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11-30-2010 @ 6:21PM
There's a lot of things you just can't get a good feel for how they play until they go live. PTR and Beta players represent a very small fraction of the total player base. The majority of the stuff I saw being reported from the beta all revolved around how play was at level cap, specifically in heroics and raids. So it seems that most people probably played either high level premades or copies of their high level mains. This means that you now have only a small percentage of that initially small fraction actually leveling toons through the old world. Once it went live without the new high level content, millions of alts suddenly started flying through levels and they got a much clearer picture of the curves.Additionally, there's always tweaks to numbers after things go live. Look at casters immediately after the patch. Even after fixing them, they still just had to refund talent trees on the healing classes to balance heals. If you're annoyed by the leveling nerf, look at it for what it really is, a balance. Like shadow priests and the short lived SW: Death spam, leveling has been dialed back so it isn't quite so OP now.
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