World of Warcraft Ranking Guide

World of Warcraft, or mostly referred to as WoW is an MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game). Initially released in 2004 by Blizzard Entertainment, this game has a player base that spans across the globe. With millions of players flooding servers each month for adventures and competition, the game’s great success is no surprise. Due to the still-active player base, ranks are also a pillar in the community.

Aside from co-operative gameplay and long adventures, players also fight for those high ranks. This brings forward a highly competitive title for all to enjoy. So whether you are a player searching for top status, great rewards, or to conquer all, we have information on the entire ranking system. From how the seasonal and weekly ranks work, to the games’ fascinating esports scene, we have all the information a player will need.

What is World of Warcraft?

This game’s specific story takes place in the Warcraft universe, the sequel game of Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne. Similar to other MMORPGs, WoW lets players create a character avatar and explore an open-game world in first and third-person view. There are many different quests that grant rewards and offer various monsters that players can battle with.

It holds the largest player base amongst other titles in the MMORPG genre. In 2017, it reached 46 million monthly active users thanks to the Legion expansion. As of 2022, around 4.8 million people subscribed to the game. Interestingly, there are at least 34,000 WoW active players at any given moment. Activision and Blizzard Entertainment have made around $9 billion in net revenue in 2021. 

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WoW Ranking System

WoW has a unique ranking system called “The World of Warcraft Classic Honour System”. It allows players to earn PvP ranks, and unlock titles and gear at each rank. These are calculated based on weekly PvP contributions. When players participate in PvP content and events, they will earn a specific WoW measure, Honourable Kills. Honourable Kills are usually won when a player takes down opponents from the opposing side. However, the player that had been taken down has to be in an 11-level radius, otherwise, the kill will not be counted as HK. Players will not be awarded the same amount of HK every time since there are deeper metrics to it. Each HK contains a certain amount of Honour Contribution Points.

Honour Contribution Points are measured by a player’s PvP experience in terms of length, and also the opposing player’s CPs. For example, if a player takes down another who has plenty of PvP experience, the player will earn more points. Furthermore, both HKs and CPs can be seen anytime in-game. However, these get erased each week due to the format. Players’ CPs that were earned throughout the week are the key part of ranking the individual on the Weekly Rankings leaderboard. Let’s take a deeper look into the weekly ranking leaderboard.

Weekly Ranks

As mentioned above, World of Warcraft ranking system generates results on a week-by-week basis. Final placements are then rewarded to players based on their performance. Players’ HKs, and also the HKs that have been gained in the previous week will decide their rank for the week. WoW ranking system resets every week and players can gain a fresh start. The Classic Honour System measures your rank compared to the other players on a server and also previous standings.

In order to improve in The Classic Honour System, a player must try to attain a better standing each week. This pushes a player to outperform their previous weeks performance, as this can grant higher rank. WoW ranks are divided into 14 per faction and players get rewarded based on their specific rank. You can find the chart of World of Warcraft ranks below.

Rank Rating Required Alliance Title Horde Title
1 0 Private Scout
2 2000 Corporal Grunt
3 5000 Sergeant Sergeant
4 10000 Master Sergeant Senior Sergeant
5 15000 Sergeant Major First Sergeant
6 20000 Knight Stone Guard
7 25000 Knight Lieutenant Blood Guard
8 30000 Knight Captain Legionnaire
9 35000 Knight Champion Centurion
10 40000 Lieutenant Commander Champion
11 45000 Commander Lieutenant General
12 50000 Marshal General
13 55000 Field Marshal Warlord
14 60000 Grand Marshal High Warlord

World of Warcraft Esports

Despite being an MMORPG game, Blizzard has produced an entertaining esports scene for WoW. From its esports inception, the company in under two decades has distributed millions of dollars for top teams. WoW Arena World Championship (AWC) awards a large prize pool each year, with the best players in the game taking away the majority of it. With 2022 bringing the 15th instalment of the tournament, the prize pool is currently over $700,000. The tournament itself will consist of four teams from Europe and Americas Regions, who will battle it out for the grand prize. 

However, players around the world can still compete for a place in AWC 2022. Firstly, players must compete in Arena cups which pits teams in the same region against each other. Matches are played in a 3v3 format. cups can be found in Gamebattles website. The games are being streamed on the official Warcraft YouTube channel with weekly prizes both in Europe and North America. Additionally, it is always advisable to watch players slug it out on Twitch’s WoW page.