Sooo… I basically just ruined the potentiality of having a nice full WoD playthrough with my character where I’d go through each zone and complete all the quests for story while not making mobs too easy to kill.
Long story short, I spammed dungeons until I reached level 48, paused my XP gains, completed the Maw intro, and then selected my covenant, and now I can’t select an expansion to level in anymore despite killing my XP gains prior to the cutoff point, which I believe is level 49.
(Edit: It’s 47, therefore I messed up big time.)
And before anyone says it, no, I don’t want to make a new character and just play the whole WoD story on that character. The reason being because I made this character with the intention of playing through WoD. I won’t go into detail on why, you just need to know that’s it’s for RP reasons and it’s important to me.
The reason why I chose to do the Shadowlands intro was because I was under the impression that we can still talk to Chromie to level through any expansion as long as we were at the appropriate level, which I’m positive I was, because I double checked before starting the Shadowlands questline; Chromie still offered the option to choose an expansion; I was still in the Burning Crusade timeline. I shouldn’t have been locked out. I just wanted to get my covenant abilities - that’s it. But no, it seems the quests define the point of no return, which is silly.
This is so bothersome to me. I don’t understand Blizzard’s reasoning in locking us out of Chromie Time. Every thread I see on this topic; many people wondering the same thing; tons of support for the idea of leaving Chromie Time open at any level. It would essentially function the same as party sync, except without the part about no saved progress. I thought I had found a workaround to playing expansions with any max level character by party syncing with a dummy account on a separate window, but no, the quests basically function the same as dailies whereas they reset per day, so I’d basically lose all of my story quests progression overnight.
So I will once again pitch my support for the idea of letting us do Chromie Time at any level. I think it’s rich that Blizzard “addressed” the issue of players not getting enough story out of each expansion at BlizzCon, while also going out of their way to prevent players from going back a few expansions with their favorite characters and do some questing. Rant over.