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The Queue: Patch 4.3's release date

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.

I think every last one of you will want me to jump straight to answering this first question, so I'll ditch the clever intro today.

Yurgen asked:

Some sites are saying patch 4.3 will release November 29th, some sites are saying December 6th. Which is it??

We can't say definitively one way or the other. We've been leaning toward Dec. 6 because Blizzard usually ends the Arena season a week (or more) prior to the release of a content patch. Patch 4.3's landing on Nov. 29 would mean the Arena season ends the exact same day the patch releases. Season 9 was the first Arena season that ended the same day as the patch launch, so it could it happen with season 10, too. Nothing says it can't. Prior to season 9, though, Blizzard never did that.

Personally, I'm leaning Nov. 29 purely because the patch has seemed more or less ready to go for quite a while now. I feel that if Blizzard held it until Dec. 6, it would just be artificially delaying the patch. Of course, there's a U.S. holiday tomorrow, so maybe that artificial delay would let developers get back home from holiday trips or whatever else. Who knows?

Either way, here at WoW Insider, we're getting our patch prep done now so it'll be ready to go Nov. 29 regardless of whether that's the day it lands or not.

Rodrigo asked:

Sorry if this has been asked before, but are there new daily quests unrelated to the Darkmoon Faire in 4.3?

Unless I've forgotten something obvious, no, there are no new daily quest hubs in patch 4.3 outside of the Darkmoon Faire.

Bapo asked:

Do you think blizz will ever inforce a rule on the AH where you have to undercut by a certain %, rather than just by whatever you want?

Never. Love it or hate it, World of Warcraft's Auction House is a fairly free market. Blizzard monitors it for cheating and abuse, but otherwise ... purely player-driven. Some people simply aren't cut out for playing a cutthroat market, just like some players aren't cut out for endgame progression raiding or hardcore rated Arenas or Battlegrounds.

WanderingNomad asked:

Are we going to have anything new to spend our saved up Marks of the World Tree on come 4.3 ?

Nope. You probably never will. Daily quest hubs like that are generally self-contained within their own patch. You finish the content, you get all the items you want, and then you move on with life. It is very rare for the developers to go back to that sort of content and add new items or quests. When it's done, it's done.

@Mayjest asked:

What's the better name for a baby, Thrall, Varian, or a different character? Not actually happening, just spawned from a drunken conversation.

Ugh. Don't name your baby Thrall. You'd seriously be naming your baby slave. In my opinion, Varian doesn't make the fantasy-to-modern-day transition very well, so I wouldn't use that, either. If you're going to use fantasy names to name a child in the current era, you need to pick ones that can be easily shortened into a nickname that won't be embarrassing, or pick a name that sounds like something modern. You could use Anduin for a boy, that shortens easily into Andy. For a girl, go with Jaina. Jaina is fancy Jane.

Fun fact: There already is a baby Jaina, though I suppose she isn't a baby anymore. She's nearly three and a half years old now. They grow up so fast!

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