My priest hit 80 last night! I logged in after dinner, did a few dailies, and then headed to Scholazar Basin for some questing. Some guildmates invited me to run Halls of Lightning (woo! what a cool place!), and after that we headed to the Old Kingdom to squish some bugs. This put me at 97.5% toward 80… so close! So, back to Scholazar I went…
I know some people hate the grind of the Nesingwary quests, but I confess, I actually like them. So, I started killing 15 of this, 15 of that, collecting 5 meats from the giraffe thingies, all the while chatting away in vent with folks. I somewhat absent-mindedly turned in one of the quests and -bwoosh!- leveled! Hee! I wasn’t quite expecting it so there wasn’t that lovely moment of anticipation right before the Big Ding where I set up my screenshot, etc, but still, it was very cool.
As far as I could tell in game, I was either the 9th or 10th level 80 in our guild. People are talking about running heroics soon, which will be really fun to try. I’ll be questing quite a bit with my priest, I imagine, with one eye on the LFG, as I want to continue making connections with other players on the server. I’ll likely start leveling my hunter soon, too. I leveled my priest first partly because I had a lot of momentum, having just hit 70 with her fairly recently, but also because I wanted to help contribute to the guild by having a toon available for a support role. Somewhat ironically, I might not get a raid spot because of this, because so many others had the same idea. I didn’t think everyone who said they were going to level a healer first would actually do it, but they pretty much did. Of our 80’s, two are priests, one is a resto shaman, and we also have a tree druid that likely hit 80 after I logged off last night. (We also have several in the upper 70’s that are healing types.) The druid leveled as a boomkin though, and in chatting with him, he said he liked that well enough that he might stick with it if we had plenty of healers. I suppose I could respec shadow for some of our raids, but frankly, my +hit kinda sucks with my current gear. I think I’ll just level my hunter for pure DPS instead.
So… 80! Yay! Now it’s time to catch up on my professions a bit and beef up my bank account to better support my alts.