Less than two months after beginning operation of World of Warcraft in China on September 19, 2009, NetEase was ordered to immediately stop charging players and to cease accepting registrations.[108][109] A press estimate indicated that if World of Warcraft were shut down in China, the loss of subscribers would have caused Activision Blizzard's earnings to fall from 65 cents per share to 60 cents per share.[108] In April 2008, World of Warcraft was estimated to hold 62 percent of the MMORPG subscription market.[110] The game has grossed $9.23 billion in revenue, making it one of the highest-grossing video games of all time, along with Space Invaders, Pac-Man and Street Fighter II.[111]

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.
Un concepto de elfo original en los elfos nocturnos, que son de tez violácea clara, y de estatura no menor a los 1,90 metros,12​ cuando la literatura moderna en su lugar los concibe de tez blanca, delicados y muchas veces de una estatura decididamente inferior a la media humana. Estos últimos, en Warcraft, son los descendientes de los nobles elfos de la noche que siguieron el camino de la magia a costa de su inmortalidad y de aquellos caracteres físicos.
The appearance of the game world was praised by critics. Most popular was the fact that a player could run from one end of the continent to the other without having to pause at a "loading screen" while part of the game is retrieved from storage.[86] The environment was described as "breathtaking". Players found it difficult to become lost, and each area in the game world had a distinct look that blended from one to the next.[21] Critics described the environment as "a careful blend of cartoon, fantasy art, and realism".[81] The game was found to run smoothly on a range of computer systems,[10] although some described it as basic,[21] and mentioned that the bloom light rendering effect can blur things.[20] One reviewer described the ability to fly over long stretches of scenery as "very atmospheric".[83] The user interface was liked, being described as "simple", with tooltips helping to get the player started.[10]
World of Warcraft requires a subscription to allow continued play, with options to pay in one-month, three-month, or six-month blocks, and time cards of varying lengths available from retailers, or purchasing a "WoW Token" in-game.[35][36] Expansion packs are available online and from retailers. As the game client is the same regardless of the version of World of Warcraft the user owns, the option to purchase expansions online was added as it allows for a quick upgrade. World of Warcraft is also available as a free Starter Edition, which is free to play for an unlimited amount of time. Starter Edition characters are unable to gain experience after reaching level 20, and there are other restrictions in effect for Starter Edition accounts, including the inability to trade, use mail, use Auction House, use public chat channels, join guilds or amass more than ten gold.[37]
In the United States, Canada, and Europe, Blizzard distributes World of Warcraft via retail software packages.[50] The software package includes 30 days of gameplay for no additional cost. To continue playing after the initial 30 days, additional play time must be purchased using a credit card or prepaid game card. The minimum gameplay duration that a player can purchase is 30 days using a credit card, or 60 using a prepaid game card. A player also has the option of purchasing three or six months of gameplay at once for a 6–15% discount.[51] In Australia, the United States, and many European countries, video game stores commonly stock the trial version of World of Warcraft in DVD form, which includes the game and 20 levels[52] of gameplay, after which the player would have to upgrade to a retail account by supplying a valid credit card, or purchasing a game card as well as a retail copy of the game.

↑ Glenday, Craig (2009). Craig Glenday, ed. Guinness World Records 2009. GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS (paperback edición). Random House, Inc. p. 241. ISBN 9780553592566. Consultado el 18 de septiembre de 2009. «Most popular MMORPG game(sic) In terms of the number of online subscribers, World of Warcraft is the most popular Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG), with 10 million subscribers as of January 2008.»
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]
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]

World of Warcraft requires a subscription to allow continued play, with options to pay in one-month, three-month, or six-month blocks, and time cards of varying lengths available from retailers, or purchasing a "WoW Token" in-game.[35][36] Expansion packs are available online and from retailers. As the game client is the same regardless of the version of World of Warcraft the user owns, the option to purchase expansions online was added as it allows for a quick upgrade. World of Warcraft is also available as a free Starter Edition, which is free to play for an unlimited amount of time. Starter Edition characters are unable to gain experience after reaching level 20, and there are other restrictions in effect for Starter Edition accounts, including the inability to trade, use mail, use Auction House, use public chat channels, join guilds or amass more than ten gold.[37]
Es también una conocida clase Híbrida del juego, pero más enfocada a la magia, es una clase que utiliza el poder de la naturaleza. Emplea el maná, a partir del nivel 40 puede usar armaduras de cota de malla y tiene la particularidad de crear tótems y escudos para ayudarlo en la batalla tanto para dañar a sus enemigos como para ayudar a sus amigos. Según su rama de talentos pueden ser buenos DPS a distancia (Elemental) o en cuerpo a cuerpo (Mejora). También puede desempañarse como sanador (Restauración), con la particular de que puede sanar a varios amigos a la vez con cadenas de sanaciones. Es un personaje bastante completo. A partir del nivel 65 puede invocar elementales, ya que son personajes que usan los elementos de la naturaleza (Tierra y Fuego) como poder.
30 oct Chamanes Tanke. Bueno pues vengo a preguntar si esto en el Classic era algo viable o una leyenda Urbana pues mi intención en el Classic sería un perfil bajo, sobre todo volver a revivir lo que era hacer mazmorras a la antigua usanza (me muero por hacer un Stralhome) así que mi intención es hacerme un tanke en la Horda pues llevo toda mi vida wowera en la Ali pero como veis mi main es un Guerrero y me gustaría variar (En la Horda no hay Paladines en Vainilla)Grenyar11 30 oct
World of Warcraft (abreviado como WoW, literalmente en español Mundo de Warcraft) es un videojuego de rol multijugador masivo en línea desarrollado por Blizzard Entertainment. Es el cuarto juego lanzado establecido en el universo fantástico de Warcraft, el cual fue introducido por primera vez por Warcraft: Orcs & Humans en 1994.4​ World of Warcraft transcurre dentro del mundo de Azeroth, cuatro años después de los sucesos finales de la anterior entrega de Warcraft, Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne.5​ Blizzard Entertainment anunció World of Warcraft el 2 de septiembre de 2001.6​
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