Yes it takes a while but exp has received big buffs in destruction so it should be considerably more easy this time around, and there are certainly more options too which should be superior to cow level.
Someone dedicated enough to get there first is definetly someone we could have for the alpha team, hence the reward.
A little update. After testing monster speeds on server patch, sadly it causes desync with client patch. So main difficulty feature of the new season will not be based on speeds. However we came with a very interesting idea, you won't see this one coming. It will be revealed by the time of reset.