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10-28-2009 @ 2:34PM
Best tip I can give any new player: STAY OUT OF THE AH!! your shiny new gear will be old and rusty as soon as you ding once or twice. Get your gear from the occaisional instance or random drop. Save your gold for mounts and spells and especially for flight training. Trust me on this one. Oh! And pick a farming profession.
10-28-2009 @ 3:05PM
Very, very true.Back when I was leveling my first toon, I fell into the AH trap. I blew all my leveling gold on shiny armor that was for the most part, useless almost as soon as I got it, since your early levels come so quickly.There's almost always something better out there, just a few quests away. Especially at level 40! I know, if you're a hunter, shammy, warrior or pally that you just got a new armor proficiency. But this is the absolute worst time to buy gear from the AH, because the prices are so inflated. Trust me, you'll fill out all your slots with the proper armor type soon enough.
10-28-2009 @ 3:34PM
It's amazing how hard this is to get some people to understand. But then again, part of the confusion comes from the difference between a new player and an new alt of an experienced player.I am one that preaches the "stay out of the AH" sermon to newbies. On the other hand, when leveling my own alts, I do take them into the AH about every 10 levels or so and drop around 100g on the best stuff I can find. It does make leveling a bit easier - especially survivability. But that's only because I can easily make that 100g in about 30 minutes on one of my 80s. The trade-off versus reward is just NOT worth it, if you don't have a (relatively) endless supply of cash from a main). 100g is nothing to an 80 who is already in full epics, enchants, and gems, and the ability to purchase that kind of swag for a lower level toon is just a perk of already having leveled at least one toon to the max and leveled some professions - a lot like heir loom pieces.If you have not done that yet, you won't have that perk, but don't worry about it. It really doesn't make THAT much difference to your leveling experience. You WILL get everything you need from quests and, if you run them, dungeons to allow you to keep leveling just fine. Ignore the overgeared alts around you. Those are just seasoned players trying to shave a few minutes here and there off the leveling time of an additional character, by paying chunks of gold for *slightly* better stats.**One caveat to this, though. If you have the willpower to resist the temptation to buy all the shiny stuff you can't (and shouldn't) afford, you might venture into the AH, especially after level 10. I have leveled/am leveling around 8 alts, and sometimes I do find decent low-level gear for very, very cheap - like just a few copper or silver - that help fill a slot I haven't filled questing, yet. That can really boost survivability. It's worth a look, but if it's not an absolute, steal, don't waste your cash. You'll need that for more important things - like training and mounts.
10-28-2009 @ 4:01PM
When I started my most recent alt, a warlock, I picked up all the hierloom gear, so it's been a fairly awesome lvling experience SL/FG FTW!
10-28-2009 @ 4:31PM
"Best tip I can give any new player: STAY OUT OF THE AH!!"Unless of course you're making money there, which is definitely doable early on. :) But yes, spending money at the AH while only leveling is a waste of money.
10-28-2009 @ 5:28PM
Try this: look through the auction house whenever you're in a city and buy whatever *significant upgrades* you can get for *about* 1/10 your level in gold or less.My girlfriend and I did this with our most recent alts (now L25), and have succeeded in keeping average item levels close to our character levels while still accumulating some gold for training, mounts, and future needs. It always helps to have skinning plus a gathering profession too. We always have herbalism for our non-healing alts.
10-28-2009 @ 7:18PM
Definitely agree with the advice on making sure you have farming skills on your first char. Old world mining / herbs go for great prices on most servers.But regarding the AH, I wouldn't necessarily tell people to stay away. Making money, even at low levels, is so painfully easy these days. When you can unload that stack of copper at 5g per and then later that stack of tin for 20g, it adds up quickly. And quest rewards in the old world are very hit or miss. There's some great things at times and then you get a stretch where there's nothing but +spirit gear offered. So if you're making a decent income and the new shinies at the AH are appealing, just buy them without guilt. Feeling overpowered for a few levels with your new purchased blues can make the game easier and quite a bit more fun. You can look at Wowhead to get a rough idea of how much something sells for and to make sure you're not getting ripped off on the buyout. As long as you don't go too crazy, you'll easily have enough gold to buy your epic flyer and to purchase stuff that's excellent for leveling.
10-29-2009 @ 2:07AM
Stay out of the AH, sure. Except, if you're a caster, you should buy the most powerful wand you can, as soon as you can. And keep doing so. It's amazing how many people still don't know about wands.
10-30-2009 @ 9:53AM
I've warned people about this, not only for the AH but for enchants. And these are toons NOT with a ton of gold to spend.When they ask for an expensive enchant, I'll ask them if they are twinking that toon. Often I have to explain what that means. Then, I explain that they will probably get an upgrade soon and all the gold they spent on the shards and whatnot, will be wasted. If they still want it after I tell them that, then I send them to the AH to buy mats. They often change their minds when they see the price of the mats!!My main is an enchanter so I did treat myself to some extra enchants, (besides, as an enchanter, I thought it looked better if I had enchants on my gear and actually, did get a few enchanting customers that way when I was leveling).I was pretty much undergeared for most of my leveling until I got to Outlands and I seemed to do OK. :D And once I got there, I got such wonderful upgrades from just doing quests, it felt like Christmas. :D
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