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The Queue: I am not Santa

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.

I am, however, incredibly vain and egocentric.

WalterAnderson asks:
Did you get what you wanted for Christmas? If not were you happily surprised with what you did get?

Honestly, I didn't want anything. I tend not to want things aside from books, and I usually buy those for myself, so I'm an incredible pain to shop for. Get me an Amazon gift certificate or hand me fifty bucks and drive me to a bookstore, and I'm good. I'm writing this Queue Christmas Eve, so I don't know what I got yet, but I'm sure it was good.

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Breakfast Topic: The Day At Last

Hopefully, if today is a holiday for you, you're spending it with loved ones of some description, or enjoying it in whatever way you like best. For some of us, that includes a heaping helping of World of Warcraft - in past years I participated in special raids on Christmas day, or did a day of dungeons, or even ran AV all day (this was back in the day, of course). So it behooves me to ask you, if you're going to be playing WoW today, and if so, what're you up to in the game?

And have a happy holiday, if you're celebrating.

Filed under: Breakfast Topics

Celebrate Winter Veil with letters to Greatfather Winter

Sometimes you just have to embrace the holiday spirit. That's what Blizzard is doing, by announcing that it's time for all the good girls and boys of Azeroth and Draenor to get their letters to Greatfather Winter. What do you want for this year's Winter Veil? Well, whatever it is, asking can't hurt, so go ahead and comment on the official post, or here on the forums. There's even a thread here on the RP forums, if you're so inclined.

I personally think transmog was the gift that keeps on giving for me, but if there's something you want, get on board.

Filed under: Events, Blizzard, Warlords of Draenor

Blizzard opens new dedicated Ashran forum

If you have an opinion about Ashran, now there's a place for you to take it. Blizzard CM Kaivax posted that there's a new forum dedicated solely to Ashran. It's right here, although it doesn't appear to have a counterpart in Europe yet.

Ashran's been a hot topic as of late for problems with queue times and difficulty in balancing it - with some players having used Ashran to gear up it's not not uncommon to see people discussing one faction utterly dominating the zone now. If you're interested in Ashran and possibly in contributing your voice to the discussion (you may have a good suggestion for fixing the issues, or just a perspective that hasn't been considered yet) then head over to the new official forum for the PvP zone and make your voice heard.

Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Blizzard, PvP, Warlords of Draenor

Breakfast Topic: Where would you draw the line?

So we're going to potentially be able to buy game time tokens and sell them in game for gold. This has been called buying gold, which is interesting to me, since it's not really much different than when we could buy the Guardian Cub and sell that in game for gold. But what the discussion really got me thinking about was this - what would be the line, the one thing they could introduce that would be too much for me to go along with? I can buy 90 out of a 100 levels, I can buy transmog gear, what do I think is absolutely not a good idea to sell for real life money?

For me, it's actual in game epic gear. If Blizzard started selling best in slot or even just good gear for max level characters, that would be too much. One of the reasons I'm a little leery of the game time for gold transaction is that right now, some good epic gear is available for gold, and if you make gold something you can pick up with IRL money... you see where that would go.

So now it's your turn. What's too far for you?


Filed under: Breakfast Topics

The Queue: I'm turning into Rend Blackhand

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.

If you read today's Breakfast Topic, you know why I said this. It's a really surreal feeling, let's just go with that.

Merkavar asks:
Q4TQ anyone else miss the way dungeon rewards worked in wotlk. where you got one bonus reward per day but you could save up to 7. so you could smash out 4-7 dungeons in one go instead of doing one a day.

im not on every day so it would be nice if one or two days stacked

I feel much the same way. The weekend is the best time for me to get in some uninterrupted WoW time, and it would be nice if I could do a bunch of dungeons on Saturday/Sunday instead of trying to log on every day. I get why they made the change, but personally I miss the flexibility to my schedule this provided.

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Breakfast Topic: My WoW eyepatch

That's my WoW eyepatch.

I have two eyes. The problem is, for whatever reason, ever since I got a horrendously bad sinus infection (and I still have it, although not nearly as bad as it was) whenever I play WoW I get headaches, nausea, and really serious vertigo. I've found that I can cope with this by closing my right eye. (It doesn't work if I close my left eye.) But of course, it's not really very natural for me to keep my right eye closed for extended periods. I keep forgetting and opening it, and as soon as I do, it all starts up again.

Hence the eyepatch. I'm hoping with it I can play for longer before the head pain and nausea starts up. (Chronic illness sucks, btw. I don't recommend it.) So I figured I'd take this opportunity and ask, what's the weirdest thing you've ever done to keep playing WoW?

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Breakfast Topic: What would you bring back?

As expansions come and go, some features come into play, exist for a while and then are retired, or never actually make it live - reforging comes to mind as a big one, a feature that was of critical importance for two expansions before it was removed. While flight itself wasn't removed, it's of no utility in Draenor's 90 to 100 zones, and mechanics like hit and expertise, weapon skill, and others have been removed over time. Raiding has fundamentally changed repeatedly. Talent trees are almost unrecognizable from the old days. Several old dungeons and raids were removed or revamped, with their original versions gone from the game.

So this morning I ask you this - if you had the power to bring back anything from any era of World of Warcraft or its beta periods, what would it be? Would it be Naxxramas 40 player? Reforging? Weapon Skill? Path of the Titans? Please share your vision.


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Breakfast Topic: What do you love, what do you hate?

I'll go first. Nobody loves everything about the things they enjoy, and everyone has things they prefer - things they wish weren't there and things they wish there was more of to experience. So I'm curious what these things are for you. What do you love about Warlords, and what don't you love? What makes you outraged, or makes it worthwhile to keep logging in, keep your sub active?

For me, I really hate Frostfire Ridge. I think this will be the expansion I finally stop saying I'm someone who plays both Horde and Alliance, because I cannot get through this zone. Seriously, I just can't. I like my tauren quite a bit, I really do, and I feel awful that there's no way in heck I'm going to get him to level 100 because I cannot stand this zone. Oh my word I hate it. Yes, the end cinematic is nice, but man, I just don't care otherwise. Can't get through it.

As for what I love... well, it's kind of self evident. So I won't waste your time there.

What about you?

Filed under: Breakfast Topics

Select pets and mounts 50% off until January 5th

Well, it's Christmas (or Winter Veil if you're Azerothian) and it seems like Blizzard's taking the opportunity to hook into your last minute gift buying impulse with this holiday sale. Selected mounts and pets (you can see which by looking at this page) are available for half price. And worry not, European players, you haven't been left out. So yay for everyone who can finally snag that pet or mount they wanted, whether as a gift or just buying it for yourself.

I'm considering finally getting that Enchanted Fey Dragon.

Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Blizzard, News items

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