12 Tips for the World of Warcraft Beginner

Welcome to the World of Warcraft! This popular MMO has been around since 2004, but there’s always room for new players to join the fun. Here are a collection of quick and easy tips to help you get into the game and enjoy it!
Customizing the Game

There are a few options you may find extremely useful in your Interface options. These are Control: Auto Loot Enabled; Combat: Auto Self Cast Enabled; and Objectives: Instant Quest Text Enabled.

There is an auto-run key, bound by default to Num Lock. There is also a walk mode, which can be toggled on or off by pressing /.

You may find as you enter towns that you are inundated with spammers trying to sell gold or power-leveling services. If you right click on their name in chat, you can choose Report Spam. This will send a report to the GMs, and mute them so that you no longer see their messages.

Quests and Grouping

World of Warcraft offers a convenient quest tracking tool. This makes it easy to see where you need to go to complete quest objectives. To help you level faster, take a look at your quest tracker before you leave town and plan to complete several quests at once before returning – saving you valuable travel time.

Stuck on a quest? Can’t find a mob or item? The chat channels can be helpful, but sometimes there’s no one around to answer your call. Instead of giving up, look it up! One of the most highly regarded resources for World of Warcraft is the database at wowhead.com. It can be searched for anything, and includes maps, notes, and guides to help you find what you need.

Be social! World of Warcraft, while offering a great amount of solo content, does have many group quests and missions – and end game content is very group and guild oriented. Make friends, look for a guild, and have fun!

Managing your Money

Take at least one harvesting profession: mining, herbalism, or skinning. These professions are not only easy to level up, but the materials you gather will offer a steady stream of income for you on the game’s auction house.

Sell everything you can on the Auction House. This player-to-player market can easily make you money on almost any item that is colored white or above (gray colored items are considered vendor trash.)

Save money. As you level up, training will get more expensive, as will getting the mounts you’ll need to get across terrain fast. Rely on quest rewards and item drops to gear up as much as possible; resist spending money on upgrades.

Character Builds and Class Roles

Classes that can tank are Warriors, Paladins, Death Knights, and Druids. Classes that can heal are Priests, Paladins, Druids, and Shaman. All classes have the ability to be DPS as well.

As you get new abilities (learned every two levels until level 61), make sure to read their descriptions carefully, and practice using them. Not all skills are useful in all situations, and it helps to know what skills you have and when to use them.

When using the LFG/Dungeon Tool, make sure to only select the role (tank, healer, or damage) that you are prepared to do in a group setting. Although you may play a class that can tank, heal, and do damage, no character is capable of doing all three effectively in a dungeon. Stick with what you know and you’ve designed your character to do.

These dozen tips should get you started and well accustomed to one of the most popular MMOs in the world. Happy hunting in Azeroth!

World of Warcraft: Rogues in Patch 3.1

With the release of Patch 3.1, Rogues are going to see some changes in the near future in World of Warcraft. It’s not only going to affect your play style, but it will also affect your spec and how groups are arranged and executed. Nobody wants to be left in the dark when it comes to their future, in game or out of game. Let’s take a look at some of the new changes that are going to take place for the Rogue class in World of Warcraft. Let it be known, that little will remain the same.
Between the PvP and PvE aspects of the game, your character can be fairly well geared if you put some work into it. That being said, I’m happy to announce that there are going to be even more opportunities for gear in the upcoming patch. No longer will you have to place all of your bets on one single dungeon or spend countless hours Pvping. You’ll be able to mix and match gear easier than ever.

Getting your Rogue outfitted for PvP:

We have a new Gladiator’s set coming out. It’s the successor to the Deadly Gladiators and it’s called the Furious Gladiators set. You’re not going to see many changes to this aspect of World of Warcraft life as far as stat changes are concerned, but you will see some stat increases. If you’ve become accustomed to the way that your PvP gear performs, then you’ll likely take this route because it’ll allow your character to act the way you’re comfortable with. The Furious Gladiator’s set is sure to further your aspirations and ability to perform against your opponents in PvP. If you have your eye on this set, you can start saving up some honor now and buy it right when it comes out.

Participating in the Argent Tournament:

One of the biggest attractions in World of Warcraft Patch 3.1 is the upcoming Argent Tournament. This is the first attempt at a true single PvE environment that you’ll play solo in (just like any other offline game). The gear found in the Argent Tournament is all equal to Naxxramus 10 or Heroic gear, it’s just a different means of getting gear of this quality. Many (and I do mean many) of the new pieces of gear and rewards of taking part in the Argent Tournament are still unknown, but from what we’ve seen so far, it seems to be well worth your while. Whether you’re going to use the Argent Gear for PvP or PvE, it probably wont’ disappoint, but I can’t say for sure as I haven’t seen every aspect of the new gear coming out.

Some of the Argent Tournament Gear (for Rogues):

There is talk of a mace and a dagger that are going to be available for rogues. All of the specifics of the weapons haven’t been seen, but if Blizzard keeps with tradition they’ll be superior to previous versions and dungeon rewards.

Wintergrasp Gear:

Wintergrasp is going to see a significant increase in the number of awards available. We’re going to see a new trinket, belt, chest piece and maybe more. These are going to be of the same quality as the Deadly Gladiator set – so if you’re looking for something equivalent to the Deadly, but you aren’t looking to do the same thing over and over again, you might want to check out Wintergrasp as an alternative. Blizzard seems to know that nothing kills the fun of a game more effectively than forcing people to so the same thing over and over again until the point of saturation. The new PvP trinkets available from Wintergrasp will be a welcomed sight for Rogues. They’re rumored to have more offensive stats, which is an arguable improvement. It’s going to depend on the other gear if I’m going to be losing some defense for more offense. We’ll see what happens as time rolls along.

Ulduar for Rogues:

If you still need some more options, we’re seeing more items from Ulduar in 3.1. This is worth taking a look at and following up on, but nothing has been confirmed about the gear yet other than that fact that it is coming out. Ulduar25 should be on Par for Naxx25 or maybe just a little but above it. Polish up that armor and weapon and get ready for Ulduar if you’re looking to take a gamble on the quality of gear you’ll get out of it. Personally, I’m simple. I’m going for the PvP gear as that’s a safe bet and I know exactly what I’ll be getting from it.

The Wrap up:

If you feel so inclined, you can go out nearly anywhere in the upcoming 3.1 and get some gear. The question is, where will you get it from? Ulduar? The Argent Tournament? Wintergrasp? PvP?
These are all questions that should be answered, but the good news is that you’re in no hurry to answer them. Blizzard has kept with tradition in giving players a lot of options in Patch 3.1