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World of Warcraft burnout. Most
of us who have been playing for any extended amount of time have
experienced it. You lose the heated desire you once felt to play and
find yourself taking part in an extended hiatus from the game. So while
most World of Warcraft players have happily spend the last 100 days or
so adventuring through Pandaria and experiencing all it has to offer,
some players are just now finally getting back into the game.

These players may be wondering
just what to expect, what path they should take, and which they should
avoid. Many different answers can be given to these questions,
depending on who you ask. However, there are a few pieces of advice
concerning the new expansion that most of us will agree on, some of
which I wish I had considered before taking on the newest World of
Warcraft expansion.

Top 5 Pieces of Advice for
Returning WoW Players

Stop and Smell the Flowers

The biggest piece of advice any
returning player should consider is to simply slow down. Take your
time, enjoy Pandaria. Mists of Pandaria is full of beautiful scenery,
epic quest lines, and enchanting characters. So take the time to stop
and read the quest text, explore the zones, and really get to know this
new world we have been thrust in to. None of the typical rush, rush,
rush to hit max level that most of us do when a new expansion arrives.
You won’t regret it.

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Begin with Old Favorites

Many returning players going
into a new expansion like World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria will
find themselves agonizing over whether they should level an old
character, or begin a new one. After scouring the internet for an
answer it appears that most of the World of Warcraft community is in
agreement; skip the new and stick with the old. Choose your favorite
level 85 character and go from there. Not only is there a ton of
content available when you finally hit level 90, but consider the fact
that after you experience the first 10-12 levels of new content you
will be stuck grinding through 70 levels of stuff you have already seen.


It seems most prudent for
players to choose their favorite character and level it to max level,
experiencing all that Mists of Pandaria has to offer. However, you
should not totally ignore you other characters. Take a second to log on
to each of them and make sure they are in a major city or an inn so
they can rack up the rested experience while awaiting their turn for
attention. Trust me when I say that you will be very grateful for when
it comes time to take them on the leveling grind.

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Not All Peaches and Cream

Finally, remember, while Mists
of Pandaria is a great expansion pack, you cannot expect it to be all
peaches and cream. Players returning to the game who expect total
perfection will be sorely disappointed. Those who venture back into WoW
with high expectations, but their feet firmly planted in reality will
find that they will be ultimately be more satisfied with their gaming
experience. Those with more unrealistic ideals (expecting total
perfection according to their standards) may very well find themselves
taking another extended hiatus from the game.

Professions, Professions,

While you may be excited to
head right out into the world and get started on adventuring, it is
important that you get a start on your professions. Before you head
into Pandaria be sure to visit your nearest profession trainer and
(assuming you were already at max skill level) learn the next level of
skill, especially if you have a gathering profession. Nothing is more
unfortunate than mining a node of ore or picking an herb and realizing
you haven’t earned any skill points for it. Then an only then
should you head into Pandaria, leveling your professions as you go when

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That wraps up our list of top 5
pieces of advice for returning WoW players. Have you ever taken a
hiatus from the game? What advice would you offer those players
choosing to return to World of Warcraft? Share your thoughts with us
using the comment section below!

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Last Updated: Mar 29, 2016

About The Author

Amunet, also fondly known as Memtron, is an organic life form best known for its ongoing obsession with Blizzard Entertainment's numerous properties. To that end, Amu has authored hundreds (thousands?) of the most popular World of Warcraft guides, editorials, and Top 10 lists on the planet. When not gaming and writing, Amu is busy chasing after her three children in a perpetual loop of ongoing disaster.