World of Warcraft has been around for more than 17 years. During that period of time, the level of its popularity has had some ups and downs, but generally speaking, this game has remained one of the most popular games in the world, until this day. Considering the fact that the creators of this game have done a fantastic job throughout the years, it is clear that there are many reasons why this concept is still a favorite choice for a huge number of people.

The first reason is obvious: when the World of Warcraft first appeared on the market back in 2004, it was one of the first of its kind, and it was therefore new and interesting to all the gamers, and the ones who wanted to indulge in this world of fantasy and forget about their everyday life. Since this is a role-playing game, the idea of becoming someone else and having superpowers was more than tempting to many (and it still is today). Soon after it was released, it became the most played game ever, and not only that, it became a game with the biggest players base, with millions of people being a part of it.

Today, there are nearly 30 million accounts, and the vast majority of them are active. Although the game hasn’t had much stability throughout the years, and its popularity varied a lot, gaining and losing active players seemed to be a process that is neverending. What do we mean by this? The same players who signed up, played the game, and then became inactive, have reportedly come back after a while, and vice versa. There are also numerous reasons for this, but one of them is the most important one, and it needs to be mentioned. That is – Wow expansions.

What is the World of Warcraft expansions and how do they work? Easily put, expansion packs are upgrades or new themes and additions that the creators of the game had invented and added to the game. Whenever the new expansion or how it’s often called – the new main was interesting, intriguing, or had amazing new features, a huge number of people would sign up and start playing if they’ve never played the game, while the old players would come back to try the new expansion and finally, the good news would spread and make other people get the new expansion and do the same.

On the other hand, if the expansion was disappointing or not exciting enough, it would cause a slight drop in popularity and it would make people step out of the game and become inactive, or simply switch to another one. The last drop in popularity happened in 2018 after the release of one of the expansions, but it seems like the World of Warcraft is still going forward and it’s never gonna slow down, which can be seen after the latest spike in players’ activity since the last main was released in 2024.

The only problem with determining if the expansion is right for you or not is the fact that this is something that every individual has to pick for themselves. It is, however, good to know that there are eight expansions that are worth mentioning, and there is a chronological list of their releases. Although the newer ones are quite different compared to the old ones, Wow enthusiasts claim that it is only a matter of your personal preferences and that every gamer has their own favorite main. Still, it doesn’t stop them from wanting to purchase the newest ones. If you were wondering how to get the expansion of your choice, you can do it on reputable websites such as But before you do so, you should be able to differentiate them and pick the one that you would find the most intriguing. Let’s dig into that.

1. Do a thorough research


There are many websites on which you can find all the needed info about what are the best mains that can help you level and they are usually based on other people’s experiences. That being said, reading the reviews can really help you pick the right expansion if you are a newbie, while if you are a Wow enthusiast and you still haven’t gotten the latest main, you can check if it’s any good beforehand. However, some of the best-ranked ones are the Mists of Pandaria, Warlords of Draenor, and Legion, so whichever of those 3 you choose, you certainly won’t make a mistake.

2. Go through the features


If the reviews are not enough for you and you would like to find out more details about the mains, then you can go through the expansions one by one and read their storylines, features, and options. The one that seems like it’s the most tempting one is the one that you should start with. One element that you should also pay attention to and keep in mind is the number of hours you will need to complete the game or in other words – to master all the steps in the expansion. If you are a fan of big challenges then you should pick the ones that you need more hours to finish, while if you want something short and sweet, you can pick the easier ones such as Warlords of Draenor, which can be completed in under 13 hours.

3. Start with something


No matter which one you choose, you can never be wrong. Even if you pick the most challenging ones, there are always tips and tricks you can find on the Internet that will help you master the expansion of your choice. In other words, you can’t make a mistake, you can only enjoy something more or less. However, the Mists of Pandaria, which is the best one according to the majority of gamers, will provide you with beautiful designs and colors, great effects, a unique storyline, and a complex concept to master. Sounds like a good challenge, doesn’t it?