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7-17-2009 @ 11:56AM
Here's how I see it. Leveling from 1 to cap is important for first time players or those people who primarily quest and tend to avoid grouping or raiding. Because let's face it, grinding from 1-50 teaches you relatively little about end game mechanics. It helps you learn the UI, a bit about class roles and questing and that's about it. I have 5 characters over 50 and I wouldn't hesitate to suggest that the only thing I really accomplished on my alts between 1-50 was lining Blizzard's pockets with monthly subscription fees. The grind is repetitive and not at all necessary once you've already done it once or twice.Moreover, I found that the Death Knight approach worked. I easily learned in a few days of playing (some very good content) as much about the class as I would have in two months of grinding. No, I didn't learn my rotations but I think that speaks more about the class itself than the experience. My shadow priest can't just randomly mash buttons and kill stuff so I put more effort into learning how to play him.So I say make 1-60 *optional* once you've capped. You shouldn't punish those who want to replay old world content any more than you should punish those who never want to see it again.
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