As promised at Blizzcon 2017, today’s massive 7.3.5 update for World of Warcraft implements the exact level scaling introduced inside the Legion expansion along the whole game. This allows players to tackle the game’s leveling zones from the order of these choosing, within limits.
Prior to today’s patch, there were a certain order to leveling a character in World of Warcraft. New characters began within a starting zone, where they quested from level 1 to 10 roughly. From there they’d begin mastering a 10-20 zone. Then a 20-30. Somewhere between level 58 to 60 they’d go on to the Burning Crusade expansion content, after which it they’d die of boredom.
But not! With level scaling implemented, starting zone experience and equipment rewards now scale from level 1 through 20. Once players hit level 10, they can begin Ghostlands, Loch Modan, Silverpine Forest, Azshara, Bloodmyst Isle, Darkshore, the Northern Barrens and the Ghostlands, as both versions scale from 10 to 60. New zones available every five levels beyond this concept until level 40, when all the normal 1-60 zones are open for business.
At level 58, players may now choose between the Burning Crusade’s Outland (boo!) or Wrath from the Lich King’s Northrend (yay!), both scaling to level 80. From there it’s on Pandaria, Deepholm or Cataclysm lands to 90, with Warlords of Draenor and Legion waiting to look at players to 100 and 110 respectively. If that’s all a lttle bit confusing, WowHead has a excellent table for keeping on top of where you can level when.
The update also introduces level scaling to dungeons, meaning players who mainly level while using dungeon finder could have a great many more solutions to them across all levels, rather than having to grind through level-appropriate dungeons continuously.
If that you were looking to get into World of Warcraft (or return with an all new character), now’s an enjoyable experience to do it.