A free 90 and level to 100 in WOW. So, the question is, what needs to change between now and then?
We talked previously about the problems with boosting a level 60 or above character, getting the professions leveled, but then having to spend 1300+ gold on all the recipes. While this is not a huge deal for a practiced, current player, 1300 gold was a small fortune back in the Burning Crusade. While boosted 90s get a 150 gold stipend, if you have more than that in your bag you seem not to get that small chunk of gold. And the assumption would be, surely, that if you boost professions you’ll actually be able to use them without having to pay a large amount of gold.
This needs to be changed. Either the amount of cheap wow gold shelled out to boosted players needs to be increased, or the recipes need to be learned by default. I think it’s fair to assume that if you’re paying for a boost that includes professions, you should be able to use them.
While the initial problems of being spawned in on the Timeless Isle have been rectified, brand new level 90s are currently dropped into the world without much guidance. While we do know that 6.0 will bring a starter zone, players joining between now and then are not going to experience it. They do, now, at least have the Timeless Isle Chromie breadcrumb auto-added to their quest log, giving a clue as to what they could do, but perhaps some elements in the welcome letter to indicate what might be a good idea.
Where should new 90s go, before Draenor opens and leveling is the only right answer? Dailies? rep grinds? Gear grinds? LFR? Battlegrounds? Where would you send them? Personally, I think the Timeless Isle is a great place to start, once the Bloody Coin ganking calms down a bit. After that I’d say head to LFR — killing mobs for a few hours will have got you used to your character a little at least. Maybe also some battlegrounds, but definitely not grinding out rep to get sub-par old gear.