Blizzard routinely applies older expansions to all accounts as new expansions are released. On June 28, 2011, The Burning Crusade expansion was automatically applied to all previous Warcraft accounts at no cost. On September 19, 2012, the same thing was done with the Wrath of the Lich King expansion,[67] and on October 15, 2013 the Cataclysm expansion was also applied.[68] On October 15, 2014, Mists of Pandaria was applied to all accounts following the release of Warlords.[69] On May 17, 2016, Warlords of Draenor was applied to all accounts to coincide with the release of the Warcraft movie that gives a 30-day trial of the game.[70] All The Burning Crusade, Wrath of the Lich King, Cataclysm, Mists of Pandaria and Warlords of Draenor content is now effectively part of the original game, with all new World of Warcraft accounts automatically including these expansions upon creation.[67] As of the pre-patch release of Battle for Azeroth in July 2018, all expansions up to Legion are included in the base game.[71]
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]
World of Warcraft won several awards from critics upon release, including Editor's Choice awards.[10][20] In addition, it won several annual awards from the media, being described as the best game in the role-playing and MMORPG genres.[87] The graphics and audio were also praised in the annual awards, with the cartoonish style[88] and overall sound makeup being noted.[89] The game was also awarded Best Mac OS X Entertainment Product at the 2005 Apple Design Awards.[90] Computer Games Magazine named World of Warcraft the best computer game of 2004, and the magazine's Steve Bauman described his "feeling that Blizzard has analyzed every element of every existing game, pulled out the best ones, and then lovingly lavished an absurd amount of attention to their implementation." It also won the magazine's "Best Art Direction", "Best Original Music" and "Best Interface" awards.[91]
The fifth expansion, Warlords of Draenor, was announced at BlizzCon 2013 on November 8, 2013,[72][73] and entered beta on June 27, 2014.[74] Warlords of Draenor was released on November 13, 2014.[75] On August 6, 2015, Blizzard announced the sixth expansion, Legion, at Gamescom 2015.[76] In November 2015, the Legion's alpha testing started and in April 2016 the beta test started; the Legion expansion was released on August 30, 2016. The seventh expansion, Battle for Azeroth, was released worldwide on August 13 and 14 (depending on location) 2018.[77]
In September 2006, reports emerged of spoof World of Warcraft game advice websites that contained malware. Vulnerable computers would be infected through their web browsers, downloading a program that would then relay back account information. Blizzard's account support teams experienced high demand during this episode, stating that many users had been affected. Claims were also made that telephone support was closed for isolated periods due to the volume of calls and resulting queues.[115] In April 2007, attacks evolved to take advantage of further exploits involving animated cursors, with multiple websites being used.[116][117] Security researcher group Symantec released a report stating that a compromised World of Warcraft account was worth US$10 on the black market, compared to US$6 to US$12 for a compromised computer (correct as of March 2007).[118] In February 2008, phishing emails were distributed requesting that users validate their account information using a fake version of the World of Warcraft account management pages.[119] In June 2008, Blizzard announced the Blizzard Authenticator, available as a hardware security token or mobile application[120] that provides two-factor security. The token generates a one-time password based code that the player supplies when logging on. The password, used in addition to the user's own password, is only valid for a couple of minutes, thus providing extra security against keylogging malware.[121]

Especialista en ataque con armas a distancia, además de acompañarle una mascota que ayuda en combate. Disponible para Elfos de la Noche, Humanos, Tauren, Orcos, Elfos de Sangre, Enanos, Draenei, Trol, Renegados, Goblin, Huargen y Pandaren. Poseen tres especializaciones en la rama de talentos: Puntería (daño con armas a distancia), Bestias (más daño con mascotas), o Supervivencia(énfasis en trampas y defensa a corta distancia). Aunque en un inicio eran capaces de llevar todo tipo de armas excepto varitas y mazas, desde el lanzamiento de Mists Of Pantaria (cuarta expansión del juego) pueden usar tan solo ballestas, arcos y armas de fuego. Utilizan armaduras de malla a partir del nivel 40. Generalmente, determinándose por sus propios talentos, hay tres tipos de mascotas:
08 nov Demo de WoW: Classic con la Entrada Virtual Este año, los poseedores de la entrada virtual de la BlizzCon 2018 podrán probar, en exclusiva junto con los asistentes a la BlizzCon, una demo de World of Warcraft: Classic. La descarga estará disponible tras la ceremonia inaugural de la BlizzCon 2018 el 2 de noviembre a las 22:00h y finalizará el 12 de noviembre a las 19:00h. Probad en casa la demo de WoW: Classic de la BlizzCon con la Entrada Virtual https://worldofwarcraft.com/es-es/news/22551243 Características de la demo de WoW: Classic en la BlizzCon: El tiempo de juego de la demo será limitado (tiempo sin determinar aún) Nivel inicial de los personajes: 15 Nivel máximo: 19 Zonas disponibles: Páramos de Poniente y los Baldíos (sin mazmorras) Jcj: duelos Incluirá todos los sistemas de programación modernos (sistema de informes, opciones de accesibilidad y compatibilidad con sistemas de visualización modernos) No contará con cliente de juego en 32 bits. La demo estará integrada en la aplicación de escritorio de Blizzard.Proenix33 08 nov
08 nov Demo de WoW: Classic con la Entrada Virtual Este año, los poseedores de la entrada virtual de la BlizzCon 2018 podrán probar, en exclusiva junto con los asistentes a la BlizzCon, una demo de World of Warcraft: Classic. La descarga estará disponible tras la ceremonia inaugural de la BlizzCon 2018 el 2 de noviembre a las 22:00h y finalizará el 12 de noviembre a las 19:00h. Probad en casa la demo de WoW: Classic de la BlizzCon con la Entrada Virtual https://worldofwarcraft.com/es-es/news/22551243 Características de la demo de WoW: Classic en la BlizzCon: El tiempo de juego de la demo será limitado (tiempo sin determinar aún) Nivel inicial de los personajes: 15 Nivel máximo: 19 Zonas disponibles: Páramos de Poniente y los Baldíos (sin mazmorras) Jcj: duelos Incluirá todos los sistemas de programación modernos (sistema de informes, opciones de accesibilidad y compatibilidad con sistemas de visualización modernos) No contará con cliente de juego en 32 bits. La demo estará integrada en la aplicación de escritorio de Blizzard.Proenix33 08 nov
Years ago, in the ruined temple of Atal'Hakkar, loyal priests of the Blood God Hakkar the Soulflayer attempted to summon the wrathful deity's avatar into the world. But his followers, the Atal'ai priesthood, discovered that the Soulflayer could only be summoned within the Gurubashi tribe's ancient capital, Zul'Gurub. Newly reborn in this jungle fortress, Hakkar took control of the Gurubashi tribe and mortal champions of the trolls' mighty animal gods. The Soulflayer's dark influence was halted when the Zandalari tribe recruited heroes and invaded Zul'Gurub.
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]
Como en otros, los jugadores controlan un avatar dentro de un mundo en una vista de tercera persona (con la opción de jugar en primera persona) explorando el entorno, combatiendo contra varios monstruos y jugadores, completando misiones e interactuando con personajes no jugables (PNJ) u otros jugadores. El completar misiones ayudará a los jugadores a poder subir de nivel y de esta forma, podrán conseguir equipamiento que les ayudará más adelante a combatir a las distintas criaturas que vayan apareciendo en su camino.
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