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The Queue: Draenei society, Ice cream, Zone uncertainty


Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Matthew Rossi will be your host today.

Answering questions. It is our mission. It is... the Queue.

xashbringerx asks:
Why is it that the Draenei society that we meet in WoD so supposedly different than the Draenei that players can be? Lore-wise, Draenei have been a race in exile/constantly on the run from the Burning Legion since the corruption of Archimonde and Kiljaeden. Isn't the escape from Draenor to Azeroth in our timeline just a status quo for them? Technically, they already suffered a greater loss of their society when Sargeras came and corrupted two of their leaders and 95% of their original population - turning them into the Eredar (who then turned against the now-Draenei, and nearly annihilated them, saved only by Velen and the Naaru. The suffering caused by the Old Horde appears almost insignificant when compared to their original loss at the hand of Sargeras.

The flight from Argus was 25,000 years ago, and it greatly changed draenei society (technically, draenei society didn't even exist 25,000 years ago, they were all just eredar then). They were the ones who exiled themselves - the majority of their old society pledged themselves to Sargeras. Remember, the original name of the race was 'eredar', not draenei -- draenei means exiles.

As for why their society is so much different on Draenor than it is on Azeroth, it's very simple - they almost all died. Not 'we ran away and left our relatives behind' but 'everyone but a small group of battle hardened survivors died'. The original flight was a self-chosen exile. This was "9/10th of everyone we've known and loved for 25,000 years is dead." That's why it's such a big deal. If you think the Old Horde killing just about every single draenei with a handful of survivors is insignificant... well, it probably isn't to the people who had to undergo it.


John41 asks:
Q4TQ - I haven't really been following the zone previews (like Frank Costanza, I like to go in fresh). How similar are the zones to the BC versions, in terms of locations and cities and stuff?

Won't answering this be a spoiler, preventing you from going in fresh? I mean, if I tell you, now you have a preconception of the zones, don't you? I don't see how I can answer this question in good faith.

Luckily, I'm a terrible person, so my bad faith answer is aside from the Spires of Arak (which was destroyed and thus not part of outland) and Frostfire Ridge and Gorgrond (which got kind of squashed together) Talador, Shadowmoon Valley, Nagrand and Tanaan Jungle are all roughly where their BC counterparts were, but they're not very close to them otherwise. (Zangarmarsh is a small little swamp, and most of the BC zone is under the Zangar Sea.)

It's up to you to decide if you believe this answer or not, though.

AdamHamilton asks:
So, whats your favorite flavor of ice cream?

Back when I ate ice cream I liked Reese's Ice Cream, because I like peanut butter mixed with chocolate. I also liked french vanilla, and any kind of fudge ripple.

Nh asks:
Q4tQ: I don't really get why they changed the levels to certain zones (and in turn the associated dungeons) in Cataclysm - I'm looking at you Feralas & Dire Maul. There isn't a single dungeon in Kalimdor for the 55+ levels, and for us Transmog fiends, that means very limited access to particular sets. Do you think there's a possibility that Blizz would change this? Or maybe add a new wing to Dire Maul, or an entirely new dungeon, on Kalimdor for this level range? If not, why?

You're hunting for green drops like the Exalted Plate set, I assume. I doubt it's a priority on Blizzard's part to add in a new 55+ dungeon just so players can farm mog drops. (I just used the Exalted Plate as an example of a hard to farm mog drop.) I may be wrong but I seriously don't see it happening.

Personally I'd think a better solution to the problem of hard to farm mog sets like this would be to space out where they drop so that they could have a chance to drop from high level mobs in the Eastern Kingdoms as well. Certainly that would be a lot easier than building a new 55+ dungeon on Kalimdor just for mog farming.

And this ends the Queue for today. See y'all next week - Anne will handle your weekend Queue needs.


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