Level Disincentive

You have probably seen something now about the plans for the 2.3 patch for World of Warcraft.

There are a lot of things in the patch notes.  Things like guild banks and a new outdoor instance in the Ghostlands are neat.

But one item interests me the most.  One item has my name all over it.

From the patch notes:

A new flight path has been added to the Rebel Camp in northern Stranglethorn Vale.

Thank the… wait… no, not that one… as much as I HATE running up and down STV over and over again… I meant:

Experience: The amount of experience needed to gain a level has been decreased between levels 20 and 60. In addition, the amount of experience granted by quests has been increased between levels 30 and 60.

Now here, finally, is an update aimed squarely at ME, the player with too many alts and not enough time.  I may actually get a character into The Burning Crusade content before the next expansion, The Wrath of the Lich King, comes out!

There is a little more detail here about the speeding up of levels 20-60, thanks to a link which I swiped from a post over on Plaguelands.

This is great news!  I have been in the mood lately to level up some of my characters in WoW.

Only it isn’t great news.  I have been in the mood lately to level up some of my characters in WoW, and now I don’t want to touch the game.

Why would I? 

All of my characters fall into the 30-60 level range.  Why would I want to do a quest now, before the patch, when it will be worth more after the patch?

Blizzard has successfully, if temporarily, made me want to avoid their product!

So when is this patch going live?

5 thoughts on “Level Disincentive

  1. Ethic

    I’m with you. I finally have a reason to start playing past 40, but I have to wait a while before I start giving them more money again. And that is fine with me.


  2. Kilanna

    Even tho I am personally not into WoW, I dont understand if you want to lvl your characters why you would stop playing before the patch.

    While I do appreciate that the same quest will be worth more xp after the patch, there will surely still be plenty of quests to do after the patch to help you level. I guess I would hold off myself if I thought that the number of quests available would dry up though.

    Wish they would do this in EQ as well between about levels 45 and 60. Leveling felt like a right chore for my poor little Templar girl around those levels.


  3. Wilhelm2451 Post author

    Heh, it is just my own personality disorder I suppose… mine and Ethic’s.

    Part of my joy of playing is making the best use of my time in a judo-like approach to questing, trying to get the most gain from the least pain.

    One reason I like alts is I get to run through the quests again, pairing up quests I know go together and picking up ones I discovered too late the first time around.

    I do like Blizzard’s approach of getting people into the current expansion before the next one comes out. And I agree, I wish the EverQuest would look into this. EQ was daunting when you had to grind all the way to level 50. Now that the level cap is going to be 80 next time around, starting fresh seems like too steep of a hill for most to climb.

    But I have said before, I want EQ content and lore in a WoW package.


  4. Bildo

    The funny part about the new FP in STV is that you likely won’t have to be there as much anymore either. The 60 new quests in Dustwallow Marsh aimed at level 30-40 will keep you out of STV a bit, that’s for sure.

    It’s the patch that keeps on giving, if you take into effect that Season 1 arena rewards will also be purchasable with honor now… HELLO 82DPS CROSSBOW! :)


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