One of the questions I’m asked is which starting zone am I going to choose, Hyjal or Vashj’ir. I keep going back and forth on this, but I’m 99.9999% certain I’m going to start with Hyjal. Ultimately I plan to do both, it’s just that I probably won’t get to Vashj’ir until I’m level 85.
The order in which I’ll hit the zones is something along these lines,
- Twilight Highlands
Now my decision on where to start is based on where I want to finish. Hyjal is the home to the Guardians of Hyjal reputation. The only way to earn this rep. is by completing quests in Hyjal and wearing their tabard. The tabard is available at friendly and it takes about a 1/2 hour to reach that.
Looking over the quests, I’m guessing that by the time I complete Hyjal I should be revered which means I’ll be able to get Acorn of the Daughter Tree, an ilvl 346 neck piece. At exalted they have a nice pair of epic boots.
Now Vashj’ir also has a reputation associated with it – the Earthen Ring. And like the Guardians of Hyjal they too have nice rewards at revered and exalted. The difference is the quests that grant Earthen Ring rep. are spread out in multiple zones besides Vashj’ir. In fact, the majority of the quest reputation comes from Deepholm and Twilight Highlands.
While I know that I’d enjoy Vashj’ir more, I think from a progression standpoint I’m better off with Hyjal. So Hyjal it is because I want my purple sh@#t kickers.
Here’s a brief look at the hunter related rewards offered by these two factions.
Guardians of Hyjal
- Tabard of the Guardians of Hyjal – Friendly
- Acorn of the Daughter Tree – Revered
- Treads of Malorne – Exalted