World of Warcraft


“World of Warcraft” (World of Warcraft) is the first online game produced by the well-known game company Blizzard Entertainment, which is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game. The game is based on the story of the real-time strategy game “Warcraft” produced by the company as its historical background. Relying on the historical events and heroes of Warcraft, World of Warcraft has a complete historical background timeline. Players take risks in World of Warcraft, complete missions, new adventures, explore unknown worlds, conquer monsters and more.

After the release of “Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne” in 2003, Blizzard Entertainment officially announced the development plan for “World of Warcraft” (which had been secretly developed for several years before). World of Warcraft was publicly tested in North America in 2004 and was released in the United States, New Zealand, Canada, Australia and Mexico on November 23 of the same year. As of the end of 2008, there were more than 11.5 million paid users of World of Warcraft worldwide and successfully entered the Guinness Book of World Records. In April 2008, World of Warcraft accounted for 62% of the MMORPG market. As of January 2014, the total number of accounts created in the world has exceeded 100 million (including demo accounts), and the characters have reached 500 million. A total of 244 countries and regions are playing “World of Warcraft”, including Antarctica, Bahamas, Christmas Island, and Tokelau.

Version history

Earlier version

Story background (Blackstone’s Curse)

After the natural disasters invaded the continent of Azeroth, the continent of Azeroth was devastated, Felwood became a dead place, the rotten bodies of Tirisfal Woodland wanderers who had long died but stood up again, the town of Nightshade was filled with dense fog all day long, Xilithu The undercurrent surging in the desert of Si, the kingdom of Lordaeron was destroyed, Illidan betrayed the night elves and was exiled to Outland. Arthas, the former prince, finally boarded the Frozen Throne and became the new Lich King in Northrend. It seems that the war has temporarily subsided, because the fragile agreements reached by the war tribes and alliances seem to have been gradually forgotten.

In the dry land of Durotar, the tribe led by Thrall set up camp and continued to expand the size of the army. They invited the former High Elf Ranger who also hated the Alliance, the current leader of the Forsaken, Sylvanas and his subordinates. The Forsaken join the tribe of orcs, tauren and trolls.

At the same time, dwarves, gnomes, and ancient night elves also vowed to join the alliance led by the human king Varian Wrynn. In order to solve the problems of interests after the war, the alliance and the tribe are hoarding combat power.

But at this moment, in Stormwind, King Varian Wrynn has suddenly disappeared mysteriously, and Duke Bolvar Fortagan served as the regent to assist the young Prince Anduin Wrynn, but anyone will watch. It can be concluded that the political direction of the entire Stormwind City depends entirely on the noble and mysterious human female aristocrat Katrana Prestor. The distrust between the alliances is increasing day by day. At the same time, the dark iron dwarves who dormant in the Blackstone Mountain begin to attract one. In a series of strange events, Marshal Reginald Windsor of the alliance responsible for investigating the incident mysteriously disappeared in the Blackstone Abyss. It seems that there is a behind-the-scenes power controlling the fate of the world.

The shamans of the tribe found that the elements on different sides became unstable, and the source of everything was directed at Blackrock Mountain, where the king of the Dark Iron dwarves during the War of Three Hammers, King Thaurissan, summoned Ragnaros, the Balrog. It seems that everything is beginning to develop in a bad direction. So the brave adventurers of the Alliance and the Horde are ready to go, heading towards the Blackrock Tower, Blackrock Abyss, Molten Heart, and Blackwing Lair.

Story background (Invasion of Ahn’Qiraj)

The world was almost destroyed by the black dragon prince Neferios. The heroes of the alliance rescued Marshal Windsor and revealed the true face of Katrana who was actually the black dragon princess Onyxia. With one heart, the alliance becomes stronger.

The warriors of the tribe went deep into the Blackstone Mountain and bravely defeated the Balrog. Finally, the heroes of the United Alliance defeated the black dragon prince Nefarios in the Blackwing Lair on the upper layer of the Blackstone Mountain. It seems that the world is back and peaceful.

However, far away in the Silithus Desert at the southernmost tip of the Kalimdor continent, the Cenarion Circle’s outposts found that abnormal movements began to occur in the desert. A large number of alien insects gushed out of the ground, and a group of Twilight believers who believed in the ancient gods began. Appearing, this scene can’t help but remind people of the battle of the quicksand that almost destroyed Azeroth in the past. As the Cenarion Circle and the night elf archdruid, Fandral Staghelm can no longer hold it, quicksand In the battle, he lost his only son, and finally relied on the three-color dragon as a bait to seal the horrible creatures claiming to be the Qiraji Zerg in the giant beetle wall of Silithus forever. Is history going to repeat itself? No, not this time. Our adventurers will collect the fragments of the quicksand scepter that was damaged in the past and reopen the wall of beetles. We will go deep into the Temple of Ahn’Qiraj, to interact with these Qiraji Zergs and the people behind them. The black hand made a real break.

Therefore, for the first time in history, the tribe and the alliance have truly abandoned their predecessors, jointly raised war preparations, and worked together to find the debris of the quicksand scepter. In the face of disasters, the interests of races, collective conflicts, and personal grievances are so insignificant. Under the scorching sun, in the Silithus Desert, the hero held a quicksand scepter and rang the gong that had been confined for a thousand years, and the war began.

Story Background (Shadow of Naxxramas)

The ancient god C’Thun is hidden in the depths of Ahn’Qiraj Temple. This monster called the Thousand Eyes Demon occupies like a nightmare, cursing the flesh and eating, madly bewitching the Qiraji to invade Ai Xerath Continent, unfortunately, was finally defeated by the Alliance and Horde Legion under the leadership of the Bronze Dragon. It seemed that the world had once again ushered in a brief peace.

Arthas, the former Prince of Lordaeron, and now the Lich King, after the fierce battle with Illidan on the Frozen Throne, he spent too much time to cultivate and recover. Now he is stronger than before. What Wang Ner’zhul did not do, he will do better today, so the Scourge made a comeback again, and as the vanguard, Alsace’s leader and loyal servant Lich Kel’Thuzad led the huge Floating War Fortress-Naxxramas came to this familiar and unfamiliar continent of Azeroth.

Ever since they parted ways with the Scarlet Crusade, the Silver Dawn has been active in the Eastern Plaguelands as the backbone to resist natural disasters, but recently they discovered that a large number of dark magic circles have suddenly appeared in this deadly place, accompanied by those that have long gone. Standing up again for the decayed body, the huge floating fortress shrouded like a shadow of death in the sky above the Eastern Plague. Everything seemed to have returned to the terrifying years of the natural disaster invasion, but this time, it experienced the battle of Ahn’Qiraj. The heroes of the baptism will once again take up weapons for this world.

Burning Crusade

Story Background

The doomsday lord Kazzak reopened the dark door to Outland, and the tide of Burning Legion demons swallowed Azeroth. The expeditionary forces of the Horde and the Alliance became stronger with the addition of the new races of blood elves and draenei, they passed through the portal to prevent the invasion of the Burning Legion from the source. In the dry Hellfire Peninsula of Outland, the Alliance found many heroes who had stationed here through the portal many years ago. At the same time, the Horde also contacted Mag’har. Corruption” orc tribe. The expeditionary force in Outland is arguing over the command of the army and who will act as the adjutant to Illidan Stormrage, who has taken the shattered territory as his own, causing further conflicts.

Wrath of the Lich King

Story Background

After only a brief period of peace in the world, the Undead Scourge launched a large-scale attack on the towns of Azeroth. The flames of war hit the Eastern Kingdoms. Facing tremendous pressure against an entire army, Warchief Thrall appointed Garrosh Hellscream to lead the expeditionary force to conquer Northrend. At the same time, the missing human king Varian Wrynn finally returned to Stormwind to regain power. He appointed Bolvar Fortagan to command the same elite Alliance forces to eradicate the Lich King and any tribal forces that dare to block their way.

Fission of the earth

Story Background

When the triumphant Northrend Expeditionary Army returned to their hometown, they found that all the elemental creatures in Azeroth began to be turbulent. This turmoil signaled the return of the crazy guardian dragon Destroyer Deathwing, who broke ground from the lair deep in the Elemental Plane and tore Azeroth to pieces. As the elemental realm now opens to the world, chaotic elemental creatures and their cruel lords appear one after another, helping the Destroyer and the terrifying Twilight Hammer followers guide the Twilight Judgment: the end of all creatures in Azeroth.

Mists of Pandaria

Story Background

The fog of Pandaria

After the threat of Deathwing was eliminated, Horde Warchief Garrosh Hellscream waited for an opportunity to attack the Alliance and expand the Horde’s territory in Kalimdor. The first target was the human city of Theramore in Dustwallow Marsh. After stealing the blue dragon’s artifact, Focusing Rainbow, Garrosh Hellscream used a bomb made by Focusing Rainbow to strike Theramore and Sierra. Moro was completely destroyed, and the leader of Dalaran, Ronin, who was involved in the period, died heroically in order to cover Jaina Proudmoore and others, and the old and new hatred between the Alliance and the tribe broke out again, and the war spread all over the world.

After a large-scale maritime conflict, the remnants of the Alliance and Horde fleet were washed up by the sea on a mysterious land shrouded in mist in the southern part of the endless sea. After landing, the two sides continued to fight, but the mysterious native tribes that suddenly entered broke this balance. These self-proclaimed Pandaren creatures advocate peace. This is their hometown-Pandaria, which has existed for more than a thousand years. He has never suffered from natural disasters, never suffered damage from the Burning Legion, until the arrival of these uninvited guests, watching the two sides fighting with each other, they also questioned: “Why is the war burning, why the autumn leaves fall, nature is invincible, and our hearts are also confused. For whom to hold the fist of anger, protect the country and protect the country and punish the treacherous, Taoism will naturally eliminate the evil spirits. The war is endless and misfortune, why do we think of war”.

But the emergence of tribes and alliances not only brought disputes, but what is more terrifying is that they have awakened the terrifying forces buried and under this ancient land. The pandas call them Sha creatures. These are transformed from the negative emotions in people’s hearts. The horrible existence of ‘s gradually corroded the entire continent, and the alliances and tribes that triggered the awakening of the Sha will naturally take on the important mission of restoring the Pandaria continent to peace. Samsara, awakened again, invaded the Great Wall on a large scale, and the Mogu clan of the ancient race was also ready to move, and everything was pushed by a black hand behind the scenes.

King of Draenor

Story Background

Delano is a vast world full of magma, metal and steam. The furnace in the city shrouded the double moons here in smoke, and the wheels ran over the ground, causing the ground to deform. The evil Cybertron, the winged arakkoa, the spike-skinned Goron, and other rare creatures haunt the edge of the world, hunting down edible prey. The mysterious draenei exiles once built a seaside stronghold into a gleaming country, which is filled with libraries and worship halls that record their eternal civilization. But later, the shackled slaves of the Iron Horde drove war equipment to attack Draenei and the outside world. Kingdoms, clans, tribes, men, women, and children have all entered a state of preparation.

In Draenor’s desolate jungle and the war-torn plains, the heroes of Azeroth (players) are caught in the legend, the draenei heroes are in conflict with the orc tribe, and the blood of the devil has not been drunk. The Grommash Hellhowl, the Blackhand Clan and Ner’zhul clash.


Story Background

The Tomb of Sargeras opened again, and the demons of the Burning Legion poured into our world. Their powerful and terrifying power is enough to summon the Dark Titans to Azeroth-and they have found the key to Sargeras’s return.

Both the Alliance and the Horde ran out of power in the war. Only the most legendary artifact in the world was looking for the remains of Titans on the Broken Isles, challenging the Burning Legion, and defending the last hope of Azeroth.

Battle for Azeroth

Story Background

The people of Azeroth paid a heavy price in order to prevent the Burning Legion from destroying the world. Even if the wounds of the world can be healed, the broken trust between the Alliance and the Horde is difficult to rebuild. The two sides have been grieving for a long time, and the conflict is about to break out. Hurry up and gather allies to fight for your camp. This war will forge the future of Azeroth.

Classic version

World of Warcraft: Classic Edition

On May 14, 2019, Blizzard Entertainment announced that the nostalgic server “World of Warcraft: Classic Edition” will be available on August 27, 2019 [29].

Shadow Kingdom

“World of Warcraft: Kingdom of Shadows” will be available in 2020.

Story Background

Sylvanas Windrunner, the former warchief of the Horde, smashed the crown of the Lich King and pierced the curtain between Azeroth and the dead. Her move triggered a series of events and even threatened the balance of life and death in the universe.


World of Warcraft has designed 13 races for players to choose from. Namely night elves, humans, orcs, tauren, dwarves, undead, trolls, gnomes (original); blood elves, draenei (Burning Crusade TBC); werewolves, goblins (CTM); Pandaren (Panda Human Mystery MOP); Void Elf, Lightforged Draenei, Dark Iron Dwarf, Nightborne, Highmountain Tauren, Zandalar Troll, Mag’han Orc, Kul Tiran (Battle for Azeroth ). Each race has its own distinct characteristics, including each race’s own story background, city, ability talent, and different transportation methods and mounts. Players can choose to join the alliance or the tribe.

Featured System

Copy PVE

In “World of Warcraft”, the concept is similar to the “dungeons” of other games of the same type. Players can form a team to enter these dungeons for the Raiders. In order to avoid mutual interference between different teams, for the same copy, the system will generate independent dungeons for each team, and use map data as a distinction.

“World of Warcraft” has a large number of copies, with a large number of elite monsters that are more difficult to kill than ordinary monsters, and the quest rewards and the equipment dropped by monsters and bosses (Boss) will also have better rewards than ordinary quests Quality. According to the size of the dungeon, the dungeons are generally divided into small dungeons (available for 5 to 10-person team adventures) and large team dungeons (all dungeons after the Burning Crusade allow a maximum of 25 people to take a team adventure, but most of the previous 60-level dungeons are 40 People team adventure), and the difficulty and intensity of large team copies are significantly higher than small ones.
Dungeon cooldown (CD) usually refers to the fact that after the team enters the team, whether it is completed or not, after the boss is killed, a team number will be generated, and each team number will have a cooldown time.

PVP system

World PvP

The continent of Azeroth is full of conflicts and battles, especially on PvP servers. In other words, encounters between members of opposing camps.


Players fight against members of the enemy team in order to accomplish various goals, and win more honor points. Win PvP currency to purchase a variety of exclusive weapons and armor equipment.


The competition in the arena consists of a team composed of two, three or five players. The key to the arena team is to cooperate. If this is done, the team will be able to win, otherwise the whole army will be wiped out. The form of the game is arranged at the top of the pyramid. Winning in battle can improve personal and team rankings. At the same time, you will get the advanced currency of conquest points to buy epic armor, weapons and accessories to face the future battle. But the most powerful equipment requires the corresponding arena points to purchase. The battle scene in the arena is divided into Blade’s Edge Mountain Arena, Dalaran Sewers, Nagrand Arena, Lordaeron Ruins, Tiger’s Peak, and Tovelron Arena.

Reputation system

  • The prestige of the character affects the interaction between the monster or creature and the character, and the prestige is divided into several levels.
  • Worship: the highest level of prestige that can be achieved
  • Revered: A special camp reserved for special heroes
  • Respect: There is a certain discount for the purchase of merchant goods
  • Friendly: It belongs to the standard reputation of the player’s camp
  • Neutral: Non-KOS standard reputation that does not belong to the player’s camp
  • Indifferent: unable to buy, sell and interact.
  • Hostile: Kill at first sight
  • Hatred: Kill at first sight.

Props Mall

The item mall of “World of Warcraft” was officially opened on December 11, 2013. The store is also known as the “ store”. Different from other online games, the roads that are mainly sold are equipped with mounts and pets, instead of improving character abilities and practical equipment. The store can be opened through both the web page and the in-game interface. After the player purchases, the items will be sent directly to the player’s inventory. In addition, items can be given to other players as gifts.

Game evaluation

Positive reviews

On Metacritic, a special site for American review, 57 well-known critics from various media commented. Only one scored 60 points (out of 100), 4 scored more than 80 points, 9 scored full points, and others generally praised more than 90 points.

Mike Laidlaw, the chief designer of “Dragon Age: Origins” in 2009, believes that online game production must consider the impact of World of Warcraft on players. It is unwise to ignore World of Warcraft’s share and influence in the online game market. Just like “Quaker” set the basic framework for FPS games, World of Warcraft also set the most common user interface for MMO games.

In China, online games are criticized and questioned rather than admired, especially with CCTV as the mainstream official media. But in the video on CCTV-13 channel in 2011, the host affirmed the online game “World of Warcraft” for the first time, and praised its creativity and innovation, which is in sharp contrast with domestic products.

The 2012 American Online Game Developers Conference Jury praised: “World of Warcraft” has not only greatly promoted the development of the online game industry, but has also been widely popular in the past eight years of operation. There are still active users from all over the world. Join. The upcoming new expansion is expected to create a new record for the game, making this brand increasingly prominent as an important symbol of contemporary popular culture.

Negative comment

In 2009, Tao Hongkai publicly stated in a CCTV program that World of Warcraft is a “drug” and criticized Warcraft for making young people addicted to the Internet. [73] Then in 2012, Tao Hongkai became the chief game appraiser of “Bright Sword 2”. And in the connection with the TV column Game Fengyun Tao Hongkai said: “In terms of content, this (Liangjian 2) is many times better than games like “Warcraft” and “Legend”.”
At the 2007 Montreal Game Show in Canada, IGF Design Innovation Award winner Jonathan Bro said that “World of Warcraft” is like drugs, and its rules are the meaning of a fool’s life.
In 2013, the designer of the League of Legends, Morello, said that World of Warcraft blindly caters to players, but never realizes that players’ complaints on the forum are not what they really want to change.

On October 17, 2014, Blizzard’s new expansion for “World of Warcraft” was opened on the eve of the King of Draenor. After 12 hours of maintenance, NetEase officially stated that it was not ready, and the server will be postponed to gradually open at 17:30. . However, after the time is up, the majority of players encountered the same problem when logging in-the blue bar.

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