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Victory to the Ironwoman!

Ironsally, lv85 Ironwoman

For those who don’t know or don’t recall a while back Psynister and I laid out the rules for the WoW Ironman Challenge.   We wanted to know how far you could make it without a single of piece of uncommon or better gear and without spending a single talent point.

The challenge has since garnered a lot of attention from many people – except me.  Sadly, Ironkerion the Undead Warlock has sat idle for quite a while.  It’s been hard to find the motivation to play him when you have someone who has demonstrated the true power of an ‘Ironman Warlock’.

Who do I speak of?  Well, that would be the wonderful warlock Ironsally!  Ironsally is Tome of the Ancient‘s entry into the Ironman Challenge, who just today has happily announced that her warlock has just reached level 85 wearing nothing but a cobbled together outfit of gray and white items totalling in a whopping average item level of 105.

Seriously, go over to Tome of the Ancient and give Ironsally a hearty congrats.  The entire journey from level 1 to 85 is documented on the blog wonderfully and better than anything I could ever piece together.

And of course if you are interested in seeing if you’re tough enough, you can always find the rules to the WoW Ironman Challenge here at the Land of Odd or over at Psynister’s Notebook.

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Presenting the Iron Man…

So after posting the rules and guidelines for the Ironman Challenge, I opened up a poll to decide what race and class I should play for this.  Declaring that I couldn’t trust myself to make it too easy or too hard, I figured my loyal and always appreciated readers should decide what I should play and what they would read about.

The poll was set to go until Saturday, but seeing as how we got 28 votes already and the Warchief Elections ran a better part of a month and only got like 110 votes, I’m gonna say this was about all we were going to get.  Especially after votes were turned into a trickle of once every4-5 hours after this afternoon’s rush of about 10 votes.  I decided to end the poll early and sent the call out on twitter (if you are upset by this and didn’t hear about, well…  maybe you should follow me on twitter. 😛 ) And after all was said and done, I am happy to present to you the reader voted on winner of the Ironman Toon poll:

He is Ironkerion (get it?) an Undead Warlock.  I’m a bit shocked that one came out on top.  I figured people would pick a hard class for me to do this with (okay, the runner up was warrior. But warlock just barely beat it.  Okay fine there’s an uproar about it, I can switch.)  So a pet class it is.  I’m actually a bit intrigued, I haven’t played a warlock since early WotLK, and that toon was mostly leveled during Burning Crusade (My first max level toon actually).  So this is semi nostalgic for me.  He’s currently level 5, dressed in the all white gear you can find off of the Deathknell cloth armor vendor, and just setting off into the great big world.

I really don’t expect much a difference from levels 5-10 anyway.  I seem to recall pre-Cata there wasn’t an abundance of green gear to be had in the 1-10 areas (heck, I remember everyone going to Ghostlands because that’s where you got the “best” 10-20 gear compared to Silverpine and the Barrens.)

In case you want to follow along or see if I’m around to say hi or anything, Ironkerion is on the horde side (duh) of the Zangarmarsh realm – US.  So all you folks in <It Came From The Blog> better say hello. 😉  He’s currently my only toon on that realm, so it’s definitely a “no financial aid” situation.  My imp is named Grobham or something like that.  It seems oddly fitting.  I too enjoy grob and ham.  Often with a side of hathuun and rice.  Expect many a joke about demon names folks.  This is what you voted for.

Speaking of votes, here is a quick breakdown of how it all turned out:

RACE:
Forsaken: 7 votes.
Gnome: 5 votes.
Tauren: 4 votes.
Night Elf, Dwarf, Orc and Goblin: 2 votes.
Human, Draenei, Worgen, Blood Elf: 1 vote.
Troll: 0 votes.

CLASS:
Warlock: 6 votes.
Warrior: 5 votes.
Shaman: 4 votes.
Priest and Mage: 3 votes.
Druid, Paladin and Hunter: 2 votes.
Rogue: 1 vote.

I was kinda rooting for gnome myself, but what the hey, I got like 3 gnomes alts and only 1 undead alt already.  Plus I get cannibalize out of this, so there’s a perk.  I’ll keep ya posted on the progress of old Ironkerion here, and anyone you out there daring enough to try this whole thing out for yourself – Here’s the rules, and please keep me and Psynister happily updated on your progress as we do with ours. 😀

LET THE IRONMAN BEGIN-ETH!

 (Like that -eth suffix? Makes it more medievally in my opinion. Which in metal terms makes it instantly like 3-4 times more bad ass.)
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