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7-17-2009 @ 9:36AM
Who rolls the same class twice? Well, I've played three hunters, two priests, and two shamans (among others). Most of the second times were on different servers or accounts.From my most recent experience as a druid, I would say only a very insignificant portion of my learning came while leveling. Spamming claw (and later mangle) did not in any way help me as a tree when I switched at 80. I learned more in the first few hours from reading guids and running a couple heroics than I did in all the weeks of boring leveling.Furthermore, you can easily learn a class with a character you start with at 80. It may take a few more minutes than if you had leveled the class, but WoW is really not complex. If after reading a guide you can't handle a simple DPS rotation or figure out a few heals, then that's a little sad. I have played insta-capped characters (that I never leveled) on PTRs and private servers so I speak from experience.It only happened at the end, but the author of this well-written (but in my mind wrong) article hits at the real reason for no instant leveling. It keeps people spending time and therefore spending money on Blizzard's star cash cow. I don't blame them for this strategy, but I don't have to like it, either.
7-17-2009 @ 9:51AM
I don't think you leveled a druid from 1 to 80 without ever casting a heal, or even looking at them. And I doubt you never looked at the resto tree while leveling. Even if you didn't level as a tree, you learned about what the abilities were, so you had the foundation. Do you really think everyone is as pro as you think you are? Most people cannot log on to a level 80 and know what they're doing. If you say you can, you are lying. You have either read up on the class or played it before.Do all you "l33t doodz" think the first class someone learning english takes is advanced creative writing? No, they take the kindergarden level classes, A B C D E F G... then This is a Duck!, and maybe later, this is how you form a sentence.
7-17-2009 @ 11:26AM
@ MaximizeYou could not be more right. Once you understand how to play the game, about 2 hours of playing, its just a boring grind to 80. At least give players that ARE 80 and option an ding 80 button on all new alts.@ AstemusCould you be more douche? Seriously how does casting a HOT on yourself every other fight ready you for healing an instance? Its silly. Leveling teaching you nothing about playing you class outside of of doing DPS. In fact leveling can HURT your end game by encouraging too much DPS and pulling agro thus wiping the raid.
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