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5-12-2009 @ 1:16PM
When I recently leveled my Warlock alt, I tried to do so with end game raiding in mind. Huh?Certain zones have far more representation for certain factions, and certain factions are far better for Warlocks than others. With that in mind, I quested in Borean Tundra to raise of Kirin Tor rep and Wyrmrest Accord rep, Dragonblight to further increase Wyrmrest rep and as mentioned, Storm Peaks to unlock Sons of Hodir.Kirin Tor is pretty much mandatory for 'locks, with their head enchant, and the best pre-Naxx main hand (Flameheart Spell Scalpel), although I stopped at revered because the Exalted robes are poorly itemized, especially compared to Ebonweave.Wyrmrest is, in my opinion, the first faction you should get to Exalted. At Honored you get a +40 hit belt (although this should be replaced eventually by Plush Sash of Guzbah, which will last you into Naxx25, if not Ulduar). At Revered, some good wrists are available (again, there is an upgrade in Azure Cloth Bindings, but not everyone will get lucky before you hit Revered), and at Exalted are Sandals of Crimson Fury, again an epic that will last you into Naxx25, if not Ulduar.Props to Blizzard for well itemized epic rep rewards, and making the mundane task of leveling pay off for raiders!
5-12-2009 @ 1:43PM
The Titansteel Spellblade http://www.wowhead.com/?item=45085 , a new craftable, is better than the scalpel if you happen to have a blacksmithing alt or know a good blacksmith that will help you gather the mats.
5-12-2009 @ 2:14PM
Actually, since 3.1, the best pre-Naxx 1H weapon for locks (and other casters too, probably) is Blade of the Keening Banshee - http://www.wowhead.com/?item=45208 or the Alliance equivalent, http://www.wowhead.com/?item=45129
5-12-2009 @ 2:19PM
The Gnomeregan Bonechopper ( http://www.wowhead.com/?item=45129 ) is imho also a good option, and quite easy to get as you can start AT quests at 77.
5-12-2009 @ 2:31PM
Pfft, I remembered the Titansteel thing right after I posted. Thanks, Internet. I haven't touched the Argent Tournament, been grinding Emblems and rep, but in any case, think of the Scalpel as a bonus for getting your head enchant. BIS blue MH, okay?Also I tried to grind in areas that had humanoids, as a Tailor, although I ended up just buying a ton of cloth to level with. Mm, Lightweave.
5-12-2009 @ 6:12PM
For the raid aspiring warlock with patience and gold, http://www.wowhead.com/?item=40246 occasionally appears on the AH.Also, hold onto the green wand from Dragonblight. http://www.wowhead.com/?item=38206. Often worth busting it out for you first raid bosses even if you have better for trash/soloing.
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