World of Warcraft fue aclamado universalmente por la crítica después de ser lanzado,39​ siendo precedido de un período de grandes expectativas antes de su publicación.35​ Aunque el juego sigue un modelo similar a otros del género15​ y usa conceptos de los juegos de rol,32​ las nuevas propuestas para reducir las pausas entre encuentros fueron bien recibidas.15​ Como por ejemplo la muerte, en algunos MMORPG previos el jugador sufría una fuerte penalización por morir, mientras que en World of Warcraft el jugador se recuperaba y comenzaba a jugar rápidamente.15​ El combate fue otro espacio donde se produjeron cambios, al permitir al jugador recuperarse rápido del daño sufrido podían volver rápido a la batalla.41​ Estos cambios daban la sensación que harían al juego más accesible a jugadores ocasionales, que podrían jugar por periodos cortos de tiempo y aun así conseguir algo,41​ mientras que a la vez se mantenía la profundidad en el juego de manera que se permitiera a los jugadores de los niveles más altos mantener el interés en el juego.42​ El concepto de "bono por descanso" o el incremento de la velocidad con la que el jugador gana experiencia permitía a los jugadores alcanzar rápidamente el nivel de sus amigos.15​
Emplea el sistema de maná y aunque algunos de sus ataques causan gran daño instantáneo, prefieren silenciar a sus enemigos. Son especialistas en el control de multitudes y escape debido a sus múltiples hechizos de efecto de área y hechizos que sirven para evitar luchar con varios enemigos a la vez. Son un verdadero incordio para los melees en JcJ ya que pueden teletransportarse, y ralentizar al contrincante, también pueden llegar a rellenar casi por completo su mana utilizando Evocación, aunque sin duda esta clase es famosa por la Polimorfia, habilidad que convierte en oveja.Hacen gran DPS quemando a sus enemigos (rama fuego), menos DPS pero mas supervivencia y control con el hielo ( rama escarcha) o ataques devastadores pero caros en mana (Rama Arcana). Además tienen la habilidad de abrir portales hacia las ciudades principales de su facción para teleportar otros jugadores hacia ellas, y también teleportarse ellos mismos. Son la única clase del juego que puede crear sus propios alimentos usando mana.
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]
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]
Blizzard makes use of a system known as Warden on the Windows version of the game to detect third-party programs, such as botting software, allowing World of Warcraft to be played unattended. There has been some controversy as to the legality of Warden. Warden uses techniques similar to anti-virus software to analyze other running software on the players' PCs, as well as the file system. However, unlike most anti-virus software, it sends a portion of this information back to Blizzard, which caused privacy advocates to accuse it of being spyware.[122] One example of the information Warden collects is the title of every window open on the system while WoW is running.[123] On the other hand, many gamers responded positively to the development, stating that they supported the technology if it resulted in fewer cases of cheating. Blizzard's use of Warden was stated in the Terms of Agreement (TOA).[124]
The soundtrack for World of Warcraft was composed and arranged by Jason Hayes, Tracy W. Bush, Derek Duke, and Glenn Stafford and conducted by Eímear Noone. It was released on November 23, 2004, together with the collector's edition of the game. It is sold separately on one CD in the MP3 format. On January 12, 2011, Alfred Publishing produced an officially licensed sheet music series for vocalists, pianists, strings, and other instruments, World of Warcraft Sheet Music Anthology in solo and accompaniment formats with CD. These works include four pages of collectible artwork and vary by number of songs included. In 2018, a remix of the song from the game, "Hymn of the Firstborn Son", was nominated for "Best Game Music Cover/Remix" at the 16th Annual Game Audio Network Guild Awards.[78]
In December 2015, Blizzard sold an in-game battle pet named Brightpaw for $10 with all proceeds going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.[145] This resulted in a new Blizzard record donation of over $1.7 million to Make-A-Wish.[146] In December 2016, Blizzard again sold a battle pet named Mischief for $10; it helped raise more than 2.5 million for Make-A-Wish.[147] In September 2017, Blizzard sold a battle pet named Shadow the fox for $10, with proceeds going to the Red Cross to help with disaster relief.[148]

The World of Warcraft launcher (referred to in press releases and the menu bar as the "Blizzard Launcher") is a program designed to act as a starting point for World of Warcraft players. It provides a way to launch World of Warcraft and starts the Blizzard updater. It was first included with the version 1.8.3 patch. The 2.1.0 patch allowed for an option to bypass the use of the launcher. Features of the launcher include news and updates for World of Warcraft players, access to World of Warcraft's support website, access to the test version of World of Warcraft when it is available to test upcoming patches, updates to Warden,[60] and updates to the updater itself. The 3.0.8 patch redesigned the launcher and added the ability to change the game settings from the launcher itself. The launcher update from patch 4.0.1 also allows people to play the game while non-crucial pieces of the game are downloaded. This requires a high-speed broadband internet connection.


Su utilidad radica en su capacidad de ser Heal o DPS, dependiendo de la rama de talentos que tome el jugador, aunque preferentemente está diseñado para la sanación. Usan la armadura de tela, por lo que no son buenos en el combate cuerpo a cuerpo. Emplean el conocido sistema de maná para usar sus facultades, este disminuye a medida que las utilizan, pero se regenera periódicamente y a diferencia de la Ira, solo está limitada por el equipamiento del personaje. Posee dos ramas de talentos dedicadas a la curación, una de ellas es más rápida pensada para curar individualmente y en el uso de escudos, además de tener que hacer daño para aumentar la sanación (Disciplina), y la otra para curar a grandes cantidades de manera colectiva, aunque tarde más en cargar las habilidades (Sagrado), o bien pueden desempeñar el rol de DPS usando la rama de talentos especializada en el uso magia oscura de daño periódico (Sombra).
In patch 2.1, Blizzard responded to this by adding additional anti-spam mechanics including whisper throttling and the report spam function. Additionally, trial accounts are prevented from speaking in the public chat channels (although they may speak to players within range or whisper to other players that have first whispered to them), participating in in-game trades, and using the Auction House and the mail feature, among other limitations.
Es una clase híbrida del juego, se puede definir como un protector que lucha y sana con el poder de la Luz, pero más enfocado al combate. Posee facultades para la lucha cuerpo a cuerpo y algunas para el apoyo a otros jugadores y de sanación, además de poseer un sistema de sellos que proporciona ventajas en la lucha a él mismo. A pesar de que son expertos en la supervivencia, sus ramas de talentos los hacen muy versátiles, al extremo de poder desempeñarse como Tanque (Protección), Healers (Sagrado) o DPS (Reprensión), y una amplia cantidad de armas. Emplean el sistema de maná, combinado con el poder sagrado, que es un tipo de energía que se carga al realizar ciertos ataques, y que sirve para activar otros ataques más poderosos. El poder sagrado tiene tres cargas. Sólo tiene un efecto devastador cuando están las tres cargas completas y usarlo consume las tres cargas, si se tiene dos cargas el daño es superior al normal y una carga es daño regular. Si no se usa, las cargas se van desactivando una por una. Usan armaduras de placas a partir del nivel 40 pero a partir del lvl 50 son maestros en placas. En la Horda los elfos de sangre y taurens pueden beneficiarse de esta clase, mientras que en la Alianza humanos, enanos y draenei pueden ser caballeros de la luz.
Some of the challenges in World of Warcraft require players to group together to complete them. These usually take place in dungeons—also known as "instances"—that a group of characters can enter together. The term "instance" comes from each group or party having a separate copy, or instance, of the dungeon, complete with their own enemies to defeat and their own treasure or rewards.[32] This allows a group to explore areas and complete quests without others interfering. Dungeons are spread over the game world and are designed for characters of varying progression. A typical dungeon will allow up to five characters to enter as part of a group. Some dungeons require more players to group together and form a "raid" of up to forty players to face some of the most difficult challenges.[33] As well as dungeon-based raid challenges, several creatures exist in the normal game environment that are designed for raids to attack.[28][34]
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]
In April 2015, an alternate way to cover the subscription was introduced. A player may spend real money ($20 in North America and differing amounts in other regions) on a WoW Token, which is sold on the auction house for in-game gold that initially could only be used to add 30 days of playtime.[36] At the launch of the feature in NA, a token sold for 30k gold and 24 hours later sold for 20k gold, therefore the gold amount changes depending on what players are willing to spend and the supply. Subsequently, the amount that an NA token sells for remained selling at above 30,000 gold and the other Battle.net regions are well above that value. Once a player buys a token on the auction house, it is account bound and cannot be resold. In February 2017, the WoW Token can also be exchanged for $15 in Battle.net balance that can be used as credit for purchases in most of Blizzard's games as well as in Destiny 2.[39]
Much of World of Warcraft play involves the completion of quests. These quests are usually available from NPCs.[19] Quests usually reward the player with some combination of experience points, items, and in-game money. Quests allow characters to gain access to new skills and abilities, as well as the ability to explore new areas.[20] It is through quests that much of the game's story is told, both through the quest's text and through scripted NPC actions.[21] Quests are linked by a common theme, with each consecutive quest triggered by the completion of the previous, forming a quest chain. Quests commonly involve killing a number of creatures, gathering a certain number of resources, finding a difficult to locate object, speaking to various NPCs, visiting specific locations, interacting with objects in the world, or delivering an item from one place to another to acquire experience and treasures.
Thrall, jefe de guerra de la Horda y chamán más poderoso de Azeroth, otorga el cargo de jefe de guerra a Garrosh Grito Infernal para unirse al Anillo de la Tierra en su lucha contra Alamuerte. Esta criticada y disputada decisión por parte de los altos cargos de la Horda llevará a esta nueva Horda a una serie de medidas en las que será palpable el afloramiento de la locura de Garrosh. Es necesaria la unión de los guerreros de la Horda y de la Alianza junto a los Dragones Aspecto para enfrentarse a los agentes de Alamuerte y destruir al mismo.
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