Arguably the most well-known MMORPG in the world, World Of Warcraft has a rep for being a game played by serious gamers, or serious nerds.
However, the incredible story rich, ever updating game turns 14 this year; and feels as fresh and fun as ever. With the release of the newest update ‘Battle for Azeroth’ in August, here’s a look at what there is to come, and why it’s a game you should pick up.
So first of all, why on earth should you be playing a 14-year-old game in the year 2018?
Well honestly, because you like fun. WoW is played by probably by more people than you’d expect; there’s likely a WoW player in your group of friends or even your family. So it’s not the kind of super niche, the nerdy interest might have you think!
WoW is also being constantly patched and updated, so the content remains fresh and feels fun to play, despite the game being 14 years old. Plus, there’s so much variety in content and play style that there’s probably a Warcraft character out there for everyone.
There are currently 13 races to choose from- 6 on each side with the cuddly Pandarens being able to pick a side- so whatever you fancy being, the world is your oyster. If you want to be tiny and rarely taken seriously by your fellow players- Gnome or Goblin is your pick. If you want to make the sluttiest, most impractical looking armour set to ever exist, pick an elf. If you want to look like you’re literally decaying and probably smell funny- the undead are right there for you.
Picking your WoW class
Then, we come to picking your class. Similar to most combat-based games, your characters can play as a Tank, Healer or DPS, with some classes offering options for several or all three specialisations. Try it out, figure out what you want to do and what type of play you enjoy most- then pick a druid. Or one of the other classes I guess, it’s your choice.
You don’t even have to buy the game; Blizzard offers a free trial where you can level as many characters as you like to level 20 before you decide to purchase the full game or subscription. So, if you really want you can play every single combination of race and character class to level 20 before finally settling on exclusively playing troll druids or some other inferior combination of race and class.
So now you’ve played your free trial, bought the game and are completely hooked, what’s in store for the next expansion. Or maybe you’re already an avid player and are itching to get past the newbie stuff and see what you’ll inevitably be shelling out on in the near future. Well, without further ado, I (well, Blizzard) present to you, Battle For Azeroth.
I know, not exactly ground-breaking. A game built entirely around years of constant war between two factions has a new expansion about… more war. But stick with me here, the new features coming in Battle for Azeroth look to give the game’s upper tier levels a really fun boost, and are introducing some very exciting new things starting with new playable races.
You’ve probably seen the two new races introduced in Legion, Highmountain Tauren and Nightbourne and thought about how cool it’d be if they were playable. I know I have. Well, rejoice, because Blizzard has answered your prayers, and Horde players can now choose to play both! This is a great bonus for players who’ve worked their way through legion getting invested in the rich lore of Suramar and the Nightborne, or players who really like Tauren with moose antlers. It really takes all sorts.
Alongside this, the Horde will be getting playable Zandalari Trolls, a race first introduced in Mists of Pandaria, and the new druid forms for these trolls look incredible, all based on dinosaurs like raptors and pterodactyls.
The new World of Warcraft classes
However, Blizzard hasn’t left out Alliance players without in the new update, with their three new races being Void Elves, Lightforged Draenei and Kul Tiran humans. The void elves look similar to blood elves, and light forged Draenei appears to be a more religious sect of Draenei who have become ‘lightforged’ and had their skin turn white. But the Kul Tiras is a really exciting step forward for Blizzard, as they have customisation options for different body shapes than the terrifyingly buff bodies we are used to in WoW- the Kul Tiras are chubbier than normal humans and especially the females, resemble more of a real human than body than any other WoW race yet.
The last two allied races are the Dark Iron Dwarves, which will become a new Alliance race and will be recognisable to any player who did levelling in Searing Gorge or the Badlands. The Horde’s last new race is the Mag’har orcs, who appear to be like the uncorrupted orcs you aid in Warlords of Draenor.
The new expansion takes place on the two island kingdoms of Zandalar and Kul Tiras, each linked to a new allied race. There will also be new forms of combat, such as Island expeditions- a 3vs3 battle against opposing faction players or AI, and a new, powerful necklace called The Heart Of Azeroth replacing the powerful artefact weapons we’ve all come to know and love through Legion. Current information on lore, quests, raids and other scenarios is subject to much change in the Alpha, but a guide to what you should do before Battle For Azeroth comes out ,so whether you’re a new player or an old hand, you don’t miss out on any Legion content is available on Wowhead.
Also, if you are an ex-player who’s decided to re-join the WoW universe, Wowhead also has guides for returning players. Dependant on what expansion you quit in they have guides to help you learn about the changes and adapt to the new state of the game.
Now, all that’s left for you to do is log on, start your adventure and wait patiently for the 14th of August when Battle for Azeroth is released, because I know that’s what I’ll be doing.