“I think [the levelling experience] is a pretty hotly debated topic internally, about how to handle that,” Dawson said in a recent interview with Gamesindustry.biz. “I think we recognize that we’re not giving new players as good an experience as we can, and we do want to focus on how to make that experience better. There’s 15 years of content that people should have the option to do if they want to, but we also want the ability for players to play with their friends quickly. That’s why we developed things like the boost [which automatically raises one character to an appropriate level for the current expansion], which you get if you purchase the game itself. The scaling tech was also a way to help us do that, and you can sort of choose your own path through expansions and story content.”
All the things that kept trade goods cheap while the value of gold was falling are no longer true in the new expansion. Most players are working on gearing up their main characters right now, and it will be a while before people earn the levels and reputations on secondary characters to serve the markets for high-end trade goods, so there are fewer crafters competing with each other to serve a community that is swollen with returning players.
My toon was a monk, a class that gets extra experience for an hour at a time. I picked at it more than I have in the past, so I benefitted more from the 150 percent "rested" experience bonus. If I wanted to run a dungeon for quests, I fired up a high-level character on a second account and dragged my little toon through them. And having leveled dozens of characters to 100 and 110, I knew every zone and every objective.
But when it comes time to level another character for any reason, this pace is going to make me think twice. And that's a shame. I'm not someone who gets any particular joy out of instant-boosting a character to max level. There are dozens of zones -- no exaggeration -- that I wouldn't mind experiencing again, if I could do a few of them at a time and feel like I was making meaningful progress on another level-110 in the process.
As the gold price of a $20 token falls, more people with gold are willing to convert it into tokens, and fewer people with money are willing to buy gold at that rate. As the gold price rises, the value of the token begins to exceed the value of the time spent accumulating the gold for some market participants and they stop selling their gold. Meanwhile, other people with cash are enticed to enter the market because of the high amount of gold they can get for their tokens.
After completing your island expedition and second foothold, head back out to your third and final zone to quest in. Note that any legendaries you were using to level have become inactive and are merely stat sticks now. Feel free to replace them with quest gear as you obtain it. Before heading out, feel free to send your three champions out on new missions!
Adjacent to the necklace is the Azerite gear, which is received from quests and dungeons. They are pieces of gear for your head, chest, and shoulders slots with unlockable attributes that you gain as your Heart of Azeroth necklace gains levels, allowing you to customize the bonuses you get from the gear and even boost its item level at a certain point.
In 2015, Blizzard started letting players buy gold from each other using WoW Tokens, to try to control the process and mitigate damage. “Time is money, friend — but sometimes one is harder to come by than the other,” Blizzard says on the official page. “Now World of Warcraft players can use the WoW Token in exchange for game time or Battle.net Balance!”