Brian Kopp’s Alliance Leveling Guide Review – Taking a Look at Brian Kopp’s Leveling Guide

The mandatory introduction

Brian Kopp’s Alliance Leveling Guide is one of the first ones many people hear about online. It brags that a player can go from 1-60 in under 6 days /played, and go from 60-70 in about the same. Certainly faster than you would level on your own. And make note that these times were made before the 2.3 patch reduced leveling time.

But is Brian Kopp’s guide for real, or is he merely using his own amazing leveling speed to sell a useless guide? Find out in this review.

How’s this work?

The fastest way to level has always been questing. People who think grinding is better are either daft or really bad at questing. A player who knows a zone will level even faster than a smart newbie, by chaining together nearby quests and not wasting as much time. An expert will do this even better.

I wouldn’t say Brian Kopp’s leveling guide makes you an expert instantly, but you certainly won’t do better your first time through a zone. Once or twice there was a decision that made me go “Hmmm….” but mostly the guide is spot-on.

And unlike Joanna’s Horde Leveling Guide, a similarly popular WoW leveling guide, this one never had be thinking “How the hell can I kill these things, I’m not a Hunter or a Warlock!”

Like a lot of leveling guides, certain classes with less PvE clout will benefit from being a level or two higher than the guide says, to make things easier…but this isn’t necessary.

A few people with no experience with these guides are no doubt wondering how knowing the quest order helps if you have never done them before. Well, the Brian Kopp’s guide uses map coordinates liberally, giving you a simple connect-the-dot order to travel in. Even better, it comes with…

An addon

The addon unveils your entire map and puts markers on every key point covered in the guide. While it lacks the polished functionality of the Team iDemise Guide’s addon, or the level of detail Joanna’s Horde Leveling Guide provides with its YouTube videos, it is certainly better than nothing.

Still, you will need to alt-tab back and forth to check the next step in the guide if you don’t have dual-monitors or at least a printout of the guide.

Zygor 1-70 Leveling Guides – Leveling Your Horde and Alliance Characters in World of Warcraft

There are two new World of Warcraft 1-70 leveling guides recently introduced that I think you are going to want to take a look at if you’re interested in leveling your Horde or Alliance characters quickly in WoW. They both come from Zygor and he’s written separate guides for Alliance and for Horde.

It seems like every week or two some new leveling guide for World of Warcraft is released to the market. Most of them I end up ignoring because they don’t have come up to scratch, either being too short on information or trying to pack in too much material into a small guide. Not so with Zygor’s guides though.

Offering two separate guides, both of the guides for Horde and Alliance are slightly over 300 pages. In addition to the 1-70 leveling guide, each of Zygor’s guides also includes a great map add-on which really makes questing simpler and also included are faction-specific gold guides. At roughly 38 pages, the gold guide won’t replace a more detailed gold farming guide, but if you are concentrating on leveling and have decided to worry about your gold-making later, it’s a nice and helpful addition which will put some loot in your pockets as you quest to 70.

Since both of Zygor’s guides for Alliance and Horde are 300 pages or so, they are incredibly detailed and offers tons of quests. In fact, I believe his guides are almost double the size of other 1-70 leveling guides. At the same time, however, Zygor purposely eliminates any quests that are a waste of your time, slow you down or offer little reward for doing them. Each leveling guide covers levels 1-70 so you won’t need separate guides for the Outlands and the guides are designed to get you to level 70 in under 8 days if you choose to forgo running instances as Zygor recommends.

The Cartographer map-mod is included with Zygor’s guides and it comes with some additional exclusive modifications for use with the guides. Once you’ve loaded up the map-mod, it makes it very easy to follow along with Zygor’s leveling guides in a step-by-step fashion. For each spot in WoW that you need to reach, you can set them as waypoints and then you won’t need to constantly open your map because an arrow on your character will lead you in the direction you need to go.

Providing complete walkthroughs for every area and including starting areas for each race, all you really need to do is decide whether you are going to play Horde or Alliance and then follow the step-by-step instructions for whichever guide you choose to use.