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]
On October 7, 2010 World of Warcraft reached a subscriber base of over 12 million players.[135] Since May 2011, the number of players playing had decreased by 10% from 11.4 million to 10.3 million. Blizzard's CEO Mike Morhaime said that the reason was probably due to a drop-off in the Eastern markets.[136] In 2012, senior producer John Lagrave told Eurogamer that the drop in subscriptions may have also been attributed to the recent release of BioWare's Star Wars: The Old Republic.[137]
World of Warcraft contains a variety of mechanisms for player versus player (PvP) play. Players on player versus environment (PvE) servers can opt to "flag" themselves, making themselves attackable to players of the opposite faction.[25] Depending on the mode of the realm, PvP combat between members of opposing factions is possible at almost any time or location in the game world—the only exception being the starting zones, where the PvP "flag" must be enabled by the player wishing to fight against players of the opposite faction. PvE (called normal or RP) servers, by contrast, allow a player to choose whether or not to engage in combat against other players. On both server types, there are special areas of the world where free-for-all combat is permitted. Battlegrounds, for example, are similar to dungeons: only a set number of characters can enter a single battleground, but additional copies of the battleground can be made to accommodate additional players.[26] Each battleground has a set objective, such as capturing a flag or defeating an opposing general, that must be completed to win the battleground. Competing in battlegrounds rewards the character with tokens and honor points that can be used to buy armor, weapons, and other general items that can aid a player in many areas of the game. Winning a battleground awards more honor and tokens than losing. In addition, players also earn honor when they or nearby teammates kill players in a battleground.[25]
08 nov ¿Volverá la noche? Espero que mantenga la diferencia del día y de la noche que existía en el classic. Me gustaba ver el atardecer y ver como se ponía el sol mientras jugaba. También es verdad que la gente que sólo puede jugar de noche no veían la luz del sol y comprendo que se les hiciera pesado. También hecho de menos los fenómenos atmosféricos. Siempre recordaré una tarde en Feralas con la niebla más espesa que haya visto. Literalmente no veía a los enemigos hasta que los tenía encima. Aunque repitieras las zonas, los cambios de clima ayudaban a ver las cosas de distinta manera. Creo que esto será muy bien recibido por la comunidad. Las pociones de crear noche de la Feria de la Luna Negra han sido un gran éxito.Nümayos11 08 nov
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.
^ "Patch Notes 3.3.3". Blizzard. Archived from the original on May 22, 2010. Retrieved June 15, 2010. Authenticator Frame: If a player has a Authenticator attached to his or her account and selects Remember Account Name at the login screen, the next time that player logs into World of Warcraft, a field to input the Authenticator code will be displayed below the password field.
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]
Tanques: tienen la misión de atraer los enemigos recibir el daño de estos, ya que tienen la capacidad de aguantar mucho daño y sobrevivir más que otras clases. Son personajes con muchos atributos defensivos (bloquear, esquivar, parar), muchos puntos de vida y armadura para reducir al máximo el daño que reciben. El juego usa un sistema para medir el foco de ataque de los enemigos llamado amenaza. Los tanques son los que más puntos de amenaza suelen obtener durante el combate y, por ende, reciben todo el daño, sin embargo, poseen una capacidad ofensiva muy reducida (es ahí donde se necesita el daño de los DPS). El tanque por excelencia suele ser el guerrero protección, pero con las expansiones, han ido mejorando las demás clases, como al druida guardián, al paladín protección, añadiendo a los caballeros de la muerte para diversificar este rol, los monjes maestros cerveceros y los cazadores de demonios venganza añadidos en la expansión Legion

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]

09 nov Se ha vuelto el wow muy exigente El wow ya no es lo que era, la interacción social es casi nula, todo es muy mecánico y la gente con la que te "toque" raidear, hacer mazs o lo que sea... tienen cero paciencia, te exigen pero si algo haces bien nada te dicen. He jugado en la antigua, sé de lo que hablo. Sólo quería expresar mi opinión. Chao. Posdata: con exigente me refería respecto el tema social.Oone14 09 nov
24 oct Una idea "brillante" ?¿ Buenas, quisiera dejar escribo el siguiente post para los maestros de juego y que puedan hacerles llegar mis opiniones a los desarrolla dores, con la salida de Classic espero y deseo que la dificultad sea como antaño y ademas vuelva el factor social en nuestras vidas, que tu pj dentro de juego sea una extension de tu propia reputacion, ahora bien, esto es una idea (aunque a lo mejor la implementaran) pero me gustaria que sacaran todas las expansiones como hasta ahora pero con la dificultad de vanilla, que no la casualicen como han echo hasta ahora aunque.... Aunque me idea principal es otra, algunas expansiones han sido mejores que otras y cof...... draenor cof cof, ufff que tos mas mala ¬_¬-------------(mira mas abajo) A nivel narrativo algunas personas no les a acabado de gustar mucho o creen que podria haber sido de otra forma las cosas, asi que mi planteamiento es el siguiente...., porque no hacer de classic el punto de partida a nuevas expansiones? me refiero a crear una nueva linea temporal, en los libros de "la guerra de los ancestros" contaban en una parte que se habian destruido las demas lineas temporales y solo quedaba una (corregidme si me equivoco) la actual, asi que propondria a blizz que crease una nueva linea temporal diferente a la actual, se que algunos me direis: tio pero eso son mas expansiones que hay que comprar y bla bla bla bla, si tios ya lo se, son nuevas expansiones que se comprarian pero es una historia completamente diferente, imaginaros por un momento que se pudiera reescribir la historia y pudieramos de alguna forma, hacer que algunas cosas malas no ocurriesen, eso si, si blizz llegase hacerlo OS LO SUPLICO, DEJAD LA DIFICULTAD COMO ESTA Y NO LA CASUALICEIS. Esta es mi opinion, no se si mas de uno opinara lo mismo.Tragamillas0 24 oct
The great desert fortress of Ahn'Qiraj, long sealed behind the Scarab Wall, was home to the insectoid qiraji, a savage race that had once mounted an assault to devastate the continent of Kalimdor. But something far more sinister lurked behind Ahn'Qiraj's walls: the Old God C'Thun, an ancient entity whose pervasive evil had suffused Azeroth since time immemorial. As C'Thun incited the qiraji to frenzy, both the Alliance and Horde prepared for a massive war effort. A mixed force of Alliance and Horde soldiers, dubbed the Might of Kalimdor, opened the gates of Ahn'Qiraj under the command of the orc Varok Saurfang. The heroes laid siege to the ruins and temples of Ahn'Qiraj and vanquished C'Thun.
04 nov Items desaparecidos en classic? Ashbringer? Buenas. Tengo una duda sobre la classic. Cuando salga se podrán obtener items q fueron retirados del juego antes de la llegada de la expansión? Me viene a la mente por ejemplo la corrupted ashbringer. Acaba de terminar la Blizz y creo q no se ha comentado nada al respectoAffrupto2 04 nov
World of Warcraft was the best-selling PC game of 2005 and 2006.[96] In the United States, it sold 1.4 million copies ($68.1 million) by August 2006. It was the country's third best-selling computer game between January 2000 and August 2006.[97] On January 22, 2008, World of Warcraft had more than 10 million subscribers worldwide, with more than 2 million subscribers in Europe, more than 2.5 million in North America, and about 5.5 million in Asia.[98] At its peak in October 2010 the game had 12 million subscribers.[99] As of November 2014 the game has over 10 million active subscribers.[100] On January 28, 2014 Blizzard announced that 100 million accounts have been created for the game.[101] On May 7, 2015, it was announced that there were 7.1 million active subscriptions.[102][103][104][105] At the end of June 2015, subscriptions dropped down to 5.6 million, lowest since 2005.[106] By the end of September, subscribers were at 5.5 million.[107]
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]
The game's audio was well received, particularly the background music. By assigning music to different areas of the game world, reviewers felt that the fantasy style added to the player's immersion,[81] and that the replay value was increased.[20] The sounds and voices used by characters and NPCs, as well as the overall sound effects, were felt to add a "personality" to the game.[81]
While a character can be played on its own, players can group with others to tackle more challenging content. Most end-game challenges are designed in a way that they can only be overcome while in a group. In this way, character classes are used in specific roles within a group.[19][22] World of Warcraft uses a "rested bonus" system, increasing the rate that a character can gain experience points after the player has spent time away from the game.[15] When a character dies, it becomes a ghost—or wisp for Night Elf characters—at a nearby graveyard.[20] Characters can be resurrected by other characters that have the ability or can self-resurrect by moving from the graveyard to the place where they died. If a character is past level ten and they resurrect at a graveyard, the items equipped by the character degrade, requiring in-game money and a specialist NPC to repair them. Items that have degraded heavily become unusable until they are repaired. If the location of the character's body is unreachable, they can use a special "spirit healer" NPC to resurrect at the graveyard. When the spirit healer revives a character, items equipped by the character at that time are further degraded, and the character is significantly weakened by what is in-game called "resurrection sickness" for up to ten minutes, depending on the character's level. This "resurrection sickness" does not occur and item degradation is less severe if the character revives by locating its body, or is resurrected by another player through spells or special items.[23][24]
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​

Tras los eventos narrados en Wrath of the Lich King, Arthas ha muerto, y la guerra en Rasganorte parece haber terminado, ya que la Plaga está controlada por Bolvar Fordragon, convertido en el nuevo Rey Exánime, el carcelero de los malditos. Pero entonces, misteriosos terremotos comienzan a sacudir toda la faz de Azeroth, y poco después, comienzan una serie de ataques elementales contra las capitales de la Alianza y la Horda. Estos ataques son el preludio del resurgimiento del Dragón Aspecto corrupto Alamuerte, que las destruirá, extendiendo su dañino poder por los dos continentes. Cinco años después, en los que se suceden los eventos narrados en la novela World of Warcraft: The Shattering, Ventormenta y Orgrimmar están en proceso de reconstrucción, y la faz del mundo en Azeroth ha cambiado por completo tras los ataques de Alamuerte, que han reducido a cenizas algunas zonas y han provocado violentos maremotos y terremotos que han partido literalmente la tierra en trozos, inundando algunas zonas y haciendo resurgir otras. Alamuerte ha vuelto con un solo objetivo, el de destruir Azeroth, y no se detendrá hasta conseguirlo.