Welcome to RLCO WoW Guides, a site to help you learn World of Warcraft Strategies! For those of you new to World of Warcraft, or WoW for short, World of Warcraft is an MMORPG (massively multiplayer online roleplaying game) that was first released by Blizzard Entertainment in November, 2004. Their first expansion, The Burning Crusade, was released in January 2007, followed by Wrath of the Lich King, released in November, 2008. Blizzard released Cataclysm, their third expansion in December, 2010. In October, 2011 Blizzard announced their fourth expansion, Mists of Panderia.
World of Warcraft encompasses the world of Azeroth and its four continents (for now): Kalimdor, the Eastern Kingdoms, Outland, and Northrend. In these settings, players can explore, fight, join guilds, sell items, and interact with NPCs (non-player characters). Much of the game experience is spent questing, with players receiving rewards such as gold, armor, weapons, trinkets, and achievement rewards.
Once players hit the level cap (currently 85, it will go up to 90 with the release of Mists of Panderia), the real adventure begins as they begin to join dungeon raids and Heroic instances to earn some of the best in-game equipment, most of which is required to join up with groups delving into the highest level dungeons.
There are 2 opposing player faction, the Alliance and the Horde. From these 2 factions, players can choose to play different races. As a member of the Alliance, players can be:
As a member of the Horde, players can be:
Players can also take different classes, depending on their race. These classes will determine how they play the game. Will they take up the mighty two-handed sword of a warrior and slash their enemies to pieces, or will they cast searing fireballs as they take up the mantle of the mage? Each class has its own role in the scheme of things and all can rise to glory in the end-game. There are ten playable classes at the time of this writing, but with the release of Mists of Pandaria, another class will be added to gameplay. The classes are:
Once your character has been created, the action begins right away with the first quest-giver mere steps from you. After a few quests, you'll have the chance to take up a profession. With some professions you can gather materials, with most others you take the gathered materials to create a variety of useful items. There are four secondary professions you can train also, which don't count toward the maximum of 2 primary professions you can take. The primary professions are:
The secondary professions are:
Once you've met with your profession trainers, you're all set to go. You're ready to enter the great, big, wide World of Warcraft to quest, gain fame, and kill some of its mightiest villains, demons, and dragons. You will also experience the beautiful landscape and engaging storyline created by the wonderful folks at Blizzard Entertainment.
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