My Cataclysm day one began bright an early on Sunday, December 12th. On December 14th I dinged 85!
It was quite a whirlwind experience, and a lot of fun. I did nothing but quest and quest and quest. I’ve yet to step into a dungeon. At the end I almost expected to find Phil Keoghan standing there saying, “Four zones, three days, 400 quests, Darkbrew you’ve just won the Amazing Race!”
Now the real work begins. My gear and stats are a mess, 11% crit, 6% haste, and I’m not quite hit capped. I have replaced all of my Wrath gear though. It may have taken just under three days to hit 85, but it’s going to take a lot longer to get geared up for raiding.
The Big To Do List
Note to wife – Now this is a to do list.
The main sources of gear are dungeons, reputations, crafting, quests and justice points. You need to have an average item level of 329 before you can queue for heroics. In my current gear I’m around 318.
I have 4000 justice points so that’s one to two pieces of ilvl 346 gear. I’m closed to revered with a couple of factions, but I still have a long way to go there.
I haven’t started leveling my two main professions (Jewelcrafting and Engineering), and mats are still very expensive. If I want to level these I’ll probably have to farm the mats myself.
I’ll also have to run some normal mode level 85 dungeons and grab a few pieces from them before I do heroics.
Bracers are the one piece that seem to be in very short supply so I’m eying the Eradicator’s Bracers which are quest reward from Grim Batol.
Then there are the daily quests. Therazane, Wildhammer, and Tol Barad offer daily quests. I plan to start doing these right away.
As you can see level 85 was truly just the beginning and there’s a lot more to be done. I’m tired just thinking about.