Blizzard garnered criticism for its decision in January 2006 to ban guilds from advertising sexual orientation preferences. The incident occurred after several players were cited for "harassment" after advocating a group that was a gay-straight alliance.[133][134] Blizzard later reversed the decision to issue warnings to players promoting LGBT-friendly guilds.
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]
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]
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.
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 Activision/Blizzard Merger: Five Key Points". Industry News. gamasutra.com. December 3, 2007. Archived from the original on December 21, 2008. Retrieved February 24, 2009. One of the intriguing things about the old Vivendi structure was that, even when Martin Tremblay joined to run Vivendi's publishing, it was specified: "World Of Warcraft creator Blizzard Entertainment has been designated a stand-alone division reporting to VU Games' CEO, and is not part of Tremblay's product development mandate.

Sanadores: también llamados sanadores o healers (del inglés heal, curar). Se encargan de curar y mantener vivos a todos los jugadores del grupo, en especial al tanque. Su poder ofensivo suele ser limitado. El tipo de armadura suele ser diverso, ya que los sacerdotes usan telas, los druidas cuero, los chamanes mallas y los paladines placas. Las estadísticas primarias en el equipo suelen ser el Intelecto y el Espíritu, además del Poder con Hechizos. El sanador por excelencia al principio del juego solía ser el sacerdote y, aunque el resto de clases con posibilidades de sanación no estaban tan mal como en el caso del tanque, también han sido mejoradas. Los sanadores son paladin sagrado, druida restauración, sacerdote disciplina y sagrado, chamán restauración y monje tejedor de niebla. Las habilidades de los senadores no solo son sanadoras. Estos, además de curar (y dar algo de daño), también pueden tener habilidades que obstaculizan al enemigo en el momento del pvp21​.
Los accesorios y otras mercancías oficiales incluyen las playeras de Warcraft III (en cuatro versiones diferentes) y su expansión, una gorra de elástico de Warcraft III, la banda sonora Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos Soundtrack,4​ cuatro litografías de Warcraft III,4​ un DVD de Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos4​5​ y dos series de figuras de acción (que conforman los personajes de Arthas, Shandris, Tichondrius, Medivh, Grom Hellscream y un fusilero enano).
Existen un total de trece razas jugables16​ divididas en dos facciones, la Alianza y la Horda, siendo la decimotercera raza (Pandaren) compartida por ambos bandos. Pertenecen a la Alianza: humanos, gnomos, enanos, elfos de la noche, draenéi, huarguens y pandarens; y pertenecen a la Horda: orcos, no-muertos renegados, troles, taurens, elfos de sangre, goblins y pandarens. En la mayoría de las zonas, la Alianza y la Horda están en guerra una con la otra, aunque existen zonas neutrales como la ciudad flotante de Dalaran o la Ciudadela de Shattrath, estas zonas son conocidas como santuarios.
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