Anduin, Khadgar y Medivh se unen a una partida en búsqueda de indicios de magia vil, pero son emboscados por orcos. Medivh utiliza un hechizo que acaba con la mayoría de los orcos, haciendo huir al Jefe de Guerra de la Horda, Puño Negro, junto con Durotan y Orgrimm. En la huida, Durotan libera a la medio-orca Garona, esclava de Gul'dan, que es capturada por Khadgar. A cambio de su lealtad a Ventormenta, el rey Llane libera a Garona, quien guía a los humanos a espiar el campamento orco, enterándose del plan de Gul´dan de traer a la Horda a Azeroth. Mientras tanto, Durotan comprende que la magia vil es la responsable de la destrucción de Draenor, y si Gul'dan no es detenido, Azeroth sufrirá la misma suerte. A pesar de las objeciones de Orgrimm, Durotan encuentra a Garona con Anduin y Khadgar, que le pide en convocar a Llane a una reunión secreta con el objetivo de que el clan Lobo Gélido y los humanos se unan para vencer a Gul'dan. Mientras estudia el libro que tomó de Karazhan, Khadgar se da cuenta que Gul'dan no pudo abrir el portal por sí solo: para ello, necesitaba la ayuda de alguien en Azeroth. Khadgar es confrontado por Medivh, quien destruye la investigación de Khadgar después de ofrecerse a ayudarlo con sus funciones de Guardián.
In the Lich King's haste to spread the plague of undeath over Azeroth, he gifted one of his greatest servants, the lich Kel'Thuzad, with the flying citadel of Naxxramas, as a base of operations for the Scourge. Consistent attacks from the Scarlet Crusade and Argent Dawn factions weakened the defenses of the floating fortress, enabling an incursion from the heroes that led to Kel'Thuzad's defeat. However, a traitor among the ranks of the knightly order of the Argent Dawn ran away with Kel'Thuzad's cursed remains and fled to Northrend, where the fallen lich could be reanimated.
World of Warcraft is set in the same universe as the Warcraft series of real-time strategy games and has a similar art direction.[10] World of Warcraft contains elements from fantasy, steampunk, and science fiction: such as gryphons, dragons, and elves; steam-powered automata; zombies, werewolves, and other horror monsters; as well as time travel, spaceships, and alien worlds.
World of Warcraft ganó varios premios tras su lanzamiento, incluyendo Selecciones de Editores (Editor's Choice awards).15​42​ Además, ganó varios premios anuales de medios, siendo descrito como el mejor videojuego de rol y MMORPG.44​ Los gráficos y el sonido también recibieron mención en los premios anuales, sobre todo el estilo de dibujos animados45​ y el sonido en general.46​ El juego recibió el premio al mejor producto de entretenimiento para Mac OS X en los premios Apple Design en 2005.47​ finalmente, World of Warcraft fue reconocido en los premios Spike TV de 2005 como el mejor juego de PC, mejor juego multijugador, mejor RPG y juego más adictivo.48​ En 2008, World of Warcraft fue honrado (junto con Neverwinter Nights y EverQuest) en la quincuagésimo novena edición de los premios Emmy de la tecnología e ingeniería por su avance en juegos MMORPG.49​ Game Informer situó a World of Warcraft como el undécimo en su lista de los mejores dos cientos juegos de todos los tiempos.50​ La expansión Wrath of the Lich King recibió el premio al Mejor Videojuego en la categoría de empresas otorgado por el certamen imagina en su edición del año 2009.51​
Intent on settling in Durotar, Thrall's Horde expanded its ranks by inviting the undead Forsaken to join orcs, tauren, and trolls. Meanwhile, dwarves, gnomes, and the ancient night elves pledged their loyalties to the Alliance, guided by the human kingdom of Stormwind. After Stormwind's king, Varian Wrynn, mysteriously disappeared, Highlord Bolvar Fordragon served as Regent but his service was affected by the mind control of the black dragon Onyxia, who ruled in disguise as a human noblewoman. As heroes investigated Onyxia's manipulations, the ancient elemental lord Ragnaros resurfaced to endanger both the Horde and Alliance.[42] The heroes of the Horde and Alliance defeated Onyxia and sent Ragnaros back to the Elemental Plane.
Characters were felt to be implemented well, with each class appearing "viable and interesting", having unique and different mechanisms,[83] and each of the races having a distinct look and feel.[10] Character development was also liked, with the talent mechanism offering choice to players,[81] and profession options being praised.[10] Character customization options were felt to be low,[20] but the detail of character models was praised.[86]
DPS: sigla de daño por segundo. Se encargan de golpear al enemigo y bajarle la vida hasta derrotarlo. Son el tipo más diverso y hay de muchos tipos, a distancia (cazadores), cuerpo a cuerpo (guerrero, chamán mejora, caballero de la muerte, pícaro, paladín, druida feral, monjes viajero del viento, cazador de demonios devastación) y mágicos o los lanzadores o casters (mago, brujo, sacerdote sombras, chamán elemental, druida equilibrio). Sus puntos de vida suelen ser la mitad que la de los tanques, pero el daño que infligen es superior con respecto a los otros roles y prácticamente son estos los que acaban con los jefes en las bandas. Por esa misma razón, son el tipo de rol que se necesita en mayor cantidad en las bandas.

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]
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]
Todo jugador de World of Warcraft puede aprender y desarrollar profesiones, que son habilidades que le permiten recoger y/o fabricar distintos objetos que pueden ser útiles para su desarrollo como personaje o que pueden servirle económicamente para su venta. Existen dos tipos de profesiones, las profesiones primarias y las secundarias. Cada jugador puede aprender como máximo dos profesiones primarias del catálogo de profesiones existentes, y puede aprender todas las profesiones secundarias.
Intent on settling in Durotar, Thrall's Horde expanded its ranks by inviting the undead Forsaken to join orcs, tauren, and trolls. Meanwhile, dwarves, gnomes, and the ancient night elves pledged their loyalties to the Alliance, guided by the human kingdom of Stormwind. After Stormwind's king, Varian Wrynn, mysteriously disappeared, Highlord Bolvar Fordragon served as Regent but his service was affected by the mind control of the black dragon Onyxia, who ruled in disguise as a human noblewoman. As heroes investigated Onyxia's manipulations, the ancient elemental lord Ragnaros resurfaced to endanger both the Horde and Alliance.[42] The heroes of the Horde and Alliance defeated Onyxia and sent Ragnaros back to the Elemental Plane.
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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