World of Warcraft: A Beginner’s Guide

If you have never heard of those three words before, you’ve probably been living under a very large rock for the past 20 years or so. An MMO RPG based in the fantasy world of Azeroth, World of Warcraft takes you on countless adventures to different planets, realms, and eras. As your character levels up, you can gain access to new zones, encounter deadly bosses in dungeons or raids, and continue to update your wardrobe with a variety of different transmogrification options. If you’re into a bit of roleplay and love working together with other players to kill, loot, and pillage, then this game is probably for you. It can be quite daunting coming into a game with such a rich history and passionate fan base (as I experienced myself). So if you’re new to World of Warcraft, fear not! I am here to guide you through the process.

Character

The first step is to create your character. You can choose from a variety of different races, depending on which faction you choose, and classes, all designed to suit different personalities and different gameplay styles. You can personalise your character’s hair, skin colour, and facial features, to create a unique avatar to represent yourself in-game.

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Faction

There are two factions to choose from in World of Warcraft: Alliance (the good guys) and Horde (the bad guys). I know, this sounds a little biased, but blame it on the game creators – they are the ones you made the Horde Warchief a straight-up murderer. Your faction determines which classes you can play, where your capital city is, and who you fight with when you attend raids or dungeons.

Class

This is probably one of the most important choices in the game, as it determines how you play, what abilities you have, and what role you will have in dungeons and raids. There are four main categories of class specialisations

  • Melee DPS (damage per second)
  • Ranged DPS
  • Tank
  • Healer

The DPS classes are purely designed to deal damage. Your job is to hit stuff as hard as you can and down bosses with your mad fighting skills. Ranged classes are further back from the fight, but still have some killer moves and some pretty aggressive abilities. Tanks are fairly self-explanatory: they take the hits so that no-one else gets hurt. And healers are the ones frantically running around trying to make sure the tank doesn’t die, and desperately wishing the DPS would stop standing in all the fire.

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Quests

The main way to level your character up is through questing. These are missions given to you by NPCs that generally reward gold and character experience. Once you reach the maximum level, you no longer receive experience, and the amount of gold you get is increased. These missions vary significantly, from killing wild beasts to sifting through poop in demon-infested valleys.

Dungeons and Raids

These are the main activities that dedicated WoW players regularly participate in. If you want to gain extra experience while levelling, get your hands on some sweet loot, or simply practices your skills with a group of people, dungeons are your best option. In World of Warcraft, dungeons require five people:

  • 1 Tank
  • 1 Healer
  • 3 DPS

They generally take around 30 minutes and are much harder than the general questing content.

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Raids are even harder again. They can include up to 30 people, generally with 2 tanks and around 4 healers. They can take anywhere up to 4 hours if the content is current, and are a lot more challenging than dungeons.

There’s a lot more to the game, but going over everything would require a book so big you wouldn’t even be able to pick it up. If you haven’t played the game before, you can try it out for free up until level 20, when you (sadly) have to start paying a monthly fee to continue. It can be a lot of fun though, and it is a surprisingly social game when people aren’t being jerks.

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If you don’t try it, you’ll never know if you like it.

 

With sunshine and rainbows,

Jess

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