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The Queue: DDoS, WoW's population spike, and flying


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.

I've only answered two questions in the Queue today. Enjoy.

Keleli asked:

Are the DDoS attacks still ongoing or are these queues the norm now?

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The Queue: Exploration, garrison resources, and more

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.

After the long drought, we now have a deluge of Warlords of Draenor questions. And I couldn't be happier.

ArthurN asked:

Is there supposed to be an easy way for Horde to get into Shadowmoon Valley? I had a Garrison quest to tame an animal in Shadowmoon Valley. I made it in, even picked up a flight path with the Shadowmoon Exiles (they were yellow to me instead of red like everyone else in the zone). But I had to run around the coastline a bit to find some passable beach. The only way in by land that I found was guarded by Alliance. Am I missing something? And is it similarly tricky for Alliance to get into Frostfire Ridge?

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The Queue: Ode to the Frostwall Woodcutter

Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Anne Stickney (@Shadesogrey) is answering all kinds of questions today.

Oh Frostwall Woodcutter, I know not who put you in this game, nor do I understand why you and your brothers are content to do endless rounds of squats rather than toting your lumber to the appropriate building. But I am certain, dear Frostwall Woodcutter, that perhaps you would be more comfortable with a shirt. I mean come on. There's snow on the ground here.

Although I do kind of like that whole burly lumberjack thing you've got going on. Zug zug.

DavidBaldock asked:

Not that I'm concerned about getting to 100, but in a non rushed approach, if I start on Monday and put in say 3 hours a night every night, when should I expect to hit max level? Friday? The following Monday? Just curious.

If it's three solid hours of questing and dungeons, I'd say maybe a week to ten days or so, two weeks at most -- and that's mostly if you spend a lot of time fiddling around. Leveling really doesn't feel like an arduous chore this time around. It's fun, and seems to be pretty well-paced. Make sure you park it in your garrison or an inn to get rested XP when you aren't playing, and the process should be pretty smooth and painless. No rushing necessary.

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The Queue: Let's do the time warp again

Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Anne Stickney (@Shadesogrey) is answering all kinds of questions today.

I spent way too much time yesterday looking at the screen pictured above -- let's hope that won't be the case today, shall we? More importantly, let's answer some Warcraft questions.

msphoenyxx asked:

Follow up question on the portal thing. Khadgar (and all the mages in Stormshield) can open it from alternate Draenor to our Azeroth in present day. As alternate Draenor is not present day time, how does this work? I'm not familiar with mages having the powers to access time ways. That sounds like a bronze dragon thing.

Mages can handle time magic a bit -- Time Warp, after all. It's definitely not just a bronze dragon thing -- although from a speculative standpoint, I think it has less to do with time manipulation and more to do with the fact that they are basically creating a portal home -- making a portal to a place they've never been would likely be pretty difficult. Making one to home? Little easier. But only a little. Khadgar has a tough time with it, at first -- he says as much in the quests.

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The Queue: Hipster Grom had Gorehowl when it was cool

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.

Seriously. That's what, a level 12 green? What happened there? Did Grom see all the people transmogging to Gorehowl and decide it wasn't cool anymore? "Oh, a Gorehowl. Yeah, I had a Gorehowl once. But then it sold out."

TheGreatJacob asks:
Q4tQ: Followers question: My husband and I were merrily garrisoning today congratulating each other on our various rare/epic followers when a question came to mind. Are we stuck with what we roll for a follower forever? Say my main gets crap rolls for followers, and my alt gets all epic followers. Are those followers set for the rest of the expansion?

I included this question because while I know that your followers level up as you go, getting better at various missions, I honestly don't know if there's a system in place for getting a green follower to go to rare or epic. So I figured this being the Queue, someone will come along and point to a post somewhere that I missed saying exactly that. Then I read the person who responded to you, and they posted a link that in fact answers this question. So thanks, jmlafave85.

I was worried my current collection of homicidal axe-wielding lady followers would end up somewhat weak at level 100, but no, they're all going to be epic eventually.

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The Queue: Everything I do is a distraction right now

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.

Writing this Queue? A distraction. Showering, eating, experiencing the joys of nature? All distractions. My soul longs to be drowned in Draenor. Yet here I am writing this Queue. For love of you, dear WoW Insider readers who are likely currently playing in Draenor instead of reading it. Fie! A pox upon the frailties of my human body, my human brain, that cannot simply be submerged forever into the deep, deep digital waters of Warlords.

Anyway, the Queue. I believe in the before times we answered questions here. It shall be so again.

Merkavar asks:
How many hours from 90-100 you think. I'm not an energy drinking nutter with a 20 step plan for most efficient leveling. My plan is to go fast to 100 the first time then go back for the story etc on my many alts

Matt "Matticus" Low is already level 98. So it's reasonable to estimate 10 to 12 hours.

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The Queue: Leveling, realm first achievements, Blizzard HQ


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.

Ladyrhees linked this picture in the Queue's comments yesterday, and I had to use it as the header. I laughed.

Props to the original creator -- seems to have gone somewhat viral in the WoW community.

Itsdeeps asked:

how do you plan on leveling come Thursday? rushing to 100 or taking your time? I really wanted to take it slow and soak in all the story, but with the anniversary stuff going on I kinda feel the need to plow my way through... thoughts?

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The Queue: In which Scott Leyes is our hero

Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Anne Stickney (@Shadesogrey) is answering all kinds of questions today.

I'm pretty sure my least favorite moment of every road trip ever was when we checked out of our hotel today and went to the parking garage only to find my car completely lifeless. After some brief panicking on my part and a call to my insurance company followed by an excruciating wait for a repair man who never came, reader Scott Leyes decided to be a big damn hero and swoop in to rescue us. And by rescue I mean jump start my car back to life, at which point we took the thing to an Auto Zone and got a new battery ... just in case. Look, the desert is nice and all, but I don't want to be deserted there.

Needless to say it's Been A Day, I'm really tired, and it's time to curl up and answer some Warcraft questions. We still do that around here, after all!

Devin asked:

I'm curious how many people actually want yearly expansion... I personally don't mind the downtime at the end of an expansion but understand why others do. I think 18-20 months per expansion would be perfect. Any faster than that and you're just paying more for roughly the same amount of content.

I think that it depends on what one's definition of an expansion happens to be. Blizzard has kind of defined the word as "a giant block of new content, new levels, new maps, new quests, new races, and anything else we'd like to throw in." That definition is very hard, if not next to impossible, to fill in just one year. And as long as that's the case, we're not going to see it. Personally, I'd be perfectly content if they reduced the definition of the word expansion and what that encompasses, and instead released smaller expansions on a more timely schedule. It's not that I don't like the idea of large chunks of content delivered all at once -- I just don't like the big delays in between those large chunks of content, and I'd be perfectly happy with smaller chunks delivered on a regular basis.

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The Queue: Convention recovery mode

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.

BlizzCon is over. I'm exhausted. Let's do this.

DaEvilGenius asked:

I see no mention of Eye of Azshara. Any thoughts on what it might be since all major announcements were done.

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The Queue: Reinhardt is

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.

Okay, when I finally get to play Overwatch, I'm absolutely going to play as this man/woman/robot/whatever it is. Just look at it. It's perfect. It's huge, armored, carries a gigantic hammer. Boom. Sign me up.

jpec07 asks:
So Rossi is on queue duty while the rest of the gang is on vacation to SoCal? That sucks, man, I'm sorry.

Q4tQ: I'm going to be picking up my pre-order of Warlords: CE next Thursday/Friday, and it made me realize I have an entirely new opportunity to do a level 90 boost. So queuers, my question to you:

What is your favorite race/gender/class/spec combo? If you can, give me three reasons why.

Yes, yet again I miss all the previews and games and just all the cool stuff. It has always been this way. As for your question, my actual answer would be draenei male fury warrior. This is why. (I know that's the old model, but if anything he looks better now.) But since I know you want something else, I'll say female undead fury warrior. Roll one, get it a couple of two hand weapons, watch her go. It's mermerizing. The animations are the best. And you get cannibalize, which is gross, but it's helpful while leveling. Also, you'll get to ride around on a bone pony. (My actual #2 is tauren prot warrior, but I figured I'd give you something unusual.)

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The Queue: He screamed BlizzCon and then keeled over

Anyone remember Primeval?
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.

This column goes live at 11 am on the East Coast of the United States. BlizzCon opens at 11 am on the West Coast of the United States. That means another three hours until BlizzCon. The suspense is killing me. I feel as though I were being crushed in the jaws of a mighty Giganotosaurus.

Yeah, okay, I was reaching for that one. It's a Friday Queue, gotta have some dinosaurs in it. Enjoy you screencap from Primeval. If you haven't watch it yet, do.

Saph asks:
Q4TQ - Having gone back to ICC multiple times these past few weeks, do you ever think we will go back to Icecrown and have more story with Bolvar? With the many 'nearly a setback' baddies out there, returning enemies is clearly a story theme in WoW.

It's certainly a possibility. I wouldn't expect it next expansion or anything, but I think the idea of losing the Scourge entirely was too much from a story perspective - the recurring threat of the walking dead is one Blizzard wants to have in the quiver, so to speak. Then again, Sylvanas and the Forsaken could well end up filling that role for the living of Azeroth at this rate.

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The Queue: Holding Down The Fort

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.

Just sing the title of this Queue to the tune of the song, it'll all make sense.

Loremaster asks:
I come to you with a decent sized WoW Lore Question. "What major storylines/events happen between Warcraft 3 and Vanilla?" I am having a hard time tracking events. . . any help would be helpful! I have played since BC and for the Light I cannot recall any events of interest between the RTS and MMO.

Obviously rebuilt Stormwind (Rise of Difias), Sylvannas enters the Horde. . . but what else?

Assuming we don't count the WCIII expansion as between WCIII and Vanilla WoW...

For starters, the entirety of Cycle of Hatred takes place in that time period. It's set roughly one year before World of Warcraft. In addition, the scenes in the War of the Ancients trilogy that are set in the 'present day' (the stuff with Rhonin and Korialstraz and Broxigar before they travel back in time) are also set after the conclusion of the Third War, but prior to the MMO.

Besides those, we know that at some point the night elves decided they liked the cut of the human's gib and joined the Alliance, probably because the orcs just wouldn't stop cutting down their trees without asking (because the answer would be no), the gnomes ended up in Ironforge during this time period (no gnomes to speak of in WCIII, after all) and joined up with the Alliance.

Stormwind was actually rebuilt significantly before Warcraft III. It was mostly intact by the time Warcraft II's expansion Beyond the Dark Portal came out. It just didn't have much of a role in WCIII, because the plague and the Burning Legion never made their way south from Lordaeron. The plague was contained to the north of the Eastern Kingdoms, and the Burning Legion was more focused on getting to Kalimdor and blowing up Nordrassil. From the perspective of Stormwind, what happened was their biggest and most powerful sister kingdom went belly up before they could even react. In a way, it must have seemed like Warcraft I and II all over again, but in reverse - instead of refugees from Stormwind pouring into Lordaeron, refugees from Lordaeron came pouring into Stormwind. That migration and resettlement of Lordaeron refugees into Stormwind (the ones who didn't go with Jaina to Kalimdor and settle in Theramore, which is to say, the majority of them) took some of that four years between the end of the Third War and the start of classic WoW.

There's more, of course - the silithid started getting out of AQ during this time period, Onyxia arranged for Varian Wrynn's kidnapping, Nefarian started his awful experiments in Blackwing Lair, Ragnaros was pushing the Dark Irons to get out there and do evil stuff, and Arthas was taking a heck of a nap - more than we could really cover right now. If you go to our lore guide and search for Interbellum you'll find a series of six or seven posts I did covering the period just after the Third War. I linked to the first one to get you started.

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The Queue: We're having an adventure

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.

We seem to be rather light on questions lately. That's no surprise, given where we stand now: days away from BlizzCon and not much further from the official release of Warlords of Draenor. In a lot of ways, we've exhausted what there is to be said until those events hit us square in the face. Admittedly, I am not too upset about this fact -- because today's Queue is being written from a hotel room in Barstow, California. The town is a madhouse and the wifi is terrible. Please bear with me; we're in the middle of adventure.

@OriginalMrGoat asked:

Any bets as to what fills the Blizcon void?

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The Queue: A wild trademark appears! It's super effective!


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 just cover this here, because I think this constant monitoring of the trademark databases is kinda silly.

Luminous asked:

New Blizzard Trademark registered : "Eye Of Azshara". A new Hearthstone expansion? The next WoW expansion? Blizzard releasing a shooter -- "Call of Duty : Eye Of Azshara"?

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The Queue: Vengeful, Tricksy Ghosts

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 know people who don't like Massive Attack. I've never understood those people.

I'm writing the Queue today because Alex Ziebart apparently angered a ghost or something.

Seriously, any tweet Alex made yesterday could be in Alighieri's Inferno. I'm seriously afraid that Alex is being hunted by vengeful, tricksy ghosts.

diamondustviil asks:
Hm, here's a question for you. My Shaman has a reagent bag for her enchanting stuff. Is there really any reason to keep it around anymore, or should I just get her a good-sized normal bag and throw stuff in the reagent tab as much as possible?

Nope, no reason at all to keep that bag. Reagent tab all the way.

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