Welcome to the Zygor Versus Joana Leveling Guide Showdown!
Today’s WoW leveling guide comparison is between arguably the two of the best known and top selling guides on the ‘net, John “Zygor” Cook, and Joana/Mancow.
Having used both guides extensively, I’ve listed below the main differences between them so that you can make an informed choice on which guide is better for you. I’ll finish up with my own personal recommendation for those still on the fence.
John “Zygor” Cook
- Horde and Alliance Guides Available
- Any Class, Any Race
- Claims the World Record Leveling Speed to 80 (under 7 days)
- Automated Smart Guide Progresses As it Senses Completed Quests
- In-depth Fast Leveling Talent Guide For Every Class
- Class Quests For Every Class
- Community Forums
- Better Value
Those are the major differences or points where Zygor wins out over Joana, in my experience.
My latest character I’m leveling (an Undead Warrior) has only had one class quest so far to complete, but I know from experience with a Druid and Shaman that Zygor’s class quest guide saves me time for any class with lots of required class quests (Warlocks are another good example).
The automation features are also hard to pass up, rather than having to click a next/previous button, the guide senses you’ve accepted a quest, or collected that last quest item, and the leveling guide arrow snaps to a new heading, and the guide progresses on its own.
The community forums are also a good safety blanket — unlike some guides, Zygor lets his customers post freely on the forums about his guides, which says a lot in my book (he has nothing to hide). Zygor also has support staff which help run his forums and answer support questions.
- Horde Only
- Any Horde Class/Race, But Extra Good for Hunters
- Precise Hunter Builds for Fast Leveling
- Key Bindings, Addons, And Macros That Joana Recommends
- Full Video Recordings of How to Complete Quests
- Neat Tips and Tricks for soloing Hard or Complex Quests
- More Expensive, Especially the 70-80 Upgrade
So those are Joana’s “win” points – as you can probably see, Joana uses the Hunter class a lot to work out new quest routes, and has some excellent insight on how to power level in WoW using one.
I have however used the guide without a Hunter, and its generally fine without one. Now and again you will run into a quest (like, maybe once per 10 levels) where you have to kill an orange, but its just too difficult without a pet. Players power leveling alts will probably find them pretty easy if they have good gear, however.
The thing that struck me the most about Joana’s guide was the personal touches and advice Joana gives. For difficult quests you get an entire video showing how best to complete it, as well as written advice and tactics on how to level faster. Zygor just says – go here, go there… but Joana’s slant is to give you tips and info which will help you complete harder quests.
So Who Should Buy What?
For the following reasons, I recommend that people flipping a coin over these two guides take Zygor’s guide, unless they’re a Horde Hunter.
1. Automatic in-game guide,
2. Significantly cheaper,
3. Class quest guides.
While these might not seem like major points, when we’re talking about two of the best guides online there’s seriously just not that much in it.
The automatic in-game guide from Zygor is a major win point for me, I feel like I’m managing clicking and fiddling with enough stuff already.
The price difference at time of writing is $27 US dollars cheaper for Zygor.
Class quest guides (that automatically “fire” at the right time, for the right class, by the way) will save you lots of time and headaches.