World of Warcraft and the Warcraft Universe

December 18, 2013 2:18 PM

World of Warcraft (WoW) is a MMORPG by Blizzard Entertainment, it has four expansion packs that includes The Burning Crusade (2007), Wrath of the Lich King (2008), Cataclysm (2010) and Mists of Pandaria (2012). The fifth expansion pack of WoW was announced at BlizzCon 2013, called the Warlords of Draenor.  Blizzard Entertainment released the first WoW game in the November of 2004. The players call it Vanilla WoW.

Wrath of the Lich King cinematic trailer: One of the most popular expansions.

The Warcraft universe started with a simple RTS game, Warcraft Orcs and Humans in 1994. World of Warcraft takes players into the world of Azeroth approximately four years after the events of Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne.

Illidan - From The Burning Crusade

Illidan – From The Burning Crusade

The Warcraft universe is not limited to just games. There are lots of books and comics about this game as well as Trading cards and board games. Blizzard has also announced a Warcraft movie at BlizzCon 2013. World of Warcraft is currently the world’s most subscribed MMORPG and also holds the Guinness world Record for the most popular MMORPG by subscriptions. As of July 2013 WoW has over seven million subscribers.

With each expansion pack, Blizzard has added new contents and levels to the game. In Vanilla WoW, the level cap was level 60 and players were limited to the world of Azeroth. In The Burning Crusade the level cap was increased to level 70 and a new zone known as the Outland was added.  In Wrath of the Lich King the level cap was increased to level 80 with the addition of a new zone called Nothrend. In Cataclysm the level cap was increased to level 85 and 5 new zones were added and in Mists of Pandaria (the currently live expansion pack) the cap was increased to level 90 with a new zone called the Pandaria. In the next expansion pack the level cap will be increased once again and it will be level 100 with a new zone: Draenor.

To play World of Warcraft you need buy all the expansion packs and pay a monthly fee of about $15. You can also play on a trail account with limited features up to level 20.