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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.

As I write this, it's 1:00 a.m., it's hailing outside, and I'm awake with a skull-shattering headache. I could be asleep, but I love all of you too much to leave you Queueless. So here I am.

Today we'll discuss love, hero classes, WoW Insider raiders, and more.

Rai asked:

What is love?

I'm afraid I can't help you there. That answer can only come from within.

Also, I am a robot. Beep beep.

Scott asked:

When will we see the epic livestream of all of the WoW Insider staff in a single raid group tackling bosses in the PTR?

When our staff isn't spread out across the entire world, when our work schedules align with the stars, and when we start hiring based on building a balanced raid group. Also, we have a great working rapport, but that doesn't necessarily translate to a raid setting -- we would be better off streaming a specific team member's established raid, not some wacky WoW Insider PuG.

@darkhonorwow asked via Twitter:

What is the next hero class? Could they release one in patch 4.2, 4.3, 4.4 ...

Well, naturally we have no idea what the next hero class is. We can speculate and generally have fun discussing the possibilities, but Blizzard certainly hasn't come out and told us what it's doing with classes. As for adding one in a Cataclysm patch, I'm going to say that is extremely unlikely. It's a horrible idea. Who wants to find room in their raid for a brand new class in the middle of an expansion? Which member of your 25-man gets the boot mid-expansion for the new class? At least in a new expansion there's a total content reboot, and an existing member of your raid can reroll -- or any new recruit would start out on equal footing with everybody else, as far as gearing is concerned.

Blizzard will do what Blizzard will do, but it just doesn't make any sense to me to add one in a content patch. You would it when making a complete mechanical overhaul would make sense -- and when you can use the addition as a selling point for your new expansion, of course.

@kremlincardinal asked via Twitter:

Is it weird that I follow WoW religiously, even though I haven't played for nearly five years?

I don't think so! Well, maybe it is weird, but not as uncommon as you'd think. There are a lot of things I like to read about that I haven't touched in years -- I haven't played a Resident Evil game since Resident Evil 3, but I like reading about new additions to the series or watching Let's Play videos of them. I haven't played Resident Evil 5, but I've watched other people play the co-op beginning to end.

Long after people have stopped watching a TV show they liked, they'll sometimes open up a forum thread about it to find out what happened on the last episode. The same thing happens with movies and books.

World of Warcraft is something you enjoyed, and even though you have no drive to partake of the game anymore, you're still interested in where the game is going and what it has to offer. I don't know what parts of the game you enjoyed when you did play, but I think it's totally valid to want to keep up with the direction of raiding in the game or additions to the game mythos without actually wanting to play through it.

Hm. My headache is gone. I'll take that as my cue to go put the finishing touches on this week's WoW Archivist -- I think you guys are going to love it.

What, you thought I would sleep after my headache went away? Pish, posh.


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