Over the course of the head-start weekend given to Guild Wars 2 players who pre-ordered the game, a player from the French guild War Legend reached the level cap by crafting, using materials donated by his guild members.
The player, whose character is named Surfeuze, played the game normally up to level 60. The final 20 levels were gained by crafting. This is according to a statement made by the War Legends Webteam:
Due to some rumors about an Âall craft levellingÂ plus Mike OÂBrienÂs message about Âabnormal levelingÂ on reddit, most people seem to think that the achievement isnÂt legit, so weÂd like you, if possible, to explain that the fisrt 60 levels were done in ÂclassicalÂ PvE and without any Âexploit bugÂ or ÂcheatÂ. Only the lasts 20 levels used crafting, we didnÂt use WvW either.
ArenaNet has investigated the claim, after suspicions that Surfeuze was one of many players using an unnamed leveling exploit, and has confirmed that the achievement is legitimate, done without exploits. They even congratulated him for it.