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8-31-2009 @ 7:32PM
"if they were extended, heirlooms would essentially be mandatory for the people racing to get to 85 first, and that's a situation Blizzard would like to avoid."This seems like a dumb thing for Blizzard to bother with. With or without heirlooms, the first level 85 will probably be in less than 24 hours. Less than a week on almost all servers, even relatively underpopulated ones. This has nothing to do with things being too easy; that's about as long as it took in BC. Whoever decides to make a serious try for a world first or server first level 85 will play nonstop until he or she gets it, with the support of friends and guildies. I assume the best way to do this is just run the highest level dungeon they can without wiping over and over again, but maybe they'll do it through questing nonstop, or world PVE. Somewhere or other I read about a strategy to power-level low level characters: chain pull mobs that are way, way over your level while ungrouped and have one higher level character or a group following you around to kill the mobs after they're flagged, so you get all the XP from the kills. I'm not sure how feasible that is with only five levels' difference, but either way, if you're specifically trying to ding 85 ASAP you can make the levels go a lot quicker than for everyone else.So with that in mind, what's another 20 percent faster leveling? Especially since it's not hard to get the heirlooms. Call me cocky, but two weeks' worth of Argent Tournament dailies, or one week of dungeons and one week of dailies, are enough for two heirlooms that give an XP bonus. That doesn't sound unreasonable at all. I could level a character from scratch on a new server and STILL have two heirlooms in time for Cataclysm.Of course, if they aren't that hard to get then it's not that big a deal either. Having access to them wouldn't be game-breaking, so not having access to them won't be crippling. I'm just saying I hope Blizzard doesn't waste any time figuring this out and changing the mechanics of heirlooms and stuff.
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