Hyper-Borean Leveling

Gaella

My badass frost girl Gaella is propelling to the tops at insane speed. Today’s couple of hours in the morning saw her entering Pandaria and reaching level 83. I wonder if she will be in BfA on the other side of the weekend? Quite possible!

The reason of the post is actually musing about questing in old content. 62-80 leg was spent entirely in Borean Tundra, with a spruce of maybe just 5 dungeons. I left out only the blue dragon questline unattended (because I got 80 by the time it left), and it has been so much fun!

Shadowlands leveling changes will be a genuine bliss for the alts and the game in whole. It effectively wraps up the whole road to make leveling easier: heirlooms -> mount 1-20 -> zone scaling and pairing up expansions -> leveling in a legacy expansion of choice. Yes, legacy: we are stepping into World of Warcraft 2 with this. And who knows: maybe we will see a massive rework of the whole planet after we return from Shadowlands?

Well, we will still be able and obliged to see a portion of old content when rolling an alt. I’ve caught myself at the thought that I would gladly spend the whole leveling process in a separate expansion. I would rather proceed to Grizzly Hills, and Dragonblight, and Sholazar and skip Pandaria/Catacysm leg…

People nowadays barely see more than one of the available expansion zones – confirmed by Blizzard statistics at Blizzcon with Pandaria example and my own altoholism. It’s Jade Forest and Halfhill cooking quests for a fridge bag, and you’re ready for Draenor. You’d never travel to Blade’s Edge or even Terokkar, never see Townlong Steppes, Storm Peaks, Sholazar, Un’Goro, Winterpsring – unless you want to get there very specifically.

Of course I would be leveling a vulpera and a mechagnome for their heritage armors, but I’ve decided it’s not gonna be a lull sport. I’ll wait for Shadowlands leveling changes and experience it in full.

2 thoughts on “Hyper-Borean Leveling

  1. Borean gave my DK 11 levels, from 60 to 71, that’s a lot of levels in one zone, so i think it’s a good place if leveling is all you want.

    I stopped leveling alts, no point doing them now when Shadowlands will change the whole system :-)

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    • Leveling has always been my destination activity during lulls :) I would probably go with mechagnome and vulpera when the next raid is done, but I’m intrigued to see how it works in Shadowlands.

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