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The Queue: Squish, models, warlocks, and datamining

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.

Let's hop into the Queue talking about our favorite subject: the item squish.

Pvpscrub asked:

Come WoD's stat squish, how close are our weapons going to be, to be more specific is it worth getting 550 iLvl weapons for a lesser played alt or just stick with 522? If they're going to be within 1 level of each other come WOD then maybe its better to just pass.

Blizzard has said time and again that if you kill a mob in 10 seconds now, you're going to kill it in 10 seconds after the squish. While there is a point where the squish is going to happen more, it's looking like there will still be an item climb for MoP, meaning that the difference in iLevels will still be meaningful enough so that when WoD releases and you start leveling your better gear makes it easier.

This is conjecture from me though in part because of the graphs I've seen and the people I've talked to at Blizzard. However I'd 110% caution that we don't know anything until we've played the beta. That's going to be happening sooner rather than later it seems, so hopefully we'll know quickly.

And trust me ... there will be several article about how the squish feels. If Blizzard screws it up and the squish sucks, we're gonna be calling 'em out. But if it's how they say it is, and that it's not having a big impact on how powerful you feel, then we'll report that too. Either way, we just need to wait a bit longer.

EWOKinLA asked:

How important is it how the character looks? Well, I bought Skyrim, went to the character creation screen, saw there was nothing but butt ugly races, and quit.

I paid $60 for that game and never played it because the characters are all too ugly to care about.

I think I've seen my Skyrim character's face once, maybe twice? I always have amazing looking armor on that covers up everything. The same goes for WoW, the models are important, and they're really needed, especially given the number of NPCs that do not wear armor... but overall the armor is more important (in my opinion).

Even in Skyrim you get a lot of characters wearing armor that you interact with. I'd try to give it another go, see what things feel like a couple hours into the game.

MickMacTire asked:

We all know this game is about one thing and one thing only:

Warlocks. We're the new "wrath-adin" and "cata-rogue" and I don't think we're a one xpac flavor.

What awesomeness would you like to see added to the best class in the game? I'd love to see a healing pet. Imp sortof heals, but it would be a great addition to the demonic pantheon. Or racial fel mounts.

I'm glad we're finally able to be open and honest about this. Blizzard really did make Warlocks the best thing in the game. Everyone at WoW Insider plays a 'lock and has done so for years. Even our resident Warrior columnist switched back in Wrath.

We've had to keep it a secret, but Blizzard told us a while ago we're getting the ability to force our Warlock abilities onto other classes during a fight. So for instance if that Paladin next to you is just a Ronald McDonald running around without a clue, you can cast Demonfy on him and he'll become an A-level Warlock player.

Blizzard isn't sure if it's only going to work on just Paladins and Hunters -- they might open it up to other classes depending on feedback during the beta. So be sure to let them know, because...

Knowing is half the battle.

Vestus asked:

Question for the Queue: what is Blizzard's stance, if any, on all of this datamining of the game client? It strikes me as something that would be against the Terms of Service, yet it also works to generate buzz for them, so do they allow it for that reason? Much of what has already been uncovered could almost be classified as spoilers...I just wonder if they will ever decide that it's gone too far.

Blizzard is okay with it to some extent. It's a fact of life, and Blizzard's position has (thankfully) evolved over the years. There are some lines you don't cross though, which includes doing things illegal -- like running a private server or breaking strong encryption.

I'll put it this way: the item databases? They're great, and have nothing to worry about. Same goes for us. Blizzard loves them as much as we do. The illicit sites? That's not a business you'd catch me associating with in a million years.
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