This started out as a quick comment on WrathOfKublaKhan’s post The Shadowlands Prep and turned into a wall of text that I apparently wanted to get out. Since it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything, I figured I’d use it as a post. So here goes.
Patch 8.3 is incredibly alt-friendly. There I said it. I know I said before that I am only doing the cloak quest line on 1 toon per faction and that’s it. Well, I was wrong. I eat those words. I won’t even put any hot sauce on them to make them taste better. I was wrong. Gearing, leveling your necklace, and getting essences is as close to a cake walk as Blizzard will ever allow. I’m working on my 7th cloak.
Let’s start with the simple gear. If you’re playing 8.3 content on your mains, then you’ve already gotten plenty of tokens for 410 gear. Any gear that’s lower than 410 can be temporarily filled in with benthic gear, world quests, and with minimal gold from the auction house.
I know most people will roll their eyes at the mere mention of PVP, but please hear me out. PVP content is a great way to both gear up and get additional echos each week for your alts. It doesn’t require all that much PVP.
Start a group in group finder for PVP islands. Just call it “CP farming” in the description. Win or lose, you’ll get anywhere between 1 to 50 conquest points (CP), depending on how much you fill your island bar. If you fill it 30%, you get 15 CP. If you fill it 60% you’ll get 30 CP. Find a geared tank in your guild who can pull the whole island and nuke it down for max profit. Hands-down, this has the highest reward/time-spent ratio for earning CP. In battlegrounds you only get good amounts of CP for the first win of the day. Subsequent battleground wins each day suck for CP. Losses in battlegrounds equals 0 CP.
You’ll also earn a ton of doubloons for crates and you’re guaranteed to fill your island table azerite bar each week. You do not have to be good at PVP. You do not have to enable War Mode either. If you luck into a good team, BOOM! 50 CP, 18,000 azerite for your table, and some azerite for your neck. If luck is not on your side, you’ll still get some percentage of that 50 CP and some percentage of that 18,000 azerite. Also, you’ll wind up earning/leveling the Worldvein essence. The folks who joined a “CP Farming” group are likely to stick around for several runs if you weren’t horrifically crushed by the other faction. Even if they leave, as leader, you’ll be able to keep finding folks wanting PVP islands in group finder.
Turn on War Mode when doing faction assaults and you’ll get 60 CP for doing all 5 WQs (15 CP each for the 2 elite WQs and 10 CP each for the 3 normal WQs). Very little PVP actually happens in assaults anymore. If you do it with a group, you’re likely to win if you run into anyone of the other faction that messes with you. Most folks there just want the free CP and leave you alone (in my experience). Not all, but most.
Fill your conquest bar (500 CP) with islands and assaults, then visit your PVP hub. You’ll get a piece of gear for filling your bar. If you haven’t been keeping up with filling your conquest bar this season, you’re able to fill that bar up repeatedly until you are caught up. You will get loot for each fill-up, just make sure you visit your PVP hub every time the bar is filled. I think we’re somewhere around week 13 or 14, so you can fill your bar a couple times a week for several weeks if you want. Or, you can no-life it and spam islands and assaults until you’re caught up in a week or two. You’ll also get 175 Echos, a rank 1 Conflict and Strife essence, and a piece of random gear in your PVP chest after the weekly reset.
Initial item from filling your CP bar is a 440 weapon, followed by 445 gear (non-weapons) for the next several bar fills, then a 460 weapon, then 460 gear for quite a while. This wowhead comment has the rewards listed.
It’s a great way to gear up a toon, along with guild mythic dungeons… but this is something you can do whenever you want regardless of whether you have guildies on or not.
If you find you start to like the PVP scene even a little. Every week there are 3 Call To Arms (CTA) quests. These award CP of varying amounts and some blue PVP gear (currently 425 gear). One is on one of the original 3 enemy zones in 8.0 and requires you to kill 10 players. The second is either Mechagon or Nazjatar and requires 25 kills. The third is either Uldum or Vale of Eternal Blossoms (whichever is hosting the half-weekly assaults) and requires 25 kills. Also, if you are alliance, you’ll often get the Against Overwhelming Odds (AOO) weekly quest that just requires 25 kills. If you’re doing the CTA quests, you’ll wind up completing this quest too. AOO awards CP and some PVP gear. Just turn on War Mode and look in group finder for “CTA [zone name]” and look for any groups that don’t have 5 people in them. Even if you die, you get credit for the players your teammates kill.
If you add in getting your cloak, the short-ish essence quest lines (because this will level your neck quite a bit), and do a few emissaries during the week; you’ll have the following come reset day…
- Lots of gear at or above 410 Item Level. Guaranteed pieces from questing and big assault cache. Legendary cloak.
- Rank 1 or 2 Worldvein Essence (I believe you can get to 2 in the first week)
- Rank 1 Conflict and Strife Essence (from PVP chest on Tuesday, assuming you filled the CP bar at least once)
- Rank 1 Breath of the Dying (wish they gave you the 3 pieces for rank 2 on your alts in week 1) – and if you have tank/heal off-specs, you’re likely to have those essences too.
- Rank 1 Spark of Inspiration Essence
- Rank 3 or 4 Crucible Essence
- Enough Echos to buy an essence from MOTHER (possibly 2)
Yes, in 1 week, you will have at least two essences at rank 3+ and be sitting pretty for more the following week.