Playing the role of Adam Zibbert tonight will be the Michael Sacco. There will be a brief intermission between acts.
Welcome back to The Queue, WoW Insider's daily Q&A column where the WoW.com team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Adam Zibbert will be your host today.
You know the drill! LET'S GET US SOME QUESTIONS ANSWERED.
My main is a lvl 80 paladin (holy/prot), gold is not an issue, and I have everything I could want off the Wintergrasp PVP vendor/npc. My alt is a level 70 hunter (hilarity ensues). Is it worth it to spend 200 stonekeeper's shards to buy the +10% XP bonus shoulders? Or would those shards be better spent on something I can sell for gold (the non-bound pvp meta-gems, for example)? Is there something to spend the shards on that I'm unaware of? I imagine they're worth it on a lvl 58 DK alt, but I'm not sure what the "cost/benefit" cut-off is.
Heirloom items are pretty great, in my experience, especially the shoulders. With 3.1, they also grant 10% extra quest experience on top of mob XP, which is a lot -- especially given that most of your XP earned while going from 70-80 is going to be quest XP. It, essentially, takes a flat 10% off of your leveling time, sometimes more. And, when you're done with it, you can send it to another alt, even if they can't wear that specific armor type, because the item will automatically become the highest possible armor type for that specific character.
I'd say it's worth the purchase, but it's a personal choice. Just remember you can get gold back at any time, but leveling time isn't something you can recoup.
Why can't Horde grind rep for the Wintersabre Trainers? I'm not QQing about the one more mount for Alliance, but wondering if there is some lore involved, or Blizzard just hasn't been bothered to add a replacement for the raptor trainers in Un'Goro?
There were some quests on the 3.1 PTR that indicated that you'd be able to learn how to ride Venomhide Ravasaurs, but Zarhym said that there was no mount going in with 3.1. He did say, however, that they have plans to add an equivalent mount to the Wintersabers for Horde players.
Is there any way to zoom in with the Dressing Room or otherwise manipulate it besides rotating? I'm on an RP server (Wyrmrest Accord) and occasionally peruse the Auction House for some RP gear. The built-in Dressing Room is kind of limiting for anything smaller than robes (such as bracelets, shoes, or tiaras). As it stands right now, I find myself alt-tabbing between WoW & Wowhead, using their 3D feature. While it's a pretty neat app, its still a little bit of a hassle to alt-tab each time. Plus, in-game I would be able to see how it looks on my character's model. Is there some hidden feature that allows me to zoom or freely rotate? If not, are there any addons that provide the same or similar functionality?
The addon CloseUp allows you to do just that! Any other suggestions for Ayiano, readers?
Why the big push for Twitter?? Yes, I signed up & even added myself to WowInsider after listening to The Show, but haven't found anything worth following. Sure there's the lure of loot, but I don't have time to constantly monitor. At least WowInsider has articles & guides that give insight and/or help my game play--which I can read at my convenience. So what's the big deal about Twittering?
Twitter can be a very powerful social networking tool, as well as a way to grab breaking news and just keep connected with people you like. What it is for our readers is an optional tool to ask us questions, interact with us, participate in contests, or see Big News when it happens. If none of those interest you, of course, then you can just keep an eye on the main site. Twitter, though, is THE NEXT DIMENSION of WoW.com. THE FUTURE. THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN 1955 AND 1985.
That does it for today's edition of The Queue. Namaste!