History Videogame / WorldOfWarcraft

17th May '18 2:36:30 AM Saveelich
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[[caption-width-right:350:[[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers A world of swords, sorcery, and spaceships.]]]]

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9th May '18 1:46:42 PM 1234SynchroRainbow
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Well-known for its depth of interaction, [=WoW=] has also spawned a collectible card game, a pen-and-paper RPG, comic books, and many other merchandising peripherals. The game was one of the largest MMO in the world by a huge margin, with a peak subscriber base of 11.5 million players and at one point holding nearly 60% of the total market share. [[note]]For reference, the largest US MMORPG before this was ''VideoGame/EverQuest'' at half a million during its height; the largest worldwide was ''Lineage'' at 2-3 million -- although Asian MMORPG numbers such as ''Lineage'' can be considered inflated, as they have a different pricing structure in Asian markets that revolve around cybercafes. Note that ''World of Warcraft'' is played in the same cybercafes on the same terms.[[/note]] A [[Film/WarCraft2016 feature film]] based on the Warcraft franchise has been rescued from DevelopmentHell, and was released in June 2016, directed by a certain Creator/DuncanJones. It is based on the first game in the series, ''Warcraft: Orcs and Humans'', and focuses on Durotan and Anduin Lothar.

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Well-known for its depth of interaction, [=WoW=] ''World of Warcraft'' has also spawned a collectible card game, a pen-and-paper RPG, comic books, and many other merchandising peripherals. The game was one of the largest MMO in the world by a huge margin, with a peak subscriber base of 11.5 million players and at one point holding nearly 60% of the total market share. [[note]]For reference, the largest US MMORPG before this was ''VideoGame/EverQuest'' at half a million during its height; the largest worldwide was ''Lineage'' at 2-3 million -- although Asian MMORPG numbers such as ''Lineage'' can be considered inflated, as they have a different pricing structure in Asian markets that revolve around cybercafes. Note that ''World of Warcraft'' is played in the same cybercafes on the same terms.[[/note]] A [[Film/WarCraft2016 feature film]] based on the Warcraft franchise has been rescued from DevelopmentHell, and was released in June 2016, directed by a certain Creator/DuncanJones. It is based on the first game in the series, ''Warcraft: Orcs and Humans'', and focuses on Durotan and Anduin Lothar.
5th Apr '18 4:07:28 AM Saveelich
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''World of Warcraft'' (2004) is easily the most popular subscription-based MassivelyMultiplayerOnlineRolePlayingGame ever made. It's based on Creator/BlizzardEntertainment's popular ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' RealTimeStrategy game series and was originally set four years after ''Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne'', with later expansions advancing the timeline.

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''World of Warcraft'' (2004) is easily the most popular subscription-based MassivelyMultiplayerOnlineRolePlayingGame ever made. It's based on Creator/BlizzardEntertainment's popular ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' RealTimeStrategy game series and was originally set four years after the conclusion of ''Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne'', with later expansions advancing the timeline.
5th Apr '18 4:06:52 AM Saveelich
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''World of Warcraft'' (2004) is easily the most popular subscription-based MassivelyMultiplayerOnlineRolePlayingGame in the world today. It's based on Creator/BlizzardEntertainment's popular ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' RealTimeStrategy game series and was originally set four years after ''Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne'', with later expansions advancing the timeline.

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''World of Warcraft'' (2004) is easily the most popular subscription-based MassivelyMultiplayerOnlineRolePlayingGame in the world today.ever made. It's based on Creator/BlizzardEntertainment's popular ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' RealTimeStrategy game series and was originally set four years after ''Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne'', with later expansions advancing the timeline.
3rd Apr '18 8:31:24 PM tentacles42
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''World of Warcraft'' is based in the world of Azeroth, on four main continents: Kalimdor, the Eastern Kingdoms, Northrend, and Pandaria; a group of islands known as The Broken Isles; as well as the former planet of Draenor, now known as Outland, whence the [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Orcs]] originate, [[TimeyWimeyBall the past of an alternate timeline version of Draenor proper]], and several pocket dimensions somehow connected to Azeroth. There are two factions: the Alliance and the Horde (though neither is automatically good or evil -- and in trope terms, ''both'' are TheAlliance), thirteen races, twelve classes, eleven primary professions, and four secondary professions.

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''World of Warcraft'' is based in the world of Azeroth, on four main continents: Kalimdor, the Eastern Kingdoms, Northrend, and Pandaria; a group of islands known as The Broken Isles; as well as the former planet of Draenor, now known as Outland, whence the [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Orcs]] originate, [[TimeyWimeyBall the past of an alternate timeline version of Draenor proper]], and several pocket dimensions somehow connected to Azeroth. There are two factions: the Alliance and the Horde (though neither is automatically good or evil -- and in trope terms, ''both'' are TheAlliance), thirteen seventeen races, twelve classes, eleven primary professions, and four secondary professions.
13th Feb '18 2:34:00 AM Cryoclaste
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See also the ''WarcraftExpandedUniverse'', which contains write-ups for works set in the ''Warcraft'' universe. This game has also spawned enough memes to warrant [[Memes/WorldOfWarcraft its own page.]]

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See also the ''WarcraftExpandedUniverse'', ''Franchise/WarcraftExpandedUniverse'', which contains write-ups for works set in the ''Warcraft'' universe. This game has also spawned enough memes to warrant [[Memes/WorldOfWarcraft its own page.]]
25th Nov '17 5:27:17 AM MicoolTNT
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* Priest -- A hybrid caster, Priests channel their faith into spellcasting [[FantasyKitchenSink (What religion they have faith in is dependent on the race)]]. The archetypal and most versatile of healers, they're the only ones to have two talent trees dedicated to healing (though the other, Discipline, focuses more on damage absorption / healing through offensive spells than direct healing.) Priests may also specialize as ranged DPS, [[MemeticMutation melting their enemies' faces]] with [[CastingAShadow shadow magic]] and [[PsychicPowers psychic]] assaults. They use Mana.

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* Priest -- A hybrid caster, Priests channel their faith into spellcasting [[FantasyKitchenSink (What religion they have faith in is dependent on the race)]]. The archetypal and most versatile of healers, they're the only ones to have two talent trees dedicated to healing (though the other, Discipline, focuses more on damage absorption / healing through offensive spells than direct healing.) Priests may also specialize as ranged DPS, [[MemeticMutation melting their enemies' faces]] with [[CastingAShadow shadow magic]] and [[PsychicPowers psychic]] assaults.[[MindRape assaults]]. They use Mana.
13th Nov '17 10:27:18 AM Crewx
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* Hunter -- A ranged DPS class that [[FluffyTamer tames beasts]] to use as pets in combat. The Hunter can specialize in [[TheBeastmaster improving his pet]] or his [[ArcherArchetype ranged]] [[TheGunslinger combat]] [[ImprobableAimingSkills skills]], and can give up his gun for the [[BladeOnAStick hunting spear]] and [[TrapMaster trap mastery]]. Notably, the only class that can use a ranged weapon and deal physical ranged damage, but can choose to be a [[TheBeastmaster beastmaster]] that fights in melee alongside his pet.

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* Hunter -- A melee OR ranged DPS class that [[FluffyTamer tames beasts]] to use as pets in combat. The Hunter can specialize in [[TheBeastmaster improving his pet]] or his [[ArcherArchetype ranged]] [[TheGunslinger combat]] [[ImprobableAimingSkills skills]], and can give up his gun for the [[BladeOnAStick hunting spear]] and [[TrapMaster trap mastery]]. Notably, the only class that can use a ranged weapon and deal physical ranged damage, but can choose to be a [[TheBeastmaster beastmaster]] that fights in melee alongside his pet.
4th Nov '17 9:17:51 AM Saveelich
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The sixth expansion, ''Legion'', was released in August 2016, raising the level cap to 110, and sending players to the Broken Isles in the Great Sea to do battle with the Burning Legion, which is attempting its third invasion of Azeroth. Features of this expansion include the new Demon Hunter hero class, a revamped honor system, class-based orders headed by players, and a specialization-based Artifact-quality weapon, which has its own plotline and scales along with the player over the course of the expansion.

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The sixth expansion, ''Legion'', was released in August 2016, raising the level cap to 110, and sending players to the Broken Isles in the Great Sea to do battle with the Burning Legion, which is attempting its third invasion of Azeroth. Features of this expansion include the new Demon Hunter hero class, a revamped honor system, class-based orders headed by players, and a specialization-based Artifact-quality artifact-quality weapon, which has its own plotline and scales along with the player over the course of the expansion.
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The seventh expansion, ''Battle for Azeroth'', scheduled for 2018, centers on a full-blown Alliance/Horde conflict, with both factions taking full control of the Eastern kingdoms and Kalimdor respectively (most notably, the Alliance aims at retaking the kingdom of Lordaeron, which was destroyed in ''Warcraft III'' and inhabited by the Forsaken since). It raises the level cap to 120, introduces the islands of Kul Tiras and Zandalar, and adds new race alternatives for each faction, which can only be unlocked through quests.
17th Oct '17 10:09:02 PM DragonJTS
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* Warlock -- A ranged DPS class that employs [[OurDemonsAreDifferent demons]] and attacks with [[CastingAShadow shadow]] and [[PlayingWithFire fire]] magic. Warlocks may specialize in summoning demonic minions to cause damage and bolster their party, withering their targets with [[{{Curse}} curses]] and periodic damage effects, or battering them with direct power. Warlocks have varying resources depending on their specialization, from [[OneWingedAngel turning into a demon]] with new spells, empowering your current ones with [[SoulJar soul shards]], or using [[IncendiaryExponent burning embers]] to hit the enemies with massive force. All three also use Mana[[note]]Destruction's behaves more like energy[[/note]], while their demons use Fel Energy. Regardless of specialisation, they can opt to sacrifice their demon for a damage boost. They provide a surprising number of helpful spells to their allies, such as a summoning portal to summon players from afar, Healthstones that act as healing potions, and [[SoulJar Soulstones]] which can bring an ally back from the dead in the middle of a fight.

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* Warlock -- A ranged DPS class that employs [[OurDemonsAreDifferent demons]] and attacks with [[CastingAShadow shadow]] and [[PlayingWithFire fire]] magic. Warlocks may specialize in summoning demonic minions to cause damage and bolster their party, withering their targets with [[{{Curse}} curses]] and periodic damage effects, or battering them with direct power. Warlocks have varying resources depending on their specialization, from [[OneWingedAngel turning into a demon]] with new spells, empowering your current ones with using [[SoulJar soul shards]], shards]] to cast more powerful curses or summon more demons, to using [[IncendiaryExponent burning embers]] to hit the enemies with massive force. All three also use Mana[[note]]Destruction's behaves more like energy[[/note]], while their demons use Fel Energy. Regardless of specialisation, they can opt to sacrifice their demon for a damage boost. They provide a surprising number of helpful spells to their allies, such as a summoning portal to summon players from afar, Healthstones that act as healing potions, and [[SoulJar Soulstones]] which can bring an ally back from the dead in the middle of a fight.
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