World of Warcraft boosts reputation through May 18 and extends its experience boost

    
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If you’ve got some lingering reputations you want to raise before Shadowlands arrives in World of Warcraft, you’ve got some added help in doing that now, as the game is offering a new 100% reputation boost starting on April 20th for all factions in Legion and Battle for Azeroth. Of course, that coincides with the announced end date for the 100% experience boost… except it turns out that’s not ending after all, and that boost has now been extended until the pre-patch for Shadowlands is live.

Yes, that means you can now get boosted reputation and boosted experience for all of your characters, making leveling and unlocks that much faster. If that helps get you a bit more hyped up for the next expansion, well, no doubt the latest interview with designer Paul Kubit about Torghast and the systems contained therein is hoping to help stoke that excitement further. It’s good news all around for fans.

Source: Twitter, Official Site, Wowhead; thanks to Rick for the tip!
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Bruno Brito

I’m really not fond of fast leveling. The level squish is the perfect opportunity for Blizzard to get out of the “only endgame matters” mindset, and improve upon the journey and how your character gets more powerful.

Speeding that process means to me, they’re not sure it’s a good experience, which is something they should fix, instead of making us pay to avoid it.

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Jo Watt

They kind of did this already. They made Heirloom gear weaker, adjusted xp and had 120 levels to go through. Many people were happy but tbh all I ever saw was complaining that it takes too long to do old content and level to get to the newer stuff. There isnt really a best way to do this I think with a game that has many years worth of content.

The new level experience looked interesting. If I’m correct you start fresh but go through a bit of a tutorial phase as a new recruit of your faction, some shit happens but eventually you make your way to the start of BFA and put on the “front lines” essentially the beginning of the BFA expansion and then you level from there. It’s a cool idea to bypass all the old content and get you going as a new comer.

However it then makes things weird imo. Because you basically skip all the old content and instantly go from Recruit number 42 to Champion of Azeroth, etc. But I do find it better and it would be interesting if they maintain this type of new leveling experience ever so often so that new characters are essentially “new recruits” for your faction going into whatever new conflict is coming.

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Bruno Brito

Yeah, but there are other issues: leveling speed, lack of sense of progression because of the new talent system, etc etc.

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styopa

Afaik their comments suggest that the 1-to-cap leveling time should be about 60-70% faster than usual once shadow drops…which would suggest this pace (+100%) isn’t far off what it will be anyway.

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Utakata

And one buff per pigtail too. <3

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Mordyjuice

All they need to do is drop the price for BFA, which surprisingly they’re still charging $50 for.

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jealouspirate

It was literally 50% off less than a week ago.

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Mordyjuice

Doesn’t help me now does it. Quite frankly this is a Lame Duck expansion, the last patch has been released, the new expansion is in Alpha and available for preorder; this expansion should be selling for $20 now in it’s cycle and to sell it for $50 is utter hubris.

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James Balmer

I got BFA for free for playing WoW Classic.

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TomTurtle

Great news really. Supposedly, barring any changes, leveling in Shadowlands is supposed to be even faster than it is now with this buff so this will make the wait that much better. The 60-80 slog feels a lot better and 110-120 is at least not as terrible.

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Ironwu

To little, to late.

Not even slightly tempted. Why?

The one reputation I would even be mildly interested in is the final one needed for BFA flying. And that one is locked behind a pitiful number of daily quests that are contested by all the other grinders and that are on wicked long cool down timers.

So, no thanks. I am sick to death of WoW rep grinds for abilities that should have been available account wide to all players with at least one max level character. Locking flying and races behind insane rep grinds? Pass.

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Jo Watt

But then you get handed everything and the arguement becomes… this is too easy to get why cant they give us stuff to do in the game.

I hate the rep grinds myself and haven’t done pretty much anything that requires rep at this point. But I do think they could do something to make things interesting to get but not reputation based. Or at least just add the Tabard and let you get rep again from doing stuff.

Basically forced daily rep grind is just lazy content design.

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Ironwu

I don’t mind rep grinds as an optional way to get some gear. Or for Xmog stuff, I mean MoP had some great gear you could get for Xmog use via rep grinds.

But having important stuff like flying and races behind vicious rep grinds? Not beneficial, I think. At least not these days, given the state and (non) acceptability of Retail WoW.

Now, the RIGHT way to do flying quest content (I believe) is the way it was done in Classic WoW for the Epic Mounts for Warlock and Paladin. Not easy, but it was a real quest to get those. Not a mindless time sink rep grind.

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Jokerchyld

Rep grind isnt the problem. Its what you have to do for the grind. Its dull. If they made it so you got rep for whatever you did and you could turn in would be a better approach

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Jo Watt

Oh that’s a good option actually. I mentioned the old Tabard system that you could get rep by wearing their Tabard and just running dungeons. But perhaps having a token drop from dungeons that you can hand in to a quartermaster for a “decent” amount of rep wouldn’t be bad.

I mean you are the Champion of Azeroth. Why do you need to pick lemons or kill rats each day for Billy.

I can understand a quest line for say.. allied races that you have to work your way through to earn their trust which in turn unlocks that race. However once you complete those quests it should just unlock. Not leave you with weeks of world quests to do.

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Giggilybits

Here’s an idea. Make rep account wide so any of your alts that gain rep with a certain faction can also contribute to reputation gain.

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Matthew Yetter

If I could give that 50 likes, I would.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

They are still punishing us for wanting flying and making them put it back in. They hate that we want it. They purposely make it as onerous as possible. There’s no other explanation.

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Jo Watt

I agree. And tbh they could simply design the expansions and maps around just allowing flying and making it so you still see the whole map and all the work that was put into it without using that as an excuse to make you walk everywhere then add flying later as BS content. There is no logically excuse lore or otherwise that your flying mounts suddenly cant fly in a new land.

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jealouspirate

Yes, the only explanation for Pathfinder is that Blizzard resents you and wants to make you suffer. How well you know them.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

I think we’re talking about the mind-numbing reputation grind, not the Pathfinder achievement.

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Hravik

I wish they would replace the rep grind with a quest chain, if they feel the need to make us unlock flight every xpac.

The most utterly frustrating thing for me when flight dropped in Legion and BFA was the feeling of making little to no progress. If the right emissary wasn’t up that day, all I could do was a handful of WQ or minion missions for a tiny not really worth it amount of rep, leaving me feeling like I was just treading water.

At least with a quest chain I think I’d get the feeling of making measurable progress.

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Lucky Jinx

I was so happy when I saw the exp boost extension. This means I will have all my wanted, active characters hitting 120 before Shadowlands. I skipped Warlords of Draenor and Legion completely, so this is a welcome handout. I really thought I’d never play WoW again, but BfA has been a positive surprise for filthy casual like me. All the pre-Shadowlands info looks very promising. I used to want full sandbox, survival, hunt-your-own-food-or-die kind of experience, but lately I’ve found myself so time restricted that I’m actually enjoying this stuff again. A welcome escape from real life every now and then.

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Jeremy Barnes

Honestly, BFA is pretty good until you get to the current end game and they take their anger out at the majority of people not wanting to raid.