The new formula is still a joke in terms of running a level 80 exotic geared toon through any of the level 1 to level 45 zones.. A level 80 in Queensdale or Wayfarer Foothills can easily one or two shot mobs.
I don't think you should get level 80 gear for that.
I think the formula seems to work the best in the mid-level zones of 50-60. You can still get your rear handed to you on a platter there with a level 80 if you don't pay attention.
Anet said they were going to spruce up the lower areas, but in reality they started with the end game zones first. All three Orr zones now have a bunch of new and improved mobs. Some of them have new attack sequences and other combat surprises.
The Champions have been beefed up. Lots of graphic effects have been added to all kinds of stuff. The Dynamic Events appear to have been tweaked to scale better at the extreme ends, i.e. with just one person or with a huge zerg. I think there are a few new mini-dynamic events which I don't remember seeing previously.
If Anet does that level of re-furbishing to the 1-70 level zones, it won't be such a boring chore to run new alts through them.
It's way too early to tell how this 'living story' deal will play out, but I found the start a rather grindy, boring and unimaginative experience.
Edited by beadnbutter32, 02 February 2013 - 01:25 AM.