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The Queue: Countdown to BlizzCon edition

Welcome back to The Queue, our 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.

Some of my compatriots here at WoW Insider have already begun their long, difficult trek to BlizzCon. I, however, will be leaving early Thursday morning and powering my way to Anaheim. There is this happy disbelief right now because the convention is so close. Reality will probably hit me at 4 a.m. on Thursday, when I'm hating myself for early flights and starving at the airport. Let's answer some questions.

Babaloo asked:


When we go into The Burning Crusade/Wrath content, do we effectively go back in time? Seeing as events during those expansions are referenced in the new old world, how do they explain it?

Blizzard has come out and said that each expansion is its own little world that furthers the story of the whole and that continuity issues, while important, also don't make a ton of sense when dealing with game development. Bornokk shed some light on the issue in a post on the official forums. Some things will change to reflect certain gameplay changes or huge story issues, but for the most part, that content remains unchanged. You just have to have a healthy suspension of disbelief.

snowleopard233 asked:


Am I the only one who thinks the cinematic team was listening to
Bat Out of Hell when they made the Cataclysm cinematic?

If they aren't listening to Meat Loaf constantly while designing every aspect of World of Warcraft, I'd be disappointed.

Piers asked:

Sorry if this has already been answered, but when does the actual
Cataclysm take place (i.e., when will we see the changes in the landscape)? As I understand it, you don't have to buy the expansion to get the experience, so when will Azeroth fall apart? I was kind of expecting it in 4.0.1, but that seems not to be the case.

Patch 4.0.3, the final final patch before the actual release of the game, will change the world, introduce new race/class player character combinations and much, much more. In order to create a goblin or a worgen and access content for levels 81 to 85, you have to buy Cataclysm.

Rekkos asked:

I was wondering, does anyone know who is putting on the armor on Deathwing in the cinematic?

That's the Twilight's Hammer Cult, Deathwing's crazy servants, preaching the end of the world and salvation by the fire of the aspect of death.

hokiebuddy asked:

Why did they make the heirloom gear so expensive after 4.0.1?


Blizzard updated heirloom gear prices to reflect what you would be paying for them at level 85. Old heirlooms may not work past level 80, but they are designed to be bought by top-level characters for their alts, so their price was adjusted, if a little early.

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