[FFXIV] Grandmaster of Magic
After yesterday’s post, I did what I said and started grinding out those FATEs on the Astrologian. I also did the daily hunt logs since those give a bit over 400K xp in a bit less than a half-hour, and it breaks up the grind. Once I hit 59 I thought about ditching the FATE grind to just run the Library 6 or 7 times, but I was in a good group, the xp was flowing, so I stuck with it for a while until I’d gotten a bit over a million xp in to the level. Then I took a break, made lunch, did some laundry, read a book, etc. I don’t want to completely burn myself out, ya know? After I logged back in there was another FATE group running, so I joined back up and ground more FATEs until getting a bit over halfway through the level. By then I just wasn’t feeling the FATE grind anymore, so I bailed on the group and queued up for the Library.
The 1st run insta-popped. All 4 of us were level 59, but everyone had been there before and knew what to do so it went very quickly and smoothly. The run itself was worth a little under 500K xp, but I got 125K at the end, and the whole run took less than 25 minutes. Very nice! So I queued up again. And I and 2 dps waited nearly 10 minutes before a tank joined, so even healers don’t necessarily always have the insta-pop. Such is life. The tank was level 60 and the Black Mage was there for the 1st time, however, the BLM dinged to 60 while doing the trash before the 1st boss, so I got to tease him that his game was about to change completely after he got out of the dungeon and finished his job quest….. And interestingly, this run gave me 144K at the end, plus the 25K for taking the newbie through, so that was nice to get a little bit more.
With that run finished, I had just a little over 500K xp remaining to go. I took a screenshot inside the dungeon when finishing the 2nd trash fight took me to needing exactly 500K to go. Well ok, it was actually 499,960, but the thing said 3,388,040/3,888,000 so it looked at 1st glance to be saying 500K. It was a pretty generic screenie otherwise though, so it didn’t make the cut for inclusion into the post.
Anyway — got the insta-pop again for that run. Everyone was 59, but it wasn’t anyone’s 1st rodeo, and I dinged 60 as we completed the dungeon. Yay! All my magic classes are now to 60, so I got my Grandmaster of Magic title. Now the choice as to what to level next presents itself. I’m leaning toward wanting to do the Bard and Machinist simultaneously, since ranged is my preferred play style. Downside there is that I don’t have any gear banked for those classes between 51 and 59 — They’ve got their level 50 gear from the “Realm Reborn” time, but when I got quest rewards for a Disciple of War while leveling through the story, I always took the tank stuff. I’ve got a full set of level 60 i160 gear for them from all the various expert dungeon runs I’ve done, and I can start building an i180 set for them easily enough. It goes quickly so I’d have it done before I got either class to 60 and I’d have that waiting for them anyway. And it’s not like the stuff is expensive on the market board since people seem to toss up their “extra” gear there as they’ve leveled through the MSQ, so it wouldn’t be a big deal to do the leveling gear.
Still and all, I suppose I could try leveling via dungeons and just pick up the dungeon drops for gearing up. That would work, and it’d be a bit slower than simple FATE grinding, most likely, so it’d help me focus more on enjoying the journey instead of “gotta hit 60!” like I’ve been feeling this past week-ish on the AST and WHM. That should serve to prevent burnout too. But knowing me and that I’ve already got all the tank gear from 52-60 banked and ready to go…. I’l probably work the DRK from 36 to 50 and then do all 3 tank classes simultaneously. I’d like to add in the 3rd role again in case a group needs me, ya know? I can do damage or heal now, adding tanking would get me back into my “I can help in any way I’m needed” mode of things. Even if DPS was exactly what the FC group going into the Aetherial Research Facility to help someone get through her story quest needed last night.
Happy Gaming out there!