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The Queue: Go away, Nozdormu, nobody likes you

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.

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Thatacus asked:

I may have missed something but did something happen between WotLK and Firelands patch to free Nozdormu? I mean, the last time we saw him, he was no where to be found and fighting some Infinite Dragons and all of a sudden he's showing up at the Mount Hyjal summit like nothing has happened. What's going on here?

We have no idea what's going on. It seems to me that Blizzard wanted to approach the World Tree story with Thrall in Cataclysm, then realized it couldn't because Nozdormu was still mysteriously missing/busy. So the writers said to hell with it, brought Nozdormu back, gave him flavor text about being ill, and will shunt him off to who-knows-where again afterwards.

Who knows? Maybe they'll broach the subject in a future Cataclysm content patch. We are supposed to be getting a War of the Ancients raid, after all ...

Mordok asked:

Why do the stats in your character pane change from white to green?

Green stats are buffed or augmented in some way. White stats are your base, unbuffed level.

dahboyo asked:

Do you think Esports scholarships will ever happen for colleges and universities?

When I was reading through the comments, I spotted Cephas's reply to your question, and it was dead on. I'm just going to copy/paste that for you:

Athletic scholarships only exist because universities make money off of college sports fans from attendance and apparel sales. Plus, they can make substantially more money if their teams are good, so the cost of providing academic scholarships is more than offset by the additional revenue. "College Esports" doesn't really exist and even if it did it would first have to get popular enough to generate funds for the college to the point where it would actually be worth it to the college to offer scholarships.

Short answer, no. It doesn't seem very likely to me that Esports scholarships are going to happen.


ruggerjj asked:

Are the Twilight Cultists that we have seen since Classic WoW members of the Cult of the Damned from WC3 that got bored with the undead trying to destroy the world and moved over to the Old Gods?...or are they completely separate groups?

They're two different groups. The Cult of the Damned served the Lich King and believed that the world would be a better place if everyone were unified in undeath. The Twilight's Hammer serve the Old Gods and believe that the world would be a better place if it ended.

Scott asked:

Am i forgetting something (i've been out of game for a couple months), or is the questing mechanic of the new Molten Front Dailies updated? That is, it seems like Blizzard has made "credit" for mobs and kills much looser than it used to be - reminds me quite a bit of Rift's public quest system, where everyone is kinda part of a team automatically.

Blizzard did indeed change up the "tap" mechanics for select quests in patch 4.2. The Protectors of Hyjal daily quest would be absolute hell if you packed every single player into that tiny little area and made them fight over elite mob spawns. It would have been the worst sort of chokepoint. So for that quest, as long as you participated in the fight, you get kill credit and the ability to loot quest items off of the mob.

This isn't the first time Blizzard has used that mechanic, but I can't for the life of me remember where it was used previously. I know it was, though.

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