The Ironman Challenge

85 Troll Priest
2785
Following this with great interest on the US forums - a fun read. Have a suggstion to anyone thinking of givng it a go. Throw dice to decide your Race/Class choice and randomise for looks. Then keep us updated as to progress :)

"Some people complain WoW is too easy. Well, for people who want a challenge, take part in the Iron Man Challenge! I came across a thread from someone named Sandinhiseye about this, and it was fairly old. So, rather than necro it, I'm making a new thread. Taken from his thread, here are the rules:"

1) No items equipped other than White or Gray items.
2) No heirlooms
3) No talent points - no specialization - you may train class abilities
4) No professions, primary or secondary, other than First Aid.
5) No food or water above vendor-quality white items.
6) No groups- no BG's, no instances, no raids, no quest groups. No guilds.
7) No enchants, scrolls, potions/elixirs, or glyphs.
8) No outside financial or equipment assistance (no gold or bags from other toons)
9) THE BIG ONE - if you die, ever, you delete that toon and start over at lvl 1 Any takers? If you're doing it, post on that character and we will track your progress.

Good luck!

Frequently Asked Questions:

Are mounts usable? Yes, they have to be because they are required to access certain areas.

What bags can I use: Only the vendor/drop white ones. 12 slot ones are available.

Can I use the Auction House: Yes. you can use the auction house to sell drops.

Yes, you can buy white items from vendors.

Self-buffs are trainable class skills, therefore these are allowed.

Rogue poisons are an integral and essential part of the rogue class and are allowed as are all class self-buffs.

Also to add most people are using 'iron' in the character name, this is certainly not a requirement of course, just for fun. So Ironpally, Trolliron, Ironfool, Darkiron, etc.

About randomising use dice/coin-flip to select race and class, i.e. Alliance/Horde (toss a coin), Race (use 2 dice and assign each race to a possible number), Gender (Coin-flip), etc.

The rule is no guild for the reason that it gives perks etc. There is a work-around which is if you want to be on the same server and chat about progress etc. Set up a channel for chat, i.e. 'Ironman'.
Many are now rolling on the Earthen Ring Server and there is a chat channel:
Hordeside: The channel is 5. Ironcurtain, password is iron
Alliance: the channel is 6. Darkiron

Death is death - even by ganking. A pve server is recommended but the choice is yours.

I think it's clear that Deathknights are excluded because of the 'perks' in place at start-up, level, bags, blue items - including weapon, and extra money. About somehow 'proving whether or not someone's cheated' we can't, nor should we try as this is outside of the 'spirit' in which the challenge was conceived. Of course it would be possible to 'cheat', but then if you were going to do that why do the challenge in the first place :)

With a big thanks to Treeroy The Ironman Challenge now has its own forum, please visit: www.ironmanwow.freeforums.org

Don't forget to post your progress and have fun :)
Edited by Jahjin on 23/01/2012 13:46 GMT
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23 Undead Rogue
330
I'm already a bit ahead of you by doing half of this.

Let see:

Leveled in only grays, and only from drops.

No talents, no spec.

No guild, no groups.

No dungeons, except for a Ragefire Chasm run (No idea even what that 2nd one is).

No outside assistance.

No glyphs and enchants.
Edited by Harmaa on 19/02/2012 20:32 GMT
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90 Human Paladin
8905
I might have to try this...
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Explain 3) in greater detail and I reroll today =) I suggest rolling on Earther Ring. The place is dead, for added difficulty.
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23 Undead Rogue
330
19/01/2012 13:46Posted by Hakima
Explain 3) in greater detail and I reroll today =)



What's not to understand ?

Just look at me, no talents, no spec.

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90 Draenei Paladin
11890
I would consider doing this except for number 9, I'm not that hardcore :P
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19/01/2012 13:48Posted by Harmaa
Explain 3) in greater detail and I reroll today =)



What's not to understand ?

Just look at me, no talents, no spec.


But you do have professions next to First Aid.

19/01/2012 13:38Posted by Jahjin
you may train class abilities

This has me stumped.
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19/01/2012 13:49Posted by Grifter
I would consider doing this except for number 9, I'm not that hardcore :P


Think Diablo2 Hard-Core. That was actually great fun. Torchlight has it also.
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23 Undead Rogue
330
19/01/2012 13:49Posted by Hakima
But you do have professions next to First Aid.


You asked for an explanation of point 3, what does my professions have to do with that ?


I also said previously that I'm doing the major part, not ALL.



Edit: You can train your normal class abilities, is what it means.
Edited by Harmaa on 19/01/2012 13:53 GMT
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85 Human Paladin
6510
The Fargodeep mine quest ... I'm sure I will die there :S

Wonder how to track the deaths & reroll ... you come and fess it up where/what each time?
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85 Gnome Rogue
3970
Would be pretty easy as mage or even a hunter, infact most classes thesedays

you'd start hitting problems at 80 maybe, with the massive jump in mob difficulty and health

edit: oh, i didnt see the 1 death thing, i still stand by my mage and hunter theory though
Edited by Bear on 19/01/2012 13:54 GMT
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85 Gnome Priest
9900
The Fargodeep mine quest ... I'm sure I will die there :S

Wonder how to track the deaths & reroll ... you come and fess it up where/what each time?


Your amount of deaths is in your stats.
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I want to do the full list, but I'm not sure what is meant with being allowed class-ability. For the warrior, charge is a class-ability. If I'm reading the rules right, I may train that by dumping talentpoints into it, no?
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85 Troll Priest
2785
Great to see some interest and people understanding the spirit of the challenge!

Hakima for 3) No talent points - no specialization - you may train class abilities

You can learn your new abilities as you level from your trainer but you can't specialise, i.e. pick a talent tree or assign points etc.

A couple of additional things talked about on the US forums:
Are mounts usable - Yes! They have to be because they are required to access certain areas.
Bags: only the vendor/drop white ones
You can use the auction house to sell drops
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5 Orc Shaman
0
this is awesome. I think I'd be praying for a paladin...WoG is imba. Druid could be nice. Hmm or warrior actually...Victory Rush rules.

What would be the WORST class to get for this?
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85 Gnome Priest
9900
Also if anyone is interested in watching, I might live stream me doing this in a little while. Anyone know how to get the Youtube live streaming working, otherwise I will just use crappy X Fire.
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23 Undead Rogue
330
Would be pretty easy as mage or even a hunter, infact most classes thesedays

you'd start hitting problems at 80 maybe, with the massive jump in mob difficulty and health

edit: oh, i didnt see the 1 death thing, i still stand by my mage and hunter theory though



I think I started in WOTLK and leveled to 20, 21..maybe 22, I didn't play much Cata on this char yet.

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23 Undead Rogue
330
19/01/2012 13:56Posted by Hakima
I want to do the full list, but I'm not sure what is meant with being allowed class-ability. For the warrior, charge is a class-ability. If I'm reading the rules right, I may train that by dumping talentpoints into it, no?


No.
You train charge, nothing more...no talentpoint dumping.

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85 Gnome Rogue
3970
19/01/2012 13:42Posted by Harmaa
I'm already ahead of you by doing the major part of this.


judging by your activity feed its took you 3 year and 74 deaths so far

cya in 2015
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85 Gnome Priest
9900
this is awesome. I think I'd be praying for a paladin...WoG is imba. Druid could be nice. Hmm or warrior actually...Victory Rush rules.

What would be the WORST class to get for this?


Priest, without a doubt.
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