WoW: This is how newcomers avoid the compulsion to play BfA!

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from Philip Sattler
If you play your first character in WoW, you have to play through Battle for Azeroth as an expansion after the starting area. But with a little trick you can get around it and still be able to choose the expansion of your choice using Chromie time.

When the level squish was carried out with WoW: Shadowlands, the developers not only lowered the new maximum level, but also completely revised the way to get there. Thanks to the so-called Chromie time, you can choose one of the past expansions for the gnome and no longer have to play through all of them one after the other. After the starting area, there is only one expansion left before you can set off for the shadow lands. This not only makes leveling faster, but also more enjoyable. Depending on your preference, you can experience the entire story of Burning Crusade, Wrath of the Lich King or Legion.

Only completely new players are exempt from this option. The developers dictate that they must play Battle for Azeroth as an expansion to better understand the Shadowlands story. That sounds reasonable in theory. But since BfA is not necessarily the best extension for levelling, this compulsion has few friends. With a little trick, however, the whole thing can be circumvented, so that new players can also choose freely.