My good buddy Daniel Whitcomb described the Diablo 3 real-money auction house as "the nerd gold rush." I think it's very apt, considering the entire WoW Insider staff is quitting our jobs to go pan for Grandfathers.
As for World of Warcraft ...
Has Blizz given any explanation why the Battle Standard of Coordination (and similar) aren't allowed in Firelands? It seems odd to me to exclude its use there but not (to my knowledge) anywhere else.
Nice name! Also, it is most likely disabled in the Firelands because Blizzard has the Avengers of Hyjal reputation gains very specifically measured out so players will begin to hit exalted precisely when the developers want us to do so. Humans get their racial bonus, but everybody else is on even ground. They don't necessarily want guild levels and whether or not you remembered to click your banner (or hit your banner macro, for the nitpicky folk in our audience) to be factored into the equation.
Why are mages able to summon water elementals and are these real elementals or just some magically animated water? Also, why cant shamans summon water and air elementals? And why cant they have a permanent elemental pet like frost mages do?
Mages do not summon elementals like shaman summon elementals. Mages conjure up magically animated constructs made of water. Shaman commune with the spirits of water.
Why can't shaman summon water and air elementals? Because the developers didn't give them those spells, and mages already have water elementals.
Why can't shaman have permanent elemental pets? Because Blizzard doesn't want shaman to be a pet class.
That cover everything?
Great Queue today Anne! Will the Queue be taking questions from twitter often? Should twitter questions be directed to @Wowinsider, or somewhere more Queue specific?
While I'm not Anne, I think I'm qualified to answer this question! We writers of The Queue generally turn to Twitter when The Queue itself doesn't have many questions or many questions that we are willing/qualified to answer. In between patch cycles, things always get either highly speculative or highly nitpicky. Why doesn't Blizzard do this, why doesn't Blizzard do that, when will Blizzard ... you get the picture. Those aren't things we can answer, so maybe we'll only get one, maybe two really good questions we want to try to answer. That's not enough to fill out a day! So we turn to Twitter.
Sometimes we ask on the @WoWInsider Twitter account for questions, sometimes on our personal accounts. The regular Queue authors are:
"i love the queue! :D
So do I, friend. So do I.
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