I’ve got five level 80 characters. Four of them are Crusaders. I don’t have the time, or inclination anymore, to get the fifth to Crusader, or anyone else in the “up and coming” ranks either. The fifth started the process, but given he’s my oldest character, and his reputation with the cities is the worst (friendly, honored) I thought “No way.”
My Orc Warrior’s crafted, let me see, four full sets of Savage Saronite Plate armor. One for himself, two for our Horde Deathknights, and one for my Paladin. He’s crafted 3 Titansteel Destroyers (himself, Pally, my Alliance Druid). He’s crafted two of the Titansteel spellpower maces (my horde Shaman, wife’s Alliance Druid), a Titansteel attack power mace (for my wife’s Shaman), and a Titansteel dagger (wife’s Alliance Mage). I’ve crafted two Spiked Titanium Plate Helms and Boots (himself and the Pally), and also crafted the Tempered Titanium (tanking) Helm and Boots (for the Pally). A full set of i187 leather gear for my Feral Druid, and my wife’s Balance Moonkin, and the i187 mail gear for the Hunter (who has crafted all this). And the two epic leather cloaks (for dps and tanking, for my Pally). Good thing Frozen Orbs are available on the Auction House!
So, all that grinding and gathering and crafting got me to one niveau. The Crusader grind has added to it by providing a couple more items. (And cash.) My Belf Paladin is in 2 pieces of heirloom gear and wielding the grim reaper. My Nelf Rogue is in the leather heirloom gear and wielding the sword. My Forsaken Priest is temporarily modeling the cloth heirloom gear and wielding the staff, waiting to pass it on to my Goblin Warlock My Pally is flying a Silverwing Hippogriff.
And now we PvP.
Goals: Equip my Paladin in the honor bought pvp gear. (Shoulders, belt, gloves, so far.) I’m struck by the fact that I can’t use honor points for weapons. That explains the Hunter I saw with full epic PvP gear, and using the sword from the Ebon Blade faction rep.
Secondary goal, equip the wife’s Shaman and my own Warrior in better-than-we-can-craft epics. And, heck, frankly, give us something to do. We’ve been at a bit of a standstill for a little while now. (She’s got three level 80 characters of her own. We’d only do the eyeball burning “Loremaster of Northrend” achievement (and for her an epic cloak recipe) on one couple, our Pally and Mage.)
Third goal: Get a couple of the heirloom items. My Druid has gotten enough shards to pick up the Thrashblade for my level 60 rogue. (It’ll go with the Crusader Seals purchased sword.) (I actually took the Sharpened Scarlet Kris. Slow+Fast is the new black.) My Paladin will push for the 325 shard Staff of Jordan heirloom. That’s going to be for my Worgen Mage. (Maybe the pvp heirloom shoulders for the Mage as well. The Crusader Seal clothie gear is very much “Warlocks Only” in look and style.) The wife will earn enough shards to get the Spellpower plate (and xp boost) for her Holy Paladin. Maybe the spellpower mace if we stick to it. Shards are easy enough to come by with patience.
Casual? Not really. Personal? Very.