In a strange turn of events, I decided against leveling my (now) level 86 Troll Moonkin and shelved him for my level 80 Orc Hunter. I’m not really happy with the damage output and I have an 85 Warlock, a Fire Mage and a Shadow Priest that I could always level as caster DPS if the itch needs to be scratched.
For one reason or another, I always find myself wanting a separate toon for tanking, healing and damage dealing. This time around, I’m thinking of leveling my Hunter to fill the damaging roll and seeing how the Monk pans out to dual spec as healing and tanking. The Warlock class has always been near and dear to my heart, so I’ll level my Warlock at some point just to figure out the drastic class changes that turned me away near the end of Cataclysm.
Where this leaves my Druid, I don’t exactly know. I could always level them to 90 and use them as a healer or a tank if I’m not feeling the Monk, but as fun as Balance was in Wrath of the Lich King, I don’t pull the damage I’d like to (and it may very well have to do with errors on my part) and I have other options to fall back on.
It took around 6 or 7 hours of quest grinding in the Jade Forest to hit level 86 and I ran one of the new instances right before going to bed. The name escapes me, but if the difficulty was any indication of what to expect, it seems that Blizzard abandoned the more difficult dungeon approach of Cataclysm and went back to the easier-to-PuG Wrath style of play.
This is fine by me since I don’t play in a guild full of people and I don’t like having to rely on great players when I’ve already waited 20-45 minutes in LFG. Get in, get loot, get out, and wait until Heroic mode for the challenges.
In day #2 of Mists of Pandaria, I haven’t done much at all aside from trying to get my Hunter from 80 to 85 to head out to the Jade Forest and repeat the same string of quests I just finished. As unexciting as that sounds, I’m actually excited about taming some new pets, getting some nice gear and running new dungeons with a class that I don’t have a lot of experience with at higher levels. I can always take a break from the monotony of level grinding to track down rare spawn exotic pets to tame (I’m Beast Mastery specced) and I really need to get my Herbalism and Skinning up to start farming the new materials.
Right now I’m flying through quests with my Beast Mastery build, taking Crouching Tiger, Hidden Chimera, Wyvern Sting, Spirit Bond, Thrill of the Hunt & Lynx Rush for some nice passive bonuses.