While I never intended on writing a part 4, I received tons and tons of awesome feedback from parts 1, 2 and 3. Special thanks go out to the MMO Champion folks, who were instrumental in fine-tuning and improving the plan to realm first 85. Check out the MMO Champion thread here
, the comments in there are generally helpful (if not hilarious - come at me bro, come at me!). Also check out Sinshroud's latest post
in Realm First 85 - Final Version
. Hit him up with some +rep
while you're there.
I've got some sweet tips for you guys today, the first is courtesy of Avell;
Originally Posted by Avell
Overall this seems like a sound plan, let's just hope that Blizzard didn't slip in a bread crumb quest at the last minute. I'll say it before and I'll say it again: if you're going to run a random dungeon, make sure your entire group is reliable and READY for the encounters. I was watching several videos of groups running regular dungeons and wiping
several times on some bosses. This isn't WotLK folks, this is Cataclysm, where dungeon bosses are juiced up on steroids.
Next we have a correction to my initial statement about some daily quests not rewarding XP
, courtesy of Lucetia:
Originally Posted by Lucetia
Now, I had tested this myself and concluded that they did not reward XP. Blizzard had been toying with some quests and needed to hotfix them the following week. I think I may have done my own testing within this time frame. Regardless, I shot a few PMs back and forth with Lucetia, and I think it's safe to assume that he or she is correct. Just keep in mind, you still want to pick up clustered dailies, not scattered ones!
Our next batter is the honorable Thud, who asks:
Originally Posted by Thud
While transferring to a low pop realm may eliminate some of the competition, it also kills the purpose of realm first, in my eyes. If you're doing it for fame and fortune, stick to your server. If you're doing it for the feat of strength and nothing else, I'd say go ahead and transfer. Nevermind, this is incorrect. Do not transfer servers if you want realm first.
I'm quite sure the achievement will stick even through a server transfer. I've never heard of any achievement being removed due to a transfer - this should remain true for realm first. Not to mention, I've seen 2 players with "realm first - level 80" on Thunderlord (Shockington and Applemask, I believe).
Escanor brings up a fine point about guild levels and perks;
Originally Posted by Escanor
In response: It seems to me that blizzard wouldn't allow such an advantage, but you never know. I'd advise asking top guilds for a temporary spot - tell them you're making a very serious attempt at realm first. If you have a good reputation on the server this shouldn't be a problem.
Last but not least, the esteemed Veronika (ding ding +rep
) points out an alternate (and possibly optimal) pre-questing plan, as quoted below:
Originally Posted by Veronika
Some good insight once again by Veronika. If you haven't yet unlocked Sons of Hodir, you have plentiful time to do so before Cataclysm. Whatever you do, make sure you're in and out of Northrend quickly, as it's very important to be ahead of the pack in Hyjal or Vash'ir (whichever you chose).
As a final note, it seems to me that far more players will be attempting realm first this time around. Maybe it's because the grind is shorter. Maybe it can be attributed to all the awesome guides out there. Who knows. That being said, there can only be 1 per server, and I won't be too bothered if I come in 2nd, 3rd, or even 10th. I recommend not setting your hopes too high either - this is just a game, and though we're passionate about it, there's no reason to get upset over something like a lost race to server first!
That's all for today, Sterling beaming out!