Disponible sólo en Elfos de la noche y Huargen (por parte de la Alianza) y en Taurens y Troles (por parte de la Horda). Tienen la cualidad de transformarse en distintas formas animales (Guardián) para tanquear en forma de oso y oso temible,22​(Feral) para hacer daño cuerpo a cuerpo en forma de felino (Feral),23​ daño a distancia (lanzador de conjuros-equilibrio) en forma de lechúcico lunar o forma de árbol de vida para curar (sanador-sanación). Además de estas formas, tienen tres formas animales denominadas de viaje, una de guepardo/reno para viajar por tierra (+40 % de velocidad), otra de león marino/orca (+50 % de velocidad a nado) para viajar bajo el agua, y otra de cuervo para volar (+150 % + 310 % de velocidad dependiendo del nivel de habilidad desbloqueado). Pueden cumplir los tres roles; tanque, sanador y DPS (cuerpo a cuerpo o a distancia) según la rama de talentos. Además, según la forma animal que se elija, tienen las habilidades y el modo de control del pícaro (forma felina) o del guerrero (forma de oso/forma de oso temible). Es la única clase capaz de desarrollar todos los roles del juego: curador, Tanque, DPS distancia y DPS cuerpo a cuerpo. Además, desde la salida de Mists of Pandaria, es también la única que cuenta con cuatro especializaciones.
World of Warcraft takes place in a 3D representation of the Warcraft universe that players can interact with through their characters. The game world initially consisted of the two continents in Azeroth: Kalimdor and the Eastern Kingdoms. Four separate expansions later added to the game's playable area the realms of Outland and Draenor and the continents of Northrend and Pandaria. As a player explores new locations, different routes and means of transportation become available. Players can access "flight masters" in newly discovered locations to fly to previously discovered locations in other parts of the world.[27] Players can also use boats, zeppelins, or portals to move from one continent to another. Although the game world remains relatively similar from day to day, seasonal events reflecting real world events, such as Halloween,[28] Christmas, Children's Week,[25] Easter, and Midsummer have been represented in the game world. Locations also have variable weather including, among other things, rain, snow, and dust storms.[27]
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]
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]
The practice of buying or selling gold in World of Warcraft has generated significant controversy.[143] On February 21, 2008, Blizzard released a statement concerning the consequences of buying gold. Blizzard reported that an "alarmingly high" proportion of all gold bought originates from "hacked" accounts. The article also stated that customers who had paid for character leveling services had found their accounts compromised months later, with all items stripped and sold for virtual gold. The article noted that leveling service companies often used "disruptive hacks ... which can cause realm performance and stability issues".[144] In April 2015, introduced a means to sell in-game gold for real money. A player may spend $20 on a one-month "game time token" that can be sold for in-game gold on the auction house.[36]
13 nov Discord comunidad de WoW Classic Buenos días! Como comentaba Dekarius en este post https://eu.battle.net/forums/es/wow/topic/17624582313?page=1, estaría bien crear un servidor de Discord para que nos juntemos los fans de Vanilla/Classic. Ahí lo tenéis: https://discord.gg/dGmmHaA La idea de este servidor es que tengamos un lugar de encuentro para los que frecuentamos este foro y estamos deseando hincarle el diente a WoW Classic, volver a los tiempos de Vanilla. En este podríamos compartir nuestras experiencias, guías, exponer nuestras dudas, e incluso formar hermandades. Si os parece bien, según evolucione la participación en el canal "general", podríamos ir añadiendo más canales si así lo vemos conveniente. Por otra parte, comentaros que también se creó una comunidad dentro del WoW, en la alianza, por si queréis comentar algo in-game: https://www.worldofwarcraft.com/invite/5xPl03SReO?region=EU&faction=Alliance Un saludo!Yevy13 13 nov
En World of Warcraft un jugador tiene acceso a doce tipos de clases (según la expansión Legion) restringida según la raza que se seleccione.17​ Además de la diferencia existente entre cada clase, estas pueden elegir una rama de talentos entre un total de tres (o cuatro si se selecciona druida como clase), aumentando la diferencia entre estas.18​19​
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