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The Queue: Scenarios, potions, and death

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.

Today is a one-two-three, ha-cha-cha. What does that mean, exactly? Heck if I know.

jemjem.nightfall asked:

Are scenarios being reduced to single person scenarios in WoD? I really enjoy scenarios and it is the one group thing I can fit into a limited time schedule, particularly given queue times are so fast.

It seems that way. According to Wowhead's recent interview with Ion Hazzikostas, scenarios will mostly be used for solo story elements while leveling and garrison invasions at max level. They key word there is "mostly" but it still bodes ill for those of us that enjoyed scenarios in Mists of Pandaria.

Scenarios had quickly become one of my favorite things to do in WoW, even at max level. They were fun and didn't take an enormous time investment -- I could bang out a scenario in 10 minutes in between/while doing other things. Before Mists of Pandaria launched, the devs hyped up the ability to make new scenarios quickly and easily, making it seem like we'd be showered with the things all over Pandaria. It never happened. Instead, they took them to this weird place where they tried to make them something a little more hardcore. Now they're abandoning them as viable group content.

I'm really disappointed, personally.

BarryWheaton asked:

What ever happened to those xp potions they had up on the ptr that were going to be in the WoW shop?

Those were made for regions where players don't pay a monthly subscription, but rather pay at an hourly rate. Meaning most Asian territories, where gaming primarily happens in internet cafes. They weren't intended for NA or EU servers -- though they may come our way sometime. They also might not.

I'm going to make up some numbers here because I don't know the real ones. When the dynamic is paying by the hour to play in an internet cafe, look at it like this: you pay $1 per hour you play. It takes 30 hours to reach max level, so $30 total. Alternatively, you could cut that time down to 15 hours if you buy 15 XP potions that last an hour, but the potions also cost $1. You're still spending a total of $30. The internet cafe is not you sitting alone in your bedroom. You're in a social environment, probably playing with other people. Do you want to spend 30 hours in an internet cafe to catch up with your friends who are already max level? Probably not. You want to actually play with your friends.

In the end, they're spending the exact same amount of money in total to reach the level cap, it just takes half the time.

CatrionaShadowleaf asked:

what's your favourite death animation?

I didn't realise until just now how much I enjoy the female pandaren one, though of course the male blood elf holds a special place in my heart. "No... Ice cream cone, don't le - ahhh."

Both male night elf and male blood elf death animations are pretty entertaining. They're so overdramatic, like they're playing out a death in a stage play ... and badly. They're the kind of characters who grab the collar of the protagonist and whisper their dying words into the person's ear, except their dying words are an hour-long monologue and they should've died long before they finished
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