I’m back from vacation. Nothing like going from white sand to white snow. All in all it was a great vacation and I managed to sneak some WoW time in as well; including an unexpected TotC (25) run. I thought I was going to miss two TotC (25) runs due to vacation; I didn’t. Lucky for me too, as I got an upgrade in each run.
Patch 3.3 still looks like it will hit tomorrow. If it does I don’t think I’ll be raiding ICC on Tuesday. Definitely by the weekend though. A lot depends on what guild tag I have. No matter what I think I’m ready.
Enough about this past week. What I really want to dwell on in this week’s MMQB is what I was doing a year ago this day.
It was one year ago today that I hit level 80 on Darkbrew. While certainly not the first to hit 80 (lol), I was among the first wave of players to reach the level cap on my realm.
It was the start of Act II of my journey to Northrend. I continued to do quests, but my focus turned to heroics and putting together a gear set for Naxxramas. I missed out on a lot of Burning Crusade content and didn’t want that same thing to happen with WotLK. Well 50 days later (that’s my /played for level 80 🙁 ) I seem poised to meet my goals.
With the release of patch 3.3 tomorrow (presumably) I find it fitting that the final act of my journey should start one year later. Ready or not Arthas, here we come!
Ten Things I Remember About Hitting 80
Looking at the screenshot, here are some things I noticed about turning 80.
- I was BM spec and leveling with a gorilla. Remember Volley + Thunderstomp?
- I still had several pieces of level 70 gear that were not replaced while leveling,
- I had more gold than what I started with when the expansion was released.
- I have way less gold than that now.
- I ran my first heroic (Utgarde Keep) shortly after turning 80.
- I replaced Hemet’s Trophy Gun with a Nesingwary 4000.
- I began working on Argent Crusade reputation trying to get my Polished Regimental Hauberk.
- At the time I had no aspirations of running 25-man content.
- My UI was very basic. I wasn’t using nearly as may mods as I am now.
- All of the heroic gear was actually worth getting.
P.S. In case I didn’t explain before, MMQB stands for Monday Morning Quarterback.