When playing World of Warcraft Classic players face a dilemma. Do they join the noble Alliance or the mighty Horde? Both factions have their advantages and disadvantages in the game.
Each faction allows for various options in gameplay which make each new play through a new experience for players. The following guide will help players choose the right faction to join when playing Classic WOW.
Restricted Classes and Races
In Classic WOW certain races and classes have restrictions to certain factions. Paladins are an Alliance only class, while Shaman is Horde only.
Some races have restrictions to one faction as well. The major races for the Alliance are Humans, Dwarves, Elves, and Gnomes. The Horde have access to Orcs, Trolls, Taurens, and the Undead. Each race has their own advantages and disadvantages during gameplay.
For PVP and PVE, go with the Alliance
The Alliance has a great advantage over the Horde for players that enjoy duking it out with other players. The Paladin class is perfect for this type of gameplay with the Blessing skill. With their holy abilities paired with fighting skills, Paladins are a force to be reckoned with.
While Shaman have their own advantages for the Horde, they are considered weaker than Paladins. Totems are not as effective, though Windfury can be a deciding factor in combat.
The Best Faction for Leveling
For players looking to level up in Classic WOW the Alliance has the advantage in this area as well. This advantage is due to the Alliance races of Night Elves and Dwarf Hunters. These characters can level up quickly compared to other character choices. Once players reach around level 40 the quest lines tend to even out and the faction distinction tends to fade out.
For pure enjoyment of gameplay, many players prefer the Horde for questing. The quest lines have a more impactful feeling to many players which makes the emission into the game that much better. Players should be aware that the Barrens is home to the early Horde quests. The Barrens is notoriously spread out in Vanilla and can slow down some of the early gameplay.
As mentioned before each faction has classes and races that are exclusive to them. Paladins are only available to Alliance players. Shaman is only for the Horde. Each of these classes has their own unique skills and abilities for their faction.
Each faction has their own hubs that are only accessible to faction members. Stormwind is the human capital. Ironforge is home to the dwarves. Each of these are Alliance only areas. For the Horde there is Ogrimmar, the home of the Orcs and Trolls, as well as the Undead capital of the Undercity. While these capitals are only accessible to their faction, they can be raided in PVP.
In the end, it is up to each individual player what faction they choose. Those that want a more refined experience may find themselves drawn to the Alliance. Those that enjoy a more gritty gameplay experience may find the Horde more appealing.