It was a pretty typical patch day for me. Lots of lag, broken addons, and I even had a short queue when I logged in. You may not be real happy with my first impressions. My guild doesn't raid on Tuesdays, so I didn't experience the new raid and I didn't even get into the new 5-man. That does not mean I was not busy on my first day. Here is what I was up to.
It felt very odd at first. In fact, I had forgotten about the change while I was running a 5-man and it kid of shocked me at first. We were working on a boss and I was going through my normal rotation and all of a sudden Solar Eclipse proced on the first SF cast after the buff. It just felt way to soon and just strange. It will be interesting to see how it feels tonight when I get in a raid.
I don't claim to be a goblin, but I am trying to make more money off the AH and take advantage of temporary situations. The only pre-patch position I took was to buy several stacks of Titanium Ore, to try and capitalize on the Epic gem feeding frenzy that was going to take place when the patch was released. When I looked at the AH when I got home from work, my position seemed like it was going to pay off. Gems were selling for 350 - 400g. Stacks of Ore were selling for about the same. The big question I had was do I sell the Ore or do I prospect it and sell the gems.
I ended up prospecting the or and got a decent haul. I put all the Gems on the AH and most sold. Oddly enough it was the blue gems I had the biggest issue with. In the end, I've made a little bit of gold. I wish I had taken out a larger position, but this opportunity has definitely past. Gem prices have already been cut in half after the first day feeding frenzy.
The other funny thing I saw was that in all the chaos people seemed to forget about other parts of the market. For example, there were no Chaotic Skyflare Meta gems on the AH. I put several on the AH at way above market price and most of them sold. The Flask prices on my server also rebounded a little bit.
All in all, I didn't make a lot of gold, but it gave me great experience for the next patch and gave me a little more confidence to take some positions.
Isle of Conquest:
When I was buying gems I noticed that I was just a few hundred shy of being able to buy another gem with Honor. So, I took this opportunity to try out the new BG. For those of you that don't know IoC is kind of a combination of several BGs that have come before. The best way to describe it is AV/AB + Vehicles, and I had no idea what I was doing. It has the Cap and Hold aspect that you find in AB and EoT, but it also has the Kill the Boss aspect that you find in AV. Of course, I knew none of this since I paid very little attention to the PvP aspects of the patch before release.
That said, I did have fun. It was very lagging, and I didn't know anyone in the BG, but Alliance won and I got the honor needed to get a new gem. It's not going to spur me into a lot of PvP play, but I think it is something that the PvPers will enjoy.
I'm not exalted with The Silver Covenant so I didn't do any of the new dailies, but they did change the old AT dailies. They basically made them a little more difficult to complete and it makes me wish I had finished this up before the patch. First off, the two scourge quests are now different, so you can't just kill 15 mobs and complete both quests. The second thing was they changed the number of commanders you have to kill in the jousting quest. It may have been the lag and the number of people trying to complete them, but it took forever to kill 3 commanders. I can't wait until I am done with this whole thing.
I also did the Heroic daily which was Drak'Tharon Keep. It was a pug with what seemed to be a bunch of casual players. I didn't expect it to be hard but it was beyond easy. The hardest part about it was getting into the instance. Everyone and their mother was running instances last night so it took us 10 minutes to zone in. If it had been a guild run with chain pulls I'm sure we could have completed the instance in 15 minutes. Now I just need to do it for the next week or two straight so that I can get 25 EoTs to get the new idol.
The biggest disappointment of the night for me was how few of my addons were updated. I usually log in and most of the main ones have a new version out, but I think I updated 30% of my addons at most. Hopefully this won't present a big problem for raiding tonight.
Graylo - Our raiding has hit a little bit of a snag. Like most guilds, we are having a lot of absences due to vacations and such which is slowing down progress, but we've also seemed to have lost some of our focus. The good news is we recognize the problem and the guild leaders are taking some steps to try and correct the issues.
Other than that Graylo has been trying to complete the AT dailies and get ready for raid. I am in the process of updating all of my gems to epic gems. Thank goodness I have a large stock pile of emblems.
I am also thinking about dropping herbalism on him and picking up Inscription. My original plan was to level Grayvik up and make him my herbalist/inscriptionist and have Graylo pick up jewelcrafting instead of herbalism. With the changes to jewelcrafting that doesn't seem to make sense anymore and I was unsure what to do with Graylo's second profession.
After thinking about it a little bit I think I am going to keep Grayvik a herbalist/skinner and have Graylo pick up Inscriptions. I already have most of the herbs to level it up, and I don't really do any farming anymore, so it wouldn't be a big loss to not have Herbalism on a level 80 toon. I may make the switch over the weekend. Please let me know if you know of a good way to power level inscriptions.
Graypal and Grayfel: These guys are really just profession mules for me at the moment so not a lot has happened. I do need to try and get Graypal into the new 5man though to try and pick up some more gear.
Grayvik: He is now in Outland and progressing quickly. I went into the zone at level 58, and wasn't able to pick up some of the quest when I wanted to but after a couple of quick runs through HFP and BF I was back on track very quickly. The funny thing about it right now is being able to fly. I didn't buy the epic land mount when I hit level 60 because I new it would be cheaper when the patch hit. So, I went from the slow land mount to flying in a day. Its just a little strange.
Graybel - I used up all of my rested XP on Grayvik so I put a little effort into the shaman. I started leveling him using Brian Kopps guide, and I'm now trying to level him up using the Zygor guide. The problem is that due to all the rested XP I am way ahead of both guides, and they are very different in the beginning. For example, the Kopp guide has you going to level 20 in the Draenei starting area. The Zygor guide has you only going to about 12. So, switching from one guide to the other has been difficult, but I think it is all worked out now.
So that is my experience with the patch. Let me know what you guys think.