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World of Warcraft Classic Beginners Guide

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Hi guys! I wanted to go into WoW Classic for the next few posts. I’ll be covering a variety of topics, from the lore to gameplay tips.

The ongoing WoW Classic beta is ending on July 12th, with a small end game event. If you’d like to participate in the final stress test, it will take place from July 25th – 26th.

Now, Vanilla (Classic) came out 15 years ago. I only played during Vanilla WoW for a brief period, as I was too young to have the game, so I only played at my godmother’s house. As you know, I began playing WoW during Wrath.

To me, the difficulty of the game felt similar from Vanilla to Wrath, but I was a newbie at the time. Honestly, the game may have been hard because of that.

When I’m playing retail today,  I feel nostalgic for the old days. WoW used to have a sense of community which was destroyed thanks to Cross-realm and sharding. Many fans even cite the dungeon queue as another nail in the WoW coffin.

It’ll be refreshing to play World of Warcraft Classic soon and relive those old days.

So, in case you’re new to World of Warcraft Classic, or if you’re new to the WoW period, I’m going to go over a few things to make your transition into Classic easier.

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World of Warcraft Classic: Regions, Realms, and Servers

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World of Warcraft is a massive game. Millions of players worldwide play the game everyday. So, it makes sense that we’re not all playing the same copy of the game.

One server or realm can only hold so many thousands of players at a time. Remember, before you choose a faction, a race, or a class, you must choose a region and a server.

Always pick the region and server your friends are on, or you can’t play together. In retail, we have sharding and cross-realm now, so even if your friends are on another server, you can play together, but you can’t be in the same guild.

Cross-realm is when you see players from another realm in the game world. You can normally tell because they have a dash beside their name, with the name of their realm after it.

Sharding is like a layer. I’ve used a cinnamon roll analogy before. You and your friend are both playing on the same cinnamon roll, but you aren’t playing on the same layer. Your layer may have less frosting (lower population) than your buddies layer. So, the game shards him to the center spiral, and you to the outer one. Basically, you’re playing on the same server, but you can’t see each other.

Regions, Realms, and Servers Cont.

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In Classic WoW, there won’t be any cross-realm. So, be sure to pick the appropriate server.

Servers are separated by regions which include: Americas, Oceanic, and European.

Always choose the region which corresponds to where you live. You’ll find players on those servers, who speak your language, so there will be less confusion in group settings.

After you choose a region you must choose a server. Then, you can focus on choosing a faction, race, and class.

Let me give you an example of what my game looks like in retail:

Region: Americas

Server: Garona

Faction: Alliance

Race: Dwarf

Class: Hunter

You’re not limited to playing one faction, race, or class on a realm. Remember, you’re free to do whatever you like in the game, but I wanted you to have a visual of what type of choices you’ll be making before getting started.

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World of Warcraft Classic: Game Play Options: Horde

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The first thing any newbie should be aware of is that Classic WoW has two factions. If you’ve never played retail, or if it’s been awhile, maybe you’ve forgotten.

To play with your friends it’s a good idea to play in the same faction, especially if you’d like to be in the same guild and run raids together. Your faction options are Horde and Alliance.

During Classic, the Horde was being led by Thrall, an orc shaman with a calling on his life to lead. During the events of Warcraft III, Thrall formed the new Horde. His Horde was focused on making a home for themselves in Azeroth. So, they settled in the barren lands of Durotar, which Thrall named after his father Durotan, in the continent of Kalimdor.

It was during Warcraft III, while Thrall led his Horde against the Burning Legion, that he met Cairne Bloodhoof and his Tauren. The chieftain was impressed by Thrall, as the Horde had helped the Tauren tribe with the harpy situation.

As Thrall was an orc who upheld honor, which is one of the main factors driving the Horde, Cairne and his Tauren joined the Horde.

If you decide to create a Horde character in Classic, you can choose between these four races: Orc, Tauren, Troll, and Undead.

The Horde races are united in the belief of having the honor and protecting what matters most.

Each race has racial that can benefit them in different situations. Orcs receive an extra boost in Axe Specialization, and Hardiness, which means they’re resistant to stun effects. In a PvP (player vs. player) encounter, Hardiness could be a good move.

All the races on both Horde and Alliance have their own racial specialties. It’s helpful to look into these before you choose a race, but it’s not a terrible thing if you don’t. Really, it comes down to how you play. If you’re mainly interested in PvE (player vs. environment), your interests are going to be different from a player choosing to do PvP.

Game Play Options: Alliance


During World of Warcraft Classic, the Alliance was being led by King Anduin Wrynn. Anduin was only a child at the time, but his father Varian Wrynn had gone missing. As a result, Lady Katrana Prestor (Onyxia, a black dragon in disguise), and Highlord Bolvar Fordragon were leading the Kingdom of Stormwind (aka the Kingdom of Azeroth) as co-regents.

During the events of Warcraft III, the Alliance of Lordaeron was destroyed when Prince Arthas Menethil of Lordaeron, was corrupted by the Undead Scourge. He killed his own father, King Terenas Menethil, and then Arthas journeyed to Northend where he joined with his master, the Lich King, to lead the undead and raise an army.

The Alliance of Lordaeron had previously led the seven human kingdoms to victory during the second war. When the demonic Horde of orcs, who were being controlled by the Blood of Manneroth, descended on Azeroth from the Dark Portal, the humans rose up to save their land. They were victorious and captured some of the orcs, imprisoning them in internment camps.

Thrall, the leader of the new Horde, had been a slave under the humans. With the aid of a friend and adventurers, Thrall was able to escape his prison at Durnholde Keep, form the new Horde, and lead the Horde to victory.

In Warcraft III, once Lordaeron had fallen, many refugees from that kingdom found their way to Stormwind. Stormwind City became the new Alliance headquarters and resides in the Southern part of the Eastern Kingdoms.

If you make an Alliance character you can choose between these four races: Human, Dwarf, Gnome, or Night Elf.

The Alliance races are joined together by a common belief in protecting the light and keeping their homeland safe.

World of Warcraft Classic: More to Come Soon

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As this post is getting long, I’m going to end it here. Let me know down in the comments if you have any questions. What would you like me to cover about the World of Warcraft Classic? Do you understand the different races? Are you confused about the story? Sound off in the comments below and let me know what your thoughts are about WoW Classic.

Don’t forget to check out the next post in the WoW Classic beginners guide. The second post explains the classes in detail. After that post comes the WoW Classic beginners guide story part 1, and the Classic WoW beginners guide story part 2.

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