Over the last week, I decided to finish the few heroics and scenarios I hadn’t done. It seems strange that I missed some, but I guess that’s just the way random queuing works. I completed the Crypt of Forgotten Kings earlier in the week, leaving one heroic and one scenario for the weekend. Yesterday Mooglegem and I ran a couple randoms of each in hopes of getting what we needed, but it just didn’t happen. After capping our Valor Points for the week, we queued directly for heroic Shado-pan Monastery and Assault on Zan’vess. It was strange not being familiar with a heroic, but I suppose I had only done it once previously, and that was on normal.
Now we’ve completed all the heroics and Horde scenarios. We’re as ready as we’re going to be for 5.2! (Hm? Normal and heroic raids? Well, don’t mind those. The other faction reputations? Shh. Wrathion’s 5.1 quests? Those will be done Tuesday!)
I like getting new gear, and I like knowing what gear I need. Specifically, I like knowing what bosses, dungeons, or raid bosses I no longer need to worry about. Back in 3.3, I reached a point where I was very rarely seeing anything drop that I needed. This was when I decided to start tracking gear upgrades.
Because I wanted to complete Loremaster of Pandaria, running dungeons only once I reached them in a story, I didn’t really need to worry about gear until I finished questing. That happened on the 4th, and I quickly made this spreadsheet. By the 10th, about one week later, my item level was high enough to queue for LFR. While I’ve run every instance, I actually haven’t run every heroic. I keep queuing for random heroics, but I haven’t been given heroic Shado-pan Monastery yet. That doesn’t bother me; it’s just an observation. I’ve completed the LFR of Mogu’shan Vaults and am hoping to be able to continue in LFR soon.
There are some areas that I’ve barely touched. For one, I haven’t PVP’d much. When I don’t need to run heroics so much, then I can run battlegrounds. I’ve only done one scenario. Again, I’ll do that later. Dailies are something that I really need to tackle more. I’m focusing on the Klaxxi first, but I’ve only spent a few days on them really.
Regardless of the amount of content left, I like seeing my gear spreadsheet shrink. It lists all possible upgrades, where to get each upgrade, notes BiS per raid level, and ranks each item. The nice thing about ranking is that when I get a new piece of gear, I don’t need to compare it to any thing else. If I get a piece ranked 4th in my spreadsheet, I can delete the items ranked 1st through 4th and update the numbers accordingly. (Maybe I should have ranked them the other way, but it is what it is until I change it.) There are only 22 more items I need from heroics! That sounds like a lot, but it’s nice to see it shrink. Hopefully it gets a lot smaller this weekend! (And really, there are only 214 more upgrades in the game for me. That’s only a handful, right?)
Everyday WoW Insider offers a Breakfast Topic for discussion. Here’s today’s topic by Matthew Rossi
Have I been trained by the Call to Arms rewards? Am I a Pavlovian tank, demanding my bribe bag before I sign up to do my job? Have any of you tanks or healers felt yourself acting this way, refusing to queue unless fabulous prizes await?
In short, yes, of course.
Things were different when the Valor Points were my primary goal. At that time, I’d try to queue when there was a Call to Arms for healers active, but if I was short on time and needed my VP, I’d queue anyways. Now Valor Points are worthless. Very rarely do I do any actual endgame. If I do play WoW, I’m doing battlegrounds or working on loremaster. If I happen to see the Call to Arms, I might do a heroic – perhaps one every three weeks. I definitely wouldn’t waste my time on a heroic if there wasn’t a bag offered.
On the other hand, I’ve never received anything of value from a bag either.
On a similar note, I’ve run LFR just for fun a couple times since the guild stopped raiding. Sometimes I give Madness one try, but often I drop group when we get there. I’m doing it for fun. Madness is no fun with people who can’t succeed. Dropping group solves that problem.
The new 5-man instances, End Time, Well of Eternity, and Hour of Twilight, now award 150 valor points for each random completed, up to seven per week.
via Patch 4.3 PTR: New valor point weekly caps, dungeon point rewards, WoW Insider.
The new instances reward Valor Points, and the cap has been changed. You’ll get the reward seven times. Okay, no news there really. What’s interesting to me is the mention that that the first heroic, End Time, took 20 to 25 minutes to complete. The author hadn’t yet tried the other two, but seven half hour heroics per week is a welcome change. Yes, it means I’ll still have to go through content I’ve already completed each week, but now it’ll be less painful. It’s hard to fit in seven heroics every week currently. I’m doing it, but I’m doing nothing but heroics and Firelands. I’d like to have some free time!
Edit: Rise of the Zandalari heroics will no longer have their own tier in the Dungeon Finder, and all heroics will now award 150 Valor Points. Hooray!