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The Queue: Saturday, what a day


Welcome back to The Queue, WoW Insider's daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Mathew McCurley will be your host today.

Those were some adorable kittens Sacco posted, huh? Yay, it's Saturday! After this Queue I'm going to one of my favorite places for lunch, and I am eagerly awaiting some delicious spicy orange chicken lunch special. Mmmmm ... Stay on task, Mat! Stay on target!

Achnos asked:

As a newly transferred Alliance, what should I go see in the world? I'd like to experience the Alliance side a bit more, since I've been mostly Horde through these almost six years of WoW. Any quests, places, etc.?

In vanilla WoW, Alliance players swear by Duskwood (which rocks) as well as the Nathanos Blightcaller quest line. Portions of the Onyxia chain are also still around, and that whole adventure is completely awesome, filled with great lore and awesome events. I know a good amount of it is gone, but what's there is probably still fun.

As for Alliance content in the expansions, Northrend is one giant Alliance love-fest. Seriously, it's awesome. You get awesome lore about the humans, spectacular characters like Thassarian, and a host of cool quests. Experiencing Northrend as an Alliance character is pure joy.

Ornuk asked:

Question for The Queue: For most new zones, we've heard what the intro quests are, apart from Hyjal, unless I've missed it all this time. Is there a special intro quest to Hyjal like there is for Vashj'ir, Uldum etc., or is it simply, "Go there and pick up first quest"?

Hyjal's beginning quest starts you in Moonglade, where you are given instructions to fly on the back of a green drake to Ysera in Hyjal to prevent the summoning of Ragnaros and Deathwing's nefarious plans. While flying there, however, you find out that you're too late, and the Firelord's invasion has already begun. You witness Ragnaros' summoning and make it to Nordrassil to begin fighting back the elementals.

Haden asked:

What's the best place to get a Cataclysm Collector's Edition on release night? Should I wait in line or pre-order one? If I pre-order, where from? Would it maybe be better to just play it safe and pre-order one from something like Amazon.com? How many Collector's Editions do Gamestop, Target and Walmart get?

That's the beauty of pre-orders -- the stores usually get the number of copies that are pre-ordered. I never really worked for Gamestop, but I'm sure some commenters have and can give detailed information on how the pre-ordering works. Suffice it to say, I've never had a problem picking up a pre-order from Gamestop when I had successfully pre-ordered in time.

As for release-night collector's editions, I would find the most out-of-the-way, hidden big box store like Walmart or Target, because those stores have shelves of collector's editions available on release. Usually. Potentially. That's your best bet, really. Otherwise, if pre-orders are still going around, that will be your surefire way of getting the collector's edition at your local store. Amazon pre-orders will most likely get to your house on release day, unless otherwise noted, but not at the midnight launch.

Trever asked:

If tauren can be both druid and shaman, why not the night elves? I've said for a long time that it would be awesome if they could.


Tauren have a connection to both Mu'sha (Elune) and their Earthmother, two different types of faith that allow them to practice both the druidic arts and the shamanistic bond with the elements. Night elves, on the other hand, do not have the same belief system in the ancestors, spirits of the elements themselves and other shamanistic tendencies, and instead are "children of Elune," worshiping nature but not necessarily the spirits or the elements. That's the short lore explanation. Browse through some of our excellent Know Your Lore articles for a deeper explanation.

transrelativity asked:

Will completing "What A Long, Strange Trip It's Been" confer 310% flight after Cataclysm, or should I just give up now?

Most likely, yes.

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