Why are the 50s so tedious? I noticed at exactly at 51 all the mobs seamed to double their hit points. This does not make the game challenging, it makes it slow. I keep my weapons up to date and often upgraded but that makes little difference against normal mobs. Takes 30+ seconds to kill a single mob or pair.
Val Elenium just sucked for questing, don't worry after that zone it goes back to everything being silly easy and quick to kill.