With the release of Warlords of Draenor pre-purchase comes the much-awaited Level 90 Boost. Many players have already purchased the boost and are enjoying (or not enjoying, if you're running LFR right now) playing their new class at max level.
While having a new toon at max level is the biggest appeal to many, I will be using my boost for a different reason.
Below is the official list of things fresh 90 characters will be receiving in addition to the level boost:
4 Embersilk (22-slot) bags
A stack of 20 food items
Full set of spec-appropriate Item Level 483 gear
If a boosted character was already level 60 or above, their existing Primary Professions and First Aid are bumped up to level 600, as mentioned above
A faction-specific flying mount—a traditional Wind Rider for Horde or Gryphon for Alliance
Artisan flying—that’s one rank below max flight speed
Northrend, Kalimdor/Eastern Kingdoms, and Pandaria regional flying skills trained
Just how much gold would all of these cost if you purchased them in-game? Let's calculate that, shall we?
Wisdom of the Four Winds @ exalted w/ Golden Lotus or Goblin discount= 2000 gold
Artisan flying @ exalted= 4000 gold
*indicates lowest current AH price on full-pop realm (Illidan US)
Current total= 7700 gold
Now, here's where it really gets expensive. If your boosted character is level 60 or above, you receive Two primary professions and First Aid bumped to 600.
To estimate the cost of this, I simply took the prices listed on one of my realm's most popular "profession kit" sellers. Here's the asking prices: Enchanting - 20k
Jewelcrafting - 19k
Alchemy - 9k
Leatherworking - 22k
Blacksmithing - 18k
Tailoring - 18k
Inscription - 10k
Engineering - 17k
Mining (1-525) - 6k
First Aid: 2k
Let's say that you, as a smart and informed WoW player, choose to pick the two most expensive professions to boost, Enchanting and Leatherworking.
Your TOTAL is: 7,700 gold PLUS (enchanting=20,000 gold) PLUS (leatherworking=22,000 gold) PLUS (first aid=2,000 gold) = 51,700 gold
In summary, a boosted level 90 character can have a value of upwards of 51,700 gold IF you boost at the right level and choose the right professions. Just think of the last time you leveled a character all the way to 90. What was the total gold earned from quests and spent on things such as flying? It was probably much less. Is this fair? Is purchasing multiple level 90 boosts for free flying and lucrative professions a power advantage over other players?
I started on a new server, and have only reached 87. I have over 400k gold just from leveling, just from selling things I find on the AH ect. You can easily make 10-15k by level 20 if you take gathering professions so I think this is completely fair. You pay to skip content and you loose a ton of the gold you could have gotten on the way to 90. Also, it takes maybe one evening to farm out everything needed to level 2 crafting professions, so is $60 worth skipping a few days of play to get from 60-90 + gathering time? For people who take a long time to level or can't make gold it would probably be worth it.