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Pros And Cons Of WoW Powerlevelling, Part 1

There's an interesting article over at Kotaku Australia that talks about a player's experiences with powerlevelling. Here's a snippet:

"For me, I couldn't face levelling from 1-60 again. The thought gave me stomach cramps. Brain cramps. Cramps in my hair. The simple logic of the statement "If something's not fun, don't do it" should have prevailed. But it didn't.

So, I whipped out my credit card and perused my choices."

The whole article can be read here: Pros And Cons Of WoW Powerlevelling, Part 1

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  • #1

    I personally do not understand why people go for powerlevelling tbh. It's a gamn, if you do not want to play it, then don't. Why have someone else do it for you?.

    I can understand why someone wants to power level rather than do it themselves. I'm working on 70 #6-9 (not uncommon for some players to have this many or more) and it's just so dull trying to get to max level yet again. As I think anyone would agree, the game really begins at max level when the world opens up... well, unless you're a twink ;).

    I have 2 accounts that i dual box which is not against the policies that blizzard have. I run both accounts at the same time with 2 clients running on the same PC. It runs like a dream [a little laggy in the cities if both characters are in a city] and so i'll log one off whilst one character does stuff in the busy city and log the 2nd account in when out of the city. The high level character does the work and the other character is just on follow looting mobs for quest items etc ..... levelling is pretty rapid this way.

    I also use two accounts to level my characters, but I do it a bit different than you do. I don't really like bringing out a 70 to help a lower level character as that makes it even more boring (no challenge). I use two accounts to play two same-level characters that both do the same quests and level at the same time (usually very close in exp).

    The characters were originally on one account, so I separated them into two groups: healers and dps. Unfortunately some classes can count as both, so I classified them based on a simple philosophy that makes hybrids cringe: you got a healing spell, you're a healer. I have combinations like: warrior+priest (by far the strongest I've leveled), shaman+mage, paladin+warlock, hunter+druid. When I want to do an instance, I'll just pull a 70 out (usually my warrior to lead a healer through or my shaman to lead a dps character through) and have them lead them through.

    This method can actually be a lot of fun and challenging as I also play them on the same computer, which means you have to actively select a window to use that character rather than just use another keyboard or whatever dual-boxing method you use. I've had a lot of fun tanking and healing at the same time on my warrior+priest combo. Three manning five man bosses... "soloing" bosses listed for four players... it's all part of a challenge that makes the game more fun. I remember how people said Ruul was difficult for players in normal leveling gear. My warrior and priest combo took him down with my warrior using DPS gear with a sword and shield. It's pretty exciting doing things like this :D.

    If you are thinking of powerlevelling services, don't. just get another acct and use the follow command :)

    Heh, the follow command can be nice until your follower gets stuck and you have to go back and get them ;).

  • #2

    You just have no idea. You make the assumption that you figured out something literally 9.3 million players have failed to realize on often several playthroughs. There hasnt been anyone seriously grinding through the whole game for years.

    "what I think people don't realize is if you hold off on your professions"
    ROFL, that is about as common knowledge as it gets.

    "I think people don't realize the benefits of quest especially the fact that when you complete one area there are three other areas of the same level you just finished at the touch of your fingertips with flight paths and the tram."
    NONONO, sure it works for the first 30 levels or so, but then you have maybe one area, and sometimes depending on if you do everything right or not, its all orange.

    "I'm willing to bet that if you really wanted to you could power level your own character just by doing the right quest in the right order in 10-15 days."
    Its not even that hard. But it takes over 150 hours.

    Come back in some months when you are 70 with some 60+ alts.

  • #3

    powerleveling is fine as long as youve already leveld to 70 before, it would be stupid to skip all of that.

  • #4

    you've not been over lvl 30? just keep in mind that it takes more time for each level :D and it's not as easy as you say: "Besides if you just do the quest in an area and move on to the next area its seems to breeze by." It gets pretty anoying when you only got read/orange quests in an area and no one is up for instances :P it's boring and sometimes i personally jsut end up logging out ^^ lvled 2 chars to ~30, one to 70 and started on a rogue now(lvl 48 so far). Lvling sucks that's it but you just gotta endure it ^^

  • #5

    I just started playing WoW about 2 1/2 weeks ago and i spend some time on it i have multi pull level 10 characters and a level 30 lock, and I can't imagine how it can be so drudging to play through to 60 I still can't believe how fast I gain levels sometimes. Each level area takes maybe a day to play through at the most and is almost a guaranteed +10 levels from what I've experienced so far. It seems to me that the real test is from 60 to 70 anyways. Why power level through all the little levels that come quickly to end at the drudging part of 60-70. Besides if you just do the quest in an area and move on to the next area its seems to breeze by. I think people don't realize the benefits of quest especially the fact that when you complete one area there are three other areas of the same level you just finished at the touch of your fingertips with flight paths and the tram. I'm willing to bet that if you really wanted to you could power level your own character just by doing the right quest in the right order in 10-15 days. Blizzard set it up to do so and also gives add'l XP with the new 2.3 patch anyways. If there is any kind of problem its not the XP part its the farming part of the game. Farming for regs, mats, and gold is where it really drags you down, but what I think people don't realize is if you hold off on your professions and focus strictly on leveling you can raise you professions at 60 when no matter what you do the game is going to drag. Stop grinding and stop farming... START QUESTING! lol at least thats a fresh noob's opinion :P

  • #6

    sorry strat but that is the most off topic post here.

    quote [wow's is good in theory but frustrating because it alienates you]

    Choose the right server in the first place and your fine or tell your friends where you are so they can choose the right server. You wanna move then you pay for it....

    Really not sure what your server error has to do with power levelling though really.

  • #7

    Just a guess, but wouldn't the cost of getting powerleveled be more than the 25$ that Blizzard charges for a server transfer?

  • #8

    other than possibility of losing your account the biggest con of power leveling is that you end up at max level with very little idea of how to play your character.

    i think a bigger issue with WOW deserving an article is the inability to play with friends who may have been on a different server. or, you joined a server the game recommended only to find out that it was in a totally different time zone several levels later. or, you moved and now you have to pay a ridiculous fee to have you chracter transferred in less than an hour. a server transfer fee is unacceptable. i've discovered old friends over the past two years who play this game. we're all on different servers and it's completely frustrating. it would be nice to have a grace period by server rotation or 1 free transfer per account. games like guild wars really got the server structure right. wow's is good in theory but frustrating because it alienates you.

  • #9

    I personally do not understand why people go for powerlevelling tbh. It's a gamn, if you do not want to play it
    , then don't. Why have someone else do it for you?.

    I can understand the daunting thoughts of levelling from 1 to 70 but it doesn't have to be done in a mad furious all or nothing levelling frenzy.

    The cost of powerlevelling is daft from what I have heard, you stand the chance [a pretty good chance] of losing your account also.

    I have 2 accounts that i dual box which is not against the policies that blizzard have. I run both accounts at the same time with 2 clients running on the same PC. It runs like a dream [a little laggy in the cities if both characters are in a city] and so i'll log one off whilst one character does stuff in the busy city and log the 2nd account in when out of the city. The high level character does the work and the other character is just on follow looting mobs for quest items etc ..... levelling is pretty rapid this way.

    I must admit i love playing the game like this as I can re-do the instances on my own, take my time and actually look at the work that has gone into the game that i missed the first time around, exploring azeroth safely with a level 70 protecting the lower levelling character.

    I have 2 level 70's [priest and warlock] working on a shammy and warrior currently. They get the best loot from all the instances as i can run them as often as i want, they get all the quests done in quick time .... for the cost of a 2nd account and no risk of losing it.

    If you are thinking of powerlevelling services, don't. just get another acct and use the follow command :)

  • #10

    There's a lot of mini-games in a cohesive world, not one single game.

    The levelling game is one of the better ones, in my opinion, but I have one 70 and three other characters in the low 60s. My stomach turns at the thought of levelling another character.

    However, I *would* like to have a level 70 warrior to PvP and raid with. Different games, but that option is locked behind the levelling game.

    I wouldn't risk a powerlevelling service myself, but I can surely understand why so many people do.

  • #11

    Nobody is recommending that you do this, its just an interesting read.

  • #12

    I've had 2 of my chars partially power leveled, and 1 fully leveled from 1 to 60. The first 2 I had no problems with, but the 3rd one(on diff account) that was leveled 1-60 got banned within a few days. I don't recommend doing this.

  • #13

    I keep getting a guy online who want's me to power level him by bring him to area that are over his level I want to avoid him badly enough that it seems impossible because he keeps changing name every single damn time.

  • #14

    I find out kind of stupid and people should get banned for doing it, what's the point of letting some one else play the game for you. Can't do it yourself you take the fun out of the game, go /wrist

  • #15

    I dont think they have something in place to detect excessive levelgain, they are definetly counting on some people being extreme.

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