Yesterday was scale-down day for me in Guild Wars 2. I finished the Asura area and went on to the next zone only to find that the hearts were two levels above me. I went in at 15, almost 16, with my main story totally up to date and couldn’t find a heart past the first that was lower than 17. To remedy the situation I went to the human starting area and completed their entire 1-15 zone as well. Although the experience wasn’t as good — I only hit level 20 from it — I was still able to go there and experience the content and have it be actually challenging at times.
When scaling down in GW2 you can also get loot your level. I was finding level 18 blues off of level 5 mobs. Sometimes lowbie items would drop too. Then there’s the skill points. I picked up another 8 skill points to use which will help me a ton when I go back to the Asura area.
Unless I’m missing something, or supposed to fight hearts above my level a bit, I think I’ll have to occasionally go back to a different area to prevent myself from being under-leveled.
I also did a fair bit of crafting, but something feels off there as well. It feels like I never have enough stuff to make the few items I have to skill up. I’m on the cusp of a new tier I think. If I had more tiny claws or scales I think I could power through it. My LW is around 48 and my Huntsman is the same. Crafting takes work, but the items so far have been better than any drops or rewards.
Anyway, that’s just a quick update with where I’m at. I hope to be able to comment on more of the game’s design and systems when I level a bit more.