World of Warcraft‘s latest expansion, Battle for Azeroth, is out today, August 14th. Due to how Blizzard released it in different time zones, however, many players in the United States were able to jump in yesterday afternoon, on the 13th. And before that day was up—before the game had even reached its “official” release date—one player had already managed to level all the way up to the new maximum.
The first player to climb from level 110 to 120 was Gingi, a popular streamer and member of competitive guild Method (also known for his recent six-month suspension). Gingi blasted through the leveling process with the help of a few guildmates Deepshades and Meeres, finishing content that normally takes players several days or weeks in just over four hours.
What’s perhaps unusual is that Gingi’s group used no special tricks or exploits for his record-breaking run. The group had some quests ready to turn in the instant the expansion launched, granting them some quick experience right off the bat. Then, the group simply powered through as quickly as possible, following an optimal path they’d devised from studying the game’s beta.
Don’t let the simplicity of it fool you, though—most people who played the game for that amount of time yesterday only squeezed in two or three levels to Gingi’s group’s 10. Other players rushing through the game have also since capped out at 120, but most other players took six or seven hours to achieve the same feat. The vast majority of non-speedster players will take even longer than that.
Gingi’s full run can be found on his Twitch channel.