Each Saturday, Arcane Brilliance conjures forth a column all about Mages. You may well wonder: what does Arcane Brilliance do the rest of the week? The answer--up until a couple of weeks ago--was travel through time, righting the wrongs of the past. It was all very heroic, lent itself handily to an episodic format, and Dean Stockwell was prominently involved. Then Wrath happened. Now? Well, now Arcane Brilliance pretty much just hangs around in , ganking Death Knight noobs. Trust us, it's just as heroic, in its own way.
I trust we, as a nation of Mages, are all happily churning our way through the new content, gazing about us in wonder and amazement at the majesty of Northrend, and then nuking the crap out of that majesty. I know I am. Just about everything about the Wrath experience has been positive for me so far. The visuals are incredible, the quests are fun and rich with lore, and the music is phenomenal. I could (and have) spend hours just wandering about Dalaran, taking in the ambiance, feeling all kinds of magey. Seriously, Blizzard, I'm starting a slow-clap right now, and it's all for you.
One thing you've likely noticed as you've quested your way north is that almost everything you do seems to grant you reputation with some new faction or another. If you're anything like me, your first questions were probably "where might I find the quartermasters for these factions," and "what do they sell that is made of cloth and dripping with spellpower?" For a nice overall guide to the basics of these new factions, I'd urge you to check out our own Alex Ziebart's Wrath 101 posts about the subject. They can be found here and here. After the jump, we'll be focusing on the rewards these new factions offer that are specifically valuable to Mages.
This week, we'll go over about half of the new factions and the Mage-centric rewards they offer. Then sure enough, next week we'll deal with the other half. Here at Arcane Brilliance, we're nothing if not predictable.
Like its counterpart, the Horde Expedition, you'll start gaining reputation with this faction and its sub-factions almost the instant you step off the boat in Northrend. The rewards for both factions are virtually identical in every way except name and item model. You can find its quartermasters in Valgarde in Howling Fjord, and Valiance Keep in Borean Tundra.
The quartermasters for this faction can be found in Warsong Hold in Borean Tundra, or Vengeance Landing if your starting area of choice happens to be Howling Fjord.
Naxx with you. It requires level 78 and revered.
You'll meet these kindly walrus folk in either starting zone, and be able to immediately start completing daily quests for them. Gaining reputation with them isn't difficult at all, and exalted with them will net you a really sweet fishing pole. Plus, who doesn't want to be friends with a walrus-guy? Honestly, I can understand the Lich King wanting to kill Gnomes, or Humans, or Blood Elves, but these guys? They just want to be left alone to fish and get ugly sea-lions to fall in love with each other. Arthas is a prick. Their quartermasters can be found in the main Kalu'ak villages in Dragonblight and Howling Fjord.
BC set bonuses for this, but if your gear isn't from Black Temple or Sunwell or whatever, this is likely an upgrade. That's a whole lot of hit rating and spellpower on there.
The Wyrmrest Accord
Upon reaching Dragonblight, you can begin questing for this very cool faction. Any faction that lets you fight on dragonback every day is good in my book. Their quartermaster can be found in Wyrmrest Temple right smack in the middle of Dragonblight.
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Naxxramas, so grinding rep for these isn't a bad idea at all.
You can find a really nice guide to this faction and its Scryer/Aldor-ish counterpart here. Basically, you'll need to choose which faction you want to gain rep with through a quest-line, but switching factions if you're unhappy with your choice isn't as hard as you might think. The quartermaster for the Oracles is found at Rainspeaker Canopy in Sholazar Basin. If you hate murlocs, then you may not want to pick this faction, since they're all, um, murlocs. Well, gorlocs, I guess, but I simply don't care enough to split that particular hair.
The other choice in the Oracles/Frenzyheart faction-off, you can find the quartermaster for this faction at the appropriately-named Frenzyheart Hill in Sholazar Basin.
Come back next week for a long look at the Mage-goodies being sold by the other Wrath factions. In the meantime, have fun kiting the denizens of Northrend around, set some scourge on fire, and try not to ninja too many quest mobs. Unless you're ninjaing them from a Warlock. In that case, go right ahead.
Every week Arcane Brilliance teleports you inside the wonderful world of Mages and then hurls a Fireball in your face. Check out our recent look at how long your gear will last you in Northrend, or our guide to leveling builds to get you through Northrend. Until next week, keep the Mage-train a-rollin'.