Preparations for 3.3
Well, here it is. The final chapter of the Wrath of the Lich King. Before facing Arthas, we have a final few days to catch our breaths, re-arrange our armory and gather supplies. So what can or must we do before venturing forth into the depths of Icecrown’s frozen heart?
- Tailoring patterns ahoy! – with the new Deathfrost Boots and Leggings of Woven Death, we have some good pieces to combine with our shiny T10, assuming you weren’t walking in BiS items already. The good news is that they are vendored by the Ashen Verdict, but this also means a lot of raids before you can make them. Why prepare? Well, they require 16 Spellweave and 16 Ebonweave in addition to the Primordial Saronite. Start crafting them now to make sure you have a stash for once you reach that reputation level. They are BoE as well, so this way you can cash in quicker as well, once you are done with your Emblems of Frost for Tier.
- Saronite or Titanium? – Rumours are (still unfounded I think) that the cooldown on Transmute Titanium will be removed. If this is the case, expect the price of Titanium Bars to drop – and Titanium Ore to rise. Why? Because the miners will be better off selling the ore to Jewelcrafters rather than smelting them, and Alchemists will have more Titanium bars to put on the AH. Because this change is not clear, or confirmed, it may still be worth it to keep your Titanium in ores and save it to see what the market will do.
- Crusader Orbs – I have an alt (my warrior) that I am leveling to 80, and I plan to gear her with the plate crafted from ToC patterns. They are 6 and 8 Crusader orbs, which is quite an investment. However, since everything will drop Triumph badges after 3.3, I expect prices to plummet, and I also have much easier access to them. So I am putting them on the AH for higher than average prices. Putting them on costs me less than 20s each, and I put them up for 700-750 gold. If they sell, more money to me. If they don’t, I was just saving them for crafting. Win-win! Strange strategy? Sure, but one already sold for that amount, even though it was 100g+ over the AH price of the other Crusader Orbs.
- Raid Consumables – Expect heavy raiding and instancing right after patch 3.3, as guilds scramble to get things started. Since the raids will have a timed release, like ToC, this will be limited at the beginning. This is also the time that guilds make last-ditch attempts at whatever Hard Modes they had left to finish it all up before Arthas comes into sight, so be prepared.
- Enchanting mats – With the new disenchantment loot option, you can bet that people will greed on those mats they used to leave to you. Many times the other party members wanted me to keep the mats, because a single shard or crystal is just a single one. Expect that to be a lot less due to having to only click a button and be awarded enchanting mats. This means less mats for the enchanter, and more on the AH, driving down the price a bit. You could choose to sell them now (when they’re hot) or store them up for rainy days. I try to keep around 2 stacks of dust, 2 stacks of Essences, 1 stack of shards and some crystals close at hand for when I absolutely have to enchant that new piece of gear.
- Research! - New 5mans and raids means a lot of learning to do. First off, check the 5-man loot and raid loot on MMO-Champion to see what would be an upgrade for you. Forewarned is forearmed! Second, make sure to keep an eye on the strategies (say, Lord Marrowgar), and watch some videos once available. It may be second nature to you by now, but it’s highly embarassing to enter the raid and discover you have no idea what you’re supposed to do (or not!).
- Spending emblems – With new gear on the horizon, it may feel like a waste to buy any new gear. I mean, that new loot will drop soon right? Maybe, but you may be unlucky with the drops, or now have the DKP for them. So make sure your kit’s in raiding order for Icecrown. And if it is, consider some PvP gear to try out your new hasted PewPew in arenas and BGs (before everyone catches up with the easier-to-get Emblems), or buy yourself a shiny set of tier/offset items for your offspec.
- Winter cleanup – After another season of raiding and PvP, you could find yourself with an awfully cluttered bag/bank filled with stuff you don’t really need. Try and keep it clean. Send food and semi-useful items to a bank alt (you can always return them when needed) and get rid of stuff that is just junk (you’d be surprised how often grey loot manages to find some empty slot in bag #3 after using a potion for instance) before heading off to 3.3.
- Relax! – With bosses being released in stages, and hardmodes out of the way, take some time to relax and have fun. Level that alt you never had the time to, do some old instances, get some of those previously uninteresting reputations to Exalted. This game’s still about having fun, so be sure to take the time to enjoy it.
Many preparations, many things that are still assumptions as well. With all my alts covering many tradeskills, I will be following much of the abovementioned. What will you do to prepare for 3.3?