Do you think the grind takes a long time? There are players who never make it past the character creation screen. You can't really blame them. There are some things you can't change about your character once it's been created. World of Warcraft Classic is even more restrictive when it comes to how permanent your character is. Without the options of transmogrification or faction and race changes, you're stuck with what you get. Before we roll a character that we regret, let's take a closer look. What are the best class and race combinations in the game?

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The most important thing to remember is that none of this matters. To put it more clearly, roll a character that's not represented here and be totally brilliant at it. Enjoy the list, but don't let it keep you from making that gnome warrior or orc warlock.


Forsaken Warlock

This is a popular combo already, and one of the most notorious on the list. Many players accuse the undead warlock of being overpowered while others said they were just designed for easy exploitation. Combine warlock abilities like Shadow Ward and Fear with Forsaken abilities like Cannabilize and Will of the Forsaken and it's tough to beat one in PVE or PvP. That's how well this class and race go together, and it was even more brutal in the days before Fear was nerfed to break with damage.


Night Elf Rogue

One of the oldest races in Azeroth, Night Elves have a long history and some interesting lore. One of the best ways to get into their culture is by playing a "Nelf," and one of the best classes for a Night Elf is a rogue. It's a natural extension of the race's natural abilities, which tend to lean towards the darker side of life in Azeroth. Many traits of this race mix perfectly with the class, such as Shadowmeld and a bonus to your dodge ability. Plus, they look great in leather.


Tauren Shaman

The iconic image of the Tauren shaman is one of the first ones we saw back in 2004 when Classic World of Warcraft was new. It was one of Blizzard's flagship characters and is still one of the first images we associate with the game. The reputation is well earned, as this is one of the best class and race combos out there. Combine the big Tauren hitbox with magic abilities and a buff to health and nature resistance, and you've got a fearsome fighter.


Human Paladin

What sets a warrior apart from a paladin? Spirit and charisma, of course, and the Human race has bonuses for each of them. Plus there's the Sprint ability, giving them an edge for speed, and a buff to sword and mace skills, the weapons of choice for one of the most popular RPG classes in history, never mind WoW.

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Only two races in the game can be Paladins and both are on the Alliance side. Dwarf is also a good choice, with abilities like Stoneform, but its a waste of the extra gun skill. There's also a slight deficiency in the diplomacy department.


Orc Warrior

This is a tough choice, as it's the only class that's open to any race from either faction, but we have to give it to the Orcs. Combine the sheer size of an orc with bonus stats for axes, a stun resist with a 25% success rate, and the racial skill Bloodfury which increases melee attack power. DnD players would recognize the makings of a perfect Barbarian fighter, except WoW players will probably opt for a few bits of plate to cover up. There is a Barbarian Challenge for those warriors that want to try a more challenging leveling experience.


Dwarf Hunter

The Dwarf hunter and his bear pet crossing the snowy mountaintop, with the lights of Ironforge glowing the background, was the contrast to the image of the Tauren shaman in early marketing spots for World of Warcraft. Stoneform is handy for both PvP and PvE, and the Hunter class spends an equal amount of time with both activities. A Hunter also has to be good at both ranged and melee combat, and Dwarf can do either with the increased gun skill and Frost Resistance buff.


Tauren Druid

So you're a spellcaster with some pretty deft healing abilities to go along with a few more aggressive spells. That's a good start anyway, but when you're a Tauren, you're also huge. You can stun enemies with your racial ability, War Stomp, you have resistance to nature Spells and an increase to your base health. It sounds OP because it is. Only two races in the game have access to this versatile class, and although Night Elves are also great Druids we have to give it to the massive Tauren. Why? Because we need a tank, that's why!


Dwarf Priest

Okay, you're going to waste the gun skill, but in this case, it might be worth it. Priests are a badass class anyway, just a lethal with damage as they are with benevolent healing and curse removal. Add the Dawrf's natural abilities, like Stoneform and an armor buff, which is really helpful when you can only wear cloth, and you've got a priest that could even damage you in melee combat.


Forsaken Rogue

The Forsaken have a few traits that make them similar to the Night Elves in the sense they're both rather dark races that prefer to stay in the shadows. Mixing poisons and lying in wait to backstab people is so perfectly something that the undead would enjoy. Will of the Forsaken gives you an advantage when it comes to the most devastating abilities of other classes, like Fear or Sleep. Cannibalize can get your health back in a pinch, provided you're killing humanoids, and the natural resistance to shadow magic is yet another PVP bonus.


Gnome Mage

It's not a coincidence that streamer Jokerd opted to use a Gnome mage for his epic three-day journey to level 60. Sure, we know there's a lot of controversy regarding how this was actually done, but that doesn't change the fact that this is an amazing combination. The intelligence buff gives the Gnome mage an impressive damage bonus. Gnomes also have a bonus to arcane resistance and the Escape Artist ability, giving them an advantage in PvP situations no matter the class.

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