Updated Crash Course to Playing World of Warcraft

Whether you're new to World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth or are returning for World of Warcraft Classic after a long hiatus, this crash course will help you survive.

There are dozens of forums, websites and Youtube videos dedicated to World of Warcraft. And yet, most of them don't answer some very simple questions. Oftentimes, you're forced to sift through tons of data not relevant to what you're looking for, having to listen to someone explain something horribly. And don't get me started on the craptacularly (that's my word), hideous music in the background. Here's where Ge'NeL comes to the rescue! We've created this WoW guide to answer recurring questions asked in the Women of Warcraft Facebook group and all across the internet world....of Warcraft.

WHERE TO START

First things first, you have to decide which type of realm is best for you: player versus player (pvp), player versus environment or role playing versus player.

  • PvP is exactly how it sounds. It's faction player against opposing faction player in addition to NPCs. Outside of major cities, the potential to be killed by another player is pretty high. Some people even find joy in terrorizing low level areas. While it may be annoying, it comes with the territory.

  • PvE realms are relegated to environmental gameplay. While pvp is still an option on pve realms, it requires being in a battleground or arena or turning pvp settings on.

  • RPvP is a bit different. It's role-playing! You interact with other players as if you are an NPC or you can create a background for your character. Almost anything goes, including ERP (erotic role-playing). If that's what you're into (not gonna knock it--you do you, boo-boo) then you can get started in Goldshire.

Which faction is better? Horde or Alliance?

Before someone attempts to fill your head with nonsense, let's get this out of the way first. One faction is not better than the other. They banded together for different reasons. That being said, different races have special abilities based on their race. You can click on the particular race then the "More Info" button below the races to see which abilities they have.

After you've decided which faction, race and class you want to play.

MAKING FRIENDS

Some people are content to play WoW alone. And that's okay. Some people enjoy solitude and want to play at their own pace. WoW, in itself, is a very social game where many objectives require playing with others. It really does help to have a friend or two to quest with. But making friends in Azeroth isn't always easy.

  • Join a guild. Joining a guild is the fastest way to meet new people. Talk in guild chat and gauge how people communicate with each other. Do not assume everyone's humor is the same as yours. Not everyone fancies dark humor. Needless to say, your first interaction with someone shouldn't be "Sup bitch" or anything of the like that shouldn't be the first thing you say to someone. Also, remember that a lot gets lost in translation via text communications. So be mindful of how you communicate with others and also how they communicate with you.

  • Create your own guild. By creating your own guild you can create the type of environment that you want to be a part of. Invite people you've interacted with who you feel would fit into the virtual home you've created.

  • Enter random dungeons and battlegrounds. Not only is doing dungeons and BGs a good way to learn to play your class better, but also a pretty decent way of meeting other players. And if you're good, it's likely people will give you kudos and want to play with you again.

  • Don't beg for gold. If there's one thing worse than gold sellers spamming trade chat, it's gold beggars. They are annoying. We know that newcomers need gold. But it's frustrating that people put a lot of time and effort into their characters to make gold, save up for repairs, etc. just for someone to come in and start off with "Hi. Can I have a few gold to guy a piece of gear from the Auction House?" No, bruh. I feel for you, but you have to make it the way most of us did. This guide will show you how to do that, too!

DUNGEON ETIQUETTE

Azeroth has enough bad apples to go around. There will always be abominable twats who think that hiding behind a computer screen gives them a free pass to treat others like total crap, waste people's time, pick on others because of their playstyle, etc. This guide is to help you to not be one of those guys or gals. Here are a few do's and don'ts to help make Azeroth a better world--of warcraft.

  • Don't be afraid to ask questions. If you're new or it's been a while, speak up. "Hey guys! This is my first time here. Anything I should know about this boss?" People generally appreciate when someone can ask for help.

  • Be open to constructive criticism. It's not easy being told or made to feel as if you suck. Some people seriously do not have tact when talking to others. That's still no reason for anyone to treat you or anyone else like crap. But do try to be open to advice from those who do try to help you by sharing a few pointers or tips.

  • Don't need on every item that drops. In addition to your race-based special abilities, the character creation page also tells you which type of armor your class wears. For example: You're a druid in a dungeon with five other blokes. A piece of cloth drops. The priest wears cloth. You need on the item because you might be able to wear it. Don't do that! Druid's primary armor is leather. Priest's primary armor is cloth. Be courteous and ask if they need it before hitting need. Another example: You're a big, strong warrior in a dungeon. An intellect trinket drops. You hit need. WRONG! Warrior's primary stat is strength. Warriors do not need intellect for anything whatsoever.

  • Do try to have patience for other players. Healers need mana. Tanks sometimes like to wait on their cooldowns or certain abilities before pulling. Someone's kid may decide to play Whack-A-Mole with mommy or daddy's keyboard. Someone's cat may decide that their keyboard is now their bed. Stuff happens. Life happens. Be patient. It will be okay. I promise.

HOW TO MAKE WoW GOLD

Being new to WoW or making a new toon on a new server and not having enough money to repair your gear, buy gear or buy supplies really sucks. Wowhead has an excellent Gold Making Guide. There are so many ways to make gold. Here are a few ways to ensure you stack your paper (gold) quickly.

  • Loot everything. Yes, loot everything, even the grey items. Vendor them. The copper and silver add up.

  • Sell green (common) armor on the AH. It doesn't matter how low the item level of the gear is, it will likely sell on the auction house. Dirtydianna and Thickyvicky have found some amazing, low level green items for transmogs.

  • Choose a gathering profession. Leather, ore and herbs always sell on the auction house. Always.

  • Collect cloth. Cloth is yet another big seller on the auction house. Especially low-level cloth. In Retail WoW, Netherweave cloth continues to be the biggest seller on the AH, probably because Netherweave bags are easy to make and they sell very well, especially to low level players looking for more than the 4, 6 and 8 slot bags that they get while questing.

WARNING: purchasing gold from third-party sites is against Blizzard’s Terms of Service and, when they do shutdown the company selling gold, if your account is among their list of clients, your account will be permanently banned. Do not fall prey to the little level 1 characters offering to sell you World of Warcraft gold for cheap.

NOTE: As it stands, you cannot sell a WoW token on the Classic Auction House.

WORLD OF WARCRAFT ADDONS: THE BASICS

Addons are not for everyone. Some people prefer to play with just the game UI and that is perfectly okay. But some of us use addons to enhance game play and in-game experiences. Here are a few basic addons, if you are interested, that may help you navigate your way through Azeroth.

First, download the Twitch Desktop App. It's all encompassing since they partnered with Curse to include addons. On the Twitch app, click Mods to take you where you want to go. Then select World of Warcraft to take you to addons for WoW. Clicking on the name of an addon will give you detailed information about what that addon does.

  • HandyNotes for questing is amazing!

  • BigWigs or Deadly Boss Mods for when you decide to venture into dungeons and raids.

  • Decursive is particularly helpful in dungeons, raids and battlegrounds. It's a mouseover addon that allows you to quickly removes harmful magic, poisons and diseases from your party or raid members if your class has the ability to remove them.

  • Details! Damage Meter, Recount or Skada damage meters. These are very handy to help keep track of damage, healing, absorbs, deaths and other actions. Details not only displays the damage and healing stats from your party or raid, but also functions as a way to help you improve your game play. For example, as a healer, both you and another player have the same specialization, similar gear and item level, but he/she is putting out more HPS than you. A number of things could factor into why your heals are lower. With Details, you can mouseover that person's name and it will show you what their top heals are. The same with damage.

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Revisiting the History of World of Warcraft For Beginners

FROM TITANS AND OLD GODS, TO ORCS AND HUMANS, TO THE SCOURGE'S REIGN OF CHAOS AND ONWARD TO THE LEGION, NO OTHER HAS A HISTORY AS RICH AND EXCITING AS THAT OF THE WORLD OF WARCRAFT UNIVERSE.

With the World of Warcraft Classic release, many new adventurers to Azeroth are becoming interested in WoW lore. While it’s true you don't have to know the Warcraft history in order to appreciate the magnitude of World of Warcraft, learning about the history and lore can really add to the experience and immersion into the Warcraft universe. Azeroth's history is exciting and fun and full of mystery. Azeroth's history can be found everywhere. In addition to the Warcraft games, novels and shorts, "World of Warcraft" itself offers so many nuggets of lore within the storylines as well as books found throughout the game. From the book "Mythology of the Titans", found in Scarlet Monastery, to taking the fight to the Legion on Argus in the World of Warcraft Legion expansion, here's part 1 of the breakdown of the expansive history of the Warcraft universe.

IN THE BEGINNING, THERE WERE TITANS AND SHADOW...

Well, the Titans didn't exactly create the universe. We still don't know how the universe came to be. But the Titans, led by a council called the Pantheon, regulated the universe, the worlds and the beings that inhabited them. But from the Twisting Nether came dark magic--shadow magic and beings who sought to either destroy or control everything, the Eredar warlocks, enslaving countless worlds. The in-game book "Sargeras and the Betrayal" explains the rise and fall of the titans' greatest warrior, Sargeras. Sargeras was appointed to defend and protect the worlds from the spreading evil. And though Sargeras defeated the Eredar, he fell into depression, making him susceptible to corruption by his next foe, the Natherim or dreadlords. Sargeras, unable to shake the corruption and the depression joined the Natherim's Burning Legion. Sargeras acted as a sort of double agent, undermining all of the progress that the titans made as they went from world to world shaping and organizing.

Disclaimer: "Sargeras and the Betrayal" is the original tale of Sargeras' downfall. His lore was rewritten for Legion.

World of Warcraft  fan art of the 5 original dragon aspects. By artist Keisinger037

World of Warcraft fan art of the 5 original dragon aspects. By artist Keisinger037

BEHOLD! A NEW WORLD CALLED EARTH AZEROTH!

The titans made their way to a new world and called it Azeroth. But there, they discovered the inhabitants worshipped powerful, elemental beings referred to as The Old Gods. And so, the Pantheon waged war on The Old Gods. The Old Gods' armies were led by Therazane of earth, Al'akir of wind, Ragnaros of fire and Neptulon of water. Though the elemental lieutenants were powerful, they were not powerful enough to defeat the Pantheon's armies and were imprisoned far beneath the earth. After they felt their work was done with the ordering of Azeroth, they charged the dragon aspects, Alexstraza, Ysera, Nozdormu, Malygos and Neltharion to watch over their prized accomplishment, Kalimdor.

On this new world was a mysterious lake of great power, the Well of Eternity. The quel'dorei or Night Elves believed that the moon goddess, Elune, slumbered in The Well during sunlight. So the priests studied the well. Their quest of knowledge allowed them to create civilizations across the whole of Kalimdor. Queen Azshara built a civilization on the coast. She and her loyal subjects were also fascinated with the magical properties of The Well and began experimentation. They discovered their powers grew and soon could create or destroy life as they saw fit. It wasn't long before Sargeras felt the power of the Well and the practicing highborne from worlds away. Malfurion Stormrage, a powerful student of druidism suspected there was something corrupting Queen Azshara and her highborne elves. And so Sargeras convinced Queen Azshara to create open a portal at the Well of Eternity, prompting the first invasion of The Burning Legion. With the help of the dragon aspects, the Burning Legion was defeated, but not before Neltharion went mad and turned on his fellow aspects, renaming himself Deathwing. The Well of Eternity was destroyed and the highborne were exiled.

 

 THE HOMELESS HIGH ELVES FIND A NEW HOME.

After surviving the War of the Ancients and being exiled, the highborne, led by Dath'Remar sailed the turbulent waters of The Great Sea. Finally, they landed on the beaches of northern Lordaeron. They trekked inland, settling in Tirisfal Glades. However, there was something quite evil beneath the earth and many of the highborne went mad. They continued northward, encountered new creatures and beings and tribes of primitive humans--the Zul'Aman trolls--and finally they found a place that they could call home. They founded Quel'thalas and made Silvermoon City their capitol. They defeated the invading trolls and lived in peace for over 4,000. And then, having regrouped in the shadows, the trolls attacked, nearly destroying Quel'thalas.

The humans warred with each other constantly until one tribe, the Arathi tribe led by Thoradin, sought to unite the tribes. After defeating rival tribes, the Arathi would offer peace to those he conquered, gaining their respect and loyalty. With all human tribes united for the first time, they built Strom, becoming the first human empire led by King Thoradin. Envoys from Quel'thalas ventured to Strom to plead for help. The elves decided to some of the secrets of their magic with 100 select humans. Together, the elves and humans laid waste to the troll armies. Quel'thalas pledged their friendship and loyalty to Arathor and its bloodline.

The Well of Eternity

The Well of Eternity

AND THE HUMANS FUMBLED THE BALL.

The select 100 who learned the ways of the elves passed their knowledge down to a newer, naive generation. The humans began to spread out and built a second city called Dalaran just to the north of Strom. The new magi, feeling constricted, moved to Dalaran hoping to practice magic freely. They built up Dalaran, but their frivolity lured the Burning Legion back to Azeroth. Luckily, they did not come in armies, but launched small scale attacks. Still, they proved too powerful for the novice mages. The Dalaran mages sought help from the Quel'thalas.

The elves told them of the history of the Burning Legion and the dangers of practicing magic. The elves and human magi of Dalaran made a pact: they would entrust the magic of all with one responsible mage. The elves stressed the importance of keeping magic and the Burning Legion a secret, as to not spread fear, pandemonium and more recklessness. Thus, they created a secret council, The Guardians of Tirisfal. As more humans practiced magic throughout the lands, the Guardians' job was to monitor and assess to which degree of power was used. The Guardians of Tirisfal became known as the Kirin Tor or Mage Senate.

In addition to the many books, short stories, and comics about World of Warcraft lore, you can find lots of juicy little tidbits of history in various books, scrolls, letters, NPC interaction in-game.

Say Goodbye to Loot Boxes in Heroes of the Storm

Until The week of March 26, Gems were the only in-game currency that players could purchase with real currency in Heroes of the Storm. That option has been removed.

In recent years, Loot Boxes have become a fixture in the most popular games (Heroes of the Storm, Overwatch, League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Objective, Apex Legends, etc.). But Blizzard Entertainment has decided to make changes to how players can purchase loot chests in HotS.

Since the controversy with the loot boxes of Star Wars: Battlefront II, developers have been eyeing options to remove loot boxes or improve their loot box system so as not to be seen as creating “pay to win” games. The March 18, 2019 patch does not go into detail about why Blizzard is making changes to loot boxes. They only make it clear that players will no longer be able to use real currency to purchase loot boxes.

Starting the week of March 26, all Loot chests earned through progression (except Hero-specific Chests), Heroes Brawl, or by spending Gold will be Caldeum Complex Loot Chests. These loot chests guarantee at least one item from the Caldeum Complex or previous years’ Lunar New Year Spring events. Carve out your place among the infamous gangs and score yourself some sweet loot before the streets calm on April 30!

HotS players will still be able to use real currency to buy Gems, Heroes, Bundles, Stimpacks, and Featured Items. But because the randomized loot boxes are seen as a form of gambling, Gems cannot be used to purchase them.

The changes could be influenced by recent concerns about paid loot boxes being a form of gambling and politicians both in the U.S. and the EU have proposed legislation to remove loot boxes from games. And to comply with the Belgian Gaming Commission, Blizzard removed paid loot boxes from both Overwatch and HotS in 2018 from their games in Belgium.

Has World of Warcraft Lost Its "Wow" Factor?

Has World of Warcraft Lost Its "Wow" Factor?

After playing World of Warcraft for 14 years, Battle for Azeroth is the first expansion where I took a break from the game for more than two weeks. Did “Battle for Azeroth” kill World of Warcraft?

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Another Long-time Blizzard Employee Exits Activision Blizzard

Another Long-time Blizzard Employee Exits Activision Blizzard

World of Warcraft’s in-game cinematic director, Terran Gregory writes a heart-wrenching good-bye to a very dear friend and close work colleague, being careful not to reveal the person’s name.

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Bungie's Destiny 2 is Free Until November 18

What’s better than free games? I can’t think of anything.

To commemorate the one-year anniversary of the release of Destiny 2, Bungie and Activision Blizzard are allowing the free download of the complete Destiny 2 game. Players who already own the game will receive an in-game gift reward that will be available in December.

PC users will need to download the Blizzard launcher if they do not already have it. You an redeem your anniversary gift in the on the Battle.Net gift page.

For more information visit www.DestinyTheGame.com.

Blizzard's Tom Chilton is Working on Something HUGE!

Blizzard's Tom Chilton is Working on Something HUGE!

Tom Chilton headed Blizzard’s World of Warcraft for 13 years. For two years, he’s been leading a super secret project that is drastically different from anything Blizzard has ever done.

Speaking with GamesBeat, J. Allen Brack, Blizzard Entertainment’s new president, told Dean Takahashi that Chilton is working on a passion project. From the sounds of it, this project has been in the works for a very long time. “He and I started up a new project that was not something like Blizzard has ever done before.”

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Finally! New Info About Blizzard's Classic WoW Development

"Wanna know how you can tell someone played during Vanilla? Don't worry, they'll tell you." Yes, we will tell you! 

After careful consideration, we have decided on Patch 1.12: Drums of War as our foundation because it represents the most complete version of the classic experience.
— Blizzard Developers

Blizzard developers have finally given us a little bit of info on what to expect with WoW: Classic. Classic will be centered on Drums of War, Patch 1.12.0 for a complete a "vanilla" experience. Drums of War was originally patched in August 2006 and was the last major patch before the release of The Burning Crusade expansion.

Drums of War was basically a PvP patch. It introduced Cross-Realm battlegrounds or Battlegroups. This was Blizzard's answer to players having to wait literal hours to get into a battleground because battlegrounds, once upon a time, were relegated to players from the same realm. Although the wait was shortened due to having new players to play with, this was a sad day for me because cross-realms effectively ruined inter-realm, PvP guild rivalries (wanna know how you can tell someone played during vanilla...I told you we'd tell you). Patch 1.12 also introduced World PvP, turning Silithus and Eastern Plaguelands into PvP zones where players would battle to control the land for their respective faction. For those of us who were born and raised on PvE realms, this was pretty exciting and gave us a bit of a taste of PvP-realm life.

Blizzard developers settled on Drums because it was the last patch before Vanilla became TBC. In my personal opinion, Blizzard should use June 2006's Patch 1.11.0: Shadow of the Necropolis as its base. Shadow of the Necropolis was the last time Classic felt like the classic WoW that so many Vanilla players reminisce about. Patch 1.11.0 introduced the last 40-man instance raid, Naxxaramas, the floating necropolis above Eastern Plagueland's Stratholme.

But the developers do have their hands full with this project. They're on a journey to "recreate an authentic classic experience with modern engineering" to deliver to players a beautiful classic experience

Our initial runs exposed a few (expected) issues: the game sometimes crashed, didn’t recognize our modern video cards, and was incompatible with our current login system. That first pass also couldn’t support any of our modern security and anti-cheating capabilities.
— Blizzard Developers

We're confident Blizzard devs will give us fans another glorious WoW experience. But for now, this is all we know. Do you think Patch 1.12.0 is the best starting point to deliver a Classic WoW experience? Will you be playing when it's finally released? Let us know in the comments or on Facebook.

 

Blizzard's Badass Bonuses for Overwatch's Anniversary

Celebrate the 2nd anniversary of Overwatch starting May 22.

May 24, 2016, Blizzard turned up the jams (yes, we know Lucio came a little later) with the release of Overwatch featuring 12 heroes (and villains). In case you've been in a coma for the last few years, Overwatch is Blizzard Entertainment's team-based, multiplayer, first-person shooter. Players are placed on two teams of six where each player one of the following roles: Tank, Defense, Offense, and Support. Since its release, Overwatch has added 15 more playable heroes, bringing the total to 27 playable heroes. And I don't think they're done!

Since then, Overwatch has grown to include web comics and video shorts. Blizzard always goes all out for their anniversary events and Overwatch's 2nd anniversary will be no different. Here's what you can look forward to come May 22.

  • A brand spanking new free-for-all deathmatch called Petra.

  • Free-for-all COMPETITIVE deathmatch season starting on Petra and Chateau maps

  • Special 2nd Anniversary Lootbox: in addition to 2nd anniversary event loot, players will also have a chance to get loot from ANY past, seasonal event!

  • Unlock past unlockables, including re-releasing Overwatch Legendary Edition which includes sets of Legendary, Epic and Origin skins for a total of 15 skins.

  • Return of select fan-favorite brawls from past events

  • 8 Legendary skins

Oh! Did I forget to mention that Overwatch is free to play on the weekend of May 25-28? So you have a friend who STILL hasn't played Overwatch? Or are you someone who wants to test the game out before purchasing? Head on over to Play Overwatch on May 25-28. 

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#BlizzCon2018 Has a Date: November 2-3

Source: Blizzard Entertainment

Source: Blizzard Entertainment

Our bodies have been ready since BlizzCon 2017!

Blizzard Entertainment finally released a date for BlizzCon 2018, beginning Friday/Saturday November 2-3 2018 at Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA.

BlizzCon Ticket Sale #1: Wednesday, May 9 at 7:00 p.m. PDT

BlizzCon Ticket Sale #2: Saturday, May 12 at 10:00 a.m. PDT

BlizzCon Benefit Dinner Ticket Sale: Wednesday, May 16 at 7:00 p.m. PDT

Tickets will cost $199 per person (plus applicable taxes and fees) through the ticketing service Universe. The tickets are for the main events at Anaheim Convention Center on both days. And, as usual, attendees will receive the coveted loot cache full of Blizzard goodies.

Virtual tickets to BlizzCon are to be determined. For more information details, head to the BlizzCon2018 page.

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