3 first wins every week.

At the moment I’m looking for groups to increase my rating which is around 1600 right now, but my highest is 1700 and I would like to find a group of good players who want to see how far we can get. I met many different kinds of players and groups. Most are very friendly, well-behaved and good players, but some are directly the opposite. When I find a group I expect them all to know their class and how the battlegrounds work. A good leader who can explain tactics like who should go where and a target caller is also needed. Besides that I expect people to stay a while and not give up just because we lose one game.

Most rated battleground teams seem to love balance druids these days. I’m not sure why, but it might be because we do pretty good damage, we can run fast and crowd control. I’m not the best PvP player but I’m not bad either because I think I’ve done well in most games I’ve played. I always try to damage the right target, CC a target that I think needs to be CCed like a healer, slow and root enemy flag carrier, knock enemies down from Lumber Mill in Arathi Basin, sneak around and try to capture bases.

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I don’t have a lot of experience from moonkin PvP so I’m always looking for advice and feedback, and I check other player’s talents and glyphs on Armory. I might not know everything about why this or that talent is the best but I chose the talents I think are the best and those I feel fit my play style the best. Which talents I decide to choose also depends on which battleground we get, but most talents stay the same for all battlegrounds.

Talents I use in all battlegrounds:

  • Displacer Beast: I’ve finally gotten used to this after being a fan of Wild Charge (which I used in all forms) for a long time.
  • Ysera’s Gift: Most players I’ve seen uses this one right now so I chose to go for it as well but I might swap it if I feel it’s needed.
  • Ursol’s Vortex: This is my favorite because it’s ranged and I can use it with Solar Beam to interrupt healers or to slow players down. But I think you can choose whichever you feel works the best for you.
  • Nature’s Vigil: Most players go for this one because it makes your damaging spells heal injured team members.
  • Euphoria: This shortens your balance/eclipse cycle and reduces cast time on Wrath and Starfire.

Those I swap between are:

  • Typhoon: I see Typhoon as a must have in Arathi Basin and Eye of the Storm even though they put up walls around the middle in Eye of the Storm it’s still possible to knock someone down if they stand in the right spot. In Arathi Basin Lumber Mill is exactly the same as in a normal battleground so you can knock people off the edge and it might help your team win that base. This talent can also be useful in Silvershard Mines to knock enemies away from the cart you’re controlling.
  • Faerie Swarm: I choose Faerie Swarms in battleground where I need to be able to slow down targets, like enemy flag carrier in Warsong Gulch and Twin Peaks. It’s also great for preventing targets from using stealth or invisibility. But I choose it for the slowing effect. This can also be useful to slow down players in other battlegrounds.
  • Incarnation: Chosen of Elune: I think this talent is the best choice for increasing your damage so I use this one in most battlegrounds.
  • Force of Nature: I find this talent very useful in capture-the-flag battlegrounds like Warsong Gulch and Twin Peaks because it instantly roots your target, it has 40 yards range, 3 charges with a short cooldown. The damage is a bonus. This and Faerie Swarm has been very useful in many battlegrounds I’ve played but it might not be needed if you got other players in your team which are very good at slowing targets, and you still got your normal Entangling Roots, Cyclone and Incapacitating Roar/Ursol’s Vortex/Mighty Bash.

My glyphs are usually the same in all battlegrounds. These are the ones I find most useful but I like to try new ones every now and then.

Major glyphs:

  • Cyclone: 5 extra yards on Cyclone is a must.
  • Barkskin: Gives you extra survivability by reducing the chance you’ll be critically hit by 25% while Barkskin is active.
  • Shapemender: Heals you for 5% of your max health every time you activate a form. Not sure how good this glyph is but I’m testing it out.

Minor glyphs:

  • Grace: Good to reduce fall damage in all forms.
  • Stag: I like the stag, otherwise no good reason to use it, people rarely use me as a mount.
  • Stars: I love being a moonkin but sadly in PvP being a big owl makes you the target everyone wants to kill. You might also fool some mages and shamans thinking they can Polymorph and Hex you when it looks like you aren’t in any form.

So my talents and glyphs will look something like this.

The first picture shows my talents for a battlegrounds like Eye of the Storm and Arathi Basin where I want Typhoon to knock players down. The second picture shows my talents for Warsong Gulch and Twin Peaks where I want Faerie Swarm and Force of Nature for maximum slow on the enemy flag carrier.

In Battle for Gilneas and Deepwind Gorge both Faerie Swarm and Typhoon can be useful because Faerie Swarm can slow players down and Typhoon can be used to knock people away from the flag on a base when you’re trying to capture it. I think Typhoon also works to interrupt players trying to capture the base and other casts/heals. Force of Nature can also be used to slow and to interrupt other players trying to capture a base.

These talents can also be very useful to slow players down when trying to get your hands on the orbs in Temple of Kotmogu, my least favorite battleground, and in Silvershard Mines to knock players away or slowing them to prevent them from getting close to the cart you’re controlling. But Incarnation: Chosen of Elune is also a good choice if you don’t need Force of Nature to root players.

I’m always trying to become better at playing moonkin in PvP, but I don’t like practicing in normal battlegrounds because most players there don’t even know the tactics, their class or they don’t care enough to do their best and it’s hard to do good when the rest of your team don’t do their part. So I think the best way to get better is to just do more rated battlegrounds and that’s what I’ll continue to do.

Do you play rated battlegrounds?

Warlords of Draenor FAQ

I decided to make a FAQ for Warlords of Draenor because I’ve had a few questions about Draenor and how stuff works and I thought some of you might find it useful.

How do I get to Draenor?

If you’ve upgraded your account to Warlords of Draenor, a quest will pop up in your quest log, directing you to the Blasted Lands. You will receive this quest no matter where you are in the world. Speak to Khadgar outside the Dark Portal in Blasted Lands.

What are the new dungeons called and when can I queue for them?

Auchindoun (94-97)
Bloodmaul Slag Mines (90-92)
The Everbloom (100)
Grimrail Depot (100)
Iron Docks (92-94)
Shadowmoon Burial Grounds (100)
Skyreach (97-98)

Read more about dungeons here

What are the new zones in Draenor called?

Frostfire Ridge (90-92) Horde starts here.
Shadowmoon Valley (90-92) Alliance starts here.
Gorgrond (92-94)
Talador (94-96)
Spires of Arak (96-98)
Nagrand (98-100)
Tanaan Jungle (100)
Ashran (PvP) World PvP zone and capital cities Stormshield and Warspear

Read more about zones here

When will I be able to fly in Draenor?

You will be able to fly in Draenor in a future patch. But you have to complete the achievement Draenor Pathfinder first to unlock the flying skill.

What is Ashran?

Ashran is a new world PvP zone in eastern Draenor. It has bases, vehicles and quests. The name also refers to the greater Ashran zone with the Alliance and Horde Capitals, which are set outside of the PvP zone itself. You will be invited to join the battle when you enter the zone or placed in a queue to join if the zone is already at the cap for your faction. You can fly to Ashran from your garrison.

Read more about Ashran here

What are the new Draenor capitals called and how do I get there?

The new capitals are in Ashran, a zone located east in Draenor. Stormshield is the Alliance capital and Warspear is the Horde capital. You can fly there from your garrison in Frostfire Ridge after building your garrison. There are portals to the different cities in Azeroth in Stormshield/Warspear. I recommend setting Hearthstone in Warspear/Stormshield as you can use your Garrison Hearthstone to get to your garrison or other parts of Draenor. You can also fly from Stormshield/Warspear to other parts of Draenor.

Is there a portal to Draenor from Orgrimmar/Stormwind?

Yes, there is a portal from Orgrimmar to Frostfire Ridge and from Stormwind to Shadowmoon Valley. You can find the portal by the Cataclysm portals (to Uldum etc)

What are garrisons?

Garrisons are a new major feature in Warlords of Draenor. You can construct buildings to boost your professions or craft items without a profession, recruit followers and send them on missions for rewards.

Read more about garrisons here

What is required to queue for a Warlords of Draenor heroic dungeon?

You need a Silver Proving Grounds medal to your role to queue using the Looking For Group tool and 610 item level.

How do I get to Proving Grounds in Draenor?

At level 100, you can pick up the quest Proving Grounds (Alliance) / Proving Grounds (Horde) in your Garrison. Speak to Warmaster Zog (Horde) and Lieutenant Thorn (Alliance) to queue for Proving Grounds.

How do I gear up in Draenor?

PvP:

The easiest way to get PvP gear is to battle in Ashran. You get honor points from winning events and you also have a chance to get a box which contains a piece of PvP gear. There are two weekly quests in Ashran and one of them will reward you with a box that contains a piece of epic PvP gear. The other quests rewards you with conquest points. One quest can be completed several times so you can easily get conquest cap in Ashran. Killing mobs in Ashran will give you artifact fragments which you can trade for honor points in the base. Buy PvP gear for honor and conquest points at the vendor in Warspear (outside the bank) or in the Ashran base. You can also do arena or rated battlegrounds to get conquest points. A quest will pop up when you enter a rated battleground and when you have won 3 rated battlegrounds, it will reward you with a box that contains a piece of epic PvP gear.

PvE:

Check out this gearing guide

Where do I learn Draenor profession skills?

Draenor skill can be bought off the profession trainer/vendor in your garrison (the profession building).

Crafting professions:
Horde: The Butcher of Bladespire, killing Dorogg the Ruthless / Alliance: Shadows Awaken, killing Karnoth  will drop two profession items for the crafting professions you got which will start a quest that will reward you with blueprints for the garrison profession buildings and Draenor profession skill.

Alchemy Mysterious Flask 
Blacksmithing Fractured Forge Hammer
Engineering Burned-Out Hand Cannon
Inscription Illegible Sootstained Notes
Leatherworking Tattered Frostwolf Shroud
Tailoring Frostwolf Tailoring Kit
Jewelcrafting Intricate Crimson Pendant
Enchanting Enchanted Highmaul Bracer

Gathering professions:
Picking a herb, mining a node or skinning a mob will drop the Draenor profession skill item.

Herbalism A Compendium of the Herbs of Draenor
Mining A Treatise on Mining in Draenor
Skinning A Guide to Skinning in Draenor

Secondary professions:
Fishing and first aid are world drops and can also be found while fishing. Cooking is a world drop. Archaeology can be found while digging.

Fishing Fishing Guide to Draenor
First Aid First Aid in Draenor
Archaeology Brittle Cartography Journal
Cooking The Joy of Draenor Cooking

Where can I find rare mobs, treasures and exploration puzzles?

The following guides tells you everything you need to know. There is also a great addon called HandyNotes + HandyNotes DraenorTreasures which will show treasures and rare mobs on your map.
Rares, Treasures, and Temples in Shadowmoon Valley
Rares, Treasures, and Shamanstones in Frostfire Ridge
Rares, Treasures, and Garrison Outpost Caches in Gorgrond
Rares and Treasures in Talador
Rares, Treasures, and Jumping Puzzles in Spires of Arak
Rares, Treasures, and Gliders in Nagrand

How does the Toy Box work and where can I get more toys?

Check out this toy box guide

How does the free level 90 character boost work?

A free character boost is included when you buy the Warlords of Draenor expansion. You can boost one character on your account to level 90.

If the character is at least level 60 before the boost, their primary professions and first aid will be leveled up to 600. If the character is at least level 60 and doesn’t have any primary professions, they’ll automatically be given two primary professions based on your class. Cloth armor classes will get enchanting and tailoring, leather/mail classes will get leatherworking and skinning, plate armor classes will get blacksmithing and mining.

Read more about 90 boost here and here

What will my boosted 90 character get?

The boosted character will receive a set of gear with 483 item level, bags and some gold to get started. Any gear the character already had will be mailed to them. After completing the introductory questline, your character will receive all riding skills up to Artisan (280% flying speed) and all regional riding skills up to Pandaria (Cold Weather Flying, Flight Master’s License etc)

How will I know how to play the level 90 character?

You will start off with the most essential skills for your class and spec and you will unlock more skills as you progress through the introductory questline.

What kinds of bonuses will I earn from level 90 to 100?

You will get perks which are passive abilities improving existing abilities. Each spec has access to 4 perks granted upon reaching levels 92, 94, 96 and 98. These perks don’t have a fixed level at which they are acquired, instead a perk will be randomly selected from those not yet known.

Read more about perks here

Why aren’t I getting event complete or boss kill for my quest in Ashran?

The quest can be bugged sometimes. Walk out or Ashran and back in when the timer pops up. You don’t have to leave the raid or abandon the quest. This might help.

Where is the vendor who sells the crafted item upgrade recipe? Ore Trader, Herb Trader, Fur Trader, Leather Trader.

There are a total of 5 different kinds of NPCs who can visit your garrison every day. You’ll find them in your Town Hall. It’s random which NPC you get. You can search for the vendor in Looking For Group and visit another player who has that trader.

How can I tweet from in-game?

First you need to open the Game Menu in-game, then go to Interface and Social, then connect your Twitter account and enable Twitter Functionality. Then you can type /share in the chat and a window will pop up in-game where you can write your message, add your latest achievement or screenshot. You can also take a screenshot and then click the icon beside it in the chat to bring up the tweet window.


Let me know if there is anything else you think I should add or if anything is incorrect. Will also add more as I progress through Draenor.