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.
New Year's Eve! Hooray! Are you doing anything special tonight? I totally am. I'm going to play an alt. Gasp! Shock! No seriously, I have no idea what I'll be doing. Right now though, I'm answering questions!
I know the next big patch to hit will have Uldar raid in it, but are there any other cool things attached to it that we know of?
That we know about? Very, very little. Ideally, dual specs will be in that patch, and a couple of devs at BlizzCon said it definitely would come in patch 3.1, but it's possible it'll hit a couple of delays. Beyond a little chit-chat with developers, it hasn't really been promised or confirmed. In a perfect world, it will be in the next content patch.
We can make some guesses as to what'll be in it, but that's the best we can do. I think we'll see Crystalsong Forest have some life injected into it via the Sunreavers and Silver Covenant, but nothing has been mentioned about it. Pure guesswork.
Suppose you are almost exalted with the Oracles, and you then group up with someone to kill Artruis so they can get honored with the Frenzyheart: do I have to worry about losing rep with MY faction if we kill the little Oracle dude? Or should we just play it safe and kill the lich with me out of party?
As long as you don't do the daily quest that's offered by the guy that's still alive at the end, you don't need to worry at all. Just killing the Oracle kid there won't ruin your rep, you specifically would need to talk to the Frenzyheart afterwards. So when you see a little fellow with a blue ! over his head, do not click it.
How can I tell the number of steps to ultimately completing an achievement ingame?
In the past, I made the mistake of thinking that I was going to finish Hail to the Chef once I learned my 30th cooking recipe for The Northrend Gourmet only to be slapped with another step added when I reached that goal.
Easiest way? Wowhead. If you look up the name of the achievement, you'll see how many steps there are. For example, searching for Dalaran Cooking Award brings up 5 achievements. There are steps for 1, 10, 25, 50, and 100 cooking awards. 100 is the last stage.
Why do Dwarf Guards tell me to keep my feet on the ground?
It's just a figure of speech, like the "Daylight's burning!" question that was asked some time ago. Like, "Stay grounded" or "Keep your head out of the clouds." Keep a clear mind, be conscious of what you do. It doesn't actually mean, "Whatever you do, do not get on this gryphon! Seriously! Don't! Just walk!"
It might be a weird thing for the flightmaster to say, but he's not actually warning you against flying. He's telling you to keep a clear head.
Do you think there is a possibility for another warcraft related mmo in the future? Like WoW 2.0 or something like that. Or do you think expansions are the best we can hope for? I was thinking of an mmo set in an earlier time period, like during warcraft 2 or 3 where a war is actually taking place. Something about wow just feels so far removed from the source material.
If we ever have a World of Warcraft II, I don't think it will be for many years, and we'll have another Warcraft RTS between them to set up the world and plot again. I definitely do not think we'll have one that goes back in time.