Friday, May 28, 2010

Hitting "the wall"

So, if you follow me on twitter, you've probably heard me grumbling slightly about this. I've been sinking a lot of time into my pally lately, and i've hit what is referred to (in a lot of varying activities) as "the wall". You have been doing so well up to a certain point, and then you just hit it. All your momentum comes to a grinding halt. You seem to run out of quests that are at appropriate levels. The dungeons at your level just... don't do it for you. Yeah, you could probably suck it up and just do them, but do you really want to? Most of the time, pugs for those places are terrible. You don't have all the tools for your class that make the places go easily. As a paladin that would prefer to tank, i'm missing Avenger's Shield, Hammer of the Righteous and Divine Plea. Mana consumption for pally tanks is far too high at lower levels especially with Consecration being your main aggro ability.

See, I have a pattern I follow while levelling an alliance toon, and that pattern always leads to a wall from 42/43-45ish. Once you hit 45, Gadgetzan is doable, Feralas is doable, Searing Gorge is doable... it's all good for a while there. Does anyone else have this problem? Where do you find is the "hard areas" to get past when levelling your alts? By comparison, where do you find the easiest levels to get past are? (Aside from the Outlands, cause you can pretty much hit 10 levels in two zones almost with any BOA gear).

What do you do when you hit these "walls when levelling"? Do you suck it up and hit the dungeon queue? And how about that, are there any dungeons you run across while levelling that you just can't be arsed to be any part of? Personally, I loathe Maraudon. Purple or orange, don't matter. Pristine Waters doesn't bother me as much because it's rather scenic and pretty to look at, but I just don't like the dungeon as a whole. I am, however, glad that the LFD tool seperates it into those 3 areas, cause that place is retarded long.

I also have serious problems doing Dire Maul or BFD, because it seems like nobody knows their way through those places, and they all end up getting lost and failing miserably... and when the group inevitably wipes, NO one knows how to get back to the dungeon enterence.

Wow, okay, I went off a lot longer than I meant to, but please, leave me a comment and tell me about your levelling experiences. I really want to read them.


  1. I always get bored leveling somewhere around 35-40 and all the way up until I can go to Outland. If I can't get some poor soul to boost me through some instances I usually just do end up grinding my way through it - though boring myself to death while doing it.

    Most of the mid-level instances seem insanely long. Even the low level ones do really. Maraudon like you mentioned is a perfect example. But even the low level Deadmines is crazy long. Not to mention my nemesis - Gnomeregan.

    I must admit that I prefer instances that aren't quite so long.

  2. @Saga... We won't even talk about Gnomeregan. Honestly, for the most part I don't even hit the dungeon finder until I get to outlands. I just quest grind it out from 1-58, and it really doesn't take that long, especially with some BoA gear.


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