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I now have my second level 70 WoW character. Djacaranda the Draenei Shaman just hit 70, getting over that last hurdle with XP earned by exploring a new area of the map.

Time to get a flying mount, an arena team or two, some Heroic instance keys, and... er... some time to play that's not "the 30 minutes before bedtime" :) Or I could sit back, relax, and bask.


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Mar. 23rd, 2008 08:15 pm (UTC)
could you please explain to me *how* you managed to get from 68 to 70 so quickly? (and how much actual elapsed play time it took?) I've been moldering at lvl 68 for months now, and i'd really like to get to 70 myself.
Mar. 23rd, 2008 08:32 pm (UTC)
I have too many level 70s (5, preist, 2 mages, warlock, warrior)

68-70 - same as any level.
Quest. Quest. Quest.

Nagrand, Shadowmoon Valley, Blade's edge if you run out of places there, and netherstorm last (to quest effecively in BE and netherstorm - you need a flying mount, terrain is too annoying otherwise)

That's where you should be questing - don't grind on mobs to try to level, that will take forever. Grinding instances can be fun, but that takes longer than questing as well.

Since you are 68, start your kara attunement chain now, head out to karazhan and get the quests there and do them now. That's quite a bit of XP.

As for how long, well, depends on how well you know the area you are in. www.wowhead.com will help for speeding things up.
Mar. 23rd, 2008 09:04 pm (UTC)
Exactly so. Long string of quests. Grab every quest you can in a quest hub (there are like 4 or 5 places in Blade's Edge that I chewed through in the last week or so), figure out which ones you should be doing in parallel (killing things and getting their drops, or the ground items near them...), and just make it happen.

It also helps to be a good soloing class/spec, like Elemental Shaman. The prot warrior has gotta be painful here :-/

Do like Sleepyhead and Sartheris did the other day, find another person or two who can make a particular time for a particular instance, and send mail to the guild list asking to fill out the group at that time... (I'm still sad I couldn't make that Shadow Lab run of theirs :-/)
Mar. 24th, 2008 12:06 pm (UTC)
Huh. My secret sauce at 68 is to head to Netherstorm: the quests are laid out very well insofar as being in hubs. Although I do tend to skip the Stormspire, so instead, I do Area 52 -> the next mana-dome -> Kirin'Var.

BEM I found too annoying; ditto SMV. But Netherstorm seems great for me.
Mar. 24th, 2008 05:43 pm (UTC)
My Guide - OH!
One other thing, I made a guide for hitting up all the quest chains so you can get all the instance quests done in one shot without having to run a given instance multiple times to finish the quests.

It's on my guild web site, and I have you start at level 68.


I used this on two toons, and it worked perfectly. I was keyed for all my instances when I was done.
Mar. 29th, 2008 11:18 pm (UTC)
So, at the time you posted this question, Harowen was 68.55. Based on /played, it was 10 hours of gameplay to get her to 70.

I spent all of virtually all that time in Netherstorm doing quests. (I was *hoping* to spend that time in instances, but LFG never managed to deliver.) I'd basically pick up the quests for an area, and try to run it dry. I wasn't particularly efficient about figuring out what-all quests were in a given area before hitting it, though... I ended up running all over the place over and over.
Mar. 23rd, 2008 08:24 pm (UTC)
Congrats on #2!

Now the grind begins - or maybe you should have a nap :)
Mar. 23rd, 2008 09:06 pm (UTC)
Grats. Working on my 66 Pally. Be a while yet.
Mar. 24th, 2008 12:07 pm (UTC)
Woo 70 :)
Should be quite the different experience to be a DPSer. Much less thinking involved. :)
Mar. 24th, 2008 12:47 pm (UTC)
You'd think that and yet ...
Mar. 25th, 2008 08:12 am (UTC)
ding! /grats
First, congratulations on hitting 70, and `doing it right' -- I always try to level by exploration XP, and have managed to hit both 60 and 70 twice that way -- although it can be pretty convoluted to arrange it.

Second, I will give counter-advice to everyone else on going from 68 to cap: once you're solidly in 68 (for me, just based on when I stopped playing that session after hitting 68), (mostly) stop questing. Instead, hit up your guild-buddies (or, in a pinch, LGF) to run instances. You can run nearly everything at 68 (no TK unless you're a druid), and the group experience (for me, anyway) is fun and new, and the gear upgrades/rep can be quite helpful.

Now, why would you do this? Basically, for the money. You stop (ok, slow) questing for the last level and a half, and then start again when you hit 70, and suddenly there's no such thing as `being poor' again. Any time that you don't have something group-oriented to do, go run some quests on your new 70. Take time to see the sights, read the quest texts, and figure out which groups wrote which quests (sure, Nagrand is the new STV, but is which is more likely written by the people who did Searing Gorge: Netherstorm or Shadowmoon Valle?). Learn (or ask around) which quests involve terrible drop rates and decide if you even care about finishing them in the near future or not. ...and then, look at the difference between your starting and ending cash for the day.

I did this recently on my second 70, finally making a little time to really explore SMV, and not only did I find my new favorite (lore-wise) part of the game (his name rhymes with `kendo-pants'), I also made over 350 gold from a solid day of running around doing just the quests that looked fun and/or easy. This made it surprisingly easy to get my second epic flyer (and if you have the means, I highly recommend it).

Obviously, this method is not for everyone -- in particular, it requires that you have an available group for running instances, which is harder now that the Heroics are so much easier to access. I have done it myself, and recommended it to others, and have ben quite happy with the results. If you have the group for it, I highly recommend it.
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