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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.

The comments of The Queue yesterday wanted more cat pictures. So here's a cat. Specifically, it is Kelly Aarons' cat Alfrado.

Everclear asked:

Besides humans (which far and away need it the most), which race do you feel needs the graphic upgrade the most? And do you think this will finally - FINALLY - happen in 5.0? Considering all the gear assets they'll have to readjust for each race, it seems the longer they take, the more work they're gonna have to do. So the sooner the better, right?

Ugh. All of the original races need an overhaul. I don't think I can pick just once. Draenei and blood elves are still pretty cool, but all of the races that launched with vanilla WoW are not so good. With every new game that releases, it becomes a little harder for me to look at WoW's races, and I imagine it's even worse for new players. I'm going to be much more accepting of graphics I've been seeing for eight years than someone who has been playing, say ... an MMO like RIFT/Aion/TOR, or even a single player game like Skyrim. Those people are going to look at World of Warcraft's characters (and character creator) and go, "Really? This is what all the fuss is? Really?"

We're not looking for photorealism; we're just looking for ... better. The cartoony style is perfectly fine, but Warcraft right now is like watching cartoons from the '80s and '90s. They're not nearly as vivid as you remember them.

I love World of Warcraft, but I feel it needs to start putting up a serious fight to maintain its status as top dog in the MMO 'verse. Updating character models is just one thing the developers need to do. I think that many of us still playing WoW in 2012 are waiting for the developers to pull out a Hyper Beam, but they're Splash Attacking instead. I'm really eager to see what they're going to pull out for Mists of Pandaria.

... OK, fine, if I must pick one race that absolutely needs a redo, it's night elves. Holy crap, what is wrong with night elf males? They looked like horrific science experiments in 2004, and we're still looking at their mutant flipper hands eight years later. Destroy them. Destroy them all.

AltairAntares asked:

What exactly happened with Benedictus? I thought we found him out abou him turning trator during the alliance intro to twilight highlands- did Varian think it'd be funny not to tell Thrall that Benedictus had turned?

That quest chain never made it into the actual game. All of the sound files for that quest were recorded, Varian and Benedictus and the whole thing, but it was never actually implemented. The Alliance is given no indication of Benedictus' going traitor at all.

The Alliance's introduction to the Twilight Highlands is ... a little lackluster. We get a 24 reference, than Fargo Flintlocke flies us to the Twilight Highlands, where we discover the Horde has nearly destroyed our only foothold in the zone. That's it. The Horde's intro to the Twilight Highlands is much better and actually has some story relevance.

Morgatho asked:

I've been farming MC on my hunter trying to get Thunderfury (2 years and no left binding, Geddon hates me) and I got the Eye of Sulfuras off Rag one run, My question is if I get the Sulfuron Hammer could I make the Legendary and get the achievement off it?

I wasn't sure, so I checked the Wowhead comments for Sulfuras. According to the comments over there, you'll only get the Feat of Strength if you can actually equip the item.

Like you, I also spent multiple years farming my second binding for Thunderfury. I finally gave up on it when transmogrification was announced. I'm not much of an achievement guy; I just wanted it to look cool.

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