03/31/2013 10:46 AMSo now I'm trying to get my brain around WoW. Believe me, I tried more than once but it didn't stick until now. As you can see by my avatar I play a BE paladin. i wanted a good solo class. I have to say, BEs are the oddest "evil" race I've ever seen. They look like EQ high elves and the paladin class is supposed to be a good class. Odd.
Posted by Taranth
If you pay too much attention to the lore you're going to hurt yourself. Blizzard likes to play fast and loose with it. Paladins were originally an Alliance faction only class, if you didn't already know, and blood elves were added later because Blizzard was too lazy to balance faction specific classes.
The band-aid lore reason on why blood elves can be paladins is that the "stole" the light or something to that effect, and from a lore perspective they're blood knights instead of paladins. Since blood elves are all about being addicted to mana and magic in general, stealing/feeding off holy magic is the line of reasoning I suppose.
Additionally, high elves are in World of Warcraft, but they're fairly uncommon NPCs, and they tend to hang out with Alliance NPCs. They have the same model as blood elves, but they're just more pale.
If you're interested in the lore, you should check out the Warcraft books, they're pretty good. I've read the War of the Ancients trilogy, od BLood and Honor, Day of the Dragon, Lord of the Clans, and The Last Guardian, and they were all enjoyable reads. I can't speak for any of the more recent books as I haven't read them.
If you can find the "Warcraft Archive" it's a compilation of 4 books, and it's a pretty good deal.
I've gotten to level 32 as a protection paladin doing the whole solo a bunch of quests in one region then get sent on to somewhere else. Ok, fine. Kinda repetitive but i can deal with that. So far, I've yet to see any LFG efforts or zones where people gather and LFG the way we played in EQ. So is my path to 90 going to be solo, or are there any hangout zones where you look for a pickup group?
Like others said, there is a LFG tool that slaps you with people into dungeons. By default you can hit the I key to open your PVE LFG tools. The H key open PVP related LFG tools. As a heads up, playing with random people in LFG usually means silently plowing through a dungeon (since they're all easy as sin), and everyone immediately leaving once a dungeon is complete. More often than not a single word is not spoken.
Also, what would be a good time to start looking for a guild? I've been spammed with offers for guilds at the low end, almost to the point of harrassment, but I noticed starting in the high 20s it tapered off to almost nothing. Eventually i want to find a home.
The sooner the better. Guilds offer different bonuses depending on what level the guild is. Once they're capped out at level 25 they'll offer you bonus experience, reputation gains, honor points (pvp currency), justice points (pve currency), faster mount speeds, and other goodies. Unless you're on a very low population server, you should be getting spammed non-stop by level 25 guilds.
The 25 guilds that you get spammed by aren't tight-knit groups or anything, but you may find some buddies or something. Those guilds tend to be just money making ventures for the guild master (guild bank generates money when you loot money, and the guild master will restrict bank access to just himself), so don't expect any leadership or group events in such a guild.
Also, what are my key stats to boost and which should I not worry about? And what's a good custom UI? And is Curse permitted or is it verboten like MQ?
For holy, you'll primarily want intellect and spirit.
For protection, you'll primarily want strength, stamina, and defensive stats (parry, dodge, etc).
For ret, you'll primarily want strength, and the "cap stats." (hit and expertise, which increase your chances of actually landing attacks).
Those are oversimplified, so if you find yourself wanting the in-depth information, a good starting point is the Elitist Jerks forums: http://elitistjerks.com/forums.php
You don't need a custom UI unless you want something that looks pretty. The default UI is pretty robust now. As for some addon recommendations:
OmniCC: Puts a number indicating the remaining time until the ability is ready on your ability icons when they're on cooldown. Makes it easier to see the cooldown at a glance.
Grid: HIGHLY customizable party/raid health/status frames. It can be a pain to setup if you're going into it blind, so that's something to worry about later on.
Recount: Just a damage meter/healing meter. Nice to have. You can keep it hidden and open it up when you want to see something if you don't want the bars sitting on your screen perpetually.
There are tons of other great addons, but they pertain more to specific/high level play.