World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth screenshot of Sylvanas and the burning Night Elf tree

World of Warcraft's most recent update has brought with it a massive stat-squish, all in an effort to curb the highly inflated damage and health numbers. While it has managed to do that quite successfully, as a side effect it also unfortunately made the leveling experience a lot more tedious than before.

Since then Blizzard has reduced the health and damage of enemies below level 100 in order to make the leveling process a bit smoother, but the main problem still remained: leveling was noticeably slower. Thankfully, one of the most recent hotfixes has finally made an improvement in this area by reducing the amount of experience required for levels 60-80 by 14%, with smaller reductions going towards the rest of the levels between 40 and 100.

It is a fairly minor change in the grand scheme of things, but combined with all of the previous tweaks I think it manages to make the leveling experience fairly enjoyable. I'd prefer it to be even faster given that I've leveled dozens of characters over the years, but any change that manages to make the experience wasteland between levels 60 and 80 more bearable is a change worth celebrating in my book.

That said, Blizzard is still keeping a close eye on the leveling speed across the board, so don't be surprised if even more changes arrive ahead of Battle for Azeroth's August 14th launch. Once more details get revealed I'll make sure to let you know, but until then I wish you the best of luck with getting your characters prepped and ready for BFA. Have fun!

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