This is my druid, Ayrshire. Like so many druid alts out there, I’m raising her as my “Brajana-can’t-afford-to-buy-flasks” herbalist/alchemist! I also rolled her because I wanted a Tauren, and Twitter voted Druid over Shaman when I polled. The highest I’ve gotten a druid is mid-20s, but hopefully this one will make it all the way, like my paladin before her!
Notice her attractive shoulders and chest piece? Yep, they’re heirlooms. I ran some heroics over the weekend and realized I had exactly 200 Stonekeepers Shards, and over 80 Conquest/Valor/Heroism badges. So I rolled out the Wintergrasp to grab her Exceptional Stormshroud Shoulders, and plopped down 40 Heroism tokens for her Stained Shadowcraft Tunic. I originally thought the chest would only be available through the Argent Tournament, but I was pleasantly surprised to learn otherwise!
I’m really happy with the heirloom system. I think it’s a great compromise between the extremists who say “All characters should start at level 55!” and the others who say “Leveling too fast is CHEATING!”
Where do I stand? Well, I like leveling. But sometimes it is just too time consuming. I don’t feel like it’s a waste of time… and while you don’t exactly learn how to play your character as you would in a level 80 raid setting, you learn invaluable lessons and know the mechanics of your abilities front-to-back, so that when you do begin to change to the raid playstyle, it’s just the way you use the abilities that you have to learn, not what each ability is for.
A 20% increase to my experience gain does give me a noticeable boost, but it’s not as extreme as just jumping straight to 80 – I still have to learn to play.