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So I had an idea that I’d like to run by the community. One thing I liked about these game focused forum communities is the potential to organize competitions. I’ve managed many tournaments and things of that nature for Diablo 2 in the past so I wanted to see if people were interested in a leveling competition. A few notes:

  • Would be held on Northdale PvP (Light’s Hope private server, if anyone needs help setting this up I’m happy to help)
  • Either Faction is fine
  • Either 1-20 or 1-30 as not many people have time to do multiple 1-60 (want to hear opinions about which people would prefer. 1-20 is quicker but at 20 a lot of classes get mobility buffs that help them shine 20-30)
  • No outside funds allowed to keep a level playing field (you can have a bank alt to send things to but no interaction with gold/items acquired by other characters)

Figured this would be a good way for everyone to practice an efficient start and we can share our times/routes/notes while we’re at it.

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Ooh a competition! WHAT DO I WIN.

Jk lol. Sounds cool man - do we just screengrab our character at level 20 and /played time? Actually a really cool idea that I would definitely be interested in - I actually have a client set up now and a LH account so would be all for it :)

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Ooh a competition! WHAT DO I WIN.

Jk lol. Sounds cool man - do we just screengrab our character at level 20 and /played time? Actually a really cool idea that I would definitely be interested in - I actually have a client set up now and a LH account so would be all for it :)
Not sure how realistic prizes are as there’s no way to actually make sure everyone didn’t get help along the way. Bragging rights will be your prize, and knowing that you’re that much better prepared for classic launch. I don’t plan to have a limit, so you can play to beat your previous time too.

What are people’s opinions on rested? Obviously someone making a point to maximize rested will come out ahead on /played, and Northdale is 2x vanilla rested accumulation rate.

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Well I've already started a 1-20 run for jokes and, I'm sure you will all be happy to hear this, it is going very very slowly at the moment :lol:

Was awesome though. So started off Orc Warr username 'teebling', all the first quests swooshed by pretty quickly. When I got into that first cave with all the imps/felhounds I was in a few groups. Unfortunately took a while before I could tag Yarogg Baneshadow for his medallion so I just stood around chatting to people nearby as I waited for him to respawn:

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Finally got a group together with four of us and we took him down just before some other people turned up. Northdale is busy! The same group I was with we all stuck together and went across to Sen'Jin Village to start the Echo Isles quests there. This is when they dying started - we were all like level 5 and fighting level 10 bosses and lots of mobs :lol:

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I eventually died too many times and my buddies finished their quests then politely fucked off leaving me on my own being corpse camped by a group of angry trolls on the isles. Right now I have three big quests which are all one or two items/mobs away from being completed and ressed back at Sen'Jin. This game is beautiful by the way.

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I think what I'm going to do now (and should have done before) is run to Razor Hill first to pick up Skinning - this would have been very very nice indeed after all the tigers/saurs on the isles and will keep this in mind for my next run. You learn something new every day I suppose :smile:

Enjoying myself but I think I gave up on the speed run aspect a while back ahaha! I'm currently level 5 (one bar from 6).

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@teebling glad to see you getting your feet wet on Northdale!

You should check out Vanilla Guide as it gives a much better base route to improve on than just following the quests as you come into new areas. For example, for Orc/Troll you would do some Razor Hill quests before the ones on the Echo Isles so you end up level 8-9 when you do those, it’s much more efficient as those quests are ideal with a group even at 8-9.

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Shiiiiet I'm looking forward to classic, it's gonna be so great!

As for leveling competition, it sounds damn fun, but I'm currently in a no classic/hype building mode (would hate burning out!). My schedule doesn't allow for nolifing the great way when classic launches, so I'm taking the smell the flowers route anyway; no need to optimize any part. I am considering waiting a week after launch and THEN take a week off to nolife and then return to the schedule. We'll see.

Any and all people participating in the thread I will be cheering for though.
GO TEEBLING \o/

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I hope you lot will have a lot of fun. I don't think I will take part (at least this time around) since I have many other games to play and finish before early summer 2019.

Though I do get the urge to level a class in the way of the old days.

Still leaning towards Shaman, but Paladin and Priest still interests me.

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The adventure continues...

...so I ran up to Razor Hill to find a Skinning trainer and found nothing there. Went all the way to Org in the end to get that trained. Also trained Mining. Once this was done I headed back down to the Echo Isles to finish off those quests which were nearly complete. Managed to do everything without dying and found this weird Cheshire Cat statue.

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Headed back into Sen'Jin and did the Centaur quest quickly before heading back up to Razor Hill. I struggled with the quests again and it was slow going but with a little help from some randomers I made it through. As the AH stuff got sold found myself with about 50 silver so decked the badboy out with some white gear. Looking hot:

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On the way back from an AH visit at Org I met that goblin dude outside the canyon entrance going south and picked up a Harpy item-finding quest. Met this troll shaman dude called 'Whereyaat' who was a level higher than me and clearly doing the same thing. Eventually ended up playing with this guy for like 2 hours as we quested together. He was healing me throughout and we shared chests, loot and bags that dropped. Really cool guy - I obviously had to tell him about the site so what's up @Ctreadwell92! :biggrin:

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Whereyaat went to go do his Shaman class quest as he had already hit level 10 and I went up to Org to hand in some letter to my boy Thrall. The original gangster was right there with all the homeboys around him looking chill as fuck. He asked me to shank some guys outside Org so naturally I obliged. The real warchief.

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This had me hit level 10, which I was really happy to get :) First talent point spent (on the wrong thing haha) and feeling pretty good. Was talking to Whereyaat and he said he found this way more fun even if it was slower and no quest markers around etc. Have to say that finding stuff was really tough - you had to pay attention to quest text and directions like 'North West of here' and stuff. Was pretty awesome tbh.

Time played to 10: 5 hours, 48 minutes.

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I'm really glad I took skinning early on - it was a trek to Org that early but it was so worth it. Got lots of Light Leather and now I'm ready to train up Journeyman skinning. Finding ore nodes was a bit tougher but I did have the immense satisfaction of finding a node already being mined by another noob who kept on Failing, and I just started mining the same node and got some ore first go round. He must have been pissed :lol:

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Anyway, I think that's it for /played competition for me - I join another ship in a few days and don't think I'll have time to make it to 20 before I have to leave. It's been a lot of fun and will continue playing my Northdale warrior until I do eventually have to return to real life. Hope you guys enjoyed reading this mini chronicle!

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@teebling loving the walkthrough style posts about your journey on Warrior. Be careful with your gold, though!
E: Get First Aid!

If we get enough interest I will post an official thread with a table with everyone’s progress. Have not started a character for this yet but coming up on 4 days off in a row!

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Okay so I just did a really fast run to lvl 10 on a Hunter! :biggrin:

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Time: 3 hours 4 minutes - half the time it took on the warrior.

So much quicker and easier to level - even without a pet all the way to lvl 10. Loved it so much! I followed Joana's guide which was very well laid out and is like an optimal speed run route for Durotar. There were even a few times where you kill yourself just to teleport back to town quicker. I changed the ending order a bit to rush for the level 10 ding - otherwise was to the letter. Fucked up on one quest - could have saved another 5 minutes easily (and been sub-3 hours) but oh well. I didn't take any professions apart from First Aid.

So who's going to try and beat me? :razz:

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@teebling nice time for level 10, curious to see what you can make of 10-20!
I’ll be revising my 1-10 route over the next few days, will post some results soon.

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This is a cool idea but like we were talking about in that 'preparing for classic wow' thread I think you'll find a few people don't want to 'spoil' Classic by playing pservers. Nothing against them personally but do bear that in mind.

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Whereyaat went to go do his Shaman class quest as he had already hit level 10 and I went up to Org to hand in some letter to my boy Thrall. The original gangster was right there with all the homeboys around him looking chill as fuck. He asked me to shank some guys outside Org so naturally I obliged. The real warchief.
:lol:

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Well I finally quit procrastinating and gave a timed 1-10 a good run. I hit 10 at 2 hours 27 minutes /played. I think I can get it below 2 hours with some luck and less mistakes.

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Nicely done mate, you beat me by a country mile!

Come February I will have my revenge :roll:

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Finished up 10-20, putting total /played at 11 hours 47minutes.
Again, good bit of room for improvement and mistakes noted. Sub 10 hours seems feasible at 20 for a very efficient run with practice.

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Dang, Jpy! I just checked Joana's guide, and you're pretty close there! :D

FuriousPaul did it in 10 hours 7 minutes, so sub 10 might be doable indeed!

GO JPY! \o/

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Great job! Sub 10 would be a real achievement. I’m liking your google doc as well with all the notes. A potential future guide? :razz:

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Great job! Sub 10 would be a real achievement. I’m liking your google doc as well with all the notes. A potential future guide? :razz:
Maybe so, will probably add my 5-12 route sometime today.

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Dang, Jpy! I just checked Joana's guide, and you're pretty close there! :D

FuriousPaul did it in 10 hours 7 minutes, so sub 10 might be doable indeed!

GO JPY! \o/
It’s worth noting that IIRC he played on a fairly quiet fresh launch server for his record run back in the day. There are a LOT of people on Northdale (fluctuating from 5-9k over the last couple months, depending on time of day) so for example I had to wait about 4-5 minutes for Sarkoth and Yarrog alone. My time at leaving Valley of Trials was 30 minutes, that was ~16% of my entire starting area run just waiting. There were much worse scenarios of waiting (I’m not afraid to grind Beasts like a mad man, so not really too bothersome for me personally) from 10-20 because it’s a longer process.

Anyway, here’s the recording of my 1-5 for the run posted here:

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Well done jpy and teeb for those times! Cool idea :smile:

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Well done jpy and teeb for those times! Cool idea :smile:
Always room for more!

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