Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Alex Ziebart will be your host today.
Hey, hey, it's President's Day in the United States! How many of you Americans still actually get this holiday off of work? How many of you are like me and are deathly jealous of those off of work today? I get the feeling there's more of the latter than the former, but maybe I'm wrong.
On to the Q&A, hmm?
Has Blizzard ever acknowledged using someone else's idea in game? Like a spell, mechanic, or battleground idea from a major blog or this site not directly tied to them?
No, and it legally cannot acknowledge them. Like many in the comments stated yesterday, acknowledging that it used someone's idea opens up Blizzard to wonderful, wonderful lawsuits. If you were to suggest a change to some mechanic in the game, and Blizzard acknowledged your specific recommendation and then made the change, you could turn around and start up a lawsuit because the company stole your idea. Blizzard can read and often use suggestions, but it can't acknowledge where those ideas came from.
My question is regarding the hybrid tax. Do classes with more roles pay more of a tax to DPS? Does a druid (4 roles) do less DPS than a paladin (3 roles), who in turn does less DPS than a priest (2 roles)?
I don't think the hybrid tax is a magical number Blizzard has carved into stone for game design. I don't think the hybrid tax really exists at all anymore, except that the designers keep in mind that pure classes need to bring something to the table that makes up for their inability to respec and heal or respec and tank.
I suppose my answer to your question is ... probably not?
If you had to pick one quest that you think sets the tone for Cataclysm, what would it be?
The Alliance quest in which Fargo Flintlocke shoots you out of a cannon, because while the Horde spends the entire expansion slashing and burning Alliance territory and slaughtering its people, the Alliance is busy having wacky adventures with every pop culture nod that rears its ugly head. Twilight Highlands is especially thick with it. All of my Horde friends are shocked that the Alliance doesn't have quests to lay siege to the Krazzworks like the Horde has for Highbank. It's just two different places the Horde can kill Alliance.
I'm not sayin' I hate pop culture references. I'm just sayin' the Alliance is useless this expansion. Losing territory to the Horde doesn't bother me so much, because the territorial split was uneven and they're fixing that for gameplay purposes. But the Alliance can still win a battle once in awhile in our own quests, you know?
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