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The Mini-Priest Project

October 18, 2011
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Last week, I got a ton of help and support from the blogging community when I wondered whether it was a good idea to attempt to level a priest through PvP.  Turns out that this was a fantastic plan.

Meet Thisby:

Thisby has spent most of her time in the 25-29 bracket this week, and I’ve been having a blast.  To date, Thisby has won 8/14 battles in Warsong Gulch, and 2/3 battles in Arathi Basin, which means I’m sneaking by with a winning record!

I’m not going to pretend to be either an expert on PvP or priests here .. since I’m neither .. but I’ll point out a few things I’ve learned this week:

  • My first “ohmigosh, look I’m smart” moment came when I was going 1v1 against a shadow priest.  I put a shield on myself and then remembered to dispell his shield before I started to damage him.  I remembered my buttons!
  • At this level, I spend as much time damaging enemy players as I do healing my teammates.  Renew, PW:S, and Penance are still really strong right now, so it means I can spend a lot of time on offense and just keep one eye on my teammates’ health.
  • Always, always, ALWAYS have a shield on yourself.
  • Atonement, and points in Evangelism, have actually been helpful at low levels because I’m doing so much damage.  Unfortunately, both of these abilities only proc from Smite and Holy Fire, and I use my DoTs and Penance slightly more often.
  • I was experiencing a lot of mana issues, which were made even worse by the inadequacies of low-level water (I would have to drink 2-3 of them before I was back up to full, and that’s a lot of time spent as an easy target).  So I went ahead and put some points into Mental Agility to try to make the mana situation a little more manageable.

One of my favorite moments of the week came yesterday morning, when I found myself in the enemy’s flag room in WSG with two rogues.  All three of us stood still for a moment, trying to figure out who was going to take it.  Finally the rogues asked me to carry, since neither of them wanted to have to leave stealth.  I grabbed the flag and took off.  On the way back to our base, we killed the enemy flag carrier and went on to cap, which gave me my Capture the Flag achievement.

Spelling error aside, it was adorable.

Then, this morning, this happened – and it’s something I haven’t been able to do on any other character:

So as a silly (but sincere!) thank-you to everyone who offered advice in this endeavor, I’m offering the chance to decide which of the PvP mounts Thisby will purchase.  Remember that she’s a gnome, so she will look ridiculous no matter which mount you choose – and, really, isn’t that the point of gnomes anyway?


Should you be interested in following Thisby’s adventures, I’ve been writing about her occasionally on Twitter with the hashtag #minipriest.

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11 Comments leave one →
  1. October 18, 2011 10:44 am

    Horse. Only because that’s the one my Gnome Priest went for and it’s glowing pink eyes look awesome.

    Also pick up water from Arathi Basin/WSG vendors. It’s way better than the levelling stuff. This is the level AB 25 one, http://www.wowhead.com/item=20226. 2202 mana versus Sweet Nectar’s 1344. It’s just slightly annoying that you end up needing three stacks, one for Wsg, one for Ab and ordinary water for everywhere else.

    • October 18, 2011 3:23 pm

      Ah, thanks for the tip. I’ll happily devote 3 slots of bag space to increased peace of mind.

  2. dakotarick permalink
    October 18, 2011 11:30 am

    Congratulations on the achievement. That is one of the most exciting ones to get in PvP.

    • October 18, 2011 3:31 pm

      Thanks, it was! To be fair, the match in question was a little one-sided, but I felt I deserved it for my first flag carry in that one. I had a rogue on me the entire way from the flag room through midfield, and I was running alone. He couldn’t kill me, but he managed to get out of combat enough times to keep getting back into stealth and generally being a nuisance. When I finally got near the Alliance tunnel, I found a few teammates to finish him off.

  3. October 20, 2011 3:52 am

    Tiger has always been a popular choice, but I like gnomes on Horses and Elekks, too. Big mount, little person is a good combo.

    You have a battle standard already, right? I get that before any mounts and try to use it every fight, on CD. It can really help turn the tide of a fight.

    Congratulations! You’re making me want to level another priest through PvP. 🙂

    • October 20, 2011 3:06 pm

      My (gnome) warlock usually rides on her Darnassian Nightsaber, which is a pretty good fit. Really, like you pointed out, any of the larger mounts tend to go well with gnomes – for some odd reason.

      I haven’t gotten a battle standard yet, but I will definitely make sure I pick it up first, thank you!

  4. November 16, 2011 4:08 pm

    I’m with Cyn on the battle standard. In fact, we should probably make that standard equipment for the Gnome Clones too.

    I voted for the tiger because those are my favorite ground mounts. I like the look of Gnomes on elekks even though I hate elekks with a passion. The only horse worth riding is Warlock-only, so I’d skip the horse. 😉

    • November 16, 2011 4:25 pm

      Yep, I bought my battle standard not long after this post and it’s been a great help!

      I, too, am partial to the idea of gnomes on elekks – but no other races should *ever* ride them for any reason.

  5. Squelchy permalink
    November 16, 2011 4:21 pm

    BATTLESTRIDER! Is it even a QUESTION????

    • November 16, 2011 4:31 pm

      LOL! Mechastrider noises crack me up. *CLANK CLANK CLANK CLANK CLANK Woo-eeee-oooh!*

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