Due to circumstances – my Foray into the Bloggers guild, Single Abstract Noun and rolling a new toon as horde with a friend – I started leveling two new toons this weekend from scratch.
Leveling a priest like that. Again. OH THE PAIN 32 deaths so far, and 7 in a WSG game I thought I would have a go at.
I was selling my food for my level 4 priest training. I had to grind mobs to afford milk at level 5 – yes the mana regen has helped a lot, and I could have survived on spring water at 22 copper but I wanted to be faster!
Buying 6 slot vendor Bags on the Shammy one at a time because that was all I could afford – I only become financially viable when a guy gave us a 1 gold to sign his guild charter – 1 gold is a lot
Of course I started playing the Auctionhouse, but with leveling speeds increased – I needed gold sooner than an AH sale could provide. ( Level 18 now and between 40-50 gold on my shammy now)
Both Toons started unsupported on new servers – no gold no gear – no help, except a very welcome donated bag from the Single Abstract Noun Guild bank. More bag space = more loot = more stuff to send to bank alt/vendor = gold.
I should have planned a little better and Rolled a DK first.
I took up Skinning and herbing on my Priest on Argent Dawn- but I was able to bring 1k over on the toon I bought over with the heirlooms so I’ll be right for funds for a while – I don’t need to be rich but will still send mats to the bank alt to sell.
On my Shammy – they were a skinner, now a miner and enchanter. The idea being I make my gold from selling the enchanting mats for a little while, and the copper is worth more than the leather on the AH at the moment. I have been selling some of the starting enchanting mats available from vendor on the AH for profit. I am on track be able to afford my mount by 20 – I have my heirlooms that make it way easier to level, but no extra gold to play with.
I must confess I have now transferred toons with heirlooms to both servers. Yeah for being able to send heirlooms Xfaction! (gold isnt transferable x faction though) and now have a dent in my credit card.
I am over the challenge of doing it from scratch and I think I will recoup the value of the transfer by not dying as often / faster leveling = more pleasant experience.
I did the hard yards on my original toons, and then on several others I have rolled from scatch on new servers. I have a Shammy still on Nagrand at level 40 odd with 480 gold that I can’t do anything with – She was self supported with minimal Auction house effort. I don’t want to do the hard yards again.
The point, and title of this post is – I could not afford even the most basic of training and bag and food by level 4 on my priest, without some grinding, some time passing – and collection/selling of collected items on the AH 1 gold would have made the world of difference. I was leveling then, and I wanted it all now.
I guess I could have danced on tables.
Blizzard have made everything else easier. The struggle to be able to afford what I wanted/needed helped make me a better player the 1st time round, but even with all the changes and the nerfs if you were a brand new player – who didn’t even read the instruction manual – have no idea how the Auction house works, your not going to have enough copper to keep yourself fed and watered, fully trained and bagged up.
1 gold for new toons would make it a heck of a difference to new players.