The semi-twink shuffle

Semi-twinks are, in my mind at least, characters who you want to test out in PVP but intend to level. Several brackets, however, have large and active twink communities — on Nightfall it’s 10-19, 20-29, and now 51-60 — where it’s difficult to get a good idea about whether playing a particular character in PVP will be fun and successful, unless you’re also a twink.

But why blow several hundred (or over a thousand) gold on a character you’re not even sure you want to play? You could spend significant time and energy leveling a character to the 40s to escape most of the twinks, or you could go the semi-twink route: grab some decent level 17-19 or 27-29 greens and cheap blues off the AH, put some +stam type enchants on them, and head on into the battlegrounds.

I did this with Kamai (mage) and a warlock at 19, and plan to do it again with Gabi (priest) in a couple levels to get a feel for them in PVP.

Why bother? Well, against a twink rogue with 3.2K health, it’s not going to help at all. But even if you can just get your health to the 700-900 range, it can add a lot of survivability compared to the 300-400 or so you might have just from quest items at level 19. It’s cheap and quick if you have a good network of crafters (either with your main and alts, or from guildies or friends). And it lets you get an idea of whether you like a class or playstyle without spending hours and a ton of money in Wailing Cavern runs. Just look for stuff that comes with stamina plus other relevant stats (so for my priest, I’m going to look for stamina, intellect and spirit).

Some BOE gear to look for:

(10-19 bracket)
Cloth Armor
Leather Armor
Mail Armor
Rings
Weapons

Thick Bronze Necklace is the only BOE neck in the level range.

(20-29 bracket)
Cloth Armor
Leather Armor
Mail Armor
Amulets
Rings
Weapons

Enchanting is changing a bit in the next patch, meaning that a lot of the high-end twink enchants will no long be able to be applied to low-level gear (such as certain leg armor kits and so on). WOW Insider has a little info. That said, if you’re not planning on permanently twinking your character, you won’t need more than some of the basic +stam-to-bracer type enchants, really. You’re not looking to dominate the battleground (if you are, you’d be making a real twink!), just to level the playing field a little bit, right?

And if you have engineering, there are some neat little toys that can add significantly to your game (such as exploding sheep!).

Just a little bit of work — it took about two hours of my time and maybe 150g total to gear my mage and warlock enough to get a chance to actually play in Warsong Gulch — can help you get a much better idea of PVPing with a new character, and help you decide what to do next. You’ll still die to twinks … but it’ll take longer and maybe you’ll be able to get off a shot or a heal before you go down!

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