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Reputation Woes
comment 6 Written by on November 8, 2010 – 9:53 am

There are quite a few differences between a character that did their leveling in original WoW, and a character that leveled in Burning Crusade, and still more for a character leveling in Wrath.

I had two characters at level cap in the original game – Angoleth, my hunter, and Aely!Priest. During Burning Crusade, I leveled two new characters to cap – Annorah and Aely!Pally. In Wrath, I added Annie Mae and Annylais (who is 71).

Right now, I want to talk about three of those characters – namely Angoleth, Aelflaed, and Annie Mae.

Annie Mae, as a Wrath leveled Gnome Warrior, was riding a Stormwind Horse at level 35. Meaning she was exalted with Stormwind by then, purely through doing quests in Elwynn Forest, Westfall, Redridge, Darkshire, and Azuremyst, plus The Deadmines and The Stockades, and a few other assorted quests. As a Gnome at level 80, without even finishing her “Gnomeregan Valiant” quests, she is max-rank exalted with Stormwind and nearly exalted with the other four Alliance factions. She would get there easily through finishing the Valiant dailies, but I’m too lazy to do them on multiple characters.

Aely, as a Burning Crusade leveled Human Paladin, has her Crusader title, and was exalted with all five Alliance reputations well before she finished with the five sets of Valiant dailies.

Angoleth, as a Night Elf Hunter and my original main, isn’t even revered with the Alliance reputations, even though she’s finished two of the Valiant daily sets (Darnassus and Exodar). I tallied up the amount of faction rep you get with the various Alliance races for doing all of the Valiant quests, added it in… and she won’t even be exalted with her home faction (Darnassus) when I finish.

Reputation was a different beast back in the day. It was harder to find, slower to earn, and had different weight to it.

You received discounts on your repair bills only after you got to Revered, and those discounts applied to anything purchased with that faction – like epic mounts (which cost 1000 gold back then, which was a lot more gold than it is today). So Angoleth, at level 60, did every low level quest in Elwynn and Dun Morogh, trying to get to Revered with Ironforge and Stormwind (which she eventually did, barely) to help with her raiding repair bills and the cost of ammo. She did the same with Darnassus, getting to Revered to help with her purchase of an Epic Mount (the same reason I started PVPing with her, since back then if you had a Sergeant title, you got an extra 10% discount on mounts).

Which leaves me with a level 80 character who will be buying Champion’s Writs to fill out her faction reputation for… well, probably a long time. And possibly annoying everyone in Alterac Valley as I try to do turn-ins for spillover rep. One of the few benefits to all the PVP I did in the original game (aside from the kind of awesome Grand Marshall’s Crossbow) – I’m already exalted with the Stormpike Guard.

Actually, I think that was the only faction – other than the Hydraxian Waterlords – that I was exalted with when Burning Crusade launched. Go figure.

At least she’s almost honored with the Timbermaw? (Boy did /that/ grind take a long time)

Anyhow, I’m not really sure what else there is to say about it – I can’t change what quests I’ve already done, and I don’t really have any other way of increasing faction rep outside of the Tourney dailies and PVP. I’m certainly not saying that we should go back to how things were; obviously, I’ve benefited from the changes on other characters.

I’m just a little frustrated with how slow it’s going as I try to catch Angoleth up with my other, newer characters.


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6 Responses to “Reputation Woes”

  1. Unless things have changed, a lot of the seasonal events reward Alliance reputation e.g. midsummer bonfires, lunar festival elders. Runecloth can be traded for reputation as can morrowgrain (Darnassus only). Or wait until Cataclysm and grab tabards which I believe will work similarly to the Wrath faction tabards i.e. reward rep if you wear them in selected (heroic?) instances.

    By Solanti on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply
  2. The city faction tabards will grant city rep in Cata. Also they’s gonna be cheap (no more bajillion tournament seals). So gettin’ the reps might be easiers than yer thinkin’.

  3. @Solanti – Some of the seasonal stuff does award reputation, but I hate holidays in game, and don’t participate. I imagine if I did that stuff, I’d have better rep, but I actively abhor running around looking for shit that’s hidden in stupid places so I can piss on fires (etc). Also, unfortunately, all that stuff has passed, and waiting around for several months for the Lunar Festival so I can do something I really dislike isn’t so keen. I know that holidays are something a lot of other people get really excited about, but they’re just not my thing, even a little bit.

    I’m weird like that. (I don’t like Achievements either >.>)

    @Ratshag – I’d not seen the tabards yet for Cataclysm (I don’t do a lot with new expansions until they get here, remember?) but that will be a BIG help.

  4. To be honest, as someone who ground faction rep by questing prior to the extreme rep reward changes, I’m STILL pissed and STILL waiting for my retroactive refund. There is no doing the quests again, although I gladly would to get the difference back. They KNOW which quests any particular character has done- I can’t imagine it would have been that hard to program in the rep adjustment.

    And I’m not even going to discuss how long it took to get Luna’s horse.

    By Lilivati on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply
  5. In the past, high demand for cloth among the quartermasters of the great cities meant that an adventurer with sufficient supplies of Runecloth could gain high standing among the factions of the Horde and Alliance alike. Have the recent upheavals of the land brought an end to that practice?

    By Sol on Nov 8, 2010 | Reply
  6. Some of the vanilla rep grinds, I must admit, were brutal. But then again the game was very different back then. In 2005, Blizzard had yet to figure out that players don’t enjoy blatant and obvious timesinks (they still exist, but they are a lot more subtle). The 18 minute re-spawning corehounds, the seals in MC, the Onyxia attunement process, almost every aspect of the game was designed to almost artificially extend the game life.


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