SIGN UPS --- Cataclysm Guides

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Please post a comment here if you would like to write, code, or test a guide. Include whether or not you currently have a beta key, and specifically what guide you would like to work on. Please list only one guide at a time.

Once someone has signed up to lead a project, they need to create a forum post for that project (see the forum post for the Goblin Starter for an example).

If you are collaborating, you need to check in often. Even if you aren't give us updates on your progress. If you don't we're going to assume you aren't working on the guide and give the project to someone else. Check in *at least* once a week.

Guide Writers

If you are interested in writing a guide that will become an official WoW-Pro leveling guide, you need to make sure to follow Jame's format. I will be posting a guide in a day or two about exactly what you need to do, but for now, take a look at Jame's guides and make yours look like his.

Addon Guide Writers

You may be writing a "paper" guide at the same time or collaborating with someone who is. Our addon code format has changed a bit now that we've created our own addon. Make sure you are using the correct format! I'll be posting a more detailed guide about this within the next few days.

Guide Testers

Each guide will have a subforum here where you can post feedback. Be as clear as possible, making sure to let us know exactly what the problem is and where it is in the guide. If you are using the addon, make sure you note what version, and if there are any other addons you are using that might be causing the problem.

Good luck, and thanks!

Coord Macro

/script local px, py= GetPlayerMapPosition( "player" ) DEFAULT_CHAT_FRAME:AddMessage(string.format ( "(%s, %s) %s", floor(px * 100 + 0.5), floor(py * 100 + 0.5), GetZoneText() ))

Current Projects

In the Status column you can see what the current status of every guide is:

NeededThe guide has not been written yet, and is needed. Feel free to sign up for these guides!
Revisions The guide has been written, but it needs improvements.
In ProgressThe guide has been assigned to someone and they are in the process of writing it.
Complete The guide has been completed.

Kalimdor (1-60)
Guide Paper Addon Authors Last Update
Durotar (1-10) Needed
Troll 1-5 and Durotar 5-10 is Complete
Complete Jiyambi
Mulgore (1-10) Needed In Progress Gylin 09-11-2010
Kezan (1-5) Revisions Revisions Jiyambi
Lost Isles (5-12) Needed Revisions Malorajan 05-11-2010
Azshara (10-20) Needed Complete Bitsem 27-10-2010
Northern Barrens (10-20) Needed Complete Bitsem 21-11-2010
Ashenvale (20-25) Needed Complete Bitsem 01-11-2010
Stonetalon Mountains (25-30) Needed Complete Jiyambi 10-11-2010
Southern Barrens (30-35) Needed Complete Jiyambi 27-10-2010
Desolace (30-40) Needed Complete Jiyambi 12-11-2010
Dustwallow Marsh (30-40) Needed Complete Jiyambi 27-10-2010
Feralas (35-40) Needed Complete Jiyambi 12-11-2010
Thousand Needles(40-45) Needed Complete Jiyambi 30-10-2010
Felwood (45-50) Needed Complete Jiyambi 22-11-2010
Tanaris (45-50) Needed Complete Jiyambi 05-11-2010
Un'Goro Crater (50-55) Needed Complete Jiyambi 05-11-2010
Winterspring (50-55) Needed Complete Jiyambi 23-11-2010
Silithus (55-60) Needed Complete Jiyambi 05-11-2010

Guide Paper Addon Authors Last Update
Azuremyst Isle (1-10) Revisions Complete Crackerhead22 27-11-2010
Teldrassil(1-10) In Progress Complete Solitha
Bloodmyst Isle (10-20) Revisions Complete Crackerhead22 27-11-2010
Darkshore (10-20) Needed Complete Solitha
Ashenvale (20-25) Needed Complete wkjezz 01-12-2010
Stonetalon Mountains (25-30) Needed Complete wkjezz 02-12-2010
Southern Barrens (30-35) Needed Complete wkjezz 02-12-2010
Desolace (30-40) Needed Complete wkjezz 02-12-2010
Dustwallow Marsh (30-40) Needed Complete wkjezz 27-10-2010
Feralas (35-40) Needed Complete wkjezz 03-12-2010
Thousand Needles(40-45) Needed Complete wkjezz 27-11-2010
Felwood (45-50) Needed Complete wkjezz 27-11-2010
Tanaris (45-50) Needed Complete wkjezz 27-11-2010
Un'Goro Crater (50-55) Needed Complete wkjezz 27-11-2010
Winterspring (50-55) Needed Complete wkjezz 27-11-2010
Silithus (55-60) Needed Complete wkjezz 02-12-2010

Eastern Kingdoms
Guide Paper Addon Authors Last Update
Eversong Woods (1-10) Revisions Complete Liavan 27-10-2010
Tirisfal Glades (1-10) Needed In Progress Manovan 27-10-2010
Ghostlands (1-10) Revisions Complete Crackerhead22 27-10-2010
Silverpine Forest (10-20) Needed Revisions Malorajan 06-11-2010
Hillsbrad Foothills (20-25) Needed Complete AyaJulia 05-12-2010
Arathi Highlands (25-30) Needed Complete Jiyambi 23-11-2010
Northern Stranglethorn (25-30) Needed Complete wkjezz 04-12-2010
Cape of Stranglethorn (30-35) Needed Complete Dakota Fanning 04-12-2010
The Hinterlands (30-35) Needed Complete Jiyambi 23-11-2010
Western Plaguelands (35-40) Needed Complete Jiyambi 04-12-2010
Eastern Plaguelands (40-45) Needed Complete Jiyambi 04-12-2010
Badlands (45-50) Needed Complete Liavan 04-12-2010
Searing Gorge (45-50) Needed Complete Liavan 04-12-2010
Burning Steppes (50-55) Needed Complete Liavan 05-12-2010
Swamp of Sorrows (50-55) Needed Complete Liavan 05-12-2010
The Blasted Lands (55-60) Needed Complete Jiyambi 06-11-2010

Eastern Kingdoms
Guide Paper Addon Authors Last Update
Gilneas (1-10) Complete Complete rpotor
Dun Morogh (1-10) Needed Complete Gylin 27-10-2010
Elwynn Forest (1-10) Complete Complete Kurich
Westfall (10-20) Complete Complete Kurich
Loch Modan (10-20) Needed In Progress
Gylin 27-10-2010
Redridge Mountains (15-20) Complete Complete Crackerhead22
Duskwood (20-25) Complete Complete Kurich
Arathi Highlands (25-30) Needed Complete Bitsem 02-12-2010
Northern Stranglethorn (25-30) Needed Complete savagefool 27-10-2010
Wetlands (25-30) Needed In Progress Gylin 27-10-2010
Cape of Stranglethorn (30-35) Needed Complete Bitsem 02-12-2010
The Hinterlands (30-35) Needed Complete Crackerhead22 27-10-2010
Western Plaguelands (35-40) Needed Complete Bitsem 27-10-2010
Eastern Plaguelands (40-45) Needed Complete Crackerhead22 27-11-2010
Badlands (45-50) Needed Complete Crackerhead22 27-11-2010
Searing Gorge (45-50) Needed Complete Crackerhead22 02-12-2010
Swamp of Sorrows (50-55) Needed Complete Crackerhead22 27-10-2010
Burning Steppes (50-55) Needed Complete Crackerhead22 02-12-2010
The Blasted Lands (55-60) Needed Complete Crackerhead22 04-12-2010

Levels 80-85
Guide Paper Addon Authors Last Update
Mount Hyjal (78-82) Complete Complete Arixan
Mount Hyjal (78-82) Complete Complete Arixan
Vash'jir (78-82) Complete In Progress Arixan
Vash'jir (78-82) Complete Complete Arixan
Deepholm (82-83) Complete Complete Arixan
Deepholm (82-83) Complete Complete Arixan
Uldum (83-84) In Progress Complete Arixan
Uldum (83-84) In Progress Complete Arixan
Twilight Highlands (84-85) Needed Complete Liavan 08-11-2010
Twilight Highlands (84-85) Needed Needed Needed 27-10-2010


Jiyambi's picture

Doesn't exist anymore, but

Doesn't exist anymore, but the 1-5 guide is in the Cataclysm Leveling Guide section of the site. But, Neglected, sorry to say you were gone for a long time and levels 1-5 were already coded into the addon.

If you'd like, it would be awesome if you wanted to use the guide recorder to record levels 5-20. But that's up to you!

I can't actually record

I can't actually record since I don't have a BETA key. Sad

And yeah, GCSE revision fml ¬¬

Jiyambi's picture

Oh, sorries, I guess I just

Oh, sorries, I guess I just assumed you had one!

Well, there are still several guides that haven't been coded into addon form yet, namely the higher level guides by Arixan. If you'd like to work on them, go ahead. If you end up doing Horde Vashjir, I have part of it recorded so you'd have something to start with. But no worries if you don't want to tackle such large guides without a recorder - I wouldn't!

Also, RL > WoWPro, even when it sucks! Congrats on the GCSE if you completed it, I'm sort of ignorant of how that all works, being from across the pond.

Actually, our first exam is

Actually, our first exam is on the 15th of November. :3
But thanks all the same.

And I'd be happy to record it Smiling

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(Similar to American S A Ts)

(Similar to American S A Ts)


Jiyambi's picture

Yeah, I gathered via

Yeah, I gathered via Wikipedia that it was some sort of test, but that's about it Eye

Just tested the co-ordinate

Just tested the co-ordinate macro and it is working (in 4.0.1 at least).

/script local px, py= GetPlayerMapPosition( "player" ) DEFAULT_CHAT_FRAME:AddMessage(string.format ( "(%s, %s) %s", floor(px * 100 + 0.5), floor(py * 100 + 0.5), GetZoneText() ))

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I have beta key and am keen to help test any guide ( would prefer 80-85 level guides tho) Let me know if you need me for any Smiling


Jiyambi's picture

Hi Naxxana! At the moment,

Hi Naxxana!

At the moment, none of the level 80-85 guides have been coded into addon form.

The most help you could do at the moment would probably be to test those guides while running the guide recorder. I'll have documentation for that up tonight or tomorrow, probably linked from the site's front page, so check back tomorrow Smiling

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Guide Recorder is here!

The WoW-Pro Guide Recorder has arrived! You can download it here or from your addon website of choice. It's still a bit buggy and the scroll feature doesn't seem to be fully functional with it yet, but it definitely works!

ANYONE IN THE BETA - it would be a HUGE help if you wanted to run the recorder while you play, pretty much in any zone. If it's a zone which already has a "paper" guide, it would be best if you followed the guide - but even if it doesn't have one or you don't follow it, it's still a really big help to get those guide files started.

When you are ready to quit or reload your UI, make sure you hit the save icon. This will pop up a window with an edit box. Select all, copy, and post the result here on the website. It will then also save the guide in your WTF folder, so you can open it up and work on it again. If copy/pasting the stuff from the edit box doesn't work for you, you can also send the WTF file in.

Thanks in advance, it would be awesome to have an army of WoW-Pro folks recording guides for pretty much every zone in the beta. Looking forward to it!

solitha's picture

I just now ran across

I just now ran across this...

Where exactly would I post this copy/paste? Since I have no experience in guide writing, would it be better for me to simply record/screenie stuff as I go and submit it for write-up by someone with more experience (but, sadly, no key)?

Makes me wish I'd given my key to someone else.

Jiyambi's picture

Nonsense, Solitha - getting

Nonsense, Solitha - getting the recorded data is a HUGE help regardless of whether you can edit it or not! I just wrote a guide on using the recorder, so go ahead and check that out if you'd like.

You can post guides in comments, PM them to me, or make a forum post (I think I'd prefer the latter). Thanks a ton!

Skumball's picture

Just load the addon, hit

Just load the addon, hit record, and play Smiling
Then copy paste the code it spits out at the end here.


solitha's picture

That is too cool for words

That is too cool for words Smiling

I'm almost done (I think) hand-writing Teldrassil with no formatting; would it be better to finish it as is, or re-do it and record it, or both?

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If you are almost done with

If you are almost done with the "paper" version of the guide, then go ahead and finish it up, I'd say. You don't have to be the one who does the addon recording of it if you don't want to - I'm certain you are probably sick of the zone by now! Eye

Skumball's picture

Stop releasing awesome stuff

Stop releasing awesome stuff when I don't have a Beta key to access it Ji! Sticking out tongue

Awesome as ever though seriously Smiling


Jiyambi's picture

I'm still trying to get some

I'm still trying to get some more keys, but at this point it's not looking real likely Sad

Skumball's picture

I doubt they'd give more out

I doubt they'd give more out tbh this close to the expansion.
It just means we've all gotta wait for everything awesome Sad
I hate waiting... Sticking out tongue


solitha's picture

Is this page up to date? Are

Is this page up to date? Are there really that many guides that need writing?

Oof, I may have to try my hand at writing >< I figured there would be more testing than writing at this point. Well.... put me down for Teldrassil, and I'll see how much I can screw up in that time.

Jiyambi's picture

There are still a LOT of

There are still a LOT of guides that need writing. I believe this is mostly up to date, but I'm hoping to improve it this weekend when I work on the site reorganization. I'll also be posting a guide recorder addon at that time - it's still a little buggy but it should GREATLY help in writing guides quickly and efficiently.

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As far as I'm aware yes,

As far as I'm aware yes, there is alot of activity in terms of the new high level zones and a few of the starter areas, but not all, and not a great deal in terms of the middle level range. Hopefully though we can get a few people who are on the Beta to get to work on the guides we're still missing.

But we are doing a ton of testing right now with what we have and the addon itself.

Any contributions would be greatly appriciated I'm sure. And Jiyambi will be able to provide more info on it all when she's next on.


solitha's picture

Well, I have a good start on

Well, I have a good start on Teldrassil, although I haven't even looked at formatting yet.

Let me pull this out for thought for the guide writers... 4.0.3 is the patch that will introduce all the 1-60 content, well before December 7th. That content really needs to be prioritized. That we don't even have all the starter zones yet is kinda sad.

Skumball's picture

It's not all that sad tbh...

It's not all that sad tbh... It's mainly down to the fact that the guide-writers themselves do not all have Beta keys. If I had a Beta key you can be assured I would have had about 30 guides up ready for Cataclysm by now. It's few people trying to do all the content to get it ready for a vast majority. Patience and I'm sure it will come, meanwhile any and ALL guide writers and their efforts and contributions will be greatly appriciated and well recieved Smiling


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The guide recorder should

The guide recorder should really help speed up this progress.

Fastest guides can be created by making a premade character - these characters are level 85 but have ZERO QUESTS COMPLETED! You can go back through and very swiftly roflstomp the old zones, recording your progress. While the path may not yet be optimal, it's a HUGE step in the right direction since it captures coordinates, quest giver and turn in NPC names, and quest IDs. And in the addon format, it's very easy to go back through and rearrange the order. It's actually probably much easier to do the addon guides before the paper guides, since you'll be able to more easily move things around, and you'll have all the information in an easy to access outline already!

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Hey all!
Just got into Beta. I would be thrilled to test addon or paper guides! Took the summer off of WoW, the season is too short here to not get out and enjoy it! Eye Back now and ready to roll! Let me know where I can be of the most help! Thanks!

Things I never thought I'd say...

"Your brother is not a dog! Get that leash off of him!"

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Good to hear from you again

Good to hear from you again Bitsem! I'm going to make a download package with the current addon guides in them for Cataclysm, probably later this week. Unfortunately there really aren't very many coded into addon form yet, but there are several paper guides around as well.

Bitsem's picture

Paper Guides

I'll work on paper guides for now.
I've been through the Worgen starting area once, but didn't find the guide until Lv. 9. May run through it again.
Let me know when I can get my hands on the addon versions and I'll give those a shot too.
Don't have a ton of time to play right now, but will get in as much as I can!
You guys (and gals) are doing an amazing job! Thanks!

Things I never thought I'd say...

"Your brother is not a dog! Get that leash off of him!"

Id like to sign up

this is going to sound stupid of me but first do i need a key or is one provided,
and secondly if i dont then id like to test the goblin starter zone 1-12 quest guide please ill get what you need Eye

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Unfortunately we don't have

Unfortunately we don't have extra keys to give out at this time Sad

Anyone with a beta key is welcome to help us in testing any of the guides that are currently up on the site, however! Just post any feedback you have either here or on those guides. Thanks!

Have updated and coded

Have updated and coded Jiyambi's Kezan 1-5. Have started work on Pretzl's Kezan 6-12. Expect to continue on general Horde leveling past that.

Troll starter area is off my radar, but what's been coded looks great so far.

I would love to test your

I would love to test your coded stuff for Goblins if it's in a testable state.

Since I haven't seen anyone claim it I'm going to try and get the Worgen starting guide coded. (rpotor's Alliance Leveling Guide - Gilneas (1-13))

Also someone let me know what to do with the .lua files when I have them working?

Edit: I figured out how to get Pretzel's stuff from GitHub.

Now to finish up the Worgen starter stuff ...

Micropez's picture

i can help

hello i just got the beta key and might receive some more so i will be giving you guys a key if i get any i will also test the guides and will also be able to help with coding the guides into the addon format

Guides coded to addons by me:

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Awesome! I've received the

Awesome! I've received the files you've sent so far and will be uploading them into the Cataclysm version of our addon. Thanks for the hard work and keep it up!

What Imma doin

I work directly with the addon code rather than starting on paper, so if anyone wants to take any of my published content from the .lua files and convert to paper, that's way cool. I will start keeping a list of revisions made, so that it will be easier to convert when the time comes. I am pretty much exclusively working on cata content, in the beta, whether revising live guides, or writing new ones.

I am currently revising Snowflake's Eversong Woods 1-12 guide. Just about done, will push to the cata branch and will include as much information as I am able to capture about the minimal changes being made to make this cata ready.

I am revising and coding the Kezan 1-5 guide by Jiyambi, and will add what is currently possible complete, which is through about level 7.5. Will keep working on it as Blizz debugs the quests.

Finally I will be working on updating the Troll Leveling guides.

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Need some feedback

So I am working on the Deepholm guide right now. One thing I did not consider, since the prior two guides I completed were for the Cataclysm entry zones, was that there would be quests that had a minimum level. I went into Deepholm with the characters I had used to write the previous guides and began documenting what appeared to be the most natural and efficient quest routes. The character was level 83.

Later on, I happened to load up a character that was only level 82 and ported into Deepholm. He had already finished both Hyjal and Vashj'ir back when the level cap was 82. I noticed that there were quite a few quests that were not available to him yet.

I am unsure how I want to proceed and am looking for some feedback. One solution would be to have the guides direct characters to level through both "entry" Cataclysm zones, much like Jame's guides did for Borean Tundra and Howling Fjord. This would get characters to level 83 when they enter Deepholm and eliminate the appearance of unavailable quests. I am slightly in favor of this option, as I think the extra level makes questing in Deepholm a bit easier. I was having a little difficulty at level 82.

Or, I could rewrite the small portion of the Deepholm guide I have completed, doing the walkthrough from the PoV of a level 82 character, as that is the level you would be by just completing one of the entry zones. I am not sure how well the quest routes would flow in this case, however. The guide may end up doubling back on certain areas of the zone as new quests opened up. But it would likely be closer to how Blizzard intended players to go through the zone.

So does anyone here have an opinion? Which way do you think would be better?

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I would suggest using both

I would suggest using both guides. When I followed Jame's guides I HAD to go to both zones on my first toon. Not much rested, no heirlooms, no bonus XP etc. On my alts I could jump into a zone before 70 and still out level the zone.

I also know that blizzard stated once that it would require you to do almost every quest in each zone to level to 85. Meaning at first there will be less room to skip a zone anyways. So until the new heirlooms come out and you are leveling your second or third alt with rested xp, I would say we will NEED both guides, then go into the Deepholm.

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Gylin's picture

Ok, I know it's more work,

Ok, I know it's more work, but as you said you've got notes from playing through with a level 83, so why not make 2 guides, one based on being 82, one on 83?

Jiyambi's picture

Honestly, I'm just not

Honestly, I'm just not sure.

I know for a fact many people skipped the second starting zone in Jame's WotLK guides. While it would be nice to assume people will actually follow the course of the guide, it's unlikely that they actually will.

On the plus side, soon the addon will let people know when a step is too high of level for them, and they can choose a guide which is the correct level.

Really I would leave it up to you, Arixan. That's probably not what you want to hear though! Laughing out loud

Jiyambi's picture

Naming Convention

I think we should move to a more uniform naming convention for these guides.

Perhaps "Author's Guide to Zone - Faction (1-10)"

What do you guys think?

Converting my Human Zone Guides to Addon Format

Got the Elwynn Forest one done, except I'm having problems with the |Z| tag when I need to make a run to Stormwind.
I have the line as:

T Continue to Stormwind |QID|26394|M|77.17,61.00||Z|Stormwind City| |N|Osric Stang|

Which feels like it should work, but the waypoint stays on the player rather than the desired location.
Please help!

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Signed you up. I'll be

Signed you up.

I'll be working on checking the beta version for errors shortly, thanks for the report.

Also, you may want to wait to start coding the beta stuff - first off, I'm hoping to finish the last few tags for the addon this week (|LVL|, |T|, etc). Secondly, next week I'm hoping to complete the guide recorder. But I leave that up to you Smiling

Oh, go ahead and list me as

Oh, go ahead and list me as addon coder for those four zones too.

I'll like to test the Goblin Guide

I'd like to test the goblin guide since I am making a goblin shaman as soon as Cata comes out. I already use your addon and hopefully you will add the Catalysm guides to it. Also, not to get off topic but your addon only has leveling guides now before it had the daily guides and stuff. I am about to hit lvl 80 on my druid and want to finally do dailies but I'd rather a guide before I get lost.

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I'll see about getting the

I'll see about getting the daily guides added back in.

rpotor's picture

I liked that goblin banner

I liked that goblin banner very much, so if you have the time to spare (seriously I dunno how you manage that, between writing guides, tending to the wow-pro site and making the wow-pro addon better and better, but I suspect some gnomish time-warping device might be involved and you somehow manage to have at your disposal 48 hours in a 24-hour day... Jack Bauer would definitely like to have that device I think... Smiling Anywaaaaaaay, where was I? So if you have the time and feel like making it, it would be awesome if the worgen guide could have such a banner. Thanks very much!

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Heh, excellent. However for

Heh, excellent. However for the worgen I think I should wait until there are female worgen models in the game so we can have a couple models up there Smiling

As for how I have time... Well, I only work part time at the moment. However, next month I'll be moving and starting school, so my time to commit to WoW-Pro might decrease then Sad

rpotor's picture

Worgen Guide in the works

Hi everyone,

I just want to let you know that the first draft of the Worgen Starting Zone (1-12) [BETA] guide is now complete. Feedback is welcome, but don't be to harsh on me, it's my very first guide. Smiling Since the worgen zone is currently kinda bugged, the last few steps are missing from the guide, but stay tuned, as soon as Blizzard fixes things, I'll finish it completely.

Jiyambi's picture

Guide Banners

Hey guys!

I just wanted you folks to know that I really enjoyed making the banner for my goblin guide. If anyone would like me to make a banner for their guide, I'd love to do so! Just let me know.

Also, I'd like to only do this for guides that have a significant amount of work put into them already - don't want to spend a lot of time on a banner for a guide that gets abandoned Eye

Anyways, let me know if you'd like me to make you a banner, or any other custom graphics, really.

Jiyambi's picture

Kezan guide complete!

My very first leveling guide (yeah, I know, weird right?) is done! Kezan, goblin level 1-5, is complete!

I'll be working on the Lost Isles guide soon, but I am going to release an update to the addon first so that will take up my time for a little while.