What’s the fastest way to level up in World of Warcraft right now? Have some friends willing to game the system. Essentially, there’s a well-known issue wherein players can turn off their experience gains at level 110 or 111, gaining all of the benefit from high-end gear from Legion; get a couple players with legendary items to turn off experience gains then, and players can easily carry someone to victory within five minutes per match. It’s a quick and dirty way to level up without having to work very hard on it, so Blizzard is killing it with a new debuff that dramatically reduces experience gains for anyone in a party with someone not gaining experience.
This is not entirely surprising; back in December of last year, the studio claimed that it would be addressing this practice so that people couldn’t use the experience toggle (designed to keep people at a certain level for battleground brackets) to powerlevel others. Whether or not this qualifies as a positive change or a removal of a viable technique will depend on each individual player, of course, but it does appear to be a stealth change not otherwise announced for patch 8.2.
A new aura has been added to the Patch 8.2 PTR. While someone in your party has disabled XP, you will get reduced experience from quests and kills. pic.twitter.com/YzmxaCqtPI
— Warcraft Secrets (@WarcraftSecrets) June 16, 2019