World of Warcraft (WoW) is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) released in 2004 by Blizzard Entertainment. It is the fourth released game set in the fantasy Warcraft universe. World of Warcraft takes place within the Warcraft world of Azeroth, approximately four years after the events at the conclusion of Blizzard’s previous Warcraft release, Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne.Blizzard Entertainment announced World of Warcraft on September 2, 2001. The game was released on November 23, 2004, on the 10th anniversary of the Warcraft franchise. So check out some neat facts about the most awesome MMORPG ever made! And also… Lok’tar Ogar!!!
1. World of Warcraft holds a Guinness World Record for the most popular MMORPG by subscribers.
2. With a peak of 12 million subscriptions in October 2010 and Blizzard’s final report of 5.5 million subscriptions in October 2015, World of Warcraft remains the world’s most-subscribed MMORPG.
3. In planning stages of WotLK development, they had 3 options for a hero class: Necromancer, Runemaster and Death Knight. In the end, they “combined” all three into one, giving DK’s Necromancer niches such as diseases and corpse exploding, and Runemaster niches, their rune resource system. Which is why we will never (99,94%) see those two classes in game.
4. The human race is the most played race in game.
5. It is said that the Alliance is still the preferred faction commanding a little over half the player base. That doesn’t change the facts that they suck.
6. When the Draenei where originally introduced in Warcraft 3 with Akama, they all looked like the lost ones. This was also the original plan as Blizzard originally didnt intend to connect them with the eredar(that also existed in warcraft 3). So up until TBC, The draenei was a seperate race from the Eredars, and they looked like the lost ones rather than the broken or the normal Draenei.
7. You can visit a Warcraft theme park. Want to spend a real-world holiday in Azeroth? Hop the next plane to … China! Located in Changzhou, World Joyland is an (unlicensed) theme park inspired by Warcraft and Starcraft.
8. World of Warcraft actually has a Chinese ripoff called… World of Fight…
9. In one of the early versions of the game, both Hunters and Priests had melee talent trees. Hunters who wished to melee would choose the Survival tree. Priests would choose the Discipline tree, which explains why Inner Fire increased attack power.
10. In the early days of World of Warcraft, epic mounts weren’t so epic looking. In fact, they were just recolored versions of their normal counterparts. The cool armor got added much later.
11. In January 2014, Blizzard announced that more than 100 million accounts had been created over the game’s lifetime.
12. Wyverns in World of Warcraft are not just animals. They are sentient beings that willingly joined the Horde as a “sixth” race. They also speak some odd dialect of Taurahe!
13. Since World of Warcraft launched, more than 100 million unique accounts have been created. That’s twice as many accounts as people living in South Korea, or as many as the populations of Germany, Belarus and Sweden combined!
14. World of Warcraft is played across 244 countries and territories around the globe, including places like the Bahamas, Antarctica, Tokelau and Christmas island.
15. Almost everyone is familiar with the Haris Pilton NPC found in Shattrath City. However, few know that her frienemy, Ricole Nichie is located nearby. Standing directly next to Haris, Ricole is totally invisible to almost everyone. Only Priests with the Eye of Divinity equipped can see her. ‘
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17. Considered to be (by those that know of it) the rarest mount in game. The Fluorescent Green Mechanostrider is one of a kind. The story behind this mount starts out like this; an unfortunate Gnome deleted his Mechanostrider. Upon asking a GM to replace it, he was erroneously awarded this mount instead. This means this mount is the only one in the world and cannot be obtained by any other player, making this the rarest mount in game and our Gnome friend a very lucky little fellow.
18. Before TBC, Shaman were Horde only and Paladins were Alliance only. The Burning Crusade expansion changed all of that. However, during the transition period, Shaman loot started dropping for Alliance players and Paladin loot started dropping for Horde; before either class was playable by that faction. This loot was utterly useless and a total waste.
19. The rarest pet is the tiny red carp.
20. The most common pet is the squirrel.
21. Before female Trolls had any real concept art or models, Blizzard decided to just slap some female attributes on the male Troll model. Big mistake. Female Trolls ended up looking, literally, like trolls. Resembling a hunched monstrosity out of your worst nightmares, we can all be thankful that female Trolls are much more pleasing to look at today.
22. The highest noted World of Warcraft account trade was for £5000 (€7000, US$9,900) in early September 2007.
23. The high price was due to the character possessing items that at the time were owned by only a handful out of the millions of active players, due to the difficulty in acquiring them. However, Blizzard banned the account five days after the purchase.
24. In December 2015, Blizzard sold an in-game battle pet named Brightpaw for $10 with all proceeds going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. This resulted in a new Blizzard record donation of over $1.7 million to Make-A-Wish.
25. In December 2016, Blizzard again sold a battle pet named Mischief for $10; it helped raise more than 2.5 million for Make-A-Wish.
26. The game has been used to advertise unrelated products, such as Toyota trucks.
27. World of Warcraft has inspired artists to satirize it and acknowledge its mark in popular culture. One example is the Emmy Award-winning South Park episode “Make Love, Not Warcraft”.
28. In late 2007, a series of television commercials for the game began airing featuring pop culture celebrities such as Mr. T, William Shatner, and Verne Troyer discussing the virtues of the character classes they play in the game. A Spanish commercial featuring Guillermo Toledo, and a French commercial featuring Jean-Claude Van Damme, were also televised. Two more were shown in November 2008, featuring Ozzy Osbourne and Steve Van Zandt. Another commercial in the series, which began airing in November 2011, featured Chuck Norris and played on the Internet phenomenon of “Chuck Norris facts”.
29. In November 2007, DC Comics published the first issue of the World of Warcraft comic under their Wildstorm imprint.
30. Purchasing Overwatch Origins or Collectors Edition gives WoW players with the Baby Winston battle pet.