I didn't think this was ever even in question.
Warcraft started as a Warhammer ripoff. Literally. In every way, shape, and form, Warcraft originated as an in-all-but-name clone of Warhammer. From there it evolved on it's own and grew differences over time, and the modern Warcraft universe is clearly it's own entity, but the original Warcraft was, undoubtedly, a Warhammer ripoff.
I wouldn't have started playing with sub, if it wasn't close to the Warhammer world back then. I played Warhammer table top, and loved it. WoW gave me a nice replacement. Not the same at all, but similar, and that was good enough for me. That simple.
To those saying the Zerg are a ripoff of the Tyranid, well, technically the Tyranid are nothing more then a rip off of Heinlein's Starship Trooper's, (book, not that god awful movie) yet how many people start "Warhammer ripped off Heinlein" threads? Yes, they borrowed and was influenced by what came before it. Myhtology, Tolkien, DnD, Warhammer and then Wacraft. Influence is very very different then rip-off.
Warhammer took all the concepts of lord of the rings and spun its own universe from it, just as wow did. But warhammer started with as much as as little originality as warcraft did.
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It obviously has heavy influences from the warhammer universe, and as others have pointed out, it may actually have started out as an attempt to make a warhammer game, but I think blizzard have changed it enough and crafted their own universe fairly well, to call it a "Ripoff" would not be fair.
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Honestly, WC1 and warhammer back in the day it is clear to say it was either as the rumour goes meant to be a warhammer RTS, or was a complete ripoff. It may have expanded from there but the original concept would look like a genuine Warhammer fantasy game to the letter if you stuck "white citadel" on it.
Trassk did you add the green dude onto your sig? I swear he wasn't there before
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Keep your shirt on, I'm not hating on Warcraft--I love Warcraft (and I'm actually not very fond of Warhammer), and it certainly can't be considered a Warhammer clone anymore at this state in the history of the franchises. It's as if Warcraft and Warhammer were identical twins who went on to have children with completely different people, whose children then had children with people who also had nothing in common.