Even though its for non-WoWers also, its not for everybody. Its a story of a part of a day in the life of me, a guildie, some random people and some Chinese Farmers. Its a long story. Enter at your own risk.
Recently I’ve done a lot of farming* in WoW for materials for crafted armor pieces and enchants. These items require many pieces that sell for 10 Gold or more on the Auction House, so I figured I’d just farm them. I had never previously farmed items outside of an instance. This is what happened today.
I needed 7 more pieces of Essence of Water, so off I went to Northeast Felwood to farm the 12 Toxic Horrors for them. I arrive there around 7AM Server Time and find a single Level 55 Mage from the other faction (him Horde, me Alliance) farming. He waves at me, I wave at him.^ My 60 Priest shouldn’t have any problem killing him, but he can be a big disruption if he attacks me while I’m farming out of a desire for revenge or preemptive self-defense. Its easier and more effective if I take 6-7 mobs and leave him the rest in peace.
I get 3 pieces very quickly (within the first 8-10 kills) then a drought hits. A Level 60 Horde Druid comes over and attacks me. I kill him after a fairly tough fight. He attacks me again, this time running me around, extending the length of the fight considerably. I became suspicious that he was distracting me in order for the Mage to get more mob kills. After a bit more farming without attack and gaining my 4th piece, the Druid and the Mage attack me together (it turns out they’re in the same guild) and kill me. They camp my body (reducing their farming efficiency severely). Many deaths later (my rez timer`` eventually getting as high as 4 minutes) a guildie asks for help completing a quest and I leave to help him. This guildie is doing the quest for money, and needs much more money on top of that, so is willing to return with me to Felwood to farm for the high-priced items.
Unfortunately the Horde Druid and Mage are no longer there, and instead an Alliance 60 Mage is farming. I recognize his name as one of the regular farmers on the Alliance-side of the server (based on Auction House frequency) and my guildie says that he has seen him at a prime farming spot in the Eastern Plaguelands. Furthermore he says he is a Chinese farmer, based on him typing in Chinese to other players while farming.
My guildie informs me that his friend/roommate has a 60 Horde Rogue on this server, which he has access to. He then proceeds to begin the rogue on a journey (from the Undercity I think) to Felwood, where the plan is to kill the Mage with the Rogue and enable greater access for us to the mobs.
Meanwhile we’re farming and not having any luck. It takes us a long time to get even a single piece despite a fairly high kill rate. Then the rogue arrives and easily kills the mage. After one more kill the mage leaves and we have the place to ourselves. We get a couple pieces and then the mage returns with a 60 Warrior. My guildie informs me he is also a Chinese farmer. His name is Gene.
Farming favors certain classes over others. Warriors and Paladins are the worst classes for farming because of their melee-orientation and limited ability to tag creatures from range (much of farming is about tagging the mob so that its yours to kill before others do). Hunters and Mages probably are the best. Rogues are good because they are the best class in 1-on-1 PvP (meaning they just kill the farmer THEN kill the mob) and also have a useful Sprint ability. Druids are good but have the weakness of taking a while to kill the mob, thus increasing the time before they can engage another. My guildie, by the way, is a 60 Paladin.
Shortly before the arrival of Gene and re-arrival of the Mage my guildie’s friend comes home and plays his character, making him no longer available to us. Gene is standing by me in one section and my guildie is standing by the mage is another section of the farming spot. Basically its like a wild west quick-draw contest for mobs. A mob appears, we frantically try to tag the mob before the other does. I beat Gene 5 times in a row. My guildie informs me that the mage is lightning quick and has been tagging most of the mobs. Then the Mage comes over and Gene leaves to go stand by my guildie. The Mage and I split our mobs and my guildie informs me that he has beaten Gene nearly every time. Before then and continuing I am making a lot of Chinese farmer jokes. Chinese farmer as WoW employed: “Honey, I’m home…” “How was your day at work?” “Very tough… those Fire Giants hit like bricks!” I concluded that Gene’s family would be eating bread and water tonight and that Gene’s wife would leave him due to his poor selection of class. “You chose WHAT class? You fucking dumbass!” I asked my guildie what he thought Chinese farmers made in dollars… he didn’t know. He noted however that Gene probably didn’t make his quota.
Soon after a couple Horde friends of my guildie show up and killed the two farmers several times. Its just not Gene’s day.
I noticed some interesting things with farming. Often you’d rather have the other farmers be of the opposite faction, so you had the additional option of attacking them. Also, having members of the opposing faction allied with you (or as your own alts) is very valuable since you can just bring them over to fight.
After maybe 25 hours of farming in WoW, I have never except for today by my own guildie seen political collusion between the Alliance and Horde. It seems like collusion would be extremely valuable as a means of controlling key spots on the map, so I’m surprised to have witnessed it so rarely.
- Farming is the act of camping a location to repeatedly kill mobs (PC or NPC) that have a certain value to you (usually rare or expensive items in the case of NPCs).
^ A signal of non-violent intent between members of opposing faction on a PvP server, usually between level-peers.
`` The time after you reach your corpse before you can resurrect.