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It’s only been a week since Lyssan claimed the first spot on the Ironman Champion list, and now we have our second champion, Catster. This Night Elf rogue was started back in June 2016, which was 825 days ago, with a /played time of 390 hours.

When asked, “Was Battle for Azeroth a difficult expansion to level in?”, Ster said: “Being in a new zone presents new hazards and dangers, but overall, not too bad for an Iron challenger. So you might ask, what is the difficulty in getting to 120 today? Overall, I’d say the road is long from 1 to 120. You need to adjust your play style for the lengthy duration it takes. Most of my Iron Man deaths have been to carelessness that could have been prevented.”

Ster’s best advice to reach max cap? “Play conservatively, always leave an escape, and scout new areas before venturing in with a living Iron.”

Now that he’s gotten an Iron challenger to max level, Ster said he’ll be working on his Tin Man Druid and leveling a scout to 120 for the next expansion.

Below, you can find more suggestions for Battle for Azeroth leveling:

Five, who was a guest on Podcast #110, recently dinged 110 on his NE Rogue Pacifist named Fivecurmudgn. He started in June of last year and it took 303 days of grinding (a little over 9 days of /played time) to hit max level.

When asked about his toon, Five mentioned several things. “The 1-60 bracket is mostly dailies, herbing, and mining. The 60-110 levels are very easy post-patch, in fact, if you can make it to 60, you’re golden. After 60, it’s mostly dailies, exploring, and archaeology. This toon did not step foot in Legion, keeping mostly to WoD areas. Rogue is a great choice for a Pacifist due to Vanish, Sap, Distract, and Blind.”

When asked what’s next, Five mentioned he’s now attempting a Monk Pacifist, since he killed his 27 hunter by “equipping a fancy schmancy Noblegarden Egg Basket”. We hear you Five, we’ve all equipped green gear by accident too. Good luck with the Monk!

In the last few days, Neverdied reached max level on his Iron Warrior and Rogue. These two are now Legion Champions #32 and #33. Both were created November of 2016 (prior to Legion) and each toon took roughly 480 days to hit max level. When asked, “hey, how many /played hours”, Neverdied said that each one had just slightly over 5 days of played time.

What does this mean? Neverdied now has one Iron Champion at level 110 for Hunter, Monk, Mage, Warlock, Shaman, Priest, Druid, Paladin, Warrior, and Rogue. He is the first person to ever reach max level on all non-hero classes for the Iron Challenge. In addition, Neverdied has the only Blood Thirsty Champion at 110 (Hunter) and has a 110 Pacifist Champion (Druid); giving him a grand total of 12 max level champions on the leaderboards. Ster points out that he has come up short on the Tin and Iron Teams lists.

When asked, what’s next? Neverdied says he’s going to start dating his wife and spend more time with his kids before they grow up and move out. Kidding aside, Neverdied is going to spend some time in Legion to acquire flying and find out what it’s like to level a newer toon post-patch 7.3.5.

Congratulations again Neverdied, we’re all in awe of your accomplishments.

A big congratulations to Issa, who after almost a year (297 days), got her Gnome Hunter ironman to max level! Born April 1, 2017 (no joke!), this toon has seen many changes, including the Legion Invasions, specs, and recently the 7.3.5 patch which has ramped up the challenge difficulty. TinyIssa won 2nd place in the Arrow to the Knee contest back in April of 2017.

To get to 110, it took 12 days and 10 hours of played time. Asked her what were some of the scary moments? First, trying to tag the elite during the Legion Invasions for some great but risky points. And then recently, post-patch, Issa kept away from flight points out of fear of a disconnect. Lastly she mentions that the 100-110 grind was rough, and did it without doing any Legion content. That’s a good strategy, when the next expansion comes out, perhaps TinyIssa can take on parts of Legion for the next phase of the challenge.

You can find Issa in Discord or hanging with the WoWIronman guild on Wyrmrest Accord.

A hardy grats to CaptainTrips, his toon Camachojr, a NE Hunter just dinged 110. He started the toon towards the end of November, and 50 days later maxed it with a played time of 7 days and 16 hours.

When asked what the hardest part was to getting a toon to 110, CaptainTrips said “Was trying to stay alive despite Bliz trying to kill me.” As an example, he said he was DCed 3-4 times while in flight, with his toon falling to the ground when he logged back in. “By using carefully timed hunter disengage, I managed to survive the falls.” I pointed out that the Goblin Glider Kit is pretty handy too if he’s going to do that going forward. “Naw, I just avoid vehicle flying quests and minimum use of flight points.”

What next? His girlfriend asked him what was he going to do now, and his first thought was that Southpark episode where he exclaimed “Finally, I can now play the game!”

You can find CaptainTrips on WrA in the Alliance guild or hanging on the Discord chats.

Neverdied’s army continues to expand with the dinging of Iron #27 on the Iron Challenger’s list. His druid hit 110 today, making it the eighth toon of his to make max cap.

Started February 2016 and reaching max January 2018, it took 5 days and 10 hours of played time to get there. Plus he has 3 other mid-100’s in the queue he’s working on. When asked what’s next, he said he is curious how the upcoming 7.3.5 patch with XP squish and scaling will impact the iron challenge. I asked, hey, what’s the biggest issue with juggling so many toons? He said he keeps similar talents/spells on the same action key (like the oh-crap-key or healing) is the same on each toon, but he admits he often forgets what each toon has done what quests as he goes around to each.

Congratulations (again) Neverdied!

Can you believe it? Neverdied has hit 110 with another Ironman champion! I had to check the lists several times, this is Neverdied’s sixth iron champion to hit 110. In addition to that, he has the only Blood Thirsty Champion on the list. Nisey, you’re gonna need to hustle with your BT’s. Heck, we all need to hustle to catch up with this machine.

Neverdied’s Night Elf priest “Neverdiedprt” hit 110 after 1 year of leveling, almost to the week. His played time is 5 days and 19 hours. This makes his toon #26 on the Ironman champion leaderboard.

When asked what spec he used, he immediately said Discipline! “As a healer, disc works great, and power word shield is huge.” As for the last 10 levels (100-110), Neverdied said he didn’t take this toon to Legion. Instead, concentrated on dailies, garrison stuff, and holidays.

Announcing our 2nd Legion Pacifist champion: Ferre’s Night Elf Druid Ferreilean! Ferre may also have the highest record for number of days to accomplish Legion max cap, coming in at 1,723 days since starting the toon back in March of 2013. When asked about this, Ferre said “Yes, I played it at my own pace, enjoyed the journey, and the changes that came with the expansions, etc. Every race needs a tortoise.”

She has a total time played of 15d 9hr 9 min. Total quests 2316 (1756 dailies). Some other stats include:

Resto spec (LOL no spec changes even though I know I could change specs thanks Asy)
Fishing: 800 caught 2964 fish
Cooking: 600 – knows 100 recipes
Herbing: 551
Mining: 484
Archaeology: 505

No kills
57 Killing blows – all from Darkmoon Faire Whack-A -Gnoll before we realized it was doing that

Total gold 30,663g

Join Ferre on the next podcast, December 2nd 2017 at 7pm (EST)!

Yes! On behalf of all the challengers, mods, sponsors, and everyone who enjoys the WoW Ironman Challenge, we present the latest iron challenger, number 25 on the Iron Champion list….. Stone! Yes, the guy who maintains the web site, the guy who co-hosts weekly podcasts, the guy who steers the WoW Ironman challenge…. has gotten his hunter to level 110. This endeavor started in June and 144 days later in late November, “Zymcore” and his pet turtle dinged after finishing up a Plants vs. Zombies daily.

When asked about his experience, Stone said it took at least 30 or more prior attempts (and iron deaths) to make it to the top. This toon has a /played time of a little over 180 hours. His best advice? As you are working your way through the levels, research what your toon can and can’t do with quests. Quests can vary wildly for a ranged toon like a hunter versus same quest with a melee toon. Good advice, because when your toon is past 100, and approaching 110, you sure don’t want to die to a preventable event!

If you’d like to watch Stone dinging 110, the Twitch stream can be found on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBbZoVU6-mo
(which by the way, shows a great method for playing and winning the PvZ daily).

No pressure on our other co-host to get a challenger to 110. (Coughs) (Leeta) (Coughs) 🙂

Outroguester made it to 110 with an outlaw spec’ed rogue, his 4th champion toon. His first two rogues were Subtlety spec’ed and his druid is Feral.

The 23rd champion since Legion’s release took 139 days and 347 hours of played time and 3056 quests. After AH sales, buying fast flights, garrison buildings, ended up with 74,000 of gold.

Here’s some interesting stats: the ironman leader-board has 9 hunters, 3 rogues, 2 each for Monk, Druid, and Mage, while only 1 each for Warrior, Pally, Shaman, Priest, and Warlock. So plenty of room for your challenge toon to join the party!

When asked which is better for rogue, Subtlety or Outlaw, Ster says “Subtlety has better defense capabilities while Outlaw is a little more fun with Pistol Shot. Regardless of which rogue spec you pick, you better have your core rogue skills perfected, such as melee attack, escape, crowd control, and put Vanish on multiple places on your action bars.” More discussions of subtlety versus outlaw can be found on the challenge forums here: http://wowironmanchallenge.proboards.com/thread/1411/rogue-spec