The Insta-90 Choice is… Death Knight

I went out and pre-ordered Warlords of Draenor because… well… because I wanted to play with the whole insta-90 thing and I didn’t want to just lay out $60 for the pleasure with nothing else to show for it.  At least I have the expansion queued up for some time this year.  This is what you get with your insta-level:

  • Boost to level 90
  • 150 gold
  • 4 Embersilk (22-slot) bags
  • A stack of 20 food items
  • Full set of spec-appropriate Item Level 483 (blue-quality) gear
  • If a boosted character was already level 60 or above, their existing Primary Professions and First Aid are bumped up to level 600
  • A faction-specific flying mount—a traditional Wind Rider for Horde or Gryphon for Alliance
  • Artisan flying—that’s one rank below max flight speed
  • Northrend, Kalimdor/Eastern Kingdoms, and Pandaria regional flying skills trained

I chose my level 68 Death Knight so as to get the primary professions bump as well.  I pulled the trigger and ended up with a level 90, fully equipped DK.

Tokarev, Level 95

Tokarev, Level 90

Of course, that list of what you get is general.  The details can be… interesting.

I didn’t bother to read any descriptions about the process or watch the video, I just did it and found myself standing at the flight point on Timeless Isle all geared up and with 102 free bag slots.  The starting location was no doubt a prompt to go get some even better gear, which I promptly did along with finding a crystal of insanity. (The cave was full of people doing the same.  I’d love to know how many fresh 90s there were this week.)

But 102 free bags slots?  Out of 104 total?  Where did all my stuff go?

Oh, it was in the mail.  Blizzard unburdened me of all my past worldly possessions and set them aside in a locker for me.  I guess, of possible options, that was a decent choice.  At least once I figured it out.

And on the unexpected front, I did get my primary professions boosted to 600, giving me max skill mining and jewel crafting.  What I did not get was any of the recipes along the way.  And the price of getting them… just the Pandaria ones that you can train… is a lot more than the 150 gold then give you.  Fortunately, I already had a pile of gold on my DK, so I trained that up, though I still have to go out in the world and find a good portion of the top tier recipes as drops.

Not the worst thing in the world, but it does put the question of the target audience in mind.  If you were a brand new player enticed in by the insta-90 scheme and only had that 150 gold… well… I guess you wouldn’t get the profession boost so it wouldn’t matter.

Now I just have to figure out how to play my DK.  I had been leveling him up as a tank, so blood spec, which was easy enough in The Burning Crusade.  But for the boost I opted for frost DPS spec, since you have to know what you’re doing at level cap to tank.  The insta-90 process gave me the choice of spec.  Now I have a dual wielding DPS DK and have to figure out skills and glyphs and what not.  But at least I know where to go and what to do with him.  He is already stuck into faction with the Tillers and the Cloud Serpents.  We will see if I have the fortitude to bring another melee DPS into LFR.

So far, so good I guess.

I also plan to take advantage of the freebie insta-85 boost over in EverQuest this weekend.  We only have until the 26th for that.  I will be interested to see how the two compare.

14 thoughts on “The Insta-90 Choice is… Death Knight

  1. wowstorylines

    LOL it’s a shock to the brain to get your new 90 and have to go back and get all of the recipes. I was able to almost bankrupt my main on Alliance just getting the mining and blacksmith recipes all caught up, However, I’ m ready to go out there and kick some serious boot as an Unholy Knight. Good luck with yours and have fun.


  2. Jenks

    ” I had been leveling him up as a tank, so blood spec, which was easy enough in The Burning Crusade.”

    Nitpick, I believe you mean WotLK

    I did the free level 85 in EQ because I have no idea why. I skimmed through allt he stuff I got, and almost as many things on top of that from just being a veteran and typing /claim. Then I logged out without leaving the bazaar :\


  3. Pia

    I got all excited as soon as the ‘free stuff!’ flag went up. (Basically free, anyway.)

    I have been trying to decide which class I want instaboosted to 90, but I know with pretty much 99% certainty that all the fun will be choosing, naming, and customizing said toon – it’s like shopping! – and that I will never, ever play it.

    I did that with the two other toons I got boosts from using RaF and (I think) SoR. I got a free 80 priest that I never played and a bump to 30 on my monk, which rendered her useless, since I have no idea how to play her now.

    *sad trombone*


  4. bhagpuss

    I’ll be getting my EQ 85s next week when I have a bunch of free time to enjoy it. I think I’m entitled to five of them. I plan on playing one of those at least to some degree although I doubt there will be anything new I can do that I couldn’t already do/haven’t already done with my leveled-up-the-hard-way 84.

    Although come to think of it, the prospects for multiboxing two or even three of those level 85s, each with mercs and pets…now that might open up some fresh possibilities…hmm, and can you take the free 85 on the progression server? That would also be interesting.


  5. Jenks

    The way you’re phrasing it sounded to me like the era you were playing the character rather than Outland/Draenor, but now I see your meaning.


  6. Shintar

    So was that a pre-order or a pre-purchase? Because all the Blizzard links and pages I’ve seen talk about pre-purchase, but the people getting their 90s keep talking about pre-order. Considering how much scepticism I’ve previously seen about games advertising pre-purchases, I’d be surprised if nobody cared about Blizzard asking for cash for the new expansion six+ months in advance…


  7. Wilhelm Arcturus Post author

    @Shintar – I am not sure what the distinction is between the two terms, pre-order and pre-purchase, that you are using. They are appear interchangeable to me, at least given the way the former is used. I’ve never pre-ordered anything where I did not have to fork over some money.

    Anyway, anybody with an insta-90 either gave Blizzard the $50 (or $70) for the Warlords of Draenor expansion, or $60 just for the boost. In that context, the pre-order seems like the smarter move, as you should have something else to show for it whenever Blizz gets around to shipping the expansion.


  8. Solf

    I believe whenever I preordered stuff (games & soft) on (which admittedly isn’t often), I was never charged until when they ship the product.

    So in that context there is a difference between pre-order and pre-purchase. I don’t know how widespread that is though.


  9. Wilhelm Arcturus Post author

    @Solf – This is true. I have done that through Amazon for other games where they haven’t billed me until they shipped. But they tend not to involve offers that give you something of significant valued. (Insta-90s, SRP $60.) Beta access, yes, but something of real value? Not so much.

    And so, while you can pre-order from Amazon, you only get your insta-90 when the box shows up. The only way to get it today is to order from Blizz.


  10. Wilhelm Arcturus Post author

    @Solf – I am sure there is a technical term for both, with a high likelihood that neither term used here fits. But both Amazon and Blizz are using the term pre-order. Which I guess is correct, as you have ordered in advance. The difference is when payment is due and when you are given access to part or all of the content paid for.


  11. Solf

    Well, arguing about terminology is a favorite pastime :) And not something I want to do here for its own sake.

    I do have a feeling, though, that we ought to have different monikers for when you pay something (all?) immediately and can’t back out (even though you receive ‘ full stuff’ at some future date) and for when you kind of say ‘I’ll buy this from you when you have it unless I’ll change my mind’ (a la amazon pre-order).

    Of course things are never so simple as in e.g. Blizzard xpack case you get ‘something’ immediately (boost to level 90) while you get the ‘real stuff’ some time later.


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