Well, it’s been more than 24 hours since v. 0.59 and Yellonde were released to the Global community, providing a fresh start for veteran Maplers, another answer to “which world should I play in?” for first-timers, and a chance to shine for ridiculous no-life powerlevelers (XD, just kidding). In those 24 hours, several people have already passed level 45. 24 hours after Yellonde’s release, the highest-leveled characters were already at 47; notably (but not surprisingly), all of the top 15 or so are mages. In fact, as of 8/15/2008, 3:30 PM PST, 67% of the top 100 in Yellonde are mages. (This statistic was obtained by going through the Yellonde rankings and counting how many characters weren’t mages, lol.)
The question always remains: are the top 5 getting a little “extra assistance” from hacking programs? Or is it just because they’re really, really good at leveling (or do they have no life [lol, just kidding])? To be factored in is the 2x experience that all of Yellonde is currently having.
And then there’s always the future to think about. Who’s gonna hit 70 first, and when? Hell, who’s gonna hit 200 first, and when? Right now, it’s a bit early, but it’s still worth thinking about. For now, just have fun, and always keep an eye on the rankings!