April 21, 2013 Leave a comment
Early this year, I decided to try leveling on a PvP server. I have a lot of gold on my current realm, almost every single heirloom and every single profession. It was starting to feel stale.
So I decided to roll an alt on a PvP server. Having been bitten by dying servers before, I was determined to find a badass one. I tried two – Emerald Dream and Illidan. I like them both, a lot. Emerald Dream has a charm about it, its faction balanced so it probably has more WPvP in Pandaria while Illidan is completely horde dominated and while thanks to CRZ there is WPvP on the way to 90, there is very little once you hit Pandaria.
I was leveling a hunter on ED and a monk on Illidan. Both fresh rolls, both with no heirlooms and playing both had a “little kid in a big bad world” feel to it.
It was very easy to make gold on both, my hunter has about 5K gold at lvl 35 or so from selling ore, herbs and greens while leveling up. My monk hit 15K gold but at one point I did get some gold from a friend on Illidan. Nonetheless, not too shabby. Big sellers on both realms were Darkmoon Faire quest items in the first day or two of the fair. And since ED is a PvP-RP server, xmog gear sells very well there.
Anyway, I’ve gotten the monk to 90 and I am enjoying the hell out of it. It also helps that I love Illidan. It is like moving to NYC/Toronto/London after living in the sticks. It is PACKED – the pug scene (which is what I mostly do now) is just SO happening whether you’re looking for arena, RBGs, casual BGs, raids or whatever. The auction house is packed with reasonable prices on most goods, enough to make a profit if you’re a crafter but not quite the alternate-reality prices low-pop realms have.
Not all is rosy. Login queues up to 700 deep most nights which is anywhere from 22 to 45 minutes (learn to login before you expect to play), Org can be laggy, trade chat is crowded to put it mildly and as the #1 server for progression in the US, some asses in trade can be snooty (to be fair, no worse than anywhere else that sees progression really). In spite of all that, I’m really enjoying it.
The monk is a total blast to play. I’ve done BGs, a little arena, raided LFR and MSV 10 and with my piddling ilvl of 475, I still felt reasonably effective. I’m playing as wind walker (DPS) and brew master (tank) – both roles are a joy to play on this class.
My journey to 90 was helped in no small way by Sunnier’s Brew Master guides at Sunnier’s Art of War.
I love my warrior, but I think I have a new main.