I’ve been playing World of Warcraft since early 2005. I currently have three level 90 characters (Akromah – paladin, Leota – mage, Snerk – shaman) on the Horde side of things, and a level 90 (Mal – priest) on the Alliance side.
The newest expansion is coming out … eventually … and is now available for pre-order. Players who do that will be able to boost any character up to level 90 for free. Included with that is:
And Blizzard is also offering separate 90-boosts for $60.
I … I just can’t.
THIS IS A BAD IDEA. Boosted 90s will make for bad end-game characters that will be clad in Timeless Isle “welfare epics” and immediately ready to hit MoP LFRs. Look at how many awful Death Knights we have, and they start from 55. There are certain circumstances which are less bad (I already have a level 90 Blood Elf paladin, I want an second level 90 Blood Elf paladin on another server) but oh my gosh. I belong to some WoW groups on Facebook, and already there are complaints about people who have no idea how to play their class (because they emerged from the inn a fully-formed level 90) messing up raids.
I think a max level character should be earned.
I’ve been raising up three more Alliance characters. I have a level 68 warlock, and a paladin and a hunter who are both level 47. All have heirloom armor and weapons that I accumulated through the years. That gives them a boost to experience and makes the leveling process faster, but it doesn’t take away the fact that I have all of this time with them learning the nuances of their spells and talents. I had a hard enough time when I moved Mal from Holy Priest to Discipline Priest at level 85 and had to learn all of that class on the go.
I have two of my level 90s (Horde Pally, Alliance Priest) working toward earning the Legendary Cloak. They’ve already killed the last big bad boss of this expansion and for all intents and purposes are done with the current version of the game.
But this comes out, and I think — do I really NEED that legendary cloak? (No. It’ll be outdated when the next expansion drops.) Could I be doing something better with my time? (Yes.)
My Horde guild is dead. My Alliance guild is one that recruits in trade chat so it’s filled with people waiting for something better to come along. It’s been three days since I’ve logged in. I have just had no desire to.
The last time I let my account lapse was in 2006 because I had other things going on. The next time might be April 1st.