An intrepid World of Warcraft player has done what no one else has managed throughout the entirety of WoW's rich history - hit max level without belonging to either the Horde or the Alliance.
Player Doubleagent first became interested in whether such a thing was possible when the Pandaren race were introduced in the Mists of Pandaria expansion. As they start their journey as faction-neutral entities before being asked to choose a side at level 10, he wondered if it would be achievable to shun this choice and instead hit max level as a neutral character. It'd mean he wouldn't be able to leave the Pandaren starting area, as access is gated by the quest that sorts you into your faction, but surely it could still be done?
Well, as it turns out, it can.
Doubleagent hit level 90 on June 21, 2014 after a whopping 173.5 days of playing, which translates to 4,164 hours. His quest began back in September 2012 and was done by utilising herbs and mining nodes in the zone for their meager XP offerings once quests dried up and mobs stopped providing experience due to their low level.
Speaking about his journey on the Warcraft forums, he explained he probably would have given up yonks ago if a friend hadn't challenged him by saying he'd never do it, at which stage his stubborn streak kicked in. Apparently it offers, "a change from the normal. Plus it's pretty easy to do when I have TV shows or movies that I need to catch up on, more so than trying to do that during a battleground or raid."
With the release of Warlords of Draenor later this year, he plans to hit level 100 while still in the starter area. Whether he's committed or just in need of being committed, he's managed to achieve something truly unique that no one's replicated in the decade since Warcraft launched. For that, we salute him.
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