In my opinion, it's better to be safe than sorry with a commercial game. I'm fairly sure heavily modifying something you are not allowed to use doesn't stop you from being prohibited from using it. But that's just my opinion, I'm not a lawyer ;)
[QUOTE=Schoening]Well the point of the Game is to be a homage to a part of World of Warcraft that I am very fond of.[/QUOTE] Well, if your intent is to deliberately mimic the game, and the game is copyrighted, that's probably on the wrong side of copyright law. Again I'm not a lawyer, but I still think you'd be better off putting your efforts in to original work.
This is an interresting topic.Where do fan made games fit in?.Are they also violating certain copyright laws if it's a fan made game?.How strict are these laws exactly?.There's 1000's off mario , rockman etc clones out there and i don't see them being deleted from certain websites.
I also played a few world off warcraft fanmade games and videos and they don't get deleted or sued.Nor do certain people which has popular tv programs as thier signatures.I think one should read the legal info about a game or whatever first before making a fan made banner ,game etc.