World of Warcraft came out in 2004, almost 14 years ago. With Battle for Azeroth releasing in less than a month, the MMO is about to receive its seventh major expansion. Millions of players have loved World of Warcraft at one time in their life, only to run out of time or feel too burnt out to play. But the World of Warcraft that required you to play it like a job is gone, replaced with something that can fit any schedule. With the Artifact system in Legion and the Heart of Azeroth system in Battle for Azeroth — items that have near-infinite leveling bars and can improve your class over the course of the expansion — each time you log in, you’re making progress on something. Every activity or boss defeated in the world will add to your gear or fill some bar — even after you’ve hit max level. This constant progression system has solved one of World of Warcraft’s oldest problems: what to do if you can’t raid. Raids are the best way to get end … [Read more...] about Now is the perfect time to play World of Warcraft
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If you haven’t played World of Warcraft since its early days then a lot of it will be barely recognisable to you now. Since it’s launch back in 2004, WoW has had six expansions, with a seventh - Battle for Azeroth - on the horizon. Each of these have brought major changes to the game: five new playable races, three new classes, several new continents to explore, dozens of new raids and dungeons, and big continuations of Warcraft’s absurd yet enjoyable story. The classes have been streamlined, the combat balanced, the graphics updated time and again… but despite all that, it’s always been difficult to get new people into WoW. The reason? Levelling a character for the first time in World of Warcraft is, and has always been, like pulling teeth. Which are the best free MMOs? Don't worry - we've gotcha. Oh sure, it’s fine for us veterans. We have the heirloom items that boost experience, we know which areas have the best and fastest quests, and we know … [Read more...] about Intimidated by World of Warcraft? Don’t be: it’s great for beginners now
World of Warcraft's next thrilling expansion, Battle for Azeroth, is set to reignite the conflict between Horde and Alliance this August. But you don't have to wait until the end of the summer to check it out. If you're after more freebies then here are some of the best free PC games. Why not? Blizzard have sponsored us with 500 keys that grant access to the Battle for Azeroth beta. Obviously, that's not enough for everyone, so if you want to win one you're going to prove your worth. Get your best battle cry ready and sharpen your blades. If you don't know, Battle for Azeroth will raise the level cap from 110 to 120 and bring a bunch of new dungeons and raids to World of Warcraft. It will also add new uncharted islands and the two continents Kul Tiras and Zandalar - along with four new allied races each for the Alliance and the Horde. Obviously, with a name like Battle for Azeroth, the expansion is all about getting stuck back into the age-old conflict between the two … [Read more...] about Want to play World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth? We have 500 codes for the beta!
Battle for Azeroth is bound to bring long-time World of Warcraft players back into the grind when it drops this August. Expect folk to be pulling all-nighters as they feverishly consume quest content and start pushing towards Raid progression and Mythic-level dungeons. But what about those of us who don’t have time to be that dedicated? Well, interestingly, Blizzard have added a new mode for anyone who can only spare minutes at a time to visit Azeroth. Battle for Azeroth will blur the lines between Horde and Alliance. Island Expeditions are a new feature in Battle for Azeroth that see two teams of three go head-to-head to collect the most Azerite (a magical resource that emerged when the world was stabbed with a very large sword). They work like this: Players queue to join the scenario, picking a difficulty and whether they want to play against another human-controlled team - if not, AI-controlled opponents will roam the battlefield. Dropping anchor off the coast of one of … [Read more...] about World of Warcraft’s new Island Expeditions let you fit a raid in during lunch break
World of Warcraft's achievement system is something that a lot of players don't pay much attention to. In the Legion expansion, it helps you track the progress of overarching quests, but unless you're seriously bored and have nothing to do you probably won't spend a lot of time going back to older areas to complete their related achievements. Unless you're Xirev. He's a blood elf mage who, today, accomplished something that easily puts him in the top 0.1 percent of World of Warcraft's millions of players: He completed each of the 3,314 achievements—ranging from simple tasks to herculean feats like killing 250,000 players—available to date.Oh, and it only took him six years."It was a very gradual process that started early on after achievements got introduced to the game in Wrath of the Lich King," Xirev tells me. He goes on to say that, at first, his intention wasn't to get every achievement. Instead, he just wanted a faster mount. Being a relatively casual player at the … [Read more...] about This player completed all of World of Warcraft’s 3,314 achievements and it only took him 6 years