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The Queue: At least J. J. Abrams didn't write WoD


Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Adam Holisky (@adamholisky) will be your host today.

Lots of great questions today, so we'll just get right down to it.

Blake asked:

I just re-subbed after being gone since before Cataclysm. What MoP content do I HAVE to do before it's completely irrelevant?

I'd go and do the patch 5.1 quest chain and take a few swings at Garrosh. Experience the content, take your character through all the raid finder versions of things at least once. Just go along for the ride and don't get upset if you don't survive or don't do the best.

Enjoy the story. Don't do dailies, don't grind stuff -- just immerse yourself in Mists lore and story. Read the quest texts. Slow down. Make WoW your game again, and then when WoD hits, it'll be like you never left.

AviMerves asked:

Why is it that no matter how clearly it's explained, the majority are complaining about apparent WOD time travel?

I think people look at time travel as a sort of ret-con cop out. There's been some absolutely god awful fiction written around time travel (like this tripe they call the new Star Trek: Wrath of Whatever-The-Hell-Wasn't-Khan). People are expecting that Blizzard is just going to rewrite the last few dozen years of Azeroth history, and reset everything to some new state. And while that's certainly a possibility, I don't think it's going to go down like that.

Blizzard has a well established story they've been at for the last twenty years. They are not going to just take that and toss it out the window. They'll grow it, change it, etc... but redo it? No.

So I hope everyone can just chill out about the time travel. It's nothing new -- it's been in WoW a lot -- let's just go along for the ride. Did you see how excited Metzen and Kosak were at BlizzCon about Warlords of Draenor? I want to drink whatever coolaid got them that pumped up, and I'm looking forward to doing so next year.

Sam asked;

Any change Blizzard is giving us more bank space?

Since Blizzard is going to change the way transmogrification works and will be freeing up inventory space by removing all the toys, I don't see them giving us all more bank space. Honestly, I think that if they're able to remove the need to store gear for transmog reasons, the current inventory system is going to more than adequate.

Andrew asked:

will MoP world bosses be removed next x-pac?

We haven't been told they will, and I highly doubt it. They provide some unique flavor in the areas they're in. There's no reason to really remove them.

Quickstopirvin asked:

What will healing look like in Warlords?

Given that we know Spirit isn't going to appear as a main stat on legs, gloves, chests, and other such gear gear -- but instead will appear as a stat on rings and the like, I suspect that we'll see mana regen as much less of a thing, and more emphasis on correct placement of timely heals.

I could also see this meaning that, at the lower difficulty levels, healing would be easier. If there is less "oh shit" moments for a healer in raid finder and normal difficulty, then there's less emphasis on placing those heals at the appropriate time, and you still don't need as much spirit.

Now that said, this is all just conjecture on my part, and we don't really know what's up Blizzard's sleeve exactly yet. Stay tuned.

Spencer asked:

is all this time travel malarkey just the device blizzard is looking for to bring back (a version of) Illidan?

Hahaha, I've always answered this one before -- but hell, it's Illidan, and I've got A Thing for him. Yes, I hope it is. If the big bad just happens to be Illidan again I'll be a-okay.

Crow asked:

any chance the toybox will include items that teleport you?

This level of detail wasn't talked about at BlizzCon, but I'm hopeful that it will include those types of items. There's no real reason for it not too -- especially given after the expansion they're useful in they essentially do become toys.

James asked:

any idea if the "toys" we've deleted will exist again when the toy box is implemented?

My understanding is that if you've deleted the "toy" it will not appear in the toy box, or whatever Blizzard ends up calling it. I believe I heard one of the designer say that the initial intake of items will function like the mount journal and pet journal did.

I'm looking at you, Mr. Northrend Portal Generator.

Kevin asked:

Question. In TBC, the dark portal took us to Hellfire. Where will it take us in WoD and how do we get to starting zones?

No idea. Maybe someone in the comments knows? I didn't see any coverage on this at BlizzCon or in any of the Twitter conversations from the designers right now, however there's so much that it's possible I've missed something.

Scott asked:

oo..ooh...is the next expansion called "The Dark Below?"

Yup! And we'll all be riding around on gigantic rainbow pooping corgis for buying the collector's edition.

Anne Stickney asked:

@AdamHolisky Can I write the queue tomorrow (wait that's not really a question)

No, but you can write it next Tuesday if you'd like.
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