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1-30-2009 @ 4:50PM
I've turned out to be somewhat of a stickler for keeping on plot-lines since the expansion. In addition, I only have one character that's Northrend-worthy.So what I'm wondering/worried about is, if I started out in Borean Tundra and wanted to go back and complete the Howling Fjord starting zone once I hit 80, will the quests still be focused as if everything was just starting out in the expansion? I'm just curious if Blizzard implemented some sort of phasing into the two zones to keep them concurrent with you character once you've hit the level cap.Hope I explained that properly!
1-30-2009 @ 5:13PM
There isn't any phasing in those two zones. So if you were to go to 80 via Borean Tundra then went back to Howling Fjord, you would get the same experience as someone who decided to start questing there as their first Northrend zone (albeit at an easier level).
1-30-2009 @ 7:55PM
If you're going to be going back to one of the Starter Zones eventually, it makes more sense in many ways to do them one after the other - you'll stand a good chance of soloing group quests if needed, and you're more likely to appreciate the rewards that way. Additionally, there are good lore reasons - (at least Hordeside, I don't know Alliance) there's a quest chain in each of the starting zones which is continued in Dragonblight, though there is a hopping-on point for those who didn't do the particular starting zone. Not to mention important bits of story in both which tends to crop up much later. But yeah, there's no phasing involved, though it does mean the story doesn't really make sense.
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