Years ago, in the ruined temple of Atal'Hakkar, loyal priests of the Blood God Hakkar the Soulflayer attempted to summon the wrathful deity's avatar into the world. But his followers, the Atal'ai priesthood, discovered that the Soulflayer could only be summoned within the Gurubashi tribe's ancient capital, Zul'Gurub. Newly reborn in this jungle fortress, Hakkar took control of the Gurubashi tribe and mortal champions of the trolls' mighty animal gods. The Soulflayer's dark influence was halted when the Zandalari tribe recruited heroes and invaded Zul'Gurub.
Seven expansions have been released: The Burning Crusade, released in January 2007; Wrath of the Lich King, released in November 2008; Cataclysm, released in December 2010; Mists of Pandaria, released in September 2012; Warlords of Draenor, released in November 2014; Legion, released in August 2016; and Battle for Azeroth, released in August 2018. Players are not required to purchase expansions in order to continue playing; however, new content and features such as higher level caps and new areas may not be available until they do so.
World of Warcraft was recognized at the 2005 Spike TV Video Game Awards where it won Best PC Game, Best Multiplayer Game, Best RPG, and Most Addictive Game.[92] In 2008, World of Warcraft was honoured—along with Neverwinter Nights and EverQuest—at the 59th Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards for advancing the art form of MMORPG games.[93] In 2009, Game Informer ranked World of Warcraft 11th on their list of "The Top 200 Games of All Time".[94] In 2015, the game placed 3rd on USgamer's The 15 Best Games Since 2000 list.[95]
On July 6, 2010, Blizzard Entertainment announced that on its forums for all games, users' accounts would display the real names tied to their accounts.[127] Blizzard announced the change following an agreement with Facebook to allow Facebook to connect persons who choose to become friends to share their real identity (Real ID, as Blizzard calls the feature). The integration of the feature into the forums on the Blizzard Entertainment site raised concerns amongst fans of the many game series Blizzard has created over the years.[128]
World of Warcraft received very positive reviews upon release,[80] following a period of high anticipation before launch.[86] Although the game follows a similar model to—and was noted for using many familiar concepts from—the role-playing genre,[10][81] the new approaches to reducing pauses between game encounters were well liked.[21] A common example was the approach to character death. In some previous MMORPGs, a player would suffer a high penalty for character death; in World of Warcraft, a player is able to recover and start playing quickly.[10] Combat was another area where "downtime", or pauses between play, was reduced. By allowing all character types to recover from damage taken, players can return to combat quickly.[21] Reviewers felt that these changes in pacing would make the genre more accessible to casual players—those who play for short periods of time—[21] while still having "deep" gameplay that would attract players of all levels of interest.[20] The concept of a "rested bonus", or increasing the rate at which a player's character gains experience, was also welcomed as a way for players to quickly catch up with their friends in progression.[10]
Las novelas y otros textos como Warcraft: Day of the Dragon, Arthas: Rise of the Lich King, Warcraft: Lord of the Clans, Warcraft: The Last Guardian, Warcraft: War of the Ancients Trilogy, WarCraft: Of Blood and Honor, (libro electrónico), The Warcraft Archive, Warcraft: The Sunwell Trilogy (manga), The Art of Warcraft y varias guías de estrategia de sus videojuegos.
Especialista en ataque con armas a distancia, además de acompañarle una mascota que ayuda en combate. Disponible para Elfos de la Noche, Humanos, Tauren, Orcos, Elfos de Sangre, Enanos, Draenei, Trol, Renegados, Goblin, Huargen y Pandaren. Poseen tres especializaciones en la rama de talentos: Puntería (daño con armas a distancia), Bestias (más daño con mascotas), o Supervivencia(énfasis en trampas y defensa a corta distancia). Aunque en un inicio eran capaces de llevar todo tipo de armas excepto varitas y mazas, desde el lanzamiento de Mists Of Pantaria (cuarta expansión del juego) pueden usar tan solo ballestas, arcos y armas de fuego. Utilizan armaduras de malla a partir del nivel 40. Generalmente, determinándose por sus propios talentos, hay tres tipos de mascotas:
04 nov WoW Fritanga o como secuestrar el esfuerzo. Buenas tardes, Tengo un permaban para publicar en foros oficiales de wow creo recordar desde 2011 en mi cuenta principal. Despotrique contra Blizz cuando el rumbo del juego, a mi forma de ver tomo una deriva hacia la casualización desmesurada, también tengo que decir que cuando supe de wow clásico no dude un segundo en mandar una disculpa y agradecer la vuelta de un servidor por el que la comunidad clásica tanto hemos peleado,Si, la comunidad que quería que los personajes asumieran sus roles, con sus penas y sus gratificaciones. Han sido muchos años de posts de gente pidiendo este server, de reclamar lo que en su día nos enamoro de este juego, leer a alguien pedir una vuelta a lo clásico siempre era un hilo de esperanza. Se anuncio. Aquí empiezan mis ¿reproches?, cuando leo a alguien en este foro y vaya por delante que deforma total mente legitima ya no insinuar, sí no pedir cosas como, tendremos LFR, transfiguración, monturas free, etc...y ya no hablar de cuando alguien, digamos que me define mis gustos. Cuento hasta diez, me relajo y pienso en mi permaban xD. Os invito, a todos vosotros, todos esos amantes del revoltillo que ahora os a inspirado el gusanillo del classic a aunar esfuerzos y pidáis vuestro WoW Fritanga Classic Server, si, ese server donde podéis pedir todas vuestras mas diversas fantasías, ese server donde la comunidad clásica nunca iría a preguntaros por que tenéis de mascota a un Magikarp. Espero no haber ofendido a nadie, solo quiero expresar como me siento cuando después de tantísimo tiempo esperando y pidiendo este evento por parte de tanta gente, en el que la mayoría de respuestas siempre eran para recordarte lo NO viable que seria. Ahora, si, ahora nos subimos al carro cuesta abajo. Un Abrazo.Zhaet5	04 nov

A principios de 2001 Blizzard comenzó a publicar novelas de sus tres universos principales, siendo la primera novela de Warcraft Day of the Dragon.7​ Estas novelas exploran importantes eventos y problemas del mundo de Warcraft, como la liberación de la reina de los dragones, Alexstrasza (en el texto citado arriba), o el nacimiento del nuevo líder de la Horda orca, el jefe de guerra Thrall (narrado en Warcraft: Lord of the Clans). En la diversificación consecuente del universo de Warcraft se comenzaron a emplear notorios elementos orientales en las imágenes y conceptos del mundo y personajes, como los cuerpos y armas desproporcionadas y la idea que tiene de los elfos de cejas y orejas muy largas.8​
World of Warcraft received very positive reviews upon release,[80] following a period of high anticipation before launch.[86] Although the game follows a similar model to—and was noted for using many familiar concepts from—the role-playing genre,[10][81] the new approaches to reducing pauses between game encounters were well liked.[21] A common example was the approach to character death. In some previous MMORPGs, a player would suffer a high penalty for character death; in World of Warcraft, a player is able to recover and start playing quickly.[10] Combat was another area where "downtime", or pauses between play, was reduced. By allowing all character types to recover from damage taken, players can return to combat quickly.[21] Reviewers felt that these changes in pacing would make the genre more accessible to casual players—those who play for short periods of time—[21] while still having "deep" gameplay that would attract players of all levels of interest.[20] The concept of a "rested bonus", or increasing the rate at which a player's character gains experience, was also welcomed as a way for players to quickly catch up with their friends in progression.[10]

World of Warcraft has inspired two board games: World of Warcraft: The Board Game (including Shadow of War and The Burning Crusade expansions)[157] and World of Warcraft: The Adventure Game,[158][159] produced by Fantasy Flight Games. There is also a trading card game,[160] and a collectible miniatures game[161] on the market, both formerly produced by Upper Deck Entertainment, now produced by Cryptozoic Entertainment. Cryptozoic released an "Archives" set which contains foil reproductions of older cards produced by Upper Deck. In August 2012, Megabloks launched a licensed line of World of Warcraft 'building block' toys based on the game scenes, scenarios and characters.[162] In March 2014, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft was released, which is a free-to-play digital card game based on the Warcraft universe, using classes similar to World of Warcraft.[163]

Existen un total de trece razas jugables16​ divididas en dos facciones, la Alianza y la Horda, siendo la decimotercera raza (Pandaren) compartida por ambos bandos. Pertenecen a la Alianza: humanos, gnomos, enanos, elfos de la noche, draenéi, huarguens y pandarens; y pertenecen a la Horda: orcos, no-muertos renegados, troles, taurens, elfos de sangre, goblins y pandarens. En la mayoría de las zonas, la Alianza y la Horda están en guerra una con la otra, aunque existen zonas neutrales como la ciudad flotante de Dalaran o la Ciudadela de Shattrath, estas zonas son conocidas como santuarios.
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