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2-01-2011 @ 9:22AM
Not everyone who's 85 are only going back for Loremaster because they want to grief people or they couldn't be bothered with levelling via questing. When The Shattering arrived in 4.0.3a and all of the new low level quests/zones came out, I was really excited! Here I was with my dedicated main, level 80 and with very little to do but twiddle my thumbs and, frankly, do achievements till the actual launch of Cataclysm. I'm also quite the lore junkie. Me, personally, I often miss out on things when I'm levelling in a zone because I'm hellbent on survival and, of course, levelling. I worry about bag space, or I worry about messing up a quest mechanic that might kill me because I've never done it before.As an 80 (or now 85), however, I don't have to worry about that. I get to focus on the quests themselves, read the text, savor the atmosphere and laugh about little things. All I could keep talking about was how things had changed in this place for the better, how I missed some things in other places, how nice things must be for lowbies now with systems that jet them from one quest hub in a zone to another, etc. If I screwed up and did Booty Bay before N. STV on my 80, it's no big deal... I just patiently wait till the problem is fixed and it's no sweat off my back. I'm not there to wreak havoc on lowbies. I'm there to experience things for myself, on my main, things that weren't there when I was levelling that character. And as my main, I like to get the majority of my achievements on that character.Of course, if I see someone of lower level in the same area, it doesn't hurt to ask them, "Hey, do you need this stuff for a quest?" Some people say, "Nah, go for it," and others say, "Yeah, do you mind if I get my kills first?" It's seriously no big deal. The same goes for rep farming, like when I went back to Felwood and Winterspring for the Timbermaw. A little courtesy goes a long way, but it has to be on both sides. And, if anything, I'd like to help if I can!There's also the matter to consider that, with heirlooms and guild perks, a person might be outlevelling an area far before they're even close to done with it. I think someone asked about it on The Queue yesterday. It's not a bad thing, by any means, but back in Vanilla and even BC, you knew you were almost done with an area by the time you hit a certain level. That rule doesn't apply anymore. With archaeology and how infuriating it can be, you'll see higher level characters in low level areas more often. So what if they decide to do some quests while they're in the neighborhood? Or grind some rep? Even if it's none of the above, it's honestly no one's fault that the artifact is right underneath the feet of Chief Oogla-Boogla Gobbledeegook and the person happened to survey it right before a lowbie needed it. Long story short: Yes, there are a-holes out there. But not everyone out there is out to make your WoW life a virtual Hell. A rule of "high level in a low level area" is not enough to automatically brand them as griefers.
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