Putting aside Thermalix and Niremere for the moment (since they count as the mains for their respective factions), now that I think about it, I have four alts in Pandaland. FOUR. What am I doing!? I need to pick one and level her to 90. You know, “choosing,” that act of making a decision and following through on it? Yeah, that thing.
Mechalis, the Level 88
Derp Death Knight
Pros: How do you fail at a Death Knight? (AND you can totally control the ghost pandas in the Shado-pan Monastery!) I like being the equivalent of a death knight rogue, kinda. I prowl around the edges of a quest area, pretending I’m not wearing plate. Then, when the target mob has made the foolish mistake of separating from the others, DEATH GRIP. After totally killing whatever it is, I then meld back into the shadows, sort of. It’s more like using a goblin’s natural height to hide behind her surroundings.
Cons: Because she dumped Inscription/herbing a long time ago and only recently picked up mining and blacksmithing, girlfriend can’t mine in Pandaland yet. Questing past all those cursed Ghost Iron nodes is driving me NUTS. Otherwise, I have a completely unproven, unfounded suspicion that in Pandaland, the more armor you wear, the harder crap hits you – because it can. Therefore, I do not look forward to Townlong Steppes or the Dread Wastes.
Ailabeth, the Level 88 Shadow Priest
Pros: Her Shadow routine is something like this: 1.) Summon a mindsquid and have it terrorize anything small and helpless in the vicinity, like critters. 2.) Realize critters don’t give EXP. 3.) Identify a better victim. 4.) Cast Power Word: Shield. 5.) Nuke its brains out while laughing because it totally can’t do any darn thing about it. Additionally, smirk at any nearby Sha and insult nearby Mogu just because. 6.) Repeat as desired. How is that not awesome?
Cons: When mobs hit me, it ruins my Levitate. I actually have to RECAST it! /whatsupwiththat
Centina, the level 87 Arcane Mage
Pros: Portal hotness. Actually, have I told you how much I love Crittermorphing all the butterflies in Valley of the Four Winds? FLYING BABY PANDAS YAY!
Cons: I am a wimpy lazy pansy mage. You’ll probably find Centina cowering in a hole somewhere, whimpering about how all the things hurt. Unfortunately for me, standing in one spot and nuking the face off things only works when you’re in dungeons, and the DPS queue is, of course, slow. (As a side note, I recently learned that I can’t actually say “Slow as molasses in January” anymore, because molasses in January actually moves at 35 MPH and WILL KILL YOU. The more you know!)
Alexalis, the level 86 Wind
Pros: Super survivor, Pandaland style. Independent and able to quest on her own without cowering in a hole somewhere, whimpering about how all the things hurt. Wields hugeass swords. Touch of Death. Rolling. See that mob way over there? Flying Serpent Kick TO THE FACE.
Cons: Alexalis’ only profession is Skinning, mostly to supplement Bombelina’s leatherworking. You see, once upon a time, I planned on Bombelina hitting 85 long before I even got around to making a monk. But as it’s turned out, monk is fun and I am a really incompetent rogue, which makes rogue-ing less fun. (Also, spending a the whole PUG pickpocketing or skinning things is not socially acceptable, which sucks.) End result: Bombelina is still in the mid 70s and just hit the cusp of Cata leatherworking. She’ll actually have to level to get further at some point. Oops. So basically, WTF DO I DO WITH ALL THIS EXOTIC LEATHER ALEXALIS IS SENDING OMG NO BANK SPACE.
At this point, I’m leaning towards Ailabeth or Alexalis, because I enjoy playing those classes in a manner that actually approaches the approved rotation. (My favorite part of mage-ing – running around in circles while casting Arcane Explosion – doesn’t do so well for the DPS.) Ailabeth has an advantage in that she’s already 88 and hearthed at the Shrine in the Vale. But swords, guys. They tempt me.