Portable Refrigerator coming in Patch 5.1

As you may already know, a new bag is coming in Patch 5.1 that will hold all of the various items associated with Cooking. Today I popped over to the PTR to check it out!

The bag is currently being sold by Nam Ironpaw, the token vendor at Halfhill. He'll give you a Portable Fridge for 10 Ironpaw tokens. This bag Binds when Picked Up, so you can't buy extra ones for your alts. Since Cooking can be started by level 85 toons, you can easily take those toons out there to get their own bag. The bags are not unique, so you could theoretically purchase several on one toon. I'm not sure that's a practical thing to do, but that may depend on how you have your alts set up. Here's a pic of the vendor page with the new bag:

Something to keep in mind is that there are tentative plans to create a Void Storage-esque option for Cooking. If this is implemented, it could reduce the need for massive bag storage. It's up to you to decide how invested to get with the bags vs. waiting for a better storage option.

I'm excited to see this new bag, currently I use the mail system as my pantry :) I'm not sure which toon will get the bag just yet, but hopefully I'll have that figured out by the time 5.1 drops. I have to say I'm pretty tickled to see this item get implemented. We asked for this in Beta and while it would have been nice to have it for launch, I'm glad to see them work it into the first big patch for MoP. Thanks guys!

If you have any other questions regarding profession content on the PTR, leave a Comment and I'll look into it!

Faction Boosts for Alts Coming Soon

For those of you who missed the news yesterday (and my tweets), Blizzard announced that they are upgrading the faction system to incorporate boosted rates for alts:

Basically, once one of your characters has reached at least Revered reputation with a faction, all other characters on the same Battle.net account will then earn reputation with the same faction at twice the rate. Going one step further, and as an added bonus, your main character who reached Revered will also begin to earn double the reputation as he or she climbs to Exalted.

Here's a simplified break down: 

  • Any single character earns Revered reputation with a faction 
  • All other characters on the Battle.net account begin to earn double reputation for that one same faction 
  • The Revered character earns double reputation as he or she works toward Exalted
Notice that this post does not specify which patch these changes will be applied to. I would like to think it's 5.1 but that may not happen. Knowing how the system is planned to work can at least give us the opportunity to prioritize our characters and decide which alts/factions to work on going into the change.

The main reason I chose to repost this announcement is because faction grinding was one of several contentious topics we discussed over the summer. Plus we've had a month or so to get used to the idea of account-wide features. I'm glad to see that they are expanding the notion of account-wide functionality to incorporate reputation values. To me this seems like a natural progression. Now that we have some new information about where Blizzard wants to take factions, I'm sure you guys will have plenty to say about it =)


Spirit of Harmony Reality Check

It's been a busy week eh? I know I'm going crazy trying to keep up with all my professions while maintaining a facade of reasonable leveling for my guild mates =) 

I want to talk a little bit about Spirits of Harmony because I've been reading all over the place about the angst of collecting them. Folks are sharing AOE farming spots and bemoaning the drop rates. There's a lot of frustration out there and I feel you guys. I know it's rough -- we're lowbies again! We've kind of gotten used to being king of the server with the world at our feet :)

While I applaud the ingenuity of some of the ideas floating around, I think we may be losing sight of the big picture. Once you reach level 90 and fully unlock your Farm, you'll be able to collect 16 motes of harmony in 5-10 minutes of work a day. Right now we're spending hours grinding mobs for worse results. I know, I've been doing it too. Meanwhile, if you're grinding mobs, you're not leveling. The best thing we can do is get ourselves to 90 and start our Farms. Yes it may take a couple of weeks, but the sooner we do it, the sooner we'll reach full production mode.

I've also read from a good number of folks on the Beta forums that motes drop at a higher rate from level 90 content. Doing dailies at that point may be much more lucrative than farming 85-87 mobs. Either way, wouldn't you rather be working on your faction while grinding mobs instead of whatever mobs you're grinding now?

It's hard to be patient, I get that. We want our shinies and we want them now! We want to cash in on the high of an energized player base. But at the end of the day, the difficulty of getting SoH is a good thing. It means every shmoe on the server won't have 50 of the same item you're trying to sell. 

Thoughts? Discuss!