My job has been super-stressful for the whole period I’ve played WoW (bought Legion on Black Friday 2017) and I also have a young kid to look after. That means I don’t want the stress of running hard dungeons and raids with my Prot Pally, even if I could find a guild who raided in a suitable time slot (which is pretty hard for me). What I want is to jump into the game when I have a free hour or two (or the odd random evening), run around, do some quests and kill things.
My ilvl is currently 376 and I’ve completed zero Mythic dungeons, let alone Mythic+ and haven’t run any BfA raid content. I’ve only just discovered the joys of PvP, so haven’t had time in Season 1 PvP to get any good gear.
There IS a way to gear up without having to play the hardest content, it just takes time in game to do it. The best “casual” gear is the 350 & 355 gear available from Emissary vendors at Exalted and World Boss drops. By the end of 8.0 my ilvl was 358 and just over half of my gear was from those two sources, with much of the rest of my ilvl coming from the 370 (+ WF and TF) rewards from the first Warfront run of each cycle.
So, in 8.0, a casual player’s ilvl ceiling was around 355 and you could get the 355 Azerite caches. Now it’s around 375 thanks largely to the 370 rewards from Emissaries and Faction Invasions. I’m hoping I’ll be able to get the 385 gear with my current ilvl, esp with a couple of 400 rewards from Darkshore over the next couple of months pushing my ilvl higher. Though with the PvP stuff I’ve started doing I’ll be aiming for the 400 ilvl rewards - perhaps I don’t count as “casual” any more!
- If you’re not in a big guild, use a group finder add-on for World Quests so that you can get the drops from World Bosses.
- Use the WoW Companion app on your phone so that you’re regularly getting Azerite and rep rewards from the missions table.
- Research Wowhead to see what ilvl drops / rewards you get from which content. Look in the Wowhead news articles for new gear added to BfA with major patches… for example, there’s now a 395 ilvl ring and 385 ilvl Azerite gear available with the new currencies (though wait until Season 2 before buying the Azerite gear - I bought one before realising that an extra ring will be added in Season 2 ).