10 Steps to Prepare for the Legion

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In only a few short weeks, we will begin the charge to defeat the burning legion once again in the World of Warcraft: Legion, but before we even think about the ultimate goal of the next expansions we need to consider what steps we can take now to help us.

  1. Computer: Your PC needs to be ready, make sure your anti-virus is updated and a full scan run before August30th’s launch day. If you don’t have an upto date anti-virus you should download one of the free ones, they are as good as the bought ones at protecting your system although you may lose small features (like multiple scheduled scanning options). AVG from Grisoft and Avast! from Avast come highly recommended. Make sure that you have free space on your hard drive to install the patch. The pre-patch data is 20GB and I’d guess another 10-20 GB is to follow so allow 60Gb on your install partition to be safe. You may well need to do some housekeeping to free up this space or maybe it is time for that new HDD you’ve been promising yourself.
  2. Professions: Get all your professions to maximum level if you haven’t already. Many people and guild banks will be emptying bank slots and trying to make sure they get the best price for it but mainly focused on not getting left with worthless junk. This means you get to level your professions at their expense. If you goods can be disenchanted and they do not sell quickly get an enchanter to disenchant them for you (offer a tip they’ll hopefully refuse it but will thank you either way). Come Legion you’ll then be able to level your professions from day 1.
  3. Get a guild: Levelling solo is painful and the perks that guilds can bring are really worthwhile. If you’re not in a guild you should find a good active guild that meets your style of play, time you play and general attitude. A mature player focused on PVE raiding who likes to chill after a hard day of work will not find a good home in a PVP focused guild run by a 12 year old Timmy Power gamer type. Gather up some friends to play with on the first few days. Grab some guildies to level with and set aside some time together for questing, dungeon running and generally having a fun time on Ventrilo/Teamspeak while doing so will make that 1st day very productive and memorable for the right reasons.
  4. Addons: Over the course of the expansion you will probably have acquired addons for many things. Review these addons and determine if they are really needed. If you’re really brave you could just ignore this part and on Legion release day simply delete your Warcraft install and start from fresh. This will most likely give a a performance increase so its a worthwhile task. Although you may need to spend some levelling time setting up your essential addons.
  5. Location, Location, Location: Get out of your garrison, remember the carnage of Warlords launch? We could see the same thing in Legion with a garrison traffic jam. So don’t go there, this will of course mean that the garrison quests mentioned above get handed in later! Also don’t go to other obvious choke points like Stormwind and Orgrimmar if you’re on very high pop realms like Draenor/Silvermoon on the EU and Tichondrius/Stormrage/Dalaran in the US.
  6. Free XP: To help level a bit faster, we need XP and we’ll want it fast. You can get a headstart by completing quests now but not handing them in until August 30th. Ideally, these would be from a central hub sadly Warlords didn’t really have dailies so you’ll be limited to a few garions quests and the few Tanaan dailies. These quests won’t give great XP but anything extra means you’ll be a few bubbles in within minutes of the expansion launching.
  7. Clearout: log onto you characters and move to you nearest bank. Open all your bags and sort through all your items. If it is not soulbound, consider putting it on the auction house. It is worth more now than it will be in 4 weeks and if you find you need it just buy it again. Vendor: Staying in your bank, sift through your bag and bank slots and look at all the soulbound items you have. If you’re like me you’ll have a collection of memory items, armor, weapons, 1st epics etc. now I’m not proposing you vendor these items shove those in your void storage as anything else should already be captured in your transmog list. Any other items vendor them. You will never use them, they will be at least 1 expansion out of date in a few weeks anyway and you need gold more than junk in your bank. You’ll be pleasantly surprised how much gold you’ll get from this part.
  8. Delete or Complete: You’ll still most likely have some stuff left in your bags and bank slots. Many will be quest items. Now is a great time to complete the quest and get rid of the junk. If you can’t be bothered to complete the quest abandon the quest and delete the item, sometimes the item vanishes when you abandon quests if yours didn’t delete it.
  9. Food and Drugs: Make a supply of buff foods and potions that will help speed your kill rate and minimise downtime. If your cooking isn’t upto the challenge maybe now is the time to speed level it. Its not too difficult. There will also most likely be tons of cheap food and cooking mats on the auction house.
  10. Get Into The Zone: Tidy your desk/gaming area – it will make you feel more comfortable and put you in the best mental state to power level. If you’e planning an extended gaming session on August 30th you should prepare yourself some food and drink ahead of time. Doing this will prevent you from grabbing fast easy solutions to your hunger/thirst. You’re extended gaming session will be wasted if you’re half a sleep through some/most/all of it so get some real life rested! If you’re getting the game early from a pre-order and intending to play through the night try to get some sleep during the evening of August 29th. If like me you’re getting the game on the morning of August 30th grab an early night and set the alarm so you can get to your local gaming store at opening time.

Posted by Evlyxx

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