Welcome back to The Queue, WoW.com's daily Q&A column where the WoW.com team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Alex Ziebart will be your host today.
I'm going to kick this edition of The Queue off with a little request: Before you ask a Cataclysm question, ask yourself if it's something WoW.com will actually know about. We don't have the game in front of us (yet) so we probably can't tell you what gear has which stats or what quests have been removed or updated. We can certainly guess if you want us to, but right now we can't do much better than that.
"Is there any word as far as who will be doing the Character Intro narration with the passing of Tony Jay?"
Tony Jay's replacement is Earl Boen, who has an eerily similar voice. He's already done voice work for The Burning Crusade and Wrath of the Lich King in his place. You old school gamers might also know him as LeChuck.
"Is there a mobile compliant wow.com that I can't find a link to?"
You'll want to use i.wow.com for that sort of thing.
"With the Sunken City of Vashj'ir in the expansion and the potential for underwater instances, do you think Blizzard will make seal form (for Druids) the new "tank" form with new skins also?"
Probably not on the new tank form thing. Maybe for the new skin. They mentioned at BlizzCon that they're going to change the whole swimming function of Cataclysm, and underwater combat. You'll be able to 'touch down' on the ocean floor, and fight there just like you would on land. And then when you leave the ground, you can swim off. So a Druid will be able to swim to the ocean floor, shift to Bear Form, and do their thing as they normally would.
"With Cataclysm, will such stats as attack power, armor penetration, etc. be removed from *existing* gear, like my tier 9 and presumed tier 10? Or will it just not appear on the new gear?"
Our understanding is that it'll be gone from all gear. Past, present and future. It's too early to say for sure, but that's our interpretation. We won't know until we see it.
"Is there a place to get full patch downloads to archive for an accelerated reinstall of WoW? For example: Install vanilla, do a single patch to get it ready for BC, install BC, do a single patch to get it ready for Wrath, install Wrath, do a single patch to 3.2 and then the small incrementals after?
The best I've seen is vanilla to 1.12 to 2.x to BC to 2.4 to 3.x to Wrath or something like that. But I'm pretty sure my BC disk says it requires 2.x so I have to patch up before installing that, and I'm assuming Wrath is the same way but I haven't had to reinstall that."
Unless I'm horribly mistaken, the Wrath of the Lich King install disc has the installer that can take you from no WoW to launch-state Wrath. Then you would just need to patch up for patch 3.1 and patch 3.2 from there. I believe the installer you can nab on the official site or off of Battle.net can do that for you, too. In just one click it will get you a current client.
"Here's a question. Is it true that the violet proto-drake is no longer a 310% speed mount?"
As far as I know, no.