World of Warcraft, or WoW as it’s typically known, is a game played by millions around the world. Set in a world filled with a rare combination of humor and intense drama, the mixture of high stakes and fun-filled nonsense gives meme-lovers plenty of material to work with.
Anyone who’s played knows the agony of the cold-hearted RNG and the long, merciless march to max level, as well as the glory of joining together to overcome seemingly unstoppable bosses or vanquishing enemies in PvP.
Delivering a constant stream of fun in the form of achievements, mini-games, involved plotlines, WoW is a game that can tug at the heartstrings in one quest while making poop jokes in another. With everything from princesses and dragons to fish people and fighting pandas, clearly it doesn’t taking itself too seriously, and neither do its players.
15 Waiting On That Epic Mount To Drop
Whether it’s the glorious Ashes of A’lar or the incredibly elusive Invincible, these mounts are hard to get. Running old school raids every week for those coveted rare mounts is an exercise in patience and more often than not, supreme frustration.
The longer you farm, the more it seems like everyone and their mother has the mount you want most.
What’s worse? When you see someone on the mount your heart desires, and as you’re admiring it they say, “Yeah it dropped for me on the first run. I didn’t even know it was rare haha.”
To anyone who does this, stop before the whole server puts you on a do-no-heal hit list. Keep your good fortune to yourself and let the rest of the realm farm each week as the all-powerful RNG intended.
14 Kill 20 Boars, Get 3 Livers
Maybe it’s boar livers. Maybe it’s spider legs, or even worse – very specific elementals from four expansions ago that you need for some really cool pet recipe or a piece of armor you absolutely MUST craft to complete your transmog.
Invariably, there is a quest on your log or a recipe you want to make that will require items that have the lowest drop rate in all of Azerothian history.
You end up slaughtering every boar in Durotar. They respawn and you kill them all again. And again. You won’t stop until you get your desired loot, even if every boar in all of Azeroth must die. Boars for generations will remember this day and sing of the sorrowful time when you came and laid waste to their civilization.
13 WTB A Direct Flight Path In Northrend
Just kidding! There’s no such thing as a direct flight path in Northrend!
We like to think that Flight Masters up in Northrend went a little cabin crazy, stuck in the frozen north for so long. Not much else explains some of the insanely wild routes they send you on. Maybe they’re so bored up there they sit around waiting for innocent questing heroes to happen along, then get some kind of sadistic glee in showing them these wacky paths.
Northrend isn’t the only culprit in the logic-fail presented by flight paths, but it does have some of the most severe cases, hands-down. The one shown here literally crosses back! Some of the flight paths circle almost completely 360 degrees across the continent before coming back around. Luckily, most people end up getting a flying mount of their own really early into the zone so they can avoid this nonsense.
12 Make It Rain Gold At The AH!
The sight of your chat box lighting up with those 8 magical little words is enough to bring out the Mr. Burns in almost anyone. The moment those words flash, the countdown begins to gold delivery, and soon enough you’re heading to a mailbox for that sweet payday.
And probably right back to the auction house to list some more loot. Some people list items with their main character, pausing between questing, raiding, pet battling, and battlegrounds and reaping the rewards as they go.
Others prefer to use an auction alt, maybe that worgen you never leveled past twenty, or maybe a level 1 you dress in a diamond-tipped can and monocle.
Whatever you do, making gold in WoW can be easy if you have the right items. Whether it’s transmog gear, crafting mats, or exotic collectibles, the one thing they all have in common is: cha-ching!
11 Just One More Mana Crystal, I Swear!
Those withered are as bad as Dave Chappelle’s crack-addicted druggie character when it comes to their mana. Anyone who’s done much question in Suramar knows mana makes the world go round for those fallen elves. You can’t even turn a quest in without paying up to Nightfallen quest givers.
Some are worse than others in their addiction, and there are plenty of questlines that give evidence to how far the Nightborne will go to ease their mana urges. It’s a complicated and fascinating bit of storytelling set against arguably the most beautiful zone the game has ever had. The majesty and overwhelming loveliness of Suramar City contrasts sharply with the horrors of addiction, insanity, and power the citizens are dealing with inside its protective shield.
10 Not Unless You Want A Trip To The Virtual STD Clinic
Goldshire, or Pornshire as it’s often nicknamed, is a tiny little speck of a town in Elwynn Forest just outside of Stormwind. And it has one of the most notorious reputations in WoW.
Technically, it’s the cheerful Alliance questing hub for new human recruits. Around level 5 they’re sent to handle gnolls and help little Billy and Auntie Bernice as they learn the ways of a hero.
But on many servers the town has become a cesspool of inappropriate comments, trolling, and innuendo. People flock to the area and run around without armor, spamming chat with lewd propositions and coming up with no end of debauchery.
On Horde side it’s not uncommon to see a call for a raid on Pornshire, which tends to make for fun PvP.
Goldshire is a spectacle worth seeing at least once, though once might be more than enough. If you take a liking to the extreme silliness and sometimes downright filth that goes on there, create an alt so no one has to know what you do when you’re not raiding and running battlegrounds.
9 Murlocs… Why’d It Have To Be Murlocs?
There’s no such thing as a lonely murloc. These infamous little fish people have a dizzying respawn rate, making Death-by-Murloc something almost every questing hero has had to contend with at least once.
But if you’re farming for low level mats or questing the area in OP gear, slaughtering murlocs en masse can be extremely satisfying. Even if you get the item you need after just one kill, who can resist finding out if you can decimate an entire murloc village faster than the fish-faced inhabitants can respawn?
Besides, they make the funniest noises as they attack. It’s something between a gurgle and a yell while they brandish their spears and charge after anyone who comes near.
8 Oops, I Did It Again
After initiating battle with fourteen nexus whelplings, you finally find a destruction type and best of all, it’s rare!
You have your team set up and carefully plan out your moves. And accidentally proc a crit!
Sure, the guides all said it’s best to capture pets with a Terrible Turnip or some other pet that won’t take an opponent below 1 health, but you never had a chance to get one. Or else you lazily left your team setup from a previous battle.
Your slacking didn’t pay off, and all you can do is watch helplessly as your OP pet annihilates that rare breed you’ve been trying to find for half an hour.
Sadly, this has happened to us. A lot. When will we learn?
7 Significant Other Aggro = Skull Level Boss
If the person in your life isn’t a WoWer, there will inevitably be times when your gaming will get under their skin. You’ve played for hours and you’re still having fun. They can’t understand why a game is taking hours to finish. You think it’s adorable that they used the word “finish” when referring WoW.
That’s when they go into a rage and you realize, now isn’t the time for jokes. You have to log out. Immediately. Hopefully you weren’t healing in an end-level raid, because that could spell misery for your whole group.
Even if that’s the case, the skull-level boss in the form of your human significant other is about to unleash enough damage to have you corpse-running back to your body. There is no pally bubble or feign death in the world that could save you. Your guildies will understand, and next time you can hopefully find a compromise that keeps both your gaming side and your romantic side happy.
6 Look How Sneaky I Am - Not
Rogues are notorious for testing the limits of agro fields. It’s a rush to make it past high-level mobs, especially when the enemy does that thing where they pause and look directly at you.
But this isn’t always wise. Especially when we’re talking end-game gold dragons that are 2 levels above max. Do you have a death wish?
The alternative is to find a path around, or try to slug your way through each of the mobs separately.
If you’re not a rogue, your chances of making it through without aggroing are slim to none. If you manage to stay mounted and outrun them, victory is sweet! If not, be prepared to be swarmed and pounded, with a trip to the cemetery close at hand.
5 You Say Hi In Guild Chat... And Crickets
If you’re the friendly type, it’s almost a given that you say hi in guild chat when you first log on. You’ve returned to the world you love, and you want to know what everyone is up to. You can even see that some of your buddies are online too. It’s going to be an awesome night.
But that feeling of awesome ebbs away as no one says anything in guild chat. A minute goes by. Maybe everyone is /afk, or maybe they’re in the middle of a raid or being mobbed by murlocs. You check the guild roster and see everyone just hanging around major cities or in random low level areas.
Then someone else asks in guild chat if anyone has a certain mat they need. Right away two people chime in that they have it. The first person says thanks with all the manners in the world, but no one acknowledges you at all. Finally someone else logs on and the place erupts into cheerful greetings.
4 Dumb Ways To Die
So many dumb ways to die. The song Dumb Ways to Die should be WoW’s anthem. There really are so many ways to accidentally go from full health to zero, and not only for noobs. Seasoned players die in dumb ways all the time.
Getting smashed by the Undercity elevator can happen to the best of us, especially if you accidentally jump on a huge mount and can’t get through the door.
Another gem? Forgetting that you can’t breathe underwater because you’re in the midst of this quest and get mobbed. Or what about leaping off a cliff when you think you’re in a flying zone, but guess what? You’re not.
And probably our favorite, running directly into an enemy camp thinking it’s your own side, and promptly getting ganked.
3 Enjoying The Destruction A Little TOO Much?
What is it about WoW that brings out the destructive side in so many of us? There’s no remorse, just a strong sense of pleasure as you survey the effect of your attacks afterward.
Roll a fire mage and you’ll want to burn everything in sight. Try your hand at demon hunter and you’ll kill things so you can gobble up their soul essences and restore your life.
There’s something so satisfying about watching everything get annihilated in your path, leaving nothing but bodies in your wake.
Behold the often hilarious effects glitches can have on the game. Considering the sheer size of the game, glitches in WoW are less common than one would think.
Whether an enemy ends up stuck halfway through a wall, or a close-up selfie goes horribly wrong, these unexpected moments almost always cause a laugh.
Probably our favorite glitch is when a character swims through the air. It’s not very common, but sometimes when you summon a flying mount the game doesn’t register the mount, and you interact with the air like it’s water. It usually resolves within a few seconds, but is still hilarious to watch.
1 Where Anything Is Possible
To long-time players, World of Warcraft is pure gaming entertainment. There is silliness and comedy right there with heroics and glory. Rarely does a storyline end happily in the traditional sense, but there is a lightheartedness to the drama that never takes itself too seriously.
This gives gamers a world where characters can ride around on goofy lovebirds or epic dragons, orcs stomp off yelling “Work is the poop!” or storm into battle in the name of their once enslaved brothers. Heartfelt storylines come to tearful conclusions even as we chuckled at pop culture references along the way.
One of the best things about WoW and other MMOs is, it’s not really anyone’s game. It’s a world and you’re just in it. An enemy isn’t going to freeze at the push of a button, and there’s no final level to beat that leads to credits rolling across the screen. And thank goodness, because the idea of the game coming to an end is just too /sad.