The WoW Ironman Challenge — Warlock Final Ding!



Ironsally has made it to the lofty level of 85! Yay! Dancing in the streets! She modestly said she couldn’t have done it without her main man, or … er … tormented demon, Mak. Since I now have Fraps and WoW Model Viewer to play with, it was inevitable that I would attempt my first machinima to make a tribute to Sally. It is mercifully short, but it was fun to make.

At 84 and a half and one bar Sally and I were both tearing our hair out with frustration so the ban on Healthstones was lifted. It made the difference on a few quests that were blocking her way and leveling resumed. At three bars until 85 Sally was good and truly Cataclysm roadblocked. She absolutely could not down Haethen Kaul for Fight Fire and Water and Air with … I had thought this one going to be an easy quest with having the fire, water, and air wards but noooo it was not. He casts an Earthbolt that you can’t avoid and you aren’t protected from, so Sally didn’t stand a chance. I never noticed this with any other character and after one death I watched another player down him at level 83 and the Earthbolt had almost no effect on them.

Troggzor the Earthinator had proved impossible so far. He kept throwing Sally’s voidwalker about a mile away and running after him so the voidwalker was about dead before she could get into range to heal him. That left Kavem the Callous in Uldum. Not likely she could do it but she had to try. Nope, not even close.

Since Sally liked dying in the sunny weather she stuck around Uldum and killed some crocolisks hoping they’d flip for her. With rested bonus a level 83 gave over 8,000 XP. Killing a level 83 is about 60/40 in Sally’s favor. Sally was excited to find she could take care of those Thieving Little Pluckers, never had she felt such power as when wielding that mallet. She decided to scrounge around Uldum and see if Harrison Jones might not care if Sally had downed Kavem and stolen his key.

He didn’t care! He had quests for her. She could only manage Field Work and Do the World a Favor, she could not manage Just the Tip. Luckily she then remembered the quest chain with Anduin Wrynn. Sally returned to Stormwind and completed up to the part where she had to defend him from three attackers, yeah right, so not happening, she gave it her best but no luck.

Nothing to do but give Troggzor the Earthinator another try. Success! Sort of, I think Mak, Troggzor, and Sally all had about 5 hp left at the end but she outlasted him and that was with the help of a Healthstone. This opened up the roadblock and she managed to continue to 85.

I’ve learned a few things on this challenge. You don’t need heirlooms, you don’t need to obsessively upgrade gear every level like I have in the past. I don’t think it would be a great idea to queue for dungeons with gear 20 levels below you, but I think I’ll be fine with wearing something a few levels old.

I will no longer be looking askance at players I run across that seem to be doing something strange. I will now assume they’re on their own personal challenge and wish them luck with it. Although they really maybe did just forget to equip their weapon instead of a fishing pole, it could also be a “level with fishing pole equipped challenge”, you just never know.

I am grateful to Vrykerion at The Land of Odd and Psynister of Psynister’s Notebook for thinking up this challenge. I’ve really, really, enjoyed it. Okay, Sally and I may have panicked at that 84 and a half bit, but other than that it’s been more fun that I would have expected.

I last saw Sally in Uldum. I told her that it really wasn’t a safe place for her to hang around. She wouldn’t listen, she’s rather strong-willed. She wasn’t very happy at our parting, I have the feeling I’ll be seeing her again. I somehow don’t think she’s going to take up fishing and retire gracefully. I’ve even heard a rumor that she’s considering doing an endorsement for Tasty Puffballs.

Me? I think my main has some plans for me. She wants me to help get her guild to level 3, woohoo! I might do some rare spawn hunting. After that, who knows. Anyone got a good challenge in mind?

Want to try the WoW Ironman Challenge for yourself? The Ironman rules are at Psynister’s Notebook.

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30 Responses to “The WoW Ironman Challenge — Warlock Final Ding!”

  1. OMG YOU DID IT!!!!!!!! Congratulations from the bottom of my heart, I know how hard this is, and I am thoroughly impressed by your perseverance. Enjoy your retirement, Ironsally – you have certainly earned it!

    • Thanks Imraith! Yes, I’m trying to convince Sally retirement’s a good thing!

      I don’t know about Sally but I feel like just flying around checking out dig sites with my druid for a while!

  2. HUZZAH! Super Mega Awesome-tastic Grats! :D

  3. [...] us used to facerolling our way through Azeroth’s quests, it’s almost hard to recognise the game being described [...]

  4. This is really cool, and I can’t believe I’ve not been following the project for longer. I’ve always loved playing the game how it *wasn’t* meant to be played – my introduction to instances was two-manning them with a friend back in Vanilla, and my latest project with my guild was the “no tanks, no healers” group – we got up to 50-ish with dungeons only…

    I’ve featured this post over at the MMO Melting Pot – we read the MMO blogosphere every day and feature the very best posts for everyone to enjoy, and your epic levelling story certainly fits!

    Thanks, and I hope to hear more about Sally’s adventures – or someone/thing equally cool – in the near future.

    • Thanks so much Hugh. I think there are a lot of us who for whatever reason can’t play the game as intended but love the content so a challenge like this was perfect and a lot more fun that is sounds I was surprised to find.

      Ouch! No tanks, no healers, that must have been painful!

  5. [...] go over to Tome of the Ancient and give Ironsally a hearty congrats.  The entire journey from level 1 to 85 is documented on the [...]

  6. YAY Grats to Sally. Our first Ironwoman!

  7. Yay – you did it!!!! I am so proud of you. Huge – huge congratulations. It’s been an absolute blast following Ironsally’s adventure. That final level must have been so painful – but you persevered and conquered. Wow! I’m actually in tears I am so happy for you :D

    And lol – that machinima is awesome – lol

    • Well now I know why you do these challenges Döra, they are fun! But you were right, I feel somewhat sad and I’m kind of at a loss as to what to do without Sally to level.

      Me being me, I immediately made another alt (mage) and dressed her up in heirlooms and drove around Kezan. Now leveling a mage would be a challenge for me!

      Thank you! I have no idea what I’m doing but it was fun making it.

  8. Huge well done, I’ve rather stalled in my sad attempt at level 48, I know it’s a hell of a grind you’ve done to get there and proven it can be done. You must have had a few comments in your time, I know I have. Kind, well meaning players have tried to group with me to assist, trade me gear and just plain questioning my gear…it’s a fun, HARD challange.

    • Hi Raffles, I didn’t get any comments but probably because I play at odd hours when there aren’t many people on. My only problem with well meaning players was the buffing. If a paladin, priest or druid was around I’d get buffed and have to run off to get rid of it out of eyesight. I think they felt sorry for the poor noob who didn’t know any better than to wear store bought clothes, lol.

  9. Congratulations!

    Cool video :)

    - Jamin

  10. Oh my – I am truly giving you a standing ovation! Fabulous blog, too! Congratulations and many warm wishes!

    • Thanks Matty, I’ve been reading yours too. The real reason I wanted a warlock – a horse of fire. It doesn’t get any better than that!

      And Grateful Dead makes me think of Jimmy Buffet, I don’t listen to either but I’m happy about them. Now I can’t get Gary Busey out of my head.

  11. Grats on 85 :) Give Ironsally a pat on the back from me, she deserves it!

  12. Congratulations!

    Did you ever get the shirt made?

  13. I know I’m a little late, but congratulations! I have enough trouble getting to 85 normally, I’m really impressed by this feat.

    • Thank you Cynwise, It was a lot of fun. I keep hoping some clever idea people out there will think up another challenge. So far I haven’t been able to come with any ideas nearly as good as the Ironman.

  14. [...] The Ironman Challenge has since been completed by the blogger Tome of the Ancient, who documented her entire arduous journey. Here’s her post about finally hitting lvl 85 with her Ironman warlock named Ironsally. [...]

  15. [...] gear or consumables, no talent points, no professions, no glyphs, and no help from friends. Ironsally from Tome of the Ancient was our first Ironman winner, reaching the level cap with a Warlock of [...]

  16. [...] not sure how far Psynister made it, but I know that the nerves-of-steel Ironsally from over at Tome of the Ancient made it all the way to 85 on an Ironman Warlock. (Ironsally now hosts a regular video segment being [...]

  17. [...] not sure how far Psynister made it, but I know that the nerves-of-steel Ironsally from over at Tome of the Ancient made it all the way to 85 on an Ironman Warlock. (Ironsally now hosts a regular video segment being [...]

  18. [...] go over to Tome of the Ancient and give Ironsally a hearty congrats.  The entire journey from level 1 to 85 is documented on the [...]

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