Beta – First Attempt at the Proving Grounds mark II

Today on logging onto the Beta I noticed that my Garrison was offering me a quest to go and try the Proving Grounds and perhaps more importantly offering me a new and shiny weapon for completing the Bronze wave in any of the disciplines. Despite the fact that I’m playing the Beta with no addons and no proper keybinds, I thought I’d go and give it a shot. As a Holy Priest wearing mostly the bits and pieces Blizzard give you for making a level 100 Premade, Bronze was extremely easy. I have no idea if it’s tuned correctly but my mana didn’t go below 75 percent and I barely cast any solaces at all. In fact I felt slightly guilty taking the weapon because if I played like that in a proper group setting I’d feel rather guilty. On the positive side, the NPCs felt better at moving out of bad but unfortunately they were equally good at moving out of my sparkling disco floor too.

I didn’t have time to look at the Silver level, the one which Blizzard have stated everyone will need to enter Heroics through the Looking for Group mechanism but if it’s just a step up from Bronze I really think that the Healing Proving Grounds should be in the grasp of anyone who has healed at least a leveling dungeon on their healer. However hopefully tomorrow I’m going to make time for trying the Silver and seeing just what it’s like, especially in comparison to the Proving Grounds currently in game.

Turning completing Bronze into a quest with a useful reward for brand new level 100s is I think a brilliant idea. Now it should become one of those things you do on reaching the leveling cap, just like doing the Arena Scenario for the Blue weapon was almost compulsory at the start of MoP on every new character. I do wonder though if there should be a quest for completing the Silver and Gold versions too, just as that added incentive to those who feel uncomfortable with the idea of the Proving Grounds. I haven’t run any dungeons at the level cap yet as I haven’t been the most diligent Beta tester recently but in terms of the items I have seen, this weapon is by far the highest item level coming in at lv 610 with over a 100 more spell power than the one which Premades get.

In the Alliance Garrisons, you can collect the quest from Lieutenant Thorn, Mission Specialist so I imagine that in the Horde Garrisons, you pick it up from her opposite number.

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4 Responses

  1. That is a great idea because some of us (looking at me) need the lure of reward to get off their butt, lol.

    I’m glad to see you’re okay. I leveled you to 25 this morning and you were shrieking so every time you got hit. I might have to rethink this naming my pets after people cause it’s too hard to hear them get hit!

  2. Hmm I do hope Silver is a bit more difficult. I liked the idea of it being a gateway for people to get in to LFG, but that’s only going to be useful if it’s not a cakewalk. Having said that, you’re not a numpty, so I doubt you would have been a frustrating person in LFG anyway 🙂 Looking forward to hearing how you go with silver!

    • Lol, “numpty” is a word I haven’t heard in a long time, made me smile.
      I’m the sort of person who gets upset when even the guy tanking naked who refuses to get out the bad dies so yes, I don’t think I’m too annoying to group with. Will definitely do a post on the silver level in the next few days.

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