World of Warcraft is removing an exploit used to powerlevel characters in Island Expeditions

    
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Bored, huh?

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.

Source: Twitter, Official site via MMORPG.com

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Jeremy Barnes

maybe address the stupid scaling you have instead?

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Utakata

…probably something that could have been resolved by a scalpel instead of a sledge hammer. /le sigh

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Mordyjuice

It’s almost like WoW is being run by a vanilla WoW PVP Enhancement Shaman getting windfury procs with a 2H Nerf Hammer.

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Utakata

Err…okays.

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Mordyjuice

Not to insult any one currently playing WoW, such as my self I’m currently subbed, but does this seem that surprising? WoW reminds me of CBS with NCIS where millions of boomers, and gen xers will tune in to that uninspiring show out of habit because of familiarity despite the fact that everything on the major networks are uninspired retreads because of comfortable familiarity; yet like old blue chip networks Blizzard comes up with policies that have short term gains in mind while being customer unfriendly because they have a solid core of ride or die customers.

I don’t know, I didn’t get any sleep, had anxiety pop up out of no where just keeping me awake which is weird because I was looking forward to going to work tonight.

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Randy Savage

Leveling has become more boringly tedious than it ever was in classic. I say let them have their power leveling tricks and let Classic be the go-to for people who insist on smelling the roses. Oh wait.. nevermind. I forgot all about the character boost tokens in the cash shop.

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Bruno Brito

Except….it doesn’t kill it. People already found a workaround with Ox statues and reinvites.

Blizzard is just again, screwing up the XP-Off because they like to half-ass everything.

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Ironwu

Can they really be this clueless? A ‘fix’ for a ‘problem’ which is actually just a symptom for the real problem. In 15 years, this is the first expansion where it made sense to ignore the latest expansion gear and keep your previous expansion gear going for as long as possible.

I bet the next step will be to reduce the active range of Legion Legendary items from Level 115 down to level 110 and entry into BfA content.

Totally missing the whole point. Again.

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Wilhelm Arcturus

In an expansion where the content scales up with you, and races ahead of you in difficulty from 118 to 120, was this something that needed to be closed off. This seems like a symptom of the duality of leveling, where climbing in levels is seen a s a goal, but only if you do it the RIGHT WAY. Especially if we’re talking about alts who are going to get a huge boost to ease of leveling with the 8.2 patch when you’ll be able to unlock flying account wide.

Looked at from the right angle, those twinking and bypassing content are just robbing themselves of the experience if they are doing it on their mains and not really missing anybody if doing it on alts.

And then there is the “who is this hurting?” question that always comes up with PvE games.

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Crafticus

This seems like a fix for a problem that is just going top cause a lot more problems.

What if you’re leveling an alt with a friend and want top turn off XP occasionally to not out pace them (via heirlooms, rest XP, whatever).

Hopefully they put a little more thought into the implementation of this.

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Nate Woodard

Well, Taliesin said something that made a lot of sense wherein there may not be as many levels next expansion. Course, that just means that getting to level 60-70 will be that much harder. However, I like his idea of leveling through one expansion totally, instead of the hit and miss that it is in it’s current form.

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Tanek

My question would be, are there random queues for these battlegrounds? If so, do players have the option to not be matched up with anyone using this setting?

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Wilhelm Arcturus

Yes, when they put the XP toggle in, they also said that if you have XP off you get put in a special queue to match you up with others doing the same thing in order to keep twinked stun locking rogues from being even more of an annoyance to the general population.

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Randy Savage

Actually that’s no longer the case. Twinks have rejoined the same queues with everyone else.

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Bruno Brito

I’m highly sure they were segregated again on 8.1.5