My Reputation Precedes Me

52avmarks.pngIn a typical (for me) fit of enthusiasm upon seeing that only 50 Alterac Valley marks of honor were required to get the Stormpike Battle Charger, I ran out and did a bunch of battles in AV.

The Alliance was very good to me. I managed to get to the 52 mark level in only 22 rounds, 15 wins and 7 losses.

I managed to help out some. Being level 61 in a sea of level 70 players is a bit tough, but as a hunter, my traps, my special shots, and my pet allowed me to be a mildly effective speed bump in the path of the oncoming horde. So I lay in wait at the beginning of matches at Stonehearth Graveyard, waiting for the horde to come by so I can slow them down a bit.

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And it can be very satisfying to take down a careless level 70, which I managed to do every so often.

I started out on Monday night in AV and by Thursday morning I had the required honor marks.

I rearranged some gold between my character so that Tistann had the 510 gold to cover the cost of the riding skill (150) for an epic mount and took care of that.

Then I had to find the guy who would actually sell me the mount.

Fortunately, WoWWiki had me covered. The guy I needed was Thanthaldis Snowgleam, the friendly neighborhood Stormpike supply officer.

However, on his WoWWiki page, I picked up a new tidbit of information, something I managed to miss up to this point.

Many of the items that Thanthaldis sells are available only to characters with a specific reputation with the Stormpike Guard.

And that mount? It requires you be exalted reputation with the guard.

Oops.

I am currently honored with the guard, which is a long way from exalted.

Now I had to ask myself how much this special mount was worth.

With the riding skill purchased there was only 85 gold between me regular epic mount. (My reputation with Ironforge is “revered,” so I get the 15% discount.  That reputation took me, literally, 60 levels to achieve… and Tistann is a dwarf.)
A couple of evenings in AV was worth saving 85g.  I could manage that.

But the grind to get to exalted? I can probably make more money just running around and doing quests. Plus I would actually get experience, which leads to levels, which in turn would make me more effective in AV.

So I think I put my 52 AV marks of honor in the bank and bought the standard epic mount.

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I will get back to battlegrounds when I have a few more levels.

4 thoughts on “My Reputation Precedes Me

  1. syncaine

    Aw too bad, AV rep is so easy to get. Just loot corpses and turn the stuff in. 5 crystals give 75 AV rep each, and often a corpse will have 5-10 crystals. Armor scraps are 10 rep per 20, each of the flight marks are 10 rep per 1. If you happen to get into a turtle game of AV, you can get huge amounts of rep in just one game.

    Side bonus, you also get IF rep, which means you will be exulted with IF by the time you hit exulted with AV. Oh and you don’t need to be exulted with AV to get the ram, I have it and I’m only revered with them. They removed the rep requirements a while ago.

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  2. Wilhelm2451 Post author

    Are you sure about that Syncaine? When I was turning in armor scraps, I thought I saw the reputation gain float by as “+10 Ironforge, +1 Stormpike Guard.” It was one of the deciding factors for me to give up on the rep grind and go earn some levels.

    I will have to go check directly with the vendor and see just what the actual deal is. I won’t be getting the mount now, but there is an ammo pouch that is listed as requiring “revered” to get that I might go for.

    And I did see the 30+30+30 mark mount, but at the time I was thinking “50… that is less than 90,” and so ignored it. (Actually, at first I thought the price was 30 or 30 or 30, being ever the optimist.)

    Anway, I’m only done with BGs for the moment.

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