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World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth's pre-patch has arrived a little while ago, bringing with it a variety of changes for everything from PvP to leveling. Most notably, the pre-patch introduced a massive stat-squish in order to stop the constantly ongoing inflation of damage and health numbers. While the tweaks have managed to accomplish just that, they have unfortunately also made the leveling process a lot more difficult than before, and consequently a lot slower as well.

In order to correct some of these issues, Blizzard has now released a hotfix that has reduced the damage of level 15-100 enemies by 14%, as well as their health by 24%. While there might still be some outliers, this should go a long way towards solving the problem of high level enemies having nearly the same amount of health and damage as their lower level counterparts.

This change alone will speed up the leveling process significantly since you will now be able to use area-of-effect spells more liberally, but if you're looking to blaze through the levels even faster you'll be glad to hear that there are more changes coming in the near future. More specifically, the dreaded wasteland that is the 60-80 level range will soon be getting a 15% experience boost in order to make it more in line with the rest of the game. I expect Northrend and Outland will still be noticeably worse than the more modern questing zones, though Blizzard does seem to be serious about fixing them, so there is some hope on the horizon.

If you ask me, however, the Northrend and Outland content should be pushed into the Caverns of Time, and in their place give players the ability to mess around with Cataclysm, Pandaria and Draenor zones from 60 and onward. The lore will get a bit convoluted, but given how even now you can have three different Warchiefs standing next to each other, I think it's a fair compromise for a greatly enhanced leveling experience.

Once more details get released I'll let you know, but until then I wish you the best of luck with your leveling!

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