World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Classic does not have all the leveling improvements Blizzard has made in live play. Instead, this is the original version of the game with all its warts. This means that players should expect to spend a lot of time working at the maximum level. Truly dedicated players can work at a party and reach the limit in less than 15 hours, but the average player will spend much longer on the way to the 70’s.
If you start from the basic game level (level 60), you will either walk through the leveling zones in Outland or dive into the dungeons with the group to gain the necessary experience points for the maximum level. Depending on which route you take, your total time will vary very slightly.
How long does it take to reach the maximum level by searching for tasks?
For most players, finding Outland is how they try to reach the maximum level. This route allows you to play on your own and not rely on the band to be around to work consistently on the content. It also means that more solo-focused classes, such as Hunters, Mages and Warlocks, are likely to reach the level limit sooner.
Overall, most players can expect to spend somewhere between 30-60 hours, depending on which class you use and if you are actively consulting a leveling guide. Casual players will be at the top of this scale, while a player who uses everything at his disposal and a good solo figure may be able to arrive in less than 30 hours. Either way, it will be a long journey for most players.
How long does it take to reach the maximum level in the dungeons?
If you have a dedicated group, dungeon alignment can be faster than searching for tasks. Without the instance cap that TBC had when it was originally launched, you can more easily navigate dungeons with a quick clip. However, without a group to support you, this strategy is basically impossible.
If you have a good group that is ready to spend hours working together, you can expect to reach a limit level somewhere between 25-45 hours, depending on how quickly your team can clear the dungeons. This serves as another advantage as it will help you hone important reputation points, which will help you a lot when you start attacking. This means that this is probably not possible for most casual players.
And if you want to start from scratch, you can expect your total time to more than double. Expect to spend somewhere around 100 hours if you need to reach a level of 1 to 70, especially if you’ve never done it before.