If you’ve been struggling to level in Classic WoW, don’t worry: you’re definitely not alone. One month into Classic’s lifespan, the average players are sitting around levels 25-30, while another strong cluster of players sits around levels 18-20. So if you’re still looking for a group for Deadmines, or possibly wading through the Wetlands, don’t fret, you’re not too far behind the average player.

As we move into Classic WoW’s second subscriber cycle, along with the 4th quarter of the year, it’s important to note that the game could be losing some of its subscribers who merely jumped on the hype train, and, as a result, will be forever stuck at level 15. However, if you take exception to players that have been inactive for at least a month, the average player is still leveling at a steady pace.

Of course, there is a contingent of players sitting at level 60 who are already tackling endgame content, but the majority of Classic WoW players are still leveling up their mains and max level is a far away dream. While there are certainly players who are in the Molten Core, it would be unwise to use them as a reference point. Hardcore players, top-level streamers, and dedicated raiders are in the minority here. Chances are, if you’re looking for a group in the Scarlet Monastery, you’re in a good spot. 

Keep in mind that back in 2004, it would take players weeks, even months to hit 60. Sure, there were players who leveled faster than the speed of sound, but once again, they were in a strong minority. If anything, playing at a normal pace and moderately making your way up to the game’s final stages is much more reasonable. 

The Scarlet Monastery

And reaching 60 is still a pretty momentous feat. Despite the fact that are players who have reached the top of the mountain, the average Classic WoW player hasn’t even sniffed what the game has to offer. Even if you’re still leveling, don’t worry – the game isn’t going to move on without you. You’ll have plenty of time to catch up. We’re still in the beginning stages of the game’s lifespan, and it would be crazy to think that Blizzard would cater to those at the very top instead of the majority of the playerbase. 

We probably won’t see Phase 2 drop any time in the near future – although we may see its content and release date get announced at Blizzcon in four weeks. But still, it’s doubtful that Phase 2 will be released before November – maybe even before 2020. 

Back in Vanilla, it took Blizzard five months to release Dire Maul, meaning we may not see the dungeon until some point in January or February. So, with that in mind, it would be fair to say that that should be most players’ deadline for hitting level 60. But, even if you’re not able to level at a pace that could get you into Dire Maul at release, don’t worry – this game’s going to be around for a while. Most of all, the beauty of Classic WoW  lies in the fact that even if the game shows no signs of slowing down, that doesn’t mean you necessarily have to speed up.


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Stats Credit: Wowhead, Wow Classic Population, CensusPlus