The Corrupted Blood plague incident was one of the first events to affect entire servers. Patch 1.7 saw the opening of Zul'Gurub, the game's first 20-player raid dungeon where players faced off against a tribe of trolls. Upon engaging the final boss, players were stricken by a debuff called "Corrupted Blood" which would periodically sap their life. The disease was passed on to other players simply by being near infected players. Originally this malady was confined within the Zul'Gurub instance, but it made its way into the outside world by way of hunter pets or warlock minions that contracted the disease.
El clan Lobo Gélido se reúne con los humanos liderados por Llane y Anduin, pero son emboscados por Puño Negro creyendo que es una trampa. Superados en número, los humanos se retiran, y Medivh crea una barrera de energía para protegerlos, pero el hijo de Lothar, Callan, queda separado del resto y es asesinado despiadadamente por Puño Negro. Garona y Khadgar encuentran a un debilitado Medivh, al que llevan de nuevo a Karazhan para que se recupere. Allí, Khadgar observa un aura verde en los ojos de Medivh, enterándose que está infectado con magia vil, por lo que viaja a la ciudad flotante de Dalaran, donde informa la situación a los archimagos del Kirin Tor. Alodi, una maga legendaria, es la verdadera identidad de la sombra que Khadgar vio en Karazhan, y es ella quien le revela que Medivh ha sido poseído por un poderoso demonio. En el campamento orco, Puño Negro asesina a los miembros del clan Lobo Gélido, pero Orgrimm ayuda a Draka a escapar con su hijo, enviándolo corriente abajo de un río en una canasta, mientras ella muere luchando con otro orco, quién quería traer al bebé orco para Gul'Dan. Durotan, hecho prisionero por traidor, es liberado por Orgrimm y reta a Gul´dan a una mak'gora, una sagrada tradición orca donde los combatientes luchan a muerte por el control de la Horda. Durante la pelea, Gul'dan viola las honorables reglas de la mak'gora al usar magia vil para drenar la vida de su oponente, matándolo, pero Durotan, al sacrificar su vida, logra su propósito: que el resto de los orcos junto a Orgrimm que desaprueben a Gul'dan al no tener honor. Este, para evitar la rebelión, influye magia vil en Blackhand y ordena a los orcos atacar a los humanos, que se acercan para atacar el campamento liderados por Llane, quien ha decidido atacar luego de ser engañado por Medivh.
As characters become more developed, they gain various talents and skills, requiring the player to further define the abilities of that character.[15] Characters can choose two primary professions that can focus on producing items, such as tailoring, blacksmithing or jewelcrafting or on gathering from resource nodes, such as skinning or mining. Characters can learn all four secondary skills: archeology, cooking, fishing and first aid.[16][17] Characters may form and join guilds, allowing characters within the guild access to the guild's chat channel, the guild name and optionally allowing other features, including a guild tabard, guild bank, guild repairs, and dues.[18]
Sanadores: también llamados sanadores o healers (del inglés heal, curar). Se encargan de curar y mantener vivos a todos los jugadores del grupo, en especial al tanque. Su poder ofensivo suele ser limitado. El tipo de armadura suele ser diverso, ya que los sacerdotes usan telas, los druidas cuero, los chamanes mallas y los paladines placas. Las estadísticas primarias en el equipo suelen ser el Intelecto y el Espíritu, además del Poder con Hechizos. El sanador por excelencia al principio del juego solía ser el sacerdote y, aunque el resto de clases con posibilidades de sanación no estaban tan mal como en el caso del tanque, también han sido mejoradas. Los sanadores son paladin sagrado, druida restauración, sacerdote disciplina y sagrado, chamán restauración y monje tejedor de niebla. Las habilidades de los senadores no solo son sanadoras. Estos, además de curar (y dar algo de daño), también pueden tener habilidades que obstaculizan al enemigo en el momento del pvp21​.
World of Warcraft was the world's most popular MMORPG by player count of nearly 10 million in 2009.[5][6] The game had a total of over a hundred million registered accounts by 2014.[7] By 2017, the game had grossed over $9.23 billion in revenue, making it one of the highest-grossing video game franchises of all time. At BlizzCon 2017, a vanilla version of the game titled World of Warcraft Classic was announced, which planned to provide a way to experience the base game before any of its expansions launched. It went live at 3pm PDT[b] on August 26, 2019.[8][9]
Se le conoce por sus siglas DK (Death Knight). Fue incorporado en la expansión Wrath of the Lich King, y ha sido definido por Blizzard como la primera clase heroica (empieza en nivel 55). Para poder crear un Caballero de la Muerte se necesita tener en la cuenta otro personaje de nivel 55 o más, recientemente eliminaron la prohibición de uno por servidor. El DK es una mezcla de tácticas cuerpo a cuerpo como el uso de ataques mágicos a distancia y el uso de enfermedades de daño periódico. Emplea el sistema de runas para poder usar sus facultades. Dichas runas (sangre, escarcha, y profano, dos de cada tipo) tienen un tiempo de recarga después de haber sido utilizadas, lo que limita la frecuencia de uso de habilidades. Varias facultades exigen el uso de hasta un total de tres runas diferentes y, además de las runas, poseen un tipo de energía “auxiliar”, el poder rúnico. Ésta energía alterna es generada a medida que el dk va gastando runas y le permite usar habilidades específicas, compensando el tiempo de re-utilización de alguna de sus runas. Posee escasas habilidades para beneficiar un grupo, pero tiene facultades que le permiten restaurar grandes porciones de salud que van desde la más mínima hasta la posible cura de 75 % de la salud total del caballero de la muerte. Tienen la capacidad de engendrar un necrófago desde un cadáver, o de un aliado. El Caballero de la Muerte tiene como ramas de talentos Sangre(énfasis en daño directo, regeneración de vida y uso de armas de dos manos), Escarcha (uso de la doble empuñadura además de ataques rápidos de daño de escarcha), y profano (mejora de las enfermedades y en el uso de esbirros no muertos); y es capaz de desempeñar dos roles: tanque, y DPS cuerpo a cuerpo, en un principio el DK podía usar cualquier rama de talentos para desempeñar el papel de tanque dependiendo de como se construyera la rama y en los gustos del jugador . Los DKs comienzan con un atuendo único predefinido. Mientras van completando las misiones de clase obtienen parte de su armadura final.

Players who purchase Warlords of Draenor Collector's or Digital Deluxe Edition receive an Orc themed card back in Hearthstone.[168] Heroes of the Storm players who reach level 20 receive the Grave Golem battle pet in World of Warcraft and after reaching level 100 in World of Warcraft receive an Ironside Dire Wolf mount in Heroes of the Storm.[169] Starting on March 11, 2016, players who level a character to 20 in WoW, which can be completed with the free starter edition, earn the alternate Paladin hero Lady Liadrin in Hearthstone.[170]
The Corrupted Blood plague so closely resembled the outbreak of real-world epidemics that scientists are currently looking at the ways MMORPGs or other massively distributed systems can model human behavior during outbreaks. The reaction of players to the plague closely resembled previously hard-to-model aspects of human behavior that may allow researchers to more accurately predict how diseases and outbreaks spread amongst a population.[149]
Questing was described as an integral part of the game, often being used to continue a storyline or lead the player through the game.[21] The high number of quests in each location was popular, as well as the rewards for completing them.[10] It was felt that the range of quests removed the need for a player to "grind", or carry out repetitive tasks, to advance their character.[20] Quests also require players to explore every section of the game world, potentially causing problems for social gamers or roleplayers seeking somewhere quiet.[21] Quests that required the player to collect items from the corpses of creatures they had killed were also unpopular; the low "drop rate", or chance of finding the items, makes them feel repetitive as a high number of creatures need to be killed to complete the quest.[20] A large number of new players in a particular area meant that there were often no creatures to kill,[21] or that players would have to wait and take turns to kill a particular creature to complete a quest.[10] Some critics mentioned that the lack of quests that required players to group up made the game feel as if it were designed for solo play.[83] Others complained that some dungeon or instanced group quests were not friendly to new players, and could take several hours to complete.[20] Upon release, a small number of quests had software bugs that made them impossible to complete.[10]
The Warden's existence was acknowledged in March 2008, during the opening legal proceedings against MDY Industries.[125] The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Arizona, and also listed Michael Donnelly as a defendant. Donnelly was included in the suit as the creator of MMO Glider, software that can automatically play many tasks in the game. Blizzard claimed the software is an infringement of its copyright and software license agreement, stating that "Glider use severely harms the WoW gaming experience for other players by altering the balance of play, disrupting the social and immersive aspects of the game, and undermining the in-game economy." Donnelly claims to have sold 100,000 copies of the $25 software.[126]
In China, because a large number of players do not own the computer on which they play games (e.g. if they play in Internet cafés), the CD keys required to create an account can be purchased independently of the software package. To play the game, players must also purchase prepaid game cards that can be played for 66 hours and 40 minutes.[55] A monthly fee model is not available to players of this region. The Chinese government and NetEase, the licensee for World of Warcraft in China, have imposed a modification on Chinese versions of the game which places flesh on bare-boned skeletons and transforms dead character corpses into tidy graves. These changes were imposed by the Chinese government in an attempt to "promote a healthy and harmonious online game environment" in World of Warcraft.[56][57] The Chinese government delayed the release of the Wrath of the Lich King expansion, due to what it deemed objectionable content.[58] NetEase took over licensing of World of Warcraft from The9 in June 2009 following the expiration of The9's contract,[59] and were able to secure a launch for Wrath of the Lich King on August 31, 2010, nearly two years after its Western release.
Deep within Blackrock Mountain, the black dragon Nefarian conducted twisted experiments with the blood of other dragonflights. Intent on seizing the entire area for his own, he recruited the remaining Dark Horde, a rogue army that embraced the demonic bloodlust of the old Horde. These corrupt orcs, trolls, and other races battled against Ragnaros and the Dark Iron dwarves for control of the mountain. Nefarian created the twisted chromatic dragons and a legion of other aberrations in his bid to form an army powerful enough to control Azeroth and continue the legacy of his infamous father, Deathwing the Destroyer. Nefarian was vanquished by the heroes from the Horde and the Alliance.
Como en otros, los jugadores controlan un avatar dentro de un mundo en una vista de tercera persona (con la opción de jugar en primera persona) explorando el entorno, combatiendo contra varios monstruos y jugadores, completando misiones e interactuando con personajes no jugables (PNJ) u otros jugadores. El completar misiones ayudará a los jugadores a poder subir de nivel y de esta forma, podrán conseguir equipamiento que les ayudará más adelante a combatir a las distintas criaturas que vayan apareciendo en su camino.
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