First of all, thanks to all who those that gave me input yesterday on new alts for next expansion. I have (finally) made up my mind, and figured I would share. Of course, that does not mean I won’t change it. Simply that I have a place to start planning from.
Normally this is the point where I would go into great detail about why I chose what I did. I won’t bore you with that today. I’ll make this quick.
Since I prefer classes that can use both ranged Dps and healing abilities I had really narrowed it down to three before I even got started. The Priest, Shaman, and Druid to be exact. Since I already have a Priest at the level cap I figured giving the other two a whirl seemed like my best choice.
On the choice of race, well for me that was an easy one. Horde side my preference for Trolls is well known amongst my friends. Alliance side, on the other hand, I really want to give the Worgen a shot. Everything I have seen of them so far is quite impressive. Since Worgen can’t be Shaman it just got real easy.
I will be rolling a Troll Shaman and a Worgen Druid.
Then things got fun, I got to go shopping.
Remember all those Stone Keeper Shards I was sitting on?
You guessed it, they are pretty much gone now. Account wide I had over a thousand of the silly things. Now I have maybe 300 left across 3 level 80′s.
Along with some of the heirlooms I have laying about from various other projects (most notably my failed attempt at leveling a Rogue) I think I have quite the package for these two. Granted there is a piece or two that may need to be mailed back and forth occasionally. Then again, I can only play one at a time anyhow.
For our Shaman we have:
For the most part I will go with the Aged Pauldrons of the Five Thunders that I picked up for 200 Stone Keeper Shards. On the off chance I decide to go the melee route at some point I will switch over to the Stained Shadowcraft Spaulders that I have left over from the Rogue project. Less armor, but better stat allocation for the job.
If I am casting armor does not matter all that much I will use the Preened Ironfeather Breastplate even though it is leather. Once again if I decide later to do the melee thing I will slap on the Champions Deathdealer Breastplate that my Troll Hunter is using right now.
For weapons I picked up a Blessed Hammer of Grace for another 250 Stone Keeper Shards. I plan to pick up another some time in the next few days, once again on the off chance that I decide to go melee.
Our Druid benefitted quite a bit from the failed Rogue’s gear.
Depending on what he is doing at any given time He will be equipped with either the Lasting Feralheart Spaulders or the Stained Shadowcraft Spaulders. I already had the Shadowcraft ones laying about, so I just picked up the Fearalheart for another 200 Stone Keeper Shards.
Doing pretty good here too, since I already had the Stained Shadowcraft Tunic in the bank it was just a matter of picking up the Preened Ironfeather Breastplate using 40 assorted emblems that were sitting on my Death Knight. Now he is set for any occasion.
With these I was really up in the air about simply using the Blessed Hammer of Grace here as well. In the end I figured I had the 325 Stone Keeper Shards to spare so I picked up a Grand Staff of Jordan. It may not be the best thing I could be running with, but it will do.
Looking at all of what is available there is not really much left to buy with shards. I could (and likely will) pick up another Blessed Hammer of Grace at some point. I will probably grab up a Prized Beastmasters Mantle for the Shaman as well as the shards keep falling into my bags.
Are there other odds and ends I could pick up?
When there comes time when I simply have no upgrades left to me from Emblems of Triumph I might look into them.
Add all the heirlooms in with both of these new characters being issued four 16 slot bags and a couple gold to pay for food and training and I think they are more than ready.
If anything it’s too much.