World of Warcraft Player Reaches Level 90 Without Choosing a Faction

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World of Warcraft Player Reaches Level 90 Without Choosing a Faction

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World of Warcraft player Doubleagent has reached game's max level without leaving the Pandaren starting zone.

When we last checked in on World of Warcraft player "Doubleagent" - the "factionless" Pandaren shaman - he had just dinged level 60. Now, he has fully completed his journey, and reached level 90, the game's current max level, without choosing a faction. He is World of Warcraft's first ever "neutral" max level player.

So how did he do it? How do you get to level 90 when you can't leave the starting zone, where the maximum level of the monsters is 10? Through mining and herbalism. "Picking herbs, mining, and quests. Initially there was also mob kills, zone quests, and possibly exploration, but it's been a very long time since I've gotten any experience from that," explained Doubleagent, when asked how he pulled off this unusual feat. He says he has been working on the character off and on since September 2012.

As for why he did it, it basically boils down to the age-old reason why any man ever does anything: to prove someone wrong. "I probably would have given up on it awhile back had my friend not suggested that I would never be able to do it. But now I will be able to say I have a 90, max level, of every faction."

For those wondering why he didn't just use the instant level 90 boost, apparently using the boost with a Pandaren character forces you to chose a faction.

Doubleagent says he plans to continue to level his neutral shaman to level 100 when Warlords of Dreanor comes out.

Source: Blizzard

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There is only one way to describe this situation:

They'd better make a Feat of Strength for that, he spent waaaay too much time doing it otherwise.

You know, just because someone says you shouldn't do something doesn't necessarily mean you should set out to prove them wrong.

man, imagine all the boars he killed

in my opinion this seems like a huge waste of time but meh, its his life

So what is his /played? I'd expect it to be massive. He must have spent years of his life time on that.

Well, at least he is dedicated. They said he couldn't, they said he shouldn't, but he did it anyway. Congratulations on beating peer-pressure if nothing else.

Rule number one of constructing MMOs: If it is possible at all, one of your players will do it eventually. Especially if you discourage it. They will also do things you originally thought to be literally impossible, because there are a lot more of them thinking about the game.

Now if only he could get out in the world. See the sights... be neutral to everyone.

Queue up for both faction's BGs...

RA92:
I usually tend to stay away from topics that don't interest me, and I'm sorry for what I am about to do, but...

WHO CARES?

This is literally the first time I support a statement like this one, but yeah, I fully agree.

Sounds awfully boring to only level up through mining and herbalism.

Too bad there wasn't some glitch he could exploit to get off the island and still be neutral.

Not sure if I should clap or facepalm....

Even if it was in spare time, and just to "win" a bet....just...whyyyyyyyyy?

So is this the same guy that first did this in the lower level caps or is this a new guy. The lengths people will go to for 15 mins of fame.

Good for this guy. Smart money is that he's done something here that nobody else will ever match.

Similar to how I thought the story about the decade-long Civilization game was interesting. But Warcraft is still further down the gaming community totem pole, I guess.

Escapist community, I expect more from you. A man proves today that neutrality can be performed in a (game) world torn by war, and you mock him for his dedication?

If anything, this is a testament to what can be accomplished in the digital media, and should be treated as such.

rofltehcat:
So what is his /played? I'd expect it to be massive. He must have spent years of his life time on that.

To be fair, MoP has only been out since September of 2012. But yeah, almost 2 years is still a long ass time.

I wonder how much gold he made selling that crapton of ore and herbs.

Well on the one hand he did something that noone else has done before him and I doubt someone else will do this ever again. So congrats for that.

On the other hand: seriously? Why would you waste so much time on something so excruciatingly tedious? This is the pinnacle of pointless grinding. Unless someone offers you a butload of money that you could not earn in a faster way (like a job) I really don't see the point. Because you can is not a reason.

Eve Charm:
So is this the same guy that first did this in the lower level caps or is this a new guy. The lengths people will go to for 15 mins of fame.

Escapist says yes: http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/126640-WoW-Player-Hits-Level-60-Without-Picking-a-Faction

So it's really "WoW Player reaches new level cap with existing character." That's much less impressive. :P

rofltehcat:
So what is his /played? I'd expect it to be massive. He must have spent years of his life time on that.

Think he said it was like 170 + days on that character.

rofltehcat:
So what is his /played? I'd expect it to be massive. He must have spent years of his life time on that.

Less than two years, in fact. He started September 2012.

Antitonic:

So it's really "WoW Player reaches new level cap with existing character." That's much less impressive. :P

Incorrect. No one ever hit a previous level cap with a neutral character. Pandas were only added in the most recent expansion, and the level cap for this expansion is 90. This is a world first. Congrats to him.

Antitonic:

Eve Charm:
So is this the same guy that first did this in the lower level caps or is this a new guy. The lengths people will go to for 15 mins of fame.

Escapist says yes: http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/126640-WoW-Player-Hits-Level-60-Without-Picking-a-Faction

So it's really "WoW Player reaches new level cap with existing character." That's much less impressive. :P

Technically, he never reached the level cap until now. He reached what was previously the old level cap, which is still impressive. It's not like he just had a level 60 lying around and then suddenly got all the expansions. (For anyone who doesn't know, Kung-Fu-Pandaren were added along with the level cap increase to 90)

I remember hearing once that when an expansion came out in WoW, the experience needed to go from the old level cap to the new one is the same as from level 1 to the old level cap (I have no idea if this is true beyond when Burning Crusade first came out). If it does hold true, he's gonna be at it a while getting to 100 when WoD comes out.

This seems like an extension of the Lord British Posulate. We need a rule for more general things though, like what this guy did (since he didn't murder a non-murderable NPC).

You could have also put down the 60 bucks and saved yourself two years and $300 worth of tedium.

Wow, what a horrible waste of time. I seriously feel sorry for them if they really put that much time into it. Sure it's an achievement but not one that they should be proud of.

Granfaloon:
Wow, what a horrible waste of time. I seriously feel sorry for them if they really put that much time into it. Sure it's an achievement but not one that they should be proud of.

A waste of time for you, surely.. me? yes it would also be. But not your or anyone else's place to say it's a waste of his time, and tell him he shouldn't be proud of his accomplishment.

You don't know him, don't know his life, or his mental or physical situation. Give the guy a break, and grow the fuck up. If it doesn't interest you, then stay away, don't insult random people because something doesn't gel with you if they aren't hurting anyone.

Fuck me, the arrogance of people and their complete disregard for civility and modesty astounds me.

RealRT:
Wow, that's... so unremarkable. Why is this in news again?

Its an oddity, a curious bit of information thats just happened. Same reason most things end up in the news.

The same query could be turned on you - why did you bother commenting again? :p

At least he... had fun? I'm guessing he has other characters to play the rest of the game with, otherwise he must be sick to death of that starting area.

Eh... it's his money and time. If this was what made him happy, that's cool I guess...

I suppose it's no different than the (literally) hundreds of times I run Brayflox's Longstop Hard Mode a week in order to gear up a class in Final Fantasy XIV. My roommate cannot fathom why I would do this, although she is not at the end-game yet and doesn't quite understand that it's the fastest way to farm Myth and Soldiery tomestones to acquire aforementioned gear.

So $300 and countless hours later? It's impressive but so pointless I feel a bit depressed now.

Cool. I was pretty annoyed when I found out that pandas were required to pick a side after a certain point (waste of a "neutral" faction, I thought), so something like this?

Such an incredibly patient act of passive-aggression takes a running leap at the wall of pointless, only to vault over into something awesome. I unsarcastically salute you, sir!

Hah, damn, that must've taken some time!

I feel Blizzard will make a one-off Feat of Strenght or Achievement for this guy.
Probably with a Title, Mount or Companion pet to go along with that.

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