OK, we know players in Tier 2 can immediately start kicking butt in Hellfire Penninsula. How about your average player in DM-level blues, with maybe some ZG or Tier 1 gear? How hard is the first new zone going to be for them? What about leveling? How much XP does it take to get to 61, and how long does it look to take given the amounts given by kills and quests?
I’d say your average player will do just fine. It’s no different than going into a zone that is a couple levels above you. The lowest level mobs that I saw were 58. I don’t think a player in Blues, ZG Gear, and Tier 1 will have any problems and the quest rewards will be upgrades through the zone.
It takes 415,500xp to go from 60 to 61 and 473,900 to go from 61 to 62. The average level 60 mob is worth about 530xp and quests are about 6700xp. I was able to do about 4 bubbles in 2 hours or so, so I’d say around 10hours of play time per level (give or take and estimates based upon pvp servers/spawn rates, etc).