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Blizzard has posted an introduction to WoW Classic for new players. Highlights include picking a realm, differences between realm types, available races, classes, and more. Don't forget to check out our class and leveling guides if you're new to the game!
Battle for Azeroth and WoW Classic require a single active subscription. The latest content update in Phase 3 includes Blackwing Lair and Darkmoon Faire. Paid character transfers are also available and we recently learned that WoW Token is coming to Classic in China.
Before you looms a gateway to an untold land, minded by towering watchers who regard you from their pedestals with malevolence. Drawn by the call of the unknown, you steel yourself and pass through the portal, ready to explore this boundless world of magic and monsters.
World of Warcraft Classic returns you to a lost era of war and exploration, where you can enjoy a dynamic, immersive world filled with kindred adventurers all seeking to overcome the challenges that face them and make names for themselves as champions of Azeroth.
Ready to play? Here are some tips to get you started.
YOUR REALM AND YOU
Finding the right realm to suit your playstyle is the first step in beginning your Classic journey. While logging in and being faced with a slew of nigh-incomprehensible names might be daunting at first, understanding acronyms is key to settling on the realm you’ll call home.
Normal: This style of realm is best for those looking to enjoy a relaxed, casual experience without the threat of enemy players attacking them. If you want to enjoy open-world PvP, you must manually flag yourself to do so. Player vs. Player (PvP): On PvP realms, players in contested territories (about 2/3 of the world) will automatically be flagged for player versus player combat, enabling members of the enemy faction to attack them at will. Roleplaying (RP): Those who wish to be more immersed in the world of Azeroth can join a roleplaying realm. Aside from the roleplaying aspect, these function similarly to Normal realms. Roleplaying Player vs. Player (RP-PvP): These realms combine RP and PvP playstyles. PLEDGE YOUR ALLEGIANCE
Once you’ve selected your realm, it’s time to make the defining decision: will you join the ranks of the indomitable Horde? Or will you stand beside the steadfast Alliance? Your choice dictates which races (and, in certain cases, classes) are available to you, so choose wisely!
Driven by a sense of justice and a desire to illuminate the darkest corners of the world, the Alliance seek to bring order to Azeroth’s war-torn lands and emphasize honor and tradition above all else. The races that comprise the noble Alliance are:
Humans: The resilient Humans, though one of Azeroth’s younger races, have endured despite the many challenges that have beset them in the past. As the world around them changes, Humans adapt, persistent in their resolve. Dwarves: Bold and adventurous, the Dwarves of Ironforge are a hardy people who relish battle and exploration. Recently, records surfaced of a god-like race said to have given the Dwarves life, fueling their desire for exploration and archaeology as they seek to unearth the mysteries of their progenitors. Night Elves: An ancient and mystical race, the once-immortal Night Elves have had a hand in shaping centuries of Azeroth’s history. They are bound inextricably to the natural forces around them and live a self-sufficient, reclusive lifestyle. Gnomes: Clever and eccentric, Gnomes are a race of tiny tinkerers, trailblazers, and technological geniuses, renowned for their intellect and radical ideas. Despite the destruction of their home city, they remain cheerful and ever-devoted to their work. THE HORDE
A coalition of outcasts who have forged a union in the flames of survival, the Horde values action and strength, committed to enduring in an unforgiving land that would see it extinguished. The proud peoples of the Horde are:
Orcs: The once-peaceful Orcs came to Azeroth from the planet Draenor after falling victim to the corruption of the demonic Burning Legion. Now, the Orcs fight to survive in a world that hates them, prizing blood and honor above all things. Undead: Trapped in the limbo between life and death, the sinister Undead were reanimated by the cruel Lich King to serve as mindless pawns in his war against the living. Having broken free from his thrall, they now battle to retain their newfound independence and slay those that seek to purge them from Azeroth. Tauren: The spiritual and peaceful Tauren cultivate a kinship with the natural world around them in the name of their goddess, the Earth Mother. They live honorable lives and value peace over the warmongering ways of their allies. Trolls: The Darkspear tribe of Trolls, ousted from their tropical homelands, pledged their arms and shadowy magics to the Horde after having been saved by the orcs in a time of need. Now, these fierce people seek to reclaim the former glory of their tribe. STAY CLASSY
After deciding where your loyalties lie, the final step before you set foot on Azerothian soil is choosing a class. Do you enjoy charging into the fray, blade brandished? Are you the type to skulk amongst the shadows, dispatching enemies with cruel efficiency? Or do your interests lie in aiding allies from afar with benevolent magics? Whichever you prefer, there’s a class for you.
All classes are able to deal damage and adventure alone, but some can also fill the role of “tank” or “healer.” Playing a “tank” involves shielding your allies and drawing the ire of monsters toward yourself, while playing a healer involves keeping your friends alive with restorative spells. Groups of players are most effective when they have characters able to fill all three roles. Whatever you would like to do, you can customize your character’s skills according to your desires allowing you to focus more on a particular role or playstyle if you so choose. Some weapons and armor are restricted to certain character classes, and different classes derive different benefits from equipment found in the world.
Warrior: Combining a mastery of weapons and prowess in battle, Warriors storm fearlessly into the front lines of any fight. Races: All Armor: All Role: DPS, Tank Specializations: Arms, Fury, Protection Hunter: Drawn by the call of the wild, Hunters are survival experts whose skills are aided by their finesse with ranged weapons and kinship with fierce beasts. Races: Night Elf, Dwarf, Orc, Tauren, Troll Armor: Cloth, Leather, Mail Roles: DPS Specializations: Survival, Marksmanship, Beast Mastery Rogue: Fans of knives and poisons, Rogues stalk their foes from the silent dark, always ready to slit throats and pick the pockets of the unwary. Races: Dwarf, Gnome, Human, Night Elf, Orc, Undead, Troll Armor: Cloth, Leather Role: DPS Specializations: Combat, Assassination, Subtlety Warlock: Utilizing forbidden sorcery to wreak havoc on their enemies, Warlocks commune with dark powers that enable them to summon demons, curse foes, and channel destructive magics. Races: Gnome, Human, Orc, Undead Armor: Cloth Role: DPS Specializations: Affliction, Destruction, Demonology Mage: Mages are spellcasting savants, flinging fire, frost, and arcane sorcery at their foes from afar. Races: Human, Gnome, Undead, Troll Armor: Cloth Role: DPS Specializations: Arcane, Fire, Frost Priest: Walking the line between Shadow and Light, Priests heal allies with powerful holy magic and sling sinister spells in tandem. Races: Human, Dwarf, Night Elf, Undead, Troll Armor: Cloth Roles: DPS, Healer Specializations: Holy, Penance, Shadow Druid: Druids call upon the versatility of nature to empower themselves, assuming the forms of primal beasts, summoning celestial energy, and channeling the restorative properties of the wilds to aid their allies. Races: Night Elf, Tauren Armor: Cloth, Leather Roles: DPS, Tank, Healer Specializations: Feral, Restoration, Balance Shaman: Limited to the Horde, Shamans commune with the chaotic elements, harnessing primal fury to enhance weapons, empower totems, and augment their own abilities. Races: Orc, Troll, Tauren Armor: Cloth, Leather, Mail Roles: DPS, Healer Specializations: Enhancement, Elemental, Restoration Paladin: Limited to the Alliance, Paladins are bastions of divine light, meting out justice with magic and might. Races: Human, Dwarf Armor: All Roles: DPS, Tank, Healer Specializations: Holy, Protection, Retribution INTO THE UNKNOWN
Now that you’ve decided on your server, faction, race, and class, it’s time to give your character a stylish look, whip up a name, and hit that “Enter World” button. Though your journey has just begun, you’ll soon be ready to take on all Azeroth has to offer. Explore the world, delve into dungeons, party up with other players, and enjoy your adventures! Once you’ve dinged 60, ready yourself to descend into the depths of Blackrock Mountain and face the fearsome Nefarian in Blackwing Lair, now live on Classic servers!
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It seems that the WoW Token is coming to WoW Classic in China soon, allowing players to exchange gold for 30 days of game time. We are not sure if other regions will follow at this time.
It's worth noting that the Chinese region is completely different from the rest of the world when it comes to Blizzard games. A great example is Diablo 3 which already has a lot of microtransactions. The same goes for World of Warcraft and the 300% XP potion sold specifically in that region.
The original post in Chinese can be found here. Below is a rough translation by Google Translate.
Dear friends, the goblins of the Hot Sands Group will bring a good deal, and the World of Warcraft® Token is coming to the World of Warcraft® classic nostalgia! You can buy World of Warcraft Tokens at the auction house to redeem 30 days of game time, or sell World of Warcraft Tokens in exchange for game gold.
WHAT IS THE WORLD OF WARCRAFT TOKEN?
The "World of Warcraft" token allows players with many game gold coins to exchange gold for game time, while players who want to buy game gold coins can exchange gold coins from other players through this simple and secure system.
Players can use the Blizzard game points to buy the World of Warcraft Token in the in-game mall, and then consign it at the auction house to trade at the current market price and exchange for gold coins. After the player purchases the World of Warcraft token with the game gold coin at the auction house, it will become a soul binding, and the player can use it to redeem 30 days of game time.
The process of buying tokens is also simple: you only need to go to the auction house to buy the World of Warcraft tokens sold with your game gold coins. After the time light badge was sent to your in-game mailbox, right-click it to add it to your backpack, then right-click the token in the backpack. This way you can choose to add 30 days of game time to your Blizzard Battle.net account.
For more information, check out our World of Warcraft Token support page .
Q: Why was the World of Warcraft Token feature introduced into the World of Warcraft classic nostalgia?
A: We heard feedback from players saying that they want to buy game coins in a safe and legitimate manner, rather than through an unauthorized third-party gold exchange service-this is also one of the main reasons for problems with player accounts. We also learned that players who have obtained a lot of gold coins through the normal game flow also want to trade with other players in order to exchange game time and reduce their own recharge time. The "World of Warcraft" token feature allows both players to trade in a safe and straightforward manner. This also opens up a new payment option for World of Warcraft players, hoping that it will reduce problems with account numbers and improve the overall gaming experience.
Q: I need gold coins! How do I buy a World of Warcraft Token with Blizzard Game Credits and exchange it for game gold?
A: You can use the Blizzard game points to purchase the World of Warcraft Token in the in-game store. To enter the in-game store, enter the main menu (Esc) or click the function button next to your character's backpack.
You can sell your World of Warcraft Token through the auction house, which is located under the World of Warcraft Token label. The World of Warcraft Token cannot be traded or sold by other means.
Q: How many game coins can I exchange for selling a token?
A: The gold price of the token will change dynamically according to the relationship between supply and demand. When you consign the Token, the system will provide you with a quote, and you can get the corresponding gold coins after the Token is successfully sold. If you decide to sell the Token, the price will be locked. After the Token is sold, the corresponding gold coins will be sent to your in-game mailbox.
Q: How much game time can I redeem with a World of Warcraft Token?
A: Use a World of Warcraft token to redeem 30 days of game time.
Q: Can I sell the World of Warcraft Tokenagain with gold coins?
A: No, all World of Warcraft tokens can only be sold once. After you buy the World of Warcraft Token, it becomes soulbound. After that it can only be used to redeem game time.
Q: What if the price quoted to me at that time does not match the actual price of the Token now?
A: The quotations you receive will be based on the price when you originally sold the Token regardless of the current market price and the market price when the Token was successfully sold.
Q: I bought a World of Warcraft tokenfrom the auction house. How long will it take for me to receive it?
A: This is the same as the standard auction house transaction process. Usually you can receive the token in your in-game mailbox after a period of time.
Q: I purchased a World of Warcraft Token from the in-game mall with Blizzard Game Points. How long will it take for me to receive it?
A: When you make a successful purchase, usually the Token will be sent to your backpack immediately. If your backpack is full, it will be sent to your mailbox.
Q: Will the token expire? What if I accidentally delete it?
A: No, the Token does not expire. They also cannot be deleted, so don't worry about deleting them by mistake.
The "World of Warcraft" Token is about to be launched in the "World of Warcraft" classic nostalgic clothing, please pay more attention to the "World of Warcraft" official website.
As the Classic PTR has arrived we also got word on the timings of the upcoming content unlock dates as well, featuring Arathi Basin and the Battleground Holidays system first, on March 10th, followed by Zul'Gurub and the Dragons of Nightmare in April.
Content Unlocks (source)
With the WoW Classic PTR now open for business, we have a test environment where we can dig into some of the content that is coming soon to WoW Classic.
To be specific, our plan is to open Arathi Basin on all realms the week of March 10. At that time, we will also kick off the Battleground Holidays system.
We plan to open Zul’Gurub and release the fabled Dragons of Nightmare in April.
We’ll let you know as soon as we have an exact time that those content unlocks will occur.
Rallying Cry of the Dragonslayer Resets to Stay as They Are for Now Blackwing Lair Cleared in Under an Hour, World First Videos Vanilla Blackwing Lair Boss Kill Videos World's Fastest Molten Core Clear by Dreamstate WoW Classic Phase 3 Release Date for Blackwing Lair and More Upcoming Alterac Valley Changes in WoW Classic WoW Classic "Not a Bug" List Update: January 7th WoW Classic Hotfixes: January 7th Charity Server Blades Arrive Damaged to Collectors Marks of Honor Last Longer Than 24 Hrs in the Mailbox Patch 1.13.3 Patch Notes Detailed Honor System Clarifications and Stats Issues Addressed Combat Log Range Hotfix: November 21st Jokerd Removed from Method Org After Ninja Looting World's Fastest Molten Core Clear in Phase 1 by Salad Bakers
This is a pretty weird and very specific one: a lot of people have been resetting the Rallying Cry of the Dragonslayer buff you get from killing Onyxia or Nefarian and getting to reuse the heads again. This is being done by a Priest of the opposing faction mind controlling the npc mid-event and then the players who started the event killing him. In case you weren't aware, the heads from the bosses only drop for the first kill and there's a possibility of a shortage on servers, so this technique is very useful.
The blue response is a lengthy and very informative one, basically stating that this could become a problem for several reasons, was definitely possible in Vanilla, but won't be changed for now:
Rallying Cry (source)
We’ve recently seen an increase in concerns about players resetting the Rallying Cry of the Dragonslayer buff by killing the associated NPC.
It’s important to note that this behavior is accurate to original WoW, and was possible in 2005 and 2006. Nonetheless, it’s the sort of thing that wasn’t widespread back then, and we believe that if it had been, it would have been addressed. In general, cross-faction collusion is antithetical to WoW gameplay, and the specific circumstance where players pay a member of the opposing faction help them kill their ally feels inappropriate.
There’s a related concern here – it’s entirely possible for players (who don’t know what their allies are doing or want to police what their allies are doing) to kill the hired priest, and then find themselves in conflict with their own faction-mates. We don’t like to see these sorts of hostilities within a faction of players.
Nonetheless, any change to WoW Classic has to be very carefully considered, so for the time being, we’re going to leave this functionality in place. We will continue to monitor this situation, and we may have to change it in the future. We will not suspend players for resetting the buff or attempting to prevent others from doing so. We will continue to take action against players who send hostile or offensive chat messages.
Thank you for your feedback on this.
News image courtesy of Redditor Kicktoria1989.
Blizzard has updated the Classic "Not a Bug" List with a new entry related to Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker that has become available after Blackwing Lair opened, and it turns out the weapon quest line can be completed and the weapon equipped by any class that can wield Swords.
I’ve just added the following to the OP:
Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker can be completed and equipped by any class that can equip swords. To start the quest line for Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker, you need two Bindings of the Windseeker that have an extremely low chance to drop off of Baron Geddon and Garr in Molten Core. You can find more details about how to get the legendary weapon in our detailed Thunderfury guide!