WoW Player Hits Level 60 Without Picking a Faction

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WoW Player Hits Level 60 Without Picking a Faction

When asked whether he wanted to pick Horde or Alliance for his Pandaren Shaman, World of Warcraft player Doubleagent said "no".

If you've played as a Pandaren in Mists of Pandaria, World of Warcraft's latest expansion pack, you'll know that the Pandaren initially start off neutral, then have to pick either Horde or Alliance when they get to level 10. But World of Warcraft player Doubleagent decided that he was perfectly happy staying neutral, and in defiance of both the Horde and Alliance, has leveled his Pandaren Shaman to level 60 without picking a side.

"Dungeons are locked since I've not completed this quest to pick a standardized faction... same with battlegrounds. PvP pet battles cannot be queued for since I'm neutral, nor are there any battle pets at all to battle in the Wild. No Archaeology dig sites either."

Since 2012, it's been a slow, but steady journey, as he's had to go from 1 to 60 without leaving the Wandering Isle - the Pandaren starting zone. Anyone familiar with WoW's mechanics might be scratching their heads, wondering how someone can continue to level once the quests dry up and the mobs turn gray. The answer is with Herbalism and Inscription.

Herbalism grants a small amount of experience every time a herb is gathered. Doubleagent relies on the rested experience boost as his only reprive, as he is unable to send +XP heirloom gear to his neutral character.

I think it's very interesting to see people "break" games like this. Glitches, bugs, and people doing stuff that just wasn't intended by the developer are things that are unique to videogames, and show how gamers can try and think outside the box. Doubleagent would get along well with the folks over at r/firstworldanarchists.

Source: Battle.net via Massively

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So he walked the true path of the monk.

Very peaceful-like.

Wow very late to the punch here this is old news.

*queue "Live to Win" song*

That is insane. Just freaking insane.

If only games would let more people play like that. I'm so sick of being forced to choose a faction. I want to be a free agent.

So wait a tick...he didn't pick one at 10, so am I correct in guessing he couldn't que for BG's or dungeon instances ? because last I checked those opened up at around level 12 or so and didn't require you to actually leave whatever area you were in.

While I think it is a rather noteworthy feat, It probably doesn't mean as much as one think, the article said it plainly, that was the guy's gathering alt. Though I suppose wow need to put out some news that wasn't about their sharply declining playerbase.

I would like to say this is outstanding, but since it says "since 2012" I'll guess that it's a matter of pure patience, and not actually wanting to do anything else with the character.

BigTuk:
So wait a tick...he didn't pick one at 10, so am I correct in guessing he couldn't que for BG's or dungeon instances ? because last I checked those opened up at around level 12 or so and didn't require you to actually leave whatever area you were in.

Or tou could've read the article where it says right there ""No dungeons, no PvP".

I admire the dude, personally. After 8+ years, I've grown very bored with WoW and have rolled a pacifist toon on my server and am grinding it out to 90. This is actually my 3rd attempt at doing it, as twice now, I've had people kill mobs that were attacking me-when the mob died, because I had the threat the whole time, the kills were attributed to me and, thus, I had a Creature Kill added to my stats.

I'm leveling just picking flowers, digging up rocks, arch and exploring, but he has taken "alternative leveling" to more of an extreme than I have, for sure.

Reminds me of the people in the original Guild Wars who levelled their way to max level in the tutorial zone simply because it was too pretty to leave.

And trust me, that's no easy feat. At one point they stopped getting XP from creatures, so they had to "Death Level". They would DIE to those low-level creatures until the CREATURES levelled up, then killed THEM for XP. Over. And over. And over again.

It got to the point that ANet put in an achievement if you managed to accomplish this task. Then even later they added daily quests that granted XP regardless of level to make it easier, but that was years after dozens of people had done it the hard way.

Ahhhh, another classic example of "Just because I can" gaming approach. I think it'd be pretty sweet if he makes it all the way up to the level cap and Blizzard gives him some kind of prize just because he did what he did. A unique mount, some gear, I dunno...but that'd be nifty of'em.

I doubt that'll happen, though, since as we all know:

Awesome. New race, new class, get to level 10 and do the same quests all over again. Was a third faction too difficult for them to do?

Anyone reminded of the south park episode where because of am overpowered griefer, stan and the gang leveled grinded by staying the forest killing boars?

hehe, the whole Alliance vs Horde war is pointless by this point anyway, they've worked together against apocalyptic forces so many times you'd think the orc vanguard and ironforge mountaineers would fistbump by now.

choosing the path of peace should be an actual playstyle.

Jman1236:
Anyone reminded of the south park episode where because of am overpowered griefer, stan and the gang leveled grinded by staying the forest killing boars?

That was pretty much the first thing I thought of when I read the article.

This is very interesting. Like many, I've played since beta and somewhere around TBC I really wanted to stay neutral and out of the conflicts between the factions, since they both do some pretty horrible stuff. Playing druid makes you feel like part of a third faction that has its own interests, that don't include warfare.

I began in MoP last thursday and playing with the pandas has been really fun and led to some very sympathetic stories. The first battle between Horde and Alliance on Pandaran soil really left me with a bad taste in my mouth, it's very well made.

It's a shame that no one can summon him out of there, that'd be cool.

Bloody hell, he must of been bored to level grind like that! Still I am impressive with his resolve to not picked a side.

well that's one way to spend your time. Though I'd think it'd be incredibly boring, maybe he was watching movies at the same time or something.

"What are your thoughts on this momentous occasion, your Neutralness?"

"I have no strong feelings one way or the other!"

Reminds me of the South Park WoW episode. Grind to max 1 xp at a time...

Hehe my friend did this and with some assistance actually managed to get off the wandering isle with it too. But then they hotfixed that. :|

Still, interesting.

That's really cool. It's too bad he's a Shaman and not a Monk. That's some zen shit right there.

Are you sure it is Inscription and not Mining. Mining also grants XP, while Inscription does not.

Has anyone tried this with a Monk? Monk get Zen Pilgrimage at level 20, allowing them to leave the wandering isle for Pandaria possibly.

I remember when this happened in Tibia too! There's the newbie Island, and after level 10 (I think) you have to choose a profession.

There was this guy who stayed until he reached level 100.

bz316:
"What are your thoughts on this momentous occasion, your Neutralness?"

"I have no strong feelings one way or the other!"

"What makes a man turn neutral ... Lust for gold? Power? Or were you just born with a heart full of neutrality?"

Jman1236:
Anyone reminded of the south park episode where because of am overpowered griefer, stan and the gang leveled grinded by staying the forest killing boars?

Oh yes, I'm sure that NO ONE thought of that episode. Nope, you were the first.

The neutronions would be proud. That also takes some serious stones to grind 50 levels without cracking and breaking down and picking. He's a stronger man than I.

Attercap:

bz316:
"What are your thoughts on this momentous occasion, your Neutralness?"

"I have no strong feelings one way or the other!"

"What makes a man turn neutral ... Lust for gold? Power? Or were you just born with a heart full of neutrality?"

I couldn't read that sentence, Zap Brannigan's voice did it for me... in my head. Then after thinking about it, Morgan Freeman came around and said it too...
Oh god, I'm going to hear Freeman narrate all forum posts for the rest of the day. %$#^#@!

OT: Well now, isn't that special.

I hate to imagine his play time on that character.

Baldr:
Are you sure it is Inscription and not Mining. Mining also grants XP, while Inscription does not.

Has anyone tried this with a Monk? Monk get Zen Pilgrimage at level 20, allowing them to leave the wandering isle for Pandaria possibly.

Herbalism actually. That's where the error lies.

Good for him. Honestly, the shoehorning of everyone back to Alliance-vs-Horde (even the Night Elves and Undead), turned me off the game in the first place.

That's nothing. Hundreds of Tibia players beat him to it

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SAMAS:
Good for him. Honestly, the shoehorning of everyone back to Alliance-vs-Horde (even the Night Elves and Undead), turned me off the game in the first place.

Ever notice that it's exactly the same strategy as American politics?

LordLundar:

Baldr:
Are you sure it is Inscription and not Mining. Mining also grants XP, while Inscription does not.

Has anyone tried this with a Monk? Monk get Zen Pilgrimage at level 20, allowing them to leave the wandering isle for Pandaria possibly.

Herbalism actually. That's where the error lies.

You get two professions in WoW. I just learned that you can only train one in the Wandering Isle. The article is wrong about Inscription. Mining could have worked also but Herbalism is the easier path.

bz316:
"What are your thoughts on this momentous occasion, your Neutralness?"

"I have no strong feelings one way or the other!"

"Call my wife and tell her I said, 'Hello'".

Baldr:

LordLundar:

Baldr:
Are you sure it is Inscription and not Mining. Mining also grants XP, while Inscription does not.

Has anyone tried this with a Monk? Monk get Zen Pilgrimage at level 20, allowing them to leave the wandering isle for Pandaria possibly.

Herbalism actually. That's where the error lies.

You get two professions in WoW. I just learned that you can only train one in the Wandering Isle. The article is wrong about Inscription. Mining could have worked also but Herbalism is the easier path.

The toon in question has herbalism and inscription for his professions.So he has not any XP from mining.

I'm just still smiling at the fact that he has the "Insane" title to add to this. For those that don't know, it's a Feat of Strength title granted by maxing rep with several old world factions that don't have Dailies or a tabard for you to farm with. You have to kill things over and over and over and over for the scrap amounts of rep each kill gives.

One only requires you to reach Honored, but it's with the Bloodsail Buccaneers. Anyone will tell you how insanely long just getting to Friendly takes.

Sauce:

http://www.wowhead.com/achievement=2336

http://www.wowhead.com/achievement=871

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