MMO-Champion did a nice recap of the announcement. Click the picture to go to the official page on the World of Warcraft website. Here is a step by step video tutorial by Blizzard for those interested:
This part of MMO-C’s recap really got my attention:
Level 90 Boosts Now Available
You are now able to purchase Level 90 Boosts for $60 in game! Your boosted character gets:
- Item level 483 gear. You can quickly upgrade to the epic item level 496 gear from Timeless Isle chests.
- 150 gold
- 4 Embersilk (22-slot) bags
- A stack of 20 food items
- If a boosted character was already level 60 or above, their existing Primary Professions and First Aid are bumped up to level 600, as mentioned above
- A faction-specific flying mount – a traditional Wind Rider for Horde or Gryphon for Alliance
- Artisan flying – that’s one rank below max flight speed
- Northrend, Kalimdor/Eastern Kingdoms, and Pandaria regional flying skills trained
Anyway, I’d be the first tell you THIS is a GOOD deal and a more than fair incentive for those looking to skip the Cataclysm (81-85) and Mists of Pandaria (86-90) content. Everything listed above is given to the character(s) you boost to 90.
For those who haven’t played WoW since at least mid-Wrath of the Lich King, here’s a recap of how much some of those in-game functions would cost in Gold:
- If you’re smart, the Gathering Professions (Mining, Herbalism and Leatherworking) should pay for themselves prettymuch. Crafting Professions (Blacksmithing, Leatherworking, Alchemy, Inscription, etc.) costs between 1,000 and 5,000 Gold to power level from 1 to 600 depending on sever economy and/or help from friends/guildmates.
- Regular Riding costs 2 Gold unless you’re a Paladin, Death Knight or Warlock (in which case it’s free). Epic Land Riding costs 10-25 Gold depending on your standing with your race’s faction. Again Paladins, Warlocks and Death Knights get this for free. Regular Flying (enables flight in what’s now Old Outland) costs 100 Gold. Azerothian Flight (enables flight on Kalimdor and The Eastern Kingdoms) costs 250 Gold. Epic Flight costs 2,500 Gold. Cold Weather Flying (enables flight on Northrend) costs 250 Gold. Pandaria Flying costs 2,500 Gold. Max Flying Speed (Same as using a Flightmaster) costs 5,000 Gold.
- Regular Grpyhons/Wind Riders cost 45 to 80 Gold each depending on Orgrimmar/Stormwind standing.
- 4 Embersilk Bags would cost you at least 2,000 Gold, which is the minimum it would probably cost a Tailor to buy and process the cloth and dust needed to make them.
- The level 483 gear would cost you 25,000 to 250,000 Gold if you were to either get it from the Auction House or ask a Blacksmith/Tailor/Leatherworker and a Jewelcrafter to forge the gear for you.
- The catch-up mechanic for Cooking in Pandaria significantly cut the cost of leveling Cooking in both Gold and Mats to little more than than the 300 or so Gold to buy the recipes and rank-ups.
- It costs at least 500 Gold to buy the cloth from the auction house needed to level First Aid to 600.
Let’s not also forget: Until Warlords of Draenor goes live, you also have ALL Class Spells, Talents and Passive Abilities handed to you. I presume all flight paths on Kalimdor, The Eastern Kingdoms, Old Outland and Northrend are also handed to you as well but if not, it shouldn’t take you very long to quickly get the ones you don’t have yet.
I do want to stress the Boost to 90 feature IS $60. Blizzard stated shortly after the price was announced the reason it costs that much is because they don’t want to devalue the level experience for past, present and future players who chose not to do the Boost to 90. I respect that explainaton and can accept it. Even so, even if the Boost to 90 was $600 the WoW Community will still come up with ways to discriminate against people who chose to take the Boost to 90. Why because they are the vocal minority who wants everyone to play by their rules.
Anywho, as I said in my previous blog post on the subject the free boost goes to the Level 77 Horde Paladin I have on Cenarius. It’s my highest-level Horde character and I’ve had it as long as my 90 Alliance characters so…yeah. I’ll preorder Warlords of Draenor in mid-April for my main account and upgrade my other account sometime next summer. I’ll then do a paid boost over this summer and one more on the day after Thanksgiving.