Those of you that have been following my blog for awhile may recall that I rolled an orc hunter last year. In addition to the joys of leveling another hunter, I did this because I wanted to experience the game from the horde perspective before Cataclysm tears Azeroth apart. Although I’ve not played him much in the past couple of months, I must say I have thoroughly enjoyed the game as an orc.
Alright, so what’s he doing right now..? He’s working on getting his Arena Grandmaster. I’ve been very casually collecting them over the past several weeks and now have only four more to go.
Should I succeed, this will mark the second time I’ve soloed the chests for the Arena Grandmaster. The other time was on my then 19 Paladin a few years back. Of course, getting the trinket was less of a hassle a few years ago, because Blizzard hadn’t introduced the Arena Master achievement, which brought with it all sorts of unwanted competition from level 80s.
If I arrive at the arena and see some 80s waiting there, I like to sit back and see what unfolds. Last week I actually got lucky when an 80 Druid and 80 DK went at it over the chest. By the time the Death Knight dropped the Druid, he only had about 500 HPs left. I jumped down hoping to finish off his last few hundred HPs, but before I could, he died from the Moonfire DoTs still on him. 😆 It was a grand show, which then left an opportunistic level 49 Orc Hunter with unhindered access to the arena loots. 😀
I did a celebration dance afterwards, which ended when the DK rode back, Chains of Iced me and pounded my face in. I still had the last laugh though. 😉
My ultimate plan is to level this character to 80, but I’ve been having so much fun with him in the meantime, that I turned my experience off a few months ago. I hadn’t really planned on twinking this character, but that’s exactly what I’ve done.
Although twinking is all but dead in the PvP sense, due to experience gains via BGs (I’m on the fence over that change), there’s actually a new element of twinking that I’ve found to be pretty fun. This would be hardcore soloing.
Since we are able to turn off our experience now, it leaves us free to explore all sorts of challenging PvE content without the fear of leveling. Now some of you may say,”what’s the point in that..?
That’s what this game is supposed to be about anyway. It doesn’t always have to be endgame.
However, twinking is sort of like end-game without the wait. 😉
Stay tuned for more on my 49 Orc alter ego…