A: Buying gold from third-party services negatively impacts the game experience for everyone. The overwhelming majority of the gold these services provide comes from stolen player accounts, halting the victims’ ability to play the game and contribute to their guilds. On top of this, gold selling companies often farm resources using hack programs, sell fake product codes as a scam, and spam entire realms with ads to buy gold, disrupting the game in very real ways.
If you have a lot of gold, you can use it to pay other players to do some of the game’s less exciting activities, like fishing, herbing and mining. Some high-end guilds like to amass large stashes of gold so that they can provide consumable crafted items like stat-enhancing alchemy flasks and cooked food items that buff players, as well as enchantments and gems, to their raiders.
“We are seeing the same sort of discrepancies that folks in this thread and others have pointed out,” said Hazzikostas. “But we still have yet to pinpoint the exact aspect of scaling that we failed to account for. We want to understand why the numbers are off and fix the underlying cause: Were stats on gear reduced too much? Some aspect of creature armor or other combat calculations? Are our baseline values accurate, but the shape of the scaling curve wrong such that it’s particularly far off the mark in the 60-80 range?
Another popular leveling guide is called “Booster”, which is also available for all races of Horde and Alliance. Similar to Zygor, Booster is an addon that you view inside the game, and it tells you exactly where to go and which quests to do every step of the way to level 120. The leveling path was created by professional gamers, and optimized to make your leveling as fast as possible. Booster also comes with free lifetime upgrades and updates, so you literally just have to pay once and use them forever, which is awesome. It’s created by a company called Dynasty Addons, that has been around for almost 10 years, and their guides and addons have always been updated in a timely manner for every expansion pack. It’s easy to see why this leveling guide is so popular.
The Horde 12-25 (Barrens + Stonetalon Mountains) guide has been rewritten and revamped. In addition, there has been numerous tweaks to the speedrun route to make things faster and easier to follow. Also, in case you haven't noticed I am now adding about 40% more info per step and redoing all the images. Unlike with my previous vanilla guides, I am now giving a brief explanation of where to go and what to do with each step along with any other helpful tips.
The Hearthstone has a cooldown of 30 minutes, but there’s a guild perk called Hasty Hearth that shaves the time by half, giving you a strong incentive to join a guild. Yes, even if it’s some random guild that invites you without warning. It may feel odd to join people you don’t know, but if they have Hasty Hearth (and most guilds do), joining can save you a lot of legwork.
It's not an enchantment, but you should buy or craft an iLVL 100+ belt, gloves, or boots with a gem socket for use with the new 5% bonus experience gem: Insightful Rubellite. I used a vendor-bought belt from the legacy valor vendor in Orgrimmar, since it was convenient and met the minimum ilvl bonus. Keep these in your bags until you can equip them, which should be just in time for treasure collections in WoD content. I didn't ever replace the belt until I dinged 110, since I didn't feel the stats from later upgraded belt drops made enough of a difference to outweigh the 5% bonus. This is explained below, in the WoD treasure section.
Heirlooms are special pieces of armor that level up with your character, so they have stats that are always respectable for your character’s level (up to level 110). Heirlooms that fit the head, shoulder, chest, legs, and back armor slot offer an experience bonus. The total bonus is 45 percent if you have them all. It’s also possible to acquire a ring that adds another 5 percent, but you must win a fishing contest acquire it, and that can take some time.
Avatar – Avatar over Deadly Calm. Deadly Calm seems great until you use it and realize the spells you would like to spam either have cooldowns or don’t even cost rage. It mainly allows you to spam Slam for 6 seconds but I usually have enough rage to spam Slam anyways. On the other hand, Avatar’s 20% increased damage is always reliable and useful at anytime.
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