The World of Warcraft (WoW) is probably the most popular massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPG) ever released. Since its initial launch in 2004 by Blizzard Entertainment, it continues to be enjoyed by millions of people online. WoW is not the first game set in the fantasy universe that defines Warcraft. The World of Warcraft is the fourth release in the Warcraft series and it is set in the Warcraft world of Azeroth. Since its initial launch, WoW boasts eight major expansion packs that have been produced for it, namely, The Burning Crusade, Wrath of the Lich King, Cataclysm, Mists of Pandaria, Warlords of Draenor, Legion, Battle for Azeroth, and Shadow lands.
Do I have to pay to play?
Anyone can sign up for a free trial of the game which includes all the playable content in WoW up to level 20. All special levels like dungeons or quests that are accessible by level 20 characters are also available for players using the free trial. After the initial adventure in the free trial ends, characters on new accounts are directed to the content available for the Battle for Azeroth, but experienced players can choose other expansion packs excluding the Shadowlands.
Shadowlands is the most recent expansion in the World of Warcraft, but it is only available if your character has crossed level 50. You are also required to purchase the Shadowlands pack separately and in addition to purchasing an active subscription from the Blizzard Shop. Once you have purchased a World of Warcraft subscription, you can access all the game content between level 20 and level 50, including raids, higher level dungeons, and social features like unrestricted chat, guilds, and the Auction house.
How much does the World of Warcraft subscription cost?
For players who want the whole World of Warcraft experience, they can purchase a subscription by choosing one of the three available subscription tiers.
- A monthly WoW subscription costs $14.99 per month
- A three month WoW subscription costs $13.99 per month
- A six month WoW subscription costs $12.99 per month.
The monthly subscription allows access to all of the World of Warcraft’s expansions except for Shadowlands. To play Shadowlands however, you have to make an additional purchase of one of the three available packages
- Basic package costs $39.99
- Heroic package costs $59.99
- Epic package costs $79.99
Is paying for World of Warcraft worth the money spent?
If you are financially comfortable and you can afford the fees, then yes, paying for the world of Warcraft is definitely well worth it. You can access all of the features of the Warcraft universe, new in game things, graphics improvements, and continuation of the storyline and lore which makes the game more fun and interesting. New expansions are also available first on the subscription packages so it is 100% worth it as you get to level and learn the new story first. You also get great technical support at the official servers. Millions of players choose official servers because of their stability.
Is there any way I can play World of Warcraft for free?
Essentially, there are two ways that players can experience world of Warcraft:
- play on official servers (paid)
- play on a private server (free)
There are many WoW private servers available. Based on the popularity and user reviews, here are the top 5 private servers of WoW:
1. WoW Circle
WoW Circle is the most popular private server. Available in English and Russian, players can enjoy different packs like Cataclysm, WotLK, Mists of Pandaria, and Legion. The best thing about this server is it is a Blizzlike server which means that the gameplay is quite similar to the official Blizzard servers. There are 10 game worlds available at WoW Circle with tens of thousands of active players at any time.
2. Ether Side
Even though Ether Side is relatively new in the world of private WoW servers, it is the first server to get optimized for Battle of Azeroth. Ether Side always has war mode (PvP) on. This Blizzlike server is far more stable in comparison to other WoW servers because it has fewer players but a client size of a whopping 75 GB.
3. Unlimited WoW
At the Unlimited WoW private server you will find support for a stable connection without any major delays. This server frequently updates the game, and introduces new features regularly. A plus side of this server is that it allows you to create characters at level 255 instantly and can have them spawn in different locations.
4. WoW Mania
WoW-Mania is a private high-quality and high-availability World of Warcraft server that has been running for over 6 years. It features some custom currencies, VIP membership, and free mount after level 10, all on a Blizzlike PvE server. While it is not a huge server, much is to be said about the quality and service offered. It is one of the more stable and bug-free private servers to play Wrath of the Lich King.
5. WoW Freakz
WoW Freakz is probably one of the oldest WoW servers on this list. It is a server with a large loyal community. The WoW freakz servers are Blizzlike so they offer an experience that is a close alternative to the official WoW servers. It also offers character migration which means you can transfer your character from an old server to a new one for free.
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