The latest expansion of World of Warcraft: Shadowlands saw a level overhaul to give players more freedom on how they want to level up. Level 120 players of Battle for Azeroth had to go back to level 50 during the expansion prepatch Shadowlands, preparing them for the trials to level up to level 60 in the new zones.
There were ideas of weakening levels over the years, but Blizzard continued to push back on the idea. One of the main issues was that players felt they had to leave an area to level up in other expansions, missing integral parts of the story. During BlizzCon 2019, Blizzard responded to these issues and explained that they are working on a fix to make the leveling experience more fun and understandable for players.
As a result of Blizzard’s changes, players can now choose any area they wish to level up through Chromie, the Bronze Dragon in either Stormwind or Orgrimmar. Instead of having to miss out on story points, players can level up in full in a certain expansion like The Burning Crusade. Mob damage and experience is automatically adjusted based on player level. So you won’t have to constantly wander between zones and can easily complete quests without the fear of running out of experience in other zones.
The change in leveling was well received by everyone, especially considering that there are no more restrictions or limitations at level 50. After level 50, players who wish to have more will have to go to Shadowlands for the next 10 levels to reach the max level 60. While the current system is a vast improvement over before, we don’t know what Blizzard plans for the future once the next expansions arrive.