When I started playing, I was totally bewildered by the number of acronyms and terms the players seemed to use.
So I started figuring them out, and listing them here. (Constantly updated)
In alphabetical order for ease of reference.
AB – Arathi Basin (a battleground where teams try to capture bases to control resources, one of my favourites)
- includes GM (gold mine), F (farm), LM (lumber mill) and ST (stables) also GY (graveyard)
AV – Alterac Valley (a battleground where large teams compete for reinforcements, take over towers and try to defeat two bosses)
AH – Auction House (place near which many players will hang out and conduct business between raids and battlegrounds etc.
DPS – Damage-per-second (also known as “damage” – a role that you assume during a dungeon, battleground, raid or group quest).
IOC – Isle of Conquest (battleground)
NPC – Non-player-character (i.e. part of the game artificial intelligence, not a human player)
SW – Stormwind (human alliance capital city e.g. I’m in SW at the AH)
TB – Tol Barad (a battleground you can access from level 85 onwards – and also an area with daily quests just next to it)
TRANSMOG – The ability to make one piece of gear that looks like another (great for avoiding nasty looking gear) available for items ilvl 60 and up.
TRANSMOG RUN – group of players ‘run through’ a lower level instance in order to score gear that looks different and then use this for ‘TRANSMOG’
WG – Warsong Gulch (a battleground where you try and capture the flag from the opposing teams’ base and carry it back to your own)
- You will see references to FC (flag carrier) and EFC (enemy flag carrier) in this battleground.