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9-05-2008 @ 9:10AM
This really isn't as much of a problem as people believe it is. While many who spent months trying to level their first character(s) did learn their class abilities that way, its closed minded to actually believe that's the only way to do it. If somebody is benefiting from the recruit a friend benefits and has never played before, he is playing with an experienced player. This means he will be learning the theory far more quickly than other people his level. Most people don't even really start understanding the theory of their class until they start looking to raid. While this new players practice might be slightly off, he will still have 60-70 to have to take care of which as anybody who has played that span knows, is difficult if you can't play competently. Even if you assume that two totally new players link their accounts and manage to level two characters to 60 without a hitch or having it catch up (remember they still have to level through these areas so they have to at least learn the basics) they still need to do normal leveling through Outlands. Anymore Azeroth is just an annoyance for many players. We want to play with our friends, do stuff with our guilds, raid, etc but because we want a new toon first we have to deal with weeks of grinding the same content we've played over and over. For a new player it may be pretty and fairly new but I know that if I tried an MMO only to find that in order to get a glimpse of what the real game was about, I would have to level through zones for weeks and possibly months since its all new to me mostly alone apart from the rare times when you find somebody to level with.The sky is not falling. RAF doesn't change one thing. Idiots won't learn and productive, intelligent people will. Shortening the leveling span only makes it a bit less brutal on the newbies.
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