May 5th 2009 1:11PM Heirloom items are exactly how Blizzard has tried to make leveling faster for people who have already hit 80. And they just made it better by adding the xp increase to quest xp in addition to the kill xp. I have to say that the xp bonus is nice but I wish they'd increase it just a little more or maybe lessen the xp nerf you get from being in a group.
I like the idea that the heirloom items help you level alts but that they aren't freebies. They require you to earn and purchase them so that they aren't just handed out to everyone.
I think that early leveling is necessary to truly understand your class and determine what you like/don't like about them and which spec best suits your personal play style. Sure you can play a class and play it well without going through all that BUT I believe that anyone who spends more time slowly getting to know their class and abilities will ultimately be a better player for it. And isn't that what we all want? Players to be their best instead of fail? I know I do anyway.