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The Grammy Awards (originally the Gramophone Awards), presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music Awards, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, make up the rest). However, the Grammys, usually held in February, (last of what are considered the "big three" music awards shows, including the BMA and AMA shows) are considered the approximate equivalent to the Oscars, in the music world.
Like the Oscars, the Grammys, which currently have 108 categories within 30 genres of music (such as pop, gospel, and rap), are voted upon by peers - voting members of the Recording Academy - rather than being based upon popularity (as with the AMAs) or sales and chart achievements (the BMAs).
The awards are named for the trophy which the winner receives - a small gilded statuette of a gramophone, handcrafted by Billings Artworks. The awards ceremony features performances by prominent artists, and some of the more prominent Grammys are presented in a widely-viewed televised ceremony.
Some feel that because Grammy voters tend to vote conservatively, and are marketed to by record companies, the most widely-recognized Grammys tend to go to either well-established artists or those being hyped by the recording industry. Hence, the Grammys are not taken seriously by some musicians and music fans. In fact, many artists who are placed in high regard, artistically, by many fans and critics (such as Elvis Presley, Mariah Carey, Garth Brooks, Pink Floyd, Kenny Rogers, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Radiohead, ) have been awarded very few Grammys.
Of the "big three" music awards shows, the Grammys are the highest rated.
Unlike the Academy Awards, for which the eligibility period begins January 1, the eligibility period for the Grammys begins October 1, which results in September being considered the Christmas sales period for the music industry (in which artists generally release big albums to qualify for the next year's Grammy). So, for example, John Lennon & Yoko Ono's album Double Fantasy was released in November, 1980, a month-and-a-half too late to qualify for the 1981 Grammys, and thus eligible for the 1982 awards (it eventually won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year).
The Grammys are currently broadcast on CBS.
Pat Metheny and the Pat Metheny Group have won 16 Grammys in total, including six consecutive awards for six consecutive albums. Metheny, as of the 2004 Grammy Awards, holds the record for Grammy wins in the most different categories:
Session drummer Hal Blaine played on six consecutive records which won Record of the Year:
Legendary Opera Diva Leontyne Price has won 18 awards
Soul and R&B legend Aretha Franklin has won 11 awards for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, including 8 consecutive (and the first 8 ever awarded) awards in the category:
Conductor Sir Georg Solti holds the record for most Grammys won, having won a total of thirty-eight awards before his death in 1997.
The most Grammys won in a single night is eight -- a record shared by Michael Jackson (1984), and Carlos Santana (2000).
Christopher Cross (Grammy Awards of 1981) and Norah Jones (Grammy Awards of 2003) are the only artists to receive the "Big Four" (Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist) in a single ceremony.
Béla Fleck has been nominated in more categories than any other musician, namely country, pop, jazz, bluegrass, classical, folk, and spoken word, as well as composition and arranging.
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Spoken. Blizzard garnered criticism for their decision in January 2006 to ban mention of homosexuality in-game. Surround Sound. The RP and RP-PvP also have naming and chat rules to encourage roleplaying. Rock. On a Normal or RP realm, players can only attack opposing faction members that willingly choose to "flag" themselves. Reggae. On a PvP or RP-PvP realm certain areas known as "contested areas" allow players to freely attack members of the opposing faction.
Rap. Normal, Player versus Player (PvP), roleplaying (RP) and roleplaying player versus player (RP-PvP). R&B. There are four different kinds of realm. Production and engineering. Users may have up to ten characters per each realm, up to a maximum of fifty characters per account. Pop. World of Warcraft also uses servers, known as 'realms' to allow players to choose their preferred gameplay type, and to allow the game to support as many subscribers as it does.
Polka. Some of the expansion's features will be available to all players, though the most significant additions – visiting Outland, creating characters of the two new races, and so on – will require the Burning Crusade to be installed. Packaging and notes. The expansion will also feature Outland as a new playable zone, as well as a new flying mount, usable only in Outland, for high-level players. New Age. It will include an increased level cap of 70, a new crafting profession, and two new races, one of which being the Blood Elves for the Horde. Music Video. On October 28, 2005 Blizzard revealed that the first expansion pack will be called World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade.
Musical Show. However, it is possible to launch World of Warcraft without the Blizzard Launcher by opening WoW.exe (typically found at C:Program FilesWorld of WarcraftWoW.exe). Latin. The Blizzard Launcher is automatically opened by default desktop and start menu shortcuts. Jazz. The Launcher was designed to report cheats that would be considered a bannable offense to the user so they may avoid starting the game (and Warden) before removing them. Historical. In November 2005, Blizzard introduced patch version 1.8.3 which added the Blizzard Launcher application.
Gospel. In November 2005, it was proven that the XCP rootkit secretly included with Sony music CDs in the US for the purposes of copy prevention could be used to disguise cheat programs from The Warden. Folk. However, such anti-cheat software can only follow a set of rules, so there follows a cat and mouse game as the game developers and cheat programmers attempt to circumvent each other. Film/TV/Media. In particular, Blizzard relies heavily on a technology known as The Warden which can detect some botting and cheating programs. Disco. Although Blizzard continues to ban players when they are detected as cheating, many players have found ways to escape detection.
Dance. Debates regarding the game's EULA as well as the rights of the players continue. Country. There has been some controversy as to the legality of The Warden, since it allegedly uses techniques similar to spyware in order to analyse other running software on the players' PCs, as well as the file system. However, software such as anti-virus software loosely falls into this definition as well. Composing and arranging. Blizzard makes heavy use of a system known as The Warden on the Windows version of the game in order to detect third-party programs, such as botting software. Comedy. So far, Blizzard has banned well over 25,000 players from the game.
Classical. Blizzard takes action against anyone who exploits the game by temporarily and permanently suspending accounts. Children's. The World of Warcraft End User License Agreement specifically forbids these kinds of activities. Blues. This has since been stopped by modifying the linguistics engine to remove punctuation and numbers from the text. Alternative. One common exploit was the use of leet (an example is '|-|()// |2 U?', read as 'how r u?') to communicate between the Horde and the Alliance, since symbols and numbers were left unmodified in otherwise scrambled communications.
Béla Fleck has been nominated in more categories than any other musician, namely country, pop, jazz, bluegrass, classical, folk, and spoken word, as well as composition and arranging. Such abuse ranges from gold farming to selling accounts on eBay. Christopher Cross (Grammy Awards of 1981) and Norah Jones (Grammy Awards of 2003) are the only artists to receive the "Big Four" (Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist) in a single ceremony. As with all massively multiplayer online games, World of Warcraft has had its share of players who exploit the world of Azeroth. The most Grammys won in a single night is eight -- a record shared by Michael Jackson (1984), and Carlos Santana (2000). WoWWiki  has several resources for information about WoW User Interface customization. Conductor Sir Georg Solti holds the record for most Grammys won, having won a total of thirty-eight awards before his death in 1997. Blizzard has stated on the official forums that any modification that uses the Lua programming language will not be considered an exploit, though Blizzard reserves the right to change information available via the Lua language if the modification changes the nature of encounters in the game.
Soul and R&B legend Aretha Franklin has won 11 awards for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, including 8 consecutive (and the first 8 ever awarded) awards in the category:. Use of these is against the Terms of Service agreed to when playing the game, and as such, may lead to possible suspension or closure of accounts. Legendary Opera Diva Leontyne Price has won 18 awards. Some programs that operate stand-alone, independent of World of Warcraft may be considered exploits, especially if they automate operation beyond that made available using the built-in macro functionality, or pass information in or out of the game. Session drummer Hal Blaine played on six consecutive records which won Record of the Year:. Blizzard has released a User Interface Customization tool which they call "Cui" .. Metheny, as of the 2004 Grammy Awards, holds the record for Grammy wins in the most different categories:. All addons are created using the Lua programming language and XML, and images used for any modification are created using the .TGA (Targa) and .BLP image formats.
Pat Metheny and the Pat Metheny Group have won 16 Grammys in total, including six consecutive awards for six consecutive albums. There are also various cosmetic mods, including one that reproduces the infamous 'Leeroy Jenkins' sound . . The range of modifications that are available can be anything from ways to control Winamp in-game, to adding extra rows of button bars for spells, skills and more. The Grammys are currently broadcast on CBS. At a simple level it allows full control over the content of toolbars and hot keys, as well as macros to automate sets of operations and the ability to script much more elaborate tools. So, for example, John Lennon & Yoko Ono's album Double Fantasy was released in November, 1980, a month-and-a-half too late to qualify for the 1981 Grammys, and thus eligible for the 1982 awards (it eventually won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year). Modifying the user interface (UI) of a game is nothing new, but Blizzard has included exceptional support for modifications.
Unlike the Academy Awards, for which the eligibility period begins January 1, the eligibility period for the Grammys begins October 1, which results in September being considered the Christmas sales period for the music industry (in which artists generally release big albums to qualify for the next year's Grammy). The upgrade from 10.3.5 to 10.3.9 is a free download from Apple. Of the "big three" music awards shows, the Grammys are the highest rated. This is being done to help support upcoming x86-based Macs. In fact, many artists who are placed in high regard, artistically, by many fans and critics (such as Elvis Presley, Mariah Carey, Garth Brooks, Pink Floyd, Kenny Rogers, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Radiohead, ) have been awarded very few Grammys. Note: In the patch notes for version 1.9.0, Blizzard announced that the operating system requirement for Mac OS X will increase from 10.3.5 to 10.3.9 in a future (beyond 1.9.0) patch or expansion. Hence, the Grammys are not taken seriously by some musicians and music fans. This is discouraging for those who are not on an unlimited internet usage plan.
Some feel that because Grammy voters tend to vote conservatively, and are marketed to by record companies, the most widely-recognized Grammys tend to go to either well-established artists or those being hyped by the recording industry. Furthermore, they have not yet considered making it possible to play WOW as single player/Offline, that is: you play alone against the computer controlling NPCs. The awards ceremony features performances by prominent artists, and some of the more prominent Grammys are presented in a widely-viewed televised ceremony. FreeBSD users have also been successful in using Wine to run the game. The awards are named for the trophy which the winner receives - a small gilded statuette of a gramophone, handcrafted by Billings Artworks. However, support for World of Warcraft is present in Windows API implementations Wine and Cedega, allowing the game to be played on Linux. Like the Oscars, the Grammys, which currently have 108 categories within 30 genres of music (such as pop, gospel, and rap), are voted upon by peers - voting members of the Recording Academy - rather than being based upon popularity (as with the AMAs) or sales and chart achievements (the BMAs). As of July 2005, Blizzard has no immediate plans to release a Linux version, but there is an online petition aimed at convincing Blizzard to release a true Linux port.
However, the Grammys, usually held in February, (last of what are considered the "big three" music awards shows, including the BMA and AMA shows) are considered the approximate equivalent to the Oscars, in the music world. World of Warcraft allows all users to play together, regardless of their operating system. The Grammy Awards (originally the Gramophone Awards), presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music Awards, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, make up the rest). The following requirements are as stated on the official World of Warcraft website, but generally players believe that these specifications are too low for the game to be played enjoyably. Best Contemporary World Music Album. Boxed copies of the game use a hybrid CD to install the game, eliminating the need for separate Mac and Windows retail products. Best Traditional World Music Album. World of Warcraft runs natively on both Macintosh and Microsoft Windows platforms.
Best World Music Album. . Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.
Best Surround Sound Album. On August 3, 2005, China implemented legislation which forbids minors from playing games in which players kill each other. Best Rock Album. . Best Rock Song. Due to World of Warcraft's high sales it has been described as a "runaway success" with "overwhelming popularity", which other games, like The Matrix Online, blame for their lackluster sales. Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance Vocal or Instrumental. Blizzard also stated that at any given time at least 500,000 subscribers are online.
Best Metal Performance. These numbers exclude all players under free promotional subscriptions, expired or canceled subscriptions, and expired pre-paid cards. Best Hard Rock Performance. 1.5 million of these are from the Chinese launch on July 7, 2005. Best Rock Instrumental Performance. Over 1 million of these players live in the US. Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. As of December 2005, World of Warcraft has more than 5,000,000 players worldwide, making it the most popular MMORPG in the world.
Best Rock Vocal Performance, Solo. Still, in certain high population areas (like Ironforge or Orgrimmar), players continue to experience game performance delays. Best Male Rock Vocal Performance. When more servers were added, these queues became less common and sales of the game resumed. Best Female Rock Vocal Performance. Due to the massive initial sales, there were also periods where players had to wait in queues before playing, as some realms were at their maximum player limit. Best Reggae Album. Sales were limited accordingly until more servers, called worlds, or realms, could be assembled.
Best Rap Album. Partly because of the huge number of people who bought the game, along with server instability, Blizzard chose to stop selling copies of the game some time after the launch. Best Rap Song. As is common with the launch of a MMORPG, World of Warcraft had its share of problems at first. Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. And, as with any game, it has its own terminology. Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group. World of Warcraft was declared by many in the computer gaming industry, including GameSpot and GameSpy, as 2004's game of the year.
Best Male Rap Solo Performance. The game won high praise at E³ in 2003, including Gamer's Pulse's Best of Show award. Best Female Rap Solo Performance. The game was released in China on June 6, 2005. Best Rap Solo Performance. On March 2, 2005, 100,000 testers signed up for China's WoW beta test within the first hour. Best Rap Performance. The game was released in Europe on February 11, 2005 with English, French and German language versions.
Best Contemporary R&B Album. Though not officially released in South Korea until January 18, 2005, it had been found on store shelves since November 2004. Best R&B Album. The game sold more than 240,000 copies in its first 24 hours on the market, more than any other PC game in history. Best R&B Song. The collector's box contained the following items:. Best Rhythm & Blues Recording. One was the regular CD edition, and the other was the limited Collector's Edition.
Best Urban/Alternative Performance. Blizzard released two versions of the game upon its launch. Best R&B Instrumental Performance. The game was simultaneously released on both Windows and Macintosh computer systems in North America, Australia and New Zealand on November 23, 2004. Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance. Rest increases whether or not a character is logged in, but slowly enough (10 days to reach a fully-rested state in an inn) that it is most easily noticed when a character is first logged in after not having been played for several hours or days. Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. Players can increase the rate at which their characters gain rest by a factor of four by returning to an inn or capital city to log off.
Best R&B Solo Vocal Performance, Male or Female. However, in order to prevent players exploiting this by leaving one character logged off in an inn while playing another, the maximum amount of rest a character can accumulate is capped at 1.5 levels' worth; the quantity of experience this represents varies depending on the character's level. Best Male R&B Vocal Performance. This feature allows someone who has been away from the game for a period of time to double his leveling capability until he leaves the rested state, providing a "catch up" incentive upon returning to the game. Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. While in rested state, a character will earn twice as much experience as would normally be gained from killing monsters, but will gain the standard amount of experience from completing quests and exploring. Remixer of the Year, Non-Classical. The other system used by Blizzard to help the casual player is the "rested state".
Producer of the Year, Classical. Many players find grinding uninteresting and opt instead to continue to do quests. Producer of the Year, Non-Classical. For example, players gain similar experience overall from completing quests as by only killing monsters ('grinding'). Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical. In particular the game play has been changed to make it more even and fair for both hardcore and casual players. Best Engineered Recording - Special or Novel Effects. Blizzard has used World of Warcraft to make some changes to the typical MMORPG in response to the common complaints received from players about other games in this genre.
Best Engineered Album, Classical. As World of Warcraft is a constant work in progress, there are a number of issues affecting it. Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical. These memes gain notoriety through postings on the World of Warcraft Forums. Best Pop Instrumental Album. There are various other memes, including "Face Melting", a reference to a very long thread on the priest forums on the World of Warcraft website which consisted of players saying "You will melt faces as a Shadow Priest in PvP" in different ways. Best Pop Vocal Album. On some servers and to a lesser extent, YTMND, has become a popular meme.
Best Contemporary Song. Also, there is a similarly reckless Arachnos Soldier NPC in the game City of Villains by the name of "Jenkins." In an amazing sign of the prevalence of the Jenkins joke, he was even part of a clue on the November 16th, 2005 episode of the TV game show College Jeopardy!. Best Pop Instrumental Performance with Vocal Coloring. Or, in Adventure Quest, where a direct tribute to Leeroy Jenkins is replayed by players in the Vamprook Spyre. Best Pop Instrumental Performance. Leeroy's popularity is even present in other games such as Guild Wars, where an NPC named Kilroy Stonekin rushes into battle, disrupting a perfectly good plan, while yelling his name in a direct reference. Best Performance by an Orchestra or Instrumentalist with Orchestra - Primarily Not Jazz or for Dancing. Another popular phenomenon in the community is a video starring a player named Leeroy Jenkins, intended to provide publicity for Leeroy's guild.
Best Performance by an Orchestra - for Dancing. In addition to playing the game itself and conversing on discussion forums provided by Blizzard, World of Warcraft players often participate in the World of Warcraft virtual community in creative ways, including fan artwork, comic strip style storytelling or even recording songs devoted to deleted NPCs such as Captain Placeholder. Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals.
Best Contemporary (R&R) Solo Vocal Performance - Male or Female. Instances are very elaborate dungeons that require good skills and organization to conquer. Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. Some rare items such as armor sets, epic weapons, rare mounts, etc. Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Instances in World of Warcraft also feature many more rare item drops than just the world itself. Best Instrumental Performance. kill a certain number of enemies, or collect a certain number of objects).
Best Performance by a Vocal Group or Chorus. Therefore, instanced dungeons tend to be much more interesting than normal areas, in which quest requirements are very simple (e.g. Best Performance by a Chorus. For example, requiring that a large group of enemies be defeated so that one can pull a lever to rotate a bridge in order to access a new section of the map makes sense when one group is traversing the dungeon linearly; it makes far less sense in public areas where hundreds of other players might be in the same area. Best Performance by a Vocal Group. Typically, instanced dungeons are more elaborate and require more steps to be taken in a particular order for successful completion than are necessary in the main world. Best Vocal Performance, Male. The recently added Zul'Gurub and Ruins of Ahn'Qiraj instances allow for a maximum of 20 people and offers a more casual gameplay experience.
Best Vocal Performance, Female. These are the toughest areas in the game and success in these four instances is virtually impossible without great organization and good equipment. Best Polka Album. As of late 2005 there are four instances which allow for a maximum of 40 people: Onyxia's Lair, Molten Core, Blackwing Lair and the Temple of Ahn'Qiraj. Best Album Notes - Classical. Instances will allow only a certain maximum group size to enter, ranging from 5-man groups in some small instances, to 40-man raids. Best Album Notes. This way a party can experience a dungeon without interference from other players, and cannot zerg it by bringing in outside help to overwhelm the opposition.
Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package. Instances, or "Instanced dungeons", are dungeons that have been designed and tailored specifically for certain sizes of groups and are duplicated for each group that enters it. Best Recording Package. World of Warcraft also features instances. Best Album Cover, Photography. Given that every game like World of Warcraft has had new content sold as a new game expansion, this might be added in a future expansion for this game. Best Album Cover, Graphic Arts. The 3rd major continent, Northrend, which was featured in Warcraft III and The Frozen Throne expansion, does not appear in the World of Warcraft at all.
Best Album Cover - Other Than Classical. The second-to-last content patch (1.8) introduces Emeriss, Taerar, Ysondre, and Lethon, four outdoor raid encounter dragons that protect the four portals to the Emerald Dream, and hints at further development of this storyline. Best Album Cover - Classical. It is unknown where this device is, how to acquire it, or whether its currently in the game right now at all. Best Album Cover. He says that Eranikus is not dead and he can contact him, but he needs a powerful augur device that was stolen from him. Best New Age Album. The current quest chain ends when you talk to Umbranse the Spiritspeaker.
Video of the Year. It is also thought that the Essence of Eranikus trinket quest will be continued and will include Emerald Dream content. Best Performance Music Video. The green dragon and younger sister to Alexstrasza, she was empowered by the titan Eonar to be bound to the Emerald Dream in an eternal trance to forever watch over the wilds and the Druids. Best Concept Music Video. Ysera or the Dreamer is one of the five Dragon Aspects that watch over the world of Azeroth. Best Long Form Music Video. The other four portals, in Ashenvale, Duskwood, Feralas, and the Hinterlands are connected to the Emerald Dream.
Best Short Form Music Video. (Note: This is speculation based on lore; there may be more to opening the portal than just acquiring the Book of Medivh.). Best Sound Track Album or Recording of Original Cast From a Motion Picture or Television. The Naxxaramas Necropolis is not yet implemented, although you can see an inactive portal deep inside Stratholme. Best Musical Show Album. This book might be found on Kel'Thuzad who ought to be found in the Naxxaramas Necropolis, above Stratholme. Best Salsa/Merengue Album. Some speculate that this portal will be opened when a player acquires the Book of Medivh.
Best Merengue Album. It is thought that this portal will be opened when the expansion set is released. Best Salsa Album. Information released recently says that, come the expansion, The Dark Portal will lead to Outland. Best Tejano Album. It is however not advised as it is a bannable offense. Best Latin Rock/Alternative Album. It is possible to enter these zones, either accidentally or intentionally.
Best Mexican/Mexican-American Album. Some examples of this are:. Best Traditional Tropical Latin Album. As of early 2006 a number of areas in the virtual world have yet to be implemented. Best Latin Pop Album. They are:. Best Latin Recording. Some of the notable landmarks and locations in the game that were featured in previous Warcraft games, namely Warcraft III, are featured in the game.
Best Latin Jazz Album. This forced the Horde to mainly reside in Kalimdor, and the Alliance to settle predominantly in the Eastern Kingdoms. Best Contemporary Jazz Album. While not all of the history of the four years between the end of The Frozen Throne and the start of World of Warcraft has been revealed, it is known that the conflict between the Horde's forces and the marines of the Theramore Isles at the end of the Orc mini-campaign were the kindling for the current conflict. Best Jazz Vocal Album. The new World Tree of Teldrassil is off the northwestern coast of Kalimdor. Best Original Jazz Composition. The current virtual world is built around two main continents: The Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor.
Best Jazz Fusion Performance. Some even grant a chance-on-hit ability, like the chance to spin the weapon wildly (damaging every hostile in the area) or hurl a fireball at enemies. Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album. Better weapons have a higher DPS (damage per second) and grant better increases to the player's attributes. Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group. Some classes rely more heavily on weapons than others, the Warrior relying on weapons the most heavily while the Mage hardly ever engages in physical combat. Best Jazz Instrumental Solo. Warriors can equip every weapon available in the game with the exception of wands.
Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Duo or Group. Weapons: Every class can equip a melee weapon, while most can equip a ranged weapon such as a bow, wand, crossbow, or gun. Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Male. these usually provide no additional protection, instead boosting attributes or granting useful, sometimes bizarre abilities. Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Female. In addition, two rings, two trinkets, and a neck piece can be equipped to the character. Best Historical Album. Armour can be equipped to the head, shoulders, back, chest, wrists, hands, legs, waist, and feet.
Best Gospel Choir or Chorus Album. Armour is used to reduce damage taken from melee attacks, with cloth providing the least protection and plate providing the most. Best Southern, Country or Bluegrass Gospel Album. Warriors and Paladins can equip Cloth, Leather, and Mail armor prior to level 40, at which point they can upgrade to Plate armor. Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album. Hunters, Shamans, Druids, and Rogues are restricted to Leather and Cloth armor; however, the former two can upgrade to Mail at level 40. Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album. Mages, Priests, and Warlocks are restricted to Cloth armor.
Best Rock Gospel Album. Types of Armour and Requirements: There are several different types of armor in the game, but not every class can wear every kind. Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album. A few of the many available include: rabbit, parrot, snake, or chicken. Best Inspirational Performance. Another set of miscellaneous items purchasable are non-combat pets, often stored in a crate in the player's inventory. Best Soul Gospel Performance by a Duo or Group, Choir or Chorus. Around major holidays (Christmas, Halloween, Chinese New Year, etc), special holiday-specific items and decorations appear in the game.
Best Soul Gospel Performance, Male or Female. Miscellaneous Items: These items include balls that can be tossed back and forth between two people, snowballs, fireworks, alcohol, and many other novelty items (such as a flute that makes people dance). Best Soul Gospel Performance, Male. Leatherworkers require skins and pelts to create items, and Alchemists require herbs and flowers. Best Soul Gospel Performance, Female. that can be made by disenchanting green or better quality items. Best Soul Gospel Performance, Contemporary. Enchanters require essences, dusts, shards, crystals, etc.
Best Soul Gospel Performance, Traditional. Tailoring materials are usually some form of cloth, such as linen. Best Soul Gospel Performance. For example, ores and stones are materials for several Blacksmith and Engineering recipes. Best Gospel Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group, Choir or Chorus. Materials: Materials, or "mats", are the components to make an item through a profession. Best Gospel Vocal Performance, Male. Any soul shard collected is automatically put into the soul shard bag.
Best Gospel Vocal Performance, Female. These bags are unique to warlocks, who have always had trouble with having to carry so many soul shards. Best Gospel Performance, Contemporary. Soul shard bags have more slots than other bags as well, but only carry soul shards. Best Gospel Performance, Traditional. They also increase your firing speed. Best Gospel Performance. Ammo bags have more slots than normal bags, however only ammo, such as arrows and bullets, can be put into them.
Best Hawaiian Music Album. There are also two types of special bags: Ammo bags and the new soul shard bags, introduced in patch 1.9. Best Native American Music Album. For example, twenty Silk Cloth can occupy one slot, meaning Silk Cloth can stack up to 20, while a bolt of Linen can stock up to 10. Best Contemporary Folk Album. Not all items are stackable, and the maximum stacking number varies from item to item. Best Traditional Folk Album. Every item occupies one slot in a bag, unless it is "stackable." Stackable simply means that several items will occupy one slot in a bag.
Best Ethnic or Traditional Folk Recording. They come in numerous carrying capacities, starting with a 4 slot bag, and increase in increments of two, up to 18. Best Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media (previously in the "composing and arranging" field). Bags: Bags allow players to carry items. Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media (previously in the "composing and arranging" field). There is speculation that the legendary mount has a faster speed than the standard epic mount. Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media. This is believed to be a one-of-a-kind item, even though some speculate that it may be a very rare mount drop in AQ as well, such as the mounts found in Zul'Gurub and Stratholme.
Best Disco Recording. A special mount, given to the one who opened the gates of Ahn'Qiraj, is also a legendary item. Best Electronic/Dance Album. Orange items, referred to as "legendary" quality, are the most powerful and rare in the game with only two weapons, and a necklace classified "legendary". Best Dance Recording (previously in "Pop"). With an exceptionally low drop rate, these items are hard to come by, and they are usually limited to boss drops or quest rewards. Best New Country & Western Artist. An item that has its name written in purple is extraordinarily powerful, and is referred to as an "epic" item.
Best Bluegrass Album. Blue items, too, sometimes carry an "Of the..." suffix. Best Country Album. Blue items are usually dropped by enemies in instances, and usually have better attribute increases than green items. Best Country Song. An item of Blue rarity is powerful, and is classified as rare. Best Country & Western Single. For example, items with the suffix "Of the Bear" carry Strength and Stamina boosts.
Best Country & Western Recording. Green items often carry a suffix with an animal name, such as "Of the Bear" or "Of the Monkey." These tell what attributes the item carries. Best Country Instrumental Performance. An item of Green rarity is uncommon, and can be very useful. Best Country Collaboration with Vocals. An item with a white name is often useful to someone. Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. Grey body parts from beasts are surprisingly lucrative, selling often for several times what other grey items of similar level would sell for; this is to compensate for the fact that beasts do not drop cash.
Best Country Performance, Duo or Group - Vocal or Instrumental. These items are often known as "Vendor Trash" or "Vendor Fodder," as they are easily sold for a moderate amount of money to any vendor. Best Male Country Vocal Performance. An item with a gray name is often worthless. Best Female Country Vocal Performance. Rarity: The rarity of an item may be noted by the coloring of the item's name. Best Vocal Arrangement for Two or More Voices. The deeper the color, the higher the rarity, and the higher stat boost it will grant.
Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s). A weapon or piece of armor that boosts attributes will have its name written typically in green, blue, or purple, depending on how high the boost is. Best Instrumental Arrangement. Weapons may also boost attributes in a similar faction. Best Arrangement. Some armor also can grant increases to critical hit percentage, dodge percentage, etc., and some grant unique abilities. Best Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media (now in the "film/TV/media" field). Attributes: Some items carry bonuses to a character's attributes.
Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media (now in the "Film/TV/Media" field). There are various types of items in World of Warcraft, ranging from axes to flowers to animal organs. Best Instrumental Composition. These special raptor and tiger-type mounts are very rare and take hours of game time to earn. Best Spoken Comedy Album. Lastly, there are quests that are not very well known that can be done by each faction to gain a unique mount. Best Comedy Album. Popular rumor has it that there are insectoid mounts as fast or faster than the epic level mounts of other species in the Temple of Ahn'Qiraj instance, added in January 2006.
Best New Classical Artist. Additionally, Baron Rivendare in Stratholme and Bloodlord Mandokir and High Priest Thekal of Zul'Gurub have a low chance of dropping epic mounts, unique to each individual, as well. Best Classical Crossover Album. Players who reach PvP rank 11 gain access to cheaper versions of the epic mounts. Best Classical Album. There are several other ways to acquire a mount as well. Best Classical Contemporary Composition. That said, the price is subject to discounts for honored reputation with your faction or attainment of rank three (of fourteen) in PvP Combat.
Best Chamber Music Performance. In addition, if you are not a Paladin or Warlock, you must learn the riding skill before you can use a mount, which costs twenty gold. Best Small Ensemble Performance (with or without conductor). The Warlock and Paladin classes gain access to free mounts at level 40, and a cheaper mount at level 60, whereas every other class needs to pay 90 gold for their standard mount, or 1000 gold for their epic mount. Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without orchestra). The first is availible at level 40 and gives a 60% increase to movement speed, while the other mount (commonly referred to as an "epic" mount) becomes available at level 60 and gives a 100% bonus to movement speed. Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (with orchestra). World of Warcraft offers different types of mounts that move players faster around the world.
Best Classical Performance - Instrumental Soloist or Soloists (with or without orchestra). Additonally, the formula to calculate the amount of mana regenerated per second varies depending on the class. Best Choral Performance. Trolls have an inherent passive racial ability that keeps 10% of their health regeneration active during combat. Best Opera Recording. Healing rotations can be used to counter this, though. Best Classical Performance, Operatic or Choral. This says that spirit will not regenerate mana until 5 seconds have passed since the last spell cast - which effectively nullifies mana regeneration if you cast continuously.
Best Classical Vocal Performance. Mana does, but it is important to take the "5-second rule" into account. Best Orchestral Performance. Regardless of how high your spirit is, your health does not regenerate in combat. Best Spoken Word Album for Children. Each point of spirit increases the amount of mana regenerated by 1/8 and health by 1/9 per tick (every 2 seconds). Best Musical Album for Children. Spirit increases the rate at which you recover health and mana.
Best Album for Children. Stamina is especially important for Warriors and Warlocks, but is also important for any class that focuses on player versus player combat as the more stamina a player has, the longer the player survives. Best Contemporary Blues Album. Each point of Stamina increases a character's health by 10. Best Traditional Blues Album. Intellect is also used to determine the rate at which weapon skill increases. Best Alternative Music Album. This attribute is very important for casting classes (Mages, Warlocks, Priests, Druids, Shamans), and is also used by the Paladins and Hunters, although it is not of the highest priority.
Grammy Trustees Award. A level 60 mage will gain a 1% crit chance w/ spells for each 59.5 int they have.). Grammy Tech Award. It is also linked to the critical strike chance with spells (Crit chance varies for every class/level. Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Each point of Intellect increases the character's mana by 15. Grammy Legend Award. This attribute is generally important for all melee classes (Warriors, Shamans, Paladins, Rogues and feral Druids) although Hunters also benefit from strength.
Grammy Hall of Fame. It is also linked to the amount of damage blocked by a shield. Best New Artist. Each point of strength increases attack power by 2 points for Warriors, Paladins, Shamans and Druids, while Priests, Mages, Warlocks, Rogues and Hunters get 1 attack power per strength. Song of the Year. It is said for example that a level 60 Rogue gains a 1% chance to get a critical strike for every 29 Agility, and a level 60 Hunter receives 1% for every 53 Agility. Album of the Year. Hunters and Rogues generally need as much as an agility boost as possible from gear (in game equipment).
Record of the Year. Agility is also linked to a character's chance to dodge and perform a critical strike with a weapon (although the degree of effect varies for each class). 1988 - Aretha. Hunters, Rogues and Druids also gain 1 point of melee attack power per point of Agility, although Druids only get attack power when shape-shifted to a Cat. 1986 - "Freeway of Love". Each point of Agility increases armor by 2 points, and ranged attack power by 2 points. 1982 - "Hold On, I'm Comin'". For classes that rely on melee combat, strength is more important than spirit, while spell casters will benefit more from a spirit and intelligence boost than from a boost in strength.
1975 - "Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing". For each class, different attributes are more important. 1974 - "Master of Eyes". These attributes hold a key role in determining a character's health (hit points), mana (is used up by casting spells), attack power (each point of attack power increases a character's damage per second by 1/14), armor (reduces the amount of damage you take), dodge chance, critical strike chances (a default of double damage with ranged and melee weapons, a default of 1.5 times with spells), health regeneration, and mana regeneration. 1973 - Young, Gifted, and Black. Strength (STR), Intellect (INT), Spirit (SPI), Agility (AGI), and Stamina (STA) are the attributes of World of Warcraft. 1972 - "Bridge Over Troubled Water". They are as follows.
1971 - "Don't Play That Song". Attributes are used by the game to calculate strengths and weaknesses for each character. 1970 - "Share Your Love With Me". In the upcoming expansion, the Jewel Crafting profession will be introduced. 1969 - "Chain of Fools". These types of players will typically offer gathered items for sale in the game's auction houses. 1968 - "Respect". Some players choose to select only "gathering" professions, opting to simply supply resources to players with item creation skills.
1971 Simon & Garfunkel - "Bridge Over Troubled Water". The most commonly paired skills are as follows: Mining and Blacksmithing, Mining and Engineering, Skinning and Leatherworking, Herbalism and Alchemy, and to a lesser extent, tailoring and enchanting. 1970 5th Dimension - "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In". Many players choose to pair two related professions, thus allowing the character to gather the required materials for the crafting skill. Robinson". Essentially, there are two types of professions: gathering and item creation. 1969 Simon & Garfunkel - "Mrs. In addition to the character classes, a player may choose two primary professions and all three secondary professions that the game offers, if they so choose.
1968 5th Dimension - "Up, Up and Away".
Best Jazz Instrumental Solo (2001). There are also neutral NPCs that will only attack you when provoked, their name displayed in yellow. Best Rock Instrumental Performance (1999). Any character with his name displayed in red is hostile towards you and should either be avoided or dealt with caution. Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Individual or Group (1998, 2000). There are also several hostile NPCs, mainly the NPCs of the opposing faction and mobs (enemies controlled by AI). Best Contemporary Jazz Performance/Album (1993, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2003). They will be found automatically in any city allied with your faction, as well as any city you have earned a reputation of friendly or better with.
Best Instrumental Composition (1991). First are the friendly NPCs, whose names are displayed in green. Best Jazz Fusion Performance (1983, 1984, 1985, 1988, 1990). NPCs have many types. NPCs are the characters that can only interact with player characters through scripted events or AI. The color of a PC's name tag can vary from blue, green, yellow, or red depending on faction, location, and play combat status.
Player Characters are people around the world actively playing the game. There are two types of characters in the game: Player Characters(PC) and Non-Player Characters (NPCs), the latter having many different offshoots. There are 20 possible combinations of race and class for each faction, for a total of 40 combinations across both factions. Classes are also limited by race.
Two of the classes are faction-specific: Paladins for the Alliance, and Shamans for the Horde. The nine available classes are Druid, Hunter, Mage, Paladin, Priest, Rogue, Shaman, Warlock and Warrior. The races are split into two equally sized factions, the Alliance and the Horde:. When creating a character in World of Warcraft, the player can choose from eight different races and nine different character classes.
Players create characters which serve as their avatar in the online world of Azeroth. The two factions currently in the game are the Alliance and Horde, both consisting of different races. Users can create up to 10 characters per realm which range from a diverse amount of races and classes. Characters in the World of Warcraft are tied to specific user accounts which can be used in all servers, or realms.
. This level of popularity eventually led major MMORPG developers such as Sony Online Entertainment to re-think the way they are making games, even changing the gameplay of their past successful titles. As of January 2006, World of Warcraft is one of the most popular MMORPGs in the world, with more than 5.5 million active subscriptions. World of Warcraft is set four years after the events at the conclusion of Blizzard's previous release, Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne.
The Warcraft games are set in the eponymous Warcraft Universe, a fantasy setting introduced by Warcraft: Orcs & Humans in 1994. It is the 4th game in the Warcraft series, excluding expansion packs and the canceled Warcraft Adventures: Lord of the Clans. World of Warcraft (commonly abbreviated as WoW) is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) developed by Blizzard Entertainment. Players will try to access files not yet in game and then host them on websites to expose content not yet released (usually new zones, items, and graphics).
Data Mining – This is typically most common around the time that a patch is released on the public test realm. These exploits are usually not discovered right away and are allowed to be used (though typically thought of as unfair) until stated otherwise by Blizzard. This includes using wall-walking (removed in patch 1.9) to get into unfinished areas or abilities like the Sentry Totem to make one's character unattackable by other players. Game Mechanics Exploits – There are also other exploits involving the physics of the game, sometimes in conjunction with items.
The bot will kill monsters, loot gold, mine ore, collect herbs or gain levels automatically without the player having to be in front of the computer. Botting – A player who runs a third party program to control their character. Speed Hacking/Teleporting/subterrain travel – Since character position in World of Warcraft is determined by the client side, it is possible for players to send out artificial positional data and be instantly transported to any part of the world (even underground) or used to speed up traveling speed by increasing positional deltas. DirectX 9.0c.
32 MB 3D graphics card with hardware transform and lighting, such as GeForce 2 or better. 256 MB RAM or more (512 MB recommended, 1 GB for comfortable play). 800 MHz or higher CPU. Windows 98/ME/2000/XP:
Mac OS X v10.3.9 or newer (see note below). ATI or Nvidia video hardware with 32 MB VRAM or more. 512 MB RAM or higher; DDR RAM recommended. 933 MHz or higher G4, G5, or Intel processor.
Mac OS X:
An exclusive in-game pet for every character, chosen from a Zergling, Panda, and Mini Diablo. A cloth map of Azeroth. The Art of World of Warcraft (Hardcover book). A Collector's Edition manual.
A Collector's Edition Soundtrack. A Behind the Scenes DVD. A guest pass to the game, providing a player's friend with 10-day access. A One-month subscription to the game.
The entire game on both one DVD and four CDs. Other popular online games such as Diablo II (which was made by Blizzard), Neverwinter Nights, and Counter-Strike often lack the dedicated support, server resources, and consistent additions of new content seen in WoW. With the financial resources and investment Blizzard has in making their customers happy, they appear to address issues quickly and effectively when compared to other online games. Rewards for completing such challenges are in the form of better character equipment, which makes for a better experience when attempting other quest or PvP content.
The epic nature of some instanced dungeons provides a more content-rich and interesting experience for those who wish to immerse themselves in the world for the amount of time required to complete such instances. The Priest class will be revamped in the upcoming patch 1.10. Lately, significant changes to the Paladin have been made in patch 1.9. In recent patches Blizzard has revamped certain classes to make them more viable and playable such as Hunters and Druids, which were revamped in patches 1.7 and 1.8, respectively.
Classes are generally balanced, though specialization in some of the talent trees is generally not practical. In addition to playing the "actual" game, players can interact socially, explore the various landscapes, or participate in the game's virtual economy. Players can experience the questing content alone, with friends, or with a gaming guild. Since the game is based on a community of players with the ability to interact in many ways, the gaming experience is always evolving and new.
Many players become irritated with issues like 'ganking' (one or often more players of the opposing race repeatedly killing a character), quests which involve traveling through hostile lands (relates to ganking problems), and the collection of Honor Points (gained from killing hostile players) to earn special items. Focus on PvP (Player versus Player) combat: Issues with balance in the game have put off many players, especially with the game's focus on PvP combat for developing content. The issues were suspected to be Blizzard's upstream Internet service provider . For example, in September 2005, Blizzard gave all European players two free days of play as compensation for repeated network failures.
Due to failures in these, there have been times when the game has been unplayable by a large number of players. World of Warcraft is not playable offline: As with other online games, server and network stability is critical. This means that none of the bosses will spawn again until after that time period is up and the entire instance resets itself. Once a group of players kill the first boss, their future progress is saved and stored for one week from the first boss kill, or to when the weekly server maintenance takes place, whichever happens first.
However, Blizzard has made it so that the instance does not have to be done in one, large chunk. The Molten Core (a commonly run, high-level instance usually referred to as 'MC') can usually take as long as six hours to complete. Long time online required at high level: High-level dungeons can take many hours of party finding, strategy discussion, and battles. This balancing action is sometimes called 'buffing' or 'nerfing,' depending on whether the change strengthened or weakened the class.
Blizzard periodically releases patches which, along with adding features or fixing bugs, also attempt to balance gameplay by updating the class skill trees and spells. Unbalanced classes: Many people tend to believe that certain classes or races are over- or underpowered. This will provide the Horde with a so-called "pretty race," which is one of the previous reasons a player might choose Alliance over the Horde races. This issue will possibly be addressed in the expansion, where it has been announced that the Blood Elves will be a new playable race for the Horde.
This affects PvP and the quality of gameplay for some players. Lopsided Horde to Alliance ratio: Many of the servers are becoming outnumbered, with many servers suffering a 2:1 ratio of Alliance to Horde. The opposite of this is also true; some servers are too overpopulated and are hard to play on because of server load and long queues to log in. Blizzard has taken certain measures to alleviate this problem by allowing character transfers on certain servers, but it is still something of a problem.
Certain low population servers are experiencing a vast number of players leaving the servers, making it harder for people to find groups, and affecting the in-game economy. Population: Some World of Warcraft players created characters on servers with medium to low populations. This way the people will be spread among these cities instead of lagging one correspondent area. The Auction House, the trade channel, and the group channel are now linked with every capital city since the patch 1.9 updated 2005-11-23.
This may no longer be a serious problem, especially since changes were made to the Auction House. Serious lag — or slow operation — often occurs on weekend nights, and in the central cities of the Warcraft world, such as Ironforge and Orgrimmar (sometimes nicknamed "Lagforge", "Laggerforge" and "Lagrimmar"), where large concentrations of players congregate. Lag: The popularity of the game means that at times, so many people are on-line that the servers become overloaded and very slow. There are four other portals, located in Duskwood, Ashenvale Forest, Feralas, and The Hinterlands that are the sites of four extremely powerful green dragons.
One portal, the Dark Portal, is present but currently serves no purpose. Several islands named on the map cannot be reached, such as Kul Tiras, Tol Barad, Zul'Dare, Crestfall, and Sunwell Grove. In Azeroth (confusingly both the name of the eastern continent and the name of the world): Medivh's Tower (in Deadwind Pass). In Khaz Modan: Grim Batol (in the far east of the Wetlands).
In Lordaeron: Gilneas (south of the Greymane Wall), Quel'Thalas (north-east of Stratholme), and Zul'Aman (east of Quel'Thalas). In Kalimdor: Mount Hyjal (south-west of Winterspring) and the Caverns of Time and Uldum (both in Tanaris). Hyjal, where the final battle against Archimonde was held and the fall of the Burning Legion's Second Invasion took place. These regions surround Mt.
Areas to the north include Ashenvale Forest, Felwood, Winterspring, Azshara and the Moonglade. Kalimdor, home to the Tauren, Orcs, Trolls, and Night Elves. The Blasted Lands, home of the original Dark Portal out of which the Orcs first came into Azeroth. The Eastern and Western Plaguelands, including places such as Andorhal, the place of origin of the Scourge and the Plague of Undeath, and Stratholme, the site of Arthas' initial fall into insanity.
Here they are engineering a new plague to wipe out the Scourge and all humans in Azeroth. The Undercity, which resides under the Ruins of Lordaeron, is the main city of the Undead, ruled by Sylvanas Windrunner and Varimathras. Because of these advantages, warriors are among the most common classes played in World of Warcraft. Warriors can also use all types of armor.
Warriors are very powerful in melee combat and can use all types of weapons except wands. Warrior: An adept mercenary type class that specializes in damage mitigation and keeping the focus of monsters on him or in doing massive amounts of damage. The bulk of the Warlock's spells do shadow damage, but some of their nukes (and both their area damage spells) do fire damage. Warlocks can only wear cloth armor, but unlike mages usually have much higher amounts of health.
At higher levels warlocks can summon more powerful demons such as the Infernal and Doomguard, which require the use of reagents bought from vendors and can turn on their casters if not carefully employed. Warlocks can summon demons as pets for various purposes: the Imp (magical ranged damage and stamina buff), Voidwalker (tank), Succubus (crowd control, melee damage), and Felhunter (anti-caster). Warlock: Warlocks, depending on how the user plays, can either do ranged burst-damage as a mage, or use Damage over Time (DoT) spells to defeat their opponent. The Shaman class is only available to the Horde side.
A well played Shaman can be extremely adept at Player vs Player combat, with spell interrupts for casters and slowing spells for melee classes. Shamans can use mail armor once they reach level 40. Shamans use totems in combat to heal or cure their parties, slow the enemy, or deal damage to them. However, Shamans generally have inferior tanking abilities to a Paladin, compensating for this with higher damage.
Shamans are basically the Horde's Paladin, capable of healing and fighting in melee combat. Shaman: Shamans are a hybrid class combining melee and magical abilities. Every race has access to the Rogue as of January 2006, with the exception of the Tauren. Rogues mostly wear leather armor, yet they possess the ability to wear cloth armor as well.
Rogues specialize in quick strikes from the shadows, and are very adept at stealth and poisoning targets, as well as lockpicking. Rogue: Rogues are assassins that prefer to fight quickly and discretely, often employing underhanded tactics. Priests are often found working in groups or teams with other classes in order to gain levels faster. Priests are only able to wear cloth armor and only have access to a limited number of weapons.
Priest: The Priest is the most powerful healer in the game, although specialisation into the Shadow talent tree allows them to become quite formiddable damage dealers and is therefore a popular choice of talents for Player versus Player combat. Paladins are only available to the Alliance side. Paladins are a very good group-oriented class. Paladins are able to make themselves immune to all damage, which gives them time to fully heal during combat, making them difficult to kill in Player versus Player combat.
Paladins have seals, auras, and blessings to use in combat to buff themselves as well as other players. Paladins can use all armor types and most weapon types (but not ranged weapons). Paladins are a hybrid class, not able to tank or deal damage as well as a Warrior, and not able to heal as well as a Priest. Paladin: Paladins are a powerful combination of a warrior and a priest.
Alternatively, they can specialise in the frost tree and do ranged area damage with a snare component, preventing the monsters or players from reaching the mage. When specialised partly in the arcane tree (as most mages tend to be) they can do large ininterruptable area damage at point-blank range. One of the biggest strengths of the mage is area damage. Mages also have a large amount of utility, such as conjuring water to allow party members to spend less time resting or creating portals to travel to cities far away.
They rely on the ability to destroy opponents at long range, as they can only use cloth type armor and have low health. Mages specialize in ranged spell damage, often being able to kill the opponents before they reach the Mage. Mage: Mages are a very powerful spellcaster-type class. Hunters wear leather armor, and gain the ability to use mail armor at level 40.
Hunters can also lay traps, cast self-buffing "aspects" to boost both combat and non-combat abilities, and increase their damage output with an array of magical shots and "stings". They can train wild animals as pets for use in combat, where the pet engages enemy targets in melee while the Hunter attacks from a distance. Hunter: Hunters specialize in ranged weaponry and are excellent for solo play. A smart Druid can therefore be very difficult to defeat, as he can change between taking damage as a Warrior, healing as a Priest or doing Rogue-like damage - but not quite as well as the original class.
Druids have the ability to transform into different animals with many different abilities. Druid: Druids are one of the more versatile classes in the game, making them good for multiple play styles. Additionally, there are many NPC races such as Goblins, Ogres, High Elves, Murlocs and Nagas. Blood Elves will be added in the upcoming Burning Crusade expansion.
Forsaken) and Trolls. The Horde currently consists of Orcs, Tauren, Undead (a.k.a. An unknown race will be added in the upcoming Burning Crusade expansion. The Alliance currently consists of Humans, Night Elves, Dwarves and Gnomes.