Seven Tips for Legion that Gul’dan Never Saw Coming

Here are some useful tips that will help you prepare for the launch of World of Warcraft: Legion. For even more resources you may not have encountered, check out the class guides or general raiding guides (both are also linked in the navigation bar).

It has always been a dream of mine to write a useful List of N Things blog post with a catchy title. Enjoy!

Swag Your Spellbook

When Blizzard reworked the Glyph system with the 7.0 Legion prepatch, several classes lost cosmetic effects. Some will be available again from Inscription Glyphs when Legion launches. Others are available for you now!

Are you a Druid missing your stag appearance? A Shaman that misses making it rain (of frogs)? Check out this Reddit post with a list of vendors that sell cosmetic enhancements.

Some like Quartermaster Miranda Breechlock in Eastern Plaguelands sell only a few items (she sells a Contemplation Tome for Paladins and a nifty toy for Priests). Others like Lorelae Wintersong in Moonglade sell many Tomes – any Druids looking for Flap or cosmetic effects should check her out.

Speaking of Flap, if you are a Balance Druid, check out the FlappyBirb weakaura which creates some mini-games based on Flapping!

Enhance Your Exploring

Preach made a great video guide with some Legion leveling tips. Some folks on Reddit summarized and discussed his recommendations – definitely worth a read-through.

A few other tips and tricks threads have popped up on Reddit: here’s another one I found useful. Make sure to plan your attack so you hit the ground running once the expansion drops.

Analyze Your Artifact Weapons

Poneria wrote a lengthy article on the math behind leveling up multiple artifact weapons. Check it out to get a better understanding of where you should be spending your artifact power.

My executive summary? Two fully-filled artifact weapons (a main spec and one offspec) is doable. But once you get to the hidden “percentage improvement” traits, you want to focus on one main spec early on in Legion. The artifact power costs of each additional percentage will get prohibitively high for multiple specs.

If you are interested in looking at more artifact weapon numbers, check out this spreadsheet by Kibo.

Automate Backing Up Your Addons

This guide on the official Blizzard Battle.net forums explains how you can automate backing up your addons (and their settings) to your favorite cloud storage provider – at no additional cost! Once everything is set up, you can also sync addons between different computers. The process is a bit involved and requires some tech savvy, so proceed with caution.

For a paid alternative, consider Curse Premium, which includes an addons backup and sync feature.

Calculate Your Cooldowns

As I noted in my recent post on User Interface, Weakauras can be a great way to manage your cooldowns. I also noted that it can often be a good start – and sometimes finish – to borrow Weakauras from someone else.

Several Weakauras repository websites are popping up for Legion. They include weakauras.online and wago.io. As someone who is very likely going to main Balance Druid, I love Cyrous’s Weakauras on wago.io. Restoration is my favorite offspec, and Ablution’s Weakauras on weakauras.online are a great resource for Restoration Druids as well as Holy and Discipline Priests.

Optimize Your Offspec

Are you still considering what class to pick or what offspec you should prioritize? Are you wondering what specs have secondary stat priorities that mesh well, so you don’t have to maintain two separate sets of gear?

If so, look no further! This spreadsheet, linked on Reddit, lays out which specs have synergistic stat priorities. For me, Balance Druid with Restoration Druid offspec has never looked better, with both specs prioritizing Haste then Critical Strike.

Perfect Your Performance

I may have saved the best for last. This spreadsheet, with discussion on Reddit, is a comprehensive guide to the start of Legion. It covers, leveling, professions, gearing, your artifact, and more. It is focused on players who want to immediately gear up a main and an alt for heroic split runs.

A word of caution: the original spreadsheet was written in Russian, and is being constantly updated by the creator. The translated English version may become outdated.

Useful Websites for Legion Prepatch

Discord is the new voice program taking over many gaming communities with its crisp, free voice-chat and very useful text channels (EDIT: see this list of Discord channels for Legion).

There are several community-run wow-related discord servers, including this one for WoW in general and these for each class. Check these channels if you want to stay tuned for the very latest theory-crafting. You can also make a free server for your guild.

http://www.wowhead.com/: Wowhead, already very useful in general, seems to be stepping up its class guides game for Legion (navigate from http://legion.wowhead.com/guides/classes).

http://www.icy-veins.com/wow/class-guides – A very reasonable starting off point for class guides, with the best guide available for some specs. The Icy-Veins forums also have bits of useful discussion.

http://www.mmo-champion.com/: This site, like wowhead, has periodic updates about wow, as well has having very well-trafficked forums, which have the best theorycrafting available for some classes.

http://www.reddit.com/r/wow/: This reddit subreddit is an official wow community site and has good, active discussion about wow.

http://www.reddit.com/r/CompetitiveWoW/: This reddit subreddit is narrowly focused on high-level wow raiding. There are detailed guides, log analysis posts, and more.

http://simplearmory.com/: This website allows an alternative view of the wow armory. The collectibles, mounts section links to a good guide for mount farming and tells what you missed at a glance.

http://bossblueprint.com/wow: This website is a great way to quickly outline raid positioning strategies for HFC.

Legion Prepatch Looms

Hello and welcome back to RaidAdvice. Who’s excited for the Legion prepatch (coming in a few days on July 19, 2016)?

Guide availability for the prepatch is spotty right now, and several writers are waiting to release guides until the patch drops. Check back in a week or two for my first-draft list of prepatch class guides. Before Legion hits, there’s a few raid-oriented posts I intend to release, so be on the lookout for those as well!

For now, there’s a reddit thread with information on several guides, and some class websites (links available from the Class Guides Tier 18 page) have forums where folks are starting to theorycraft. Class discord channels and IRC have some good guides forming/promised as well.

If you know of a good guide, feel free to leave a comment here, or contact me directly (my contact information is available in the about page).

Generally Useful Websites Tier 18

This is a quick post on useful websites that do not easily fit into the “guides” pages.

http://www.wowhead.com/: Wowhead maintains news, guides, and a searchable database of every item in the game. If you have a question about something in wow, this is a great first place to look.

http://www.mmo-champion.com/: This site has periodic updates about wow, as well has having very well-trafficked forums.

http://www.reddit.com/r/wow/: This reddit subreddit is an official wow community site and has good, active discussion about wow.

http://www.reddit.com/r/CompetitiveWoW/: This reddit subreddit is narrowly focused on high-level wow raiding. There are detailed guides, log analysis posts, and more.

http://simplearmory.com/: This website allows an alternative view of the wow armory. The collectibles, mounts section links to a good guide for mount farming and tells what you missed at a glance.

 

Other Class Guide Compilations for Tier 18

This site was started due to dissatisfaction with other guide compilations, which generally seek to host proprietary guides for all classes on one site. Some of these websites are good jumping off points, but, in general, they suffer from being out of date or inaccurate for at least some of the guides. That being said, the best are listed below.

http://www.icy-veins.com/wow/class-guides – A very reasonable starting off point for people new to raiding. The Icy-Veins forums also have bits of useful discussion.

http://onuraslan.github.io/SummonStoneMirror/summonstone.com/ – A mirror of the now defunct SummonStone website. This project had promise, but was closed by its creator, Skullflower, a notable Death Knight theorycrafter and raider, when he took a job working for Blizzard. Nice guide format, a better jumping off point for some classes than Icy-Veins.

http://www.mmo-champion.com/forums/247-Class-Discussions – The MMO-Champion class forums have the best theorycrafting available for some classes. Other class forums may be inactive or, worse, have inaccurate information.