20 Things I Know at Level 70 that I Didn’t Know at Level 1

No long drawn out post today. But there are a few things I wanted to share to potential new WoW players. Post was inspired by What I Know at 64 that I Didn’t Know at 24.

  1. Leveling as Holy is both a blessing and a curse. You can’t really kill anything but you will be the most sought after person during instance runs.
  2. Your spells go as fast as your mana regen. Pack lots of water.
  3. Players have long memories. Don’t be an ass or you might regret it when you finish leveling.
  4. Make friends along the way. It makes the experience much more enjoyable and your survivability goes up.
  5. Assume the person you’re interacting with is the real deal. The game’s anonymity aspect allows people to show their real personalities without fear of retribution.
  6. Be smart with your virtual money. Don’t spend it on crap you don’t need.
  7. Agility and strength aren’t important stats for Priests.
  8. The achievements you accomplish in game are what you make of them not what anyone else says.
  9. Take a moment and appreciate the detail and beauty of the area you’re in. Once you get to 70, you won’t ever go back there.
  10. Just because it’s a game doesn’t mean you don’t have to try.
  11. Keep your friends close. Keep your enemies on your ignore list.
  12. The game’s loot is not worth getting emotional over. The people are. Don’t get the two confused.
  13. Time is important. When you waste a minute of time in a 25 man raid, you’ve wasted 25 minutes.
  14. Just like in the real world, you don’t have to be best friends with a someone to work with them. There are a fair number of people in my Guild who I wouldn’t have drinks with.
  15. Your character is measured by the amount of gold you borrow and pay back.
  16. Raid leaders are often incompetent and misinformed. But they’re people like you and I.
  17. Read what your critics say but know when they’re full of crap.
  18. When things aren’t going your way in a group, outline the goal that needs to be done as opposed to how it needs to be done to individual players.
  19. Even though you don’t want to admit it, there really is someone out there that knows more than you do. Recognize them and learn from them.
  20. The only thing constant about the game is change. There’s nothing you can do about it other than to learn and to adapt without complaint.

If you had a friend or relative that just bought the game, what piece of advice would you give them?

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About Matticus

Matticus is the founder of World of Matticus and Plus Heal. Read more of his columns at WoW Insider. League of Legends player. Caffeine enthusiast.

Comments

  1. Excellent piece. I would like to add six more.

    21. If you decide to chose crafting as your profession understand who your audience. You will never sell to people like yourself. Instead carter toward the level 70s that spend lavishly for their alts.
    22. There is more than one way to go toward the end. Raiding is not the only way to see the end game.
    23. Levels doesn’t equal expertise. Don’t be assume someone’s background just because they are a few levels lower than you. You are probably looking at an Epic 70’s alt.
    24. The game will never end. Take your time and appreciate the process.
    25. The race is long, at the end it is only with yourself.
    26. Lastly and most importantly, have fun!

  2. great advice, not just for WOW, any game

  3. Matt is my hero…and Denver sucks.

  4. Curtis says:

    1) My advice to a noob: get to 70. Period.

    Don’t waste 3 hours on a quest chain to get some awesome reward when you could have gotten 3 levels in the same amount of time and outgrown that piece of gear.

    All your friends are 70. You won’t get to play with them until you’re there as well.

    2) Get Questhelper.

    3) If you’re a clothie–ALWAYS take tailoring. Being Karazhan ready the day you hit 70 is a gift! My tank spent 3 weeks after dinging 70 getting his pre-kara gear.

    4) Level your professions as you go. Don’t wait til you’re 70 to pick Peacebloom.

  5. Do NOT have only a max level healer with no efficient method of farming, no gathering professions, no other max level characters, and expect not to be broke all of the time.

  6. Wynthea says:

    Gotta say, Doug…

    My first 70 was a holy priest. Tailor/Enchanter. And she had her epic flyer long, long before 2.4 dailies came out. (And supported a very full, end-game raiding schedule, with full consumables.) She’s still my only 70 on that server.

    You’re as broke as you wanna be.

  7. 27) Figure out your goals in the game. Make it happen. Plan it out, to whatever detail you want. You want the roflcopter? Fine. You need engineering and lots of money. You want the armored drake from Arena? Be prepared to work very hard at arena, and have the right class. Somewhat like life, if you plan it and work hard you can get what you want.

    28) Life is a journey. Don’t be so focused on endgame your first time through. You’ll regret not enjoying the lore and the locale. Travel sucks at low level. Take your time and enjoy it. There is no reason you need to be at 70 tomorrow.

    29) The game will always be here. You don’t need to stay up another hour to get another bar or complete another quest. Go to sleep and finish it later.

    30) People will not always be here, they come and go. Don’t be so focused on the game that you ignore people you meet in game, and people in your life outside of the game.

    31) Plan your expenditures. Being broke is okay if you don’t want to buy a mount. There is nothing stopping you from walking all the way to 70 (except time).

    32) Time is important to everyone. Figure out the fasted way to get where you want to go. Don’t spend an hour walking back to the inn when you could hearth. It helps to plan out routes for quests so you don’t have to go back and forth. Addons like questhelper are useful for this. At some point there is a balance between having fun and being time efficient.

    33) Don’t forget druid’s can go to moonglade at any point. As a druid you could be 5 minutes from feralas or Winterspring or Darn no matter what.

  8. Sojourner says:

    34) Gear =/= Skill. Sometimes you’ll wish you had an experienced tank in blues rather than an inexperienced nub who refuses to learn but is decked in epic gear. Being skilled, and willing to learn- those are the people you’ll remember the most.

  9. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. EVERYONE was new once, and didn’t know what they were doing. Ignore those who laugh at you, they aren’t worth the time you’d take to type a response.

    Be careful of people who invite you to their guild/group without even asking first if you’re interested. Yeah, it’s a guild/group, but it might be someone trying to get you to play on their private server and violate TOS or buy gold from their website and violate TOS, but you’re new, so you don’t know any better.

    Don’t just stand around and beg for money for your bags/gear/training. Odds are that most people who have some, earned it.. you can do it too.

    You don’t need to buy new gear at the AH every level.

    Just because it’s blue, doesn’t mean it’s better.

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