I actually did some leveling on my warrior this weekend as I need to catch up to the most advanced member of our static group. We thought about running our current four instances (Utgarde Keep, The Nexus, Azjol-Nerub and Ahn’kahet: The Old Kingdom) over and over to level, but we decided that would be dull and a waste of the shiny new content. Instead we’re going to try to stay close to the same level and do a fair amount of solo/duo questing.
I tried out Matthew Rossi’s ideas for Leveling a Protection Warrior to 80. With Jaimie’s holy paladin beside me, it feels even faster than our paladin/mage duo. I did a bit of solo questing and even without a healer this approach is amazingly fast!
Anyhow, since it looks as though I’ll be hitting 80 sooner rather than later, I need to make sure I’m working on upping my defense gear. Current target is 540 defense skill (i.e. 689 defense rating). Ciderhelm has an Easy 540 Defense Gear Guide up. I should have no problem getting enough of these items. My blacksmithing is proceeding apace, so I should be able to make a pile of pretty crafted gear. In a lot of cases, it looks as though crafted gear is giving drop gear a run for its money. As someone who spends way too much money on crafting, this makes me happy.