Welcome to our series of guides for new players! If you want to explore the vast, ever-changing world of Azeroth, you've come to the right place. We'll try to cover the most important information about World of Warcraft, from buying the game to the more complicated elements of gameplay. If you have additional questions, we recommend visiting the newcomers section of our forum.
This section will take you through the first steps of starting World of Warcraft, such as server selection and character creation, as well as what to keep in mind when choosing a class and race. This guide is compatible with the 8.1 update.
When you log into the game for the first time, you will automatically be placed on one of the less populated servers called realms. To change it, you need to click the Change Realm button at the top right of the screen. You will then see a list of realms, each with its type, number of characters and population. Realms are divided into two types:
Normal - Ordinary PvE realm. Players cannot fight each other unless they are in the area of the opposing faction or have enabled PvP mode for their character in the main city.
RP - A server that brings together players who want to role-play their characters, take part in community organized role-playing events, etc. It works on similar principles as a Normal realm. The biggest RP realm in the European region is Argent Dawn.
There used to be PvP servers, where fighting other players was always active, but Blizzard decided to change this system. Now players will manually activate PvP (War Mode) in cities, and in the open world they will automatically run into others who are willing to fight. If you want to play with your fellow countrymen, the server with the most Polish players is Burning Legion. You can also find Polish guilds on other servers - it is worth taking a look at the guilds section on our forum, where they often advertise themselves.
Now we come to the main stage, the creation of your first character. At the beginning you will have to decide on whose side you will stand in the eternal conflict between the Horde and the Alliance. You will choose your race, modify the appearance of your hero and, most importantly, choose a class. This last step determines which weapons, equipment and skills you will be able to use during the battle.
Choosing a race
All races available to players in World of Warcraft belong to one of two factions. The Horde is an unusual alliance that values honor, strength and the will to survive above all else. The members of the noble Alliance share a belief in sacrifice and justice.
In ranks of Horde you can play as orcs, undead, tauren, trolls, blood elves and goblins. The Alliance unites humans, dwarves, night elves, gnomes, draenei and worgen. There are also neutral pandaren, who choose their faction only after completing quests in the initial zone. Each race has a few abilities unique to them, for example dwarves can turn to stone and take less damage. Details can be found in the "More Info" tab on the character creation screen.
In the Battle for Azeroth expansion it is now possible to create heroes that belong to the so-called Allied Races, i.e. representatives of different nations and groups that you have come into contact with during your adventures in Azeroth. Allied Races can only be unlocked at level 110 after meeting certain requirements. You can find more information in this guide.
Selecting a class
Now you can decide on your character class. Are you a justice-loving paladin, a pocket-picking rogue or a fireball-throwing mage? Each class has a unique gameplay style, so try out a few before you make your final decision and see if they suit you.
World of Warcraft currently has 12 classes: warrior, paladin, hunter, rogue, priest, shaman, mage, wizard, monk, druid, death knight and demon hunter. The latter two are so-called heroic classes, which begin their adventure at a higher level than the others (55 and 100 respectively) and are more unique in terms of the storyline. Some classes are not available for certain races - an undead cannot be a paladin, for example, and a human will not work as a shaman.
Specializations are also worth mentioning here, which unlock at level 10 and additionally change the style of gameplay. It depends on them whether, for example, your priest will focus on healing (Discipline, Holy) or on inflicting damage (Shadow). Each specialization offers a separate set of skills and talent tree.
Different classes differ not only in skills, but also in the equipment they use. For example, demon hunters and monks are limited to leather armor. You should also pay attention to the stats of your items - characters who heal and cast spells usually prefer Intellect, and those who fight in close combat Agility or Strength. Regardless of your class, you will need Stamina, which increases your life points.
Once you have given your first hero a name and appearance, there is only one thing left to do - enter the game world. To do this, click the Enter World button on the character selection screen. You will be greeted by a short introductory cutscene, after which you can begin your first adventure in Azeroth!