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…
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.