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The Queue: Doomhammer, Orcs, and Winter Veil

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.

The more I think about it the more I wish WoW had no race restrictions on classes. I realize there's lore reasons for it, but frankly, if someone wants to play an Undead Paladin at this point I say good for them, make it happen already. Blood elf druids? Gnome hunters? Tauren rogues? Draenei warlocks? Just open the floodgates.

You guys talked about this a lot, so consider this me addressing the issue. I am for removing all race restrictions on classes. Draenei druids? Orc druids? Human shamans? Yes. All of it.

g.dawsonplus3 asks:
Why are there no Winter Veil decorations on Draenor? Surely in that wild and savage (tm) land we would want some cheer, pretty lights, good food and a reminder of home to hearten us?
I really miss it and see no reason why this didn't happen; surely if they had decorations in Panderia . . .


Pandaria was still on Azeroth. It's possible that the inspiration for the Winter Veil celebration existed before the Sundering and thus was heard of even on Pandaria. But not only is Draenor an alien world, the first time any of the natives there heard of Azeroth was when you came through the portal.

To be honest I haven't even noticed if there are decorations up in the Garrison or not. I'd accept that, since the Garrison was built by Azerothians.

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The Queue: More crafts, poop, and chances at new race/class combos


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.

First.

Soel asked:

What do you think the odds are we will see an extension of the craft able upgrades in future patches? I'd love to see extravagant Hexweave Essence where we go from ilvl 670 to 685. The time and materials investment for my 670 pieces would be disappointing if I just eventually replace them. Thoughts? Do you think Blizz would patch in recipes?

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The Queue: New Year's Eve

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.

I'm writing today's edition of The Queue at 5:00 a.m. Central time. It's already 2015 in New Zealand. Timezones are weird.

Beztoko asked:

I have a timeline question it has been said that WOD Gul'dan is on the phone with a very angry kil'jaeden, am I wrong to assume that this is a different kil'jaeden than the one we fought in BC?

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The Queue: Mine, traits, i5, and traffic


This Queue is written by Adam (also known as not Alex), who recently discovered that he's mildly obsessed with Mahler's Second Symphony.

Happy Tuesday restarts, Queue! Let's jump into the questions today.

Domehammer asked:

Anyone experienced a goren invasion? Not the actual invasion but your mine suddenly is swarmed by 20-30 goren slaughtering miners. Isolated pockets without guards patrolling were left empty with corpses of miners.

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The Queue: Secondary professions 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.

Happy Monday, all! Enjoy your few days at work until New Year's Eve. Assuming you have a job that gives you a day off for the New Year. I've never had such a thing. I'm pretty sure it's a myth.

DavidBaldock asked:

With cooking recipes again requiring a variety of ingredients, and with being able to potentially learn the recipe by tasting certain foods, has cooking become more or less interesting as a secondary profession since MoP or Wrath?

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The Queue: Doodad Orc Cannon 003

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 find it a little odd that there are so many clickable objects in the Horde garrison, yet none of them actually do anything. Some of them are even labeled as if they were meant to do something, as in the case of the level 3 War Mill and its Doodad_Orc_Cannons. With a name like that, I sort of hoped I could launch orcs across the fortress I'd built, circus-style. Because nothing says I'm in charge like the threat of a rousing game of Peon Cannonball.

ScottLeyes asked:

Is it possible to get to Draenor WITHOUT killing anyone/anything? I have a "pacifist" toon as a bank alt, she's never killed anything and gotten to level 63 on holidays, exploration and daily quests. I'd love to eventually get her a Garrison, but not if she has to kill stuff.

You cannot get a garrison established without doing the lead up quests, and those quests involve killing things whether you are Alliance or Horde. While you could have your alt summoned to Draenor, said alt wouldn't really be able to do much of anything except maybe hang out in Warspear or Stormshield. The savage lands of Draenor are no place for pacifists, unfortunately.

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The Queue: Shark Attack

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.

When I was a kid, my brother and sister and I all wanted the Shark Attack game for Christmas because the commercial made it look so incredibly fun. But that idyllic little slice of life shown in that commercial was far, far from the truth, friends. There was no giggling and happy shouting with this game. Oh no. The commercial has it all wrong. Picture if you will three children frantically shrieking bloody murder at each other to roll the dice whilst edging ever closer to that invisible line in which we start using the profanity we've heard our parents use off and on again for years, throw in a few tears of desperation and you've got a much better idea of the experience.

Oddly enough, most of the card games my siblings and I now play as adults during holiday gatherings involve much the same thing. Our family gatherings are things to be treasured. Let's answer some Warcraft questions!

Maelzrael asked:

Q4tQ: What would be, in your opinion, the most likely new system or feature in the next expansion? I would say this xpac it's obviously Garrisons followed by New Model Updates.

Most likely would probably be the overhaul to the transmogrification feature and/or the tabard and heirloom storage tabs. Both of those have been bandied about as being in progress or at least still being thought about, so they seem like they'd be the most likely selections.

Or, you know, the Dance Studio.

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The Queue: Boxing Day, Warcraft novels, Did Thrall cheat?

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.

Today's first question is about Boxing Day. I didn't see that coming when I wrote today's Breakfast Topic.

JeffLaBowski asks:
Canadians: What is boxing day like? Do people have nice meals and exchange gifts? Are stores closed? Do you go to church? Any fun traditions?
Non-Canadians: Do you have any day after X-mas traditions? I usually like to head out to a store or two (in the afternoon), if I got a gift card I wanted to use. Might go see the new Hobbit movie.


I already talked about this in today's Breakfast Topic, but basically, around here at least (here being Edmonton) Boxing Day isn't very dissimilar from Black Friday - there are a lot of big sales and special deals and stores open early to accommodate people coming in to make exchanges or spend Christmas money. It differs from Black Friday mainly in that there's a lot fewer stories of people trampling each other on Boxing Day.

I happen to be non-Canadian, despite living in Canada, and so I could theoretically answer the second part of the question. But frankly, I don't have any fun traditions.

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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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The Queue: No A for the Q

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Today's Queue has little to offer but disappointment, I'm afraid. Between the holidays and the unfortunately necessary delayed publication of The Queue yesterday, we have little material to work with today -- and precious little time, too. Today, I have no answers to offer. Instead, take today's Queue as a place to chatter about your holidays. And, ideally, ask whatever pressing Warcraft questions you might have, so we can give you a good, solid edition of The Queue for Christmas.
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The Queue: Queues, Sorting, and 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. Adam Holisky (@adamholisky) will be your host today.

Today's queue is a bit late. I blame my packages not getting here when I was told they would, so I had to punt and go shopping in the real world today.

It was terrible. Way too long of queue lines.

Rustin asked:

could you ever see blizz putting in an alt queue finder? Like queue toon A for a raid while I switch to toon B to do some questing at lower lvls. More often than not I feel like I'm just sitting around waiting when I could be working on my alt army.

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The Queue: Owl worship

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Goooood morning, WoW Insider!

ScottLeyes asked:

Is there a "best time" to queue for LFD? Or, more appropriately, are there "better" times to queue? I usually try to queue in the early evening, thinking there are more people online, but Saturdays seem horrible, and Sundays are hit and miss. Opinions? Data?

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The Queue: Blame the bird people

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.

Anyone remember the Simon Says Apexis crystal game in Ogri'la? Supposedly it's the arakkoa's fault, and the ogres of Ogri'la just found all these Apexis crystals and relics lying around, picked them up, and got very smart in the process. We might not be playing Simon Says in Draenor, but there's a horrifying reminder of the thing in a lone mine deep underground, oddly enough. Which makes me wonder -- was this irritating game of disastrous, zappy consequences really a relic of the arakkoa, or was this just the Titans playing their version of the buzzer-in-the-hand practical joke?

bushogg asked:

question for the que: does the level of my follower assigned to my barracks matter? If I am level 100 and my bodyguard is 94 should I level him to 100 or does it not matter?

Nope! He'll scale right up along with you. Feel free to take him along on whatever journeys you feel appropriate!

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The Queue: In which stuff got weird

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.

This week has been kind of strange. I put together an image in Photoshop last year of Elsa in the Lich King's armor, because it was kind of funny. Then I stuck the image on Twitter, and a lot of people liked it. This week, it popped up on a news site with an article about how Elsa dolls have dethroned Barbie dolls as the dolls of preference this holiday season. A lot of people told me about this, I found the whole thing very amusing, and then the image was pulled.

Ah well. I still have the mental image of Barbie resigned to a Bolvar fate in my head, and that's enough for me.

Lamneth commented:

The dungeon system I miss from WoTLK was the Frozen Orb. They should make savage blood available via the LFD system. Even if it was just 1 or 2 at the end that everyone got to roll on. Would encourage people to stay for the whole dungeon and give me a reason to sign up for them when I already outgear them.

If they put Savage Blood in as a drop reward for completing a heroic dungeon, I would start doing heroics again immediately. Without question. As is stands, the amount of time I have to spend in queue as DPS and the lack of any rewards that are at all currently useful to me make heroics largely useless as far as I'm concerned. I'm sure there are plenty of other people still getting use out of them, I'm just not one of them.

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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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