Blizard Entertainment, one of the leaders of the gaming industry, has one of the best MMORPG (Massive Multi-Player Role Playing Game) games on the market in The World of Warcraft. With over 14 million subscribers, The World of Warcraft (WoW) offers many challanges in game content and against other online players.
When you decide to get started in the World of Warcraft it is good to know that there are also two expansion packs (Xpac) to the gaming world, The Burning Crusade (TBC) and The Wrath of the Lich King (WotLK). While these are not necessary to begin, some features will not be accessable with the basic version. Basically, a few classes, proffesions, and adventuring zones that were added in ths expansions. Blizzard does offer Free 10 day trial downloads of all three.
Once you have loaded the game onto your computer, it’s time to make a character!! Now comes the decision, “What role do I want to fill?” While, much can be accomplished on your own in the game, there are also many challenges that require group efforts. Most groups consist of five people with a role break down of a Tank, a Healer, and three Damage dealers, better known as DPS (damage per second). Tanks and healers are always in demand because there are only a few classes that can fill those roles where as all classes have a dps option depending on how you spend your skill points.
Tanking classes comprise of Warriors, Paladins, Druids and Death Knights (available with WotLK). These classes are known for tanking because the are able to wear plate mail armor and concentrate on gaining defense and parry rating as well as stamina bonus’s. Plate armor, defense and parry raitng allows them to take less or no damage from hits and the higher health allows them to take bigger hits without dieing. As a tank you don’t deal as much damage as DPS roles, but your responsibility is to make sure the Mobs (mobile creatures) focus an attacking you by holding their aggro, through use of your skills (also known as Talents), while the DPS works on dealing the high damage to kill the creature.
Healer classes consist of Priests, Druids and Shamans. These classes are known as the healers because they have the magical abilities to cast healing spells. Your role in the group will be to keep everyone alive, but first the Tank, and yourself (can’t heal anyone if you’ve died), then the DPS.
All classes have DPS options depending on the talents/skills you choose. Death Knights, Druids, Warriors, Priests, Mages, Hunters, Warlocks and Rogues. The amount of damage each of these classes can deal varies depending on how you skill yourself. Some are better at high damage to single targets while others are better at damaging groups at a time. All of this depends on how you choose to spend your skill/talent points as you gain levels. DPS roles are also broken down into two roles of melee (swinging weapons up close and personal) and ranged (Casting spells or firing weapons from a distance). Melee roles are filled by Warriors, Paladins, Death Knights, Rogues, Shamans and Druids. Ranged roles are filled with Mages, Warlocks, Hunters, Shamans, Druids and Priests.
As you can see a few classes can fill several or all three roles, depending on how you’ve skilled yourself, while others (dps) can only fill that role. You are able to change your skills during game-play but at a cost of in-game gold. This gets more expensive each time you change but does cap at 50 gold. So choose wisely and welcome to The World of Warcraft!