No, I would not agree that "the leveling grind" is a hindrance to playing challenging PvE and PvE with friends and opponents. Content is content. What makes vanilla outstanding is that (most) ALL of the content from beginning to end was designed to be enjoyable. And this may shock or disgust you, some of us do actually enjoy both the journey as well as the destination.
A few years later I started up on TBC with a few friends, on the same high experience rate format. This shit was mostly new to me at the time (since I had stopped playing retail shortly after TBC released) so I played the Outland content at 1x rate on both factions, and it was fun.
The problem is that, unlike the endgame content, slaving away at quests in WoW is only fun for the first time.
Unfortunately, on the fashionable 1x servers, unless you buy/steal/borrow other people's characters, you'll have the following limitations:
- You can generally only enjoy dungeons and raid content from one perspective
- You can't jump onto another character to suit group requirements in premade vs premade BGs
- You can't change factions when BGs die
- You can't change your mind because you've already invested months into a single character
This is a deal-breaker for anybody who takes this game seriously and I know that I'm not alone when I say that the "journey" isn't even close to being worth these sacrifices.
Those who seek to trivialize the leveling content and scoff at we who actually value it are not doing the game any favors. THAT is why the "goe plae reetale" argument absolutely has merit.
We're having a discussion about the future of this private server. If you're happy with how it is and feel comfortable to shut down every conversation that doesn't agree with your vision, then I hope you don't mind when you're stuck enjoying your journey with only a small handful of other ret paladins.
Arbitrary time sink
? Are you new to MMOs or something?
Yes, videogames are a waste of time. I like this one because it's challenging, competitive and that there are always new surprises. This is the carrot on a stick that people are farming kobolds up to lvl 60 for. In 2018, why do we still need to invest such an obscene amount of time to become eligible for this? It's just really... backwards.