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WoW Rookie: How not to be a noob


New around here? WoW Rookie points WoW's newest players to the basics of a good start in the World of Warcraft. Send us a note to suggest a WoW Rookie topic, and be sure to visit the WoW Rookie Guide for links to all our tips, tricks and how-to's.

This week, WoW Rookie would like to share a little gem of an article we discovered that delivers a catch-all of collective wisdom on rookie mistakes. If you've ever agonized over how to act and what to do (and how not to act and what not to do) in your first group, or your first instance, or your first Battleground, or your first raid ... Be still, restless heart; the answers are here.

What's to learn from this oh-so-savvy article? Start off with a listing of common tactical mistakes categorized by role (tanks, healers and DPS); these are the Learn2Play basics that aren't necessarily things you'll learn leveling up on quests and the occasional instance. Next up, listings of things you should and shouldn't do between pulls in a group, when part of a raid group or duking it out in a Battleground. A final section discusses netiquette and common social conventions (something WoW Rookie has also covered extensively).

Everyone makes mistakes - it's when you make multiple rookie mistakes over and over and over again that fellow players begin looking askance. So without further ado, we're going to send you over to WoWWiki to check out How not to be a noob.

Oh, and before anyone gets into another debate over the use of "newb" versus "noob" versus "n00b" versus versus "nub" versus [redacted] ... Today's use of the term "noob" comes to WoW Rookie courtesy of the aforementioned article (tagged "Scrub," if you really MUST know) at is one site that should be in every savvy WoW player's bookmarks. Whether or not you're into theorycrafting and metagaming, WoWWiki connects the WoW dots. From obscure lore to obscure stats, from popular builds to popular strats - if you have a question about WoW, WoWWiki most likely has the answer. So get thee over there, now! Go on - click!

How Not to Be a Noob

Find more great advice for new players at's WoW Rookie Guide.

WoW Rookie walks you through all sort of new-player concerns, from game lingo for the beginner to joining your first guild as a mid-level player and on to what to do when you finally hit level 80. Visit's WoW Rookie Guide for links to all our tips, tricks and how-to's.

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