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Welcome back to The Queue, WoW Insider's daily Q&A column where the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft.

Another day, another Q&A! Now, without delay, let's get to the questions.

Ven asked...

In looking at badge rewards, a couple guildies and I noticed that there are more rewards and item types available for 25-man badges than for 10-man badges. Is this intended? Are the heroic and 10-man level badges relegated to stacking endlessly once you have the two or three pieces of gear you need from them? Or is Blizz planning on adding more gear soon? Compared to BC badge gear, there is very little available.

That badge gear built up over two years. There was hardly any gear when The Burning Crusade launched, if there was any at all. Then more was added with Zul'Aman, then even more with Sunwell Plateau and patch 2.4. If Wrath of the Lich King launched with as much badge gear as The Burning Crusade ended with, I would be really, really worried.

DJScythe17 asked...

For those of us who never saw BC raid level content and now are reaching WotLK heroics in Northrend blues, which heroics are easiest for newcomers? Which should I avoid like the plague until I get much better gear? Or are they all equally difficult?

In my experience, Violet Hold is the easiest Heroic by far, though it can be a bit harder or easier depending on which of the random bosses you get. It's still the easiest no matter what, I think. Instead of feeling like a Heroic, it feels like a hard-hitting level 80 Normal dungeon. This is a place every caster is going to run on Heroic, too. The ones trying to get their hit cap back, anyway. Cyanigosa drops Mark of the War Prisoner, which is a hell of a lot of hit for one item.

Tarean
asked...

I've had a Warlock main for the ~4 years I've been playing WoW and so I'm used to playing a DPS role in raids. With the new expansion I want to start a shaman healer but the concept of keeping track of what totems are up, who to heal, which heals to use, etc. is confusing to me, is there anyway to ease the transition of being the DPS to healing the raid?

The biggest thing to ease the transition is mods, so I hope you're not against addons. For Shaman specific abilities, TotemTimers is your bread and butter. It makes all of your cooldowns, timers, elemental shields, all of that really easy to watch and organize.

For general Healing use, try out Grid and Clique if you don't mind investing a little time into your mods. They're kind of annoying to figure out and set up, but once you do the Healing experience becomes much more enjoyable. As for what heals to use, just do some reading. It's all situational, though Chain Heal is your bread and butter heal as a Resto Shaman, it's your biggest strength.

To make the transition from DPS to Healer easier, just imagine you're DPSing your friend. Instead of their health going from right to left, you need to make it go from left to right.

Clifton asked...

Do vehicles like the motorcycle and mammoth count towards the mount achievements?

They're learned just like mounts and go in the mounts tab on your character screen, so yep!

Tanglebones asked...

Can one mail enchanted heirloom items to alts? Do the enchants scale?

Enchants do not scale. You can only put pre-BC enchants on them, because heirloom items are considered level 0. They're definitely below the level 35 or level 60 requirements on some enchants.
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