Every expansion to World of Warcraft goes through a cycle, starting out fresh to the majority of players (those that weren't in the alpha or beta, anyway) and then, over time, as we all level through it there's a feeling of growing familiarity.
It's been a while since we had a linear leveling experience in World of Warcraft, where the game's story took you from Zone A to Zone B with no decision on your part. Warlords of Draenor had a single starting zone for each faction, but you could more or less decide which zone to go to next after that, while Legion and Battle for Azeroth both allowed you to pick and choose which zone you wanted to run.
There's no question that the 50 to 60 leveling curve is pretty relaxed in Shadowlands, as some players managed to get to max level within three hours of the expansion's release, and even pokey players like me hit level 52 in a couple of hours of gameplay. World of Warcraft has probably never been easier to level in than it is in Shadowlands, and I'm curious what you think of that fact -- are you happy to be getting to max level relatively quickly, or at least to be able to do so, even if you're taking your time?
Believe it or not, it's been three weeks since the release of the Shadowlands pre-patch.
The system-wide leveling changes for Shadowlands are live in World of Warcraft as of patch 9.0.1 and it's a major overhaul.
The way leveling in Shadowlands works, you do 1 to 10 in Exile's Reach or some other starting zone, then from 10 to 50 you either do Battle for Azeroth content or one of the other expansions, from Cataclysm's revamp of Azeroth to Outland, or Northrend, or Pandaria, or even alternate Draenor or the Broken Isles.
With the level squish coming to World of Warcraft fairly soon, I'm sitting here wondering about what will happen when Shadowlands is replaced by whatever the next expansion will be.
Back in March of 2019, based on statements by Ion "Watcher" Hazzikostas, I predicted the level squish in Shadowlands even though we didn't know it would be Shadowlands yet.
Shadowlands is changing the the leveling process.
We all knew that Blizzard was going to do something to heirlooms when the level squish and leveling changes came in Shadowlands, the upcoming World of Warcraft expansion.